Superfoods to Boost Fertility
A balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are some of the most important ways to enhance your chances of getting pregnant if you are not suffering from any major health problems that could hinder your ability to procreate. Of course you should not forget sports, control weight and give up habits like drinking alcohol and smoking.
Foods that Enhance Fertility in Women
Experts say that, women who generally eat healthy and balanced food should not have to worry about the fact that nutrition may be a cause of infertility. However, if you want to stimulate your body to become even more fertile, here’s is a list of foods that you should consume more often!
Before we start talking about foods, here is a herb I would like to mention
Its nothing but a great herb gifted by god for reproductive system health. You may want to read in detail about this herb here: Shatavari/Asaparagus Recemosus.
Asparagus is rich in folic Acid which prevents ovulatory failure. Most of times doctors prescribe folic acid supplements to women who are trying to conceive.
Berries are some of the foods richest in antioxidants. Antioxidants present in the berries combat aging of the body and prevent premature damage caused to the reproductive system.
Dairy foods are also important in improving the chances of getting pregnant, but health experts advise you to stay away from “light” or “low fat” milk products. You should rather go for regular or high fat milk because it seems to have a positive influence on fertility.
Vitamin B6 is found abundantly in Bananas. Vit B6 is helpful in balancing reproductive hormones, regularize menstruation and also helps in forming healthy egg. In men Vit B6 helps healthy sperm development.
Vit B6 deficiency could be one of reasons to delay in pregnancy. This fruit is one of superfoods, which will only give you high nutrients. It is highly recommended that you should have a banana every day.
Avocado is considered as the “fertility fruit” by many nutritionists. As it is rich in vitamin E, eating avocado helps to regulate ovulation and the production of cervical mucus, that is essential in the process of conception.
Green vegetables such as Spinach are a very important source of vitamins and minerals crucial for the proper functioning of the body and for increasing fertility in women.
All green vegetables are good, but spinach has the greatest impact on the chances of conception. It contains iron, folic acid and a lot of antioxidants that contribute to improving ovulatory activity and ovarian stimulation.
Rich in vitamin B, and also complex carbohydrates, whole grains are one of the most important incentives for the production of hormones necessary for conceiving.
Proteins originating from turkey, chicken and beef contain iron, and studies have shown that there is a good connection between iron and fertility. It is recommended to eat two servings of animal protein daily, but take care not to feast on high-fat variants. You should note that too much animal protein has the exact adverse effect. You can very well give up a portion of animal protein if you care to replace it with vegetable protein and other foods containing iron (beans, tofu).
Eggs contain Vit D. Deficiency of Vit D is one of the reasons for infertility in women.
Renowned for their aphrodisiac properties, oysters contain zinc, crucial for conceiving a baby. A zinc deficiency can affect the menstrual cycle and slows egg production. If you do not fancy the taste of oysters, try other foods that contain zinc, such as chicken, milk, nuts, eggs, whole grains and vegetables.
Fatty fish like herring, sardines and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids that help to increase your chances of becoming a mother. These omega-3 fatty acids help restore balance in reproductive hormone levels and enhance blood flow to reproductive organs. They also help in reducing stress, which is known to be the first obstacle to conceiving a baby. If you do not like fish, you can go for nuts and pumpkin seeds. You can also talk with your doctor about the possibility of adding omega-3 fatty acid supplements to your diet.
Foods that Adversely Affect Fertility
Your daily diet can influence your fertility in two ways: either positively or negatively. There are a number of foods, if consumed in excess, can harm fertility and can substantially reduce your chances of conceiving a child. You should stay away from such foods if you wish to boost your fertility.
Alcohol is one of the most dangerous drinks that can affect fertility. Even consumed in moderation, it can drastically affect your chances of getting pregnant. Therefore, it is best to avoid alcohol completely during preconception stage.
Coffee and Caffeinated Products
One thing is certain: if you want to get pregnant faster, you should not consume caffeine or coffee in excess. Tea, chocolate and other caffeinated products also fall in the same category of foods that seems to affect the ability to conceive children.
Fast-food products, and junk food, are some of the greatest enemies of fertility. Rich in fats, sugars, food additives and even harmful growth hormones, processed foods can throw off your reproductive system functions.
Unpasteurized Milk and Meat
Consumption of unpasteurized dairy products and meat represents a danger for both your chances of conceiving a baby and for the healthy development of the fetus, in case you become pregnant.
Unpasteurized products – meat, eggs, cheese, dairy products – contain all sorts of dangerous bacteria that reduces your chances of getting pregnant, can be harmful especially for the developing fetus in early pregnancy.
Fish High in Mercury
There are types of fish containing more mercury than others and they can jeopardize your fertility. Among the fish to avoid include: swordfish, shark and mackerel.
Along with healthy food, you may want to learn some Fertility Yoga Postures which helps improving reproductive health.
Overall healthy balanced diet is most important for healthy reproductive system in female. Because the absorption of certain nutrients requires other nutrients. E.g. Calcium requires Vit D to absorb in your body properly. So have a healthy diet and reduce the junk foods to conceive faster.