Balancing Hormones for Egg Health
Hormonal balance, especially as a woman gets older, can be a challenge. Hormonal imbalance is aided by the stress of lifestyle, environment and diet. Fertility cycles become skewed and ovulation is affected.
While drugs will likely be part of the IVF process, it is possible to help the endocrine system become more balanced naturally. By enhancing the hormonal balance in the body, a woman has a much higher chance of producing good eggs.
To enhance estrogen in the body, foods that contain phyto-estrogens are important to eat. Foods like tempeh, all sprouted seeds, oils from seeds (sesame, sunflower, and linseed), oats and barley, and vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber and carrots.
Phyto-estrogens can also be found in small amounts in whole grains, rice and rye and in herbs like aniseed, dill, coriander and red clover.
Progesterone can be enhanced with herbs, vitamins and minerals that include fenugreek, blue cohosh, yucca, magnesium and vitamin B6. Most of these and many others are available at health food stores.
A Healthy Diet = Healthy Eggs
Eating well during the 90-day window of opportunity can impact eggs positively. A diet that is dense in nutrition will feed the eggs and help to make them healthier. Eating foods such as:
· dark leafy green
· pumpkin seeds
· sesame seeds
By cutting out food and drink that is damaging to health, the eggs will be saved from destructive factors. Cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, non-organic meats and vegetables, processed foods and trans-fats are all damaging to egg health.
Enhancing the diet with a good quality multivitamin that is not comprised of synthetics, and taking antioxidants to help protect the egg from free radical damage are additional ways to promote the health of eggs.
Relaxation for Ovulation and Egg Health
The last aspect is handling stress properly. We live in a world that is fast-paced and demanding, allowing little time for reflection and relaxation. However, if egg health is important, than reducing stress is equally important. Stress will cause damage to the eggs and can also affect the entire pregnancy process.
In a study of women who were not ovulating, one group received cognitive therapy and the control group did not. Of the group receiving cognitive therapy, 80 percent of the women started to ovulate again as opposed to 25 percent from the control group. Relaxing takes practice but it is a very important part of producing healthy eggs.
Focusing on healthy, natural ways to ensure egg and ovary health, a woman be feel satisfied that she is enhancing ovulation, egg production, and the health of her future baby.