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Food For Fertility!
April 02, 2012
To Get Pregnant, Add These Foods To Your Diet Every Day!
Your diet is the most important aspect of getting pregnant.
The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study is one of the most complete studies ever done on the effect of diet on fertility. From this study, it was possible to determine the effect of dietary habits and fertility among other factors. The women who were trying to conceive during this study did so in about an eight year period and 1 in 6 had some kind of problem getting pregnant.
The results show an increase in fertility which was six time higher in those women who ate specific foods and follow a specific life style.
The most important aspect of female infertility is ovulation. Did you know that certain foods can cause you to stop ovulating, have delayed ovulation or even supress ovulation?
The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study reported that women with few ovulatory problems and higher fertility ate more monounsaturated fats, less carbohydrates, consumed more protein from vegetables than from animals sources, included high fiber and high iron foods and consumed more high-fat dairy products.
Also, women who had higher fertility followed a healthy life style which included taking multivitamins and exercising daily to keep a lower body mass index (BMI).
Based on this information what can you do to improve your egg quality, support healthy ovulation with your diet?
Simple! Make sure these 5 foods are present in your diet every day:
1. Monounsaturated fats are one of the features of the Mediterranean diet and promote heart health by lowering the bad cholesterol and by providing vitamin E, a powerful egg-protector antioxidant. Choose extra virgin oil of olive, seeds, nuts, and avocado.
2. Eat organically grown fruits and vegetables Make sure to add at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet. If you suffer from PCOS only have 3 and avoid eating too many high glycemic index fruits like dates and watermelon. Add protein rich plant source to your diet like beans, lentils, chickpeas and nuts. If you eat animal protein make sure to choose organic or hormone and antibiotic free meat sources.
3. Drink one high fat dairy serving each day. The best way to do this is by eating yogurt. Make sure to choose organic and plain yogurt that only as the following ingredients: organic whole milk, pasteurized, but not homogenized, live bacterial cultures. You can add berries like raspberries, strawberries or blueberries to your yogurt and to make it more sweat add xylitol sugar or honey. Avoid white sugar or splenda at all costs.
4. Add foods high in whole grains, but low in gluten like kamut, spelt, quinoa, etc. Avoid wheat if you suffer from endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes and have poor cervical mucus. Eat foods high in iron like black strap molasses, Tahini, and cashew butter.
5. Take multivitamins like FertilAid to help you conceive. Vitamins and minerals are needed by the body for many reproductive functions like ovulation, hormonal production, cycle regularity, fertile mucus production and embryo implantation.
The above recommendations will help women with ovulatory problems and any woman who is trying to conceive especially when followed for at least 4 months before conception. It is important to notice that male fertility is also impacted by diet and nutrition and should not be underestimated as an important factor in achieving conception.
In fact, both partners should follow the fertility diet when trying to get pregnant.
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