We can pretty much all agree that wanting something is very different from getting it. Likewise, almost everyone will probably freely admit that people are what they eat. They both seem to be pretty clear cut and great truths. Somewhat ironically, these two truths can go hand in hand in ways that no one ever expected.
Take for example, when a woman decides that she is ready and willing to have a baby. This be can a very stressful time for a wide variety of reasons.There is a world of difference between wanting a baby and actually being able to have a baby. There is, in fact, an entire industry built around aiding women when it comes to conceiving a child.
Nevertheless, a woman wanting to conceive a child will likely want to do anything possible to assure that actually happens before having to seek outside help in the matter.
The problem is that there are many factors that can affect a woman's ability to conceive. As one can imagine, a woman's diet can be a major factor, especially if that woman is fond of snacking, as a great many women are. It's here those two great truths can collide.
The actual snack foods and beverages that have an impact on conception can be rather surprising, because not everything that may seem healthy actually is, and not always for obvious reasons. Here are 15 snacks that can affect a woman's ability to conceive, and they range from fairly obvious to somewhat shocking.
15All That Sugary Candy
It's true that not everything a woman eats is as healthy as it may seem, and the opposite is also true. Of course, some food items are as unhealthy as they seem. On that note, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to claim candy has any real health benefits.
The reason that people rightly view candy as unhealthy is primarily due to its large sugar content and the lack of any nutrition other than empty calories. The truth is some kinds of candy are little more than sugar.
Sugar, as it turns out is also a problem when it comes to fertility. When sugar is consumed it creates a spike in the amount of insulin released in the body. When sugar is consumed often, day in and day out, it can create an insulin resistance in the body, and that can lead to a condition called PCOS.
PCOS is a condition that affects ovulation, implantation of the ovum, and can even increase the likelihood of miscarriages. So, for women who want to conceive a child and carry it to term, daily snacking on candy is not the wise thing to do.
14Artifically Sweetened Soft Drinks
After establishing that candy is not really healthy for anyone, especially women wanting to conceive, it seems natural to continue on with something that is rather clearly not good for you, and that would be soft drinks. Like candy, soft drinks are rightly viewed as being full of sugar. Also, like candy, soft drinks are very bad for a woman's fertility.
Soft drinks are as bad for a woman's fertility as sugar is for women’s fertility. If you think that diet soft drinks are a different story, guess again. After all, diet soft drinks are often viewed as being at least somewhat better for a person than regular soft drinks because they don’t contain the same amount of sugar, but when it comes to women wanting to conceive, this is not the case.
A recent study found that there is a link between artificial sweeteners and low fertility. Artificial sweeteners, as opposed to real sugar, are found in many diet soft drinks. Scientists are still studying the long term effects of artificial sweeteners on all aspects of health since little is known about how these chemicals are currently affecting our health.
In addition, soda is often full of sodium (salt), and caffeine. Both not fully conducive to conception.
13The Soy In Soy Milk
It's probably not shocking news that soft drinks and diet soft drinks are bad for you, what you might not know is that there are other drinks that are not good for a women’s fertility that are less obvious. Once such drink that is a problem for women wanting to conceive is soy milk.
Unlike soft drinks, soy milk is not typically viewed as being widely unhealthy for a person, and thus many women might find it shocking that it can cause an issue for their fertility. When it comes to a woman’s fertility, the problem with soy milk is the soy itself.
Soy contains compounds that mimic estrogen in a woman’s body. This is a problem because high estrogen levels in women can lead to several fertility issues.
12The Soy In Tofu Too
It may be surprising that soy milk isn’t the best thing when it comes to a woman's ability to conceive a child. The problem is, that's not where it ends. Soy milk is not just a beverage to drink, but it can also be an ingredient in other kinds of foods. For example, soy milk is used to make tofu, which is very popular with some women.
Since tofu is made of soy, it's not good for women wanting to conceive for reasons already explained about soy milk. The only thing is soy milk and foods made with it like tofu are not just the issues. Any kind of soy based food should be avoided for women who are trying to conceive a child.
Even after a child is conceived, soy foods like tofu should be avoided, because soy is known to cause issues for developing fetuses. Which makes sense since soy causes an increase in estrogen.
