The human body operates as one full system. With this in mind, it makes sense that what we eat, ingest, and process, effects our reproductive system, specifically our fertility status. Until recently, we had little research on fertility and diet. The Fertility Diet came about through groundbreaking research studies (a nursing assessment study of nearly 6 million women*) out of Harvard University’s School of Public Medicine.
What the Harvard researchers, Chavarro and Willett, found in their work is that diet does indeed impact ones fertility status, as do environmental factors in general (the products we use, alcohol intake and smoking).
So, how can I make sure I am getting the right foods to help improve your fertility status, you ask? Unfortunately, there is no magic food, and there is no magic pill or supplement out there that might change an outcome. But, we have outlined serval ways the fertility diet can help to set your body up for success (whether that’s now or sometime in the future).
The fertility diet’s goal is to support your body and it’s reproductive functions. That means making sure you ingest foods that are filled with important antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are proven to help aid in hormonal production and balance. Hormones are a major player in egg health, sperm health, embryo and fetal development, and support of a pregnancy.
Here are some hacks to up your glow and improve your diet:
- Drink plenty of water and tea. Hydration is critical for our body and our organs’ daily function. Keep a bootle of water with you at your desk and on-the-go. Use a BPA-free one whenever possible!
- Eat more full-fat dairy products like whole milk, ice cream and full-fat greek yogurt. Make sure you choose dairy products that are organic, Non-GMO and have no added hormones!
- Get proteins from plant-based sources like nuts and legume (beans and lentils).
- Incorporate foods that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants rid free-radicals in the body and help with hormone balance. You can find antioxidants in berries, pomegranates etc.
- Eat foods with high fiber (whole grains, vegetables, raspberries, pears, leafy green and beans…). Fiber helps your body regulate blood sugar levels(good for your hormone levels!). This is especially important for women with a diagnosis of PCOS.
- Stay away from sugars that are refined or not in their natural forms. This contributes to insulin spikes which is bad for glycemic control, your hormone regulation and for women with PCOS.
- Choose grass-fed and free-range meat and poultry. You want to ingest animal proteins that have not been treated with any hormones and/or antibiotics, because this can mess with your hormone system (like your estrogen levels).
- Eat healthy fats found in nuts, seed, (grass-fed) meats and sustainably sourced fish. These all contain something called Omega-3 fatty acids or DHA. DHA plays a major role in fetal brain development.
All of these foods and guidelines will help you get key vitamins and minerals like: vitamin D, B12, zinc, DHA, and folate. You can also find these key vitamins in BINTO supplements!
Following the fertility diet can help you improve your hormonal balance, symptoms of PCOS, monthly menstrual cycle, egg health and more. Remember that your reproductive years are unique, and that your body is a whole system. What you eat does make you who you are. So, let’s be the best version of ourselves for our reproductive health, and embrace this amazing new research on fertility and diet!
* The study conducted used fertility status to figure out what foods and diet led to high fertility rates in women. The diet, tips and foods outlined above are the factors that correlated with a high fertility status of the women in the Harvard study.