Natalie Kringoudis is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist, Natural Fertility Educator and Writer. Natalie established a Women’s Health and Natural Fertility clinic – The Pagoda Tree – in 2003. Natalie integrates the western medical approach with alternative therapies, Chinese medicine and natural fertility methods. Natalie’s first ebook, Fertilise Yourself, hit the e-shelves in 2012, and is proving very successful. You can get hold of your copy here.
Spinach and ricotta pie – recipe in ‘Fertilise Yourself‘
If you’re working towards the most fertile you, the easiest way is to fill your pantry, and you body!, with good stuff. Stop buying the junk, and fill it instead with fresh, fertility-boosting foods!
Fertility Must Haves
Get these into your system any way that you can.
Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they even look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and helps prevent cervical cancers. And how profound is this fact? It takes exactly nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.
Figs increase the mobility of the male sperm and increase their numbers as well helping to overcome male sterility. They are full of seeds and interestingly hang in twos when they grow. Figs are historically known as an aphrodisiac too – and that helps fertility!
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.
Eggs! The perfect complete meal. They are nature’s perfect balance of fats and protein all packed up in their little own easy to carry shell. The perfect snack for on the run (I’m known to have a hard boiled egg in my handbag!)
Superfoods. All are very good for health and fertility boosting. Here’s a couple below:
Maca – Packed with vitamins and minerals, enzymes and amino acids – it balances hormones, is great for PMS, vaginal dryness and depression. It’s also attributed to regulating hormones, menstrual cycles, enhances libido and is said to stimulate fertility too! If you only buy one superfood, this is it.
Mesquise – high in protein as well as vitamins and minerals, it assists in stabilizing blood sugar which is good news for P.C.O.S women and those with thyroid issues and insulin in-balance.
Gabingue – a local superfood! Local always goes well in your system – we are a product of our environment. Bush medicine is very clever.
Cacao – chockers of antioxidants – and high in essential minerals which maximize body function = fertility!
Goji berries – these little gems are like nothing else on the planet making them one very extraordinary berry! They contain protein and score high on the trace mineral meter. They really are unmatched to any other food.
The IN list – fill your pantry and fridge with these fertile foods!
Fruits and Veg
All are wonderful and are perfect to eat everyday, although some are best in moderation. As a rule, always eat fresh local produce. This also ensures you are eating what is in season. Read where your fruit and veg is coming from – cherries in the middle of summer? Move on. And if it is imported, don’t touch it.
Meats & Animal Products
Organic, grass fed foods are a must. Grass-fed is imperative. Grain-fed animals contain all sorts of bacteria and are nutritionally lacking, especially in the area of fats (think 20:1 ration of fats versus omega 3 fats as opposed to grass-fed being somewhere around 3:1). Bottom line, grain-fed animals are making us sick. And besides, they aren’t designed to “graze” on grains!
I prefer goat’s milk but cow’s milk is also ok when we are talking fertility. Opt for organic, un-homoginised. It’s received less treatment and is closer to it’s natural form. Actually, most people don’t really tolerate dairy produce all that well, especially with our high sugar diets where the casein protein found in dairy wildly upsets the gut. Try goat’s milk and it’s bi-products as an alternative. You’ll be surprised at just how alike the two are. Rice milk is my other preference. It doesn’t contain hormone-mimicking properties like soy milk, and almost everybody can easily tolerate it.
Grains and Legumes
Soak*, soak and soak some more! Why you might ask? These guys can be rather nasty on the digestive system and what’s more, in Australia beans and legumes are ‘bombed’ with chemicals to make them sterile. Very Nasty! Soaking helps to remove some of the pesticides and chemicals and it helps the gut digest better, lowering the ‘gas’ factor and allowing them to cook more easily also. Soaking nuts can activate enzymes, which ramps up the nutrient value, doing great things for your insides. By allowing these products to soak, you are literally re-igniting the nut (or grain).
*To prepare, cover grains and legumes with enough water and leave to soak overnight. Rinse, and you’re ready to rock n roll.