I touched based with Nat Kringoudis a while back about my natural beauty guide, because Nat’s philosophy is very much in line with my own – food is thy medicine. Nat happens to be a natural fertility expert, acupuncturist, herbalist and blogger, and owns The Pagoda Tree, a natural health and fertility clinic in Melbourne. I asked her to share some of her best advice on how to improve your body’s overall and fertility health:
|Natalie, via fertilebodyheart&soul|
When I talk about fertility, many women hear the word and start packing. But I've been on a crusade as of late - to help educate women that fertility isn't an immediate ticket to a baby, today. It is having a healthy reproductive system, and when the time is right, being able to conceive.
We're living in a time where the fertility scales are being tipped like never before. Reproductive illnesses including Endometriosis and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, as well as other hormonal issues, seem to be suffered by climbing numbers of women. And men aren't exempt - there are now a large number of men experiencing abnormal looking semen, contributing to the infertility epidemic.
Whilst every situation is different, it’s true that everybody can benefit from detoxing their life and getting clean and healthy. This extends to not only what we eat, but what we put on our skin. Chemicals are everywhere. We can't always avoid them, but where we can choose, I say, choose! Skin is our largest organ. It's our protection. Most of us give very little thought to exactly what we are putting on our skin. My principle is simple - if I can't eat it, my skin isn't worthy of it either!
Toxic chemicals make their way into our bodies in many ways. These can alter our hormones and wreak havoc with hormone regulation resulting in ovulation issues, miscarriage, and abnormal sperm, essentially contributing to infertility. It's a good time to start thinking about what might be affecting your body and identify areas that you can choose less toxic products.
Then of course there is what we put in our bodies by way of the food we eat. Here’s my list of top 10 fertile foods:
Top 10 Fertile Foods
The ace of spades when it comes to fertility, they are the complete meal (think protein and good quality fats), packaged beautifully in their own little shell.
Balance hormones and benefit female reproduce organs. Wonderful source of therapeutic fats.
Wonderful for treating male reproductive system and boosting semen quality.
4. Green Tea
Cleanses and increases fertility by benefiting fertile mucus.
This superfood should be your best friend. Wonderful to balance hormones and ease pre-menstrual symptoms.
High in protein and essential vitamins and minerals including zinc, iron and rare biotin.
Go nuts, with nuts. They measure high on the protein and therapeutic fat odometer. They need to be soaked (read here for more info).
8. Wild Salmon
Full of omega 3, fatty acids, high quality protein, B12 & iron. Essentials for overall health.
9. Coconut cream
High in quality fats and electrolytes – coconut cream gets your tummy working. High in antimicrobial properties, it’s like having a chimney sweeper on your insides!
Cells are changed by stress – and so adding olives to your plate is useful to assist in maintaining a healthy reproductive environment and nourishing the reproductive organs as they are high in antioxidants and help the body recover.
A pretty printable version (see below) of this list is featured in my new ebook Fertilise Yourself.
|from Fertilise Yourself|
And here’s the recipe to one of my favourite treats, packed full of fertile foods (and it’s delicious)…
Chocolate Torte with Berries
250g unpeeled roasted almonds
250g best quality darkest chocolate you can find
6 egg whites beaten
125g dates, finely chopped
125g dried figs, finely chopped
handful fresh berries, to serve
organic or biodynamic cream, to serve
In a food processor or similar, chop almonds and chocolate roughly. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in almonds, chocolate, chopped dates and figs and pour the mixture into a greased and lined spring form cake tin. Bake at 180 degrees for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, open the oven door slightly and allow the torte to cool in the tin.
Turn onto a platter and refrigerate overnight. Decorate with fresh berries and serve with a dollop of cream. (you can freeze these for up to a month)
If you’re interested in all things fertility, or you just want to pump some health back into your life, check out Nat’s new ebook Fertilise Yourself. Also be sure to visit Nat's blog, which is full of valuable information about health and fertility, here.