Welcome to the exciting journey of fertility and preparing for parenthood! If you’re exploring natural ways to boost fertility, you’re in the right place. One powerful avenue to consider is plant-based nutrition. By nourishing your body with nutrient-rich, plant-based foods, you can optimize your fertility naturally. Keep reading to explore some key plant-based nutrition tips to help you on your path to parenthood.
Plant-based nutrition is centered around whole, unprocessed plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. These foods offer a plethora of health benefits and can contribute significantly to your fertility journey.
Eating the Rainbow
Aim to fill your plate with a rainbow of colours. Each color represents different phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that support overall health, including fertility. Think leafy greens, vibrant berries, and orange sweet potatoes.
Folate is crucial for fetal development and can enhance fertility. Load up on foods like spinach, lentils, chickpeas, and fortified cereals. These are excellent sources of this essential nutrient.
Incorporate sources of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. These fats are vital for hormone production, which plays a significant role in fertility.
Opt for plant-based protein sources such as beans, tofu, tempeh, and quinoa. Protein is essential for cell growth and repair, including reproductive cells.
Choose complex carbs like whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats) and starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash). They provide sustainable energy and help regulate blood sugar levels.
Leafy greens, beans, and fortified cereals are excellent sources of iron. Iron helps prevent anemia, which can affect fertility.
Staying well-hydrated is essential. Water helps maintain cervical mucus and ensures a healthy environment for sperm to swim.
Limit Processed Foods
Minimize processed and sugary foods. They can lead to inflammation and hormonal imbalances, potentially affecting fertility.
Moderate Caffeine and Alcohol
High caffeine and alcohol intake may interfere with fertility. Consider reducing consumption or opting for herbal teas and alcohol-free alternatives.
Consult your healthcare provider about necessary supplements like vitamin D, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can be less abundant in plant-based diets. Click HERE to book a consultation with Justin, our Registered Holistic Nutritionist and create a personalized nutrition plan for your fertility journey.
Remember that fertility isn’t just about what you eat. Lifestyle factors also play a significant role:
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for fertility and what that looks and feels like will differ from person to person. Figure out where you feel most YOU, most confident, most energetic. Our bodies change with the seasons so we’re not looking so much as maintaining the exact same numerical weight throughout the years you’ll conceive. With about 10lbs of fluctuation, the weight that is best for you will be the one you happen to maintain when you eat well, take care of your mind, move your body, manage your stress and get good quality sleep. When we’re outside of the weight that suits our bodies best, it can affect hormonal balance.
Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine helps manage stress and supports overall health. Yoga and meditation can also be beneficial for relaxation. Moving your body in different ways can also be beneficial over picking up running and only ever running as physical exercise. If physical activity is something you find difficult or just aren’t motivated towards, all that means is you haven’t found a movement that feels good for you. Don’t discredit a daily walk with a good podcast and your pup, playing with your toddler at the park, swimming, gardening and other activities that require a lot of us but that don’t automatically equal us getting into gym clothes.
High stress levels can disrupt hormonal balance. I think we can all agree that a little bit of stress can be great; it gives us motivation, encourages us to reach for more. It’s when the stress takes over and becomes all-consuming that we need to take a step back and practice stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness, deep breathing, and spending time in nature. Ideally though, let’s not let it get that bad! Download our FREE Guided Fertility Meditation.
Get Quality Sleep
Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep is essential for hormone regulation and overall well-being. If you’re already a parent, you may be saying to yourself that any sleep you get is better than no sleep and I will give you that! Rest is rest and rest goes a long way. If 7-9 hours seems impossible OR if you find yourself counting the minutes of sleep you get, try something for me. Put your phone away, cover your clock. Knowing what time you’re waking up in the middle of the night, or how often you’re getting up is irrelevant. What matters is how much rest you’re getting (because eyes closed or just lying down, these acts allow the body and mind to rest, too). When you wake up to start your day, without having 7 wake-ups in your mind, you can ask yourself if you feel rested instead of reminding yourself that you were up at 2am and 4:30am.
I’m not one to schedule regular check-ups with my healthcare provider because frankly, I rarely feel heard. I do, however, like to have yearly bloodwork done to confirm for myself, a few markers surrounding my health. I have had low-iron levels since I was 12 years old and after making a big lifestyle change to veganism, regular bloodwork is one way I can make sure I’m taking care of myself. Depending on your own reproductive and family health history, there may be healthcare professionals that you can work with to address any underlying health issues that may affect your fertility.
Plant-based nutrition can be a fantastic ally in your journey towards boosting fertility naturally. By focusing on nutrient-dense, whole foods and adopting a healthy lifestyle, you’re taking proactive steps to create an optimal environment for conception. Remember that every individual’s fertility journey is unique, so personalized guidance is key. Here’s to a vibrant, plant-powered fertility journey!