Fertility Diet: part one (traditional diets and essential nutrients)
Consuming special foods for fertility can not only increase the odds of conception, but can also give your baby the best start possible by giving them a good solid foundation to begin with.
One reason I love the work of Weston A Price is for the fact that he researched (and photographed) traditional cultures. His book is a great resource for anyone looking into research based around eating real/whole/traditional foods.
- the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, esp. by word of mouth or by practice
- something that is handed down
- a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting
- a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices
As a dentist here in the United States, he became concerned with how much tooth decay was becoming present in our society. So he traveled the world looking for and researching why other cultures did not have the same problems. What he found was that not only did these people (who’s diets included no processed or refined foods) have no tooth decay or need for corrective braces, they were full of vitality and health. They did not have problems with fertility and pregnancy, cancer and heart disease were unknown, and as a whole they were happy and mentally healthy.
He found that the reasons behind this were because of what they ate and how they ate it.
He also found that eating for fertility was extremely important to them, no matter the country or tribe they came from. In some cultures it was customary for couples to refrain from getting married until after the women had been able to consume these nutrients for a certain number of months when these foods were in season. Many other cultures found it very important for women to eat certain foods before marriage and traveled far distances to provide it for them. And other cultures even held special ceremonies that included many of these foods.
*It intrigues me to no end that although these people had no real knowledge of why they needed certain nutrients (or even what those nutrients were!) they knew from generation to generation how to build healthy bodies and healthy babies.*
Nutrients For Fertility
Dairy and seafoods seemed to be prominent fertility foods for these indigenous people. And together they offer nutrients that without, a women can not conceive; vitamins A, D, E, and K2, iodine, and omega-3 fats. Unfortunately most of us eating a modern American diet are basically eating ourselves into infertility by not consuming the foods that nourish our bodies with these essential nutrients.
Vitamin A: fat soluble vitamin that promotes better cervical fluid and helps ensure follicles develop correctly
Vitamin D: fat soluble vitamin that supports the production of estrogen in both men and women¹ , is needed for insulin production, and is key in regulating cell growth and deciding how those cells grow.
Vitamin E: plays an important role in sperm production, may help normalize hormone production, and is needed for proper absorption of fat soluble vitamins.
Vitamin K2: (referred to as activator X by Weston Price) is important in helping the body utilized proteins by working in combination with Vitamins A&D.
Iodine: a mineral needed for thyroid function and the production of sex hormones² and the utilization of iodine requires vitamin A.
Omega-3 fats: helps regulate hormones, increases cervical fluid, promotes ovulation, and increases blood flow to the reproductive organs.³
To be continued……..
Join me for the rest of the series!
Part 3 – Other important nutrients
Part 4 – Foods to Avoid
Some of my sources:
This post is linked to Real Food Wednesday