Why is nutrition important to my fertility?
You’ve undoubtedly heard someone say, “You are what you eat.” There is a lot of truth in this old adage. Your body is a fine tuned machine that relies on many nutrients for optimal health and fitness. When you are trying to become pregnant and deliver a healthy baby, it’s vital your body gets proper nutrition.
Many of the foods we frequently consume – like fast food – are high in calories and deficient in nutrients. Even foods that seem nutritious, like cereals, protein and energy bars and Vitamin water, include added vitamins and minerals but offer little benefit to our bodies. So, our bodies frequently don’t get the nutrition they need to encourage pregnancy.
There are other ways nutrition can negatively impact your fertility. If you are overweight or underweight you will have a more difficult time conceiving. Additionally, patients with ovulation disorders like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) may have challenges with diet, exercise and nutrition. By simply eating appropriate foods, losing weight and exercising, the course of this syndrome can oftentimes be reversed.