Alkalizing Fertility Diet

by Elizabeth Girard, MS, L.Ac.

Alkalizing fertility diet

At Whole Body Healing one of our specialties is optimizing women's fertility. We use acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements and diet to support women in their journey in becoming pregnant and throughout their entire pregnancy. 

Diet and lifestyle are very important when trying to conceive. Attaining a healthy PH balance is essential for reproductive health.  If a  woman's cervical mucous becomes too acidic, it can kill the sperm and prevent implantation (sperm like an alkaline environment). For an ideal PH balance, 70-80% of your diet should be from alkaline foods. Also make sure you chew your food well as saliva is alkaline and will help reduce the overall acidity in the foods.

Beneficial foods:

Highest Alkaline Foods:
String beans, banana, dandelion greens, dates, figs, prunes, raisins and Swiss chard.

High Alkaline Foods:
Almonds, asparagus, avocado, fresh beans, beets, black-berries, carrot, cranberries, chives, sour grapes, kale, dried peaches, persimmon, plum, pomegranate, raspberries, rooibos tea and spinach.

Alkaline Foods:
Alfalfa, apple, fresh apricot, artichokes, snap beans, sprouted beans, berries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cherries, chestnuts, coconut milk, collards, corn (when fresh), cucumbers, eggplant, escarole, garlic, ginger root, gooseberry, grapefruit, guava, horseradish (fresh and raw), kelp, kohlrabi, leek, lemon, lettuce, line, loganberry, mango, melons, millet, acidophilus yogurt and whey.

Neutral Oils:
Almond, avocado, coconut, cottonseed, linseed (flaxseed), olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, and walnut.

Foods to avoid

High Acid  Foods:
Alcohol, artichoke root, barley, bread, buckwheat, caffeine, coffee, corn (when processed and not fresh), custards, drugs, most flours, ginger preserves, honey, lentils,  oatmeal, peanuts, rice, rye grain,  spaghetti, and other pastas, sugar cane, raw beets, tobacco, walnut, and wheat. Most fast food especially if high in fat. 

Acid Forming Fats:
Butter, cream, margarine and lard.