Infertility is big business. A recent report predicted that the global fertility services market is expected to exceed £16bn by 2020.
Couples desperate to conceive spend thousands on IVF and other fertility treatments – at a cost of around £5,000 per cycle in the UK – and the demand is growing as more and more women seek to ‘delay’ their childbearing years.
They face the obstacles thrown up by modern life which greatly reduce their chances of becoming pregnant.
The stresses and strains of work and social habits; bad diet and the long-term use of birth control pills, antibiotics and modern medicines; the prevalence of oestrogen-mimicking chemicals, heavy metals, and toxins in our environment can all negatively impact the female reproductive system.
Medical advances might have brought hope and joy to previously childless couples but there are also sensible steps which couples can take to ensure that they give themselves the best opportunity to become pregnant and carry their baby to full term.
Most expectant mothers, or couples trying for a baby, are likely to be supplementing their diets with one or more of folate or folic acid, Vitamin D, omega3 from fish oil and
probiotics. Your local pharmacy or health store has entire shelves dedicated to pregnancy health
Yet the effectiveness of these supplements and indeed all nutrients are greatly reduced if you don’t have the correct balance of minerals trace elements in your diet.
Getting the right balance of minerals and trace elements in your diet is also never more important than when you are pregnant. Indeed, it can actually increase fertility and the chances of a successful conception.
For couples who previously struggled to conceive, taking a balanced and bioavailable complete mineral supplement such as Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic on a daily basis for at least 3 months can improve the health of developing eggs and sperm and increase the chances of a successful conception.
One reason for this is because the minerals and trace elements help normalise the body’s self-regulating pH mechanism which can help women naturally restore balance and health to their reproductive organs.
You can read more about female reproductive hygiene in this study (Here) by the pioneering American Naturopathic doctor Roy Pittman, author of Brighton Baby.
Furthermore, a whole new branch of Medicine called Nutrigenomics that studies the effect of nutrition on genetic expression has found that having healthy cells which are nourished with the minerals they require will enable your cells to reach their full genetic expression. This modern research has shown that nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy can predispose your unborn child to diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life.
So what minerals and trace elements are we talking about? Well, your body requires more than 70 of them every day – yet it’s hard to get them from modern nutrient deficient foods.
Minerals interact with each other in your body so a complete mineral supplement such as Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic which is in balance with your body’s requirements and 100% bioavailable is best. Remember, dietary supplements must be bioavailable for your body to absorb them effectively.
Important minerals for fertility
Magnesium is vital for building and repairing your body’s tissues. A severe deficiency of magnesium during pregnancy can lead to preeclampsia, poor foetal growth, and even infant mortality.
Calcium is vital for your baby to develop strong bones and teeth; to grow a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles; and to develop a normal heart rhythm and blood-clotting abilities.
Low iron levels prior to conception may contribute to lack of ovulation. Women who take iron
supplements report less instances of infertility
Chromium deficiencies in foetus can lead to eye abnormalities and possible later development of diabetes.
Selenium aids sperm motility in guys and oestrogen metabolism in ladies.
Zinc boosts the general quality of sperm. Low levels of zinc have been linked to early miscarriage.
The benefits for your baby of maintaining healthy mineral levels are enormous because the health of your microbiome, the good bacteria in your body, will be boosted. You will pass this on to your new baby at various stages: first through your placenta during the months of pregnancy, then during childbirth when your amniotic sac breaks during labour and your baby passes through the birth canal, again when your baby is laid skin-to-skin on your chest, and finally when your baby begins breastfeeding.
Indeed, this seeding of your baby’s microbiome continues for the first few weeks of their life so by maintaining your mineral and cellular health you are also supporting your baby’s.