What you should eat to get pregnant

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Did you know it matters what you eat in order to get pregnant? A proper diet has always been known to help you get and stay healthy, but there are numerous studies that prove a fertility diet can help you get pregnant.
You might wonder just what is good for fertility in a diet. The Fertility Diet breaks it down for you and describes the best foods for healthy eggs, healthy sperm and healthy babies.  The diet helps provide the necessary nutrients for fertility and it provides the building blocks for a healthy baby. Did you know what you ate 90 days ago can affect the health of your eggs or even the health of your sperm? Did you also know a diet can lead to birth defects? But relax, the Fertility Diet can prevent many of these issues from occurring.
Two of the leading causes of infertility: endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome can be treated with a diet rich in certain nutrients found in the Fertility Diet. Anovulation (lack of ovulation) can also be remedied by eating the same diet.
Harvard recently conducted research into infertility and diet. They found an 80% decrease in infertility when the women ate the Fertility Diet. According to a paper published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the women increased their fertility by eating less trans fats and sugar, and eating more protein from plants, more fiber and iron as well.
So what should you eat? The Natural Fertility Diet recommends the following:
  • Eat more organic fruit, vegetables and dairy. Regular produce may contain harmful herbicides and pesticides that may cause infertility. Regular dairy may contain added hormones and antibiotics which may increase estrogen. In addition, regular dairy is congesting which may aggravate endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Eat cold water fish. Fish that is found in oceans or salt water may contain mercury. Fish that is farmed like salmon may contain antibiotics and toxic food dyes, so it is best to eat wild salmon. Fish is good for fertility since it contains essential fatty acids (omega 3) and vitamin A.
  • Eat organic, grass fed beef and free range, organic chicken. Just like dairy, beef may contain added hormones and antibiotics that increases estrogen. Organic beef and chicken are raised in a healthy environment thus making the meat healthier. You need the essential fatty acids and protein found in beef and chicken.
  • Eat whole grains and lots of fiber. Fiber regulates blood sugar and promotes healthy hormonal balance. Both are essential in maintaining fertility and treating  endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Avoid the highly processed white foods like white bread and white rice.
  • Avoid eating soy. Soy can mimic estrogen and cause a hormonal imbalance. If you have hypothyroidism, you should probably avoid soy altogether.
  • Avoid fruit juices unless you squeeze it yourself. Most juices like apple juice contain concentrated sugar which may negatively impact your hormones and certainly throws off your blood sugar level. You also might want to avoid any refined sugars or sugar alternatives. You could eat stevia, honey, and maple syrup.
  • Finally, drink a lot of water. But you might want to stick to purified or filtered water. Tap water may contain harmful pesticides from agricultural runoff and bottled water may contain estrogen mimicking chemicals.
What does the diet actually look like in a day? The Natural Fertility Info website provided an example of a day eating the Fertility Diet:

Example Menu

  • Waking: 1 quart water
  • Breakfast: Eggs + Oatmeal w/nuts
  • Snack: Smoothie w/banana, dates, protein powder, greens powder, maca & milk of choice
  • Lunch: Veggie & chicken stir-fry w/rice and sesame seeds on top
  • Snack: Green juice w/celery, spinach, apple, ginger, cucumber
  • Dinner: Grass-fed Beef Tacos w/lentils & broccoli (veggie version is w/refried lentils in taco)
  • Dessert: Up to you!
The Natural Fertility info website also provided the following recipe to get you started:

Easy Fertility Smoothie Recipe

1 banana
1 teaspoon Fertilica Maca powder
2 teaspoons FertiliGreens
2 scoops FertiliWhey protein powder
1 teaspoon Active Bee Power (contains royal jelly, propolis, & bee pollen
1 cup raw milk or juice

Blend and enjoy!

If you are interested in learning more about the Fertility Diet, you can download the 21 Day Fertility Diet book here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-diet-challenge-ebook.html

One response to “What you should eat to get pregnant”

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