Are you discouraged by not getting pregnant month after month?Â Are you feeling tired and run down?Â You know you need to make some changes in your life so you can feel better and have some energy left over to make a baby. But where should you start?Â One of the most important places is with your diet.
What you eat (and do not eat) is critically important for your fertility and overall health. Your body absolutely needs good nutrition for everything!Â This especially includes the energy, repair and regeneration pathways that you rely on to function and feel good every day.
Good nutrition feeds your steroid hormones, which includes your sex hormones and much more. The steroid hormones are also necessary for stress handling, energy production, keeping blood sugar levels stable, and repairing and regenerating every cell in your body. These hormones are absolutely necessary for healthy brain function â€“ including mood, thinking and memory. They also affect your overall strength, stamina and vitality.
Your diet must consist of good nutrition if you want to be healthy, get pregnant, have an uneventful wonderful pregnancy, and then hold that happy, healthy baby in your arms. This is one of the most important and taxing things you can ask of your body. Make sure your body has the foods it needs to make a healthy baby.
What Are The 6 Most Important Foods?
1) Animal products
- Whole dairy products (raw if possible)
- Egg yolks
- Liver and other organ meats
2) Vegetables and less importantly fruits
3) Bone broth
4) Whole grains
5) Lacto fermented foods and beverages
6) Unrefined sea salt
This list is different than most you will find out there. Why? Â Because these foods are currentlyÂ notÂ the politically correct choices. But the facts clearly show that these are the foods that supply the nutrients and co-factors that you need. And these foods are safe and healthy when they come from healthy sources.
These foods have nourished humans for thousands of years. It is only in the last 60 years that we have been told to avoid meat, dairy and eggs. This is very bad advice.
Dairy products, eggs, seafood, meat and organ meats provide the critical fat soluble vitamins- vitamins A, D, E and K2. Animal products are the only way to get some of these vitamins, and provide the most bioavailable forms.
All animal products should come from healthy animals eating the diet nature intended for them. For cows, sheep, chicken and pigs this means grass fed or pastured. For seafood, this means wild caught from clean waters. No animal products should come from confinement or feed lots; this includesÂ farmed fish.
Vegetables and fruitprovide important vitamins and minerals. Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale, chard, and spinach. Eat a variety of colorful and seasonal vegetables, both raw and cooked. It is important to eatÂ 3 times more vegetables than fruits, as vegetables provide more nutrients and do not have as many natural sugars that can raise blood sugar levels.
Choose organic vegetables and fruits, or those from local sources that you know have been raised without herbicides or pesticides. These foods will be safer and more nutritious.
Bone broth supplies lots of very bioavailable minerals and co-factors that aid in digestion of all of the foods you eat. Your grandmother absolutely knew how important this food was, with her rich broth soups, stews and gravies.
Everyone knows whole grains are more nutritious than white flour products. This is indeed true. Traditional cultures also understood that grains are not easy for our physiology to digest, and always prepared them with soaking, sprouting or fermenting. This removes the anti-nutrient factors that block the absorption of the goodness from the grains. These anti-nutrients also bind to the nutrients from other foods you eat at the same time, making these perfectly nutritious foods less so.
Include more lacto fermented foods and beveragesin your diet. Examples include yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass, and kombucha. These traditional foods provide increased nutrition, probiotics for the health of your gut and that of your child, and aid in digestion and absorption of all of your other foods.
Unrefined sea salt is also a critically important food for your fertility diet. Unrefined salt is only about 79% sodium chloride, and the balance contains over 80 other critical minerals for your health. Salt is important for your hormone balance, digestion of your foods, and to regulate the fluids in your body.
There are some things to avoid too. The short list is white flour, white sugar and processed foods. These foods provide calories that fill you up, but do not provide nutrition. And even if you do get pregnant with the majority of your diet being from these foods, you are more likely to have an unhealthy child. Children born under poor dietary conditions are more likely to have problems from birth throughout life.
Start with small steps if changing your diet changes feels overwhelming. Every change you make will help. And you may be pleasantly surprised how easy and satisfying it is. Eating whole, natural foods will provide the critically important nutrition that your body needs to function properly. If you donâ€™t have enough nutrition for the basics, getting pregnant will not be a priority for your body. So get started today making changes to your diet.