How To Improve Egg Health Through Nutrition

There’s no single thing that improves fertility, but nutrition is at the heart of so much when it comes to health and wellbeing, and it probably goes without saying that in preparing for a healthy pregnancy, starting with healthy eggs is extremely important. So when it comes to improving egg health and making sure it is at an optimum level at the point of conception, what foods should you be paying careful attention to?

SalmonSalmon: in any list of healthy foods, wild salmon or any fish that’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids seems to appear, and this one is no different. Omega-3 helps to regulate blood flow to the reproductive organs, which in short is going to have a positive effect on egg health as well. It’s also present in mackerel, herring, sardines and tuna, so all of those are good variations to include in your diet when you’re preparing to conceive.


greensLeafy greens: broccoli, and dark, leafy vegetables in general are also a wonderful thing to have lots of in your diet, and personally I really recommend including them in juices first thing in the morning – I can’t recommend juicing enough, particularly if it involves more veg than fruit. Dark leafy greens are high in folate, a B vitamin that has been shown to improve ovulation. It’s also said to improve a woman’s libido, so report back to us on that one and let us know how you get on!

turmericTurmeric: turmeric is a bit of a superfood for all areas of health as well, and there are supplements you can get for it if the taste isn’t quite your thing. When it comes to fertility it is something of a powerhouse; the polyphenol curcumin that gives it its potency. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and it is inflammation that tends to be at the route of a lot of health concerns, including premenstrual pain. It’s also said to be helpful in dealing with PCOS, endometriosis and ovarian cysts, so a good staple to get into your diet as and when you can. Ginger root is also good for supporting circulation and supporting a healthy inflammation response, so maybe add some to that morning juice along with your leafy greens!

pumpkin seedsPumpkin seeds: brimming with zinc and essential fatty acids, pumpkin seeds support fertility in men and women and are a simple element to add to salads or have as a healthy snack throughout the day. They are particularly good early on in pregnancy to smooth hormone transmission throughout the body.



sugarSugar: the red herring in our list here is refined sugar, which deserves a mention because it’s definitely one to avoid as much as possible. On balance I am a big fan of avoiding refined sugar as much as possible, whether you’re preparing to conceive or not, particularly as once you’re clued up there are so many alternatives out there that are just as tasty. The problem is that it causes blood sugar to spike, which disrupts the hormones, and as you can imagine that’s exactly what egg health hinges on. Try swapping sugar in your tea, cakes and biscuits for natural alternatives like date syrup and maple syrup.


Find out more about how to improve egg health and prepare for pregnancy at my Thrive Preconception Retreat at Lifehouse Spa in Essex from 28th to 29th April. Whether you’re thinking about starting a family, about to start IVF or have been trying for a little while, it will be a valuable source of information, a welcoming environment and a fun couple of days with experts and women embarking on the same journey as you.


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