When it comes to keeping yourself fertile, there are a number of things you can do to ensure everything is in top shape in that area. By making a few tweaks to the things you put in your mouth, you can help support your reproductive system. Of course, there are many other factors that affect fertility but we shouldn’t discount the effect of the things we put in our gob.
Without further ado, here is my list of top fertility boosters:
Along with being a fantastic source of protein and fat, this little baby is a nutrient power house and is high antioxidants, rich in fibre and just generally all kinds of amazing. And, get this guys, avocados take exactly nine months to ripen from the date of flowering. Remind you of something else that takes nine months to grow? If you’re still not convinced, cut an avocado in half and check out what it looks like (hint: a woman’s body encasing a womb). Yup. Avocados are amazing.
Leafy green plants like spinach, silver beet and kale are non-negotiable. These guys, along with the rest of their vegetable friends, contain an array of vital minerals and nutrients that can help to balance your hormones. As a bonus, the more veggies you jam into your diet, the less room there is for not-so-brilliant food, which may help you to lose weight.
Protein and Fat
Hormones are made of protein and fat, which means it is absolutely vital that you are getting enough of these two things in your diet. In my opinion, the push to switch to low-fat food has been one of the most devastating things to happen to our health. Our bodies need fat. If we aren’t getting enough fat, our body freaks out and shuts up shop on the fertility front because we don’t need to be uber fertile to survive whatever famine our body thinks we are experiencing.
Protein is equally important and we should be loading up half of our plates with the stuff (with the other half being veggies). Either go for high-quality, locally grown organic meat or, if you prefer plant-based protein, try something like chia seeds, hemp seeds or pea powder. I like the Vital Greens brand. You can add all three of these things to your smoothie or sprinkle them on your breakfast.
The two Ms (Maca and Mesquite)
I spoke about maca in last week’s Fertility Fridays but it does such amazing things that I thought it deserved a place in this list too. Maca (also known as Peruvian ginseng) helps to rebalance whatever hormonal issues you may be experiencing, it stabilises your mood and boosts libido. Hello, maca.
Mesquite is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods we know about. Its other claim to fame in the fertility arena is its ability to stabilise your insulin, which is important if, like me, you have a history of polycystic ovaries.
Organic, Organic, Organic
This one is pretty straight forward. If you want your reproductive organs to be running at their best, you should avoid the fungicides and pesticides that go hand-in-hand with non-organic produce. These days, you can access organic produce for comparable prices to conventional produce. Try your local farmers market or, if you prefer someone else to do the hard work of shopping, get it delivered. Companies like CERES Fair Food are great.
Of course, if you feel you need a bit of extra help to sort out a specific issue you may be having, I suggest you go to a natural fertility expert. It might also be worth asking your doctor to test your hormone levels so that you know what area you need to focus on. Despite what some doctors will have you believe, there are natural ways to balance your hormones. The power is yours.