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When it comes to fertility, there are medical treatments, medications, and procedures—all of which we have world class expertise here at the Alabama Center for Reproductive Medicine. But what about natural remedies that can make a world of difference? One topic that immediately comes to mind is your diet. Whether you are just trying to get pregnant naturally or undergoing fertility treatments, a healthy diet can boost your chances of fertility. Certain foods have what you need to maintain and improve your reproductive system while other foods can affect your body in a way that hinders fertility.
Yes, there is a fertility diet—and no, it doesn’t involve magical cures like oysters and champagne. It looks a lot like the healthy and balanced diet your doctor might recommend while getting the nutrients you need through a variety of whole foods. It involves eating fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbs, and full-fat dairy. Here’s what a good fertility diet looks like:
Fruits and vegetables
Do fill up at least half your plate with healthy fruits and vegetables, providing you with the vitamins and minerals you need to improve your fertility and pave the way for a healthy pregnancy. We tend to get a lot of our daily calories from carbs, meats, and fats, which can cause problems with ovulation. Satisfying your hunger with fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits (for vitamin C), kale, and asparagus, can help you reduce your reliance on those foods for your calories.
Trans fat found in processed foods is often the culprit in metabolic changes that can affect your ovulation. Meanwhile, you should be eating healthy fats founds in avocados, olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, nuts, and seeds to boost your fertility.
Avoid spiking your insulin levels by reducing your intake of simple carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta, baked goods, etc.) and choosing complex carbs instead, which can be found in whole grains, beans and legumes, and fruits and vegetables. These carbs are slower to digest, slower to increase your insulin level, and can help prevent metabolic changes that can negatively affect your ovulation.
Don’t be afraid to indulge in whole milk, full-fat yogurt, and full-fat ice cream during your fertility journey. Studies have shown the women who eat low-fat dairy actually have more trouble conceiving, so be sure to select the full-fat version of your favorite dairy products.
Want to learn more about natural remedies for fertility? Get in touch with a fertility specialist at the Alabama Center for Reproductive Medicine to explore fertility treatments that will best suit your individual needs. Schedule a consultation at 205-315-6951.