Fertility foods help boost your health, optimise your fertility and give your child the best possible start in life.
Eating fertility foods is one of a number of natural ways to increase fertility and overcome fertility problems yet fertility foods are not only recommended to ensure greater fertility but to establish and nurture the health of your baby from conception.
By 8 weeks gestation a baby’s health blueprint is already created. At this stage his or her health vulnerabilities and strengths are set by the ‘map’ guiding this miracle of creation. It is fair to say that once a pregnancy is established your child’s health potential becomes the lowest common denominator of you and your partner’s health at the point of conception.
So whether your challenged by male fertility and/or female fertility issues you can take simple steps to ensure you and your partner are in optimum health at least 120 days prior to a conception attempt — whether you are trying to conceive naturally or using any form of assisted reproductive technologies.
Why 120 days? The quality of the egg and sperm today is the reflection of everything that was happening in your life and immediate environment over the previous 4 months. Your complete health picture during that time includes nutrition, stress levels, blood oxygenation, hormone levels, emotions and other factors affect the quality of your fertility in the current month.
Eating for fertility is an important part of my 11 Pillars of Fertility blueprint developed to give couples a comprehensive step by step reproducible system for overcoming fertility problems and creating the healthy baby of their dreams. Foods to boost fertility are readily available and here’s a list of some of the best fertility foods you can starting eating more of today!
7 Fertility Foods you Should Eat
- Green vegetables and Leafy Vegetables – This includes spinach, kale, collard greens, watercress and even avocados. They contain folic acid, helpful in the production of red blood cells and genetic material. Folic acid also promotes development of a healthy nervous system, and prevents neural deficiencies in the fetus after conception—and it’s extremely important for healthy sperm production.
- Nuts and Seeds – As fertility foods nuts and seeds includes walnuts, almonds, pecans and all seeds like safflower and sunflower seeds. The have essential fatty acids and Vitamin E which are essential in the production of healthy cells. Peanuts are NOT recommended as a fertility food.
- Citrus Fruits – Oranges, Kiwi fruit, grapefruit and other citrus fruits all have very high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C enhances sperm motility by preventing sperm clumping. It also enhances ovulation and release of the egg from ovaries.
- Pigmented Vegetables – This includes orange or red hued vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, and all varieties of squashes. These have beta-carotene which is a healthy source of Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential for maintaining healthy tissues in the reproductive organs as well as being essential for developing healthy brains and eyes!
- Salmon – This fish contains essential omega-3 fatty acids, which assist hormone production. In addition sperm is largely made up of this type of fatty acids as is the embryo’s developing nervous system so this fertility foods is a fantastic choice for both men and women.
- Pineapple – This is the best known natural source of Manganese, a very important mineral. Manganese activates enzymes in the body that trigger production of various reproductive hormones. Low levels of manganese are associated with difficulty conceiving. Pineapple also contains great amounts of enzymes, which aid digestion.
- Chilli – Spicy foods containing red chili peppers increases blood flow around the body, ensuring that the reproductive system gets a healthy supply. Chilies also stimulate endorphin production, associated with stress release and a feeling of calm relaxation, which greatly increase chances of conception and therefore considered a top fertility food.
These fertility foods are most effective if consumed in their natural form. For the highest nutritional value, choose fresh, unprocessed organic foods wherever possible, and avoid overcooking your vegetables and you’ll be off the the right start with your fertility diet.
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