Having trouble getting pregnant? What you're eating might just have an effect on your family planning. Try adding in few a these fertility boosting foods to see if they do the trick!
Switch to Plant-Based Proteins
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According findings from a study reported by Dickinson College, women who consume the highest amounts of animal protein were 39 percent more likely to have ovulatory infertility. However, the women who ate small amounts of plant-based protein had a substantially lower risk of infertility. If you're trying to conceive, and you eat a lot of meat, consider cutting back or switching to plant proteins for a while, like legumes, beans, and tofu.
Eat Slower Carbohydrates
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Although carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap is the recent past, it's important to have a balanced diet when you're in the midst of family planning. To improve your chances, take Harvard Medical School's advice about which carbs to eat. "Choosing slowly digested carbohydrates that are rich in fiber, like whole grains, vegetables, whole fruits, and beans...can improve fertility by controlling blood sugar and insulin levels." Slow carb fertility boosting foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, like stone-ground oats or whole wheat pasta.
Drink Whole Milk
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When you drink your next glass of milk, the University of Rochester suggests that you make it whole milk, instead of low fat or nonfat. According to the Nurses' Health Study, nonfat and low fat milk, which have had certain constituents removed, could have a negative effect on ovulation, but whole fat milk actually promotes conception.
Eat Healthy Fats
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Your body needs fat in order to function properly, but the University of Rochester encourages women hoping to conceive to avoid all trans fats and stick with healthy, natural fats, like olive oil or coconut oil. They explain that there is a link between eating trans fats and ovulatory dysfunction. Even eating as little as 4 grams of trans fats per day seems to cause an increased risk of infertility, so make sure to read those labels before you snack.
Increase your Dark Leafy Greens
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The University of Washington suggests that increasing your intake of folic acid and iron could mean a lower risk of infertility. Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale offer you a powerful combo of folic acid and iron, so make sure to green up your meals with large side salads from now on.
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