Fertility starts in the kitchen

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Some fertility experts will say that there’s more to getting pregnant than having
sex on specific days.

What you and your partner eat can have a big impact on how easily and quickly you
are able to conceive. Getting ‘five a day’ is always important for your overall health
and even more important when creating the best possible environment to increase
your chances of conception.

It’s important to eat organic fruit and vegetables daily, where possible, which
contain much lower levels of pesticides and have a higher nutritional content. The
same goes for meat too, organic is far better than non organic, as non organic
contains growth hormones and antibiotics that have a negative affect on fertility.

The next focus is to replace white refined foods for brown wholefoods. It’s estimated
that around 80 percent of zinc is removed from wheat to make white bread last
longer. Zinc deficiencies have been linked to male infertility so ensure that you and
your partner are eating plenty of nutritional whole-grains like brown rice and
perhaps eating brazil nuts which are high in zinc.

It’s good to eat little and often to maintain balanced blood sugar levels as excessive
drops in blood sugar can release too much adrenaline and may block progesterone
which maintains pregnancy.

Fertility boosting foods that you should have in your kitchen should be full of iron
and folate rich foods. Here’s some suggestions:

Iron rich foods:

Eggs
Tofu
Wholemeal bread
Fortified cereal
Green vegetables (such as kale, spinach, broccoli)

Folate rich foods:

Avocados
Bananas
Green vegetables
Brown fortified bread and cereals
Pomegranates
Beans and pulses
Shellfish (but remember to stop eating shellfish once you are pregnant)

It’s worth noting that eating ‘good’ fats is important, which can be found in oily fish
such as salmon, mackerel and sardines and foods such as avocados, sunflower and
pumpkin seeds.

Here are some delicious recipe suggestions using fertility superfoods.

Tofu for Iron
Pan fry in soy sauce so that the tofu becomes deliciously crispy. Serve with noodles.

Salmon

28 Salmon Recipes for All Your Roasting, Grilling, and Pan-Searing Needs

Mackerel

Check out Gordon Ramsey’s incredible roasted mackerel recipe

Eggs

25 Delicious Ways to Eat Eggs For Dinner

Quinoa

This gluten-free carb is a great source of protein, folate and zinc. Nutty and fluffy, it’s
a great alternative to rice and pasta. Served with chicken or fish, or livened up with
simple, fresh ingredients to make a satisfying salad.

Pomegranate guacamole

Halve, pit, and peel avocados. Coarsely mash in a bowl. Stir in onion, chillies, 1/4 cup
lime juice, and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, then fold in pomegranate seeds, mango, and
coriander. Season with salt and extra lime juice.

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