Top Anti Fertility Foods
on May 15, 2013
by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
There are a whole list of foods that can harm your fertility and make it harder for you to get pregnant! Read on to find out what foods you should avoid for your best chance of conception.
We are often hearing lots about what to eat to boost our fertility, what the “hot” fertility foods are, etc.. But, we don’t hear very much about “infertility foods”. That’s right! There are a whole list of foods that can harm your fertility and make it harder for you to get pregnant! Read on to find out what foods you should avoid for your best chance of conception! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Soy mimics estrogen in the body. Therefore, if you intake too much soy, your body can have estrogen levels that are too high and that can cause infertility. Experts recommend that women and men both avoid soy foods when they are trying to conceive. Studies have shown that soy can cause lower sperm counts in men and fertility issues in women.
Processed sugars, such as white sugar, corn sugar and high fructose corn syrup are dangerous for fertility. However, natural sugars that come from sources such as fruit are still completely safe. When we consume sugar, our body releases insulin in an attempt to balance our blood sugar levels. On a long term scale, this can cause fertility issues such as PCOS. Eating healthy, natural sugars is a great way to avoid this problem.
Of course, everyone should already know this one. Drinking alcohol before pregnancy can lead to low sperm count in men, and other fertility issues in women. Alcohol, if consumed during pregnancy, can lead to birth defects, preterm labor, and even miscarriage.
Yep, you read that right! Even though your parents might have told you to eat your peas, you should stop when you are trying to conceive. Why, you ask? That’s because peas contain a chemical called m-xylohydroquinone, which can make it harder to conceive. So, lay off the peas while you are trying to get pregnant.
It’s not just during pregnancy that you need to avoid fish that is high in mercury like albacore tuna, mackerel and swordfish. Since the mercury chemicals can accumulate in your body for up to a year, it’s best to lay off of them while trying to conceive as well. Instead, switch to a fish like salmon, that has a lower mercury content, and can even help to boost fertility.
We’ve all been hearing so much about BPA lately, and experts concerns about the chemical are not slowing down. BPA is thought to be one of the most common causes of environmental infertility, so try to avoid it by not eating canned food or drinking from plastic water bottles if at all possible.
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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.