Avoid these things to Optimize fertility…

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There are many toxins in our environment that are known to disrupt hormonal balance and are contributing factors in conditions such as infertility, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, recurrent pregnancy loss, and anxiety.

A recent study of over 500 couples showed pregnancy rates declined significantly when increased levels of toxic chemicals were found in the blood (https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/2012/11/1205301).

Since the exposure to many of these chemicals is inevitable, we absolutely need to make choices to minimize exposure where possible. Basically, avoid or completely eliminate the use of;

  • Non-organic animal products (meats, eggs, dairy)
  • Water that has been stored in a plastic container
  • Cleaning agents that contain scent (laundry, body, hair, dish, household)
  • Dryer sheets and fabric softeners
  • Cosmetic lines that are not completely transparent about their ingredients
  • Microwaving food, especially in plastic containers
  • Domestic home and garden pesticides
  • Canned foods (unless specified non-BPA lining)
  • Phthalates (used in cosmetics and to soften plastic)

    We all know now that cigarettes are necessary to avoid. We look back at past generations smoking in places like maternity wards in hospitals and shake our heads. Future generations will look back at us and shake their heads, saying things like; ‘I can’t believe they microwaved plastic then ate out of it!’, or ‘They actually sprayed perfume right onto their body!’, or ‘People used to drink untested water that was stored in plastic containers!’.

    It is time to stop supporting the companies that sell products that put our health in danger, and to start supporting the amazing local companies that produce safe products. It is time to wake up and do what we can to avoid the detrimental effects these substances and habits have on our health, and the health of future generations.

    Adhering to all the above recommendations may be a little overwhelming if you try to do it all at once. Take baby steps and commit to one or two at a time. When you have adjusted to the changes, choose another.

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