A disturbed pH balance of the uterus can affect fertility and hence it is vital to balance it. One can easily do it through dietary alterations.
A lot of women failing at their efforts to conceive have no idea about what went wrong. With other factors, a disturbed pH balance can also be the reason. The pH scale determines the level of acidity or alkalinity within the body, as well as in food products.
The pH of human body ranges between 0 to 14; 0 being the most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being the most alkaline. It is important for the body to maintain a certain pH level which allows it to metabolize efficiently. A balanced pH also helps our body to transport nutrients and to lubricate.
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Each body part has a different pH. According to the University of Oulu, the pH level of uterus is between 6.6 and 7.6. The process of ovulation might cause the uterine fluids to become slightly more acidic while intercourse has an alkaline effect on it.
The sperms are unable to thrive in an acidic environment, which makes it vital to maintain an alkaline environment in the uterus for conception. The task of hold up the pH balance within the body is carried out by the kidneys and liver. However, we can take some steps to help the body regulate uterine pH level.
Step 1: Consult Your Doctor
The health care provider will determine the pH level of your uterus. It can easily be done by testing a urine, saliva or blood sample. Once you learn the pH level of your uterus, you can regulate it through diet. Altering your diet to include more or less of certain food products can help you achieve the right uterine pH level ideal for conception.
Step 2: Alter Your Diet
If your uterus is tested acidic, increase your intake of leafy vegetables, fruits, and grains to improve its levels of alkalinity. In their book "The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance,” Raquel Martin and Judi Gerstung have suggested that your diet should consist of 80 percent alkaline foods and 20 percent acidic foods. Spinach, bananas, leeks, mangoes, quinoa, buckweheat, coconut, almonds, and pineapple are some examples of alkaline foods.
In case your uterus has tested to be highly alkaline, you must consume acidic foods to balance the pH level. Acidic foods include meat, dairy products, sugar, corn and some fruits, such as cranberries and blueberries.
Step 3: Consume Chlorophyll-rich Foods
Chlorophyll is a compound that gives plants their pigment. Brandon Brazier, author of "Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life," explains that chlorophyll significantly raises the pH level of acidic foods so that they become more alkaline. Foods that contain high amount of chlorophyll are asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, and parsley. Individuals with a high intake of meat or dairy products would benefit from incorporating these foods into their diet.
Your health care provider will be able to help you in determining and correcting a disturbed pH balance of the uterus to ensure healthy fertility.
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