Three words, eleven letters – "I am pregnant!" a phrase so beautiful can make your heart skip a beat. Today, I will be sharing information that will help you to bring this phrase into your reality.
When planning to get pregnant, you search the internet for the methods that can help you increase your chances. Here is one of them – fertility foods. I am sure you have heard before about nutrition and diets that can help your body get all of the vitamins and nutrients to conceive a baby.
In this article, you will find information about:
- 22 Foods That Increase Fertility
- The Simple Formula For Fertility Smoothies
- Fertility Diet
Open your notebook, take a pen, and be ready to add the following foods to your shopping list. Without further ado, let us get straight to the point!
Foods That Increase Fertility
My father always says, "Medicine is as poisonous as it is helpful," meaning that even though they are aimed to do you good, there is a certain amount of them that can harm. Therefore, he has always told me to eat fruits, vegetables, and other products with the same amount of nutrients and vitamins as pills do.
In order to have a robust immune system and produce lots of healthy eggs, your organism needs nutrients that take part in cell development, such as vitamin D, iron, omega 3s.
Foods in the list below have all that your body needs to conceive a healthy baby. Make sure to incorporate most of these foods into your ration.
- Avocado - Half of the avocado is a daily dose.
- Asparagus - It is rich in folic acid, essential for the baby's development.
- Spinach - Along with other leafy green vegetables, spinach contains iron responsible for egg quality and is essential for ovulation.
- Beans - Vegetarians substitute meat with beans, for it is full of iron and protein.
- Yams and Sweet Potato - They are filled to the brim with beta carotene, and many people say that it increases chances to conceive twins.
- Garlic - This smelly item on the list is good for the immune system, anti-inflammatory, and is high in selenium.
- Eggs - They are rich in protein and Vitamin D.
- High-Fat Dairy - There are different opinions on high-fat dairy. One, based on studies conducted at Harvard, shows that high-fat dairy is good for fertility. Another says that it is better to eliminate it entirely.
- Salmon - Salmon is rich in Omega 3s and selenium. It is also packed with antioxidants that can prevent you from miscarrying.
- Shellfish - They are filled with zinc and B12.
- Coconut Oil - Apart from other fats, coconut oil is a healthy product crucial for cell growth. Whenever you bake or cook, choose coconut or olive oil.
- Brazil Nuts - They are rich in selenium.
- Walnuts - They are little treasure chests with Omega 3s, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Doctors say that a daily dose is three walnuts per day.
- Sunflower Seeds - They help to maintain stable hormonal levels, for they are rich in zinc.
- Flax seeds - They are high in Omega 3.
- Maca Root - It has come from traditional Peruvian medicine. Because of its "peculiar" taste, it is better to buy it in capsules and add to smoothies. They are also available in powders and are suitable for both women and men.
- Tumeric - Moving further on the map, here is a representative of Chinese medicine. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
- Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly - Bee Pollen contains bioflavonoids, essential amino acids along with a row of Vitamins A, B3, B5, C, D, E, and K. You can get them in capsules that contain both royal jelly and bee pollen.
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - It improves the uterine lining, which consequently promotes implantation.
- Citrus Fruits - Citrus fruits contain the most vitamin C. Oranges and grapefruits are high in polyamine putrescine that can improve both semen and egg health.
- Liver - Cow's liver, in particular, is, what my father calls, a vitamin bomb! It is rich in fat-soluble vitamins and vitamin A. It isn't easy to obtain vitamin A in other products. Highly absorbable iron helps to prevent maternal anemia and miscarriage. The liver is high in vitamin B12, which is essential for DNA and red blood cell formation.
- Cinnamon - It is excellent for women with irregular menstrual cycles (caused by PCOS – polycystic ovarian syndrome). A study shows that women, who took the daily cinnamon supplement, had more ovulatory regular cycles.
Incorporating fertility-boosting foods into your daily ration is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Not only will it increase fertility, but you will also see that both your body and mental health will thrive.
The Simple Formula For Fertility Smoothies
There are hundreds, if not thousands of products, variations you can use to make a smoothie. In the beginning, I thought that the ingredients cannot be combined and that the taste would be awful. I was never that wrong.
Apart from natural ingredients, there are many protein powders. Nowadays, the fertility market is filled with products filled with nutrients and vitamins that your organism needs.
In the list above, I have already mentioned powders that you can also add. Mainly it is up to you to decide whether you want to use natural ingredients high in protein or powders.
Here we will be looking deeper into the preparation and advantages of fertility smoothies.
It would be best if you aimed to make a healthy and useful product that will:
- Be high infertility nutrients and vitamins;
- Maintain balanced hormone levels;
- Promote egg health;
- Enhance circulation
- Protect from oxidative stress.
For this, you will need only six ingredients that you most definitely, have in the kitchen.
These are veggies, protein, slow carbs, herbs and spices, healthy fats, and liquid.
- Veggies: Beets, Spinach, Celery, Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers, Arugula, etc.
