[ 18 December 2017 ]
Ten beneficial food items for female infertility
Any pregnant woman knows the importance of eating healthy during pregnancy. However, not many are aware of the fact that a healthy diet can increase your chances of becoming pregnant as well. Many couples experience infertility problems, and it leads to a lot of heartbreak and emotional distress in a marriage. New studies have emerged that now indicate that eating the correct food and following a healthy diet can significantly increase your chances of having a healthy ovulation, and thus, you can undergo a successful conception. Your chances of having a healthy pregnancy also go up drastically when you strictly follow a healthy diet and also cut out unhealthy food, stop smoking and avoid alcohol.

People, who want to conceive, need to first of all cutout soya beans, some low-fat products, and some high gluten grains like wheat as well. Superfoods that you should include in your diet to boost your fertility are described below.

1. Beans or Plant Proteins Can Increase your Fertility
Research from the Harvard School of Public Health has revealed that fertility increases proportionately to the consumption of plant protein. Women who have a lot of plant protein are most likely to conceive very easily. Garbanzo beans, lentils, edamame, etc. are excellent sources of plant-based proteins.

2. Increase your Intake of the Leafy Greens
All the leafy green vegetables that you read about when you were in school are actually going to benefit you in increasing your fertility. Dark leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, romaine, arugula, etc., contain high levels of folate, a type of vitamin B. Folate is known to improve your ovulation. Folate is also very beneficial for men as it makes sperm healthier. It also lowers the risk of a miscarriage or genetic mutations in the baby.

3. Munch on Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of non-heme iron. It has been found that women who regularly take an iron supplement, of the non-heme iron type, increase their chances of conception by nearly 40%. For a better taste, you can toast the pumpkin seeds in the oven for making it into a crunchier snack.

4. Choose Dark Bread over Light Bread
Complex carbohydrates take more time to be digested as compared to refined carbs. Therefore, complicated carbohydrates keep the insulin levels of the body stable. It has been found that high insulin levels in the body disrupt the reproductive hormones. High levels of blood sugar or insulin, lowers your chances of conception. Therefore, to boost your fertility rate switch to having whole wheat or dark bread over white bread. Similarly, you should opt for having brown rice over white rice and whole wheat pasta over white pasta.

5. Use Olive Oil for Cooking
The benefits of olive oil are many, and it helps to boost your insulin sensitivity. It lowers inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body leads to disruption with ovulation, conception and also the development of the embryo in the early stages. In order to increase your consumption of olive oil, you can use it while making food, instead of using butter or any other oil.

6. Boost the Consumption of Salmon
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to regulate reproductive hormones. They also increase blood flow to the sexual organs in women. As compared to other fatty fish, salmon has lower levels of mercury, thus making it safer for consumption. Salmon is also an excellent source of nutrients for maintaining overall health as it boosts your cardiovascular health, brain function, and general eye health as well. Salmon should ideally be sourced without pesticides. Wild and organic salmon is the best type of fish to consume when it comes to increasing the chances of fertility. Pesticides or fungicides tend to ruin the natural levels of omega-6 found in the fish.

7. Avoid Fat from Baked Goods and Processed Foods
Trans fats are found in many baked goods, fried foods, processed foods and many other sources. Trans fat is one food item you need to watch out for while trying to get pregnant. Trans fats lower the body's ability to react to the levels of insulin, thus making you have irregular ovulation. Processed foods are in any case terrible for your health, regardless of whether or not you are trying to conceive. Processed foods contain high levels of sodium (salt), which is not at all beneficial for your body.

8. Load up on Avocados
Avocados are an excellent source of minerals, essential fats, various vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, and fiber. They are also an excellent source of vitamin E, which is beneficial in improving the uterine lining and helps with the implantation of the embryo. Avocados are also another source of getting your daily dose of folate from. You need to consume food items that are high in folate before you start trying to conceive as folate helps prevent spina bifida in a newborn.

9. Boost your Consumption of Squashes
All squashes are a rich source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps with the production of the hormone progesterone in the body, helping boost your fertility. Squashes are also known to increase sperm count and quality in men. Therefore, it is an excellent choice for men as well.

10. Consume antioxidant-rich Beetroot
Beetroots are a known source of nitrates and the antioxidant resveratrol. Resveratrol is known to fight against age-related fertility issues. Beetroots also increase the blood flow to all parts of the body, a reason why it finds its way in the diet of many athletes. Beetroot juice is highly recommended for women undergoing IVF treatment as it improves the blood flow to the uterus, helping with the embryo implantation process. Therefore, you should try to include beetroot in your diet through salads, smoothies, etc.

A proper diet can help you improve the health of the egg and sperm before conception takes place. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fats, works towards preparing the body for conceiving. Most couples leave the healthy eating part till pregnancy actually happens. However, it is better to start a proper diet beforehand itself so that no fertility problems arise.

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