The Science Behind the Fertility Diet
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24th Apr 2012, 01:48 AM #1
The Science Behind the Fertility Diet
The Science Behind the Fertility Diet
Harvard performed a recent study that showed an 80% decrease in infertility with the lifestyle changes made by switching to a fertility diet. Women who followed a combination of five or more lifestyle factors, including changing specific aspects of their diets, experienced more than 80 percent less relative risk of infertility due to ovulatory disorders compared to women who engaged in none of the factors, according to a paper published in the Nov. 1 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The women with the highest fertility diet scores ate less trans fats and sugar from carbohydrates, consumed more protein from vegetables than from animals, ate more fiber and iron, took more multivitamins, had a lower body mass index (BMI), exercised for longer periods of time each day, and, surprisingly, consumed more high-fat dairy products and less low-fat dairy products. The relationship between a higher “fertility diet” score and lesser risk for infertility was similar for different subgroups of women regardless of age and whether or not they had been pregnant in the past.
Benefits of a Natural Fertility Diet
· Helps body to function at its best
· May help to support egg health
· Supports the body towards hormonal balance
· Provides the body an abundance of nutrients
· May decrease chances of a miscarriage
· Builds nutrient storage for pregnancy
· Supports a healthy reproductive system
· Promotes energy and vitality
Natural Fertility Diet
Fresh fruits and vegetables- Fruits and vegetables supply the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Eating a wide variety of produce and (eat as many different colors of produce as you can) will help you to get all of the different nutrients you need. I like to make a smoothie each day, which provides all of my daily fruit and many of my daily supplements and superfoods. I also strive to eat one big salad a day in addition to a dark green vegetable with dinner such as broccoli or swiss chard to up my vegetable and fiber intake. In addition drink fresh vegetable and fruit juices daily.
Protein- Proteins are needed for every function of the body. Protein can come from fish, organic poultry, organic meats, dark leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, grains.
Carbohydrates- Whole grain carbohydrates in their natural state are full of fiber. Fiber helps the body metabolize the excess estrogens out of the body. Examples of whole grain carbohydrates
Raw calcium foods – Getting plenty of calcium is important for an alkaline body (which is a more friendly environment for the sperm and fertilized egg). Calcium rich foods include sesame seeds, seaweed, almonds, quinoa, chia, raw organic dairy, yogurt, cottage cheese, and dark leafy green vegetables.
Fats-Fats are necessary for producing hormonal balance. Fats are not the enemy; they provide essential vitamins not found anywhere else. Be sure to include a variety of fats. This means no low fat diets. Focus on fats from both animal and plant sources. Believe it or not cholesterol and saturated fats are needed to produce hormones. Fats to avoid are hydrogenated fats.
Unheated sweeteners- Replace processed sugars with sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Avoid processed sugars like white sugar and artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet or anything containing aspartame.
Natural Fertility Diet Daily Checklist
Make sure to eat these foods everyday, here is a checklist to help you remember…
Dark leafy and cruciferous vegetables such as chard, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.
A large salad with a wide variety of vegetables.
Fiber with each meal to help keep the blood sugar levels balanced. Good sources of fiber are vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts, and grains
Make sure to get essential fatty acids every day.
Whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, oats, spelt, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat.
Eat at least three servings of fresh organic fruits a day to provide beneficial antioxidants, fiber, and phytonutrients. I love to use fruit in smoothies with superfoods.
Drink a fresh juice daily. Drink one green juice every day. (If you are not able to get a juicer you can replace this step with one serving of UltraGreens or another organic greens supplement everyday.)
Fertility Specific Nutritional Supplements such as Baby and Me multivitamin, MorDHa omega 3, and others. To find out which supplements are right for you, please visit www.NaturalFertilityShop.com
Plenty of water
At least one superfood a day such as spirulina, maca, or royal jelly
Superfoods should be a part of every couples fertility diet to help bridge the gap for proper nutrition, nourish the egg and the sperm, and help to balance hormones. Here is a rundown of 5 Fertility Superfoods you should know about:
Maca is a wonderful superfood from Peru that helps to balance the hormones, increase egg health, increase sperm count and sperm health while also being a tonic for the endocrine system. Maca also helps increase progesterone if the body is low in this important hormone. Maca comes in capsules, powder and tincture. It can be taken everyday.
Royal jelly is another fertility specific superfood which may help increase egg health, quality of egg, and general fertility. Royal jelly is the food that is fed to the queen bee that makes her the queen bee. She goes on to live 6 years and lays up to 2000 eggs per day. Most bees live less than two months.
Royal Jelly is rich in vitamins, A, B, C, D,and E. It is also contains minerals including calcium and iron, all of the essential amino acids plus antibacterial and immune stimulating properties.
Royal jelly comes in capsules or in a base of honey. It can be taken everyday.
24th Apr 2012, 01:49 AM #2
Re: The Science Behind the Fertility Diet
Easy Fertility Smoothie Recipe
2 teaspoons UltraGreens
2 scoops Fertilica Whey protein powder
1teaspoon Alive Bee Power (contains royal jelly, propolis, & bee pollen
1c raw milk or juice
Blend and enjoy!
A smoothie is a drink, resembling a milkshake, but with thicker consistency and sometimes made from a blend of wholesome, raw, natural ingredients. Special ingredients are added for health reasons.
- 1 cup of frozen fruit or better fresh, if in season and organic (mangoes, berries, or peaches)
- 75ml of liquid beverage (rice milk or almond milk)
- ˝ teaspoon of organic vanilla extract to add flavor (optional)
- 2 scoops (30g) of whole food antioxidant powder coming from 100% berries (goji, acai, pomegranate, mangosteen, cranberry, strawberry, acerola berry, and more) with no added synthetic minerals or vitamins)
- 2 scoops (30g) of green powder coming from a bland of spirinula, wheatgrass, barley grass, kelp, delouse and more (with no added synthetic minerals and vitamins)
- 2 bananas (this makes your smoothie very smooth and gives it a good taste)
- 1/3 cup of yogurt or kefir (optional)
- 1 table spoon of bee pollen
- 1 table spoon of honey (best if raw)
- 2 table spoons of almond or cashew butter
- 1 table spoon of flaxseed oil or hemp oil. Hemp oil is of high nutritional value because its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body.  (optional)
- Makes 2 8oz. servings.
Add all the ingredients in a blender. Add them semi-frozen if you like cold beverages
Add a few cubes of ice to give it that "icee" texture.
Mix for 2 minutes until smooth.
Pour into 2 tall 8 oz glasses.
Drink right away.
- This smoothie is particularly useful in increasing fertility in both men and women because it contains ingredients like bee pollen which has the ability to stimulate ovulation in women and increase sperm count in men. The other ingredients are rich in fibre content which helps reduce excess estrogen and maintain blood sugar stable aiding those women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome. This smoothie is also high in minerals, vitamins and live enzymes which contribute to tissue repair, hormonal balance and most of all replenish the body from nutritional deficiencies related to infertility.
- Bananas add thickness, while yogurt makes it creamy.
- You can add water of juice if you want.
- You can add maple syrup instead of honey if you prefer. Flavored Agave Nectar can be substituted, if desired.
- Rinse your blender right away to prevent all the food pieces to dry up.