Increase Your Egg Health
There are many factors that can have an impact on the health of the ovaries and eggs including environmental factors, hormones in the diet, stress as well as good circulation and a healthy fertility cycle,
The health of your eggs (ovum) can affect whether or not fertilization and implantation will occur as well as the viability of a pregnancy. Protecting your eggs and encouraging ovarian health through diet, herbs, supplements and increased circulation to the reproductive system is of the utmost importance.
The cycle of an egg in preparation for ovulation is around 90 days.
During this 90 day period before an egg reaches full maturation, the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation. At this time they are affected by both healthy or unhealthy influences. Contributing factors to egg health are:
Blood Flow & Proper Oxygenation – Oxygen rich blood flow to the ovaries is essential for good egg health. Blood flow can decrease from lack of exercise, dehydration, and thick blood. Drink at least 8, 8oz. glasses of pure water every day. Drink purified water that is NOT bottled in plastic. Increase your daily exercise, gently walking, running or swimming. Exercise increases the blood flow in the body, brings fresh blood to all of the cells and helps to oxygenate the blood. One of the best therapies for increasing blood flow to the reproductive system is by massaging your uterus and ovaries. Massage helps to bring fresh, oxygenated blood to the ovaries and removes old stagnant blood.
Hormonal Balance – is essential for proper egg health. Environmental factors, stress, and modern diets means that more women are becoming hormonally imbalanced. If hormonal balance is off the eggs may not respond, the fertility cycle gets out of balance, and ovulation may not occur. Balancing your hormones is possible.
Nutrition – what you are eating can also impact the health of your ovaries and eggs either positively or negatively.
Top Foods for egg health include:
- Royal Jelly
- Dark leafy vegetables
- Pumpkins Seeds
- Sesame Seed
Dietary and lifestyle habits that may damage egg health:
- Non Organic produce
- Low fat diets
- Processed foods
- Trans fats
Supplements – A major key to supporting egg health and preparing the uterine lining is to take a preconception specific or prenatal multivitamin.
Stress – Women who are constantly under stress produce prolactin, cortisol, and other hormones, which can interfere with or even block regular ovulation. If you are trying to improve your egg health, reducing your stress levels should be a priority. Book some quiet time in your calendar for yourself. During your “me time” you could:
- Go for a walk
- Take a relaxing candlelit bubble bath
- Cuddle up on the sofa with a good book
- Book yourself in for a massage or reflexology treatment
- Drink some relaxing herbal tea, such as chamomile, kava kava, or peppermint
- Practice meditation
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