Can Probiotics Influence Fertility?Lisanne Wellness Center
We are mostly made of bacteria. In fact, there are about 40 trillion bacteria in your body, most of which reside in your intestines. Our bodies are constantly working to make sure the good bacteria outnumber the bad bacteria. This delicate balance is pivotal to our overall health. One kind of bad gut bacteria contains a compound called endotoxins. These endotoxins can leak into the bloodstream. While they’re not large enough doses of endotoxins to directly cause disease, they do cause chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is one of the leading causes of most diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Chronic inflammation is also linked to diseases like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and PCOS, all of which can make it difficult or impossible to get pregnant. In other words, a lack of good bacteria in your gut can ultimately cause infertility.
If you’re currently trying to get pregnant, or if you’re planning on getting pregnant in the next year or so, it’s important to replenish the good bacteria in your gut. Don’t wait until you’re actively trying to learn you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Here are some ways to boost the good bacteria in your gut naturally.
The Probiotic Diet
The old adage is right; we really are what we eat. And since our food is full of bacteria, it’s important to eat a wide variety of foods to get a diverse array of bacterial strains in our gut. Strive to replenish both prebiotics, which promote growth and repopulation of good bacteria in the digestive tract, and probiotics, which contain live microorganisms that replenish good bacteria in the intestines. Good sources of prebiotics include onions, garlic, dandelion leaves, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, endives, and chicory. Good sources of probiotics include organic yogurt with live cultures and fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut.
Of course, boosting good bacteria in the gut is only half of the equation. It’s also important to minimize the prevalence of bad bacteria in the gut. To do this, avoid processed foods and foods high in trans fats. It’s also a good idea to swap out your omega acids. Omega-6 fatty acids (found in vegetable oils) are inflammatory and contribute to bad bacteria in the gut, while omega-3 acids (found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds) are anti-inflammatory and good for your gut health.
The Best Fertility Probiotics:
Although stores are filled with probiotic foods like certain yogurts and fermented drinks, most don’t have enough probiotics to make any real impact on your body or fertility. Seek out products with at least billion CFUs (colony forming units). Also, look for products that contain stomach acid protection, which protects the good bacteria as it passes through your stomach acid. A solid option for pregnancy probiotics is Flora Max, a probiotic with 100 billion CFU per capsule and four strains of good bacteria, including the HN019 strain of Bifidobacterium lactis. ProbioOral care is a probiotic supplement that specifically supports the health of your teeth and gums. It is also important to maintain oral health to improve your chances of conceiving. Read our blog about the importance of oral health in boosting fertility.
The best way to improve gut health when you’re trying to get pregnant is with a combination of diet and probiotic supplements. It’s also a good idea to detox regularly since detoxing can help reset the levels of good and bad bacteria in your gut naturally. Choose from our fertility cleanse programs and enjoy the benefits. For more tips on increasing the amount of good bacteria in your gut, schedule a wellness consultation with one of our specialists. You can also call Lisanne Wellness Center anytime at 713-461-WELL.