How To Get Pregnant Fast: Step 2 – Diet Tipsby Dr Emma Gray - 2nd July, 2018
Step 2 – Diet Tips to Boost Fertility
This is the second in 9 blogs in the series How to Get Pregnant Fast and in this article I am going to show you how to use diet to boost your fertility.
This blog will give you the key facts and highlights, but for more details check out the book I have written to accompany this series:
Studies have shown that a balanced healthy diet is crucial for our fertility, the better the quality of the environment the egg follicle grows in, the better the quality of the egg. This also applies to the environment that the sperm cells are developing in. In a recent survey conducted by Foresight UK looking at 1,578 couples who completed their preconception programme (involving changes to diet, lifestyle and supplements), 89.8% of couples conceived and the miscarriage rate was under 3% (the national average is 25%). Most of the couples were over 33, many over 40 and some were even over 50.
So, the first step in preparing the body for a healthy pregnancy is to ensure that what you put into your body is as toxin-free and unprocessed as possible. In this blog we will look at how to optimise your body for pregnancy through your diet.
The 12 month pregnancy
As discussed in my previous blog, it is important to think of your pregnancy as a 12-month process so ideally you should make changes to your diet at least 3 months before you and your partner begin actively trying to conceive.
Every day we absorb heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminium which affects hormones and our reproductive systems. Contamination of lead and mercury in particular can cause deformities of the uterus and the foetus. So it is worth considering removing these toxic substances from the body before you start the process of trying to conceive. Zeolite is a natural mineral that has been proven to remove toxins, metals and free radicals from the body. It comes in a number of different forms but the one most easily absorbed by the body is Activate Liquid Zeolite.
To support the use of Zeolite, take it alongside a diet of organic fruits and vegetables and exclude junk food so as to cleanse the body.
2. General Tips
Try and eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.
Acidic foods can unbalance the pH level in your reproductive system which will create an inhospitable environment for sperm. So, eat plenty of non-citrus fruits, vegetables, sprouts, cereals, grasses and herbs to ensure your system stays in balance. Also, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and eat meat and dairy sparingly.
Cruciferous Vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts all contain the compound Di-indolylmethane (DIM), which is known to increase the metabolism of estradiol (a form of oestrogen) in the body.
Organic foods are frequently recommended by fertility experts as it is believed that they have a higher nutritional content and a lower exposure to pesticides. Recent research at Newcastle University supports this to some extent but most nutritional experts stress that it is what you eat that is important, not whether it’s organic or conventional. It’s whether you eat fruit and vegetables at all that is going to make the biggest difference to your health and fertility.
3. Things to Include
For convenience and sustainability, it is worth considering preparing a smoothie each day, including as many superfoods as possible for both you and your partner to drink. To prevent nutrient loss eat the foods raw and keep your smoothie as coarse as possible, don’t over blend.
Tip: If your diet has previously been high in refined carbohydrates and sugar, artificial trans fats and processed food it will take your palate a little while to adjust to a more natural, unprocessed diet. In the meantime, if your smoothie tastes a little ‘sprouty’ add an extra banana to temper the flavour.
An encyclopedic list of fertility boosting food can be found in the book that accompanies this series: How to Get Pregnant Fast
In the meantime here is a fertility boosting smoothie to try:
1 x Avocados
Avocados contain monounsaturated fats thought to lower inflammation in the body and therefore improve female fertility. A study measuring the diets of women undergoing IVF showed that those on a diet high on the fats found in avocados were 3.4 times more likely to get pregnant.
Bananas are packed with vitamin B6, which regulates hormones and is needed for good egg and sperm development.
Handful of blueberries and raspberries
Blueberries and raspberries are packed with antioxidants which help prevent damage and ageing to your body’s cells, including the cells in your reproductive system and egg cells. So, a diet that’s rich in berries may help keep your eggs healthy and increase their shelf life.
2 x tsps of Maca Powder
Maca powder has been scientifically researched for the use of increasing fertility since 1961 and has been shown to contain specific compounds called glucosinolates which support hormonal balance in both men and women. It is available in powder, capsules or tincture and the powder has a malty flavour so goes well in a smoothie. Maca is particularly recommended for those with PCOS.
Mix ingredients in blender with semi-skimmed organic milk or nut milk. Freeze the banana and berries for a milkshake texture.
Good luck on your fertility journey!