• Lauren Baptiste

9 Foods to Increase Fertility

Updated: 8 hours ago




“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates


Studies suggest that up to 80% of women suffer from hormonal imbalances which can cause symptoms including acne, sleep deprivation, and low libido. Hormone imbalance and fertility are also inextricably linked; women suffering from this common phenomenon are less likely to become pregnant.


Whether you are thinking of having a baby or just want to be healthier, there are foods that can encourage your body to function better. Below are 9 foods to increase fertility and strengthen your body inside and out. I've also included recipe ideas for each to display how you can easily incorporate these nourishing ingredients into your diet. Bon appetit!


Spinach

Foods rich in iron are great to eat during menstruation. Leafy greens such as spinach help prevent cramps and mood swings.

Easy recipe ideas: pestos and smoothies


Beans and legumes

Getting enough protein is important for optimal hormone health. Beans and legumes are healthy, meat-free sources of protein {and fiber!) to clean and revitalize your intestines.

Easy recipe ideas: stews and hummus


Eggs

Any fertility foods list has to include eggs! This breakfast staple is a good source of choline, which is pivotal for pregnant women during their baby’s development. Time to savor brunch!

Easy recipe ideas: shakshuka or mid-day snack


Vegetable Proteins

A Harvard study showed that switching to vegetable protein sources instead of meat can help with a woman’s ovulation.

Easy recipe ideas: quinoa salad or steamed edamame


Cauliflower

Cruciferous veggies like cauliflower contain a phytonutrient that metabolizes estrogen. Think of it as a hormone cleanser.

Easy recipe ideas: Cauliflower steak or cauliflower rice


Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and Vitamin E for enhanced reproductive health. Try using olive oil instead of butter while cooking if you're struggling with hormone imbalance and fertility.

Easy recipe ideas: Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over salads or roasted vegetables


Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, an important fertility mineral. These little seeds assist with cell division and progesterone production.

Easy recipe ideas: Sprinkle over salads or incorporate them into a trail mix.


Bananas

One of the easiest fertility foods to incorporate into your daily routine, bananas contain both potassium and Vitamin B6, a vitamin that regulates the body’s hormones and menstrual cycle. It also facilitates healthy egg development.

Easy recipe ideas: Banana “ice cream” or grilled bananas


Chia Seeds

Chia seeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which regulate hormones, promote ovulation, and improve uterine health.

Easy recipe ideas: Chia seed pudding or chia seed lemonade


Curious to learn more about healthy habits and foods to increase fertility? How about tips that can positively impact the health of you and your (future) offspring? Click here to speak with a member of our team to learn how you can fuel your body and mind as you prepare for pregnancy. Wishing you abundant health and happiness!



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