What should a fertility diet consist of?
What foods are considered fertility foods?
Those who are having problems conceiving want to boost fertility as much as possible. Therefore, it’s natural to want to do all you can, including changing your diet if necessary.
This is a very smart route to take and is smart not only for your trying-to-conceive efforts, but also for your overall health.
Apparently, according to research, a fertility diet is most likely to help a woman whose infertility is a result of ovulation issues or irregular periods.
Let’s talk about what to avoid in your diet first.
Foods To Avoid:
- Sugary sodas and high-sugar foods in general are very unhealthy and can hinder a woman’s fertility.
- Trans fats have also been shown to lower a woman’s fertility by potentially blocking hormonal pathways that regulate the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
- Processed foods of any kind – typically packaged foods that have a lot of ingredients – are usually unhealthy and can decrease fertility.
- Those foods with empty calories or very little or no nutritional value should be avoided as much as possible.
So what are some fertility foods that help to boost fertility?
Foods To Eat:
- Whole grains, fresh vegetables, and fruits – preferrably organic – should be the largest percentage of the diet that helps to increase fertility. These foods should replace the processed foods in a woman’s (and man’s) diet.
- Healthy fats, such as those found in olive oil, seeds, and nuts, are also very crucial to a healthy diet for fertility.
- Taking a multivitamin, exercising daily, and eating iron-rich meats and vegetables is also an important diet tip for those trying to conceive.
- Men specifically need lots of zinc and selenium for sperm health, which is found in seeds and nuts, especially Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds.
Weight issues can greatly contribute to problems conceiving – either too heavy or too light. Having a BMI between 20 and 24 is the best place to be in regard to optimal fertility. However, losing a modest amount of weight (5-10%) can greatly help to increase fertility.