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Top Three Fertility Foods
People always ask, what are the top fertility-boosting foods? Although I emphasize the importance of eating an all-organic, well-balanced, healthy diet — full of good foods, such as veggies and whole grains, and minus the bad, such as caffeine, alcohol or processed sugar — there are certain foods I consider to be the best when it comes to boosting fertility. They include:
- Beans. Not only are they packed with protein, fiber and nutrients important for fertility and pregnancy, such as calcium, iron and potassium, but they also contain a high percentage of folate (a B vitamin), which boosts fertility in both men and women and helps prevent neural tube defects at birth. Beans are also low in fat, good for digestion and a great source of antioxidants.
- Nuts and seeds. They are high in protein and healthy fats, which help stabilize blood sugar levels, ease inflammation and boost fertility. Estrogen is made and stored in fat, so you definitely need it — you just want to be sure to eat the healthy kind. Nuts and seeds also contain essential minerals and fiber, which is important for the health of the digestive system and lowering cholesterol. Good choices for seeds are pumpkin and sesame, which also contain zinc. Good choices for nuts, almonds and walnuts.
- Avocados. You’ve probably heard about this fruit being fertility-friendly, and it’s true! Not only is it packed with folate, it’s also high in monounsaturated fat. That’s one of the good, healthy kinds of fat. It helps to lower cholesterol and plays such an important role in our endocrine system, which regulates the hormones involved in reproduction. Finally, avocados contain good enzymes, which aid digestion. And when you’re trying to conceive, anything you do to lessen the impact on digestion helps! Avocados are also high in fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels, and are filled with other great nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. So make some healthy guacamole and dip in.