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Why It’s Important to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle During the Holiday Season

December 5, 2016
By REACH Fertility Clinics

It’s that time of year again for parties, parties, and more parties!  While there’s nothing better than enjoying the festivities, along with the parties comes a ton of delicious foods and drinks that are often hard to avoid.  We know it’s tempting, but this holiday season, try your hardest to maintain your normal healthy lifestyle – especially if you are trying to get pregnant.  Here’s why….

Being overweight has been known to have devastating effects on fertility and can cause abnormalities in hormone levels in both men and women that can have a negative effect on eggs and sperm.  Not to mention, it also puts the cardiovascular system in overdrive, promotes pre-diabetic and diabetic states, and increases cholesterol levels.  While, it’s certainly okay to treat yourself, just don’t completely derail from your normal habits and follow these tips below.

  • Make sure your diet includes a balance of lean proteins, healthy fats, and low glycemic index carbohydrates.   *A low glycemic diet is important especially for women effected with PCOS who are prone to making high levels of insulin.  This is because high level glycemic foods allow large swings in blood sugar, which in turn allow sustained elevations in insulin.  Insulin acts as a growth factor in the ovary and releases male hormones, thus lowering chances to conceive.  The Glycemic Index (GI) ranges from 1-100, and the most ideal foods have a GI range of less than 55.  This includes foods such as vegetables, most fruits (watermelon, bananas, and grapes have a higher GI range), oatmeal, peas, carrots, skim milk, and beans.  Examples of intermediate GI foods can include pasta, corn, and ice cream.  Avoid high GI foods such as white bread, white potatoes, and sugared sodas. 
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of a few large meals a day.  This will help you stay full throughout the day and boost your metabolism.  
  • Eat protein at every meal. 
  • Stop the bad habits!  This means giving up smoking and minimizing alcohol intake. 
  • Exercise more frequently.  Guys, this goes for you as well as exercise has been proven to help sperm production. 
  • Men should stop taking male hormone enhancing drugs which routinely decreases sperm production. 

By maintaining a healthy lifestyle (yes, even through the holidays) it can have a positive impact on fertility in both men and women.  For more information on fertility treatment options or to schedule a consultation at the Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte, please give us a call at (888) 551-0874.   

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