11 Step Fertility Cleanse

What Is a Fertility Cleanse?Fertility Cleanse

There is growing scientific evidence suggesting that exposure to various environmental factors both in utero and neo-natally can dramatically affect adult fertility. For this and other reasons you should seriously consider a good fertility cleanse (for you and your partner) before trying to conceive.

Chemicals used in everyday life do not go through rigorous checks like most of the pharmaceutical medicines. Because of this, poisonous chemicals end up circulating in our environment, air and water.

So to protect your fertility and as part of a good fertility cleanse, you need to become aware of how to avoid the chemicals that impact fertility.

In your own fat tissue (where pesticides like to accumulate) you probably still have deposits of pesticides and other toxic chemicals from the environment which were banned a long time ago.

Where Do Toxins Come From?

  • From industrial chemicals such as;
  • Pesticides: on fruit and veg, tap water, in the air, in the soil
  • Arsenic
  • Dry-cleaning chemicals
  • Fuel additives, jet fuel
  • Paint fumes
  • Dioxins: endocrine disruptors (interfere with hormone function) byproduct of pesticide and plastic manufacturing.
  • Formaldehyde: air fresheners, deodorants, floor polish, upholstery cleaners...
  • Organic Solvents: Petroleum based liquids used in following industries: household products, electronics, car repair, health care, photography, agriculture, printing, construction and cosmetics and many more.Occasional exposure to one or the other toxic chemical is not of concern. Of concern is accumulation of these chemicals over the lifetime.

Cleanse These Toxins to Naturally Increase Fertility

Ovotoxicants - Chemicals that can disrupt or even stop ovulation.
  • VCH - chemicals used in rubber tires, plastics and pesticides.
  • PAH - released from cigarettes, car fumes and road tar
Endocrine disruptors - Chemicals that can interfere with hormone function and may cause endometriosis and PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Nonyl phenol and organotins both additives in plastic manufacturing.
Did you know that phthalates which are used for plastic food containers, cling wrap, IV bags, medical supplies, vinyl flooring and packaging at high levels have been associated with miscarriage and testicular toxicity?

At low levels they disrupt hormonal balance. In naturopathy they are also known as Xenoestrognes as they act like estrogen once they enter the body.

The strongest evidence of heavy metals and environmental pollution adversely interfering with healthy reproductive function in women has been found for lead.

Pesticides and persistent pollutants are other compounds that can alter hormone function and result in adverse reproductive health effects, hence the importance of getting a fertility cleanse.

Male Fertility Cleanse

There are also numerous toxic heavy metals that we are routinely exposed to that our body needs to deal with. Sperm seem to be even more sensitive to heavy metals and industrial pollutants than eggs and many sperm abnormalities have been linked to these toxins.

Majority chemicals can be found in the atmosphere and on the ground of cities. They have also been termed "reprotoxicants" for their negative effects on the development and maturation of sperm.

Studies have confirmed that male sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors, such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens (Xenoestronegs), and heavy metals may negatively impact spermatogenesis (formation of sperm).

However, the GOOD NEWS is this: a number of nutritional therapies have been shown to help improve sperm counts and sperm motility.

11 Step Natural Fertility Cleanse

The bottom line is - you can't hide from the pollution and becoming paranoid about it would only cause more stress and harm in the long run. However what you can do is minimize the exposure to everyday pollutants by choosing products and cosmetics which are environmentally and fertility friendly.

By buying environmentally friendly products not only are you protecting your fertility and the environment (Earth's fertility) but you are also influencing what sort of products will be reaching the market in the future.

If everyone stopped buying products which are full of harmful chemicals manufacturers would have to reconsider the products they produce and offer the customer what they want or go out of business.

Here are some ideas for a fertility cleanse and what you can do to minimize your exposure to fertility robbing chemicals and to help the environment:
  • Eat certified organic food and products where-ever possible (fruit, vegetables, meat, chicken, grains).
  • Never eat skin or fat on chicken and other meat as that's where the hormones and industrial pollutants accumulate.
  • Don't eat organ meat unless it is from healthy, grass-fed beef or lamb (liver, kidney...) as that's where a lot of the toxins will accumulate.
  • Eat in season - the longer the product needs to travel the more handling and packaging it had to go through.
  • Use certified organic cosmetic products where possible (shampoo, body wash, tooth paste, body lotion etc).
  • Use environmentally friendly household products and detergents.
  • Store your food in glass jars/containers throw out plastic containers and make sure cling wrap doesn't touch your food. If it does, cut that layer off and throw it out.
  • Stop nuking your food in the microwave.
  • Don't use lead glazed glasses and pottery.
  • Buy from environmentally friendly companies such as:

Your Fertility Cleanse Kit

There are products on the market that are available to help you to cleanse your body and if you decide to join the program, I can recommend ones that are specific for your body. But if you’d like to get started, here are some essential items to have in your fertility cleanse kit.

  • Filtered water - One of the very best ways to cleanse your body is through water. Aim for 2 litres per day while you are cleansing, but make sure it’s filtered, as tap water can contain a variety of chemicals including chlorine and fluoride. Investing in a good quality water filter is one of the best things you can do for your health.
  • Herbal tea - Ditch the coffee and black tea for some cleansing herbal teas. Choose from Red clover, Nettle, St. Mary’s thistle (Milk thistle), Dandelion root, Ginger, Burdock and Coriander seeds. If you’re on medication, check to make sure there aren’t any interactions.
  • Organic fruit and vegetables - Treating your body to an abundance of healthy, clean, fresh food is the way to go while you are cleansing. Try fresh vegetable juices with celery, beetroot and lemon to cleanse your kidneys and liver.

This has been an introduction to a fertility cleanse and some of the things you can do to protect your fertility.
What are your thoughts getting a fertility cleanse? Do you use plastic cling wrap or any other products discussed in this article? Or do you go out of your way to avoid plastic and some of the chemicals discussed in this article?
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About the Author: Iva Keene MRMed. ND. - Natural Fertility Specialist

Iva Keene is co-founder, creator and award-winning author of the NFP Program and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master Degree in Reproductive Medicine. She has been a qualified and internationally accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 15 years. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva’s articles, videos, guides, and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols, and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments, and integrative reproductive health.


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