PRE-CONCEPTUAL DIET TIPS, SETTING YOU UP FOR SUCCESS

Have a balanced diet is absolutely essential for a successful fertility program. I have often came across women who think they eat very healthy, while instead their diet only do them more harm. For example they eat muesli bars and cereals (which have a lot of hidden salts) and have fat-free products (which hide artificial sweeteners that are like poisons for the body), thinking they are controlling their calories intake; many have lots of salad and consume not organic fruit and vegetable, which contain high levels of pesticides and phosphate. These affect the nervous system, therefore the endocrine system too. 

 

I believe that only through understanding our dietary needs and the quality of the food we eat, we can make a real progression health-wise.

 

I usually recommend my clients to see a dietician for a proper customised plan. 

(Please get in touch if you would like some referrals). But I decided to include some general guidelines and info so you can start to figure out if any of your food habits may be improved.

* INCREASE your intake of:

 

  • Filtered water (tap water could contain high level of oestrogen from the contraceptive pill as the water has been recycled)

  • Fibres (organic fresh fruit and veg, unrefined carbs, nuts & seeds) as they clear out old hormones preventing oestrogen from being reabsorbed, thus balancing hormonal levels. They help to get rid of chemicals, pesticides, toxic metals preventing their reabsorption. It is important to not overcook food rich in fibres, otherwise the fibres get destroyed.

  • Adequate proteins - necessary for egg production

* REDUCE your intake of

  • Red meat. Never cook it at high temperature as this could damage the genetic material of your eggs.

  • Caffeine products/ tea

  • Artificial additives/ processed food

  • White flour, bread..

  • Sugar

  • Canned food

  • Salt

No organic food are usually high in phosphate and pesticides. They affect the nervous system, therefore the endocrine (hormonal) system too.

Be aware that not organic:

 

  • MILK - contain high level of oestrogen 

  • MEAT - contain high level of steroids (as steroids make the animals growing quicker) and antibiotics. Antibiotics given to animals are affecting us more and more. How? They affect our intestine and people are getting more resistant to antibiotics. They may cause Dysbyosis, an imbalance of the bacteria of the gut, as they wipe out the good bacteria which produce important vitamins for conception. 

This leads to:

  • Poor absorption of vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy eggs and sperm

  • Aggravating syndromes such as IBS/IBD/Chrone’s disease 

  • constipation or diarrhea

  • Mood swing (as the gut is part of our enteric nervous system)

  • Arthritis type symptoms because they increase inflammation

  • Cognitive issues (i.e. autism)

To enhance your gut health naturally you can have:

  • fermented food, 

  • biolive yoghurt; 

  • limit/avoid no organic, fat free and fructose rich food;

  • Probiotics supplements. They contain the  so-called "friendly bacteria" that can supposedly restore the natural balance of your gut bacteria, therefore enhancing the correct amounts of nutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for the body to function properly. 

...in a nutshell: GO ORGANIC and have as many NATURAL FOOD as possible!

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