5 Fertility Boosting Foods For Women
Source: Open Talk Magazine 10/12/2010 19:04:00
Did you know that the food you eat plays a very big part in helping you conceive a child faster? Read on to find out more
Infertility in both men and women have increased so much over the past few years that it has been estimated, that at least 25% of all couples, will have some trouble conceiving a child. The link between a healthy diet and faster conception is being closely studied and is a very important factor that is overlooked.
You may not be aware of it, but the proper balance of nutrients in your body can increase your chances of getting pregnant the natural way while at the same time increase the chance of having a healthy pregnancy. Here is a list of five foods that are believed to help boost fertility in women:
1. Whole Grains: Refined carbohydrates such as white rice or pasta are best avoided because their nutritional value is insignificant when compared to whole grains. Whole grains such as brown rice, wholegrain pasta, wheat bread and oatmeal can leave you feeling full after you consume a small quantity. This is because they do not spike blood sugar levels such as refined carbohydrates, but rather breakdown gradually in the system which is why whole grains are call “slow released” carbohydrates. For those who are concerned with keeping a slimmer waistline and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels; whole grains are the way to go.
2. Proteins: Instead of getting all your daily dose of proteins from meat and poultry products, including other sources can be a great benefit. Sources such as beans, peanuts and other legumes not only contain a mix of essential nutrients but also have a good dose of iron. Iron, incidentally is also another well known fertility booster. It may be wiser to limit your meat cravings to smaller portions and include more variety of protein sources into your daily diet.
3. Dairy Products: Believe it or not, your mom was right when she told you that a glass of milk would help build stronger bones. Dairy products also help reduce ovulation problem thanks to the calcium content. A portion of low fat yoghurt or a glass of low fat milk can provide your body the boost it needs. If you are lactose intolerant, enjoy a serving of soya milk instead or take a lactase pill before each serving to help with digestion.
4. Leafy Vegetables and Fruits: If you can afford it, always opt for organic food. If however you find that it is beyond your budget; buy fresh fruits and vegetables from your local grocer instead. It’s important to include vegetables in your daily meals and try including dark green vegetables such as spinach, collards, broccoli and such. Snack on fruits such as oranges, strawberries, blue berries, apples and grapes. You will find that eating fruit will calm down the sugar cravings being that fruit also contain healthy sugar known as fructose? In-taking foods that are high in Vitamin C and folate is critical in that they help combat against birth defects.
5. The Right Fats: Don’t be under the assumption that all fats are bad for you. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats are important for the human body as they keep the heart healthy, do not increase cholesterol and even help increase insulin sensitivity in the blood. If you like fish, opt for servings of oil rich salmon which is full of omega-3 fatty acids. If you are a vegetarian; reach out for avocados, walnuts or a cup of pumpkin seeds.
Remember that trying to conceive requires a change in lifestyle as well. Try making small changes such as cutting back on caffeine, getting an appropriate amount of exercise, avoiding processed food and eating as healthy as possible. Don’t forget to add a vitamin and mineral supplement during this period; for you and your future baby will need it.