When trying to conceive, you may have loads of questions about what can affect your ability to become pregnant. There are all kinds of fertility influencers, and one that often crops up on the list is the environment. Specifically discussed by Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich in their book, Feed Your Fertility, are chemical compounds that may affect your hormones.
For starters, we need to talk about xenoestrogens because they have the potential to have a direct effect on your fertility, your health, and your future offspring.
Xenoestrogens are chemical compounds that imitate estrogen in the body. They can be either naturally occurring or synthetic.
Synthetic xenoestrogens are extremely prevalent in our environment and include things such as PCBs (in insulation and oil-based paints), BPA (in plastic), and phthalates (in cosmetics, lubricants, food packaging, and more).
Xenoestrogens are a problem because they act as endocrine disruptors, basically filling the receptors for true estrogen in the body, which is an issue whether you’re starting with too much, too little, or just the right amount of this hormone in the first place.
The resulting hormone imbalance directly interferes with reproductive health and has also been associated with early puberty in both boys and girls. Here are some guidelines to minimize your xenoestrogen exposure:
- Do not drink from plastic water bottles that have been heated up by the sun or sitting in a hot car. It’s best not to reuse plastic water bottles—glass or stainless steel is optimal.both easy to make and easy on your wallet.
- Buy organic produce, meats, and dairy products to avoid pesticides and hormones.
- Store your food in glass containers; avoid plastic as much as possible, and definitely
do not microwave or bake food in plastic.
- If you’ve been a smoker of any substance, we’re going to assume that you’ve quit. (If not, talk to your acupuncturist about a plan ASAP.) If your family or friends smoke, steer clear as much as possible, making sure that anyone you live with moves his or her habit to the patio at the very least.
- If you paint or otherwise work with toxic chemicals, reduce your exposure as much as possible, and—in addition to your nutrient-dense diet—make sure to supplement with glutathione and other antioxidants discussed in the book)
- Ditch the perfumes. They may smell nice, but the chemicals in synthetic scents may disrupt your hormones. Avoid them in all forms—spray-ons, lotions, deodorants, air fresheners, etc. Essential oils make an excellent replacement.
- Do you want to make a healthy baby and have a healthy pregnancy?
- Are you interested in a holistic approach to fertility?
- Do you need to optimize your fertility due to your age or health conditions?
- Are you trying to conceive and experiencing challenges?
Very few women and men expect to have trouble when it comes to having a family, and coming up against obstacles can bring about epic levels of stress. Deciding what steps to take can be absolutely baffling.
The good news is that Feed Your Fertility is here to help you. Inside, fertility professionals and authors Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich will guide you on a path to making the nutritional and lifestyle changes you need to help support healthy fertility and pregnancy. Inside you’ll learn:
- How your lifestyle may be inhibiting your ability to conceive – and what to do about it
- Why popular fertility diets may be leading you down the wrong road
- What foods to eat to optimize and nourish your fertility, and how to adopt a real foods diet
- How to determine your personal health imbalances that may be interfering with your fertility
- How to use Chinese medicine to bring your body into balance and improve your odds of conception
- How to streamline your supplements and take only what you really need
- Your natural and medical treatment options for common fertility issues
- How to navigate the medical fertility world and when to seek help
Get your pregnancy on track the natural, time-tested way and enjoy your journey to motherhood with Feed Your Fertility.