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Naturally restore fertility and give your baby a healthy start

The Simple Answer To The Infertility Epidemic

Infertility is something that's rarely talked about, which is why it’s so shocking to hear that it has become an epidemic. You may not encounter infertility until it is staring you in the face – until you have tried everything in your power to get pregnant and still have yet to see a positive pregnancy test.

This problem is, unfortunately, not uncommon. And it is growing worse each year.

WHAT INFERTILITY LOOKS LIKE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Naturally restore fertilityInfertility is easy to classify, but it is much harder to “cure.” As we already know, modern medicine cannot provide any cures – which many people argue is on purpose in order to feed the pharmaceutical monopoly. A doctor can offer a pill or an injection for infertility that may cost a couple time and money, while taking a toll on physical health. But no medical treatment can guarantee that a couple hoping to start a family will finally conceive.

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), infertility occurs when a man or a woman’s body is unable to perform basic reproductive functions.1 Infertility isn’t just a minor roadblock a couple may face on the way to having a baby. It is a major problem that affects an estimated 11 per cent of the reproductive-age population.

Even more surprising is the fact that infertility affects men and women equally. Within the past 25 years, the sperm count in Scotland has dropped a whopping 29 per cent.2 Sperm counts in France fell by roughly 33 per cent from 1989 to 2005.3

For 25 per cent of couples, there is no one answer to their infertility — there may be multiple factors that are making it difficult for a couple to conceive. Up to 90 per cent of infertility cases are treated with conventional medicine or surgery.

While fertility treatments can increase a couple’s chances of getting pregnant, they still have a large margin for error. For fertile and infertile couples alike, conception remains a numbers game: A healthy couple has an estimated 20 per cent chance of conceiving naturally in any given month (at no cost), compared to a couple undergoing in vitro fertilization (up to £10,000 per cycle) with a monthly success rate of 20 to 35 per cent.4

To say that the infertility struggle is expensive and heartbreaking would be an understatement. Because of common infertility factors plaguing both men and women — like endometriosis, irregular ovulation, poor egg quality, PCOS, and tube blockages in women and low sperm count, poor sperm motility, and tube blockages in men — millions of couples may never fulfill their dream of starting a family. These infertility issues may appear complex, but they have one common thread that ties them together: most reproductive disorders stem from lifestyle factors that are within our control.

INFERTILITY IS A LIFESTYLE DISEASE

The ASRM calls infertility a disease of the reproductive system, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. Yes, infertility is a devastating disease. But it is a lifestyle disease brought on, often unknowingly, by the poor choices we continue to make each day.

Because infertility has become a full- blown epidemic, leading doctors to slap an “unexplained infertility” diagnosis on millions of mysterious cases that appear not to have a known cause, it’s worth taking a closer look.

Based on most conservative estimates, one in six couples face infertility — meaning they can’t get pregnant after one year of trying. But one recent Canadian study brought even more shocking figures to light: Infertility in Canada is on the rise, and numbers are higher than suspected. Canada’s infertility rate among heterosexual couples nearly doubled from 1992 to 2012.5 To make matters worse, this global epidemic is silent. A 2014 CDC report estimated that fewer women are seeking help for infertility than they were 30 years ago.6

Much of this infertility defeat has to do with the confusion surrounding the topic. A doctor may be able to explain a couple’s infertility by pinpointing a reproductive problem that is expensive or impossible to “fix.” For the 20 per cent of infertile couples diagnosed with unexplained fertility, they may find themselves between a rock and a hard place — forced to drain their savings or give up on their dream of having a baby.7

And yet, in almost every case of infertility, inflammatory lifestyle factors still aren’t addressed.

THE INFERTILITY SOLUTION:
4 WAYS TO RESTORE FERTILITY NATURALLY

When facing a “hopeless” case like infertility, it helps to remember that every lifestyle disease has a cause. Take away the cause and apply the science of a non- inflammatory lifestyle, and you can equip your reproductive organs to repair and heal, in the majority of cases.

There are four ways to reclaim your fertility and restore good health, for men and women:

1. Cut out un-natural foods. The first step is perhaps the most important of all — avoiding inflammatory foods, like cow’s milk products, processed foods, and starchy carbohydrates that include breads, cereals, potatoes, refined pastas, and cookies, may relieve the greatest health burden contributing to your infertility.
2. Eat Really Healthy Foods. To restore reproductive health, anti-inflammatory foods must replace inflammatory foods in the diet. Aim to eat fresh, whole foods at each meal: the majority being fresh
or frozen vegetables, along with dark- skinned fruits and avocados; beans, nuts, and seeds; limited pasture-fed meats or chicken; oily fish and healthy oils; and healthy carbohydrate alternatives, including legume pasta.
3. Supplement missing nutrients. Nutrition is imperative in this stage to not only support reproductive health but to support a baby’s health after conception. Taking a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals daily can bridge any nutritional gaps in the diet. The trace mineral iodine is critical for any man or woman hoping to conceive — one study even linked iodine supplementation with restored fertility levels in sheep suffering from iodine deficiency.8
4. Stay active. Daily activity is an essential component in a reproductive rehabilitation plan. While over-exercise has been linked with a difficulty getting pregnant, exercising and eating a healthy diet have been proven to boost fertility in women with PCOS, a common infertility disorder.9

For couples ready to start a family, an infertility diagnosis isn’t a dead end. Restore reproductive health first to lay the foundation for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

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