What should we eat when trying to get pregnant?
There are plenty of foods that can help you become more fertile if you are trying to conceive. And there are plenty you should stay away from and avoid. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your favorite foods for this New Year's resolution; you just have to choose a little more wisely. You should also avoid certain foods that may decrease your chances of getting pregnant.
What should women eat when trying to conceive?
These are an excellent source of carbohydrates, but they should be eaten in moderation. Whole grain bread and brown rice are filling and have good effects on your insulin and blood sugar.
Protein From Plants
Nuts, beans, and peas have always been known to help with fertility. Plant protein and protein you get from meats do vary so up your intake of vegetables and decrease your intake of meats.
Full-Fat Dairy Products
A study recently conducted by Harvard University found that women who ate full-fat dairy products had better ovulation than women who ate low or no fat dairy. Dairy contains lots of calcium which is an essential fertility nutrient. Now, remember not to overdo your ingestion of dairy, but one serving a day should help.
What should men eat to boost fertility?
Fresh Vegetables & Fruits
These foods are a great source of antioxidants and nutrients, which helps with reproductive health. The folic acid, which is a nutrient that aids in preventing birth defects, is a great thing to load up on if you are trying to conceive.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
This is found in fish (like salmon and sardines), avocados, and nuts. These increase your sensitivity to insulin. Oysters are especially good for men because they are high in zinc which can help to increase sperm count and viability.
What food should we avoid?
Men and women always want to avoid junk food and processed foods. These can wreak havoc on your chemical balance and can reduce fertility. Also, alcoholic beverages and highly caffeinated drinks can lower sperm count. With this wide variety of foods, you should be able to put together some delicious fertility boosting meals or snacks in no time.
Remember anything high in fiber, iron, or monounsaturated fats (like the Omega-3) is good for your body. This goes for both men and women, so everyone should be on board. Following this guideline should get you conceiving in no time.
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