There are many female reproductive issues associated with chronic inflammation, such as endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. Other ailments known to contribute to infertility that are linked to inflammation response are antisperm antibodies, and Hashimotos thyroiditis.
Unfortunately, a significant percentage of the food we consume daily have been shown to contribute to chronic inflammation. Avoiding these triggers is important but it is far easier to simply adjust your diet when you know what you should be eating to ensure your fertile health. If you would like to know more about inflammation and its other possible home remedies, click here.
Point zero is that processed food should be swapped out for whole foods – this is the foundation for promoting a healthy inflammatory response. In addition, there are some specific ingredients that will speed up the healing process in a natural way. These are anti-inflammatory foods women should be consuming weekly to support their immune system properly while preparing for a baby. Here is a quick quide to the most important ones:
Bromelain is a Protease plant enzyme, found in the core of the pineapple fruit. Bromelain is anti-inflammatory and has been shown to increase cervical mucous and possibly the chance of implantation in early pregnancy. Enjoy pineapple 3-5 times weekly, with some of the core still intact. It is excellent in smoothies with blueberries, mint, and a little fresh ginger root. Make sure the pineapple is fresh or frozen, never canned, as this contains too much sugar and nearly none of the core is intact. Freshly juicing it is another option!
Garlic, Ginger, & Turmeric
Add these three to all your dishes! Garlic, ginger and turmeric are incredibly powerful immune-system enhancing herbs that have also been shown to reduce inflammation in the body by shutting down inflammatory pathways. They can be used in a variety of dishes – homemade salad dressings, nut dips, soups, and casseroles.
Freshly grated or sliced ginger is warming and healing, delicious in Asian dishes. Add a 1-2-inch square of peeled fresh ginger root to a fresh juice blend. Ginger tea is also wonderful after or in-between meals. It supports healthy digestion which is one of the first steps to healing any inflammation within the body.
Turmeric is the yellow spice that colours curry and table mustard. It is high in curcumin, which has been shown to inhibit proinflammatory enzymes. Add the dried powder to porridge, stir fries, curry dishes, brown rice, stews, and soups.
High in fibre and essential fatty acids, flaxseed is an excellent way to help reduce chronic inflammation. The high fibre content also protects the gut from absorbing inflammatory toxins. The added benefit of ground flaxseed is that it also promotes healthy estrogen metabolism.To get the full benefit of this little seed, it is imperative to consume it in a freshly grounded form. The body cannot digest the whole seed, and so a little help is needed in the form of healthy stools! Our tip is to store the seeds in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator. Each day, measure out 2 tablespoons into a clean coffee grinder. Grind into a fine powder. Add to breakfasts, smoothies, and salads.
If you would like to know more about the other health benefits of this fantastic ingredient, check out this source for a comprehensive guide on flaxseed!
Dark Leafy Green Vegetables
Dark leafy green vegetables such as seaweed, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, broccoli and spinach are high in vitamin E, fibre, and phytonutrients shown to prevent disease. Vitamin E, in particular protects the body from proinflammatory molecules known as cytokines. Be sure to lightly steam them! This improves the bioavailability of the nutrients, while also allowing for healthy gastrointestinal mucosa. Eat 1-2 servings of these daily.
Any woman wanting to protect her reproductive health, or heal from a reproductive health issue, will benefit from a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods.
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