Fertile Nutrition: Salad Greens


Salads are a perfect starter to any meal or are great by themselves. Not all salads are the same, however. Crispy iceberg lettuce is delicious, although it is not the most nutritious choice. So if you’re going to eat salads, remember this rule—the darker the color of your salad greens, the healthier.
Iceberg lettuce has a high water content, and does contain some vitamins, minerals, and fiber. So for many, it can be filling while being low in calories, making it a nice choice for a salad base. However, when it comes to eating for nutrition, especially during the fertility process, it doesn’t offer as much of the substantial vitamins and nutrients that other greens do.
Some great choices for salad greens are spinach, romaine, arugula, green leaf lettuce, Bibb lettuce, watercress, and kale. The dark leafy greens have a higher content of Vitamin A which is excellent for follicular development and cervical fluid. The darker varieties also rank higher in Vitamin K which is helpful for cell growth. Spinach and Romaine lettuce are high in Folic Acid which is beneficial for conception and overall general health in women, and improved sperm production in men. The higher fiber content in these darker salad greens help to remove toxins from the body. Kale and Bibb lettuce are good sources of calcium. Leafy greens contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C which helps to increase the hormone progesterone which regulates menstrual cycles and improves the uterus lining for implantation.
Even if you find it difficult to switch to any of these darker leaf greens as an entire base, try adding them to your diet by mixing them with a little iceberg lettuce. Having them in your fridge also makes it easy to add a few pieces on a sandwich, or roll up with slice of turkey as a snack!


Video: Skincare Products and Infertility


Hi!  My name is Lisa Stack and I’m the CNY Fertility Support Coordinator.  This week I uploaded an article, and I highlighted the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetic database.  This really is a great resource if you’re interested in taking your natural living and your natural well-being and wellness to another level.  The National Environmental Working Group has gone through many products out in the stores available for you for skin care products.: everything from lip gloss to shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen; really, anything that you would put on your body.  They’ve tested it for various harmful chemicals or potentially harmful chemicals.  You hear a lot about phthalates, BPA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and a lot of chemicals that may play a role in your fertility, that may even be linked to cancer later on.  There’s so much research going on and there’s so many different with conflicting stories about these chemicals; but it is important that you be aware of them.  They may impact your cycle; they may impact your overall health and well-being.  So the Environmental Working Group has gone through and labeled many products as safe, kind of not really safe, and unsafe.  So what you can do is go on their website, just plug in any product that you use, and they’ll give you a breakdown of all the chemicals within that product, and any potential challenges that they may pose for your health and your overall well-being. 
Now, this is something that is very interesting to do and can be very helpful; but like everything else, you don’t want to get too worked up about it or too engulfed in it.  If it causes you too much anxiety, don’t worry about it.  If it’s something that you’re more interested in; living a more natural and lifestyle and just simplifying the products you use on and in your body, this is a great resource to use.  If you have any questions about certain products or any questions about the products you’re ingesting or using on your body, you can always ask our nurses.  You may have noticed that various times through your cycle and maybe even your egg retrieval, we ask you to use minimal soaps and minimal fragrances such as perfumes.  That’s just because we want to give your body a nice, peaceful welcoming, and allow those eggs and embryos to have good, healthy environments to come into and to work with.  It’s always important to be aware of what you’re putting on your body and how it may impact your life, your health, your well-being, and your fertility.  This Environmental Working Group is a great resource. 
If you have any questions, please let me know.  I hope you go on and just take a look at some of the products that you’re using, and how they compare.  Maybe, look at some more natural and healthy alternatives.  Have a great week!
Lisa Stack, Support Coordinator