by Deborah A. Klein How exciting that specific foods can actually increase fertility! For all those women out there who are having a challenging time getting pregnant, I pray this information helps. According to research at the Harvard School of Public Health's department of nutrition, women who followed five or more lifestyle or dietary recommendations reduced their risk of ovulatory infertility by as much as 80%, compared with women who did not follow any recommendations.
Top 10 Key Recommendations to Increase Your Fertility
- Avoid trans fats
- Use more unsaturated vegetable oils, extra-virgin olive or canola oil
- Eat more vegetarian protein, such as beans and nuts and less animal protein
- Choose whole grain sources of carbohydrates instead of highly refined carbohydrates
- Drink a glass of whole milk or have a full fat yogurt each day
- Take a multivitamin that contains folic acid and other B vitamins - Livitician's recommendations: Try Twinlab Prenatal Vitamin (excellent, easy to tolerate in a capsule) and take Juice Plus, 17 servings of fruits, vegetables and grains in a capsule -- gluten free (order at Juice Plus+) Make sure and have foods high in folic acid (folate) too: Beans, artichokes, peanuts, romaine lettuce, fresh oranges, tofu, almonds, pasta, rice, kiwi, bread, corn, eggs, raspberries.
- Get plenty of iron, but not from red meat -- Livitician's recommendations: egg yolks, legumes, raisins
- Avoid sugared sodas -- Livitician's recommendations: Have Tea, sparkling waters with natural essence of flavor that do not contain artificial sweeteners (Arrowhead, Perrier, Pellegrino, Gerolsteiner, or Crystal Geyser)
- If overweight, lose 5% to 10% of your weight
- Start an exercise program. If you already exercise, keep it up but not too excessive if you are already quite lean.
Enjoy and keep positive self-talk/faith that you will have your baby soon.
Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD is the world's first Livitician®, a term she coined as an alternative to dietician. Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise. Deborah holds Master's of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition. Deborah has a private practice where she educates and offers her clients "A Plan to LIVE for!" She is also the "Ask the Nutrition Expert" at Pregnancy.org. Deborah lives in Southern California. She is a mother of 2 boys, Hayden (7 years) and Eitan (5 years).
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