Improving your fertility can be fun and enjoyable!
Why not connect with your partner by doing some cooking together?
You could take a walk to a local farmers market, enjoying each other’s company while you plan a meal and then cook together in a relaxed way.
When it comes to nutrition and preparing to start a family, my two most important words are balance and moderation.
For both men and women, it’s important to be a healthy weight.
Not overweight, or obese, or underweight but to be in the middle of your healthy BMI number is what you should aim for.
Here are some tips on how men and women can eat in balance and with moderation to improve fertility.
What Men Should Eat
Minerals & Supplements
Foods such as pumpkin seeds, rye, oats and almonds are a good form of zinc, which is essential for healthy sperm, also oysters if you like them.
Selenium is present in whole grains, avocados, shellfish and sesame seeds.
Ginseng supplements improve the bloodflow to the penis and may improve sexual function for some people.
Avoid Alcohol & Fast Food
Alcohol should be abstained from completely as it reduces the ability of the gut to absorb nutrients. If drunk in excess, it can lead to reduced sperm quality, increased abnormal sperm and lower motility, lower sperm counts, lower testosterone, decreased libido and increased risk of erectile dysfunction.
Junk and fast food should be avoided as a diet high in saturated fats significantly reduces the sperm count and makes the sperm weaker and poor quality, fast foods not only carry health risks like cholesterol, obesity and heart disease but it is detrimental to sperm and the energy of the body is unhealthy.
Protein & Fresh Foods
A high protein diet can make the sperm more acidic, which is not desired, a healthy diet will help you absorb nutrients.
When you’re eating vibrant colourful fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and organic meat and fish products the whole body feels and is healthier.
What Women Should Eat
Women are more prone than men to follow fad diets, to have been yo-yo dieters or may have cut out certain food groups.
In my opinion, we need to support the yin aspect of the woman, the fluid and the bloods, as we want the endometrium to be healthy, the cervical mucus to be plentiful and the eggs to be in the best condition possible to be released and carried through the fallopian tubes to your uterus.
Some foods support the yin aspect of a woman’s diet such as fresh fruits – pears, pineapples, pomegranates, lemons, apples, bananas and avocado and vegetables such as asparagus green beans spinach and seaweed.
You may also want to include some duck, crab, oysters, rabbit, spelt and dandelion, fennel or nettle tea.
Clean Out Your Body
If you have phlegm and mucus in the body which is sticky or have had candida or thrush you could, before trying to get pregnant, clean out the body with; beans, asparagus, barley, buckwheat, celery, garlic, green tea, jasmine tea seaweed and plentiful fresh herbs such as basil cardamon, caraway, cloves, fenugreek, parsley and watercress.
Try to eat food which is seasonal and local to where you are as possible, like your grandmother did.
Having more warming foods in the autumn and winter and raw and salads more consumed in the summer when the weather is sunny.
How you eat it is also important, try to sit down at the table and just eat without distraction as you will chew your food much better. You can put your knife and fork down between mouthfuls, and my advice is not to have your mobile phone at the table.
If you are alone and you eat in silence you will notice perhaps how you are looking for your phone or you’re used to reading articles while you’re eating. My advice is don’t do this, just sit quietly and rest and chew your food well.
Try to dress your table, put a tablecloth on, have some flowers or something beautiful to look at, nice plates to eat off and beautiful bowls that means something to you.
Don’t drink lots with food
Try to eat regularly but only when you are really hungry and if you feel you have a weak digestion have small meals which are easy to digest, try to observe if you have any bloating, cramping or excessive gas after you’ve eaten for example.
Some people although it’s used widely in all worlds cuisines decide not to have onions and garlic because they don’t digest them well and all of the small changes become a matter of habit.
Over to You
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