Eat to Get Pregnant?

Yes, You Can! Part 1

The-Fertility-Diet-BookHave you heard about the Fertility Diet? Are there really foods you can eat to help support your body’s reproductive efforts? The answer is yes.

The Fertility Diet is made up of foods that are dense in specific nutrients that your body needs for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg health, sperm health, blood health, and much more.

The Fertility Diet is also designed to help your body balance many fertility issues that you may have, build up your nutrient storage for your pregnancy, and provide  the building blocks for a healthy child.

Why Does It Work?

The diet is backed by a landmark study of 18,000 nurses over 8 years, They have been able to analyze the nutritional data of the dietary practices of thousands of women during “normal life”  and have concluded that you can increase your chances of becoming pregnant by watching what you eat.

Ice Cream to Help Ovulation?

A Nurses’ Health Study and research at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that women who had a daily serving of a full-fat dairy food (ice cream, whole milk, cheese) had increased their chances of becoming pregnant. Now don’t go crazy with the Ben and Jerry’s just yet! The study found that the women had consumed two half-cup servings a week, meaning that delicious pint of chocolate chip cookie dough needs to last for two weeks.

Change Your Diet

In a recent study conducted by Harvard entitled “Obstetrics & Gynecology”, they concluded that women who changed five or more lifestyle factors, including their diet, showed an 80% decrease in infertility. While this is not a perfect study, it does point the way to some important considerations to reduce Ovulatory Infertility:

Top Recommendations from the Fertility Diet:

  • Have a diet with less (zero!) trans fats and less sugar from refined carbohydrates. A Slow Carb, not No Carb or High Carb diet best promotes hormone balance and reduces adrenal stress from sugar highs and lows. Think Yams, Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grains, Beans and Lentils, sprouted or sour dough grains in bread.
  • Replace one serving per day with protein from vegetables rather than from animals- but not processed soy as it disrupts essential female hormones. Make sure you still maintain adequate protein from Eggs, Cold Water Fish, Free Range Chicken, Turkey, Beef or Pork.  This will help reduce your sugar cravings and help heal your adrenals and thyroid, almost universally depleted in our high stress world.
  • Eat adequate fiber and iron- whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice, lentils, beans, and whole fruits and veggies, for increased Iron, Folic Acid and B vitamins, Zinc,- check out the food with more nutrients gram for gram than any other food- Organic Liver (Pate is ok!) or you can buy an organic liver supplement if you just can’t imagine getting it down on your plate. Check out these Organic Liver capules.
  • Supplement your diet with a multivitamin -best if they come from a whole food source,  such as Synergy Organics.
  • Shoot for a lower BMI (body mass index)
  • Exercise for 30-60 min periods every –  something you enjoy that lowers stress and raises your heart rate and builds muscle mass.
  • Eat whole-fat dairy products and avoid low-fat dairy products. Always choose the full fat options, your body needs fat to conceive!  If dairy causes you congestion, or if your are lactose intolerant try Raw milk products or Coconut Milk.

Ready to Start Eating to Conceive?

Fertility Diet Recipe GuideIf so, here are a few options:

  • Download this free Fertility Diet recipe book
  • Try these supplements:

Healthforce Macaforce Vanilla Spice Power: Maca is one of the ingredients in the Fertility Diet recipe book and is good for both men and women. It helps promote fertility and vitality and as an added bonus, it tastes great!

Vitex Herb and Evening Primrose Oil: Both of these are available for purchase at Thriving Life. Each helps you maintain naturally a hormonal balance for women and is great for promoting and maintaining fertility.

Over the next few months, we’ll continue to explore the Fertility Diet. Next month, we’ll review the nutrients that can help with conception, followed by our list of foods to eat and avoid for fertility.

Have questions about how the Fertility Diet can help you become a mom? Give Dr. Christine Cantwell a call at her office located at Thriving Life Wellness Center, in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco.




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