Guess what? You can eat yourself fertile! Even if you aren't contemplating doing the baby making dance just yet….. who the heck doesn't want balanced hormones, clear skin, stable moods and well, a hip hop happening reproductive system. At the Mums and Bubs clinic, we formulate meal plans and recipes that adopt a 'food as medicine' type approach. We recommend real foods that serve a purpose and we want you to nourish that womb and give your repro system more balance than a russian gymnast.
Sometimes we are at mercy of our hormones, and they can get in the way of our plans. Perhaps we have heavy and painful periods, perhaps we don’t have any periods at all? Sometimes its the nasty 'pre-period' bloat that gets us down, or maybe we have been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis or have just found out there are fertility issues. These are all signs that our hormones have either gone MIA on us or are in need of some tuning up. Our body speaks to us in so many ways, and whacky periods are just one way of trying to get us to listen.
Our fertility and hormones can be ‘trained’! We can put them on a leash and be the boss again. It does take a bit of work, and we at the Mums and Bubs Clinic are there with you every step of the way. We can help you; via dietary prescriptions, lifestyle changes and clinically researched supplementations that are tailored to your needs.
So, a little sneak peak at one of our hormone controlling, super detox soups for our subscribers~
1 head of organic broccoli
1 handful of organic spinach
1/2 cup broccoli sprouts
4 cloves of garlic
1 pinch of Himalayan rock salt
3 Brussel sprouts
1 tablespoon of organic butter or coconut oil for the vegans amongst us.
1 medium potato (optional)
500ml organic chicken stock/ bone broth -home made if possible (the Stock Merchant makes great stock)
How to make:
Fry off one butter/coconut oil in a saucepan, add the garlic crushed or sliced. Sauté. Add the turmeric to release constituents. Add the veggies and cover with the stock. Add more water if needed to cover it all. Simmer away for about 20 mins or until everything is soft. Blend and serve. Add some shredded chicken, turkey or top with some delish cottage cheese and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds for an added fertility booster!!
Nutrients Found in Hormone Soup
Vitamin D is needed to help the body create sex hormones, which in turn affects ovulation and hormonal balance. Interestingly Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study of 67 unexplained infertile women, where it was discovered that ONLY 7% had normal vitamin D levels...7% people!. In fact , the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency has nearly doubled in the last decade. Among women in their baby making years a whopping 40% have insufficient levels.. crap!
Folate: This vitamin helps prevent neural tube defects as well as congenital heart defects, cleft lips, limb defects, and urinary tract anomalies in developing foetus. Deficiency in folic acid may increase the risk of preterm labor, fetal growth retardation and low birth weight. Deficiency may also increase the homocysteine level in the blood, which can lead to spontaneous abortion and pregnancy complications, such as placental abruption and preeclampsia. If you are concerned about the form and dosage of folic acid in your preconception/pregnancy vitamin multi chat to us.
Vitamin E: This potent antioxidant has been shown in studies to improve sperm health and motility in men. This fact is quite cute - the meaning of the name for vitamin E ‘Tocopherol’ literally means to bear young. Vitamin E is also an important antioxidant to help protect sperm and egg DNA integrity.
Vitamin C: A fertility must have in the diet- Vitamin C has been shown to improve fertility in women with luteal phase defect, according to a study published in Fertility and Sterility. As for men, vitamin C has been shown to improve sperm quality AND protect sperm from DNA damage; thus helping to reduce the chance of miscarriage or chromosomal problems. interestingly Vitamin C appears to keep sperm from "clumping" and sticking together, meaning the sperm is more motile.
B6: Vitamin B6 may be used as a hormone regulator. It also helps to regulate blood sugars, alleviates PMS, and may be useful in relieving symptoms of morning sickness. another great use for B6 is that it has been shown to help with luteal Phase Defect.
Iron: We have all probably heard of the importance of iron and yes its true, studies have shown that women who do not get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer anovulation (lack of ovulation) and possibly poor egg health, which can dramatically impact fertility and conception at a rate 60% higher than those with sufficient/good iron stores in their blood.
Broccoli, Brussel sprouts and Broccoli Sprouts are members of the cruciferous family of vegetables. These wonderful vegetables have compounds that help the body to get rid of excess estrogen and enhances detoxification. I believe Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts are one of the real superfoods and one of the healthiest foods available to us. I recommend organic broccoli, because it can be heavily sprayed.
***If you have a thyroid problem, make sure you always have your cruciferous veggies cooked.
There are so many factors that can affect our hormones and fertility and cause us grief. Just some of them for example can be added stress in our life, nutrient deficiencies, exposures to xenoestrogens from plastics and pollutants, inflammation, poor detoxification, inflammation a sedentary lifestyle and so many more. All of these factors will need to be addressed in one-way or another, especially when embarking on the journey to becoming a family. In our clinic we will walk you through your journey and help you achieve your goals, even if its just not to be such a nut job when Aunt Flo is due!