“The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes of disease.”
Can eating make you pregnant? Well, the joking aside, the fact is, studies from various medical traditions and cultures have proven that proper diet can make you super-fertile!
When planning a fertility diet, I look to research from both Eastern and Western practices. And as those of us who follow the latest research in fertility have long been aware of, studies from the West that link improved conception success related to diet are often very closely in line with dietary recommendations of Eastern medicine. Furthermore, Western studies are finally confirming what the wisdom of traditional Chinese healers and other alternative health practitioners have acknowledged for many, many years – the foods we eat have a profound impact on our ability to get pregnant.
And it’s about time. For example, a wide scale study at Harvard University, spanning over many years and involving thousands of female nurses, found that changing diet alone to whole foods and complex carbohydrates, without any further medical intervention, reversed infertility resulting in natural pregnancy rates increasing 6 fold!
The Eastern philosophy of healing through diet involves understanding and appreciation for each food’s energetic, nutritional and taste qualities. And here are three fine examples of foods that are prescribed by Eastern practitioners for overcoming infertility. Not only are they especially potent for their nutritional and active energy components that target fertility enhancement, but they are delicious, too!
Research has shown that shiitake mushrooms are up to forty times more powerful than wheat germ in the antioxidant L-ergothionein. As a matter of fact, they have a higher quantity of this antioxidant than is found in any other food. Why is this so beneficial?
A number of studies have revealed seminal oxidative stress can have a very damaging effect, leading to male infertility. Eating shiitake mushrooms, with their amazing levels of antioxidants, is extremely useful towards neutralizing oxidation and increasing sperm quantity and quality.
Shiitake mushrooms are not only advantageous for male fertility. They are an effective medicine for females trying to conceive, as well. Shiitake mushrooms are high in selenium content. Selenium is another antioxidant that goes a very long way in protecting the body from chemical fragments known as free radicals. In this capacity, selenium is a defender against chromosome damage, which is widely known to be a primary cause for miscarriages and birth defects.
Shiitake mushrooms are often used as a substitute for meat because their flavor and firm texture lends itself well in that direction. A favorite preparation is to sauté them with other vegetables and a little garlic and then serve over brown rice.
Did you know that indulging in a sweet juicy fruit from the tropics could help your embryo implant in your uterus?
Pineapple has a high content of bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, that is beneficial for reducing inflammation and breaking up certain proteins that can negatively impact implantation of your embryo. The flesh of the pineapple, rather than the core, is the best part to eat in terms of the concentration of bromelain that is most conducive to pregnancy. It is recommended to include pineapple in your diet starting on the day of ovulation onwards.
Do not eat too much pineapple in the beginning of your cycle before you ovulate. This can cause your cervical mucus to become too acidic which isn’t the environment that you want to create to welcome your partner’s lovely sperm.
The high content of calcium, iodine and iron in molasses are wonderful nutrients that are much needed to sustain a pregnancy, and lack of which may lead to miscarriage.
Molasses is also rich in a B-complex known as PABA. There was a study done which resulted in a 75% success rate of conception for women who supplemented their diet for 3-7 months with PABA. Out of the 16 women trying to conceive in that study, 12 of them conceived within those few short months!
The energetic and nutritional content of molasses also makes it an excellent remedy for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other hormonal irregularities. The best variety to use is the black strap because it is extra rich in nutrients. I enjoy mixing a little with whole milk for a sweet fertility treat.
There are many other foods that are super powerful for reversing infertility and getting pregnant quickly. When you are trying to conceive, you really need to understand which foods will help you along the most. For example, there is one beverage that is especially effective and has been recommended by Naturopaths to drink every day when you are trying to get pregnant.
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