by Bridgette R. Odom
In the spring, fresh green grass and bright spring flowers catch your eye.
Babies birds tweet from their nests.
New baby animals dot pastures on the farm.
Kids ogle new babies at the zoo -- all cute, innocent and lovable!
There's one more place you'd like to see a new baby growing -- in your womb!
These close-to-nature tips can help boost your fertility this season.
Spring Time Fertility Tips
Give Fertility a Boost with Good Nutrition!
Slow carbs, not no carbs: Slow carbs? Eating lots of quickly digested carbs increases the odds that you'll struggle with your fertility.
The Nurses' Health Study looked at the effect of diet and fertility. It found that cold breakfast cereal, white rice and potatoes were linked with a higher risk of ovulatory infertility while "slow" carbs such as brown rice, pasta and dark bread were linked with a greater success of getting pregnant.
Increase the amount of plant-based protein in your diet: Just like springtime means a boom in plant fertility, upping the protein in your diet from plant sources can enhance your fertility. Replacing 25 grams of animal protein with 25 grams of plant protein was related to a 50 percent lower risk of ovulation problems.
Fats affect reproduction: Fats carry calories and vitamins your body needs. The cells are small but they are mighty. So powerful in fact, these cells do things like turn genes on, revving up or calming inflammation and influencing cell function. Healthy fats are catalysts to improve fertility. Trans fats do the opposite. Eating more trans fat reduces fertility, so eating less of this artificial fat boosts it. Other fats in your diet seem to provide some amount of protection against ovulatory infertility.
Even dairy products take a front seat in fertility. Whole fat milk helps you get pregnant; low-fat and no-fat products appear to decrease fertility.
More fresh produce means less hormone disruptors: Take advantage of all the fresh "clean" spring produce. You'll be exposed to fewer hormone mimicking compounds like BPAs and pthalates. Those nasty sounding products can lower your chances of getting pregnant. By eating more colorful fruits and vegetables, you also raise the amount of antioxidants in your diet. Some researchers equate these vegetable gems with a better chance of getting a baby on board. If you're able, try to buy organic produce.
Go Green with Spring Cleaning
While you're at it, toss those cleaning products containing these chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives or make your own. Going green with your spring cleaning lowers toxic chemicals that you breathe and touch. We've heard that if you lower your exposure to certain substances that can also potentially reduce fertility issues.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Getting out this spring and enjoying some time in the sun can up your mood and your chances of conceiving. Research links stress with infertility. Exercise can reduce stress and what more pleasant routine than exploring a botanical garden, or digging in your own yard.
Other ways you can manage stress include deep breathing, meditation, yoga, hypnosis and massage. That extra exercise could get your fertility on track another way.
By doing nothing more than adding a couple hours exercise, you could lose weight. If your BMI's in the normal range, getting pregnant can be easier and faster. Not too much, not too little becomes your creed with activity. For women at their ideal weight, vigorous exercise has been shown to decrease pregnancy rates.
Quenching Your Thirst
Are you thirsty from all that activity? Tired of water? Try tea! Drinking tea is said to increase fertility. Alcohol, on the other hand, appears to decrease fertility. Just one alcoholic drink a day is said to cut a woman's chance of getting pregnant in half.
What other beverages might affect your fertility potential?
• Cola containing fizzy drinks, both regular and diet could decrease your fertility.
• Whole fat milk or other dairy drinks have been seen to increase fertility. On the other had, some research shows that consuming any dairy could potentially increase ovulation problems.
Spring, with its sunshine, proliferation of wild life and promises of new beginnings can encourage lifestyle changes that can help overcome or prevent fertility problems. How is your Spring shaping up?
Colditz GA, Manson JE, Hankinson SE. The Nurses' Health Study: 20-year contribution to the understanding of health among women. Accessed April 2, 2012.