• 10 Fantastic Fertility Boosting Foods

    by  • January 20, 2013 • Healthy Eating, Natural Fertility Series • 5 Comments

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    Whole foods are vital for natural fertility. But there are certain foods that are extra helpful in creating healthy fertile bodies that will be able to carry life through conception. Below is a list of fertility friendly foods that you should take a closer look at. Some of these foods I learned about from a personal friend who loves helping people with fertility.

    “A” Vitamin Filled Foods

    Vitamin A plays a very important part in female reproductive health. One way it is believed to boost fertility is by promoting optimal cervical fluid. Getting adequate vitamin A in your diet helps to ensure that your cervical fluid will be a sperm-friendly, consistency. Vitamin A also helps your follicles to develop properly. Women who want to conceive should consume vitamin A rich foods, such as organ meats, deep yellow butter, and cod liver oil – all very rich sources of vitamin A!

    In addition to the above vitamin A rich foods, there are other animal based foods that are high in Vitamin A, such as milk, cheese and yogurt.  To supplement these richest food sources, one could add to their diet plant based varieties as well like Apricots, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Kale, Mangos, Red peppers, Spinach and Sweet potatoes.

    Bananas

    Although for some with high blood sugar levels, this would not be the ideal food, many with normal blood sugar levels will find bananas to be a true godsend. For those with elevated blood pressure, this tasty fruit can help keep it under control – warding off preeclampsia.  For the common pregnancy related ailment – heartburn, this fruit can be very helpful. This is a tryptophan-rich food (a protein that converts to serotonin), and therefore bananas can ward off both pregnancy induced and postpartum depression.

    Berries

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    Berries truly are a super fruit! Nutrient wise many contain vitamins C, K, and B6, as well as manganese and phosphorus. The anti-inflammatory compounds are very beneficial when it comes to shrinking uterine and ovarian cysts! All berries will offer a variety of benefits, so do your best to consume a cup or more a day of your choice of berries.

    Berries also carry powerful anti-inflammatory agents, which are very beneficial for those looking to conceive.  For example; they help by clearing the body of inflammation; supporting ovulation by making and releasing healthy eggs, helping the sperm in its journey to the egg and making conception possible, keeping your fallopian tubes clear in order to successfully transport the embryo to your uterus, and lastly, keeping the lining of your uterus healthy so implantation can occur and be sustained.

    Berries are rated the some of the highest in antioxidant content among all foods.  Antioxidants prevent this cellular damage from occurring while protecting precious eggs and sperm.  Considering the fact that many women are delaying childbearing until later in life, protecting egg cells from the aging process is vital for increased rates of conception and subsequent healthy offspring.

    Beets

    The liver plays a critical role in detoxing free radicals and excess hormones that cause infertility, hyperemesis, morning sickness, miscarriages, pre-term births, etc.  By keeping the liver clean and optimizing its function, you can make massive strides in your health in general.  Beets will prepare you for birth and increase your energy during pregnancy as they build iron stores in the body. They are rich in folate, protecting the infant from birth defects.

     Cruciferous Vegetables

    Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, all of which contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol. It regulates estrogen metabolism, helping to convert “bad” estrogens into “good” ones. For those who are suffering from endometriosis or uterus fibroids, these foods will be good for you to be consuming regularly.  They are loaded with essential micronutrients, vitamin C, and fiber; all essential in encouraging cellular regeneration and strength.  If you have issues with your thyroid, these veggies should be limited or at least cooked gently before eating.

    Healthy Fats 

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    Healthy fats play a huge role in fertility and reproductive health, yet they play an even larger role in the development of your growing baby.  By consuming these items throughout pregnancy, you will decrease your chances of suffering with postpartum depression (PPD).  Eat LARGE amounts of these foods daily.  Healthy fat choices are:

    • Raw, organic, grass-fed dairy or goat milk products – especially cream, yogurts, kefir, and butter
    • Organic ground flax (not oil)
    • Rich bone broths and stews made from organic, grass-fed animals like chicken, turkey, beef, buffalo, deer, elk, etc.
    • Organic, free range, kosher meats and wild fish
    • Organic nuts, like cashews, walnuts, almonds
    • Avocados
    • Coconut products like coconut oil, flesh, milk, butter, cream, kefir
    • Organic, extra virgin, unrefined oils, like olive oil

     Greens

    Try to consume one large salad a day of collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, wheatgrass, kale and spinach. These superfoods offer an amazing amount of magnesium, calcium and potassium. They are loaded with the phytonutrients (like vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E, K, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, tryptophan and protein) needed for accelerated cellular rejuvenation and protection.  The folic acid found in spinach not only helps you to conceive by generating viable eggs, but also prevents birth defects in newborns.  

