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With our little guy just barely a month old, I’m still very much in “newborn phase.” This entails lots of snuggles, lots of diaper changes, and living off too little sleep. It’s a wonderful, tiring, and awe-inspiring time.
But despite being smack-dab in the middle of all it all, my heart aches for those who would do anything to be a tired new mom or dad. It seems like more and more people struggle with infertility these days, including some of my most loved friends and family. It’s a difficult subject to talk about, and a complex problem that often brings more questions than answers.
There are lots of medications prescribed and “miracle” cures available; each with the promise of pregnancy. When infertility is treated as a symptom, however, the band-aid approach often brings more frustration than solutions, and that’s because our fertility is so deeply rooted in overall health.
Mother Nature is no dummy, and she typically won’t give the green light on baby-making to a body that is not processing nutrients, is over-run with stress hormones, or unable to protect itself from pathogens.” -Feed Your Fertility
Feed Your Fertility: A Comprehensive Guide
I recently got my hands on Feed Your Fertility by Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich. (Click here to learn more.)
As someone who has read up a lot on pregnancy, birth, conception, and the like I can say that this book is one of the most comprehensive guides on nourishing our fertility.
At first glance I thought this might be another “what to eat to improve your fertility” book. And it is… but it’s also so much more.
- Ever consider how stress may be affecting your fertility?
- Want to know how oral contraceptives affect your body?
- Curious what foods are best to prepare your body for conception, birth, nursing, and beyond?
- Want to know the best methods, both conventional and alternative, to common infertility issues?
- Did you know that the toxins in our homes and world have a major impact on our fertility?
Let’s talk toxins for a bit…
If you’ve been around these parts for some time you know that I’m all about natural, toxic-free living. But let’s be honest, unless you’re living in a remote cave somewhere, you are going to have some toxins in your life. My advice: Don’t stress about what you can’t control.
But do make efforts to change what you can.
For example, do you know what xenoestrogens are?
Xenoestrogens are chemical compounds that are either naturally occurring or synthetic, which imitate estrogen in the body. Synthetic xenoestrogens are extremely prevalent in our environment, and include things like PCB’s, BPA (found in plastic), and phthalates. Natural xenoestrogens come primarily from plants (often called phytoestrogens), and we mostly get exposed to them through food (like soy). – Feed Your Fertility
These chemicals have the potential to hurt your fertility, not to mention yours and your family’s health. Xenoestrogens act as endocrine disruptors: Meaning they mimic the effects of your endogenous estrogen and directly interfere with your reproductive health.
Part of nourishing your fertility means getting rid of toxins that don’t promote, support, or feed your health.
7 ways to minimize toxins for improved fertility
1. Avoid Plastic
Say “no” to plastic water bottles that have been heated up by the sun or anything else. Or just avoid them completely. Glass or stainless steel are better options. Store your food in glass containers.
2. Avoid too much chlorine
Consider buying chlorine free paper products such as tampons, menstrual pads and household paper products.
3. Switch to non-toxic household cleaners, toiletries, and cosmetics.
Bleach, ammonia and other chemicals found in household cleaners are toxic, and should be removed from your home. Non-toxic alternatives are available, from window cleaner to dish and laundry soap. (Or make your own and you’ll save money, too!)
4. Buy organic produce, meats and dairy products
Conventional produce, meats, and dairy products are full of pesticides and hormones. If you can’t buy everything organic, check out the dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists to help you make the best choices possible.
5. Stay clear of smoking
Hopefully you’ve quit smoking yourself if you have previously been a smoker. But it’s also important to stay clean of second hand smoke.
7. Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals
If you paint or otherwise work with toxic chemicals, reduce your exposure as much as possible. Feed Your Fertility also talks about the importance of supplementing with glutathione or other antioxidants to help your body. Check out their book for further information on this!
8. Ditch the perfumes.
Seriously, don’t be fooled by the pleasant smell. The chemicals in synthetic scents may disrupt your hormones. Avoid them in all forms – spray-on, lotions, deodorants, air fresheners, etc.
Want to learn more ways to feed your fertility?
Be sure to check out the book, Feed Your Fertility, for a wonderful and comprehensive guide to nourishing your body for optimal reproductive health. This book covers so many different topics and provides some of the most useful advice I’ve seen on the subject.