What did you have for breakfast today?
If you're like most women who have committed to eating better for improved fertility, it might be one of these common choices:
- protein bar
Unfortunately, most of these contribute to chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalance, ovulatory dysfunction, and DNA damage.
Worst of all, they're toxic to mitochondria.
Things you definitely want to avoid when trying to get pregnant.
You've probably never even heard of how mitochondria affect egg quality.
Mitochondria are the components in your eggs that literally create the energy to power the eggs' many processes.
Without them, your eggs don't have enough "gas" to do anything.
As the largest cells in your body, your eggs needs lots and lots of energy. And they need a ton more to become a baby.
Those items I just mentioned above?
All but one are toxic to mitochondria.
Because they're high in carbohydrates which turn into sugar which then cause all sorts of damage to the functioning of your eggs.
In fact, various studies conclude that there is a 78% higher risk of developing ovulatory infertility in women who consume more carbs than those who follow a low-carb diet.
Another study found that IVF patients who switched to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet and then underwent another cycle increased their blastocyst formation rate from 19% to 45% and their clinical pregnancy rate from 17% to 83%.
Only one of those choices above do I recommend to women over 40 trying to improve poor egg quality for conception.
Lots and lots of eggs
Fertility tip #6 - reduce your carbohydrate and sugar intake.
That's all for now, ladies.
Come back tomorrow for another fertility goodie. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!
If you missed fertility tip #5, you can get it here.
All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
P.S. Surprised by today's information? You'll be even more so when I debunk a lot of what you think is good for your fertility in my Fertility Top10: http://zenfertility.com/top10