Diet Plan for Patients of Infertility
A person with infertility problem must follow a diet that especially supports the body in making healthy reproductive fluids. Foods that are packed with dense nutrients are essential for hormonal production and functions. A diet must support fetal development, sperm health, egg health, blood purification and much more. Males and females should try to maintain a healthy body weight and follow a balanced eating pattern to create strong fertility.An Unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle, such as smoking, consumption of caffeine and alcohol, stress, chronic exposure to environmental pollutants and other nutritional habits has a negative impact on fertility and proves difficult to a female for conceiving. So a Well-balanced diet is needed to build up a healthy reproductive system.
DIET CHART FOR INFERTILITY
One glass of water + 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
Broken wheat porridge (Dalia) / Semolina (veg upma) / Vermicelli (Sewian) / poha (Rice flakes) / Besan pancake (gram flour) / Oats / Idli / Semolina pancake / Stuffed Chapatti / Chapatti with veg or Dal / Milk / Yogurt + egg’s white part only
Fruits / Smoothies / Lemon water / Coconut water / Sprouts
Plain chapatti / Boiled Rice / Veg / Dal / Curd / Steamed Salad
Milk / Roasted Chana / Sprouts / Herbal Tea / Green tea / Smoothie / Soups (Home-made)
Plain chapatti / Boiled Rice / Veg + Dal / Steamed salad
Cereals to be consumed
Whole wheat flour, Oatmeal, Whole brown bread, Whole grains cereals, Porridge, Brown rice, Quinoa, Rice flakes, Puffed rice
Note - Chapatti Ratio -Wheat flour (50%), Black chana (25%), Soybean (25%)
Cereal based foods to be avoided
Sweet biscuit, Cream filled biscuit, Cream crackers, Cheese biscuits, Noodles, Pasta, Macaroni, White refined flour, White rice
Fruits to be consumed
Banana, Avocado, Apple, Pomegranate, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cranberries, and Blackberries, Goji berries, Oranges, Kiwi, Watermelon, Papaya, Dates, Figs, Apricot, Pineapple, Pears, Plum, Olives, Grapefruit.
Fruits to be avoided
All canned and packaged fruits.
Vegetables to be consumed
Dark green leafy especially Spinach and Kale,Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Garlic, Cabbage, Bottle gourd, Ridge gourd, Round gourd, Bitter gourd, Cauliflower,Bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, Yam, Red pepper, Tomato, Green peas, Potatoes, and Parsley.
Vegetables to be avoided
Dried beans and over cooked or baked vegetables
Pulses to be consumed
All Pulses and Lentils
Pulses to be avoided
Dried and frozen pulses
Dairy Products to be consumed
Skimmed milk, Curd, Yogurt, Cheese
Dairy Products to be avoided
Whole milk and cream, Cream cheese, Condensed milk
Spices to be consumed
Fennel, Turmeric, Cumin, Thyme, Black pepper, Coriander, Salt, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fenugreek seeds
Spices to be avoided
Drinks to be consumed
Coconut water, Buttermilk, Clear soups, Sugarcane juice, Homemade soups, Smoothie, Herbal tea, Lemon juice, Beetroot juice, Herbal tea, Aloe Vera juice, Gooseberry juice, Pomegranate juice, Orange juice
Drinks to be avoided
Whole milk drinks, Cream based liqueurs, Canned soup and packaged soup, Alcohol, Sweetened drinks, Squashes, Hot chocolate drinks, Coffee, Tea
Flesh Foods to be consumed
Eggs,Oysters, Roasted or Grilled lean meat, Tuna, Sardines, Salmon, and Mackerel, Chicken
Flesh Foods to be avoided
Processed meats (including Bacon, Red meat, Dark meat, Turkey, Ham, Sausage, Beef jerky, Canned meat and Meat sauces) Shrimp, Pork, Deli meat,King mackerel, Marlin, Shark, Sword fish, Tile fish and Big eye tuna
SEEDS AND DRY FRUITS
Dry Fruits to be consumed
Flax seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds, Sesame seeds, Ginseng, Walnuts, Almonds
Dry Fruits to be avoided
Cashew nuts, Pistachio
Oils to be consumed
Olive oil, Cow ghee
Oils to be avoided
Trans fat foods, Butter, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Sunflower oil
Other Foods to be consumed
Other Foods to be avoided
All bakery products or processed, Pastry, Puddings, Cakes, Biscuits, Sauces, Fruit jellies, Jams, Mayonnaise, Leftover food, White sugar, Ice-cream, Cream soups, Dark chocolate, Butter scotch, Coconut bar, Chutneys, Pickles, Junk food, Deep fried foods, All Spicy foods, Junk foods, Too much salty food, Charcoal-broiled or barbecued forms of cooking.
LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY TIPS
- Walk for at least 30-45 min is recommended
- Whole fruit should be preferred to fruit juices.
- Skipping meals should be avoided, especially the breakfast.
- Water intake should be limited 8-10 glasses per day
- Flax seed- 1 tsp / day
- Soaked Almond- 5 / day
- Herbal Tea - Boil ½ tsp each of fennel, cumin and coriander in 3 cups of water until it’s reduced to 1 cup.