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Researchers show that there is a link between fertility and diet. Fertility diet is sometimes or most of the time overlooked when dealing with infertility.
We fail to recognize that fertility can be influenced by a lot of things. Not only our age, genetics, the things we do but also by the food we eat.
We always resort to medicine and supplemental drugs. Nothing is wrong with that of course. However, we fail to see that there are fertility foods that we can eat. Foods that can help us improve our fertility or help in the success of fertility treatments.
I for one is not a healthy eater. I eat everything. However, when I started dealing with infertility, I learned that one of the factors that cause infertility is the food we eat.
There are fertility foods and there are fertility enemy foods as well. If you are trying to get pregnant, try your best to stay away from these anti-fertility foods.
Some of the anti-fertility foods include unpasteurized dairy product, fried food, caffeine, alcohol, mercury-rich fish, sugary food and too much red meat.
Below is a list of fertility boosting food, which contains the important vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy reproductive system.
If you are a healthy eater, you might be already getting the fertility boosting benefits. But for us who are just starting to watch their diet, the fertility food list below will help immensely.
What to Eat
Water contributes a lot to fertility. It detoxifies your body and helps deliver hormones in the body. Which in turn decreases mood fluctuations and enhance follicles. Increase water flow to the uterus enhances better egg quality. Hydration helps in the production of cervical mucus which helps the sperm get to the egg.
Pineapple contains the enzyme Bromelain. This enzyme is known to be a blood thinner, which increases the blood flow to the uterus. With the increased blood flow, implantation will likely occur. Check out this article to learn more about Bromelain in pineapple.
Organic eggs, especially the yolks, are high in vitamins and minerals like choline which improves follicle quality. They are free of pesticide and other added hormones.
It contains calcium but most importantly it contains probiotic and Vitamin D needed in the maturity of follicles. Calcium helps strengthen bones.
It contains Vitamin C, which plays an important part in regulating the menstrual cycle and ovarian function. Taking Vitamins C facilitates proper ovulation by stimulating progesterone and oxytocin.
It contains complex carbohydrates which regulate ovulation. It also provided energy for the body to perform daily tasks.
It contains a high amount of fiber and the only vegetarian food that contains omega-3. Walnuts also contain magnesium, which helps produce progesterone. It increases blood supply to the uterus, helping with fertility.
Oysters are high in zinc, which promotes balance between estrogen and progesterone. No matter how you eat them, they are still one of the best sources of zinc. For me, cooked is safer, though.
It is also found to contain a high amount of zinc, which promotes hormonal balance. Deficiency in zinc causes hormonal imbalance causing an irregular menstrual cycle.
Wild (Alaskan) Salmon
It contains DHA and the fatty acid Omega-3, which helps in regulating hormone, producing cervical mucus and increase blood flow to the uterus
Grass-fed Organic Meat
Organic produce does not contain antibiotic and added hormones, which increases estrogen. High level of estrogen prevents conception due to the creation of Polycystic Ovarian Disease and endometriosis.
Free Range/Organic Chicken
Devoid of chemicals and contains a high amount of iron, which promotes ovulation and egg health. Read more about benefits of iron in trying to conceive here.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, which is essential for fertility. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects the cell membranes from free radicals. Read more about Vitamin E in trying to conceive here.
Avocado is rich in Folic Acid, which boosts fertility and decreases neural tube defects. So go ahead and add that to your salad.
This contains Selenium, which is vital in boosting fertility. It protects the egg and sperm from free radicals. It was also found to help increase sperm count.
Lentils and Beans
They are high in fiber and Vitamin B. There is also a good source of folate and iron.
Cleanses the body and helps produce fertile cervical mucus. It is also an antioxidant.
It contains Vitamin B6, which helps prepare the uterus for implantation.
It contains Vitamin B12, which enhances the lining of the uterus during fertilization. It also helps with ovulation and preventing miscarriage.
It contains calcium, which decreases your risk for osteoporosis. And it will help develop baby’s bones down the road. Read why whole milk is preferred here.
Asparagus is known to be an aphrodisiac. It contains fiber and folate. Fiber and folate both contributes to increasing sperm count and ovulation.
Fertility diet should be taken seriously especially when you are trying to get pregnant. It will help with the conception, delivery and overall health of your baby down the road.
This is a lifestyle change that you will not regret. It will be hard at first. You will feel like you are depriving yourself but think of the ultimate goal of these sacrifices you are undertaking. Not only will it help you realize your dream to become a mother but it will also make you a healthy mother.
While infertility is something that we did not choose, fertility diet is something that we can choose. Eating foods which are good for us and avoiding foods that are not is something that we can easily do.
Do you have this food in your diet plan? What are other fertility foods do you know?