avocadoWhen you are in infertility treatments, it’s normal to feel anxious about the results. Many of my patients want to do what they can to achieve pregnancy. I always tell them the best thing they can do is to take good care of themselves by getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, as well as eating a healthy fertility diet rich in all the vitamins and minerals they need.

One nutrient that is necessary for everyone’s health is potassium. Potassium is responsible for many essential body functions. Deficiencies in the important electrolyte can lead to:

  • Infertility
  • Increases or decreases in blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat or a rise in heart rate
  • Depression, confusion and anxiety
  • Increases in cholesterol
  • Disruption to sleep patterns or insomnia
  • Disruption to natural pH balance
  • Joint and bone pain, as well as skeletal weakness
  • Sluggish reflexive response
  • Acne
  • Dry eyes
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Constipation
  • Water retention

Both men and women need to mind their potassium intake and get at least 2,000 to 4,000 mg per day, most of which should come from potassium-rich fruits and vegetables. Most people know that bananas are an important source of potassium. That’s great, as long as you like bananas or can at least keep them down. If not, here are four more foods that have even more potassium than bananas:

  1. Avocados: 1 cup = 708 mg of potassium
  2. Sweet potatoes: medium-size spud = 438 mg
  3. Nonfat yogurt, plain: 8 ounces = 579 g
  4. Coconut water: one glass = 480 mg

Potassium is essential to any person’s overall health. I can’t emphasize enough, however, how critical it is for patients going through the rigors of fertility treatments to give their bodies everything they can nutrition-wise. Not only will it help them get to a better general health status, but it can also help for patients who need to shed extra weight to facilitate more regular ovulation or better sperm counts. Furthermore, when your body isn’t scrambling for the nutrients it needs to function properly in other systems, it gives the reproductive system a better chance of functioning at its best.

While nutrition isn’t a panacea for all fertility problems, it can definitely help put your body in its best possible state to prepare for the rigors of conception and pregnancy. Be sure to get all the vitamins and minerals you need in a nutrient-dense fertility diet to help facilitate success for your infertility treatments.

Sources:

“4 Foods with More Potassium Than a Banana.” www.businessinsider.com. 22 July 2014. Web. 15 October 2014.
http://www.businessinsider.com/foods-with-more-potassium-than-a-banana-2014-7

Mcdiarmid-Watt, Catherine. “Does Low Potassium Affect Your Fertility?” www.babyafter40.com. 6 August 2013, Web. 15 October 2014.
http://www.babyafter40.com/2006/12/does-low-potassium-affect-your.html