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Two Tips from Denver Specialists for Great Results with a Fertility Diet

Women might spend thousands of dollars trying the latest and most innovative treatment methods in the hopes of becoming pregnant. But few know that the road to achieving conception actually begins with the creation of a fertility-focused diet. There are specific foods that, when ingested, can help to ensure a stronger chance of becoming pregnant and having a healthy child. Within this blog, we’ll look at three key factors for Denver patients to include within a fertility focused diet.

Women might spend thousands of dollars trying the latest and most innovative treatment methods in the hopes of becoming pregnant. But few know that the road to achieving conception actually begins with the creation of a fertility-focused diet. There are specific foods that, when ingested, can help to ensure a stronger chance of becoming pregnant and having a healthy child. Within this blog, we’ll look at three key factors for Denver patients to include within a fertility focused diet.


1.    Avoid Foods with a High Glycemic Index (GI) The glycemic index is a measure of how much a certain food raises blood sugar levels. Recent research has shown that foods with a low glycemic index can improve physical fitness, reduce the chances of diabetes and improve the chances of optimal fertility for those attempting to have children.   The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2), as well as in patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger.  Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance which is the key feature in the metabolic syndromes associated with Diabetes (Type I & II) and PCOS.     Maintaining appropriate insulin levels is a very important factor when it comes to fertility as increased levels of insulin as seen with insulin resistance, leads to an increase in Androgen production (ie: Testosterone, DHEA, DHEAs) which will lead to anovulatory cycles - cycles where ovulation is NOT taking place, as well as, irregular or absent menstruation).  If a woman’s body is not ovulating, there is no chance of conception.  The first line of defense in tackling insulin resistance and lowering insulin levels in through addressing diet and maintaining a Low Glycemic Diet (consisting of whole grains, such as brown, black or red rice, quinoa, green leafy vegetables, squash family, yams, etc., combined with healthy protein choices such as organic chicken, buffalo, fish and or vegetable based choices such as legumes (ie: black beans, lentils, etc...)  Foods with a GI index less than 55 are considered Low Glycemic Index food (GI < 55). Foods with a GI index between 55 and 70 are considered intermediate (55< GI <70). High Glycemic Index foods are foods with a GI index of more than 70 (GI >70).


2.    Include Omega-3 Fats with Each Meal  Women attempting to conceive a child should consider adding small amounts of foods rich in omega-3 fats within their diet. These foods include walnuts, salba seeds, olives or cold-pressed olive oil and deep sea fish such as salmon and halibut. Epidemiological studies of those that included healthy amounts of long-grain omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oil like EPA and DHA in their diets were more likely to have a lower risk of premature birth.  Also, Omega 3 fatty acids help regulate blood glucose levels by encouraging the body’s tissues to become more sensitive to the insulin that is being produced, thus regulating insulin sensitivity and therefore blood sugar levels.  Last, Omega 3 fatty acids significantly diminishes the production and effectiveness of various prostaglandins which are naturally occurring hormone-like substances that can accentuate inflammation and thrombosis (clotting).  Women experiencing monthly menstrual cramping (aka dysmenorrhea), women with endometriosis, women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), women OR men with high cholesterol and or triglycerides, or fertility (women or men) patients who suffer from digestive disorders such as “IBS” (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or “Leaky Gut” will all most likely possess some form of inflammation and or Inflammatory markers.  Therefore, Integrating Omega 3 fatty acids into the dietary and nutritional regime of couples seeking to optimize their fertility potential is key.


Only by having a discussion with a nutritional specialist can individual Denver patients find out what’s best for their fertility needs. Contact the clinic of Healing Traditions Oriental Medicine & Wellness to learn more about specific fertility dietary and nutritional counseling.

 

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