Fertility. I see and talk to a lot of women and men about this topic, whether they want to start their preconception journey, or have been trying for years.
In this day and age there are many different hurdles that may stand in the way of fertility and sadly the rates of patients with fertility issues are climbing rapidly. The rise of PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid problems, low sperm count and countless other reasons are prompting people to seek reproductive help before they embark on the IVF journey.
People ask me why I think this is happening? There really are many factors, many of which we can’t control. BUT there are many many things that we can control. We can manage our stress, we can eat the right foods to fertilise our “bodies and nourish our reproductive organs, naturally we can address hormonal problems and thyroid abnormalities. We can also have a huge impact on the way we absorb and assimilate nutrients from food. Most importantly we can assess the reasons WHY you or your partner may not have fallen pregnant yet.
One way in which we can Fertilise our “body” to make it a perfect environment to grow new life is by the food we eat. Whether you have fertility complications, are an IVF patient, wanting to start a preconception plan, or have low sperm count, we could all benefit from adding in some SUPER FERTILITY boosting foods and changing the way we look at food that nourishes our body.
Remember no treatment or fertility diet is the same, but here are some foods that can really make our bodies shine from the inside out and have some amazing “healing power of nature” properties.
My top 10 fertile foods:
- Eggs: the perfect protein, a complete meal full of good quality fats and nourishing protein
- Avocado: thought to balance hormones, good fats and help to benefit our reproductive organs, studies have shown that the monounsaturated fats in avocados can reduce the bodies; inflammation and enhance female fertility.
- Maca: balances hormones especially as we get older and can ease PMT. Bursting with amino acids, enzymes and minerals it can help with vaginal dryness, enhances the libido and enhance fertility, a fantastic super food.
- Raspberries: a delicious fruit that can actually improve egg quality, stabilize blood sugar, strengthen the uterine lining, and has been found in many cases to prevent miscarriage by relaxing the uterus. Raspberries are actually rich in iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
- Goji Berries: can help thicken the uterine lining, aid implantation and have potent antioxidant qualities for egg and sperm health and regulate blood sugar levels.
- Coconut Cream: a quality saturated fat. Has great antimicrobial properties and cleans out the gut.
- Wild Caught Salmon: essential fatty acids, full of omega 3, b12 and iron essential for a healthy uterus and healthy sperm production.
- Nuts: nuts are a great source of protein and important fertility nutrients such as zinc, essential fats and can even enhance our bodies own ‘jing’ (in Chinese medicine) which is essential for fertility.
- Figs: fantastic for improving male semen quality and motility and boosting male fertility. Historically known as an aphrodisiac
- Sunshine: whilst not a food, sun rays on our skin actually activates the Vitamin D production. Vitamin D is essential for fertility and the production of hormones. Vitamin D actually assists with ovulation! 15 minutes a day with exposed arms and legs is all we need. Get out at lunchtime for some much-needed vitamin D. Use natural sunscreen products such as UV Natural which is non-toxic and won’t affect your health. You can buy them here
Everytime you eat something, it is an opportunity to heal yourself and nourish your body with the best. Vis Medicatrix Naturae is one of Hippocrates Naturopathic Principles, it means the “healing power of nature”, and it is true. The earth provides us with the key to unlock our bodies’ own health potential. As daggy and cliché as it sounds, if you really think about it, it is absolutely true. Eating foods in their purest form and eating wholefoods can heal your body and prevent you from being too “deficient” to conceive, and give your baby the best possible start to life, by setting the foundations for a comfy place to grow….
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