So many people ask me how to easily get pregnant. The fact is that it often isn’t as easy to conceive as we wish it was. But, eating properly can help boost your fertility and some foods have certain energetic properties that may be just what you need to make your conception easier. The famous Nurses’ Health Study from Harvard University’s School of Medicine revealed that foods rich in trans-fats and refined sugar can make it difficult to get pregnant. Trans-fats aggravate ovulation-related fertility problems whereas refined sugar can cause your insulin levels to spike, which also affects ovulation. On the other hand, the same study also indicated that fertility-boosting foods like plant proteins, full-fat milk and dairy, and whole grains can do wonders for your fertility. Naturopathic, alternative, holistic and Eastern medicine also advise that certain foods have special qualities that help make the body ready to reproduce. Here are three foods that may help you do just that.
Pineapple for implantation
In the book “The Infertility Cure,” author Randine Lewis suggests that women eat pineapple during the luteal phase because of its bromelain content. Bromelain is an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help pave the way for successful embryo implantation. Most of the bromelain is concentrated in the core of the pineapple, but you might want to stick to the flesh; too much bromelain is thought to bring on uterine contractions, which can trigger a miscarriage. The tart fruit is good enough to eat on its own, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy pineapple. You can make it into a cold shake for hot summer afternoons, or you can use pineapple chunks as an ingredient for a refreshing salad. Don’t eat too much pineapple before the luteal phase though – the acidity of the fruit might affect your cervical mucus, which needs to be alkaline for sperm to survive.
Black strap molasses to treat fibroids
Uterine fibroids may be non-cancerous tumors in the uterus, but their very presence can be detrimental to fertility. Depending on their size and location, fibroids can prevent the sperm from reaching the egg and increase the risk of miscarriage. While most fibroids eventually shrink by themselves, it may help to try to speed up this process using natural methods when you want to get pregnant. One thing you can try is to increase your consumption of black strap molasses, the kind that you put on gingerbread. Black strap molasses contains iron and trace minerals that help alkalinize your body. This process discourages fibroid growth and may help existing ones shrink faster. Apple cider vinegar or baking soda can amplify its effects. If you don’t like eating plain black strap molasses, use it as a substitute for sugar when baking.
Black sesame seeds to nurture fertility
According to experts of traditional Chinese medicine, the reproductive system is governed by the liver. When the liver has enough energy or “essence”, your fertility is in top shape and you will not encounter any difficulties conceiving. But if your liver is deficient in essence, your reproductive functions become impaired. You can enhance your liver essence by eating foods like black sesame seeds, which you can find at many health related supermarkets and health food stores. Black sesame seeds can be eaten alone, mixed with salad greens for added texture, or used as an ingredient in baking. Try combining black sesame seeds with bread spread and using a little to top a whole wheat toast. Do not eat them to excess as too much of any food may not be helpful in easing your way to conception.