Experts believe that in order to restore balance to the body, and to bring back the optimum functions of all systems, one must return to the basics. The same idea is true for when couples are planning to start a family – they are encouraged to reinvent wholesome nutrition and lifestyle for better chances of a healthier conception.
Fertility educator Julia Indichova has shed some light on millet, one of the oldest whole grains with countless benefits. This gluten-free whole grain seems to be the answer that the fertility gods have for couples who wish to conceive. This article contains all the information you need about millet, including its benefits as well as how you can incorporate this wholesome grain into your pre-conception diet.
The history of millet
At present, millet is considered as the sixth most valuable whole grain worldwide. It is consumed in large amounts by people in Asia, particularly in Mongolia, China, India, and Japan, as well as in some parts of Africa.
Millet is believed to be the one of, if not the oldest cereal known to man. In fact, the Bible talks about millet as the main ingredient for making bread in the olden times. Before rice became prominent, people in China were already growing millet in 2700 BC. It was also considered a staple part of African and Indian diet. The plant had also made its way to the Western part of the world, as it was documented to have existed in some parts of Switzerland as early as the Stone Age.
Today, this fertility magic grain consumes roughly 100 million acres of land in Africa and is many parts of India where the climate is dry and unsuitable for other grains like rice or wheat.
How millet is used all over the world
How the world uses millet clearly shows how versatile this whole grain is. The Hunzas or the people of the Himalayas use millet extensively in their diet, and are quite popular for their long life and good health. They enjoy millet in their soups, cereals and use this whole grain to make chapatti, a flat bread. This flat bread is known in the Indian region as roti. In the East of Europe, millet is a component of porridge and a fermented beverage called kasha. Africans use millet as a baby porridge, or as an ingredient of bread or breakfast cereal. In the United States where the weather is diverse, millet is used mainly as feeds for cattle and bird. However, it is now slowly gaining recognition for its health benefits.
The benefits of millet
In a nutshell, millet is a whole grain which helps control blood sugar levels. In doing so, it also optimizes the body’s fertility and keeps reproductive hormones in check. Cultures who consume millet regularly appreciate its nutty flavor and its bland-with-a-hint-of-sweetness taste. It is rich in fiber, amino acids, vitamin E and B complex. It is also brimming with minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron.
Millet and Fertility
Because of millet’s benefits to the body, you can be assured of a great foundation before becoming pregnant. How it specifically enhances fertility is unknown. However, it does help regular hormones and keep them balances, so there is a good chance of becoming pregnant. If you have thyroid health issues, it is wise to talk to your doctor prior to incorporating millet in your regular diet.
Best ways to use millet in diet
There are several ways to use millet. It can be a replacement for wheat or flour when making bread. It can be used to make porridge, cereal or soup. The crunch and flavor of salads and sandwiches can also be enhanced with millet. Create more nutritious muffins with millet, or pop it like popcorn for a healthy, wholesome snack. It can be used as an alternative to your usual pilaf or stuffing.