Today, we shall look at what you should be eating at every stage of your menstrual cycle. It is important to know that the different phases of the woman’s cycle produces different hormones for the separate processes.

Therefore, if you are trying to conceive, it is important you maximize your chances of conception by eating foods  that helps each phase. Let’s look at the foods that you should be considering to eat at each phase.

Menstruation

Jute Plant

Jute Plant (ewedu). A fertility rewarding vegetable.

According to statistics, an average woman loses 30 -40 milliliters of blood during this phase that last between 2 – 7 days. As a result iron is depleted as it is attached to the blood.

At this stage, it is important that you take foods rich in iron. These foods include beans, fish, leafy green vegetables, seeds as they are rich in either iron or protein or both.

Women that experience heavy bleeding should take more of the fore- mentioned foods.

Reason is that these foods have anti inflammatory properties which will ultimately help reduce the severity of cramps and promote proper blood circulation. Tomatoes, broccoli, citrus foods and foods that contain Vitamin C should also be included.

Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron from beans and whole grains. You should consider staying away from cold foods especially if your periods are painful and clotted.

Also stay away from alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods. These can make bleeding heavier.

 

Follicular Phase

Avocadoes

Avocadoes

In this important phase, the body is working hard to develop a dominant follicle as a result estrogen levels are on the increase. But for women that have conditions that are estrogen dominant such as fibroids and endometriosis, they will have to take cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli which contains phytonutrient called Di-indolylmethane (DIM).

What DIM does is to curtail environmental estrogen such as pesticides and hormones found in meat and dairy products. Consider taking olive oil, avocadoes, leafy green vegetables, nuts (tiger nuts).

These are great because they are full of Vitamin E which is found in the follicle housing of your eggs. At this phase, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, green vegetables, legumes, chicken, cashews, brown rice support follicle development.

Stay away from alcohol as it affects hormonal balance. It dehydrates and makes cervical mucus too thick as a result of loss of water.

 

Ovulation

Fish is a delicacy and also a fertility booster.

Fish is a delicacy and also a fertility booster.

The body at this phase needs nutrients to support egg release and promotes implantation. So be sure to think of zinc and Vitamin B6. At this phase, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) is important. The best sources of EFA are fish and fish oils supplement. Here is a peep at what EFA does to your body in this phase.

  1. Promotes the flow of blood to the uterus.
  2. Supports the opening of the follicle to release the egg.
  3. They thin out blood and increase circulation to other body parts.
  4. Fish oil boosts testosterone in the body.

Ensure you increase the intake of leafy green vegetables, eggs, legumes, fish or fish oil supplements, whole grains, carrots, wheat grass and lots and lots of water.

Water plays an important role in the transportation of hormones and developing follicle. It helps to thin out cervical; mucus which in turn makes it easier for the swimmers to do their job.

Avoid coffee, alcohol, processed and junk foods.

 

Luteal Phase

Pineapple good for implantation.

Pineapple good for implantation.

This is the best time to increase the intake of nutrients that supports cell growth. In this phase, pine-apple gets the attention here. Pine-apple contains a substance called bromelain which has been shown to support implantation.

Consumption of pine-apple and the core is great at this phase.

Bera-caroteine found in leafy green vegetables as well as carrots, sweet potatoes will help keep hormones in check also works against miscarriage.

Please avoid cold and raw foods such as ice-cream and cold yoghurt. This phase is about creating higher temperatures to sustain pregnancy.

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