5 Fall Foods to Increase Fertility
Fall is one of my favorite times of year when it comes to foods. So many of these delicious, warming foods can have a profound effect on helping to increase your fertility.
Cranberries are powerful antioxidants that help to cleanse your urinary tract, including your kidneys. Strong, healthy kidneys are critical to being able to conceive naturally. Cranberries help to prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder or kidneys.
Remember that fresh is always best! Make delicious cranberry sauces by throwing your cranberries into a food processor with a little pure maple syrup and some fresh squeezed orange juice, and enjoy a nice fall treat.
2. Burdock root.
Have you heard of burdock root? It’s the one in the produce section that looks like long sticks. In spite of its less-than-appetizing appearance, this root packs a powerful punch! This is another kidney strengthener, so eat it in abundance.
To use, simply wash well and chop as you would a carrot. It can be added to soups, stews, or even sautéed in ghee or coconut oil with some of your other favorite veggies.
Does this surprise you? Apples have a phyto-nutrient called quercitin, which helps to slow the breakdown of carbohydrates, thereby helping to stabilize blood sugar.
Of course, blood sugar is what is at the heart of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), a major cause of struggles to conceive, so anything that helps stabilize blood sugar can help to reduce PCOS. A
pples also help to slow the absorption of glucose as well as support the health of the pancreas—all critical elements in keeping blood sugar levels nice and stable. Apples should always be eaten fresh and raw.
Beets are the absolute most effective food for thinning bile. Thin bile that flows freely helps to cleanse the body and remove toxins. It also cleans out the liver, another critical organ for fertility. The liver carries the burden of ridding the body of old, used-up hormones and synthesizing fresh, new ones. Again, this correlates directly to PCOS and other hormonal imbalances in the body.
We all know about the benefits of oatmeal for the heart, but did you know just how important a strong, healthy heart is to fertility?
Pregnancy requires a lot of extra blood and a heart that is strong enough to work a little harder for the duration of the pregnancy. Nurture and take very good care of your heart if you want to be able to conceive naturally.
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