Need To Boost Your Fertility?
If you’re trying to conceive, you know that fertility nutrition, meaning a nutrient-dense diet, is essential. However, did you know that you can supercharge your fertility if you customize your nutrition for the phases of your menstrual cycle? We call this method Eating For Your Cycle.
You can use this method to:
- Balance your hormones to prepare for conception
- Increase your chances of conception during ovulation
- Prevent miscarriage once you’ve conceived
- Increase the success of IVF treatments
- Heal PCOS, fibroids or endometriosis in order to conceive
The success of Eating For Your Cycle is based on these 3 facts:
Hormones Influence Fertility. You are perfectly fertile when your hormones are balanced. The natural surge of estrogen at ovulation creates healthy cervical fluid to help the sperm survive. Optimal progesterone levels help to maintain your pregnancy. And balanced hormones encourage regular ovulation with your healthiest eggs.
Nutrition Influences Hormones. Many hormones are built from and supported by different foods. This is the basis of fertility nutrition. You need to provide your body with the right amount of good quality food so it can keep you healthy and fertile!
The Menstrual Cycle Influences Hormones. Because hormone levels rise and fall naturally throughout the 4 phases of your cycle, we can assist the body by being aware of our cycle and support the dominant hormones in each of the phases.
This is a ‘crash course’ on how to use Eating For Your Cycle to improve fertility right away.
How To Eat To Become Fertile
Each phase of the menstrual cycle has its own unique requirements to build, balance, and detox hormones. You can include specific foods in each phase to improve fertility and boost your chances of conception.
The Menstrual Phase (your period)
An optimal period equals optimal health and fertility! The best foods to eat are ones that expel old blood, prevent ‘uterine stagnation’ and prepare your womb for your baby.
Blood-building soups, hearty, warming stews and home-made herbal teas are the best foods to eat. They prevent painful cramping, heavy flow and clotting. Try my nutrient-dense Miso Mushroom ‘Moon Stew’, which you can make ahead to limit cooking during your period.
The Follicular Phase (pre-ovulation)
After your period is finished the focus is on replenishing our blood. We do this with eye-catching, antioxidant-rich smoothie bowls, and fresh, vibrant salads!
I recommend that you eat more healthy fats like avocado and wild salmon. These foods reduce inflammation, which is important for healing endometriosis and PCOS. Make my Fennel Salad with Apple and Curried Chicken, the fat comes from a good-quality extra virgin olive oil.
The Ovulatory Phase
Did you know that superfoods can increase your chances of conception? For example, you can pine pollen to increase your sex drive or schizandra to increase vaginal lubrication, which is essential for the sperm’s survival. The best, easiest way to include superfoods in your diet is with a smoothie.
The Luteal Phase (Premenstrual)
To improve chances of conception, use food to keep progesterone levels high. This will tide you over until the new placenta begins to produce its own hormones.
Eggs and yams are fantastic for building progesterone, so why not make my Baked Sweet Potato with Breakfast Scramble? It’s a great hormone-balancing option for a weekend breakfast, lunch or dinner!
It’s well-known that you can boost your fertility with proper nutrition. However, you can increase the effects of the good food you eat by eating for the 4 phases of your cycle. In fact, we have seen many women use this technique to efficiently balance their hormones, increase their fertility and conceive healthy babies! Please reach out to us here if you need more support.
If you want to try out the basics of this method (and learn more from us about nutrition for fertility), download our Conception Protocol here.
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