In yesterday's email, I referenced a new study which found that drinking one or more sugary drinks a day is linked to reduced fertility, for both men and women by as much as 33%.
We already know that sugar isn't good for us so the results weren't really shocking. How MUCH it decreased fertility was surprising, though.
Inquiring minds might want to know why sugar's so bad though. Cool. Let's nerd out today.
By no means is this going to be a comprehensive thesis on all the ways that sugar is damaging. I'm going to focus on just one effect because of the very visible toll it takes on our skin which we are very familiar with, aren't we, ladies?
In our bodies, sugar can bind to proteins in a process known as glycation. This binding impairs the functioning of biomolecules. Kinda like how stiletto heels hinder you. Your feet still work with them on but you can't do everything you're capable of. (Or you're a much better woman than me.)
These new sugar-protein molecules form advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed which in turn result in cellular damage and chronic inflammation.
When sugar binds to the proteins in skin like collagen and elastin, they become discolored, weak, and less supple. And you guess it, this shows up on the skin's surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and dullness. Similar to how termites weaken the wood structure of a building over time. The effects are more pronounced in sun worshippers and smokers because UV radiation and the chemicals in cigarettes create loads of AGEs.
So, imagine the same process happening internally to the cells in your ovaries, uterus, and his testicles.
- Your eggs age faster than they should. Poor egg quality and low ovarian reserve sound familiar?
- Sperm issues like low count, decreased motility, and reduced normal morphology ring a bell?
Refined sugar is public enemy number one. But it's not the only culprit. Healthy staples such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables turn to glucose when digested too. So careful consideration of diet and lifestyle choices can either speed or slow your fertility age.
The good news is that since your body is constantly breaking down old collagen and making new collagen, the old glycated collagen will eventually be eliminated and replaced by un-glycated collagen.
And that, my dear Watson, is why eliminating sugar will revive those eggs and sperm. Not a quick process but it happens.
Hope this info helps you understand the importance of reducing your sugar intake. There's a lot more that goes into improving your fertility naturally. To help you with getting a jump start, I'm offering one hour fertility consults for $149. You can check out testimonials and pictures from past clients on this page: zenfertility.com/gps. If you want the 1 hour consult, you can pay here and we can get you started! Act fast though because this offer is good until next Friday.
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