Foods to Avoid

Red meat 

Too much red meat increases the amount of ammonia in the body, which can interfere with the implantation of the egg in the uterus. Red meat can also be detrimental for men as it increases acidity and affects sperm activity; sperm perform better in alkaline conditions.

Non-organic chicken

Conventionally raised chicken is full of antibiotics and hormones, which can have a detrimental effect on hormone balance and health.

Alcohol

Although it is not essential to give up alcohol if you want to fall pregnant, Danish research found that alcohol intake had a significant effect on infertility success among women above the age of 30 who drank more than seven drinks a week.

Sugar, soda & pasteurized juices

Pasteurized juices such as bottled apple juice, orange juice, and other bottled fruit juices contain concentrated sugar, which can throw off your blood sugar levels and negatively effect your immune system and hormonal balance. Too much refined sugar can cause or exacerbate PCOS. Also avoid any processed/refined and artificial sugars. Some great alternatives are stevia, honey, and maple syrup.

Caffeine

Studies have shown that high amounts of caffeine (3 cups of coffee or more per day) can affect your hormonal balance, increase your chances of a miscarriage and prevent you from ovulating.

Soy Foods

Soy foods have been shown to contain estrogen mimicking properties. It is best to avoid processed soy foods such as soy milk, soy burgers, soy protein powder, soy chips, soy meats, and soy cheeses to avoid a negative impact on your hormonal balance. Both men and women are affected by soy.

GMO Foods

Genetically Modified foods are becoming a real problem when it comes to fertility, causing an influx in worldwide infertility rates. Since the 1970’s alone, sperm counts among the world’s male population have declined as much as 40-50%, according to some studies. GMO foods may be one of the reasons.

Fat-Free Foods

Foods which are altered to be reduced in fat or fat-free are highly processed and high in sugar. When choosing foods always chose the foods as nature intended. Full fat dairy is one example that was shown in a study by Harvard to increase fertility over the fat-reduced options. Again, fat is what our bodies need to produce hormones.

Sources:

http://www.parentdish.co.uk/pregnancy-and-birth/10-best-fertility-superfoods-to-help-you-conceive/

http://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-diet

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2 thoughts on “Foods to Avoid

  1. Do you have any advice for limiting sugar and eating better in general? I’m dealing with my second miscarriage and have PCOS and want to change what I’m eating, but I struggle especially with sugar.

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    • I struggle with sugar as well…it’s the hardest thing by far for me to limit my intake of! I have noticed though that if I can make it through the first two or three days of limited sugar and carbs, the cravings go down substantially and it gets much easier to resist. The beginning is definitely the hardest part. I would try making a meal plan for those first few days with some recipes that inspire you and try your best to stick to that and just know it will get easier. Also, I find it easier to resist the bad foods/sweets when I’m at the grocery store than when I’m at home, so I generally just don’t buy them or keep them in the house. Instead, try and have healthier snacks easily accessible – I like nuts, yogurt, rice cakes with almond butter, string cheese, etc. I’m so sorry for your losses and for your struggle with PCOS. Sending positive thoughts your way, and wishing you best of luck on your journey ❤

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