Raj and Ria were happily married couples who wanted to start a family. But 5 years passed by, what seemed like a simple desire turned out to be an impossible quest. They tried every fertility treatment some of them painful but all expensive, but all their efforts came to naughts.

Stories like these are commonplace today. In fact studies show that the average sperm count has decreased by 48 percent since 1940. And, women’s fertility is also on the decline.  Most studies attribute an erratic lifestyle, high levels of stress and over-exposure to toxins as the top causes of infertility.

Couples like Raj and Ria who are having difficulties conceiving can greatly benefit from adopting a holistic approach. In this article learn how a few simple steps can go a long way in improving your fertility and increasing your chances of conceiving.

1. Understand the Factors Involved in Creating a Healthy Child

The conception of a child is not merely a result of physical intimacy, but a physical, emotional and spiritual phenomenon. Both man and woman should be physically and mentally balanced to produce healthy offsprings.

According to Ayurveda, reproductive health depends on Shukra Dhatu, which is the seventh Dhatu of your body. The health of  Shukra Dhatu is dependent on the well-being of the previous six Dhatus which generate the raw material for the Shukra Dhatu through a chain of metabolic reactions.

2. Eat a Balanced Diet to Improve Metabolism

Although this is something that is recommended for all, a well-balanced nutritional diet is very critical for a couple who have symptoms of unexplained fertility. You can specifically focus on foods that enhance the quantity and quality of the Shukra Dhatu. Include following food items. 

For men

Food items like Asparagus, dates, almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts are beneficial. Using spices in the food to stimulate digestion is also necessary

In women

Grains like quinoa, mungh dhal lentils help to balance estrogen levels in the body. Eating pineapple can also be beneficial for a healthy ovum

Overall, it’s important to consume plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits with whole grains. Avoid spicy food as it can affect the motility of sperm and also reduce the quality of ovum in women. Also, stay away from refined carbohydrates, sugar and include healthy fat, fibre and protein in your diet.

3. Detox and Internal Cleanse

It is very critical to detoxify your body to get rid of free radicals and eliminate them. This helps to improve your digestive system at the micro-level so that each cell of your body starts to absorb proper nourishment, thereby increasing your chances of conception.

4. Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

Quitting bad habits like smoking, alcohol and drugs is vital because its toxic elements can seriously impact your reproductive health. Another major reason for infertility is high levels of stress. If your job is putting you under a lot of stress, look for ways to de-stress and spend quality time with your partner. Eliminate anxiety and increase optimism to have fair chances of getting a breakthrough.

5. Get Active

A sedentary lifestyle could also increase your risk of infertility. Incorporate moderate exercises to improve the balance in your body. This is especially true for obese women who have a harder time conceiving. This is because excess fat leads to the production of excess estrogen which can hinder your menstruation cycle and cause irregular periods.

Do remember, that being physically fit does not mean being skinny. If you are too thin, your reproductive health gets greatly affected too. So, achieve a healthy weight to improve your chances.

6. Include Natural Herbs and Natural Sources of Nutrients

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for the development of a healthy baby and a healthy pregnancy. It is also beneficial for improving your fertility as these essential fats are crucial to maintaining a healthy hormone function. Also increasing your intake of iron-rich food can help.

Some potent herbs that are recommended for getting pregnant naturally are as follows:

1. Lodhra

Improves the menstrual cycle for women by stimulating the levels of reproductive hormones of FSH (Follicular Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinising Hormone). When Lodhra is taken with “supari –pak” (herbal formulation) twice a day especially with honey and milk after meals, conception usually takes place with a higher success rate.

2. Kapikachhcu or Mucuna Pruriens

It is a well-known herb in Ayurveda which is famous for its aphrodisiac properties and is mainly suggested to improve fertility in men

3. Gokshura

Beneficial for both men and women to improve their reproductive health and enhance the Shukra Dhatu

Some other natural herbs you can try are maca, red raspberry leaf, dandelion, alfalfa, red clover and nettle leaf.

7. Cut the Caffeine

Caffeine can negatively affect female fertility by reducing the activity of the fallopian tube muscles which carry the eggs from the ovaries. One study suggests that women who consume over 500 mg of caffeine daily take up to 9.5 months longer to conceive.

8. Have a Sound Sleep

Inadequate sleep for a prolonged time can lead to several health hazards including low fertility rates. Since lack of sleep leads to fundamental changes to your hormonal balance, it can be a reason for your infertility issues.

9. Get the Timing Right

For women, it’s easier to figure out the days when you are the most fertile and thereby improve your chances of getting pregnant. Keep a tab of your menstrual cycle to help you determine the days of ovulation which is normally about 14 days before your next period.

10. Watch Out Your Medications

Exposure to too many chemicals in your diet, cosmetics and cleaning products can be a culprit. Consider going the natural and organic way to reduce your exposure to toxins. Also, certain medications especially popping too much pain killers can interfere with your hormones.

Struggles with infertility can be frustrating for couples, but there is hope. Medical treatments are not the only solution, consider the above lifestyle changes to support your body to conceive naturally.

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