You have certainly heard of the importance of drinking lots of water every day. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day not only keeps you hydrated but if you are trying to get pregnant you must be ready to develop a healthy relationship with water. This is because your overall health is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not you will be able to conceive. Drinking water is the first step to improving and maintaining your overall health. Water plays a substantial role in helping your body function properly through the ovulation, fertilization, and pregnancy process.

Drinking enough water hydrates your cervical mucus, which makes it easier for sperm to travel through it. There’s some evidence to show that the mobility of sperm is hindered when moving through thick cervical mucus lacking sufficient water content. It’s advisable to switch up sodas, coffee in exchange for hydrating smoothies, teas and most importantly, water.

Your ability to conceive greatly depends on the state of your egg health. While the quantity of eggs cannot be increased, the overall quality and viability of your eggs can be controlled. Fertility centres on your body’s ability to produce healthy eggs. Women who are severely dehydrated risks not ovulating at all. Without sufficient water, your body can’t process nutrients and hormones. Drinking enough water improves general body health, which increases fertility.

Water plays an essential role in ensuring egg implantation, cell division, metabolism and reproduction. When an egg is fertilized, it travels to the uterus and implants itself. However, if a fertilized egg fails to implant itself, it results in an early miscarriage, which can be easily mistaken for an impromptu period. Water plays a crucial role in hydrating and nourishing the cells of the uterine wall, enabling them to be healthy enough for the egg to implant itself. Drinking water is a simple way of safeguarding the health of your uterus.

Stress, depression and anxiety are three very different conditions closely associated with infertility especially in women. Ironically, all these three ailments can further worsen your chances of conceiving and lack of water has been found to be a major culprit. Even slight dehydration can cause mood fluctuations, and since the mind-body connection is quite important for fertility it’s important to maintain good mental health. Several studies link depression to dehydration because 85% of brain tissue is water. Beverages with caffeine can upsurge anxiety. Substituting soda, tea and coffee with water is a good place to start. All of these liquids cause dehydration because it takes the body even more water to remove them from your body. Instead, fill up on water, drink more and more water.

Estrogen imbalance which usually means the presence of excessive estrogen can interfere with menstrual cycles, ovulation and lead to fertility issues. On the other hand, high estrogen levels in males can result in gynecomastia, abnormal deposition of fat/ adipose tissues, acne and impaired libido. In order to balance your hormones naturally, water is the most refreshing and revitalizing solvent that has the capacity of dissolving and removing impurities from the blood. A little decline in overall hydration can significantly sabotage the integrity of biological systems by affecting hormonal balance, serum osmolality, and concentration of toxins or uptake of nutrients. Long-term disturbances due to lack of hydration in the tissue can result in oxidative stress and in extreme cases lead to DNA damage and permanent cellular dysfunction. Drinking water maintains circulatory pressure and enables hormones to travel to the many places that they’re needed throughout the body.

Sufficient water intake keeps the liver and kidney functioning properly avoiding renal disease and liver disorders, both of which can hinder conception and threaten existing pregnancy. With a low intake of water, overall blood supply to major organs like kidneys and liver is decreased. Since most hormones are metabolized by the liver and excreted by the kidneys, any disturbance in the functioning of these organs can directly lead to impaired metabolism and excretion of these hormones. Adequate water ingestion, on the other hand, ensures the proper functioning of the liver and kidney, therefore improving overall health.

On any given day, you’re exposed to toxins from the air we breathe, household cleaners, perfumes, food and so on. An accumulation of these toxins can interfere with fertility. Water is, literally, the river on which good health flows. Water carries nutrients to our cells, produces stomach secretions which aid in digestion, flushes out wastes and toxins, keeps your kidneys, ovaries and the entire body healthy.

Quick Tip: If you find it demanding drinking lots of water during the day, fill up on a huge cup of water early in the morning and then break it down to glasses of water throughout the day. This system should help you drink about ten to twelve glasses of water a day, which is ideal for ensuring a healthy reproductive system and body.
If you’ve got a glass in front of you, Fill it and Drink up!

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