Do you think of food as a way to increase your fertility? Your body makes hormones from the cholesterol you eat! Other nutrients are so important like choline, iron, and folate. Folate is the more easily digestible form of folic acid and some DNA structures can only absorb folate.. Fertility foods are the same as foods we consider to be aphrodisiacs! Think oysters, caviar and clams. Add to that, healthy fats such as grass-fed butter, tallow, avocado, coconut, and fermented cod liver oil. Make sure to eat a rainbow of vegetables and fermented veggies (like kimchi, sauerkraut, or kombucha).
Remove processed foods, trans fats, and fried foods, and so-called vegetable oils. You want to know the truth about vegetable oils? The fact is, they have to be deodorized so that you can’t tell they are in fact rancid and trans. For example vegetable oils like sunflower, safflower, corn, and soybean oil have to be extracted at high temperatures to the extent that the oil of the plant can’t tolerate high heat. Watch this video on Youtube called “The Oiling of America” from Sally Fallon for a full understanding! It is very eye opening.
They have been telling us for years that cholesterol is bad. The cholesterol we eat though doesn’t contribute to the cholesterol in our body. Our body can make cholesterol from carbs, fat or protein. In The Schwarzbein Principle - a book by Diana Schwarzbein, MD, this is explained it full detail.
Real food and balance is the answer to fertility and health. What is more nutrient dense for you is better for your fertility. You get great nutrition from Pasture raised eggs or from yard chickens. The color of the egg yolk is more orange because of the higher concentration of Vitamin A.
Weston A. Price was a dentist in the 1930s from Ohio who started see the same teeth and health problems in all of his patients. He went all around the world to study people eating foods from their cultures where their teeth and health should be flourishing. Did he find it? Yes he found many different people eating the same foods as their ancestors that he called Tradition Foods. It didn’t matter if it was Inuits in Alaska or natives from a tropical place. He found they had large jaws fitting all their teeth (imagine no routine wisdom tooth pulling) and their health and bones were good too! The common factors were they ate the whole animal (not just the muscles), they ate fermented foods daily (like saurkraut or yoghurt), they soaked all the grains, no fast acting yeast for easy bread making - only sourdough breads, and he discovered the power of fermented cod liver oil with grassfed butter. If you want to know more about this study, order this book and check out this website.
This blog post is an overview of what you can add to your diet to make your body more fertile. Check out the links if you want to know science based facts, and an in depth detail on how to implement it in your life. Like myself I am sure you will appreciate the individuals who have made it their life’s work to research and share information on food, health and fertility through books and programs. For a program click here- Feed Your Fertile Body.
There are a few herbs I want to share with you. The most important factor is food. Feeding your body with nutrition to keep in your body’s stores while growing a human is so important. These herbs may additionally help in fertility. Agnus Castus and Siberian Ginseng are two herbs to help aging and fertility. They are both adaptogenic which will help whether your adrenal/hormone levels are low or high because their balancing effect. Agnus Castus helps with ovarian hormones by helping the pituitary gland normalize FSH and LH. Siberian Ginseng helps you better manage stress and make your adrenals happy. This will in effect help your hormones balance out. Stress just kills the vibe!!!
Keys to fertility and postpartum are:
Know your Why
Nourish your body with healing and nutrient dense foods
Be in a state of relaxation