What you eat and drink plays a huge role in your fertility, pregnancy, and your general health. There is so much advice on what to eat and not it can be very confusing. These are my top tips to eat a healthy well-balanced diet.
It is so important before you start trying for a baby that you take three months to prepare your body...
- Eat Breakfast; this is the most important meal of the day. You can’t expect your body to run without any fuel in it, Eggs with kale and or courgette make a good breakfast.
- Eat good carbs whole grains, oats, millet, brown rice, (great source of Vitamin B) as well as fruit and vegetables at least 5 portions per day this help stabilizes your insulin levels because you digest them slowly. Studies have shown high insulin levels can affect ovulation. Fill you plate 50% with vegetables every time you eat.
- If you snack between meals eat fruit, strawberries, blueberries, nuts, and seeds
- Drink fresh vegetable juice every day. Blend and drink cup of kale, spinach Cucumber, an apple, ginger, lemon, and celery, add some honey if you like. Full of antioxidants to help fight free radicals.
- Don’t eat cold foods eg cold drinks with ice, ice cream, cold salads. Your body has to work really hard to digest cold foods and neglect's other function in your body like ovulation or sperm production.
- Eat Organic meat.
- Eat lots of fish, fish are full of omega 3 fatty acids very important in a fertility and pregnancy diet. If you are vegetarian or not eat beans, lentils, nuts, flax, hemp, pumpkin, walnut. Seeds high in Omega 6 are sunflower and sesame.
- Cut out sugar as much as you can. Don’t eat refined, processed foods or burnt food, sweet’s, cakes, crisps, fried foods burger, and chips, sausages etc. All have a negative affect on your fertility hormones. Also on your insulin levels and this can affect ovulation. To have healthy Eggs and Sperm with an intact DNA you need to cut down on these foods, if DNA has been damaged by free radical this can be a reason for miscarriages, no ovulation and inability to get pregnant.
- Cut down on alcohol, try to drink just one coffee a day or none.
- Drink water, but only what you require, don’t over flood your system with water or all you will do is go to the toilet a lot. Make sure you drink water at room temperature not cold from the fridge. Every morning when you wake up drink warm water with lemon, honey, and cider vinegar great way to start the day.
- Eat good carbs whole grains, oats, millet, brown rice, (great source of Vitamin B) as well as fruit and vegetables at least 5 portions per day this help stabilizes your insulin levels because you digest them slowly. Studies have shown high insulin levels can affect ovulation.
- Take a really good multivitamin for fertile health and folic acid. A Harvard study done on women over eight years shows women who took daily multivitamins containing 400 mg of folic acid were 40 percent less likely to experience ovulation failure.
All the best on your fertility journey
Lucy Townsley x
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