What are the foods to keep away from in the process of conception?
Caffeine is not good for your baby, but research is also showing that it can lower your fertility by approximately 27%. Caffeine also has a negative effect on your overall nutrition because it restricts the body’s ability to absorb iron and calcium.
Highly processed foods contribute to obesity and can contain pesticides, artificial hormones, and preservatives. These foods negatively affect your fertility by decreasing your hormonal health.
Instead, try and eat organic and choose foods that you recognize as coming from a farm as opposed to a factory. Avoid the cookies, chips, boxed convenience items and frozen meals in favor of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy. A good rule of thumb is avoid any packaged item with more than five ingredients.
Diets that are high in red meat consumption are tied to health concerns that can impact your fertility such as endometriosis. Yes, it is true that red meat is a good source of Iron which is an important mineral for conception health.
However, recent studies show the type of Iron in plant-based sources to be more effective in conception health and preventing ovulation failure. There have been no such links established for animal based sources of iron as found in red meat. Therefore, it is best to limit red meat consumption while trying to conceive.
Soy based products have been shown to decrease sperm counts in men in a number of recent studies. It appears that an isoflavone compound called Genistein, found in all soy-containing products, slows or even destroys human sperm. Men should avoid products like soy milk, tofu, edamame and other soybean based products — at least while you are trying to conceive.
For women, soybeans can be an excellent source of plant-based protein, contain a natural form of estrogen and have a number of positive health attributes.
However, the jury is still out on their overall effect on women’s fertility. Studies have shown that even small amounts of the compound Genistein in the female tract could destroy sperm. Therefore, even women should avoid soy products—at least during ovulation and limit their amounts during other times of the month.
You should avoid eating simple carbohydrates that include sugar, white pastas, white flour, other refined grains and unfortunately sweets. One of the reasons to avoid these simple carbohydrates is because they cause your body to use up more nutrients to process than they provide. A net loss for you and your fertility. However, the biggest reason is their implication in overall weight gain and our obesity epidemic. It is a fact — overweight couples are less fertile.
When in comes to health in general, there are good fats and there are bad fats. Research increasingly points to links with bad fats like the trans fats (partially hydrogenated fats) found in processed foods and the saturated fats in animal meat with lower fertility rates. Therefore, trans fats and saturated fats should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with good fats like mono-unsaturated fat found in olive oil.