Diet and Fertility

How your diet affects your health is no secret. Most people know that in order to maintain good health they need to eat a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein and whole grains.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’ll naturally want to be as healthy as possible. You’ll want to ensure that your body is getting all of the nutrition that it needs, and once you are pregnant, you want to make sure that the baby gets everything she needs too!

Foods to Eat

  • Antioxidant rich foods, such as beans, berries and artichokes
  • Foods containing folic acid, especially leafy, green vegetables and broccoli
  • Zinc rich foods, such as calves liver, cremini mushrooms, summer squash and asparagus
  • Iron rich foods such as soy beans, lentils and spinach
  • Calcium rich foods such as turnip greens, mustard greens and fresh dill.
  • Ensure that you’re getting enough fiber. Good sources include, beans, collard greens and cauliflower.
  • Mono-unsaturated fats can lower your cholesterol, improve your heart health and help to maintain overall health. Good sources include canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, fish (especially cold water fish such as mackerel and salmon), walnuts and flax seed.

Foods to Avoid

  • Fast foods are high in saturated fats, transfats, cholesterol and sodium and can lead to obesity, which can lead to infertility and high blood pressure.
  • Processed or highly refined foods which contain high levels of hypertension causing sodium and monosodium glutamate, which has been shown to reduce fertility in men.

Using Diet to Ease Reproductive Health Issues


Reproductive Issue Foods to Eat
  • Yams to elevate levels of B6
  • Eliminate aspartame, meat and dairy (which can contain dioxins), lower your intake of protein and don’t exercise too strenuously.
  • Endometriosis
  • Wheat germ, contains vitamin E, which can help to heal the scar tissue
  • Cut down yeast consumption
  • Avoid aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, sugar and dairy (except for yogurt, which can help fight yeast infection), caffeine and salt
  • Try to follow a vegetarian diet
  • Antioxidant rich foods, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach and berries
  • Whole grains and beans for vitamin B and fiber
  • Citrus for vitamin C and bioflavonoid
  • Fibroids
  • Stick to a high fiber, low fat diet
  • Eliminate refined sugar and cut down on meat and alcohol
  • Avoid foods that produce estrogen, such as soy.
  • If you are bleeding heavily, take an iron supplement
  • Irregular Ovulation
  • Yams to elevate B6 levels
  • Increase intake of walnuts, whole grains, wheat germ and soy
  • Elevated Prolactin Levels
  • Avoid alcohol, painkillers, marijuana, antidepressant medications and artificial sweeteners
  • Reduce protein intake
  • Increase intake of Vitamin B6
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