7 SUPERFOODS for fertility and hormones
1) Leafy greens
The secret to hormonal balance begins in your microbiome, where trillions of bacteria live inside your gut that "conduct" your hormones live on plant fibers. These foods include kale, spinach, arugula, cabbage, broccoli or chard. They contain substances such as calcium, iron and folate (a natural form of vitamin B), which is known to protect against birth defects of the brain and spine, which can be seen within a few weeks of pregnancy.
2) Maca root
Peruvian superfood, which is in the form of a powder. A powerful and potent aphrodisiac that contains eight essential amino acids which are the building blocks for hormones. Maca also helps with blood circulationand lymphatic health, which is important for libido.
Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and other citrus fruits are one of the best sources of vitamin C, and they are also full of potassium, calcium and folate. Citrus consumption and vitamins help boost immunity, which is very important for every human.
Almonds are one of the healthiest foods and they have a positive effect on our body. They are delicious and can be consumed via several forms - nuts, almond butter and almond milk. They contain a large amount of vitamin E, which protects cell aging, helps the body “stay young” and assists with regular ovulation.
Fruit or Vegetable? Fruit is the right answer. Avocado is a source of vitamin K, which assists the body to absorb nutrients effectively to maintain hormonal balance. It contains potassium that regulates blood pressure. Avocado is also a source of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) which have a positive effect on the body.
6) Greek yogurt
You may think that low-fat dairy products are a healthier option, but they are not the best option, especially when trying to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Greek yogurt contains more calcium than milk, is full of probiotics and has twice as much protein as classic white yogurt. It is also a source of vitamin D, which helps maturation of follicles in the ovaries, and is good for bones and immunity.
7) Lentils and beans
These plant proteins are high in fibre, vitamin B and are a good source of folic acid and iron. If you choose a canned form, check for BPA - a chemical that can negatively affect oestrogen levels. To maximise their effect, add them to your diet at least twice a week.
All the whole foods mentioned are natural and not commercially processed. Nobody is perfect and sometimes we will “cheat” but remember – proper body function is long – term and not short term. Focus on high-quality, holistic foods to give the body all the nutrients it requires to function properly. By eating healthy, your body will thank you in many ways.