About 1 in 6 couples face infertility problems. Increasing rates of infertility can be tied to diet and environmental factors.
"Possibly the most controversial cause of infertility surround genetically modified foods. ... Could the proliferation of GMO foods in our diets be to blame for increased infertility? It’s entirely possible given the fact that we often don’t know which foods contain GMO corn or soy (hint: most non-organic foods in the U.S. containing any corn or soy).
For men, Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, RoundUp, could be wreaking havoc on reproductive health. In lab rats, RoundUp was found to damage and kill testicular cells. It decreased testosterone concentrations among the rats by as much as 35%
Plastics may play a role too. There’s no arguing the hormone-disrupting effects of BPA, a chemical found in most plastics and food containers. ... One Danish study found that women who suffered miscarriages had 30% hjigher rates of a vinyl phthalate DEHP in their urine.
Poor diet in general can affect your fertility. Being obese can significantly increase the struggle to get pregnant, and even if your mother was obese, you could be feeling the effects. ... In addition, obesity can lead to a higher rate of c-sections and a greater risk of pregnancy troubles.
But the women aren’t alone. Researchers have found a steady diet of junk food including trans fats can affect sperm health in men. In a study involving young men ages 18 to 22, Harvard researchers found that those who ate the highest levels of trans fats had the highest risk of infertility and at the very least had severely damaged sperm.
So, what’s causing infertility? It could be any one of these factors or a combination of them all. But the take-away should be that a conscientious proper diet of natural, non-GMO foods can increase health overall and possibly improve your chances of conceiving a child.