Your body’s fertility is greatly influenced by a number of factors that have little to do with the act of conceiving, one of which is nutrition. Your diet plays a silent, but significant part the in overall success of conceiving a child and to increase the chances of that success it is important to follow a nutritional diet that makes your body the ideal environment for everything involved in conception to fall into place. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
So what exactly is involved in fertility and nutrition minded diets? Take a look at these tips to help you ensure that what you eat aids your effort to get pregnant rather than hinders them.
Food is oftentimes the very building blocks of either a healthy body or an unhealthy body. Much like the old saying of “you are what you eat”, the foods you consume lend to the way your body performs in obvious and not so obvious ways. When you are trying to conceive there are certain kinds of foods that should be the staples of your diet:
Leafy Greens – Foods such as kale, spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard are packed with folic acid, iron, B6 and vitamin E which helps to provide an essential base for healthy fertility in your body.
Fish and Shellfish – Proteins like this are some of the most nutrient rich foods available today and can provide everything from omega-3s to zinc, selenium and coQ10. It is best to eat fish and shellfish that are not farmed as they lacked high amounts of omega-3s and are filled with antibiotics that can interfere with optimum health needed for conceiving.
Colorful Fruit and Veggies – When trying to conceive it is best to eat a diet rich in vegetables of every color under the rainbow. For example, fruits and veggies that are orange in color are high in beta carotene which can boost your immune system. Or, white vegetables (such as cauliflower, parsnips and leeks) are rich in sulfur which is the needed to create the essential amino acids cysteine and methionine.
Raw or Cultured Daily – Daily that hasn’t been pasteurized retains its high levels of enzymes and nutrients such as calcium, zinc and vitamin D which can help with everything from digestion to fortifying the body from outside threats. The additional benefits to raw or cultured daily products are that they lack the hormones and antibiotics that are common in pasteurized dairy today.
As you try to conceive, the right fertility foods will help you create the right environment for conception, but the wrong foods can create a hostile environment that lowers your chances for getting pregnant. To help keep this from happening there are some foods to avoid while trying to conceive:
Soy Beans and Soy Products – Soy contains the plant version of estrogen known as phytoestrogen which if ingested while trying to conceive can throw off the natural estrogen levels in the body that are necessary to achieving a normal menstrual and ovulation cycle.
Sugar, Refined Carbs and Pasteurized Juices – Sugars contains in foods such as soda, pasteurized juices and refined carbs can have a negative effect on your body in the form of a lowered immune system and abnormal hormone levels.
Caffeine – Just like when you become pregnant, caffeine though it may be a tasty, energy drink, is able to throw off the natural hormone balance of your body as well as increase the chances of miscarriage and irregular ovulation.
Fat-Free or Low-Fat Foods – Fat in large quantities may be bad for our bodies, but choosing to go with fat-free/low-fat products to reduce fat consumption can have just as negative an effect as too much fat. Foods that have been altered to be fat-free or low in fat are oftentimes overly processed and high in sugar, making the “benefits” of those foods completely erased.
A Harvard healthy study found that dairy foods that retained their normal fat levels were able to increase the fertility of those who consumed them more than those who ate a diet with fat-free or low-fat foods.