If you're looking to increase your fertility and boost your chances of getting and staying pregnant, then looking at your gut health is one of the best things you can do! Let me say that again: Your fertility issues highly likely stem from your gut.
Say what? Babies aren’t made in the gut. I hear you say.
I know!!! But remember we talked about your body as a whole - it’s all linked together. Right!?! Your gut health can have a negative effect on your fertility.
So if one thing is out of sync, it’s highly likely that other things are going to start having issues too.
Think about it this way: Your guts have to deal with everything you put in your mouth. So if you’re putting things into your guts that it doesn’t like, sh*t can go down!! And I just don’t mean pooping. 💩
The evidence is coming out slowly on how much the gut has an impact all over the body - There’s emerging research indicating that the gut microbiome plays a central role in the regulation of estrogen levels within the body and thus influences the risk of developing estrogen-related diseases such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Kresser
A lot of unexplained causes & reoccurring miscarriages can be linked to the term leaky gut. So it's important to start giving your gut the TLC it needs to help increase your fertility. One of the TOP things you can do is find your food intolerances & then add in foods that boost your gut to heal!
Here are Finding Fertility's Top Five Foods to Restore Your Gut and Increase Your Fertility:
We all know you need to get your Green Leafy Vegetables in, so let’s skip that one!
1. Liver Liver is a must for improving overall health and optimizing fertility. I know, it’s hard for most to go there (eat liver? No thanks!), but liver is perhaps one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there! It’s rich in Folate, vitamin B12, Pantothenic acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, and vitamin A. The best news? You only need three to four ounces of it one to two times per week for your body to absorb all the benefits! Mince it, plate it, or hide it inside another favorite food. Just try your best to get it down!
2. Oily Fish One of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids (aka - healthy fat) is oily fish. Mackerel, Herring, wild Salmon, Sardines, Anchovies, Mollusks, and shellfish are all loaded with Selenium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and essential fatty acids DHA ( docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Omega-3s are also packed with anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation. Of course, when eating fish, you’ll need to be aware of mercury levels and try your best to get your fish from a natural, line-caught source!
3. Bone Broth or Meat Broth Bone broth is a rich source of the amino acids proline, glycine, glutamine, and arginine. The gelatin in bone broth is deeply nourishing and helps heal and seal your gut, promoting healthy digestion. If bone broth doesn’t work for you, use a GAPS diet meat stock - you’ll get lots of the essential minerals, amino acids, gelatin, and other nutrients without the high histamine and glutamic acid found in bone broth.
4. Coconut Oil & Ghee Combined, coconut oil and ghee butter offer substantial amounts of K2, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and lauric acid, all of which support the immune system with antioxidant and anti-viral properties. This combo is also a great source of saturated fat, which helps the body build up fat stores, a key component to maintaining consistent energy while preparing for and maintaining a healthy pregnancy! High-quality fats like coconut oil and ghee are also crucial for the development of your babes’ brain, so keep eating them throughout pregnancy!! Both are great to cook with or melt down and stir into a hot drink. I keep a tub of coconut oil in the bathroom to use as a lotion!
5. Lacto-Fermented Foods It all starts in the gut! A healthy gut dramatically improves health and fertility, and your growing babes’ digestive tract will be colonized by the same bacteria growing in your gut. How amazing is that!?! Lacto-Fermented foods provide beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and lauric acid that promote a happy digestive tract. You can easily make these foods at home or buy them at your local health food store. If you buy them, make sure you buy raw and unpasteurized from a source that uses traditional fermentation techniques. Keep an eye on how you feel when eating Lacto-Fermented Foods; not everyone can tolerate them at first!!
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Anything written or said about health and diet are my opinions, that I have formed over the years, through trial and error, study, reading, listening and observing. What worked for me may not work for you. I am not a doctor, nutritionist or dietician and all medical advice should be gotten from a qualified professional. Product recommendations are based on what I used during my infertility journey or wish I had.
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