If you are trying to increase your chances of falling pregnant it is important that you have healthy balanced hormones as your hormone levels have a huge impact on your overall health and well-being including your menstruation cycle.
Your hormones affect everything from your energy levels, weight, skin, sexdrive, growth, development, mood and fertility.
Your hormones are produced by a system of glands in your body called the endocrine glads. One of these glands include the ovaries which produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which help a woman maintain healthy menstrual cycle.
Your hormones feed off good fats and protein found in your body so what you eat plays a huge role in keeping your hormones healthy.
So here are some healthy foods you should include in your daily diet so you can help increase your chances of falling pregnant and also have optimal health.
Good fats (Unsaturated fat ) & protein
As mentioned above your hormones feed off good fats and protein so adding the following foods to each meal is a great way to help balance your hormones:
Coconut oil – this is great to use for cooking in place of other oils or butter as it has a high smoke point so will not turn into a bad fat when heated unlike other oils such as olive oil.
Coconut yoghurt, coconut cream or coconut milk – these are a great source of fat and they also help stimulate bowel movements which, helps remove any nasty toxins from your body that may be messing with your hormones.
Olive Oil – This is a good fat only when it is raw. When it’s heated it goes rancid and turns into a bad fat which is not great for your body or your hormones.
Chia Seeds – these little seeds are a great source of good fats and protein and can be added to smoothes, used in baking or to made into a pudding.
Nuts and seeds – These are a great nutritious source of protein and fat to keep in your bag as a snack.
Organic free range eggs – This is another great combination of good fat and protein. It’s important to try and get cage free or even better, organic free range eggs as factory farmed eggs are full of nasty hormones and chemicals that can affect your hormones.
Wild caught salmon – Another great source of good quality protein and fats this is a great dinner option. Try and get wild caught salmon, farmed salmon is also full of hormones that may mess with your hormones. Also try and limit your salmon intake to one serving a week as there is some mercury found in salmon.
Avocado – This is one of the best sources of good fats you can eat, try and have at least ¼ of an avocado a day. You can add it as a side to your meals or chick it into a smoothie to make it thicker and creamier.
Goats Cheese – This is a great alternative to cow’s cheese, it’s a lot more gentle on your stomach and your body finds it easier to digest.
Including a whole range of colourful vegetable in each meal is going to up your vitamin, antioxidant and mineral intake by a huge amount. All of these elements are essential for healthy hormones. Some great vegetables to add to your diet include but are not limited to:
Dark leafy greens – these are a nutritional l power house so add as many as possible to every meal. These include spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, rocket and watercress.
Fruit is another great source of vitamins, antioxidant and minerals some of the most nutrient dense fruits include but are not limited to:
Berries – Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
Figs – great for men to eat for healthy sperm
*note: try and get organic or locally sourced fruit and vegetables as the chemicals that are sprayed on commercially sold fruit and vegetables can affect your hormones.
Beans, lentil, chickpeas & legumes
These are a great source of folic acid which is a vitamin that helps your body create a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. So even if you are not pregnant yet eating foods high in folic acid is a great way to help set your body up for a healthy pregnancy.
Refined carbohydrates such as pasta, white bread and white rice are not very nutrient dense and are hard for your body to digest so it is best to try and eat these as little as possible. You can replace them with delicious whole grains that are full of vitamins and minerals your hormones are going to love. Some great whole grains include:
Black/ Purple Rice