Superfoods diet to aid overall health and fertility
Go on, try a superfood! This superfoods diet is excellent for anyone wanting to look after their body!
Trying for a baby? Firstly, a healthy balanced diet is needed to include the range of essential nutritional requirements for the human body. Cut back on the processed, highly refined, fatty products.
If you eat poorly chances are you'll be lacking nutritionally, which is easy to do when we're busy. This can throw out the body's homeostatic balance. What does that mean? - The regulation of all our bodily functions. Fertility health can suffer!
How about a little help? Our list of superfoods will be an extra added health boost for your reproductive system and health in general. This superfoods diet is just as suitable for both men and women, and will give you some extra bounce in your step!
Any prospective parent should take extra care to incorporate good nutrition into their preconception care plan. This is the critical preparation time to ensure optimal fertility and health of your future child. A good check list for all!
To fully benefit from these foods/supplements, you'll also need to address any other lifestyle issues or bad habits you may have. You can find out about these subjects under our
fertility problems section.
What are superfoods?
There's no one specific definition for a superfood. Our chosen list of superfoods are superior than other foods in certain nutrients, and/or have detoxification properties. Don't worry, we don't expect you to eat them all! Just have a read and see what might suit you and your partner the most.
A superfoods diet simply means incorporating some of this extra goodness into your daily routines. These are all very well known foods, although one or two may be new to you.
Spirulina is a fresh water blue/green algae which grows in alkaline warm water lakes. An easily assimilated raw food, spirulina contains an abundance of all the nutritional essential elements that the human body requires. The special combination of different carbohydrates found in spirulina provide quick energy.
This food is a complete protein which means it includes all the amino acids that the body can't manufacture on its own. Spirulina has an impressive 60 – 70 percent protein which is around three times higher than beef, and is in the most digestible form available. This algae contains essential fatty acids that the body requires from food sources. These fatty acids are needed for our cell membranes, the synthesis and balance of hormones, and to help keep our blood healthy.
Rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, to help keep our immune system strong. Spirulina contains the highest amount of beta carotene (an antioxidant) than from any other food, being ten times more concentrate than in carrots. This nutritious superfood contains chlorophyll which is a known blood tonic and cleanser. Available in tablet or powder form. Powder can be blended with juice of choice, or made into a smoothie (easy for your superfoods diet).
This is a fresh water green algae which contains the highest source of chlorophyll of any known plant. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants - sometimes referred to as plant blood.
The structure of the chlorophyll molecule is very similar to hemoglobin in human blood, which transports oxygen around the body. Therefore chlorophyll is believed to be very good for our blood cells. The high magnesium content of chlorophyll aids with the production and maintenance of our sex hormones.
An extremely popular detox for the body. Chlorella is best known to help remove heavy metals and other toxic chemicals (such as pesticides) from the body. These toxins can play havoc with the reproductive system and contribute to an array of diseases. Therefore this product is certainly worth considering for your superfoods diet.
Packed full of quality, chlorella is also high in protein (60%) and a good source of carbohydrates, enzymes, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Chlorella also contains the highest known food source of nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) which provide us with rejuvenating properties. This algae provides us with effective antioxidant protection (good source of beta carotene). Chlorella is believed to help with numerous health complaints and is great for the immune system and digestive tract.
*Women please note - This supplement is best consumed in the preconception phase (three – six months) before trying to conceive. Because of chlorella's strong detoxification capabilities, we don't recommend this product during pregnancy.
Maca is highly recommended for anyone wanting to supplement their reproductive health. This is a root vegetable that grows in the high altitudes of Peru. Passed down from the Inca's, Maca has been used by the South Americans for thousands of years as a staple food.
When the Spaniards overtook the Andes Mountains they soon began having reproductive difficulties, possibly because of the high altitude. Their animals that they brought with them were also suffering the same problems. In time they learned from the indigenous people the profound effects of this food. Through consuming this vegetable, the Spaniards sex drive and fertility normalized. Their animals began mating and producing offspring after they were fed this root.
A unique set of nutrients have been discovered within Maca which support the entire endocrine system, and this can encourage regular hormone production for both men and women. Maca root is also a famous aphrodisiac (added bonus for your superfoods diet)! This food contains an extremely high concentrate of carbohydrates (around 60%) making it an excellent source of energy. This vegetable is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber, and essential fatty acids.
Taken to enhance fertility for both men and women. Royal jelly is a nutrient rich creamy liquid secreted by glands found in the heads of the worker bees. It's a combination of digested pollen, propolis, honey, nectar, and a chemical produced by the bee. High in the B vitamins, royal jelly also contains amino acids, sugars, and lipids.
This substance is used to feed all the bee larvae during their first few days after they hatch. However the selected Queen bee is continually fed exclusively on protein rich royal jelly (often referred to as the bees own fertility drug)!
With this super nourishment she develops differently from the others. The new Queen grows to a superior size and strength, becomes super fertile, with increased longevity. Male drones and sterile female worker bees only live for a few months at the most. However the Queen bee can live for up to five years. The Queen lays all the eggs for her hive, around 1500 - 2000 eggs per day! All these changes occur because of the special food she is given!
