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20 Edible Ways to Holistically Boost Health for Fertility

In order to give yourself the best chances of conceiving you need to provide your body with the most nourishing foods possible for optimal health. Whether or not you are hoping to boost fertility, boosting your general health baseline is one of the key factors to achieving health and staying healthy. If you are not 100%  healthy your body is will not invest precious resources into various bodily functions that will deplete your health further, the reproductive cycle is one such system that your body will not invest in if circumstances are not optimal. Wholefoods can help your quest for improved fertility and overall health. You’ll need your health to sustain a pregnancy and the energy to care for a baby, so embarking on a health quest prior to conception (for at least 3 months) makes a lot of sense. With a few small changes to your daily diet you’ll begin to feel amazing, look great and enjoy having lots of energy.

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But don‘t take my word for it, give it a go and you’ll experience the benefits yourself. Once you do, you won’t want to go back. In fact, you’ll be so enthusiastic about your new found health and energy that you’ll probably be inspired to continue researching and changing your lifestyle, little bit by bit.

  1. Have a breakfast, it sets up healthy digestion for the day. Organic porridge is great value and delicious with chopped fresh fruit.
  2. Eat as much organic food as possible to reduce your toxic load.
  3. Replace white pasta and rice with whole wheat pasta and brown rice for prolonged energy and fullness feeling.
  4. Replace white bread with wholegrain brown bread.
  5. Eat less pasta and bread – limit pasta to once a week and bread to one slice a day.
  6. Instead of pasta and bread eat a wider variety of other carbohydrates such as rice, potato, butternut squash and quinoa.
  7. Reduce the amount of highly processed food you consume.  If there’s an ingredients list, the fewer the ingredients the better and ideally there should be nothing on the list other than food items you recognise. The longer the shelf life, the shorter yours.
  8. Eat a lot of salad. Then eat even more salad. Eat salad with every lunch and dinner. The enzymes in living raw foods assist with your digestion of all foods, especially helpful in digesting cooked foods you eat at the same sitting.
  9. Eat two pieces of fruit for your morning and afternoon snack.
  10. Cut out coffee and tea, replace it with dandelion coffee, rooibos tea or other caffeine free alternatives (but not decaffeinated tea or coffee).
  11. Replace fizzy and sugary drinks including sodas and fruit juices with filtered or spring water.
  12. Replace sugary processed sweets, chocolate and confectioneries with healthy treats such as dried fruit, banana or berries.
  13. Sprinkle a variety of chopped fresh herbs over each meal.
  14. Avoid any sugar free or low fat products.
  15. Cook using coconut oil.
  16. Use olive oil for salad dressings.
  17. Use coconut oil as a butter replacement or use organic butter from grass fed cows.
  18. Keep costs down by growing some herbs and greens at home. They do very well even in containers.
  19. Drink plenty of water to assist all of your bodies systems. Avoid tap water if possible, especially if it contains flouride and choride. Opt for filtered or spring water.
  20. Anyone trying to conceive should take a folic acid supplement … talk to your local health store for advice.

By following some or all of these guidelines your overall health will benefit and you gift yourself with the best chances of conceiving as your body balances in health and vitality.

Let me know which of the above changes you’ve implemented and how you’re getting on. Share any of your own simple wholefood changes or tips to the comments section.

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Maximise Holistic Health to Maximise Fertility

Everything we do from the moment we are born affects our fertility and general health.  We are what we eat but I believe in taking that a little further to include ‘we are what we do and what we think‘ too.  When a decision has been made to start a family there is no greater incentive to clean up your life – physically, mentally and emotionally as part of your preconceptual care programme. Three months is often suggested as a good length of time to embrace these changes because it takes that long for sperm to be produced. Eggs are present in women from before birth but each month one or more eggs reach maturity.  So after three months of healthy living, conception can then occur with eggs and sperm which have been exposed to your new healthy lifestyle choices and you will also be feeling like a new person, fit for pregnancy and parenthood.

Once you implement some changes you will see and feel the benefits within days and within a few months your reproductive system will be responding well too. If you’ve been trying to conceive for quite some time it might be time to dig deeper into appropriate life changes that can significantly improve your chances of conception either naturally or during assisted conception procedures.

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For our bodies to function optimally in all respects, not just for reproduction, we need to get some very basic things right. This is a list of areas to review in your life where improvements could enhance fertility naturally. Which of these areas need the most attention and improvement in your life?

  1. Ingest enough high quality nourishment to optimally run and repair your body processes.
  2. Eliminate refined and processed foods that are damaging to your body.
  3. Nurture and reinstate your gut flora with live probiotics and prebiotics.
  4. Excrete wastes effectively from your body so toxins don’t accumulate.
  5. Get enough sleep.
  6. Address stress by activating your relaxation response because stress switches off or downgrades certain body processes including the reproductive system.
  7. Physical movement will amplify the benefits.

In another post next week I’ll be making some suggestions to address some of these points.