Eating “healthy” is relative in 2019. In 1980 “healthy” was avoiding fat and focusing on low fat higher carbohydrate foods, fast forward to 2019 and you’ll find several different diets that people swear by for health. Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free just to name a few.
Can a woman’s diet impact her fertility? When a woman wants to start trying to conceive there’s not a real definitive diet that she’s told to follow. To complicate matters, when there’s infertility, the guidance doesn’t get any better surrounding diet. One of my most recent clients was told to “eat healthy.” Healthy to her was staying away from fried food, eating low-fat yogurt every day and pasta with red sauce several times a week.
She came to me seeking nutritional guidance because she was positive for the MTHFR gene and sought to manage the condition with dietary changes. We changed a few things with her diet, emphasized real, minimally processed foods, limited sugar and insisted on lots of veggies. One of the unintended results was weight loss, which was welcome and she received a “good job, keep it up” from her medical team.
Every infertility client I work with gets a diet overhaul. Research on special diets and their impact on infertility is an area that isn’t well researched yet. There’s no need to wait for the data to come in before we implement some important changes. Diet can be so critical in people suffering from autoimmune disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease so why would we ignore it in the infertility patient?
The key things I look for when helping an infertility client conceive:
-Food Allergies – causing internal inflammation
-MTHFR status – why wait to find this out, it could be too late, can be helped significantly with food
-Removing and then reintroducing foods that are commonly allergenic
-Organic produce, meats, nuts and seeds whenever possible – limiting exposure to toxins
Food and the nutrients they provide are crucial to health and life. Some foods are problematic for some while they are helpful and nurturing to others. Uncovering these issues and providing the body what it needs to be healthy and sustain life is not a one-size-fits-all approach. If you are struggling with infertility please start to seek out how individual nutrition plans can help you on your journey to conception.