There is no hiding that whole foods are best for your whole health, but society has gone a long way to confused people, especially women of childbearing age. The no-fat and low-fat trend has misguided many woman for far too long.
The key to eating fats for fertility is getting enough good fat in your diet and avoiding the bad, trans fats. Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, can improve your fertility by regulating hormones, increasing fertile cervical fluid and promoting ovulation; all critical for conception. And while the word fat might have you running the opposite direction, a 2009 study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that participants who consumed the most unsaturated fatty acids have lower body mass indexes and less abdominal fat than those who consumed the least. Not only are good fats good for your health and your figure, but they are great for making that baby-to-be. A study published by the National Institute of Health found that women suffering from infertility had lower levels of omega-3s than those who were able to easily conceive.
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Low-fat dairy, while often marketed as a health food, is causing many women to not ovulate; a common reasons for infertility. A Harvard-affiliated study found that women who consumed two or more daily servings of low-fat dairy products a day were more likely to not ovulate. Because past fertility studies on milk were inconclusive, “we compared low- and full-fat dairy products as an exercise in thoroughness,” says Jorge Chavarro, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University and coauthor of this study and of The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant. “These findings were extremely surprising,” Chavarro says, given that the government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults consume three or more servings of low-fat dairy products daily.
This same study also found that fat and cholesterol are building blocks for hormones. With that, they agree with what many are starting to realize; that eating full-fat dairy products while trying to conceive “is sound advice”.
List of food sources of healthy fats:
– hemp, flaxseeds, flax oil
– walnuts, pistachios, almonds
– egg yolks
– extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil
– whole milk, full fat yogurt
– beef from pastured cows
– salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, trout
If you have been avoiding fat up until this point, it is important to spend the next few months adding these healthy foods to your diet to balance your hormones. Once pregnant, these foods will be just as important to nourish that growing baby!
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