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- Choose Plant Protein Over Animal Protein
- Choose Dark and Leafy Veggies
- Whole Grains Over Processed or Refined Grains
- Choose Healthier Fats and Oils
- Increase your Daily Fiber Intake
- Warm Foods vs. Cold Foods
- Grab your Daily Citrus
- Hydration is Key
- Avoid the Bad Habits
Choose Plant Protein Over Animal Protein When You Can.
- There was a study conducted by Harvard with 19,000 females who were trying to conceive. Through this study, the researchers found that women who consumed animal protein were 39% more likely to struggle with infertility problems than the women who consumed mostly plant protein sources.
- Good sources of animal protein can be found in
- Garbanzo Beans
- Vegetarian Chili
Choose Dark and Leafy VeggiesFolate has been found to help with ovulation. Dark leafy greens are high in folate, such as:
- romaine lettuce
Whole Grains Over Processed or Refined GrainsWhole grains are so good for fertility.
- When you eat something like whole wheat bread versus white (sugary, refined and processed) bread, you are attempting to help regulate your insulin levels.
- When you have processed and refined carbs and sugars, this can increase your insulin levels.
Choose Healthier Fats and Oils
- Olive oil is a good source of a natural anti-inflammatory. Decreasing inflammation in your body can help you when trying to conceive and can even increase the blood flow to your reproductive organs.
- Salmon and other fish that are high in omega 3 fatty acids are great meat choices.
- Foods rich in this can help you regulate your reproductive hormones and also are great for increasing the blood flow to your uterus and other reproductive organs.
- Omega 3 Fatty acids are needed for proper brain and eye development once you’re pregnant.
- They also help lower the risk of preterm delivery during pregnancy and lower your risk of developing preeclampsia.
Increase your Daily Fiber IntakeFiber is so great for when you’re trying to conceive.
- Fiber is known for helping your body remove toxins and excess estrogen.
- Fiber can also help lower insulin levels. As you read early, insulin levels can create a huge impact on your reproductive hormones and in turn, your ability to conceive a healthy pregnancy.
Warm Foods vs. Cold FoodsMany holistic fertility providers have studied the impacts of warm and cold foods on the blood flow to your reproductive hormones.
- Warm foods, like soups, provide more blood flow to the uterus. A “warm uterus” promotes growth, acceptance of a healthy pregnancy and good blood flow.
- A “cold uterus” doesn’t promote growth and acceptance and has poor blood flow. Some holistic providers may suggest that you stay away from cold foods like ice cream.
Grab your Daily CitrusCitrus foods like lemons, oranges and limes provide great sources of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a good source of iron as well. For the guys, Vitamin C has been seen to help improve sperm quantity, motility and morphology. Foods can impact our bodies differently at different points in our menstrual cycle as well. During the time you think you are going to ovulate, you may find that your body needs more Vitamin B. Vitamin B helps support the release of a healthy egg from the follicle and promotes healthy implantation support of a new pregnancy. Back to Top
Hydration is KeyWater, water, water. Not enough can be said about water.
- At the very least, water can help promote hormone development to help you produce a quality follicle to release a healthy egg from.
- Drinking the proper amount of water a day can also help with your cervical mucus.
- Thinning out your cervical mucus during the right time of the month, as ovulation approaches, can help healthy sperm get to an awaiting egg without any added trouble.
BromelainYou may also read that many studies have suggested eating pineapple.
- Pineapple contains bromelain.
- Bromelain helps support a healthy implantation and reduces any inflammation throughout the body.
Avoid the Bad HabitsSteer clear of acidic foods like coffee, alcohol and an excess of meat.
- Too much acidic type foods can cause changes in your cervical mucus and not make it an inviting environment for sperm, interrupting their safe and easy passageway to the egg.
- Too much caffeine can impact your fertility and a developing pregnancy.