The Fertility Diet (Part 2)



What Should I Eat?

The-Fertility-Diet-BookLast month, we introduced you to the book and research entitled the Fertility Diet. The Fertility Diet is designed to help your body balance fertility issues that many females and males have, while building up your nutrient storage for your pregnancy, and help provide the building blocks to birth a healthy child.

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. This month, we’re going to take a look at a few of the nutrients and foods where that the Harvard researchers who wrote the Fertility Diet say will help you conceive a child.

Important Nutrients for Fertility

B6: Vitamin B6 helps regulate your blood sugar, can alleviate PMS, and has been shown to help with luteal phase defect. As an added bonus, once you are pregnant, it is useful in relieving morning sickness. Great food sources for Vitamin B6 are cod, salmon, and tuna as well as broccoli, chard, and kale.

B12: Studies have found that a deficiency of B12 may increase the chances of irregular ovulation and, in severe cases, stop ovulation altogether. You can get your B12 from beef, cheese, crab, eggs and lobster.

Vitamin C: A study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that Vitamin C helps improve hormone levels and increase fertility in women with luteal phase defect. Vitamin C has been shown to improve sperm quality and protect sperm from DNA damage. It is everywhere in our diets from broccoli to citrus fruits to potatoes.

Vitamin D: Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study of 67 infertile women, and discovered that only 7% had normal Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is needed to help the body create sex hormones. Food sources with Vitamin D include cod liver oil, dairy products, eggs, and fatty fish. You can also get vitamin D from sitting out in the sun for 15 to 20 minutes per day.

Vitamin E: Studies have shown a diet deficient in Vitamin E to be a cause of infertility in rats and when taken regularly can improve the sperm health in men. Did you know scientific name for Vitamin E is “Tocopherol”, which literally means to bear young? To get your Vitamin E, eat almonds, dark leafy greens, olives, papaya, spinach, and sunflower seeds.

What if I don’t like these foods?

Did you know that Christine sells high quality, food based supplements of the nutrients in this article? She does, and unlike synthetic versions that many health food stores and online retailers sell, these are much healthier and your body will absorb them easily. Also keep me in mind, that many of the products that are being marketed as “pre-natal vitamins” are not food based and do not have high enough amounts of the key nutrients we talked about.

Next month, look for our list of foods to eat and those to avoid for fertility.

Can the Fertility Diet help you become a mom? Want to find out more? Fill out the form to the right and Dr. Christine Cantwell will get in touch with you.

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