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1. Good nutrition
You should reduce your intake of the following:
2. Get Your weight in Check
Fertility can be affected by your weight, whether you are underweight or overweight. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good indication of how much of our body tissue is fat. This is important because oestrogen (the fertility hormone in women) is produced from fat cells.
A BMI of less than 20 is considered underweight. This can cause problems because the body does not have enough fat stores, and as a protective mechanism in women this can disrupt or stop ovulation and menstruation.
An ideal BMI is in the range 20-25.
To calculate your BMI refer to the article Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI) Value.
3. Reduce Environmental Hazards
We are constantly being bombarded with harmful chemicals and toxins all around us, from our food, water, household products, etc, sometimes without being aware of it. These could be having an adverse affect on fertility as some studies have shown.
We are exposed to radiation on a daily basis from microwaves, mobile phones, radar, computers, televisions, etc. Studies have shown that the levels of radiation emitted from these devices can have harmful effects on health and fertility.
Other environmental hazards include xenoestrogens (environmental oestrogens) found in pesticides and plastics, and toxic metals found in our water supply and household products as well as the many other hazardous contaminations we are surrounded by in our everyday life. Hormone balance is important for optimum fertility, and xenoestogens are one of the main causes of hormonal imbalance. It is therefore best to reduce your intake of these harmful chemicals.
4. Take Regular exercise
Moderate exercise on a regular basis will help keep your weight in check and optimize your health by improving heart function, cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure. Exercise can also help to reduce stress levels and boost endorphins, the feel-good hormones.
5. Keep Cool
This is one for the men. For optimum fertility, sperm need to be kept a couple of degrees cooler than the rest of the body. It is therefore a good idea to wear loose-fitting underwear and avoid excessively hot baths and saunas. Men should also not sit cross-legged or sit for long periods of time.
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