Friday - - Health -

While ev­ery per­son’s health is unique and so is his or her treat­ment pro­gramme, Dr Eset Dzey­gova ex­plains that there are some key lifestyle changes that a cou­ple can make to im­prove their chances of hav­ing a baby. Diet: The cou­ple should en­sure that their diet in­cludes foods that are or­ganic and as fresh as pos­si­ble, has good-qual­ity pro­tein sources (prefer­ably plant-based) and good fats. ‘Also, we be­lieve dairy and gluten prod­ucts have an ad­verse im­pact on a cou­ple’s chances of hav­ing a child, as these foods not only have al­ler­gens but have a high amount of chem­i­cals that can be quite harm­ful.’ Wa­ter: Don’t drink un­fil­tered tap wa­ter. ‘It is highly pos­si­ble that tap wa­ter is pol­luted with in­dus­trial waste and chem­i­cals, which can have an ad­verse im­pact.’ Detox: Min­imise your ex­po­sure to toxic chem­i­cals. Ex­po­sure to tox­ins may dra­mat­i­cally af­fect adult fer­til­ity. In a toxic body ev­ery­thing goes wrong. In­ner tox­i­c­ity – a col­lec­tion of tox­ins due to bad eat­ing habits, poor elim­i­na­tion, can­dida-yeast over­growth – has a neg­a­tive in­flu­ence on hor­monal bal­ance. ‘In or­der to nor­malise the func­tion­ing of the gas­tro-in­testi­nal tract, the or­gans such as the liver and kid­neys and re­store the healthy in­testi­nal flora in the small and large in­testines, which is cru­cial to con­cep­tion, it is vi­tal that the cou­ple gets rid of tox­ins in a gen­tle, safe and ef­fec­tive, nat­u­ral man­ner.’ She rec­om­mends colonic ir­ri­ga­tion to cleanse the body of tox­ins. De-stress: Stress and the brain play an im­por­tant role in fer­til­ity. It is proven that ex­treme stress sends sig­nals to the fe­male body that it should not be preg­nant. ‘This ex­plains why women un­der ex­treme stress of­ten stop men­stru­at­ing,’ says the doc­tor. What’s more, the doc­tor adds, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems con­ceiv­ing can cause a lot of stress and that stress can pre­vent a woman from ovu­lat­ing. Pa­tience: Fi­nally, give your­self 120 days be­fore try­ing to con­ceive. ‘There is a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion that egg and sperm qual­ity can­not be im­proved. In fact, it is pos­si­ble to im­prove the qual­ity of your egg and sperm, how­ever, it takes 120 days,’ she ex­plains. This is be­cause it takes ap­prox­i­mately 120 days for eggs to ma­ture and sperm to de­velop.

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