By Sheryl Walters

One in seven couples has difficulty conceiving, and many experts in the field predict this could double over the next decade. That infertility rates are rising suggests that specific factors in modern day living are responsible. Pinpointing these reasons is essential, since there is always a good reason why someone cannot have children. Natural health care can help couples get to the root of why they cannot conceive and help them have the child they desire.

Increasingly, would-be parents are turning to natural medicine when faced with fertility issues. Science is beginning to prove its validity, and people are not only producing their dream child, they are also improving their own health and optimizing the chances of having a healthy baby. Natural medicine is safe, effective, and the main side effect is improved well being! Holistic therapies benefit both men and women since infertility seems to touch both genders fairly equally.

We all know the benefits of a healthy diet but it is imperative that both partners eat the right foods when trying to become pregnant. Food intolerances put stress on the body, leaving fewer resources for conception. The most common foods linked to infertility are gluten, wheat, alcohol, and caffeine, although there are others that may be the culprit. Having a food intolerance test is a wise idea for anyone wishing to become pregnant, especially those who are having difficulties. Generally, the diet should consist of fresh, home-prepared meals containing a variety of vegetable and fruits. Organic foods should be used where possible, since they have a higher mineral content, and pesticides may be another unwanted stress on the body.

There is a wise saying that zinc puts lead in the pencil! It is vital that vitamins and minerals are plentiful in both men and women when working towards conception. Deficiencies can cause a variety of problems in the body, infertility being one of them. Taking a good quality multi-vitamin and mineral is advisable. A vitamin and mineral screening can help to establish if there are any deficits that need an extra boosting. Some of the most important nutrients for a fertile system are the B vitamins, selenium, iron and Vitamin E.

There is much evidence to suggest a connection between heavy metal toxicity and subfertility. Lead and cadmium are particularly related to conception issues in addition to miscarriage, pre-maturity, and low birth weight. Other heavy metals such as mercury or aluminium may also be involved. Cigarette smoke (first hand and passive), unfiltered water, tinned tuna, and old paint are some of the instigators of heavy metal toxicity. Again, a screening through hair analysis or kinesiology is recommended so that the appropriate nutrition and lifestyle changes can be determined for detoxification.

Acupuncture and reflexology have gained recognition for assisting many couples to conception. These therapies work on the energy systems of the body to create harmony and allow the body to heal itself. Other energy therapies that have been praised by new mums and dads are tuina, reiki, and bowen technique, which fight stress and bring the body back into balance, increasing the chances of conception.

The radiation from mobile phones has been linked to low-sperm count and other infertility issues, especially in men. Remember to keep mobiles away from trouser pockets and off when possible. Other factors that may result in subfertility are candida, hormonal imbalances, infection, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts. A practitioner of natural medicine can advise on how to individually treat these issues, often with the use of herbs.

Natural medicine identifies the imbalances of each unique body, then repairs and nourishes the system, leaving it sturdy, balanced and ripe for conception. If this were achieved for everyone, then the trend of infertility could be reversed and more babies conceived naturally, as they are designed to be.