Functional Food Additions For Fertility (+ a fertility smoothie recipe)
Although fertility is not always the goal for many women (as many are trying to avoid pregnancy), it's always a good idea to nourish your female body to support fertility, as being fertile is a keystone of health.
The definition of fertility is "the quality or state of being fertile" - and even if conceiving is not your current goal, it's vital to support this aspect of your health still.
If you want to support your fertility, then this educational post will be even more helpful for you! While there are most likely man factors impacting your fertility if you are struggling (such as a lack of ovulation or possibly your partner's health), it can be helpful to implement these tips, along with seeking health support if needed.
Functional Fertility Additions That You Can Add to Food:
Cinnamon - by adding cinnamon to your food, you will support ovulation by supporting stable blood sugar. Add to sweet foods, like yogurt, fruit, desserts, or coffee.
Bee Pollen - bee pollen is an excellent source of b vitamins essential for converting food into energy, which is the foundation of supporting the metabolism. Try adding bee pollen to a smoothie, yogurt, juice, or even warm tea. Start small, and remember that there is a possibility that you might have an allergy to bee pollen if you are sensitive to honey or bee stings.
Ginger - ginger is a highly anti-inflammatory herb that is easy to add to drinks and food on a daily basis. Ginger supports the body by reducing inflammation and also by providing the body with antioxidants. A moderate amount of ginger is supportive of fertility (around 1 gram a day) is recommended traditionally, but excessive consumption can interfere with the development of the corpus luteum.
Orange peel - rich in a flavonoid called hesperidin, orange peel is a great addition to food when aiming to support your fertility. Add to tea, ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, waffles, or even add to chicken when marinating.
How to use these additions together: Making a Fertility Smoothie!
Fif you want to use all four of these additions together, you can add 1 tsp. Cinnamon, 1 tbsp. bee pollen, 1 tsp. ginger, and 1 tbsp. orange peel into a smoothie with 1 frozen banana, 8 oz. organic greek yogurt, 1 tsp. maple syrup (optional) and ice + liquid (I suggest milk) to desired consistency.
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. bee pollen
1 tsp. ginger
1 tbsp. orange peel
1 medium frozen banana
8 oz. organic greek yogurt
1 tsp. maple syrup
Liquid + ice to desired consistency (start with 1/8 cup milk + 1/4 cup ice cubes)
Add all ingredients into blender, blend and enjoy as soon as possible.
As a reminder, bee pollen might not be suitable for everyone, especially those with allergies and children.