11Hormones And Antibiotics In Cow's Milk
Most people have been raised drinking cow's milk, so understandably they'd be prone to believe that milk, regular milk that comes from a cow, is just fine. After all, milk and babies tend to be somewhat associated with each other. Unfortunately, even regular, plain old milk can be a problem for women wanting to conceive.
The thing about cow's milk is that it may not be quite as natural as one might think. Many dairy products such as milk are not considered to be organic. It may be that the milk you are drinking could contain added hormones and antibiotics that can contribute to increased estrogen levels in the body.
As discussed above, an increased estrogen is not compatible with a woman's fertility. Only organic, dairy products should be consumed by women wanting to get pregnant.
10Concentrated Sugars In Bottled Juices
Women who look for other healthy beverages to drink might think that juices or smoothies are good alternatives to sodas. they are seemingly good candidates for an alternative beverage since they contain natural products like oranges, berries and apples. Sadly, even these are not better alternatives when it comes to trying to conceive a child. The issue is primarily because it's in a bottle.
Juices that comes in a bottle is considered to be pasteurized juices. That's a problem. The thing about pasteurized juices is that they tend to contain high levels of concentrated sugar. And we already know that sugar is a problem when it comes to women’s fertility. As amazing as it may seem, bottled juices aren’t really any better than soft drinks when it comes to a woman's fertility.
The reason is that when you drink a juice rather than eat the fruit itself, you are directly consuming the fruit's sugar and not the fruits nutrient rich skin. That is usually where the most nutrients can be found, not to mention there's more fruit concentrated in the juice than if you were to eat the fruit individually which increases your sugar intake.
9The GMOs In Bread
Women wanting to get pregnant should also watch what they eat for breakfast. One breakfast item that should be avoided is likely something no one would expect. If a woman wants to get pregnant she likely should not have any toast either, and that's not necessarily because of anything that may be on the toast. No, the issue with toast is the very fact that it's bread.
The problems with bread is that it is considered a processed food. Bread is most likely not something people would consider a processed food, but it is. Most processed foods are generally unhealthy. The issue when it comes to fertility is that many processed foods, such as bread contain GMOs or genetically modified organisms. GMOs has been shown to impact fertility in a negative way.
8Preservatives In Bacon
As it turns out, breakfast may just be the most unhealthy meal for a woman wanting to conceive a child. Another favorite breakfast staple found around many breakfast tables the world over is bacon. And science is now telling us that women should avoid this food if they're trying to conceive.
This could be hard since bacon is a beloved American breakfast food item, so finding out it can affect a woman’s fertility may be pretty hard to hear.
Bacon, like bread, is also considered to be processed food. Although it may not contain GMOs, it's often processed with chemicals and additives that give bacon that wonderful taste we all love so much. The best way to avoid additives is to buy organic food which means that some meats, like pork, and bread may not actually be all that harmful when it comes to fertility as long as they are all organic.
The problem is most foods sold in stores are not all organic and likely contain some GMOs, artificial additives or are highly processed.
7Cereals Aren't What They Seem
A somewhat surprising amount of this article has focused on breakfast foods. With all that has been said, you might be wondering about that other old favorite breakfast food. Cereal is another food item that may just be the worst thing a woman wanting to conceive a child can eat. First of all, cereal is also another processed food and it is also probably contains a certain amount of GMOs and sugars.
Depending on what kind of cereal you usually eat, it may be full of sugar and not much better than candy. Then, of course, there is the thing that everyone adds to cereal, which is milk. As we mentioned above, milk is, in and of itself, a problem. So if a woman is looking to get pregnant, she will likely want to seriously consider the cereal that she eats because it could be getting in the way of her fulfilling her pregnancy dreams.
6Atlantic Farmed Salmon Is Technically A GMO
Finally moving on from breakfast foods, here's what you should consider when eating the popular fish salmon. Salmon may be viewed as a fairly light and healthy dish, but not when it comes to women wanting to conceive. As surprising as that may be, there are two important issues when it comes to salmon.
