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How to improve fertility naturally

By Michelle Sanchez, naturopath, nutritionist and medical herbalist for the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM)

One in six couples in Ireland are affected by infertility, either due to male or female factors. Diet and lifestyle play a big role in fertility so there is a lot you can do to improve your chances of a healthy conception. Small changes can often make a huge difference to your fertility. Discover some natural ways to boost fertility and learn how to optimise your health for conception and pregnancy.

Optimise your diet for preconception and pregnancy by eating an organic, whole food diet that is rich in vegetables, fruit, healthy fats (avocado, nut butters, seeds), quality protein (lentils, beans, peas, nuts), and wholegrains (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, wholegrain rice).

Stop all negative lifestyle habits such as smoking, drugs, and consuming alcohol and caffeine.

Implement a fitness regime that works for you. Moderate exercise can help boost fertility and improve your emotional wellbeing. Finding an exercise routine that is achievable and fits around your lifestyle is key.

Communicate with your partner about your fertility journey and any worries you may be experiencing. Don’t bottle things up or let your concerns mount as it only leads to stress and anxiety.

Reduce your stress levels through relaxation techniques and self-care. Make sure you take time out to do things just for you; read a book, take a bath with essential oils, socialise with friends or go for walks.

Adopt a bedtime routine to enhance your sleep. Ensuring you relax before bedtime and limit screen time is essential for good quality sleep.

Minimise your exposure to chemicals and toxins by avoiding toxic household items, personal care products and environmental toxins. Instead, buy natural, unfragranced cleaning products and personal care products, and use a quality water filter.

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