A Lagos based fertility expert, Dr Kayode Jegede, has disclosed that excess toxins in the human body could lead to infertility.
Jegede, who made the disclosure in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, said that human beings consume various toxins in their daily foods.
He said that people could also accumulate toxins in their bodies through drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, use of medical drugs and cosmetics as well as household cleaning products.
According to Jegede, pollution and environmental poisons could also lead to accumulation of toxic materials in the body.
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He added that peoples lifestyle contribute in no small measure to accumulation of toxic materials in the body.
He said toxins could affect several natural body functions in the system and the ability to reproduce.
“It can lead to various degrees of sperm disorders in men and implantation failures in women.
“ When our parents were growing up, they were not exposed to a lot of toxic threats that invade us today,’’ he said.
Jegede said that fertilisation of an embryo is 50 per cent the product of both the father and mother, adding that optimizing the quality of eggs and sperm before conception was of paramount importance.
“Getting pregnant and growing a new human being with your own reserves requires surplus of nutrients and energy hence the need to detoxify the system.
“Detoxification is a key body function which involves elimination of metabolic waste and other toxins through eliminatory organs such as the skin, kidneys and liver.
“ About 80 per cent of all chemical processes that go on in our bodies required detoxification activities.
“Beyond detoxifying, it is also imperative for women to consume lots of essential nutrients necessary for the growth and development of the baby,’’ he said.
Jegede advised partners and spouses experiencing infertility to undergo detoxification programme, consume fertility diet and take preconception supplement to aid fertility.
He also called on spouses to avoid activities that could lead to generation of several reproductive toxins within the body.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN