Foods to Improve Fertility Outcome
Food has the power to positively impact your fertility. Correct diet ensures healthy sperm and egg and greatly improves fertility. For those women who have undergone fertility treatment the chances of a successful pregnancy are increased with the right food choices.
Here is a list of essential components of a healthy diet from the best fertility center in Chennai.
- Complex Carbohydrates
Complex Carbohydrates are those found in whole grain. Some Indian whole grains are red rice or brown rice, whole wheat, bajra (pearl millet), Jowar (millet), ragi (finger millet) or kuttu (buckwheat). Unpolished rice is rich in Vitamin B12. Kuttu helps reduce blood sugar level.
Some simple carbohydrates that must be avoided are maida and sugar. Cakes, biscuits, pies, pastries, and sweets create hormonal imbalances in the body that are dangerous to a pregnancy.
- Fibre rich foods
Fibre rich foods are fruits and vegetables and the whole grains that are mentioned above. This helps prevent constipation and a healthy gut is always valuable to the health of any expecting mother.
Proteins are necessary for the building and maintaining of cells. Therefore, a necessary amount of protein is required in one’s diet to help sustain a healthy pregnancy. You get a good variety of plant protein as well as animal protein. Lentils such as rajma and chana dhal are important sources of plant proteins. Be sure to soak these in water over night before cooking because they can cause gas. Channa dal is also said to contain a hormone balancing effect that is good for fertility. Dhals such as moong and Toor are also vital sources of protein. Fish is a good inclusion if you are non-vegetarian. However, avoid shark and swordfish because they maybe mercury contaminated. Chicken and red meat are said to produce inflammatory prostaglandins, a hormone like substance that can cause endometriosis. This condition can affect fertility. So, caution is needed to limit consumption of these meats.
- Healthy fats
Fats are not all bad for health. Those fats that are found in nuts such as walnuts, almonds and oily fish are considered healthy. Omega 6 oils found in sesame oil (Til oil), and sunflower oil and omega 3 oils found in fish and flaxseed oil are essential to produce a hormone regulating substance in the body. Therefore, they are vital to boosting fertility outcomes. Coconut oil also is a healthy fat when used in limited quantities in cooking. A bit of cow ghee also benefits a growing fetus.
Fats that should be totally avoided are trans fats. They are saturated fats into which hydrogen has been artificially infused. This process was done to give foods with fats a long shelf life. But these trans fats are a major threat to fertility of both men and women. Avoid biscuits, cakes, chocolates, chips, and condiments that have trans-fat in their ingredients column. Dalda is also a trans fatty acid. Many restaurants include this in their cooking. So be wary.
- Vitamins and Minerals in fruits and vegetables
Vtamins A, B6, B12, C,and E as well as minerals such as Calcium, Zinc, Selenium and Magnesium are found in all the locally found fruits and vegetables. To make sure that you are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals eat all the vegetables that are available in your vegetable store in rotation. Include gourds such as ridge gourd, bitter gourd, snake gourd, okra and other local vegetables. A way to ensure that you get a good mix of necessary vegetables and fruits is to make sure that your plate has a good mix of colour on it. Include orange or carotene rich vegetables and fruits such as carrot and orange pumpkin, red fruits such as pomegranate, green leafy vegetables or all the edible ‘keerais’, water rich vegetables and fruits such as white pumpkin and water melon. Opt for organic food if possible to lower the chances of any chemicals in the produce from harming your system.
At least 6-8 glasses of water are essential to balance hormones and ensure smooth functioning of all organs. Another source of water are fruits and vegetables. Coconut water is great as well.
Probiotics mostly found in curd and butter milk is important to maintain a healthy gut. This directly affects fertility and pregnancy.
These are the components of a healthy diet. However, they must be all taken in moderation and in the right proportions. Therefore, consulting a dietician at a good fertility center near you is important when you are undergoing IVF treatment. One of the best IVF centers in Chennai is Indigo Womens Center. Find the best team of doctors to support you in having a baby. For more details visit https://indigowomenscenter.com/