5 Facts in-fertility: Hydration
1st February 2019
There is no doubt the current lifestyle of many people has negative impact on their fertility. That is why we have spoken to experts and asked about how everyone can profit from hydration. Especially when you are trying to conceive.
Here are the basics.
Let’s start with hydration. Ok, we know that water makes up more than half of our body weight, but did you know you don’t only lose water each time when you go to the bathroom or sweat, but also when you breathe? Our bodies need water to survive and hydration is also crucial #inthefertility. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to function. Water maintains our temperature, removes waste, and lubricates your joints. Here are the five essential roles it plays in-fertility.
1/ First of all as #ttc can be a really stressful and long process and a lot of women are struggling with mood changes, sadness or even depression. It is good to know the right amount of water improves our mood. In many ways. The effects of fluid deprivation are increased sleepiness and fatigue, lower levels of vigour and alertness as well as increased confusion.
2/ It improves your blood circulation. That means your reproductive organs are getting more of what they need and the hormones in your body are also travelling faster to the places where needed. Water absorption happens very rapidly, within five minutes from mouth to bloodstream, peaking in about twenty minutes. Interestingly, the temperature of the water also appears to affect this speed. Cold water actually gets sucked in about 20% faster!
3/ Waste management. Hydration helps get rid of toxins. Each kidney contains cells tasked with cleansing your blood. However, these microscopic filters can only eliminate the toxins with urine when you are properly hydrated. It is also a good way to lower the risk of developing kidney stones.
4/ Fertile cervical mucus. When looking like raw egg white, it provides ideal environment for sperms to travel through vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes. As 90% of the mucus is water, it might get too thick to allow sperm to penetrate the cervix if you do not drink enough water. As it can be hostile to sperm in case it’s too acidic, you might enjoy a glass of grapefruit juice with an alkalising effect once digested. However, be careful in case you are using prescription medications.
5/ Conception and pregnancy aid. Water not only creates plump egg follicles and a strong blood supply to the womb lining. Once the egg is fertilised, the endometrium, the innermost lining of your uterus needs to become a thick, cushioning and nourishing environment for the embryo to grow. As your body expands during pregnancy, your blood volume also increases.
So, to us, who know how to prioritise, it is clear: If you don’t drink enough, the reproductive system will lose out as the body ensures that the more vital organs receive what they need first. Oh, something we almost forgot to mention, drinking enough will make you a better kisser.