With an abundance of "healthy" food, medicine, and healthcare available, shouldn't fertility be on the rise? And, is it really infertility, or could it possibly be a dietary insufficiency? Read on to find out my take on the nutritional factors for infertility.
1) Nutrient Excess
There's a number of nutrients that are being over-consumed in modern day, leading to a state of nutrient excess.
Most notably, these are:
- Vitamin A (think multivitamins, eggs, butter, liver, dairy products, cod liver oil, colorful vegetables, etc.)
- Copper (think multivitamins, dark chocolate, shellfish, and nuts)
- Iron (think multivitamins and iron supplements)
These nutrients are extremely popular in wellness culture and can have serious consequences for your liver and biliary health when they are over consumed for decades (read: detoxification).
Find out more about nutrient excess here.
2) Increased Toxicity
There's no doubt that there's increased toxicity in the highly processed standard American diet. This is especially a problem if not met by an abundance of nutrients to help detoxify toxins from the body and neutralize free radicals.
3) Pharmaceutical Advacements
Pharmaceutical advancements have influenced female health across the board. Between the increased use of synthetic hormones like the birth control pill and estrogen replacement, vaccines, and Rx drugs, the female body is increasing being told what to do by synthetic hormones and drugs made in a lab. It's no longer exclusively running on its own innate operating system.
In a 2018 study titled: A lowered probability of pregnancy in females in the USA aged 25-29 who received a human papillomavirus vaccine injection concluded that "If 100% of females in this study had received the HPV vaccine, data suggest the number of women having ever conceived would have fallen by 2 million. Further study into the influence of HPV vaccine on fertility is thus warranted."
The study included 8 million women between the ages of 25-29, but somehow I'm going to take a wild guess that you haven't heard about it at your doctor visit.
4) Last but not least — STRESS
Did you know that when you're under stress, your body instinctively makes less progesterone (the pro-gestation hormone to support pregnancy) and makes more cortisol (the stress hormone) instead?
But it doesn't have to be this way. The time is now to transform the generation of infertility into a powerful world of fertility. Being fertile is a sign of health, and a lack of it is a key clue your body is trying to tell you something.
It's also important to remember that infertility is not just about women. Men's reproductive health/nutrition is equally important (so share this with the men in your life too)!
So tell me, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Please share in the comments!
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Peat, Ray, PhD. PMS to Menopause: Female Hormones in Context. 1997.
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