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Got Junk In Your Trunk? It May Be A Good Thing

By: Dave Asprey

Healthy fat is making a comeback.  New research out this month provides yet another reason healthy fat is such an important building block for your body.

A new book out by Professor Will Lassek MD out of Pittsburgh University, “Why Women Need Fat,” provides another reason women should not strive to be too lean…

Dr. Lassek points out that the fats found in women’s bottoms and thighs helps develop babies’ brains from day one via breastfeeding, the research published in Lassek’s book finds. [1][2] These lipids are critical for a child’s healthy growth and development.  More studies on this topic are provided below for further reading. [3][4][5]

In The Better Baby Book, Dr. Lana and I wrote about how the woman’s body stores DHA in her fat, which is used preferentially by the fetus. [6] This is one reason that the first child in a family tends to be more intelligent; their mother had more DHA fatty acid built up. This is also probably why we are more attracted to curvy women on average.

In the Bulletproof Diet Roadmap (get it here free), I recommend supplementing with krill oil and eating wild caught seafood, particularly low mercury types, for everyone. And guess what: it’s even more important if you are a woman of childbearing age and planning to start a family.

The Bulletproof Diet boosts fertility in large part because overall it’s low in sugar and – you guessed it – high in healthy fats.  Eating plenty of high-quality fats like grass-fed butter and MCT oil also provides the extra energy that women need to sustain a pregnancy. Healthy fats are the best source of clean energy and won’t lead to crashes and food cravings like sugar or carbs do. Consuming enough healthy fats will help you perform well, make your hormones work, suppress bad gut bacteria, and allow you to still lose weight.  Check out this kick ass “Get Some Coconut Ice Cream” for an example of how delicious healthy fats can be.

Note: in order to protect your fertility, it’s just as important to avoid unhealthy fats as it is to eat healthy ones. Obesity is a risk factor for infertility, and synthetic trans fats can cause ovulatory infertility even in small amounts.  Another way the Bulletproof Diet boosts fertility in women is by reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation makes conception difficult, but on the Bulletproof Diet you won’t be eating foods that promote inflammation like grains, dairy, and oils that are high in omega-6 fats. You may have eaten these foods in the past, though, and their effects can last up to 6 months.

Women who are planning to get pregnant should start the Bulletproof Diet at least 3 to 6 months before conception. Three months on the Bulletproof Diet is enough to boost your fertility, but 6 months will give your body time to clean out the harmful toxins that may have been in your previous diet while also ridding your body of chronic inflammation.  For men, it’s best to start the Bulletproof Diet 3 months before trying to conceive, but even 30 days can make a big difference. Plus, it’s more fun (and a lot more practical) to be on the Bulletproof Diet when your partner is too!  Check out this awesome Bulletproof fertility success story here.

It’s an enormously important and complex topic – Dr. Lana and I co-authored an entire book on it, The Better Baby Book, in fact, if you want to dive into the details.  Meanwhile, we’ll be writing lots more about fertility in both women AND men soon, so stay tuned!

The Bulletproof Diet is specifically designed to increase and promote fertility in both women and men.  There’s a lot you can do now to have the healthiest, happiest baby possible.

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References:

[1] http://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/will-lassek-md

[2] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1118137132/

[3-5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16848948

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20120267

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16596596

[6] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2915086/Fat-women-s-bottoms-makes-babies-brains-say-scientists-curvy-girls-producing-intelligent-children.html?ito=social-facebook