Foods to Make You Fertile

Jacqueline Burt Cote

avocadoIf you're thinking about trying to get pregnant, chances are you've already considered what you won't be able to eat/drink (sushi/margaritas) and just exactly how much food is really involved in eating for two. But even what you eat while you're trying to conceive makes a difference. Eating certain foods (and avoiding others) is a great way to boost your fertility and get your body baby-ready.

And guess what? These tips don't apply only to moms-to-be ... wannabe dads can benefit, too.

Here's something I didn't know (and I bet you didn't either): The liver is the single most important organ for hormone regulation and estrogen removal. Huh! That means bumping up your baby-making odds will be all about doing a major detox. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol (you'll have to eventually anyway) and drink lots of water with lemon juice. Conveniently, this mocktail does a great job of curbing morning sickness, so again, you'll be ahead of the game.

Low iron levels can also be blamed for reproductive problems, and lots of women are deficient in that department (particularly those who get heavy periods). If iron supplements slow your digestive system down, eat more red meat, beans, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds. Pumpkin and sesame seeds are also high in zinc, which you'll be needing plenty of as well, so you can kill two birds with one stone there.

This is one time in your life when you definitely want to ditch the low-fat mentality. Fat -- good fats, mind you -- are essential for endocrine function. Avocado, olive oil, and fish oils are your best bets.

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