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Curious about the connection between nutrition and infertility? Total HealthcareMD will be hosting a free seminar at Carolina Conceptions on Wednesday, April 18th from 6pm-7pm to discuss nutritional tips to increase the optimization for conception. Couples are encouraged to come together, as we will touch upon the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle habits throughout the process of conception. We hope to see you on April 18th! If you’re interested in attending, please email Victoria.

Diet is Extremely Important (For Men AND Women)!

  • Inadequate or excess fat stores can cause hormone imbalance and infertility in women. Developing a nutrition and exercise plan with a professional will help shed unwanted fat and balance hormones! Total HealthcareMD can provide these services; schedule a free consultation to find out more! 919-436-3777
  • A positive association has been shown between consuming polyunsaturated fatty acids and luteinizing hormone concentration. This is a hormone that stimulates the production of testosterone. Try adding foods like salmon, olive oil, and nuts to your diet to increase the amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids you are eating.
  • Some studies have shown an inverse relationship between intake of caffeine and probability of implantation. Instead of drinking caffeine, try drinking water, eating fruit, or exercising in the morning to boost your energy throughout the day!
  • Paternal obesity has been shown to not only decrease fertility, but can also affect the health of the next generation. Developing healthy habits early on will increase fertility and improve the overall long term health of your family!
  • Nutrients such as Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C have been shown to increase sperm health, motility, and mobility. Beef, chicken, dairy, and legumes are great sources of Zinc and Selenium, while citrus fruits, brussel sprouts, and dark leafy greens provide lots of Vitamin C. Grill a lean steak and roast brussel sprouts in olive oil and a sprinkle of salt for a meal rich in all of these nutrients!

Lifestyle

  • Alcohol, smoking, and recreational drug use can affect hormones in men AND women, impairing ability to conceive and maintain pregnancy.
  • Many studies have shown that smoking is associated with reduced sperm count and motility. Smoking has also been shown to increase DNA damage in sperm.
  • Toxins in perfume, nail polish, and even plastic water bottles and packaging, can disrupt hormones and fertility in women. Try using reusable bottles and look for non-toxic beauty brands for nail polish, perfume, and other products. Whole Foods and Target carry organic beauty items.

Sources:

  1. http://joe.endocrinology-journals.org/content/234/2/F1.long
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5352521/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5312216/

We’ve provided a sample meal below!

Almond Crusted Salmon

Yield: 2 Servings

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

Directions

In a shallow bowl, beat egg whites, cilantro, lemon juice, ginger and cayenne. Place almonds in another shallow bowl. Dip salmon in egg mixture, then coat with almonds.

Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork..

Roasted Brussel Sprouts 

Yield: 6 Servings

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs Brussels sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • ¾ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp Ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees

Mix the Brussels sprouts in the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour them on a sheet pan and roast for 35-40 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from time to time to brown the sprouts evenly. Sprinkle with more Kosher salt and serve immediately.