In Conceiveonline (http://www.conceiveonline.com/fertility-health/19-ways-boost-fertility/?cmpid=enews072710) they had a list of “19 Ways to Boost Your Fertility”. So I checked it out thinking after all the articles I have read, I would probably know most of them.
To my surprise – Two thoughts were new to me – #5 & #7:
5. Lick an ice cream cone
Research has shown that women who consume full-fat dairy products have a lower rate of ovulatory infertility than women who stick with the nonfat versions. According to Jorge Chavarro, M.D., co-author of The Fertility Diet (McGraw-Hill, 2007), the hormones in milk are concentrated in the fat, “and because the majority of cows are milked when they’re pregnant, fertility-enhancing hormones such as progesterone and estradiol are passed through the milk.” Eating too much full-fat dairy (like butter or cheese) won’t do the arteries or waistline any good. So stick to one serving a day and cut back calories in other ways to compensate.
7. Make sure your carbs are fertility-smart
It’s hard to believe that bagels and doughnuts can damage fertility (waistlines are another matter), but that definitely seems to be the case. These “bad” carbs (which include white flour, sugar, white rice, white potatoes) are primarily sugar, and are absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly. Insulin levels rise to move the sugar from the blood into the cells where it can be used as energy. When the body is constantly taxed by higher blood-sugar levels, unpleasant things start to happen: You gain weight, your bad cholesterol rises, and your reproductive hormone levels get thrown out of whack. For more even fuel-burning and optimal fertility, stick to “good” carbs, including vegetables, fruit, whole-grain breads and pastas, and beans. Eating this way might even help ward of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that affects 1 in 10 women and is a leading cause of infertility.
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