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succeed in conceiving after a relaxing f you are currently trying to fall holiday during which hormonal balance pregnant, you may already be is restored. Stress affects both male and aware that one out of seven couples female fertility. Stress management is today has trouble conceiving. as important as healthy diet and regular However, it is important to know exercise. Simple breathing techniques, that, for most couples, infertility is which can be done anytime, anywhere, usually a temporary condition, caused have a profound effect on the stress by excessive toxin accumulation and/or response. Meditation, even 10 minutes a nutritional deficiencies. IVF should never day, can make a difference. Meditation be a first option for treating infertility. apps such as Headspace, Calm and Natural infertility treatments are not Buddify, can help you get started. only generally more effective, safer, less invasive and cheaper, but NUTRITION often offer better health Good nutrition is outcomes in the long essential. Focus run for both mother on whole, and baby. More and natural, organic, more research Regular exercise can unprocessed foods is identifying have a profound effect that are high in modifiable risk nutritional value. on reducing sugar factors that may When you are not impact fertility. cravings, balancing getting enough Here are some hormones, managing nutrients from your top tips for helping PCOS and otherwise food, your body has to optimise your in-built mechanisms improving fertility. chances of conceiving. to prevent you from falling pregnant. STRESS Most people are unaware of n HEALTHY FATS: The number one the extent to which chronic, ongoing macronutrient for boosting fertility is stress adversely impacts health, including fat. If you don’t have enough healthy fat, fertility health. The reason is quite simple. your body goes into self-preservation Stress is the body’s survival response, mode and you are much less likely to fall often referred to as ‘fight or flight’ mode. pregnant. Fat is also one of the primary The hormones involved with this response – cortisol and adrenalin – take precedence elements of our sex hormones. Foods to include in your diet that are rich in healthy over all other hormones. Pregnenolone fats include butter, cheese, full-fat yogurt, is the precursor to the stress hormones eggs, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil and and to the sex hormones. If your body is making stress hormones all day every day, fatty fish. When trying to fall pregnant be aware of the high levels of mercury in a there will not be enough pregnenolone lot of fish. Choose small fish like sardines to make the hormones necessary to fall and anchovies and be aware that farmed pregnant. This is often the reason couples

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DID YOU KNOW? Acupuncture is becoming more and more popular to treat infertility. Studies are showing that acupuncture offers an opportunity to promote natural fertility. In fact, an article in The Guardian newspaper, as long ago as February 2008, stated that a review of the evidence concluded acupuncture can increase the chances of getting pregnant for women undergoing fertility treatment by 65 per cent.

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