As an acupuncturist in the area of fertility, I realize that creating a fertility diet is best done by looking at hormone imbalances. Your endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate your body's growth, metabolism, and sexual development and function. The hormones are released into the bloodstream and transported to tissues and organs throughout your body.
Hormones are chemical messengers that carry a signal from one cell (or group of cells) to another. All multicellular organisms produce hormones; plant hormones are also called phytohormone. Cells respond to a hormone when they express a specific receptor for that hormone. The hormone binds to the receptor protein, resulting in the activation of a signal transduction mechanism that ultimately leads to cell type-specific responses.
In regards to reproduction, the ovaries, uterus, breasts, and testes, are the important organs that are regulated by our hormones. Too little estrogen, too little progesterone, too many male hormones, and/or cortisol deficiencies, are all common problems with reproductive hormones.
Our endocrine system regulates our hormones, and therefore of vital importance to the reproductive health of both men and women. Proper eating habits, avoiding certain habits and weight control, are some areas, which should be given attention when conception, or health in general is your goal.
Many medical conditions can also adversely affect the hormonal balance such as a thyroid condition; diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and too high or too low body mass index are all common contributors to infertility.
If you think you are experiencing signs and symptoms of hormonal deficiencies or imbalances, the first place to look is your period and menstrual cycle.
Below you will find common hormone imbalances and how to start to remedy them:
Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight will optimize your chances of conception by supporting your body and its hormonal functioning.
Your nutrient levels and how well your digestion is functioning is a huge determinant of hormonal balancing in your body. Essential Fatty Acids and nutrients such as vitamin A, B6, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants are key factors to hormonal balance and therefore fertility.