Green leafy plants are rich in folate and iron that are important for pregnancy. By drinking smoothies with these ingredients, you will store the exact amount of nutrients it needs in your organism. Other vegetables help blood circulation, which is vital for the good functioning of your organs.
- Protein: Protein powder, Full-fat Milk, Cashew, White beans, Almond, Hemp seeds, Beans, Yogurt, etc. Protein keeps you full and has a positive influence on your blood sugar balance. You can replace natural proteins with the powders or eat eggs while drinking a smoothie.
- Slow Carbs: Grapes, Blueberries, Pumpkin, Plums, Blackberries, Strawberries, Apples, Orange, Grapefruit, etc. These are not the carbs you get from the past and dread. Focus on the foods from the list above and dig deeper into the topic.
- Herbs and Spices: Ginger, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Cardamom, Parsley, Cilantro, Cayenne, etc. Herbs are powerful regardless of the price and place where they are grown. They are rich in antioxidants and improves blood circulation.
- Healthy Fats: Avocado, Flax seeds, Coconut butter, Chia seeds, Cashew, Almonds, etc.
They help to absorb nutrients and vitamins and supplements other ingredients.
- Liquids: Full-fat milk, Soy milk, Water, Almond milk, Green tea, Hibiscus tea, Chamomile tea, Raspberry tea, etc.Look for low sugar products, for your smoothie is already loaded with tons of vitamins and nutrients. It is okay but unnecessary.
You can create any combination you want! Easy as a snap of your fingers, if you know what I mean. Play with the tastes and extraordinary combinations. In case you are short on ideas, here are some for you:
- Spinach, cinnamon, avocado, blueberries, chia seeds, and some water.
- Spinach, avocado, apple, parsley and spirulina, water.
- Full-fat yogurt, strawberries, flax seeds, cinnamon, spinach.
Some women go through countless treatments and examinations trying to find the problem, the flaw in their organism that does not let them conceive a baby. There are many different reasons for this, but not always are they that difficult to find.
Nowadays, the quality of life has maybe improved, but the food we consume and the air we breathe are far from perfect and healthy. Therefore, when you plan to get pregnant, make sure to "clean" your ration to have a healthy and strong organism. The same applies to your partner, for you are in this together.
The study conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Russel has shown that by increasing protein and lowering carbs, a woman has higher chances of getting pregnant!
The ration of most women in the study consisted of food with many carbs and a low level of protein. Based on the results, Dr. Russel recommended following a diet where the intake of carbs is less than 40% and protein – more than 25%. As a result, the clinical pregnancy rate grew up to 80%!
Whenever you start a diet that requires proportions and tracking macronutrients, it is best if you download an app that will help you track their amount. It won't be easy at the beginning, but the goal is worth the effort!
Plan your ration based on your eating habits. If you are one of the people who love evening snacks, you will need to get plenty of protein for breakfast and lunch. It will allow you to have some carbs in the evening. Remember the balance you need to maintain between the two.
Besides, there are certain products you have to give up. As difficult as it may sound, but you will need to say “no” to sugar, avoid refined carbs, diet sodas, and alcohol and cut down on caffeine or give it up completely.
Recent studies have shown that caffeine does not have a negative influence on your body. However, consider cutting down on coffee consumation.
Here are some ideas for your protein-packed meals:
Breakfast: Hard-boiled eggs, protein pancakes, eggs and bacon, fertility smoothie.
Lunch: avocado and chicken salad, salad with hard-boiled eggs, bean soup.
Dinner: meatballs (try adding liver) and salad, grilled fish with vegetables.
Snacks: three walnuts or a handful of almonds (remember that 3-4 walnuts are a daily dose), a cup of high-fat milk, or protein bars.
There are many more recipes that will be good for you. However, whatever you choose, remember the correlation between carbs and protein. Besides, do not forget to incorporate smoothies and fertility products from the list above.
Like many diets, this one also has cheat days. The thing is that you need to have the right diet most of the time, for effect is cumulative. You need to eat well-balanced food for some time until your organism is filled with vitamins and nutrients.
Besides, you are the boss of your ration! You can plan your meals so that you would be able to leave enough room for some carbs. Whenever you lose it at the party or during the holidays (Don’t be too hard on yourself!
Gingerbread cookies are everyone’s weak spot), try to get back on track and fix the balance. Also, you can look for a sweet treat from time to time. You have a whole list of magical fertility food for this.
You need to understand that nutrients and vitamins need time to absorb. Therefore, you might see the results in approximately three months.
It is the amount of time the egg needs to mature. During this time, you need to pay attention to your nutrition and the state of mind and some physical activities.
Family planning is a thorough process. It takes time, determination, and dedication. A fertility diet is a challenge that you need to accept if you want to become a mother one day. It will benefit both you and the baby.
The information above will help you balance your nutrition to make it comfortable and healthy. Make a plan of how you will balance carbs and proteins, create fertility smoothies recipes that will be perfect for you.
However, remember that nutrition needs to be combined with physical activities (for instance, fertility yoga) and a positive mood. A negative state of mind can never bring positive results. A sound mind in a sound body, remember?
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