EATING the right food and following the right diet can dramatically increase the chances of healthy ovulation, support a healthy pregnancy but most of all increase fertility.
Experts have said people should cut down on unhealthy food and avoid alcohol, tobacco, processed food and additives as much as possible.
Nat Hawes, author of Nature Cures, said: “The foods consumed and toxins ingested can have an effect on eggs and sperm for up to 90 days ahead, which is why it is important to consume foods that only have a beneficial effects and remove toxins three months ahead of the time for a planned conception.
“Organically grown food and grass fed animals contain no chemical pesticides, antibiotics and hormones which can adversely affect human fertility.”
“You should both try to make your lifestyle as healthy as possible before you try to conceive.
Food for fertility: Nuts and seeds are recommended by nutritionists
3. Eggs, blue cheese goats’ milk and plain yoghurt with lives cultures provide many nutrients vital for conception
4. Fibre-rich foods such as amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, pulses, quinoa, rye, spelt and teff must be consumed at least once a day. Only wholegrains should be consumed as refined products lack vital nutrients.
5. Green leafy vegetables and other vegetables of all colours should be consumed every day. Dark-coloured vegetables and fruits contain anthocyanin, which are important antioxidants, and red or orange fruits and vegetables contain cretinoid, which are equally important for fertility and a healthy baby.
9. Raw juices can provide many vital nutrients especially apricot, banana, papaya, red grape, lemon, carrot, beetroot, tomato and spinach.