The fact is, we live in an increasingly toxic world. Our cells are exposed to environmental pollutants that didn’t exist 100 years ago.
One of the ways we are seeing the effect of these toxins is in the increasing numbers of women with hormone imbalances facing infertility issues.
So, what are signs and symptoms of a hormone imbalance?
- Unexplained weight gain
- Mood swings
- Low libido
- Night sweats
Do any of these sound familiar?
If you find yourself nodding to any of the above symptoms, especially if you’re trying to get pregnant, read on, Sister.
According to a recent study done by The Endocrine Society, certain chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis, called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), have a negative impact on male and female fertility.
How exactly do these chemicals harm our fertility?
These endocrine disruptors can actually mimic naturally occurring hormones causing interference with the production, release, transport, metabolism and elimination of natural hormones in the body.
Where do we encounter these chemicals?
In our environment, food, and consumer products like skin care products, pesticides, insecticides, plastics, household cleaning products, construction material, textiles, and electronics, to name a few.
Even though EDCs can harm male and female fertility, there’s a big difference between sperm cells and egg cells: Sperm regenerate. Eggs don’t.
For this reason, it’s especially important for women to take precautions and limit their exposure to EDCs to protect their one and only egg supply.
Bottom line, the more you can lift the burden of toxic chemicals on your cells (did you know your eggs are the biggest cells in your body?), the better they’ll be able to do their job, and the easier it will be to conceive.
Here are 13 ways to minimize your exposure to fertility harming chemicals, and keep your eggs nice and healthy!
1. Use paraben-free skin, hair and body care (don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth)
2. Avoid fumes whenever possible (if it smells toxic, it probably is)
3. Avoid second-hand smoke
4. Use natural cleaners in the house, or make your own
5. Don’t sleep next to cell phones or laptops
6. Open the windows and air out your home often
7. Take your vitamins to help remove toxins from your cells
8. Use pots and pans and utensils made of stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, glass or wood (avoid non-stick)
9. Use glass food storage containers, stainless steel or glass water bottles
10. Buy organic whenever possible
11. Add plants to purify the air
12. Use a water filter for your sink and shower
13. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors
To learn more about how to increase your fertility to become pregnant, don’t miss my next session of Fertile Woman 21-Day Online Event.
Registration ends this Friday, August 8th at 9pm MT. The full program begins August 11!
Click here for more details and to register now.