WEIGHT AND FERTILITY
Being Overweight or Underweight may both interfere with reproductive health.
Being underweight can cause a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. The body needs at least 18% of body fat to ovulate. Heavily restricted diets combined with excess amounts of exercise have been found to be more injurious than beneficial. Weight should be a balance between energy intake, storage and expenditure of energy.
Foods such as aduki beans, black beans, oysters, squid, raspberries and strawberries may help you to add some fuel and restore your energy.
Being overweight creates a situation of excess fatty tissue. Fat produces and stores oestrogen, consequently interfering with the normal feedback of the hormonal cycle. Some IVF clinics often refuse treatment to overweight women in order to avoid a really high level of oestrogen circulating in the body.
Excess weight contributes to toxin build up, makes your heart work harder and stresses weight bearing joints such as the legs, pelvis and spine.
Sometimes we don’t realise that we may have created a physical “buffer” to protect ourselves emotionally. Before starting any diet then, it is important to reflect on this question: “Do you really want to lose weight?”. If your answer is truly positive, you would have chances of success. Diet and exercise are both important and complementary.
Try to find a type of exercise that you really enjoy, rather that something you do out of frustration.