According to the recent study conducted by Dr Emma Derbyshire and her colleagues from Manchester Metropolitan University couples undergoing fertility treatment including intrauterine insemination and ovarian stimulation were 33 percent more likely to conceive, while those who switched to healthier diet habits had 32 percent more chances to get pregnant.
What to eat and how to change your lifestyle to boost your chances for conception?
- Avoid alcohol
If you doubt whether a glass of wine is harmful or not for your chances of getting pregnant, the best answer is to avoid alcohol altogether. Women who regularly drink10 or more drinks containing alcohol a week had considerably lower chances for successful conception than those who drink 5 or less alcoholic drinks. Alcohol affects female hormones, can increase the risk of developing condition called endometriosis, which makes it harder for women to conceive and ups the risk of miscarriage.
- Cut your Caffeine Intake
It is better to limit the amount of drinks containing caffeine, such as coffee, cola, energy drinks, chocolate and tea. It is known that daily intake of 500 mg of caffeine can decrease your chances for conception. This is because caffeine affects female fertility, making it harder for the egg to implant to the uterine lining.
- Eat more Veggies and Fruits
To increase your chances of conception eat at least five vegetables and fruits a day. Vegetables and fruits are good source of antioxidants and other essential vitamins. Fruits like citrus fruits and berries are especially rich in vitamin C, a well-known antioxidant. Avocado and nuts contain vitamin E while carrots, mango and other color rich fruits and vegetables have vitamin A. Antioxidants are necessary to protect female egg and male sperm from the damage from free radicals. They protect your fertility and contribute to healthy development of a baby.
- Up Your Zinc and Selenium Level
Make sure you include such foods as lean red meat, wholegrain products, nuts and seafood to provide the appropriate level of zinc and selenium. These minerals are especially good for male fertility as they improve sperm quality, increasing its motility and ability tot fertilize the egg.
- Eat Good Carbs
Carbohydrates are important to supply your body with energy. Focus on eating complex carbohydrates, which include whole grains, like brown rice, rye, buckwheat, oatmeal, barley, whole-wheat bread and legumes, like peas and beans. These carbs are rich in various vitamins and minerals, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium and are known to be a good sources of fiber. Limit the amount of white sugar and simple carbohydrates like refined grains.
- Keep up Protein level
Include various foods rich in protein like eggs, lean meat, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and fish. Protein is essential for your fertility because it supplies your body with amino acids, which are necessary for growing cells, hormones production and your overall reproductive health.
- Switch to High-Fat Dairy Products
Do not be afraid to eat high-fat dairy products such as ice-cream or whole milk. According to the study published in 2007 in journal Human Reproduction low-fat dairy products were associated with decreased fertility, while eating high-fat dairy foods can improve your chances for conception. Many essential vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K, which are important for male and female fertility, are better absorbed with fat, which explains the benefits of high-fat dairy foods.