Sarah Muscedere explores how holistic health can improve fertility
The journey to conception can be one fraught with stress and emotions. There is so much information out there for future mamas that it can be all too consuming and overwhelming when it comes to knowing what you should and shouldn’t do. Everyone’s body is their own and responds to different environments, dietary approaches and modes of movement differently but there is huge anecdotal evidence to support a holistic approach to health and wellbeing as the ideal environment for strong fertility.
Here are our top tips for approaching holistic health and how they can help boost your fertility…
Move your body
They say the movement is medicine and the same can be said for creating a healthy environment for conception. Moving your body in whatever way feels good for you, for at least 30 minutes per day will help manage weight, improve mood, assist in better sleep and help to regulate stress and hormone levels.
Conduct a complete audit of your home and toss out any nasty chemicals that may be lurking in cupboards. House cleaning products, skincare and hair care contain so many more chemicals than we think and the exposure to these can be harmful to reproductive health. Opt for organic and natural alternatives, which your skin and body will thank you for!
Reduce coffee and alcohol
This one goes without saying but high levels of caffeine and regular alcohol consumption are not the ideal environments for good reproductive health! Cut down as much as possible, and if you can, look for decaffeinated or alcohol-free options completely.
Taking some time each day to meditate, pray or journal will help keep you centred and calm for the journey that lies ahead. Studies have shown that including just 10-15 minutes of meditation per day can lower cortisol (stress) levels, reduce blood pressure and have a significantly positive effect on those who suffer depression and anxiety. There are some great apps available for guided meditations too!
Rest and repair
A body that is preparing to grow and develop a new life needs all the rest and recovery it can get. Prioritise at least 8 hours of sleep a night and rest wherever you can to help give your cells the chance to be at their best for when it’s time to conceive. That doesn’t mean become a total couch potato, but if pregnancy is in your near future, be sure not to overdo it and avoid stress and burnout.
Review your diet and supplements
A diet rich in whole, plant-based foods will serve just about anyone a whole raft of health benefits but for those looking to conceive, this is an absolutely essential place to start. Nutrition plays a vital role when it comes to a healthy reproductive system, so eating to support your hormones is crucial for women and men. We suggest a dietary approach that is rich in organic fruits and vegetables, whole minimally processed grains, high in fibre, plenty of water and grass-fed organic meat if you are a carnivore! Supporting your diet with supplements that are high in vitamins and minerals such as zinc, folate, vitamin c, iron and selenium will help support sperm and egg health too, so add these to your toolkit!
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About Edible Earth
Edible Earth’s founder Sarah Muscedere’s passion and desire to help others, prevent disease and achieve health and wellness goals has enabled her to help thousands of women with physical, mental and ageing health issues for over 15 years. With a background in nutritional medicine and holistic health, her passion is further driven by the loss of her partner and father of her two children to brain cancer in 2019. Her tragic loss inspired her to further her research of natural and conventional medicine to include the most effective treatments, ingredients and practices from around the globe.