One of the areas I love working in the most as a naturopath is fertility. I love working with couples to assist them with their dream of becoming a parent. This area is something that is so close to my heart given the struggles my husband and I had conceiving our beautiful daughter. We worked hard together as a team on our health in order to have our dream baby.
One of the biggest misconceptions in this area is that only the female needs support when trying for a baby. This actually makes no sense at all as it takes a sperm and an egg to make a baby! So this is why it is so important that men also need to look after their health too. WHY? Because healthy men produce healthy sperm and having a healthy sperm increases your chances of conceiving and going on to have a healthy baby.
A recent study found that sperm counts from men in North America, Australia, Europe and New Zealand have dropped by more than 50 percent in the last 40 years.
So when working in the fertility space it is best that both the male and the female attend the consultation as It is important that all men are educated about healthy lifestyle also.
Here are my tips to help improve your chances of conceiving naturally:
Maintain a healthy weight
Follow a healthy diet that includes lots of leafy greens, wild caught salmon, grass fed beef, fresh fruit and nuts (speak to your natural health practitioner about a diet that supports your own individual needs)
Eliminate processed foods and sugar
Eat organic foods
Reduce caffeine as this can lead consultation imbalances, dehydration and mineral deficiencies.
Eliminate alcohol (and obviously recreational drugs!)
Check any prescription medication you are on to ensure it isn’t impacting your sperm health.
Balance your hormones, and improve your sperm quality herbs such as Damiana, Tribulus, Withania, Ginger may help.
Supplements such as Vit D, CoQ10, Magnesium, Fish Oil, Folate, and zinc all have positive effects on sperm quality and may also assit in balancing hormones.
Working with a qualified health practitioner can help you to navigate the world of fertility and put together a comprehensive treatment plan for both the male and the female.