Did you join us at the FREE Beat Infertility Summit? If not- the good news is you can still register to attend the Summit here and have access to replays of over 60 informative talks from fertility experts across the globe.
At the Summit we shared how essential your gut health is for fertility. Nurturing a health gut is one of the key steps we use with our clients for pregnancy success.
Start with the Best Baby Making Ingredients
The single best predictor of a healthy embryo, that leads to pregnancy, is starting with a healthy egg and sperm. We can’t turn back time to be younger, but there are things we can do that are scientifically proven to benefit egg and sperm quality, AND create a receptive endometrium for implantation.
We want our sperm to have great motility, morphology, for there to be enough of it (quantity) and for it to have low levels of DNA fragmentation or damage.
We need our oocyte (egg) to look good and have functioning mitochondria inside so it has the ability to mature.
We want a receptive uterus with good blood flow, ideal lining thickness and an immune response that is just right for implantation, not too much and not too little.
Improving these ingredients in the baby making process does not start with your reproductive organs. It starts in your gut!
Let’s explore the Gut-Fertility Connection, so you know how to leverage it for pregnancy success.
Meet Your Microbiota
We have over 2kg of microorganisms or microbiota living in our gut (these are mainly bacteria). These microbiota produce essential vitamins, regulate our immune system, influence our metabolism, alter hormone levels, our muscle strength and even our mood.
When our gut microbiota breakdown microbiota accessible carbohydrates, they produce these amazing short chain fatty acids. These short chain fatty acids are potent anti-inflammatory molecules. They enhance the barrier function of the gut cells and protect against pathogenic or bad bacteria.
They can also regulate metabolism by influencing hormones involved in food intake and insulin secretion.
Our gut microbiota are required to activate beneficial polyphenol compounds found in plant based foods and to ensure our immune system stays in check.
Feeding Your Microbiota
Feeding your gut microbiota is important and they love specific types of fibre – this makes them thrive! If they miss out on specific fibres, even intermittently, they can begin to breakdown the mucus layer of the gut as a food source.
When the mucus layer of the gut is damaged, inflammation is increased and this ultimately damages eggs and sperm.
Diet is the most potent modulator of your gut microbes. Nurturing them promotes greater diversity and the release of beneficial compounds that influence almost every process in your body. What you eat matters!
In many conditions affecting fertility, the gut requires some additional love. The diversity of the gut microbes is negatively impacted in PCOS, endometriosis, male factor infertility and unexplained infertility. There are higher levels of bad bacteria in the gut and low levels of beneficial bacteria that we need for optimal fertility.
How do we improve the diversity of out gut microbes to optimise our chance of pregnancy? By feeding our microbes the food they need to thrive!
What’s On My Plate?
If you are wondering how to nurture your gut for optimal fertility, we would love you to join us in our first ever Fertile Gut Masterclass! Cut out the dietary noise and fast track your fertility by optimising your gut health. Over three weeks you will learn how to eat to nourish your gut for conception and beyond. This course delivers over $1200 value for the cost of less than one Consultation! What's that?! Yes- it's true BUT only for this first round offering!
Not only will this course improve your chance of conception with fertility treatment, but you may also improve your chance of natural pregnancy! The health of Mum and Dad to be at the time of conception influences the health of your future child so what better way to give your child the best start in life. If you want to give yourself the best chance of pregnancy success then this course is for you! Find out more about our Fertile Gut Masterclass Modules so you can create a fertile gut.