Dealing with infertility can be quite a stressful and painful experience. One way to ease the process and your stress are to focus on how you nourish your body. We all know that food and what we eat plays a huge part in how our bodies function and the reproductive system is no different. What you’re eating can hurt or even boost your fertility.
If you are wondering what types of food can help with your fertility, you’re at the right spot!
Eating healthy and your overall diet does matter. Research has found that unhealthy eating habits and weight are a huge contributing factor to fertility. Although, certain foods will not so call “cure” any infertility issues there are many superfoods that can enhance the nutrients a woman’s body receives thus, increasing the chance of fertility.
Now we will go explore the top 3 foods you should eat right now to boost your fertility.
Fresh colorful fruits including blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, and strawberries will do the body great. Although, berries are naturally filled with high levels of vitamin C, fiber, and folate the fertility boosting factor is the antioxidants.
What is so special about antioxidants?
Antioxidants work to reduce any and all damage done to reproductive cells through environmental factors such as chemical pollutants and pesticides and also protects the reproductive systems (aka your eggs). Aim to have at least one cup of berries a day to increase your chances of conception.
All berries are berry, berry good for your reproductive health and fertility.
2. Leafy Green
Spinach, kale, arugula and other dark leafy greens are all bursting with folate, iron, and calcium which can improve with a woman’s ovulation. It is also one of the best ways to obtain essential prenatal nutrients (calcium, iron, and folate). In the long run, these nutrients can aid in preventing birth defects which are most likely to occur during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
Iron is also very important when a woman is menstruating since a lot of is being lost from your bodies at this time. It can support with ovulation (the releasing of an egg) and healthy egg development which is key for boosting fertility.
A great tip for boosting your fertility is to always be loading up on iron, either through eating iron dense foods such as leafy greens or iron supplements. This will ensure that you won’t conceive with low iron levels and become anemic during pregnancy.
Folate is another key nutrient found in many leafy green foods that aid with the proper brain, heart, and neural tube development.
Not just any kind of salmon! It will be worth it, in the end, to spend the extra money to purchase wild-caught salmon as opposed to farmed. Wild-caught salmon has more nutrients and the healthy good-stuff that will help with fertility.
Salmon is a great source of omega-3, which is essential for hormone development for both women and men. It is also an amazing regulator of menstrual cycles which can be super helpful when you are learning to understand your cycle and calculate your fertile window. I have a blog post all about a woman’s fertile window, you can read it HERE.
Additional benefits of salmon include an overload of nutrients for the fetus during pregnancy. These nutrients include vitamin D and selenium. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with infertility issues in both women and men. Whereas, selenium aids with semen health in men.
Wild-caught salmon is a perfect pick, it can be found on just about any superfood list around. Did you know that just three ounces of wild-caught salmon gives your body 97% of the recommended intake of vitamin D.
Make sure to add salmon to your grocery list for your next visit to the supermarket.
Fertility doesn’t have to be a stressful and trying time for couples.You can make it into a time for fun and exciting experimentation with tasty and healthy foods with your partner.
Try researching some new recipes with the top 3 fertility boosting foods that can be incorporated in your daily routine. This can also take some of the focus off of fertility issues.
If you need all your nutrients in one place, grab my go to shakes. I was drinking these daily when I got pregnant NATURALLY with my son, when I needed fertility meds to get pregnant with my daughters! Thanks to exercise and a healthy diet, we conceived on our own.
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Now that you have a better understanding of what superfoods can help with boosting a woman’s fertility lets recap our top 3 choices we can easily grab on the go:
- Berries, any kind of berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates).
- Iron and folate dense leafy greens (arugula, spinach, kale)
- Wild-caught fresh salmon
Did you enjoy this blog post? I’d love to hear your thoughts and what fertility boosting foods you love to eat in the comments below ?