by Breea Johnson, MS RD LDN
I'm sure you have heard the saying "You are what you eat" but have you ever heard the saying "you are what you drink?" Beverages are everywhere - especially when the temperature increases in the summer time! The average American adult consumes about 28 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, equal to about 350 extra calories per day. While our typical client is much more health conscious than the "average American" I'm always surprised to see what people are drinking. Top on the list (other than water) is almost always diet sodas, skim milk and coffee, followed by artificially-sweetened ice teas and lemonades (like Crystal Light), fruit juice, herbal teas, sometimes sports drinks and alcohol.
Fluids - like food - are necessary in the diet. We know our bodies are about 78% water - found inside and in between cells and our brain is almost all water- thus explaining why even minor dehydration leads to difficulty thinking. We know that we need fluid for hydration (especially in times of increased fluid loss like exercise). We need fluid for detoxification - both from internal toxic by-products of metabolism to external toxins like chemicals that are converted to water-soluble compounds and eliminated. We need it for digestion and metabolism of food. And we know that without water, we would die within days. There's no doubt that fluids are just as essential as food to our lives — and to our fertility - as fluids are needed for lubrication, cervical fluid production, detoxification, and overall metabolic support.
We tend to think of fluids as just added calories and not having any specific nutrients in them. But there are lots of nutrient rich beverages to enjoy. Fertility-friendly fluids are naturally nutrient and electrolyte-rich and have no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Here are some Fertility-Friendly beverages to get some extra vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals into your body:
- Coconut water
- Water infused with sliced citrus fruits, cucumbers and herbs
- Nettle Tea infusion
- Cucumber lemon water – Slice a cucumber and lemon and place in pitcher of water and let chill for 2 hours.
- Seltzer water (8oz) with unsweetened fruit juice (1oz)
- Kombucha Tea
- Cranberry-infused Water (8oz water plus 2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice)
- Watermelon water – Blend 4 cups fresh watermelon, add to 6 cups water and add juice of 2 fresh limes. Serve over ice.
- Herbal Teas like PDtM's Nourish ARTea.
For more information on fertility-friendly fluids and our Nutrition Program, please contact Pulling Down the Moon or go to www.pullingdownthemoon.com and schedule an online appointment.