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.

Traditional Diets

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.

tra·di·tion:

  1. the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, esp. by word of mouth or by practice
  2. something that is handed down
  3. a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting
  4. 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 2 – Super Foods for Fertility – where to find these essential nutrients

Part 3 – Other important nutrients

Part 4 – Foods to Avoid

Part 5 – How to Eat and What a Fertility Diet Looks Like

Some of my sources:

1.The Miracle of D

2. Mineral Primer

3. Omega-3 and fertility

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Definitely interesting! My husband and I were discussing mandrakes the other day and wondering why women of Bible times thought they were so important to fertility. Any ideas?

    donielle Reply:

    @Deanna, Interesting…. I think I’ll look into it. But if you have any resources regarding the Bible and fertility, I’d love to know!

  2. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series…you are really on to something here!

  3. What a great series. I can’t wait to read more.

  4. So excited to read the rest of the series!

  5. donielle,
    i am not sure how i found your blog, but i am SO glad that i did!! you are now “bookmarked” on my computer. the information that you provide is right where i am as far as interest and learning. and what i love is your candor and honesty … this whole food living is a journey and you don’t pretend to have “arrived”! i loved your video of your pantry/fridge, w/your disclaimers about non-real foods.
    keepin it real, love it! =)
    blessings,
    emily

    donielle Reply:

    @Emily, Glad you found me! If you have any questions or would like to see a post on something, always feel free to let me know.

  6. Oh, I like this =) Can’t wait to read more!
    It’s really very interesting to read the connection between fertility boosting foods and marriage =) I’m getting married this summer, and nobody has tried to hunt me down to stuff my face with real butter or salt water fish… (not that I won’t consider that anyways, but you know, it kinda makes you feel special =)

    keep writing =) =)

  7. Julie R says:

    I just found your blog & am fascinated. I have many health problems & am interested in learning more. After reading this post, I do have a question: I am gluten and dairy free, and my doctors have told me to stay away from seafood to keep my thyroid working well on its own without any supplementation. Is there any other way to get the goodness you told us about in dairy & seafood. (I do eat eggs, but was wondering if that was enough ….)
    Thanks!

    donielle Reply:

    @Julie R, I would definitely recommend eating as many eggs as you can handle and if you’re able to eat butter, indulge in that as well. Butter from grassfed cows is the best option and if you can make your own the vitamins will be in their pure and raw form. Ghee is another option if you need to stay away from butter.

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