Fertility Fridays: best fertility boosters

Leafy greens are great for fertility (and just generally everything).

Leafy greens are great for fertility (and just generally everything).

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:

Avocado

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 Greens

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.

Laura

Fertility Fridays: why your hormones need maca

Loving Earth's maca is great tasting and great value.

Loving Earth’s maca is great tasting and great value.

Welcome to week two of Fertility Fridays. This week I want to tell you a bit about my absolute favourite hormone fixer, maca. Maca has approximately eleventy million benefits and today I want to focus on how it supports the endocrine system and, thus, helps keep you nice and fertile.

Maca’s biggest drawcard is that it is an adaptogen, which means that it helps your body to balance itself out. For example, if you have a sluggish thyroid, maca will help to rev it up. If your thyroid is overactive, maca helps to make it less active. Clever, yes?

While you will usually see it in a powdered form, it is actually a root vegetable from Peru. It has a slightly nutty flavour and it tastes great when combined with raw cacao. The Peruvians have been clued on to maca’s truckload of benefits for a very long time. Thankfully they were kind enough to spread the maca love with the rest of the world, and you can now find it at any good health food store. If you can’t get to one of those, you can pick it up online. Loving Earth’s maca is my favourite.

Along with its ability to give your body a gentle push in the right direction, it is also a superhero on the nutrition front because it is chock full of minerals, amino acids, enzymes and, of course, vitamins (especially B vitamins). This is what makes it so great for sorting out any hormonal issues you may be experiencing. I find that if I haven’t been taking maca regularly, my PMS makes me a wee bit cray cray. However, if I make sure I’m getting one teaspoon of it a day, I’m fine.

Maca is, of course, a great thing to be taking if you are trying for a baby because of its ability to enhance fertility but it provides such good support for your hormones that it’s a good thing to be taking at any time. If your moods are a bit all over the place, maca will help to level them out. If you are menopausal, it will help there too. It also helps to boost libido and, hey, that’s a win for everyone involved!

So, how do I take it? I usually just add a teaspoon to my smoothie. If you’re not a smoothie person you can just mix it in with some yoghurt or get it in capsule form, if that’s more your style.

You can see why I love maca now, right?

Laura