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Taking Dairy Out of Your TTC Diet
by Cindy Bailey of the Fertile Kitchen™, Feb. 16, 2010
There are some who are resistant to the idea of giving up dairy for their fertility, and I understand where that comes from. From day one we are taught to drink our milk! That we need milk to get our share of calcium and protein, to make us healthy and strong!
But here are some realities about drinking milk — and consuming the myriad of other dairy products, such as cheese, cottage cheese and artificially flavored yogurt — while trying to conceive. First, there are studies that link dairy to a decline in fertility. One to take note of is this review of a 1994 study which links age-related infertility with dairy.
Dairy products can have an adverse effect on endocrine and immune health. In the body, they produce galactose, a milk sugar which is apparently toxic to human eggs.
In addition, many adults can become sensitive to lactose -- a sugar in milk -- without even knowing it, and most adults lose the ability to digest lactose altogether. This means your body has to work even harder to digest dairy products, which are already hard to digest in the first place.
These are all good reasons to take dairy out of your diet, especially while trying to conceive.
For a milk substitution, consider almond, soy or rice milk. Just be careful not to consume too much soy milk (see my blog about soy). If you find you must have dairy on occasion, at least go organic to avoid the added growth hormones which can affect our own hormones negatively.
If you worry about getting calcium, alternative sources include leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and spinach; oranges; black beans; salmon; sesame seeds and almonds.
Taking care of your diet means taking care of yourself!