Can sugar contribute to infertility ?! That's right, regular consumption of sugar can lead to infertility and worsen existing infertility problems. Every day we are bombarded with small sweets full of refined sugar at every corner. The cakes, cookies, cocktails, wine, chocolates and candies; the list goes on. While eating these things may be fine for many, if you're struggling with infertility issues, it would be a good idea to look for alternatives to sugary foods, especially refined white sugars. This includes white table sugar, white flour, white corn (including corn syrup), white rice, and alcoholic beverages. Most of the treats we love are made with these ingredients. Most of the pre-packaged foods found in the supermarket have a high content of fructose, glucose syrup, dextrose etc ... How does the consumption of sugar lead to hormonal disruptions? This rapid rise in sugar levels creates a decompensation in our body that lasts from 15-30 minutes. Subsequently, our sugar levels plummet, leaving the body drained and exhausted. This is the cause of the continuous stimulation of the adrenal glands. This drop in sugar levels signals the adrenal glands to release the hormone cortisol and adrenaline in an effort to replenish sugar levels. Repeated stimulation of the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline weakens them. As such the hormones produced by the adrenal glands are not produced sufficiently and the adrenal glands become sluggish. This can lead to hormonal imbalance. The other endocrine glands are not receiving the right signals to release their hormones and the entire communication of the endocrine system is disrupted. All this repeated adrenal stimulation affects the hormone levels of estrogen, progesterone and androgen DHEA and testosterone. This applies to both women and men. Insulin resistance The pancreas processes insulin to convert the sugar in our blood into energy in our cells. Excessive consumption of sugary foods requires the pancreas to release more and more insulin. Over time, the continued release of too much insulin can create insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is known to disrupt normal ovulation by preventing the body from ovulating or by limiting the maturation process of the egg. Insulin resistance can also disrupt the embryo's ability to implant itself in the uterus after conception. Women with insulin resistance are 4-5 times more likely to have a miscarriage. Insulin resistance is a key factor for most women with PCOS who have infertility problems. Reduced immunity Research has shown that just 1 tablespoon of sugar can lower your immunity. No wonder we get so sick during the winter holidays and have a harder time recovering from the disease! Reduced immunity means we are more susceptible to infections of all kinds; this includes fungal infections and bacterial vaginosis, but also sexually transmitted diseases, which can greatly affect fertility levels. Nutrition is the number one contributor to a healthier lifestyle in order to conceive a baby and have a successful pregnancy.
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