First, while salmon is not regarded as processed food, which is probably not a surprise, it is often a GMO, which sadly isn't limited solely to processed foods.
The second concern doesn't have so much to do with salmon itself, but where the salmon comes from can actually be an issue as well. If a woman does decide to eat salmon, it's best to avoid eating salmon that is Atlantic farmed. You should eat wild Alaskan salmon. The reason for this is that when it comes to fish and fertility, cold water fish are typically regarded as the best type to eat.
5Ahi Tuna, The Deep Water Fish
Salmon is not the only fish that has issues when it comes to wanting to get pregnant. Another good example is tuna. Once again tuna is a problem because of where it comes from. Tuna, specifically ahi tuna, is a deep water fish. As you've most likely heard already heard, deep water fish should be avoided because of their mercury content.
For women who want to conceive, they should only eat cold water fish.
It's not all bad news when it comes to fish, thankfully. Even though certain kinds of fish should be avoided, it's important to note that in general, fish are regarded as being fairly healthy. It's a good source of protein, a great source of vitamin A and provides important fatty acids that the body and baby need.
Women shouldn’t cut out fish entirely from their diet if they're looking to have a child, but they should be selective about what kind of fish they eat.
4Certain Kinds Of Chicken
Chicken is a favorite dinner and lunch item, and for good reason. It's tasty and can be done in a variety of delicious ways. But as you might have guessed by now, chicken can also be bad when it comes to women’s fertility. Like fish, the acceptableness of chicken has much to do with where it comes from.
If a woman wants to get pregnant and she wants to eat chicken, then she should stick only with free range chicken. Chicken that is not free range most likely has the troublesome and very prevalent GMOs in it.
Also, non-free range chicken is likely not kept in the cleanest of conditions, to begin with. When it comes to buying chicken women should check the label for the words “free range,” “cage free,” “hormone free,” or “organic.” Again, foods regarded as organic are usually the best way to go.
3Pesticides And Herbicides On Fruits
If there 's one food group that women can't possibly believe is problematic to their conceptive health, it's very likely to be fresh fruits and vegetables. After all, what can be a more healthy group of foods than something like fruits?
Amazing, however, even fruits and vegetables can get in the way of getting pregnant. Once again, the issue with these foods comes into play largely based on where the food comes from and not the actual food itself. Fruits that are considered organic are likely perfectly fine, but fruits that are not organic are a problem.
The problem is not so much the food itself, but what is put on it. Fruits are usually sprayed with chemicals that can affect a woman’s fertility. These chemicals are the herbicides and pesticides that farmers use to ensure large crops. It's also important to note that these chemicals can also affect a man’s fertility as well.
2Tinned Vegetables Are Processed Foods
Vegetables, however, have more than one issue with them when it comes to a woman's fertility. Canned fruits and vegetables can affect a woman that is wanting to conceive a child. Vegetables that are tinned are regarded as processed foods. As hard to believe as that may seem, they are processed foods and preservatives and GMOs are likely to be present in them.
Of course, vegetables also have the same issue that fruits do in that they are likely sprayed with certain chemicals that are no good for fertility. When it comes to women specifically, these chemicals tend to disrupt certain functions of their body. These functions tend to deal with a woman’s hormones, but they can also affect her central nervous system too.
A disruption in these functions can negatively impact a woman that wants to get pregnant so she should be mindful of the kinds of vegetables she eats.
Various foods and beverages have been discussed that may seem very surprisingly bad for women wanting to conceive a child. What may very well be the most surprising thing of all is the very water that a woman drinks. For one thing, women should only drink clean, purified water. Likewise, a woman should make sure she stays well hydrated throughout the day.
This may lead women to think they should drink bottled water, but they would be wrong. Bottled water should be avoided all together. The reason for this has to do with the bottle and not so much the water.
The plastic bottle that the water comes in can cause the water to have chemicals called xenohormones in it. These xenohormones can mimic estrogen in a women’s body causing a woman to have too much estrogen and can throw the normal balance of hormones off, thus delaying conception.
Sources: <span style="font-weight: 400;">: Natural-Fertility-info.com, NHS.uk, Telegraph.co.uk, WomensHealthMag.com</span>
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