Infertility is an incredibly frustrating and stressful process that affects a lot more people than you would expect. The fact is that more than 6 million couples in the US (or 1 in 6) experience infertility, which is defined as an inability to get pregnant after a year or more of unprotected sex – and this number is not likely to fall shortly.
A sad part, infertility is rarely treated comprehensively – and much of the attention remains on the reproductive system. I have so many friends who go through IVF, IUI or other forms of fertility treatment without the support of my team about what supplements take (after birth), what foods they eat, or about monitoring their vitamin and inflammatory levels. This can often lead to unsuccessful treatment results if a woman is still under chronic stress, a hormone suppressed, undernourished or inflamed.
Good news: As a dietitian of functional medicine, I found that nutrition and nutritional status can significantly affect your inflammation and hormones, essentially pressing the reset button on the fertility of your body.
In my career, I have devoted a lot of time to creating protocols for autoimmune diseases, metabolic syndrome, weight loss, digestive disorders and diseases, and balancing female hormones (with emphasis on PCOS); In practice, I used a ketogenic diet to help reduce inflammation and help restore the bowel, balance blood sugar, control diabetes, and lose body fat. Only when I started to experience infertility I began to explore how these anti-inflammatory, intestinal regeneration and metabolic effects could affect fertility and healthy conception.
In fact, the first six years of using a ketogenic diet as a tool in my clinic, I did not think that I would "need" to go keto alone because my blood sugar was balanced, I did not have overweight and I was not chronically inflamed. But after seeing the 50th "infertile" client, after completing the protocol for ketosis, I got pregnant (it seems to me that all those who are trying to get pregnant get pregnant!) Mechanisms of action. Spoiler: Now I have a 3-year-old daughter, so do not need to say that it worked for me too!