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The Tipping Point: Best Foods to Increase Fertility

I'll start with Pasta Primevera from the Family Kitchen!

Meredith’s recent piece on eating Brussels sprouts as a way to increase fertility really got me thinking.

What if there was something that I could eat or drink that would actually help me to get pregnant? What if it really was that simple?

The last time we checked, we had absolutely no problem with my husbands swimmers, so I’m less concerned with his diet than I am with my own.

After poking around a bit, I discovered that there are several foods that are said to help make a real difference.

Here’s a list of what I found to be the most recommended dietary changes to help boost female fertility:

Choose Some Full-Fat Dairy Products
Women who consume one serving of whole milk, full-fat yogurt, or ice cream (as opposed to low-fat or no-fat dairy) have been found to have fewer problems with ovulation.

Eat More Plant Proteins
Protein from plant sources like beans, peas, spinach, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts are linked with increased fertility.

Opt for Whole Grains
Complex carbohydrates like whole grain bread, brown rice, and oatmeal are lower on the glycemic index than refined carbs like white bread, white rice, and bleached flour. Complex carbs don’t cause the insulin surge that refined carbs do, which can interfere with ovulation.

Consume More Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, which promote overall and reproductive health. Oranges and citrus fruits, strawberries, and green leafy vegetables are also high in folate, an important nutrient to load up on before pregnancy to prevent birth defects.

Replace Trans Fats with Healthy Fats
Healthy fats, including monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega-3 fatty acids, play an important role in endocrine function, which regulates the hormones involved in reproduction and estrogen is made and stored in fat. Avocados, nuts, olives, olive oil, sesame and pumpkin seeds, sardines, and salmon are great sources of healthy fats.

Boost Your Iron Intake
Eating enough iron-rich foods is said to help prevent ovulatory disorder infertility. See a comprehensive list in What’s So Important About Iron?

Choose Your Beverages Wisely
Increase your water intake to flush toxins from your system and drink antioxidant-rich green tea and juices loaded with vitamin C.

Am I convinced that making all of these changes will help me to conceive? I’m not sure.

But, honestly, what do I have to lose? There’s no arguing with the fact that each of these things will boost my overall health, which puts me in a better position if I should have to pursue fertility treatments.

Perhaps one of these things is the tipping point that I’ve been looking for.

I’m off to have a bowl of ice cream for fertility!

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