If you’ve been trying to conceive a baby and haven’t been able to for a while, you should probably take a look at the kinds of food you’ve been consuming. Many foods have been known to affect male and female fertility, thereby reducing your chances of becoming a parent. Want to figure out which foods have been doing this? Keep reading.
Foods That Negatively Affect Fertility
1. Fish With High Mercury Content Like Tuna, Shark, And Swordfish
Mercury is a heavy metal that negatively affects the thyroid and the reproductive organs. Research has shown that it has a negative effect on a woman’s response to in vitro fertilization (IVF).1 Women who are concerned about their fertility should eat small fish
2. Processed Carbs And Sugars Like Bread, Pasta, Cereal, And Rice
These foods spike your blood sugar, which increases insulin. Insulin can, in turn, disrupt hormonal balance and cause fertility problems like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Insulin provokes excess production of testosterone in women, which then interferes with healthy egg development. Rice and rice products have also been found to contain a significant amount of arsenic – an element toxic to humans.
Aside from spiking insulin and causing hormonal imbalance, sugar also promotes oxidative stress or oxidation
While fruits and vegetables
One study on Danish women found a greater incidence of infertility in women consuming 7 or more alcoholic drinks per week.4 A glass of wine once or twice
6. Foods Rich In Trans Fats
Healthy fats make healthy cells, including healthy eggs and sperm. Trans fats and hydrogenated oils result in unhealthy eggs and sperm. Foods that are likely to be highest in trans fats include margarine, baked goods, chocolate, candy, milk, and vegetable oils. Focus on foods rich in healthy fats like fish, raw nuts and seeds, avocado, and olive oil.5
7. Fruits And Vegetables With High Pesticide And Herbicide Residues
Pesticides and herbicides can mimic the hormone estrogen. In men, they interfere with the normal functioning of the male hormone testosterone. In women, they result in excessive estrogen activity or an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone – known as estrogen dominance. Eat a lot of veggies and fruits for a supply of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Aim for the ones with the lowest pesticide/herbicide residues. The Clean Fifteen are corn, avocado, pineapple, cabbage, onions, peas, papaya, asparagus, mangos, eggplant, honeydew, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and grapefruit. The produce highest in pesticide residues and best consumed organic includes apples, strawberries, spinach, nectarines, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.
8. Foods With High Dioxin Residues
Dioxin is an environmental pollutant. It impacts female fertility by contributing to a condition known as
Eliminate these foods from your diet because they might just be contributing to your infertility!
|↑1||Dickerson, E. H., T. Sathyapalan, R. Knight, S. M. Maguiness, S. R. Killick, J. Robinson, and S. L. Atkin. “Endocrine disruptor & nutritional effects of heavy metals in ovarian hyperstimulation.” Journal of assisted reproduction and genetics 28, no. 12 (2011): 1223-1228.|
|↑2||Mahasneh, Amjad A., Yali Zhang, Hua Zhao, Christine B. Ambrosone, and Chi-Chen Hong. “Lifestyle predictors of oxidant and antioxidant enzyme activities and total antioxidant capacity in healthy women: a cross-sectional study.” Journal of physiology and biochemistry 72, no. 4 (2016): 745-762.|
|↑3||Ruder, Elizabeth H., Terryl J. Hartman, and Marlene B. Goldman. “Impact of oxidative stress on female fertility.” Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology 21, no. 3 (2009): 219.|
|↑4||Tolstrup, Janne Schurmann, Susanne Krüger Kjær, Claus Holst, Heidi Sharif, Christian Munk, Merete Osler, Lone Schmidt, Anne‐Marie Nybo Andersen, and Morten GrØnbÆk. “Alcohol use as predictor for infertility in a representative population of Danish women.” Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 82, no. 8 (2003): 744-749.|
|↑5||LIU, Ai Dong, Jian Wen LI, Zhao Ping LIU, Ping Ping ZHOU, Wei Feng MAO, L. I. Ning, and Lei ZHANG. “Trans Fatty Acid Levels in Foods and Intakes among Population Aged 3 Years and above in Beijing and Guangzhou Cities, China.” Biomedical and Environmental Sciences 28, no. 7 (2015): 477-485.|