The Fertility Diet (Part 3)

Foods to Eat and Avoid For Fertility

fruits and vegetables veggies organicFor the last few months we have been sharing one of our favorite books with you, The Fertility Diet. This landmark diet book is backed by 18,000 nurses over 8 years because the researchers were able to analyze the nutritional data of the dietary practices of thousands of women during normal life. What did they find; that you can increase your chances of becoming pregnant by watching what you eat.

So far we have shared the top recommendations from the book, given away a free cookbook, and explained what nutrients are important for fertility. This month we are going to look at what foods to eat and those to avoid.

Important Foods Specifically for Fertility

When you read the list of foods the Fertility Diet recommends, you’ll see one common element among them – all are nutrient dense, i.e.: they pack a lot of nutrition per serving. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Grass-fed Meats: Grass feed animals have less fat and a bit stronger taste than corn feed meats, and provide a lot more nutrients due to the animal’s diet. It’s important to eat natural meat, as factory raised meats typically have been raised on GMO corn, hormones, and antibiotics – all things that can impact your hormonal balance and immune system.

Fruit: When it comes to antioxidants, you can’t go wrong with fruits as they have some of the highest levels per servings. Be sure to include raw servings of blueberries, prunes, raisins, and strawberries in your diet as when you heat them up, they lose their high antioxidant value.

Dark Leafy Vegetables: Eat your green vegetables (collard greens, kale, swiss chard) as these are packed with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins essential to healthy fertility.

Colorful Vegetables: Loaded in B6 and Vitamin C, eating colorful vegetables will help your get the nutrients your body needs. The easiest way to get the right nutrients is to be sure to eat a wide variety of vegetables. One way I have found to do this is to make sure I have a salad, fresh juices, or a stir-fry meal everyday.

Eggs: Look for farm fresh eggs that have a deep orange/yellow yolk. You can find these at our local farmer’s market and they are worth the extra cost. These eggs provide more nutrients than the ones of the shelves at a grocery store.

Nuts and Seeds: Be sure to eat them in their raw form to get all of the essential fatty acids you’ll need plus lots of Omega 3, Zinc, Vitamin E, and Protein.

Now you know a little bit about what foods to eat, but what should you avoid when following the Fertility Diet?

WhatFoods to Avoid on the Fertility Diet?

You won’t be surprised that the list of foods to avoid is very similar whether you’re following the Fertility Diet or not. The fact is there are just some foods that are bad for all of us.

Caffeine: Studies have shown that caffeine can affect your hormonal balance, as well as increase your chances of a miscarriage and prevent you from ovulating. Do you best to limit your latte intake.

Fruit Juices and Sugary Sodas: Both of these contain concentrated sugar, which can throw off your blood sugar levels. When this happens, you negatively effect your body’s hormonal balance and immune system.

Alcohol: A Swedish study showed drinking even two to three glasses of wine per week can increased the number of months it can take to conceive.

Soy Foods: Processed soy based foods can have a negative impact on your hormonal balance in both men and women. Try to stay away from soy milk, soy burgers, and soy meats.

GMO Foods: Research has shown that since the 1970s sperm counts among the world’s male population have declined as much as 50%. Some studies blame this decrease on the large amount of genetically modified foods we are now consuming.

Get the Fertility Diet Book

The-Fertility-Diet-BookIf you’ve enjoyed the last three articles about the Fertility Diet and how it can help you increase your chances of becoming pregnant, I encourage you to pick the book up. It’s available from the Thriving Life Wellness online bookstore here.







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