After a year of trying to get pregnant with no success, you see a doctor. After two years, you see a fertility specialist. After three years, you’ve created an entourage of specialists AND you eat and drink things most people have never heard of. I give you…
The Fertilty Smoothie
My “smoothie” of specialists currently includes an Ob/Gyn, a fertility specialist, an acupuncturist, a holistic healer, a naturopath pharmacist, an abdominal masseuse, my friends Ashley and Kristy, and Katy Perry (don’t judge, her jams are very motivational!).
I’m also talking about the smoothie I drink daily to boost my chances. Now, drinking this does not replace my docs or my meds, but it does optimize my chances by pumping full of nature’s goodness and creating healthy eggs ready to become babies.
- Maca Powder
- Goji berries or berry powder
- Berries (blue, black, or rasp)
- Cherries (natural, not marachino)
- Almond or coconut milk
- Wheatgrass or chlorophyll tabs
- Sugar free, organic protein powder
- Royal jelly
Maca is known as the “wonder herb” for fertility. It is an endocrine system tonic, it increases energy, reduces stress, fights against disease, and encourages healthy hormonal balance.
Goji berries increase libido, which could be beneficial, but are mainly recommended for men with low or slow sperm count. I don’t add goji to mine but it is suggested.
Berries are antioxidants, which are powerful in boosting fertility, plus they’re naturally sweet, inexpensive, and can vary up the flavor of your soothie.
Cherries are also antioxidants, but they’re the super fruit because they also contain beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate. I’ve been told I “look” internally like someone with PCOS (polycystic overian syndrome) event though I’ve not been diagnosed and cheries have a natural anti-inflammatory property.
My acupuncturist says to stear clear of dairy so I use almond or coconut milk instead. Coconut milk has high detoxifying properties which is an added bonus.
Wheatgrass helps to detoxify, balance Ph levels, increases oxygen, it’s loaded with folic acid and is considered a “complete food” due to it’s level of vitamins and minerals. Whole Foods sells wheatgrass shots in their frozen section that can thaw out under hot water or you can buy wheatgrass powder and add it to your smoothie.
Protein powder because…you’re making human life! You need protein. Plus, it bulks it up and makes it thicker.
Royal Jelly: this one I saved for last because this is THE most crucial ingredient. This supports hormonal balance, supports a healthy endocrine system, increases egg quality naturally, encourages healthy estrogen levels and is considered the fertility superfood. A jar of this schmazz costs about $30; however, it only takes 1/4 tsp each serving and will last 3-6 months.
So, there you have it. Enjoy my nasty hodge-podge of fertility superfoods. You may find yourself sipping it and loving it. I, on the other hand, find myself chugging it. It can be used as a meal replacement if you’re looking to decrease your weight to increase fertility, or it can be used as a snack if you’re increasing your weight to increase fertility. Talk to your doctor about a healthy weight for you to concieve.
Other super foods for fertility include:
- Lean meats
- Fatty, low mercury fish
- Dark, leafy greens (kale, chard, spinach)
- Herbs: chives, parsley, basil, mint
- Tumeric, cinnamon
- Kiwi, bananas, berries
- Yams, sweet potatoes. butterbut squash
Oh, and water isn’t even drank the same way to an infertile. I infuse my water with lemon, mint, cucumber, and basil overnight. Drink 10-12 glasses a day to keep flushing your system.
Good luck, happy sipping!