A healthy diet is especially important when trying to conceive. Eating the right foods can really help to balance hormones and provide the best chance of conception and a healthy pregnancy.

Five Things you will benefit from

1. Go Organic. This way you know you are reducing consumption of herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers. Also, hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are banned under organic standards.

2 Enjoy Wholefoods like brown rice and oats and foods containing natural phytoestrogens. These include beans, lentils, chickpeas and soya. Selenium is also present in whole-grains and nuts, particularly Brazil nuts and walnuts. This is not only important for sperm formulation but also for female fertility and ovulation. These foods also have the added benefit of being high in fibre. Studies have shown just 75g of walnuts a day boosts male fertility and improves sperm vitality and motility. They are a rich source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as antioxidants so great for both men and women.

3.Get The Right Vitamins & Minerals. Selenium works synergistically with vitamin E (known to increase fertility in both men and women). Other vital nutrients are zinc, magnesium vitamin C, beta carotene (not retinol vitamin A) B vitamins, vitamin D, Amino acids L-carnitine A and L-Arginine & Folic acid. No matter how well you eat, you might not be getting quite enough of all the nutrients you need so you may want to consider supplementing your diet, as this can help to rebalance hormones. Spirulina and Chorella are excellent at ridding the system of pollutants, such as mercury, which can adversely affect the health of the reproductive system. These nutrients are particularly good as supplements as they help with male fertility and sperm quality.

4. Omega Oils Eat plenty of oily foods including oily fish, flaxseed oil, seeds and nuts to help regulate hormones and increase blood flow to the uterus.

5. Drink. Drink plenty of fluids such as filtered water and herbal teas. This helps fertilization, ovulation and the health of the uterus, womb and eggs.

Five Things To Avoid And Reduce.

1. Alcohol can greatly reduce fertility; studies have shown the more you drink the less likely you are to conceive. This applies to both men and women.

2. Caffeine particularly in coffee, has been shown to decrease chances of fertility, but it also present in chocolate and black tea too, so it also helps to reduce these. Green tea is preferred for its much lower caffeine content and its antioxidant value.

3. Saturated Animal Fats and trans fats can affect fertility. Replacing animal protein with beans, pulses, tofu and soya have been shown to be beneficial.

4. Xenoestrogens can disrupt hormone balance. These come mainly from plastics on food, pesticides, meat and dairy products, artificial additives and parabens.

5. Heavy Metals among other pollutants and contaminates in the environment can hinder the health and vitality of the reproductive system. Avoid unnecessary exposure wherever possible. This also means avoiding oily fish that may be high in mercury such as tuna.