It’s hardly surprising, that in a society blessed with many technological and medical advances, most of the times we neglect the natural tools which help us with fertility and pregnancy experiences. Now, medicine is coming in full circle to take another look at the role which nutrition may play in fighting infertility and support healthy pregnancies. Many women don't think seriously about having healthy foods until after they've become pregnant. There is a lot of clinical evidence which suggests that diet matters long before conception.
Fact is.....there are no pregnancy 'super diet or super foods'
Eating a banana a day or any other fruits or vegetables never got anyone pregnant. Following a healthy diet while you are trying to get pregnant may increase your odds of getting pregnant, but, beyond that, it nourishes your body so that it is at its healthiest and favorable moment to get pregnant and they are some of the natural ways to increase fertility.
This is about our overall approach to food and diet and not a handful of fertility diet 'super foods'. However, some key study findings could give many men and women new avenues to explore, including:
Eat More Green Leafy Vegetables:
We don’t have to emphasize the importance of greens in the diet. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, and broccoli, as well as fortified grain and cereal foods, are rich sources of critical vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients of conception such as calcium, iron, and folates among others.
Replace Refined Grains to Whole grains and Cut down on Carbs:
Whole grains have the bran, germ and endosperm intact (than the refined grains), along with fibre and other vital nutrients for health and fertility. For example, wholegrain bread, pasta, brown rice, oats, quinoa etc. A simple switch to include at least 2 serves of whole grains (such as 2 slices of wholegrain bread) is said to help improve ovulation rates and also improve implantation and live birth rates in IVF patients. Additionally, a high carb diet can increase the risk of anovulation by 75%.
Switch protein sources: The Nurses Health Study-II revealed that increased intake of animal protein may increase the risk of ovulatory infertility. Meanwhile, vegetable protein sources, such as cooked dried beans and nuts (when five percent of total calories eaten come from vegetable protein instead of animal protein) the risk of ovulatory infertility drops by more than 50 percent. Lean animal protein foods which are high in zinc and vitamin B12 is good for men.
Add some high-fat dairy: According to a recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction, the more low-fat dairy products you eat, the greater your risk of anovulation(not ovulating). In addition, another study found that total dairy intake was associated with better IVF outcomes in women over the age of 35 years.
Consider replacing low-fat dairy foods for high-fat dairy foods; for example, change to whole milk (instead of skimmed milk) and eat ice cream, not low fat yoghurt. Yes, you read that right— so does that mean you can go on ice cream and cheese-eating bender? Keep in mind that the study's authors warn against using this not to defend late-night refrigerator raids for a pint of premium ice cream. Instead, incorporate modest amounts, 1-2 servings, of full-fat dairy. And your grandmother might tell you, “I told you so!”
Don't forget your vitamins: Several recent clinical studies reveal the positive correlations between vitamins and fertility. Increase your vitamin intake according to the daily recommended intake.
Cut back on caffeine: High caffeine intake interferes with conception. Experts haven't totally decided but as with many other matters, it's better to be safe than sorry. Consider eliminating it from your diet by avoiding caffeinated drinks, coffee, tea and soft drinks (decaf is fine).
Consume choline: When it comes to fertility, iron, folic acid and calcium are the minerals that tend to get much of the attention. Most women never heard of choline; many prenatal vitamins don't even contain it. Many research has stated that increased choline intake during pregnancy is associated with lower risk of neural tube defects. Good food sources of choline include fish, dairy, eggs, meat, fish, legumes, nuts, certain whole grains and seeds. Vegans and vegetarians with inadequate intake of dairy products and eggs are at increased risk of having a choline-deficient diet.
Fish carefully: Fatty fish species are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Interestingly, clinical studies suggest that infertile men may have lower levels of omega-3 in their bloodstream than fertile men. And women also benefit from a higher intake of omega-3s as it prolongs reproductive function and improves egg quality.
Stay hydrated: You already know that not drinking enough water isn't good for your body — nothing surprising there. When you don't drink enough water, your cervical fluid slows down. The same is applicable for a man's ejaculate fluid. Drinking sufficient water could also be important to stimulate circulation and improve egg health. In addition, your blood volume expands once you are pregnant, which means that you'll need more water to keep things flowing.
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