Coffee and fatty foods are included in the diets of the majority. But couples who are in fertility treatment must know the adverse effects of coffee and fats in conceiving.
Nowadays, men and women drink coffee a lot and eat fatty foods more often. New flavors and innovations are available in the market, making these food and beverage irresistible. Also, they are considered as comfort food. However, they may harm one’s fertility especially if taken in high amounts.
Caffeine, a stimulant found in tea, coffee and cacao plants, helps in staying alert and preventing tiredness by stimulating the brain and the central nervous system. It works by blocking the function of adenosine receptors, an organic compound that makes a person tired.
On the other hand, fat is a source of fatty acids that gives the body an energy. It is essential in everyday diet, however, you must take the right amount and the right kind. There are four types of fats: saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and fatty acids. Foods with saturated fat is not essential to the body.
Adverse effects of Coffee in Fertility
One of the effects of coffee is lowering the fertility nutrients in the body.
Drains fertility nutrients
When one is trying to conceive, fertility nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, zinc and B vitamins are needed by the body. But because of the diuretic effect of the coffee, an action that makes someone urinate more, the fertility nutrients drain.
The lack of fertility nutrients declines the body weight and physical performance, lengthens conception, lowers the level of secretion of gonadotropin that alters the ovarian cycles, and increase the risk of infertility.
If you are having a difficult time to quit drinking coffee, you can do it gradually. The safe amount to take is below 200 mg. Keep on reducing the amount of coffee you drink every day until you become caffeine-free.
Stresses the body
Coffee may seem to be decreasing the stress in the body, but the truth is, it is exaggerating the body’s response to stress. By blocking the adenosine receptors, the nerve activity increases resulting to the release of adrenaline.
This leads to an increase in heart rate, increase blood pressure, and increase blood flow to the muscles. The blood flow to the skin and other organs like ovaries decreases. Glucose is also released to the liver. The stress that coffee brings to the body decreases the chance of pregnancy.
Increases the chance of infertility
Drinking a huge amount of coffee regularly increases the chance of fertility for both men and women. It increases the cortisol, known as a stress hormone, which leads to a disruption the ovulation of women.
Moreover, a study from the Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that men who are drinking more than 2 cups of coffee every day while having fertility treatments have a lesser chance of conception. Dr. Anatte Karmon, an obstetrician from the said hospital, advised men to keep their lifestyle as healthy as possible.
Tips to Withdraw from Drinking Coffee
If you are determined to quit drinking coffee, here are natural ways that you can follow to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms:
Adverse Effects of Fats in the Fertility
High-fat diet impairs the reproductive functions.
Affects the Quality of Women’s Eggs
A study in the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Reproductive Health discovered how a high-fat diet damages the eggs stored in women’s ovaries. When these eggs are fertilized, they do not undergo normal developments to embryos. Furthermore, high levels of saturated fat lead to lower numbers of mature cells.
Impairs reproductive function
One of the effects of a high-fat diet is the impairment of the reproductive function. It may result to menstrual dysfunction and risk of ovulatory and anoluva. Women who are obese while undergoing fertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilization, may be required to have a clomiphene citrate or gonadotropin ovulation induction.
Ways to Lose Fats Naturally
Jogging is an exercise that helps lose fats.
Cutting down fats will help you achieve a healthy weight which is good for your fertility. Here are some ways you can follow to lose the fats:
Preventing coffee and fats as early as now will increase your chance of getting pregnant. You don’t have to cut them instantly. Do it slowly until you are free from caffeine and fats. Taking these small steps will surely lead you to the reward of childbearing.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM