Infertility is an alarming modern epidemic affecting more couples than ever. According to experts, one out of six couples today experience difficulty getting pregnant in developed countries while this is worse in developing countries. A woman’s problem previously is now known to affect men equally. It is now clear that the natural approach to treating infertility solves infertility by addressing all body systems, rather than just focusing solely on the reproductive system.
Many couples that can’t become pregnant suffer from a combination of sub-clinical conditions. These conditions can’t cause infertility on their own, but in combination, they can substantially reduce a couple’s probability of conceiving.
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In this article written for Punch by a consultant fertility doctor, Oladapo Ashiru explains that environmental and nutritional toxins have a potent power to disrupt reproductive capacity and infertility, much more than people realise. The toxins are described as clear and present dangers.
According to Ashiru 80% of infertility cases are completely preventable if couples would just look into lifestyle contributors.
Read his piece below:
For example, gluten intolerance alone cannot produce infertility; however, the gut’s resulting inflammation can minimise your nutrient absorption and lead to deficiencies in nutrients you need for optimal sperm, egg, hormone production, and healthy pregnancy.
Exposure to heavy metals, radiation, and toxic chemicals in some foods, drugs, and other products can damage DNA. Recent nutrigenomic (a study of the effects of nutrients on gene expression) research suggests what we consume can influence our gene structure and expression.
Minimise your exposure to toxic chemicals
Exposure to environmental toxins (in the form of industrial chemicals) in utero and neonatal may dramatically affect adult fertility. Most chemicals used in everyday life do not go through the same checks medicines do. Consequently, poisonous chemicals end up circulating in our environment, food supply, air, and water.
The most persuasive evidence of heavy metals and environmental pollution adversely interfering with women’s healthy reproductive function is lead. Other compounds that can alter hormone function and result in adverse Reproductive health effects include:
Toxins in the environment and in our diet can disrupt or even stop ovulation. Endocrine disruptors interfere with hormone function and cause endometriosis and PCOS (polycystic ovarian disease).
Phthalates toxins in plastic food containers, cling wrap, IV bags, medical supplies, vinyl flooring, and packaging at high levels cause miscarriage and testicular toxicity. At low levels, they disrupt hormonal balance.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chemicals: used in rubber tires, plastics, and pesticides. PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon): released from cigarettes, car fumes, and road tar. Oil fossils, aviation fuels, diesel fumes that can disrupt gamete formation in male and female.
Men have a lot to worry about
Sperm seems to be more sensitive to heavy metals and industrial pollutants than eggs. Many sperm abnormalities are linked to toxins.
The majority of these chemicals can be found in the atmosphere, on the ground in cities and in the waterways.
They have also been termed “repro toxicants” for their adverse effects on sperm development and maturation. Studies confirm male sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors, such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens (Xenoestrogens), and heavy metals, may negatively impact spermatogenesis (formation of sperm).
The top six environmental toxins to avoid:
Pharmaceutical drugs are in tap water. Seventy-four percent of the US population takes prescription drugs. Because the drugs do not metabolize fully, small quantities are excreted via feces and urine and flushed away. Toilet water is often treated and filtered before being discharged into lakes and rivers, thereby re-entering the water supply. The trouble is, many drugs are not filtered out via the normal filtration process. Minute quantities of chemotherapy drugs, contraceptive pills, antidepressants, anxiolytics, anabolic steroids, HRT (hormone replacement therapy), heart drugs, etc. have been found in tap water.
Use a dual filtration system; buy a double filtration water system that filters particles smaller than one micron (this will filter out the drugs and heavy metals). Use the filter in your shower and your kitchen. Shower steam contains the same chemicals, which you can end up inhaling and absorbed through your skin.
Aim to eat an optimal fertility diet
During the first trimester of pregnancy, your growing embryo will increase 20 million times. In the first eight weeks, your baby’s organs, hands, fingers, legs, feet, head, eyes, nose, ears, etc. are being constructed. To ensure the best possible foundations are laid down during this phase, you want to make sure there are plenty of building blocks in the form of the right nutrients in the right combinations. If you have to eat fish, remove the skin with fat laced with toxins and heavy metals from the waters.
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