Thursday, October 15, 2009

How Diet Affects Fertility | Newsweek Health for Life | Newsweek.com

This is a great article. A must read for anyone who wants to get pregnant and anyone else who wants to stay healthy and live well.

Health, wellness and fertility all comes down to 'what you eat today, walks and talks tomorrow'. The overall message is
1. Eat whole foods
2. Avoid processed and modified products (which masquerade as food)
3. Eat quality protein
4. Include natural fats
5. Eat fresh foods

and of course, drink lots of fresh, filtered water, stop smoking, limit alcohol, move and enjoy your life!

The authors wrote:

"In a nutshell, results from the Nurses' Health Study indicate that the amount of carbohydrates in the diet doesn't affect fertility, but the quality of those carbohydrates does. Eating a lot of rapidly digested carbohydrates that continually boost your blood-sugar and insulin levels higher can lower your chances of getting pregnant. This is especially true if you are eating carbohydrates in place of healthful unsaturated fats. On the other hand, eating whole grains, beans, vegetables and whole fruits" all of which are good sources of slowly digested carbohydrates”can improve ovulation and your chances of getting pregnant."

The authors also talk about transfats. This article is excellent.

How Diet Affects Fertility | Newsweek Health for Life | Newsweek.com

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