If you are trying to conceive, avoiding some foods may enhance your odds.

Soy foods contain an estrogenic compound called genistein. And according to recent research, even small doses of genistein can cause human sperm to “burn out.” What’s more, the researchers found that when both partners avoid soy around the woman’s most fertile days of the month, it might actually aid conception.

Read labels carefully. In addition to the obvious – like soy milk, soy beans, tofu, and soy vegetarian foods – soy is found in numerous pre-packaged foods, pizzas, “energy” bars, smoothie mixes, and much more.

If you’re having difficulty conceiving (like 6 million other Americans), try to stay away from soy foods. You just might get a joyful surprise.

[Ed. Note: Some foods – like soy – are touted as healthy when they could really be damaging your health. And for a healthy, all-natural dessert that tastes devilishly delicious, try a slice of nutrition expert Kelley Herring’s chocolate cake.]

Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet. Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.

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