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Video: How To Get More Nutrients From The Food You Eat

Video: How To Get More Nutrients From The Food You Eat

Natural Fertility Specialist Hethir Rodriguez talks about the importance of getting more nutrients from the food that we eat and how to get them. There are specific ways to combine foods to get the nutrients you need for fertility, specifically antioxidants, zinc and iron. This video was shared live on Periscope! Download the Periscope App to get notifications of our live broadcasts!

How To Get More Nutrients From The Food You Eat

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are important for fertility specifically because they are necessary for healthy sperm and eggs, fighting free-radical damage to the cells and DNA, maintaining a healthy pregnancy, immune system health and much more.

Foods rich in Antioxidants: Sweet potato, carrot, squash, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, barley, and green leafy vegetables, red peppers, broccoli, cranberries, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, and citrus fruit.

Best eaten with healthy fats: grass-fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, avocado to help the nutrients absorb better because they are fat-soluble vitamins.

Iron

Iron is important for fertility because it’s important for ovulation and having a healthy menstrual cycle. Optimal digestive health is key for people eating iron to be able to absorb it properly.

Foods rich in Iron: There are 2 types – meat-based iron and plant-based iron (need assistance with absorption) from spinach, kale, beans and lentils, dark leafy greens, beets, animal meats, pumpkin seeds, molasses and asparagus.

Best eaten with:

  • Vitamin C rich foods – lemon, oranges, tomato, bell peppers, or berries. An easy way to do this is to squeeze lemon juice on the foods when you cook them, or add these foods to smoothies/make green smoothies.
  • B12 rich foods – seaweed, barley grass, blue green algae like spirulina, fortified nutritional yeast, almond and hemp milk, cereals, cage-free eggs and grass-fed dairy products.
  • Folate rich foods – dark leafy greens, lentils and beans, asparagus, Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, grapefruit, tomato, avocado, papaya, etc.

Zinc

Zinc is important for egg production; a certain amount of zinc is required for maturation and ripening of the egg. It is also helpful in maintaining proper cervical fluid and hormonal regulation. Zinc is also vital for the development of tail and outer membrane of the immature sperm.

Foods rich in Zinc: Beef, Turkey, oysters (similar to organ meats. Most dense in zinc out of all the foods), darker meats, organ meats such as liver, beans, pumpkin seeds, nuts, whole grains, dairy products.

Best eaten with foods that contain sulfur: Garlic, onion, whole eggs.

Eating a Fertility Diet…

Eating a Fertility Diet in preparation for pregnancy and to boost fertility is one of the most important health changes you can make on your natural fertility journey. Specific diet changes are known to improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriage and support a healthy pregnancy.

Resources for additional information:
The Natural Fertility Diet: How to Eat for Optimal Fertility
Antioxidants and Fertility
Low Iron Levels May Affect Your Fertility
Zinc: How Essential Is It to Your Fertility?

Hethir Rodriguez - Certified Herbalist, Nutritionist, Birth Doula

Hethir Rodriguez is the Founder and President of Natural Fertility Info.com. She has been a Certified Herbalist for over 19 years, holds a Bachelors degree (BS) in Nutrition Sciences and is a Certified Birth Doula and Massage Therapist specializing in fertility massage. Since founding Natural Fertility Info.com in 2007, Hethir’s research, articles, and guides have been read by over 40,000,000 people, currently averaging at over 1,000,000+ readers per month.  Hethir has dedicated her life to helping provide a source for high quality, research based information and support for those on their journey to becoming parents.

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