When trying to conceive you should eat a healthy diet with a focus on a few key items. Much advice is given about what to eat while you are pregnant. Even more advice can be found for what to avoid while you are pregnant. But what should you eat if you want to improve your fertility? You should eat a healthy diet with a focus on a few key items.
Forget about the so-called fertility foods like oysters and champagne, garlic, ginseng, kelp, and yams. The true fertility foods are whole grains, healthy fats, excellent protein packages, and even the occasional bowl of ice cream. This information comes from the first comprehensive examination of diet and fertility, an eight-year study of more than 18,000 women that uncovered ten evidence-based suggestions for improving fertility, the landmark Nurses' Health Study.
This may seem counterintuitive because of the warnings against exposing yourself and your baby to mercury that can be found in fish. However, it is important to have adequate amounts of omega three in your diet if you want to improve fertility and the best source for this is found in fish. To limit your exposure to the mercury eat only fish that have little or no mercury present such as catfish, salmon, and shrimp.
Omega 3 fatty acids can be found naturally in walnuts, flax seed, and whole grains. Increasing omega 3 fatty acids can also be achieved by taking an over the counter omega 3 supplement. Fish oil supplements will often contain a blend of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids.
Iron is necessary to improve fertility as well. Some good sources of iron are meat, iron fortified cereals, beans, and asparagus. Adequate amounts of iron will also be important once you are pregnant because of the increased volume of blood.
While You Are Trying to Conceive Explore the Rainbow
When you are trying to conceive it is more important than ever to eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet consists of fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors. Each color has a specific health benefit that can help improve your health and thereby your fertility. You should try to eat at least two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables in a variety of colors every day. In the green category try kale, spinach, cucumbers, kiwi, and green peppers. To get your daily dose of red try strawberries, apples, and red peppers. For the blue and purple hues eat blueberries, plums, black berries, and eggplant. For your dose of yellow and orange eat squash, bananas, oranges, nectarines, and lemons.
Increase Water Intake
Sometimes the diet changes to increase fertility are not limited to foods. High levels of soda consumption means the body is probably not getting enough water. Increasing water consumption to at least 8 glasses every day may help to increase fertility. If the water is simply too plain, try adding some fresh lemon, lime or fruit extracts to the water.
Along those same lines, increasing the consumption of green tea (decaffeinated) has been shown to increase overall health. Body health is essentially the aim of increasing fertility. The more healthy the female body, the better the chances of conceiving.
Taking steps to increase your health by eating healthy foods rich in vitamins and nutrients needs for better body health will help to prime the body for conception. An added benefit to better health before conception is better health during pregnancy.