Which is better for me – acidic or alkaline food pregnancy?
To achieve good health and enhance fertility it is essential to ensure that your body is in an alkaline rather than an acid state. Many of us eat far too many acidic foods, such as excessive amounts of animal protein, sugar, fat, alcohol, caffeine, and artifical chemicals, as well as refined carbohydrates. Indeed, weight loss diets based on high-protein foods (meat, fish, eggs, and dairy) are bad for women trying to become pregnant. These diets can deprive the body of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are needed in large reserves to buffer the body against over-acidity. Drinking soft, carbonated drinks is not recommended as they contain phosphorus and are rather acidic. As a result, calcium can be leached from the bones in order to prevent over-acidity, which in turn leads to an increased risk of osteoporosis. It is therefore important to include in your diet plenty of alkaline-forming foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, certain nuts, seeds and grains, and to drink plenty of water.
Which additives should be avoided pregnancy?
It is not possible to eliminate all additives from the food you eat, but you should aim to cut them out wherever possible. Always look at food labels: as a basic rule, the fewer the number of ingredients listed the purer the food.
Salt This is the number one food additive that everyone should avoid consuming to excess. A diet that is high in salt can lead to high blood pressure and, because of the impact on health, this can affect fertility adversely, and male fertility in particular (52).
Cut down on high-salt foods, including items such as crisps and salted nuts, and also beware of the hidden sources of salt, namely in convenience and take-away foods, and in apparently harmless foods such as bread and cereals, many of which contain surprisingly high amounts. When cooking, avoid adding salt to the food. In no time at all you can re-educate your palate to get used to a less salty taste of all the foods that you consume.