Men who drink at least a quart of cola daily have sperm counts almost 30 percent lower than men who drink no cola. Studies show too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which disrupts fertility.
Women who consume at least one alcoholic beverage per day have a nearly 50 percent greater risk of ovulatory infertility than women who drink no alcohol.
Men who eat large quantities of soy-based foods produce 32 percent less sperm per milliliter than men who consume no soy-based foods.
You can increase your chances of getting pregnant with such simple strategies as:
- Avoiding trans fats
- Eating more beans, nuts, and other fertility-boosting plant protein
- Embracing whole grains such as oatmeal and barley
- Having a glass of whole milk or other full-fat dairy product every day (a small bowl of ice cream every now and then counts, too!)
- Staying away from sugared sodas