Fertility Boosting Foods to Create Healthy Babies
With so many Mumma’s to be eating with us presently, we thought we’d touch on the subject of fertility boosting foods.
Nutrition has a pivitol role to play in gene expression. It can turn on the good ones as well as the bad if we aren’t nourishing ourselves properly.
Research suggests that our mothers nutritional status before and during pregnancy has a powerful influence on lifelong health and dictates to a degree our future health path.
Once conception has taken place, the focus shifts to making sure that tiny little being has the best quality nutrition possible to develop healthily. Eating fertility boosting foods will not only provide your baby with everything it needs to thrive, it will ensure that during pregnancy, your body remains strong and healthy.
A landmark scientific study called the Nurses’ Health Study was first established in 1976 and has in it’s entirety counted more than 250,000 participants, all women. This makes it the largest conducted study on female health risk factors.
The best foods for fertility was a subject included in the study. Although not ground breaking information (to us it’s just common sense) it does do a good job of reiterating the facts for people who want to know the research for peace of minds sake.
Our take on the findings? Just East Real Food!!!
One of our absolute favourite books on the ‘JERF’ philosophy that we can highly recommend is Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions. It is a bible of nutrition for all stages of life and has an excellent section on fertility.
Here are the 5 top foods for fertility:
High Quality Fats
We’re not talking the processed and hydrogenated kind you find in margarine god forbid. We’re talking unprocessed, saturated fats like those found in pure butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and macadamia oil. These are supercharged fats that provide your body with the tools it needs to ensure proper nervous system development, ligaments that stretch with ease, optimal brain function and development and long lasting energy for both bub’s and mum. Do not even think about reaching for anything that has written on it ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’ or ‘diet’.
Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy veggies contain an abundance of one of the most precious nutrients during conception: folate, which reduces the risk of neural tube defects and ensures proper nervous system development. They also contain Iron which is essential for proper oxygenation of the blood. Get this though, just eating straight leafy greens in a salad doesn’t cut it. Those leafy green veggies need fat in order for the nutrients they contain to be absorbed by the body. That’s because the vitamins such as Vitamin A which live in green leafies are fat soluble. Meaning without fat, they are useless to our body. Always massage your kale in olive oil or serve it with some avocado. Eating all the greens in the world is not going to do you any good if those vitamins aren’t bioavailable.
Getting adequate iron intake is super important. Fatigue caused by anemia during pregnancy is extremely common. Green leafy veggies are a great way of preventing this. Other vegetables that contain Iron include pumpkin, tomatoes and beetroot. The easiest way of boosting your iron though in our opinion- Bone Broth!!! Iron in liquid form, easily absorbed and ready to go nutrition.
The mono-unsaturated fats found in nuts help the body’s sensitivity to insulin plus they’re packed with essential minerals like selenium, zince and calcium as well as slow release carbohydrates. Awesome source of energy. Seeds like nuts are great for insulin control and are a power-pack of vitamins such as Vitamin E. Insulin is an important hormone for fertility. Those that have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome generally experience Insulin Resistance which hinders fertility and the ability to conceive. Eating foods that support our insulin levels is important.
Think sardines, salmon, herrings, mackerel and trevally. These oil, cold water sea dwellers are a power house of anti-inflammatory compounds and rich in long-chain omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. DHA is particularly important for fertility and pregnancy as well as supporting brain function and cardiovascular health. If you are scared of mercury levels in fish, stick to the smaller varieties such as sardines and it won’t be anything you need to worry about.
Egg yolks could be considered “nature’s multivitamin”. They are especially rich in a nutrient many people have never heard of: choline. Studies suggest that 86% of women don’t get enough choline in their diet. This is significant because choline helps protect against neural tube defects. It also plays an important role in brain development.
See, it’s all pretty straightforward isn’t it really. Fertility boosting foods is just eating real food that hasn’t been made in a factory. Eat a rainbow everyday, don’t pig out on refined carbs and don’t forget your fats.