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What foods promote fertility
There are foods that boost the chances of getting pregnant. This is what Zita West, the “fairy godmother of fertility” says in her latest book, Eat Yourself Pregnant.
Zita West is an obstetrician, acupuncturist, nutritional consultant and expert in fertility and pregnancy. In 1992 she founded “The Zita West Clinic”, the most famous holistic fertility clinic in London that combines medical science and complementary therapies. She is author of a number of books on this topic and her fans include Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Stella McCartney, Ulrika Jonsson and Jemma Kidd.
What to eat to promote fertility
According to Zita West, when a woman wants a baby what she puts on her table plays an important role. During the ovulation period, for example, she suggests to eat foods rich in inositol such as beans, rice, lentils, melon, citrus fruits, nuts and oily seeds that improve the quality of oocytes. In the first phase of the menstrual cycle, on the other hand, she suggests choosing foods rich in iron, vitamin C and B: whole cereals, lamb, beef, chicken, shellfish, eggs, dairy products, green leaf vegetables, citrus fruits, mixed berries, kiwi; during the second phase of ovulation, it is important to consume spicy foods, tofu and watermelon, which are rich in capsaicin, isoflavones and L-arginine and trigger the production of nitric oxide in the body, a vasodilator even in the genitals. In the third phase of the menstrual cycle she advises to introduce beta-carotene, an antioxidant found in pumpkins, carrots, apricots, cabbage, spinach, potatoes and mustard. The fourth phase, according to West, is that in which to eat foods that help control blood sugar levels.
What to eat to boost libido
And to boost the couple’s libido, the writer suggests consuming chicken, lean red meat and turkey, codfish, pike, shellfish, tuna, eggs, dairy products, avocado, banana and oats, which increase dopamine levels, a neurotransmitter that promotes positivity and motivation; lamb, turkey, codfish, salmon, sardine, tuna, asparagus, potato and yogurt trigger the production of serotonin, a mood-boosting chemical; chocolate is the ideal product to stimulate the production of phenethylamine, a neurotransmitter that has an essential role in falling in love.
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