    Healthy Meats

    Iron, B12 and protein are essential building blocks for sustaining a healthy pregnancy and ensuring a complication-free delivery and postpartum period.  Healthy meat choices are:

    • Organic, free range, Omega 3 eggs, and poultry
    • Organic, grass-fed bison and beef
    • Wild game
    • Small amounts of healthy, clean sourced, organic, grass-fed, organ meats (keep to one small serving a week when pregnant, and two prior to pregnancy and during lactation)
    • Wild caught, deep sea fish – like salmon (limit to one or two servings a week)
    • Organic, grass-fed lamb, goat

    Seeds

    Seeds (and nuts) are a wonderful source of essential fatty acids. The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are not only hormone regulators, they’re also part of the structure of cell membranes, body tissue, and brain development in these precious little miracles.

    Yams

    Yams are a great food for fertility.  They are rich in folate, beta-carotene, vitamin C and B6.  Yams can stimulate the ovaries to release eggs, and even more than one egg in each cycle. Obviously the more eggs you release, the higher your chances of conception are.

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    If you are like me, you may need a little help visualizing what your daily diet should look like especially if you want to increase your fertility naturally. Below is an example of a daily and weekly food intake that you can play around with and customize to your liking. I found Making Babies to be a great tool to help me come up with creative, delicious foods that incorporate all of the foods I need for the week for my fertility.

    Daily

    • 1 Serving Dark Leafy Green Vegetable
    • 1 Fresh Vegetable Juice (12+ oz) or 2 Servings of Vegetables (think colorful)
    • 1 Serving EFA (essential fatty acid) Rich Food
    • 1-2 Eggs Daily
    • 1 Serving of Nuts
    • 1-3 Servings of Fruits
    • Use Coconut Oil or Butter (grass-fed cows) daily
    • Whole Grains
    • Water

    Weekly

    • Lentils or Beans 2x a week
    • Grass-Fed Red Meat/organic chicken 3x a week
    • Liver 1x a week

     

    How will you be changing your diet? Which foods are easy to add to your diet? Which are the hardest?

    About

    Jasmine is a God-fearing, always-learning, stay-at-home-wife to the best husband in the world! In the past couple of years, her new found loves have become herbal fix ‘ems and things “all natural”! She is continually learning to slow down, enjoying the important, simple things in life…like naturally taking care of her home, husband and health. She really enjoys creating things “home-made” and showing others how to do the same! You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

    http://www.thymeandtimber.com

    5 Responses to 10 Fantastic Fertility Boosting Foods

    1. Manuela L.
      January 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Jasmine,
      Thank you for the servings example. It is really helpful. I am actually just cooking some beets from my mom. so , getting organic (even if not certified) vegetables is easy. can’t wait to grow our own again this year. but it is really hard/expensive to get healthy organic meet and dairy products here in Canada, not to mention raw milk/cream etc. which is illegal (really!?). Used to enjoy it when I was younger (I am originally from Germany).

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    3. Jordan
      February 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Although I am not currently trying to conceive, I believe eating in a healthful can be beneficial now, I plan to start adding many more fruits and veggies into my diet. Beets would be the hardest for me I think.

    4. Kimberly
      July 25, 2013 at 4:31 am

      Hello Jasmine! I found your link on Pinterest and I’m so glad I did. I’m currently trying to conceive so your list of healthy fertility foods has me so excited. I’m making my list of things to buy on my next visit to the Market. I will keep you posted on its success. Thank you!

    5. March 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Great post! I’m a huge fan of anything coconut. I even make my own coconut milk. Healthy fats like coconut are so good for you.

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