Eating a fertility diet in preparation for pregnancy and to boost fertility is one of the most powerful health changes you can make. Numerous studies have shown that specific changes to the diet can improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriage, and support a healthy pregnancy.
Although we generally recommend beginning your journey to a healthy pregnancy with a fertility cleanse to remove excess toxins from a poor diet, nutrition plays a vital role when it comes to having a healthy body and reproductive system. The building blocks for hormones are found in the foods we eat. Antioxidants, which help to protect the egg and sperm from free radicals, are found in the foods that we eat. Just as nutrients in food can be helpful for fertility, there are some foods and chemicals added to foods that can be harmful for your health and fertility.
In working with our natural fertility clients, the first topic of discussion, regardless of the reason they are consulting with us, is “what is your diet like?”. Many of their responses are… “healthy” and then they go on to share their version of that. More often than not, it is not a diet that is healthy for fertility.
Regardless of what your definition of healthy is, today I am going to share with you what the definition of healthy is for fertility, and what that looks like in real life. A diet for fertility will look different even compared to a normal healthy whole food diet. This may very well be different compared to how you are eating now and include foods that are new to you or even exotic sounding, like maca root. Don’t worry. We have tools to help you get started and recipes to make this easy and fun!
What is a Fertility Diet?
So, what exactly is a fertility diet? A Natural Fertility Diet is a way of eating that is supporting your body in its reproductive efforts. It includes foods which are dense in specific nutrients needed for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg health, sperm health, blood health, and much more. It is a diet that is designed to help your body to balance fertility issues that may exist, build up nutrient stores and provide all of the building blocks for a healthy child. It is also a diet that is focused on giving you and your future child the best start in life.
Why Eat A Natural Fertility Diet?
Did you know that there are specific nutrients that are needed by the young fetus before you can even detect pregnancy and that a deficiency in these nutrients could cause serious birth defects?
Did you know that the foods you eat today impact the health of your eggs and sperm 90 days from now?
Did you know that hormones build themselves from the ingredients you provide through your diet?
Did you know that the number one treatment for balancing PCOS and getting pregnant despite PCOS is diet?
Did you know that what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat?
Did you know that the number one cause of infertility is anovulation (lack of ovulation) and that it can often be remedied by changes in the diet?
Eating a Natural Fertility Diet is something everyone can do regardless of location, fertility issue, age, time, and money. We all eat, so why not eat in a way that supports your fertility?
The Science Behind the Natural Fertility Diet
The Natural Fertility Diet suggestions are an accumulation of scientific research, nutritional data, and dietary practices of the most fertile tribes and peoples in history, as well as dietary practices which are known to reduce complications during pregnancy.
Harvard performed a recent study that showed an 80% decrease in infertility with lifestyle changes made by switching to a fertility diet. Women who followed a combination of five or more lifestyle factors, including changing specific aspects of their diets, experienced more than 80 percent less relative risk of infertility due to ovulatory disorders compared to women who engaged in none of the factors, according to a paper published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The women with the highest fertility diet scores ate less trans fats and sugar from carbohydrates, consumed more protein from vegetables than from animals, ate more fiber and iron, took more multivitamins (Fertility and Sterility March 2008), had a lower body mass index (BMI), exercised for longer periods of time each day, and, surprisingly, consumed more high-fat dairy products and less low-fat dairy products. The relationship between a higher “fertility diet” score and lesser risk for infertility was similar for different subgroups of women, regardless of age and whether or not they had been pregnant in the past.
Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Brewer
The Natural Fertility Diet has also incorporated the research of Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Brewer. Dr. Weston Price’s recommendations are based on traditional diets that were followed in times when humans were most fertile, before industrial foods.
Dr. Brewer’s Diet has been shown to reduce the risks of pregnancy complications, specifically preeclampsia. It promotes a diet that has an abundance of protein, minerals, calcium, and healthy oils.