The major cause of infertility is due to poor health. So, if you are planning to have a baby, it is essential to take care of your health even before pregnancy itself. In order for you to give birth to a healthier and stronger baby, you need to ensure your health is in optimum condition as this will improve your fertility levels. Ideally, this should be done at least 4 months before trying to conceive. You are what you eat. So, if you have not been eating healthily, for sure your blood is circulating toxins instead of nutrients in your body, making it conducive to many ailments, including infertility.
To obtain optimal health condition, our bodies need to attain a healthy level of pH balance, essential for both the reproductive and general health. Our body's normal pH is slightly alkaline. A perfect body pH is 7.4, above is alkaline and below is acidic. You can test your pH levels using pH test strips available from the pharmacy. It is important for you to ensure that your daily dietary intake of food naturally balances your body pH. If you want to improve your fertility, you may benefit by adding more alkalizing foods to your diet. A healthy diet should consist of 70-80% alkaline-forming foods and 20-30% acid-forming foods. Alkaline forming foods include nearly all vegetables such as lettuces, lentils, onion, sweet potato, sprouts, tomatoes, celery, peppers, cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, cucumber and garlic. It also includes most fruits such as honeydew, olives, mango, lemons, pears, avocado, pineapple, apples, blackberries, apricots, bananas, blueberries, currants, raisins, cherries, peaches and papaya. For the sake of you and the baby, you should cut down on foods that are highly acidic such as sugar, meat, seafood, poultry, white vinegar, processed soybeans, cheese, MSG, coffee and alcohol.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an alkaline forming food. It is a non-alcoholic beverage extracted from apples. It can work to balance the pH and therefore can help improve fertility. You and your partner can take 2 teaspoons of ACV, sweetened with 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass of water, 3 times a day. If taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, it can increase sexual desire and make the female's egg more receptive to sperm, thus increasing the chances of pregnancy. In fact, it can be used as a remedy for curing many other ailments and it is a good source of nutrition.
By drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can help cleanse your body of toxins and wastes to prepare it for conception. This will also make it more effective for your body to absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat essential for the reproductive success. So always stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Adding lemon juice to water can boost your fertility. Antioxidants in this drink helps to remove the free radicals in your body which can harm the sperms and eggs, thereby increasing your fertility. However, water cannot be replaced by coffee or sodas because it can deplete you of water instead.