Did you know that not eating fertility foods can directly impact on your fertility and overall reproductive health and may even halt you from conceiving?
Someone once said, “Food is Medicine”
For the couples trying to conceive, the first step towards preparing for a healthy and natural conception is by doing fertility cleansing to get rid of reproductive toxins and cleanse your body from the effects of the ultra processed foods laden with chemicals and preservatives unhealthful for growing a baby.
What Are Fertility Foods?
Fertility foods are varieties of foods that contain essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body requires for nutrients storage; immune protection, healthy conception and a positive pregnancy outcome.
A balanced fertility diet will also help to repair your body from damages caused by environmental toxins and free radicals.
Other Reasons Why You Need to Take Fertility Foods:
1. Helps to reverse certain infertility conditions like Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and Insulin Resistance as well as Diabetes mellitus.
2. Fertility-enriched diet helps to supply antioxidants which protect the male sperm and female ovary from oxidative stress that can lead to infertility issues.
3. Provides the body with enough vitamins and minerals for storage.
4. Provides the body with good fatty acids like Alpha Lipoic acid and Omega 3 needed for hormones production.
5. Helps to nourish your reproductive health.
6. Provides energy and vitality for your reproductive system.
Top 5 Fertility Foods Your Body Needs for Conception:
1. Nuts and Seeds:
These are essential to fertility and conception. Nuts particularly are rich in Omega 3, Zinc, vitamin E, proteins and you can get them from food sources like:
• Pumpkin seeds
• Sesame seeds
• Flax seeds
Altogether they can help you fight against free radicals and boost your immunity.
Eggs provide you with Vitamin D, B 12 and protein which are necessary for hormones production, and for a healthy fetal development in the womb.
3. Grass-reared or raised Meats:
Meats derived from free-ranging animals (not the factory-raised animals that are constantly fed with hormones and antibiotics) supply you with adequate Omega 3, vitamin 12 and protein; altogether will help reduce the chances of miscarriage and help in the synthesis of hormones.
4. Green Vegetables:
Dark-leafy vegetables provide you with essential nutrients and vitamins such as folic acid, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin E that are essential to your fertility, and you can get these from food sources like:
• Brussels sprouts
• Kale etc.
Fruits add tremendous benefits to your fertility and provide you with enough antioxidants that will help to mop up free radicals in your body; protecting your eggs and sperm and also optimize your overall reproductive well-being.
You can obtain them from food sources like:
• Papaya (pawpaw)
• Apples etc.
Unhealthy Foods You Should Avoid:
1. Sweetened foods/Artificial/Refined Sugars:
They are very bad for your reproductive health. Throws your body into hormonal imbalances and reduces your immunity. You don’t need them at all. For the place of refined sugar you can opt for honey as an alternative.
2. Soy Foods:
Other scientific researchers have repeatedly advised against the consumption of soy-related foods, like soy milk, soy beans, soy chips, soy cheese, in fact, any soy derived foods have been found to contain exogenous estrogen that mimics your own body’s estrogen and eating such could disrupt your endocrine system.
Coffee consumption from findings has been linked with miscarriages and prevents ovulation as a result, thus has been implicated to cause hormonal imbalances.
Other foods you also should avoid:
• Cakes, biscuits, cookies.
• Frozen bakery products
• Frozen meats and fishes
• Microwave popcorns
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