+1Fitness: 6 Steps to Help Boost Fertility

Fertility is a topic that comes up at some point in every woman’s life. As females we not only have to deal with the same stresses as men - getting into college, getting a good job, having a good career, being a good person and so on, but we also have to deal with the added stresses placed on us by the media, family members and any other f**kers with an opinion about this delightful notion that we have ‘a ticking biological clock’ or a ‘fertility window’.

For many women the area of fertility can become one of intense stress and pressure - and considering it should be the most beautiful & natural part of a woman’s life, the way in which society has evolved over the last few decades has unfortunately turned it into a stressful topic for many.

So, as to remove as much stress as possible for you when it does come to the time that you feel ready to start trying, here is a quick blog post outlining steps we can take to help the process.

Unlike the uncontrollable factors such as genetics and age there are many factors, such as eating certain foods and avoiding others, that we can control ourselves without medical intervention to help boost our ovulatory function and our chances of getting pregnant!

 

One of the big factors that we see playing a HUGE role in reducing ovulation is insulin resistance.

Insulin Resistance is when insulin becomes less able to lower the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Usually, insulin helps sugar move out of the blood and into the body's cells. In the cells, the body can use sugar to make energy. If this does not happen correctly, too much sugar stays in the blood. This is called hyperglycemia. The body realises there is still sugar floating around the body and produces even MORE insulin - and it is this EXCESS INSULIN that causes major metabolic disturbances.

If the blood glucose level is above normal for a long time, this can lead to major health problems such as diabetes, obesity & infertility. [1]

There are lots of different ways to help reduce (or in my own case - reverse) insulin resistance. Let’s look first at the NUTRITIONAL STEPS we can take: