Good news for those trying for a baby - scientists have found that eating a big breakfast could boost your chances of conceiving. But while we're not convinced tucking into a full English holds the answer to your prayers, one thing's for sure, food and fertility are intrinsically linked so having the right balance of vitamins and minerals in your diet is essential.
Below is a list of fertility-boosting foods packed with the most important vitamins and minerals for a healthy reproductive system.
But in addition to a healthy balanced diet full of essential nutrients, there are also a number of foods you should avoid if you really want to increase your pregnancy prospects.
Foods to avoid
Red meat: too much red meat increases the amount of ammonia in the body, which can interfere with the implantation of the egg in the uterus. Red meat can also be detrimental for men as it increases acidity and affects sperm activity; sperm perform better in alkaline conditions.
Refined sugar: Too much refined sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which can cause or exacerbate PCOS –- a condition that affects ovulation and is one of the leading causes of female infertility.
Non-organic chicken: Conventionally raised chicken is full of antibiotics and hormones, which can have a detrimental effect on hormone balance and health.
Alcohol: Although it is not essential to give up alcohol if you want to fall pregnant, Danish research found that alcohol intake had a significant effect on infertility success among women above the age of 30 who drank more than seven drinks a week.
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