Diet Changes To Help Increase Your Fertility

A study by the World Health Organisation revealed that up to 10.1 per cent of women across the world or about 48.5 million women could not have a child in 2010: a number so depressingly high that it might just ruin your day. What is sadder than a mother with an unfilled cradle? Ask any OB/GYN and you’ll know that female fertility is a complex phenomenon that depends on a lot of things:  hormone imbalances, tumours, problems with the reproductive system, and stress and anxiety being only the tip of the iceberg. So no, this article is not going to tell you about a miracle cure that you can find in your kitchen. However, what it will tell you, based on recently published research, is that switching to an appropriate diet led to an 80% decrease in female infertility.

Replenish Your Iron Levels

The key thing to remember when trying to conceive is that you are still menstruating – a process known to rid the body of iron. Low blood iron content can lead to anaemia which adversely affects your fertility, so your primary concern should be eating foods high in iron. These include all kinds of beans and lentils, and vegetables that are green and leafy (think spinach and kale).  Abundant research has also shown that Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron, so eating ‘tangy’ fruits such as oranges, kiwis, and bell peppers is also essential.

RED FLAG

Meat, while being a source of iron, should be avoided when trying to conceive. According to a 2014 paper by Myriam Afeiche of Harvard University, consuming meat, including chicken and turkey, leads to a 32% drop in female fertility. If at a loss for iron-rich foods, it is better to take an iron supplement than to consume meat.

Eggs and Fish for Protein

The same Harvard study mentioned above also tells us that fish is one of the healthiest sources of protein for women looking to conceive. They do not adversely affect fertility but are packed with significant amounts of essential fatty acids that aid the division of cells in your reproductive system, which increase the odds of you producing a healthy ovum in time for fertilization.

Eggs are important because other than protein, they are also rich in the B-Vitamins. Of these, B12 is the most important as a sufficient intake of vitamin B12 has been linked to a remarkable decrease in birth defects, and speaking of Vitamins…

Boost Essential Vitamins

Eating a handful of nuts (peanuts, walnuts, pistachios almonds, take your pick) lead to a marked increase in female sex drive because of their high concentration of Vitamin E, and a higher sex drive implies a higher fertility. Also, drinking one serving of whole milk a day will prevent the chances of infertility during ovulation because of its high vitamin D content. If you’re lactose intolerant, have probiotic yogurt instead.

Addendum: Maintaining Your Weight

We have recommended whole milk, eggs, nuts, and some other foods that contain fat. Pregnant women need certain fats in their body to prepare them for pregnancy, but being overweight or underweight can also affect your baby’s health. It is important, therefore, to engage in light exercises such as Kegels to keep your weight within the BMI range.

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