Detoxification has become somewhat of a fad in the past decade, but it really should not be thought of in that way. Detoxification is a natural process that your body initiates daily. And if we were not constantly bombarded with environmental toxins, our bodies would naturally be able to eliminate all of the toxins without much help from us. Unfortunately, that does not describe the world in which we live, so we do need to make an effort to change our habits so that our bodies may work more efficiently. This describes a safe detox.
Many of the detox diets on the market today are considered unsafe for women who are trying to conceive because they deprive the body of key nutrients that she and her developing fetus will need. So instead of trying a diet of deprivation, consider adopting the following healthy habits to safely detoxify your body when trying to conceive.
Mr Druce of the fertility tracking website OvulationCalendar.com say’s, “toxins can make it harder to conceive, as they can contribute to conditions such as hormone imbalances and low sperm count. It is a good idea for both you and your partner to flush out any toxins before you start trying to conceive.”
- Drink lots of filtered water
If you only change one habit, let it be this (unless you are a smoker, then let it be quitting). Every time you drink a glass of water, imagine it flushing toxic waste out of your body. This is essentially what it is doing. Water helps the kidneys remove liquid waste. The kidneys take in about 20 percent of the body’s blood each time the heart beats. They clean this blood and produce urine with the waste.
- Avoid known environmental toxins
There are way too many toxins present in our environment to list in one article, but if you start by eliminating the big ones, you can drastically limit your daily toxic load and free up energy for your body to use to get rid of old toxins. Here are a few ideas:
- If you smoke, quit
- Stop drinking, or severely limit, alcohol
- Stop using any recreational drugs and only take prescription medications when medically necessary
- Avoid commercially-made cleaning products (vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything)
- Stop eating high-mercury fish, such as mackerel, swordfish and tuna
- Eat only organic produce to avoid consuming toxic pesticides and herbicides
- Eat lots of organic leafy greens
Now that you are on the right track, it is time to feed your body the nutrients it needs to aid in the detoxification process. Leafy greens have high concentrations of chlorophyll, which binds to toxins and helps remove them from the body.
- Consume organic citrus fruits daily
Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes and grapefruits, contain high amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that will help destroy circulating free radicals and aid the body in neutralizing toxins.
- Avoid or limit meat and dairy
Our bodies take more time and energy to digest meat and dairy products, and this is energy that could be used in the detoxification process. If you would like to continue eating meat and dairy during a detoxification, be sure it is organic and free of antibiotics.
Author: Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Ph.D., an expert on women’s health and helping couples conceive naturally. Dr McGowan is a mother of one beautiful girl. She founded Impact Humanity, a charity which helps under privileged children get the basic necessities like food and education in Kenya.