Are you thinking about getting pregnant? Maybe you are trying to conceive naturally or in the throes of fertility treatments but one thing many doctors forget to address is the role of diet in conceiving a baby. Most women know they should be taking enough folic acid when trying to get pregnant and many already know they need to eat “healthy” however most do not realize the pH of their diet and whether they are eating more acid or alkaline is one of the key factors of increasing their fertility naturally and effectively.
You might recall your high school science class when hearing about “pH”. You might have visions of litmus paper and various compounds turning the paper blue and orange. The basics of getting the most out of the pH values of the food is to think of the measure of acidity (like vinegar) or alkalinity (like baking soda) from a scale of 0 to 14. Zero is the worst possible acidic value with 14 is the highest possible alkaline value with a neutral value in the middle. Your body works hard to mantain a balance of slightly alkaline 7.36. Unfortunately, however, a Standard American Diet is extremely acid-forming (meat, dairy products, sugar and other sweets, wheat and white flour baked goods and pastas, coffee, tea, trans-fats, and food additives found in most packaged and prepared foods) Our high stress lifestyles also adversely affect our body’s pH balancing mechanisms, leading to acidity.
Microorganisms such as yeast, fungi, unhealthy bacteria, and viruses thrive in an acidic environment. Many of these vile organisms interfere with interfere with enzymes and co-enzymes along with the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, including those responsible for hormonal balance responsible for healthy reproduction and fertility along with many other health issues. When enzymes and co-enzymes are depleted hormones, in both men and women, responsible for fertility become imbalanced. Also, microorganisms thriving in an acidic environment in the body begin to feed on critical hormones causing further deficiencies.
The overgrowth of microorganisms and an excessively acidic environment lead to a host of fertility concerns such as infertility, vaginal yeast or fungal overgrowth, vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties, urinary tract infections, prostatitis, and impotence.
Being as sperm prefer an alkaline environment, nutrition and the alkalinity of the diet become key in improving the quality of cervical mucous. Eating a high quality plant based diet filled with organic (when possible) fruits and vegetables, particularly dark, leafy green vegetables will create optimal alkaline blood levels, help eradicate candida and other pathogens, and supercharge your trace vitamins and minerals which boost fertility naturally.
For those on fertility treatment now, it might help to know that many synthetic hormones have an acidifying effect on the body therefore eating a plant based alkaline diet is of the utmost importance to get the best results from treatment. The ratio of 80% alkaline with 20% acid seems to be the magic number. A focus on raw vegetables whether eating them or juicing is the best way to consume a plant based diet.
Noone can deny eating a plant based diet rich in alkalizing foods is the best way to detox, restore, and balance the body. Understanding the positive effect it also has on fertility can help you get pregnant in a healthy way naturally or as augmentation to fertility treatments.
Find a list of Alkaline vs. Acid Foods HERE.0