Acupuncture, Chinese nutrition, and herbal therapy are all beneficial for boosting fertility. As board certified acupuncturists and herbalists, we encounter many patients who are trying to get pregnant, but are experiencing some difficulty. Our theories on nutrition can be quite different from Western practices, but they are often very helpful. If you have ever visited an acupuncturist then you probably have heard of our strict avoidance of icy, cold beverages and foods, unless you have a fire type constitution.
Here is a list of the most beneficial foods for boosting fertility:
Dark Pigmented Berries
Incorporate goji berries, mulberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, acai berries, cranberries, amla berries, and pomegranate seeds in your diet. These delicious berries are all rich in anthocyanin, a compound that gives red-colored fruit their beautiful pigment, and also protects you from free radicals. Don’t forget to only buy these berries organic as they are often sprayed with pesticides.
Nuts and Seeds
Some of the stars include almonds, cashews, black sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. In Chinese theory it is important to consume seeds as they are the “source of life” for plants and are nutrient-dense. Nuts and seeds are also rich in beneficial omega oils, calcium, and minerals–all of which help boost fertility.
When you are trying to conceive, imagine that you are creating the perfect environment for a fetus to grow, develop, and thrive in. Cold, raw, and iced beverages, as well as frozen foods are not conducive to a nurturing environment. So unfortunately, frozen yogurt is one of the worst foods you can consume. Keep the ice out of your smoothies and drinks and don’t forget to cozy up with warm, herbal tea. Increase cooked vegetables, lean organic meats, organic eggs, healthy grains and reduce salads. If you really crave a salad, top it with something cooked and warm such as grilled vegetables.
Dark, Leafy Greens
Eat plenty of kale, spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, broccoli, turnip greens, and red and green leaf lettuce. Greens should comprise a large portion of your daily nutrition. They are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and calcium, which are so beneficial to the liver. Greens gently detoxify the body from everyday environmental and chemical toxins.
Gluten-Free Whole Grains
Explore the wealth of nutrition in oats, millet, quinoa (this is not technically a grain), amaranth, brown rice, and buckwheat. You can incorporate these into your diet by eating them cooked with almond milk, top with seeds and berries of your choice.
If you are looking to boost fertility through nutrition, these suggestions are a good place to start. Diet has a profound impact on regulating our system. As Hippocrates stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Tao of Nutrition by Ni and McNease
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