Did you know that 90% of fertility issues are due to hormonal imbalances? Hormones control our monthly cycle and affect not only our fertility but also our mood, general health and even our pregnancy. We can find ourselves with an underactive thyroid, PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) or even just with mood swings, PMT or sugar cravings.
The good news is that we can balance our hormones through a number of different ways. It can take about 3 months so stick with it and you will start to see the results and feel so much better and more balanced. It will take time and work to get your hormones back in balance however, once you do, you’ll feel amazing, your cycles will be a breeze and you’ll have a much better chance of having a healthy pregnancy.
There are certain foods that I call fertility boosting foods but in fact what these foods do is mostly balance your hormones.
Here are my top tips
- Try to eat organic. Avoid GMF as it can interfere with your hormonal balance
- Avoid processed foods, alcohol and refined sugar
- Avoid soy of any form unless fermented
- Eat lots whole grains, lean protein
- Avoid aspartame, chewing gum and diet drinks
- Drink lots of water. Try to drink clean, purified, filtered water and avoid bottled water or tap water whenever possible. Water plays a key role in transporting hormones and developing follicles. It helps thin out mucus too.
Top 7 foods for balancing female hormones
- Green Vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, cabbage, kale – these are all high in iron and folic acid. To put it simply, the cells in your blood carry oxygen. Iron helps you deliver more oxygen to the egg so you produce a better quality egg.
- Red/orange food. These foods are rich in Beta Carotene which balances female hormones and regulates your menstrual cycle. Eat more carrots and sweet potato.
- Wholegrain foods. Lentils, beans and brown rice. These foods are rich in iron and vitamin B. Vitamin B2 cleanses old hormones estrogen and progesterone. This is important because if old ones aren’t cleared out, your body won’t recognise that it needs to make new ones so then you’re not producing enough good fresh hormones.
- Vitamin C foods. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, oranges. Vitamin C assists both male and female fertility. It increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect. Vitamin C also increases chances of conceiving in women who are taking Clomid. Very important note: At ovulation your vaginal pH should be alkaline so don’t drink orange juice around that time of the month because an acidic vaginal pH will kill your partner’s sperm.
- Vitamin D. You may need to take a supplement but can ask your doctor to test you. Vitamin D is a major player in conception.
- Chicken and eggs. Try to eat 2 eggs a day and chicken 3 times a week. These are both a good source of protein and minerals. Choose grass fed organic chicken and organic or free range eggs whenever you can.
- Oily fish. Omega 3 found in oily fish has a positive effects on sex hormones which are made from fats.
Top foods to boost Male fertility
If you had tests to show that the sperm are not forming properly, don’t worry because new sperm are generated in the body every 70 days. Changing dietary and lifestyle behaviours have been shown to be hugely effective, try to eat more of the following foods.
- Oysters, shellfish and pumpkin seeds for zinc
- Brazil nuts for selenium and L’Arginine
- Beetroot and brightly coloured vegetables which are powerful antioxidants
Small lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. I would encourage any form of meditation, some people choose mindfulness through breathing, others choose visualisation, EFT or hypnosis. All of these mindfulness techniques can relieve your stress and help you to change your mindset. Mindfulness combats stress and most people have some form of stress in their lives. A constant surge of stress hormones over time interferes with hormonal balance and ovulation patterns. We have all heard stories of the couple that couldn’t conceive and then 3 months after adopting, they fall pregnant or the couples that get pregnant on the month that they go on holidays and decide to take that time off from trying.
The wisdom of eastern healing modalities has shown to improve fertility success rates. This holistic approach supports the physical and emotional aspects of infertility. Acupuncture, massage and yoga return the body to a place of balance where conception can more easily occur. These therapies help to alleviate stress and also help to balance your hormones.