For many couples struggling with infertility, the best hope for having a baby often comes from expensive high-tech medical procedures coupled with sometimes unpleasant drugs.
Chinese medicine has always known the importance that diet plays in health and fertility.
Now Harvard has proven what Chinese Medicine has already known: there's a safer, natural, and virtually free way to improve fertility that's available to all couples: ten simple changes in diet and lifestyle.
In The Fertility Diet, Harvard researchers Jorge E. Chavarro, MD, and Walter C. Willett, MD, along with writer Patrick J. Skerrett, offer a plan that:
improves ovulation and fertility
offers a healthy start to a pregnancy
is good for the heart, bones, and the rest of the body throughout pregnancy and beyond
There are several fertility how-to books on the market and heaps of often conflicting advice on the Internet. These are scattershot approaches based on little more than wishful thinking. The Fertility Diet stands apart. It is based on solid scientific data -- an eight-year study of more than 18,000 women that is part of the landmark Nurses' Health Study.
Key recommendations from The Fertility Diet include:
Avoiding trans-fats, the artery-clogging fats found in many commercial products and fast foods
Eating more vegetable protein, like beans and nuts, and less animal protein
Drinking a glass of whole milk or having a small dish of ice cream or full-fat yogurt every day; temporarily trading in skim milk and low or no-fat dairy products for their full-fat versions
Getting into the "fertility zones" for weight and physical activity
This advice isn't just for couples seeking an alternative to IVF, GIFT, ICSI, and the rest of the alphabet soup of assisted reproduction technologies. It can be used by any woman who is trying to get pregnant. There's even some advice on diet and lifestyle for men trying to become fathers. The Fertility Diet can work on its own or help turbocharge assisted reproduction technologies.
At the Huntington Wellness Center for Reproductive Health we incorporate diet and nutrition in all fertile wellness programs in addition to acupuncture, chinese herbs, yoga and qigong.
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