Juicing has recently become the new, healthy diet “trend,” and we should all join in. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 50% of populations around the world eat enough fruit as well as veggies as recommended.
It’s easy to just throw some kale, spinach, strawberries, and banana into your juicer since it helps you meet your daily produce quota.
An on-the-go juice/smoothie meal sound “healthy,” but it may not be the perfect way to lose weight while increasing your fertility outcome. Calories and body weight are significant for anyone trying to increase their fertility.
In 2011, a systematic review of over 47,000 treatment cycles in Reproductive Biomedicine Online revealed that a body mass index (BMI) higher than 25 is linked to adverse pregnancy. This happens in women on IVF/ICSI treatment, including those with lower live birth rates. Such an impact affects both overweight (BMI of 25 to 30) and obese women in their 30s.
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What does juicing affect your body? Primarily, the carbohydrates from the fruits, especially the ones with high amounts of starch and fructose, breakdown into glucose easily. This causes a sugar surge and then an insulin rush to lower the sugar level.
And in a short time, you’ll be hungry because of the rapid glucose release, which forces you to eat more later on. To lose weight, you need to keep the glucose and insulin response under control. This helps maximize your metabolism. A lot of insulin prevents the breakdown of fat.
Does that imply that you should avoid juices/smoothies?
No, not necessarily. Such liquid meals can help in improving your diet and fertility in case you prepare them correctly by combining the right amounts of healthy fats, protein, and fiber.
Harvard researchers did a cutting-edge fertility study that underlined dietary considerations to boost fertility: eat more veggie protein, such as beans and nuts, and whole grain sources of carbohydrates. This is a combination that helps slow sugar and insulin responses.
Forgo fat-free dairy for a full-fat food option one time each day and, if overweight, reduce body weight from 5% to 10%. Combined, such factors can power your fertility health significantly.
Of course, your first choice should be whole foods, but at times juices/smoothies are a more-than-enough replacement. Therefore, don’t get your Nutribullet juicer on Ebay just yet.
Check out these two fertility-supporting juice smoothies:
FERTILITY PACK BREAKFAST SMOOTHIES
Kiwi Strawberry Banana Smoothie: 1 serving
1 Cup Milk, full fat + ½ cup ice water
1/2 medium banana, frozen
2 Kiwi, skinned
1 Cup Strawberries, frozen
1 Tablespoon Sesame seeds
Calories in each serving: 390
Creamy Green Berry Smoothie – 1 serving
1 large handful Spinach, raw
1/4 Avocado, small, peeled
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed, ground
3/4 Cup Blueberries, frozen
1 Cup Strawberries, frozen, sliced
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, full fat
1/2 Cup Almond milk, unsweetened
Calories in each serving: 379