Foods to Increase Fertility
Long before there were fertility doctors, women had trouble getting pregnant and were offered solutions to the problem. It may come down to diet and exercise. Exercise makes your body healthy in one respect which can prepare you for carrying the baby. Food can increase your fertility so that you can still conceive the natural way.
Let’s look at some properties of foods that are conducive to fertilization. Everyone is talking about antioxidants. They are important to keep the internal workings of the body in good shape. Free radicals can do a number on organs and how they operate. For instance, they can knock the hormonal cycles off balance. That is not good when you are trying to get pregnant.
Ingesting antioxidants is beneficial at all times but also when you are having trouble conceiving. What foods are filled with them? Try eating more berries: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and exotic fare like acai berry, goji and mangosteen. Increasing antioxidant levels in both partners decreases cellular damage and boosts immunity. Leafy green veggies like kale, turnip greens and collards also contain antioxidants. If you like tea, green tea is full of antioxidant compounds.
What about fatty acids? Omega-3 fatty acid keeps the heart and vascular system healthy and helps regulate ovulation in women. You can get your hands on them in the form of cold water fish like mackerel and salmon. Nuts like walnuts, almonds and cashews also contain these substances.
The menstrual cycle can be pretty tricky sometimes. It can be affected by stress, hormonal imbalances and medication. To get things back on track, exercise to relieve stress but also add certain foods to your diet to help your cycle become regular and making it easier to conceive.
Foods that help regulate menses:
Cruciferous vegetables – These are your broccoli and cauliflower mostly. Don’t forget the cabbage. For increased nutrients, eat them steamed or raw. You’ll find plenty of vitamin A here.
Minerals – Zinc is known to help boost the immune system. Taking some during cold and flu season reduced your chances of being one of the walking wounded. But, did you know that zinc also helps increase fertility? Find it naturally in seafood like oysters. It’s no coincidence that oysters are also an aphrodisiac.
Vitamin-rich foods – Folic acid and B-vitamins nourish the fetus and help to prevent neural defects that can lead to spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Eating foods rich in these vitamins before conceiving increases your chances. Try whole grains, sunflower seeds, beans, legumes, orange juice, spinach and grapefruit.
Are you struggling to get pregnant? Before you resort to procedures in the doctor’s office, try changing your diet.