You are what you eat! Nevermind that unhealthy person that everyone knows that had no issues falling pregnant, and we use that as a cop out excuse, “if so and so got pregnant then I should have no problems”. Everyone is different, some people naturally fertile and some people might fall pregnant quickly out of sheer luck, you should never compare yourself to other people. However, you should focus on the things you can control and that is your diet! We live in a fast-paced world full of take away, processed foods and a lot of bad temptations that make it hard for a lot of us to keep that discipline.
What I have found is Smoothies, they are relatively easy to put together, they are extremely healthy and offer all the key ingredients that can help prepare your body for pregnancy. There is so many layers to good preparation for pregnancy which we take for granted and there is a lot of what if scenarios that we don’t have a crystal ball for, eg. Those eating healthy prior and during pregnancy, child is more likely to be born healthy, good immune system and arguably a higher brain function and ability to learn, will perhaps give them those extra IQ points as an adult.
There is a lot of fertility smoothies out there on the internet with precise recipes, I have never gone a set recipe myself, and it’s pretty hard to make a really bad smoothie, but the idea is to mix it up a little rotate your ingredients, so it’s not always the same each day, eg. Different berries, Different Leafy greens.
Some sites advise that your Leafy greens need to be steamed, their reason being that the body spends that extra time trying to process it and digest it rather than putting that bodies energy into egg production and the creation of great quality eggs. I think if you have the time and want to do that then sure it’s a good idea. However, if you don’t have the time, I still think it’s more beneficial then eating a particular junk food for example.
The rotation of Berries also and some sites say to limit them as Sugars can affect estrogen levels and affect fertility. My opinion on that is these fructose sugars are more easier for your body to process than processed sugars, so if you have a natural sweet tooth anyway and can eliminate the processed sugars you’re already doing much better by having fruit filled with your vitamin C’s, antioxidants. Ultimately, it’s all about balance, making something that isn’t a chore for you to consume.
If you have already been trying and struggling to fall pregnant, some sites suggest avoiding diary as it’s inflammatory food, other options to mix into your smoothie as liquid are almond milk, pomegranate juice, coconut milk, coconut water, organic whey protein. However there is conflicting information out there on this a Harvard study, found that women that consumed diary products improved their ovulation, which just showcases how much we still have to learn about fertility in a science field as a whole. You can even add ice cubes although the fun police also enforce to us that colder drinks take longer to digest robbing vital fertility production time.
Personally, I have seen firsthand the increase in my own fertility when I am regularly consuming smoothies, it is a very good starting point for improving your dieting habits for preparation in carrying a baby and great for donors also to improve their sperm quality, so donating also doesn’t become a demoralising chore without success.
My general rule of thumb is what is typically good for women is also good for men’s fertility. So, the following items below should accommodate both sexes needs, despite me focusing on some particular elements of one sex needs over the other, so excuse me for that. If you have a Naturopath or Fertility specialist that has recommended any superfoods to add to your smoothie would love to hear from you, this list has been compiled by previous fertility specialist advice given to our members.
|Avocado||A superfood full of essential fats, proteins, fibre, mineral vitamin E and folate. If you have had trouble with miscarriages and implantation of the egg there was a Havard School of Public health study that showed having these in your diet more than triples your chances of falling pregnant. It is believed to improve endometrial lining and assist with embryo implantation. So if you don’t like avocados normally sneaking them in your sneaky blended up is good excuse!|
|Banana||Vitamin B6, Maganses, Vitamin C, Potassium, Protein, Magnesium, Folate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin A and Iron. Great for hormone and ovulation balancing.|
|Berries (Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry)||High in folate and Vitamin C, loaded with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients which help increase male and female fertility.|
|Dried Fruit (Goji, Dates, Figs, Cranberries)||Dried fruits such as Goji berries have been a part of Chinese fertility medicine for over 2000 years. High in anti-oxidants and good for thickening uterine lining to assist with implantation.|
|Egg Whites||It makes sense does not it they contain the nutrients that grow a baby chicken, so they’re designed for life! Full of proteins, iron, Vitamins A, B, D E & K2, omega-3 Fatty acids EPA and DPA, Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. Probably best to by egg whites from the carton to avoid any risk of salmonella poisoning though. Good for those needing help regulating their cycle.|
