“A healthy outside starts from the inside” and the little-known miracle that enhances your health is Nutrition. Well, nutrition is not just eating but it’s about eating right. Foods rich in essential nutrients like Protein, Carbohydrate, Fat, Vitamins, Minerals and Electrolytes makes it wholesome to cater the needs of whole body.
Apart from offering the basic essential nutrients, few foods also have some special qualities which makes them super foods. These are the foods that boosts your immunity, improves your concentration, makes you healthy, energetic and keeps you away from diseases.
Super foods which are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fibre, high biological protein, multivitamins & other micronutrients are said to have a greater impact in boosting fertility both in men and women as well. So it’s time to make the right investment for your body and mind and get healthy.
Below are few superfoods that your diet needs:
Fruits: “Fruit is nature’s candy”
They are that essential part of everyone’s daily diet without which the balanced diet is incomplete. Apart from the elementary nutrition, fruits also help in promoting ovulation in women and also reduces cell damage by free radicals and thus boost fertility both in men and women. High content of folic acid and glutathione in watermelon makes it a perfect food to improve fertility by improving egg quality. Fruits like Oranges, Sweet Lime, Kiwi, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries etc are rich in folate, zinc and other micronutrients to help in boosting fertility.
Protein-rich foods: “Life goes faster on protein”
Beans & lentils, Dals & pulses, low fat dairy, lean meat & eggs are the major sources of protein to keep the body on the right track. Together they are said to improve fertility in both the partners. Especially in females, plant based proteins are considered to be safer than animal protein in improving ovulation.
Nuts & Seeds: “For a diet to be healthy, it has to have nuts and seeds in it”
Nuts and seeds are a great source of nutrition, especially the healthy fats and protein. Nuts like walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashew etc. are said to improve blood supply to the uterus and play a very important role in balancing hormones. Nuts are a good source of selenium that avoids miscarriages and enhances fertility in both the mates.
Seed cycling method to manage PCOS: Studies suggest that seed cycling method promotes hormonal balance, reduces menstruation complications and thus boosts fertility. Several seeds like flax, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin when taken in the right amount at different stages of the menstrual cycle will help in balancing estrogen and progesterone levels throughout the menstrual cycle.
Spices: “The secret of variety are the Spices”
These warming foods basically prepare the body to perform well. Natural spices like Ginger, garlic, turmeric, cloves etc. are something beyond just the seasoning foods and are said to boost immunity and detoxify the body and also promote hormonal balance. Spices like Ashwagandha improves the efficiency of the endocrine system and helps in stress management, thus promoting fertility.
Fibre-rich foods: “Give Hi-Fi to those high fibres”
Fibre is the only component of the food that remains undigested but helps in the process of digestion. Complex carbohydrates in these foods keeps you full for a longerfor longer time thus suppressing the appetite and promoting weight loss. Foods like green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, whole grains, cereals etc support ovulation and also help in the development of healthy eggs.
- Foods rich in trans-fats and saturated fats.
- Foods rich in sugar content.
- Refined foods like maida, cornstarch, sugar, white rice etc.
- Excessive intake of caffeine and alcohol leads to dehydration affecting the cervical fluid levels.
- Packed and processed foods.