While most psychologists and parenting experts would agree that most people are not truly ready to raise children until their late 20s or early 30s, it seems a woman’s body does not agree. A woman’s fertility is at its peak in her early 20s.

Wow!

According to a study of diet and fertility from Harvard Medical School, unlike other factors that you cannot control—such as age and genetics—eating certain foods and avoiding others is something you can do yourself, without medical intervention, to help improve your ovulatory function.

1. Vitamins and minerals: important for the whole period of development of the baby and a great way to get them are through fruits and vegetables. But they also have micronutrients and antioxidants that inhibit the action of negative molecules that enter the body and damage the reproductive system and, of course, eggs.

2. Fruits and vegetables in bright colors like red, green and yellow: remember that the stronger the color the more nutrients and more positive results for your body and for the arrival of your baby. Servings? two fruits a day and about three cups of vegetables.

Furthermore, to avoid constipation, you should accompany fruits and vegetables with at least eight glasses of water a day.

3. Fiber: To avoid digestive problems and to support the conception and fetal development you can consume fiber. Cereals, artichokes, spinach, beets, plums, almonds and avocados offer a high fiber content that will help you avoid also the risk of developing polycystic ovary.

4. Vitamins: Vitamin A, C and E and zinc and manganese mainly act as antioxidants. Although the body produces these vitamins naturally it’s very positive to consume oranges, melons, kiwis, tomatoes, garlic, nuts, and cauliflower.The B vitamins are important for fertilization, the arrival of the egg to the uterus and the baby’s development.

5. Eat more complex (“slow”) carbs and limit highly processed ones.

Your body digests bad carbs (like cookies, cakes, white bread and white rice) quickly, and turns them into blood sugar. To drive down the blood-sugar spike, the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream.