Eating for fertility, is eating for overall health!
I find it fascinating how much of an impact nutrition plays in the health of our bodies, menstrual cycles, fertility & beyond!
There is a reason why more & more doctors are actually tapping into this.
Not only for natural conception, but for those thinking about going though IVF, nutrition is your bestie to get some healthy viable eggs & sperm!
The life stages of eggs/sperm take around 90 days, so if you are consistent with your nutrition/lifestyle you can me a huge turn-around. The word here being CONSISTENT.
So if you are thinking of starting a family, I usually suggest my clients to do a 3 month prenatal fertility nutrition head start & then go for it, especially for my IFV and IUI clients. Obvs this isn’t only for 3 months, its a lifestyle that you would adapt going into pregnancy & postpartum to ensure you’re giving you & your little munchkin the best.
So what foods are we talking about? Firstly we want as many nutrients dense, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory foods possible. If your body is inflamed you don’t give it much space to “work” with.
You want to ensure you’re eating for your mitochondria (energy powerhouses of your body), because they play a massive role in ovulation sperm quality, quantity and motility!
So what foods encompass all of this… WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED.
One of the biggest studies (The Nurse Study PMID: 15864280) to ever take place back in 1976 followed & documented various female nurses & some of the proven concepts for female health/reproductive health was that by replacing a FEW animal protein sources for plant-based ones showed massive improvements in fertility & overall health. So now imagine you replace the majority of those sources with plant based options 🤯
Now do you have to be plant-based to have a healthy pregnancy? Nope. But would you be contributing to your overall health & success rates if you did, quite possibly.
Everyone is different & requires different needs, this is why I work 1:1 with women when it comes to fertility so we can get the best outcomes for them!