How to Detoxify Your Body Preconception
- Toxins can be found virtually everywhere: in the food and water we consume; in the chemicals used prepare or grow food; and even from the air.
- Toxins are easily passed on to your baby in utero.
- You can safely detox with a combination of key nutrients, organic foods and filtered water
Now that you are getting ready to conceive, it is time to prepare a home for your child. No need to start painting the nursery just yet. Instead, focus on the home your unborn child will have for its first nine months of development. That’s right: It is time to prepare your own body for pregnancy.
One of the best ways to prepare your body for the arrival of its new resident is to detoxify. That is, to limit oneself from exposure to toxins, and to rid the body of the toxic substances it has accumulated.
Toxic dangers lurking in your body
Many toxins act as endocrine disruptors, meaning that they interfere with your body’s natural hormonal activities. This can make it difficult for women to conceive, and it can also lead to semen-producing issues in men. This alone is probably enough reason to start that detox process, however, there is more. Even if you are able to conceive, those nasty chemicals can cross the placental barrier and have an impact on your growing baby. In fact, research has found that babies are born with dangerous toxic substances already in their systems.
How can you know if you have toxins?
Unfortunately, we are all walking around with toxic invaders. Some people have more than others, and some have more harmful types of toxins in their bodies. It is highly impractical to walk into your doctor’s office and ask her to test for every known toxin, but because chemicals are present virtually everywhere, it is safe to assume your body is toxic on some level. The toxins that your doctor can test for are metals, such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Large accumulations of any of these can cause serious health problems for you and your child, so you may want to test before and after a detox to ensure you have effectively removed them. [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24847687]
Ways to detoxify naturally
- Eliminate known toxins from your daily routine – Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Avoid all processed foods and beverages. Avoid coffee and other sources of caffeine. Do not use chemical cleaning products and other household chemicals, if this can be avoided.
- Fill your diet with organic fruits, vegetables and herbs – Add as many of the following foods to your diet as possible during a detox. Organic varieties will not add toxins to your body, and these powerful foods will aid your body’s natural detoxification system.
- Leafy greens – These are high in chlorophyll, which naturally absorbs environmental toxins, increases bile production and neutralizes heavy metals.
- Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage – These veggies help the liver turn toxins into something your body can eliminate with ease.
- Basil – This herb is filled with antioxidants to help protect the liver
- Pineapple – Pineapple contains a unique substance called bromelain, which helps improve digestion and cleanse the colon
- Citrus fruits – The vitamin C in citrus fruits help the liver turn toxins into water-soluble substances that can be easily eliminated by the body.
- Eat organic meat and dairy or none at all – The most effective detox diets are simple and allow the body to focus on eliminating toxins. Meat and dairy take more effort for the body to eliminate than fruits and vegetables, and this can take resources away from the detoxification process. If you feel you must consume meat and dairy during a detox, be sure it is organic and antibiotic free.
- Drink filtered water – Sodas and commercially made juices are likely to contain excessive amounts of sugar and chemical preservatives. Instead, opt for filtered water. To jazz things up, you may add a splash of lemon or lime (also great detoxifiers). Try for at least 8 8-ounce glasses each day to help flush the toxins from your system.
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 is editor-in-chief for Ovulationcalendar.com, also founded Impact Humanity, a charity which helps under privileged children get the basic necessities like food and education in Kenya.
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