Most of you in various ketogenic diet groups may have seen and read countless testimonies about women who had been trying to get pregnant for years, suddenly falling pregnant after month on the ketogenic diet.
Some of these women say they had lost between 14lbs to 50lbs over the course of dieting, when suddenly they noticed they began to gain a little bit more weight only to find that the slight weight increase was because they had a bun cooking in their oven.
Other women with irregular periods say the diet had made their periods more regular. Others say their flow had gone from a dark nasty brown to a rich bright red.
The more these testimonies keep coming, the more women are rushing to the ketogenic diet as a way of life (WOE). So why does the ketogenic diet increase fertility in women and why does it correct hormonal imbalance?
It is not just a coincidence that some of the fruits and vegetables eaten on the ketogenic diet resemble the female reproductive system in their shape, as they target the health and function of the uterus and cervix.Here are some fascinating facts I have discovered about them:
These members of the squash family are known for balancing hormones and helping female fertility, as they are rich in natural phyto-oestrogens; chemicals in plants that are similar to female hormones (It’s quite appropriate that they are also known as EGG plants, isn’t it?!)
These fruits are extremely nutritious generally, especially for pregnant women or those trying to conceive. They prevent high blood-pressure and stroke, and they are also rich in folic acid, which helps to prevent neural tube defects in babies. Additionally pear-shaped women are the ones who are considered to be the most fertile!
My favourite of the three, not only because they taste awesome, but also because of their numerous nutritional benefits, one of which is related to human fertility. The avocado was considered the “fertility fruit” in ancient times by the Aztecs, for men as well as women.One reason for this is that it has a high vitamin E content. Today’s research shows that when women eat one avocado per week it balances their hormones, sheds excess baby weight and helps to prevent cervical cancers. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that avocados and olive oil could help women trying to conceive through IVF – they could triple their chances of conception (due to the mono-unsaturated fat in these foodstuffs). Women hoping to conceive have been advised to eat an avocado every day.
P/S: The stone in the avocado resembles a baby in the womb and it takes exactly NINE months for one avocado to grow from a blossom to a ripened fruit!