|Leafy Greens (romaine, kale, spinach, collards, watercress, arugula, cabbage, beet greens, chards, and dandelion greens.||These greens fight infertility by creating a healthy sperm-friendly alkaline environment and by providing crucial minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are needed to grow healthy eggs and sustain a successful pregnancy. Rotate your greens daily and lightly steam them.|
|Beetroot||Gets the blood flow happening to deliver all the essential nutrients through to the uterus and ovaries creating better egg and better uterine lining.|
|Honey||The nectar of the gods, some sites advice against sweetners I disagree in this case, it’s easy to digest, full of amino acids that help the ovaries to function, high levels of antioxidant and antibacterial properties.|
|Greek Yogurt||Believed to help with maturation of follicles, Vitamin D, Calcium and loaded with probiotics with good protein levels.|
Nuts and Seed
|Almonds||The most fertility nutrient packed of the nut family, best source of Vitamin E. It’s great for women with PCOS regulating their cycles, Improves sperm quality, I read an animal kingdom study once they had females fill with multiple males semen and the pregnancies were more likely to occur from the animals that had almonds in their diet.|
|Brazil Nuts||Selenium and Vitamin E there was a study that showed infertile men taking 1 nut per day for 3 months they all improved, Count, Motility, Morphology and Volume. Just make sure you ain’t taking too much selenium in your diet though|
|Chia Seeds||Omega-3 essentially fatty acids the highest source from anything plant based! Also high levels of Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Antioxidants. Perfect for regulating hormones, bloodflow to the uterus, good for those who need cycle regulation. Increasing Cervical Mucous.|
|Flax Seeds||Similar properties and effectiveness to Chia seeds Fiber, Omega 3 and 6. Helps with Progesterone levels|
|Quinoa||Folate, Zinc and Protein, plants proteins help regulate your cycle and makes it easier to pin point your peak days of fertility therefore improving your odds of conception.|
|Pumpkin Seeds||Contains Phosphorous, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron key ingredients to help assist in fertility.|
|Walnuts||If you lack in regular Fish and Omega3s this is a must, a rate source of omega 3, it will reduce miscarriage rate trust me! Also a university of calinfornia study great for semen quality.|
|Coconut Milk/Water||Selenium, Magnesium, Iron, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium|
|Pomegranate Juice||Considered a symbol of fertility in many cultures Vitamin C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, aswell calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, folic acid and Zinc. Great for men and women fertility in general|
|Almond Milk||Almond in the milk form good for preventing egg defects, therefore birth defects and miscarriage. Can help lengthen the luteal phase for those who require that.|
Powders: Iherb is a great place to purchase all your protein powders because it’s the largest online warehouse in the world, the prices are cheaper than supermarkets and their shipping is quick less than a week to Australia.
|Vibrant Health, Green Vibrance +25 Billion Probiotics||You get what you pay for this product has won so many awards So many vitamins and vegetables I do not know where to start nor would this column ever finished a must. For a list of other greens and super blends click here.|
|Collagen Peptides, Hydrolyzed Type I & III Collagen, Vanilla Bean||Considered a fountain of youth product, not only visually for your skin and looks but good for hormone regulating all round so that includes your fertility and egg quality. 18 Amino Acids. For alternative Collagen products click here.|
|MRM, Raw Organic Red Beet Powder||Gets the blood flow happening to deliver all the essential nutrients through to the uterus and ovaries creating better egg and better uterine lining. For alternative Beet products For alternative products in Beet click here|
|Sunfood, Raw Organic Goji Berry Powder||Processed into easy to use powder from organic Gogi berries making it easy for your smoothies.|
|Earth Circle Organics, Raw Organic Maca Powder||A south American root-based plant used by the Incas rich in fertility magic. For more Maca products click here.|
|Garden of Life, RAW Organic Meal, Shake & Meal Replacement, Chocolate Cacao||Some of previous products mentioned in nuts, Quinoa, chia seed, flax seed, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, with spinach, broccoli, tomato, garlic, kale to name a few full of top fertility foods blended up into powder form.|
|Garden of Life, RAW Organic Fit, High Protein for Weight Loss, Original||For those who want pure ingredients, that are also trying to lose weight at the same time. For other meal replacement shakes Click here.|
|Now Foods, Royal Jelly||Arguable the King of Superfoods, Well the Queen Bee so to speak an incredible 29 amino acids, 10 Hydroxydecenoic acid, folic acid and inositol as well as all the vitamins. Good for uterine health and regulating women’s cycles, aswell as enhancing quality in sperm and egg.|
|MRM, Raw Organic Moringa Powder||Known in South East Asia as the “Tree of Life” was first noticed for production of breast milk, but now also fertlity full of all your essential vitamins, potassium, iron and calcium. For other Moringa products Click here.|