If you’re hoping to become pregnant this year you can make simple changes to your diet to help boost your fertility.

Hormones in Food

The fertility diet is free of hormones. Hormones and hormone-like chemicals in your diet can disrupt the function of your reproductive system.  Eating a diet of organic meat, poultry, eggs and diary products can help minimize your consumption of hormones and additives. Organic fruits and vegetables and grains is grown without the application of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. It may be hard to purchase organic for all of your produce. However, some fruits and vegetables have more pesticide residue than others. The fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue include: strawberries, apples, peppers and celery. Those with the lowest pesticide residue include: avocados, corn, onions and brussel sprouts.

Download our free guide  fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest pesticide residue and alternatives for each.

Pesticides

Pesticides and artificial growth hormones has caused hormone disruption in women and men. Pesticides bind to hormone receptors in the body and either mimic or block hormone action. Additionally, in women pesticides has the potential to promote estrogen related cancers, infertility and endometriosis. The chemicals that is the most worrisome are called xeno-estrogens and xeno-androgens.

Environmental Toxins

We know that we should eat organic when we can because of the added chemicals to non-organic foods but what about other things in our modern life?

From products we use on our face and bodies to plastics in many common household items.  Environmental toxins are known as endocrine disruptors. These chemicals act like hormones in our body and disrupt the natural rhythm of our body’s own natural hormone system. The reproductive system is part of the endocrine system and these toxins can impact fertility.

The most common endocrine disrupts are:

Phthalates

This substance is used in plastic products to make them more pliable. Phthalates can be found in children’s toys, medical equipment, detergents, food packaging, personal products, cosmetics and plastic bags.

Parabens

These are a staple in cosmetic products and studies have shown parabens have estrogen-like properties.

Bisphenol-A

This is used to make plastics and has been known to be hazardous for decades. It can be found in baby bottles, water bottles, plastic food containers and food packaging.

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)

Are commonly found in flame retardants used in furniture, televisions, computer casing, carpets, bedding and clothing. In addition,  PBDEs has been found in dairy products and fish.

Fertility-Friendly Food and Lifestyle Choices

icon-arrow-right Try to make the best possible choices and consider alternatives when available for the foods you consume and items you buy.

icon-arrow-right Buy organic, local and foods in season

icon-arrow-right Wash your fruits and vegetables with a produce wash or create your own – 2 table spoons of baking soda, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar.

icon-arrow-right Non organic frozen fruits and vegetables are less of a pesticide risk than fresh non-organic.

icon-arrow-right Grow your own fruits and vegetables.

Maintaining a health diet and lifestyle can help with fertility. Join us for weekly fertility yoga.