Here's a few reasons why you might like to add this bee product into your superfoods diet. Royal jelly contains natural steroid hormones, so this may be beneficial for re-balancing our own hormones and improving low libido. Whilst taking royal jelly women have shown improvements with hormonal related complaints such as menstrual/ovulation problems, and it may even help with egg quality. Men have shown an increase with sperm production while taking this food supplement.
Royal jelly is promoted as anti-aging (we all like that)! This bee food aids the immune system and is a good energy source. Studies suggest royal jelly is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial.
You may also want to investigate bee pollen. Made from the collection of male seeds from flowers. Bees then add their own mysterious ingredients which makes it so uniquely their own, serving as food for the hive. This substance can't be replicated in a laboratory (scientists have definitely tried)!
One of the most well known and popular dietary supplements around, having been used by humans for thousands of years. The Bible even refers to bee pollen, as do other ancient scripts from different cultures around the world. It's highly recommended because of it's impressive concentrated nutritional content. In fact bee pollen is described as a complete food as it contains all the essential nutrients needed to sustain human life. A great addition to any superfoods diet. Bee pollen is a rich source of protein (around 40%) and is also a natural antibiotic.
By supplementing with bee pollen, you can help guard against nutritional deficiencies and assist a huge range of bodily functions. Good for overall health and well being.
Caution - Some people are allergic to bee products. If you have any known allergies to pollen, honey, or bee stings, avoid these products.
Sea vegetables have been an essential part of the Asian diet for thousands of years, but Western culture has only recently recognized the many health benefits from this food.
The Orientals refer to this food as the medicine from the sea, and have long been incorporating sea veges into medical treatments and health supplements. A majority of people who live in areas where there is a high consumption of sea vegetables have been proven to live healthier and longer lives.
Another vege high in chlorophyll. This food from the ocean is nutrient dense (more nutritional than land vegetables) and packed full of antioxidants to protect us from cell damaging free radicals. All the essential nutrients that are needed for human health can be found in seaweed. A very good source of protein, and full of fiber to encourage a healthy digestive system.
Sea vegetables aid the whole endocrine and nervous system, and help eliminate toxins from the body. The iodine promotes healthy thyroid function, and this gland regulates your body's metabolism. It's believed that sea vegetables may help to inhibit certain cancers, such as breast, colon, rectal, and prostate, although reliable research is not yet available.
A polysaccharide named alginic acid is found in the brown algae seaweeds kombu, hijiki, arame, and wakame. This substance has been proven to bind with heavy metals in the intestines. Including these seaweeds in your diet will help protect you from absorbing these toxic metals into your system.
Great for energy, the immune system, and overall health. An added bonus to eating sea veges is that they are very good for our skin, hair, and nails. Often used in beauty treatments worldwide! Fun to include as part of a superfoods diet. Sea vegetables are easy to digest and great for sushi, other rice dishes, soups, and salads.
Who doesn't love berries? A must for your superfoods diet! Regardless if they are fresh, frozen, juiced, or added to a smoothie, they are delicious! Berries contain high levels of phytochemicals, which are important for our health and can help guard against certain diseases.
The bright pigments in berries are called anthocyanins, and these protect the fruits from disease, free radicals, and other forms of damage. Scientists have discovered that eating these fruit pigments provide us with super antioxidant protection.
It's not surprising why nutritionists promote the numerous health benefits of berries. These yummy little fruits are also known for slowing down the aging process (especially good for our brain health and eyesight) and for reducing the risk of certain health complications as we get older.
Berries have antibacterial properties, with cranberries and blueberries at the top of the list if you suffer from urinary tract infections (very common for women). There are numerous different types of berry to choose from, but always remember to go organic! Check out our page on the health and fertility benefits of organic food.
Our list of superfoods wouldn't be complete without probiotics! In our intestinal tracts, we have both good and bad bacteria. Issues such as poor lifestyle, diet, toxins, sickness, and medications, can destroy the good bacteria thus causing an overload of the bad.
When this happens we begin to notice symptoms such as lack of energy, bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea, constipation, and yeast infections. When the digestive system isn't functioning properly internal toxicity can result, and the body can't absorb all the nutrients from food.
Probiotics are a dietary supplement containing live microbial organisms (the friendly bacteria). Don't wait until you notice symptoms! By incorporating probiotics into your superfoods diet you can help maintain the balance of your intestinal tract and support your immune system, as they are closely connected.
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Important – We always advise for you to check with your personal physician before taking any supplements mentioned within our superfoods diet. This is especially the case if you have any known health disorders, are due for a surgery, or taking any prescription/over the counter medications. If you are pregnant/breastfeeding also discuss suitability with your doctor. To not do so may be putting yourself at unnecessary risk of health complications. These foods are not medicines or drugs, and are not intended to replace a full health evaluation by a qualified medical practitioner.
Read and follow all instructions for the particular product. Never exceed the recommended dosage stated on supplement labeling.