To drink or not to drink. That is the question...

You probably already know that you shouldn't drink or at least minimize it when you're trying to get pregnant. 

Dudes, that goes for you too, especially if your swimmers are more like back floaters.

Yeah, it's never a lifestyle change people enjoy.

But check this out...

According to a study published in June which tracked 550 people for more than 30 years, the conclusion stated...

"Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with adverse brain outcomes including hippocampal atrophy."

The hippocampus is a part of the brain associated with memory and spatial navigation.  Damage to this area can potentially lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Well, that's got nothing to do with fertility so who cares.

Oh come on.  You know me better than that.  Of course, it has to do with fertility.

Cuz the hippocampus is part of the emotion system of the brain aka the limbic system.

In fact, the rising estrogen levels leading up to ovulation causes the hippocampus to get bigger, increasing the communication between nerve cells by 25%.  We don't know why that is but it's obviously important enough for the brain to grow cyclically in response to our natural hormonal changes.

On top of that, the hippocampus affects the organs responsible for hormonal regulation and the stress response in both men and women.

So keep that beautiful noggin of yours intact, sans alcohol.

“Moderate” drinking was defined as 7-14 units a week for women and 7-21 units for men.

14 units = about 5 large (175mL) glasses of 14% wine  or 4 pints of high strength beer

I know reality is hard.  Especially with the upcoming holidays.  

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Don't shoot the messenger.  I'm just sayin'.

But I do have recommended drinks while you're trying to get pregnant.  One, in particular, is awesome at putting the va-va-voom back in your eggs and sperm.  

The recipe is part of my online GPS (Get Pregnant & Stay pregnant) Fertility Program.  Drink it up here:

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

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