Fertility Foods

 

What does it take to build another human being?

From pre-conception through pregnancy, and beyond, the simple answer is nutrient-dense food. Prenatal vitamins are a great preventative measure, but consuming the right nutrients from whole foods is a winning strategy. The good news is that the nine nutrients that are considered critical can be obtained by eating a relatively small variety of foods, which are all easily accessible at all supermarkets:

Folate, which is more biologically available than synthetic folic acid, is found in leafy greens, liver, and lentils.

Red meat, milk and eggs are rich in B12.

Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are super-important and require healthy natural fats in order to be absorbed. Enter raw milk, butter (grass-fed Kerrygold is a great choice), raw cheeses, and eggs. Seafood is also high in vitamin D and cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is a great source of vitamin E.

Iodine, important for maintaining a healthy thyroid, is abundant in wild-caught fish, salmon roe, kelp, and some sea salts such as the Real Salt brand.

Like oysters? They are an excellent source of zinc, but equally so is beef, shrimp, and pumpkin seeds.

Last, but not least, is iron. We all know liver is a great source of iron. If you’re not up to trying grass-fed beef liver with onions, give this chicken liver pate recipe a try. And beef is another excellent source.

Of course, you must also consider the other side of the coin. It is equally important to consider foods that are not pro-pregnancy due to a gross lack of nutrition and their tendency to cause blood sugar imbalances and hormonal disruptions. Eliminating added sugars and other refined carbs, unnatural man-made vegetable oils from canola and soybean, and avoiding soy in general (with the exception of organic fermented soy), are all necessary steps toward properly preparing your body to build another human being.

Are you eating all the right foods and still having trouble conceiving? Or perhaps you are thinking about having a baby in the near future and want to ensure you’re on the right track. It’s never to soon to plan a healthy pregnancy.

Interested in learning more, click here to schedule a 30-minute complimentary consultation to learn what additional steps you can be taking.

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