Good nutrition and a healthy reproductive system can increase a woman’s fertility. Unhealthy processed foods, junk foods, and foods injected with hormones or are genetically modified may imbalance the hormones and make it more difficult for women to conceive. Organic meat, fruits and vegetables that can be cooked as healthy recipes are best for preparing the body for conception.
Zinc is an essential mineral for fertility and maintaining a healthy reproductive system. Lack of zinc can imbalance the levels of estrogen and progesterone levels in the female body. Zinc is also essential for egg production, which requires a certain amount to produce mature eggs ripe for fertilization. It is an essential mineral along with others that keeps hormone levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle and maintains enough fluid in the follicles for the egg to travel through the fallopian tube and into the uterus for successful implantation. It also helps reduce the size of inflamed fibroids, which cause infertility. Low levels of zinc have been lined to miscarriage in the early states of pregnancy. Foods rich in zinc include seafood especially oysters, spinach, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, squash seeds, flaxseeds, wheat germ, cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, cocoa and chocolate, mung beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, and mushrooms.
Foods that promote healthy insulin function are good for fertility. Whole grains like brown rice, whole grain breads, oatmeal, and stone-ground cornmeal are complex carbohydrates that help regulate blood sugar and keep insulin levels normal. Protein from plants including peas, beans, and peanuts helps increase fertility. Women who full-fat dairy products like full-fat yogurt and whole milk have fewer problems with ovulation. This is most likely because of the calcium, essential in female fertility, found in these products.
Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids regulate hormones, promote ovulation, increase cervical fluid, and improve fertility. Foods rich in omega-3 fats include oily fish like salmon, tuna, trout, herring, and cod. They are also found in egg yolks, walnuts, flaxseeds or flax oil, and hemp. Monoinsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in avocados, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds help reduce inflammation and increases insulin insensitivity, helping to boost fertility.