A Nutritional Therapist from Swindon has stated that diet is a massive factor when it comes to fertility issues and couples often overlook this and go straight to expensive treatment.
Alison Aldred, who lives in the centre of the town, believes that diet and health are totally connected and nutritional therapy can help so many people who are struggling to conceive.
Alison said: “Detailed analysis of a clients’ diet often shows very high intakes of sugar in the form of white processed carbohydrates, cakes, biscuits, pastries, bread, rice, snacks, drinks, sweets, chocolates etc, and low intake of nutrient dense foods, so in effect they are having the water and sugar diet. They may have small amounts of vitamins and minerals, but insufficient amounts for good health. They start relying on the doctor to make their premenstrual problems better, but in effect all they are doing is putting a sticking plaster over the problem and in time they need an increasing number of prescriptions to manage daily life, because our body systems are not isolated, a problem with one system effects another.”
She added: “The cells in our bodies are constantly renewing themselves and what we put in our mouth is used to grow these new cells, including the cells of our reproductive system, or a little baby. Nutrition and lifestyle has to be the focus for infertility problems.”
Alison has worked with many clients who have problems with fertility and is very passionate about improving people’s diets in-order to correct health problems. She said: “Nutritional Therapy tackles the underlying imbalance associated with infertility, for example thyroid problems can cause infertility and miscarriage in women and low sperm count in men. Chronic stress can disrupt menstrual cycles, as can issues such as Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), or endometriosis and fibroids.
“As a Nutritional Therapist, I look at the whole body, rather than what seems an isolated problem and work with the individual to rebalance the body. This takes work on behalf of the individual and I have had clients who think I will just recommend a supplement and it will all be sorted. It won’t. It takes time, working together with my advice and support to improve areas such as digestion and elimination. Yes, I do advise supplements in some cases, but diet and lifestyle comes first. Other useful tools I use apart from a comprehensive nutritional assessment, are biochemical tests which can shed important insight and focus for the nutritional programme.”
By Kelly Jobanputra