These tips go a long way in reducing oxidative stress and improving mitochondrial function thereby increasing egg quality.
1: Improve blood flow
Oxygen-rich blood flow to the ovaries is essential for the health of the eggs. Blood flow can be improved by making sure that you stay hydrated with at least 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. Exercise also increases blood flow, as a healthy heart will help to provide optimal circulation everywhere in your body. Massage therapy and yoga can also help to improve blood flow.
2: Maintain a healthy weight
A BMI of 25 to 29.9 means overweight, and a BMI of 30 or above means obese. Being overweight has been linked to decreased egg quality due to increased oxidative stress and alterations of mitochondrial function. You can lose weight through diet and exercise and this will not only increase your chances of getting pregnant but also avoid any problems associated with being overweight in pregnancy.
Stress can produce hormones like prolactin and cortisol which can affect egg quality and egg production. Happiness and engaging in meaningful activities like making quality time for your family and friends can be really powerful in boosting your overall health. There are also activities that reduce stress such as meditation, yoga, or spending time with pets or other animals. It is also important to prioritize time to relax, by taking naps, resting, or scheduling-in long, warm baths. Treatments like aromatherapy and massage can also help you to de-stress.
4: Eat a Balanced Diet
Try to include a balanced diet, including plenty of fiber-rich fruits and green, leafy vegetables, along with lean meats and whole grains. Avoid trans fats, over-processed foods, and/or excessive amounts of foods containing added sugars.
Improving oxygen-rich blood flow to the ovaries can help improve the quality of eggs. Exercising and drinking more water is the simplest way to achieve that.
Obesity can compromise mitochondrial function and increase oxidative stress on your cells. Having a normal body mass index (BMI) helps improve your odds of conceiving successfully.