Healthy Diet Before Getting Pregnant

Healthy Diet Before Getting Pregnant
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If you're thinking of getting pregnant, you need to make sure your diet is as healthy as possible. Eating five portions of fruits and vegetables is the minimum. You should aim for at least eight-a-day. Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. They contain low levels of pesticides and have higher nutritional content than non-organic.

If money is an issue you can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths simply by avoiding the Dirty 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. Instead, buy the Clean 15 produce tested to contain the lowest levels of pesticides.

The Dirty 12 are:

peaches, strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries, nectarines, cherries and imported grapes, celery, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale, collard greens and potatoes.

The Clean 15 are:
onions, sweet corn, sweet peas, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant and sweet potatoes, and avocados, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, domestic cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit and honeydew.

Wash and peel all fruits and vegetables especially if waxed. Wash them in mild dish detergent or diluted vinegar. Cut out the stork end of fruit as this funnel shape of the fruit is where pesticides are concentrated most.

Avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals such as artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors. They can upset blood sugar levels and disrupt the body's hormonal balance. This can lead to an increase of oestrogen, which can affect a woman's fertility.

Eat plenty of protein rich foods like eggs, cheese and meat. Choose organic dairy, eggs and grass-fed meat as the non-organic ones contain growth hormones and antibiotics which can affect your own hormonal balance.

Nuts and seeds are good source of plant protein, but don't forget to soak them in salty water. Soaking will minimize or eliminate nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances found in nuts, grains and seeds. Seeds should be soaked for 8-12 hours, nuts for 12-24 hours. After soaking, rinse and drain them.

Have 2-3 servings of low-mercury levels fish per week. These are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which boost fertility and heart health. Mercury is toxic to the fetus and stays in a woman's bloodstream for over a year. Fish that's high in mercury includes shark, white tuna, swordfish and marlin. Fish that contain low levels of mercury include salmon, sardines, flounder, trout and haddock.

Drinking water containing chlorine and fluoride poses risk to health. Drink a lot of clean, filtered water or spring water instead. Herbal and fruit teas are fine too.

Start juicing! Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are a good way to get your vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and proteins to stay healthy and vigorous.

Do not drink alcohol. Even two units of alcohol per week can increase your levels of the sex hormone prolactin, affecting your hormonal balance.

I believe healthy, natural diet is the best help for getting pregnant.



Source by Ann M Sanders

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