We often underestimate the impact of chemicals on our bodies and immediate environment. However, most chemicals are toxic to our body cells and metabolic functions.
There should be no doubt in one’s mind about the extent to which chemicals in our immediate environments including our homes and offices can negatively impact on our fertility and also how it can increase the risk of abnormalities and malformation in prospective children. In case you still have your doubts, following is an interesting abstract from a scientific journal:
“The influence of chemical toxicants on human reproduction is often overlooked. However, couples previously exposed to toxicants face a higher risk of birth defects in their children. Through preconception care, nurses can provide prevention education to men and women of childbearing age and play a positive role in reducing rates of infertility and foetal harm due to chemical toxicity. This paper introduces chemical toxicants prevalent in the community, workplace, and home and also the impact of exposure to such on conception and foetal development. Working on primary prevention, secondary prevention, and sexual history collection…[it’s possible to]… assess, counsel, educate, and provide relevant services to help prevent environmental exposure damage to reproductive functions and promote reproductive health.”
This is only one in hundreds of pieces of scientific data that show just how much chemicals can impact fertility outcomes. The problem is that chemicals are everywhere and often we don’t realise that our daily choices are actually full of these very potent toxins that not only harm fertility but a developing pregnancy, increasing the risk of miscarriage and congenital abnormalities and malformations. So now you know chemicals are everywhere how do you best protect yourself
Here are 7 ways to reduce the toxic load in your home, office and immediate environment overnight
Replace all your cleaning products
This is the best, most reliable place to start. Overnight you can rid your home and office of these highly toxic compounds that will negatively impact your fertility. Just because cleaning products are available for mass use in supermarket shelves it does not mean they are safe (or even remotely so). The best thing you can do is learn how to clean naturally and very cheaply with simple everyday products that will not harm your health and fertility. For great ideas on how to clean naturally get your copy of The Awful Truth About Cleaning Products and Fertility Revealed (GoKo Publishing 2008).
Replace all your pest control products
This is definitely the next best place to start. Stop using chemical pesticides to deal with household pests. There are so many natural, easy, non-toxic ways to control pests in your home. You just need to know how and this way you will not be the one who will end up eating the pesticides you put around the house. If you don’t know how, Protecting Your Fertility: The Dangers of Conventional Pest Control and Natural, Safe Alternatives Revealed (GoKo Publishing 2008), will give you all the tools you need to change your immediate environment.
Avoid air fresheners
So many people use air fresheners in their home thinking they are doing the right thing… but in fact there are few things more toxic to your health and fertility than commercial air fresheners. Often because they come all nice and smelly in their pretty cans we have a misconception that they are ok or even pleasant—not really so… the best way to freshen up the house is by making sure you open your windows and let air circulate, but also use 100% pure essential oils if you like a pleasant and natural fragrance for your home.
Buy organic food wherever possible
This is a key way to help you avoid consuming chemicals that will affect your health and fertility. Also studies have shown that organic foods have higher levels of nutrients so not only will you be consuming less of the bad stuff you will definitely be getting more of the good stuff as well! For great tips on a healthy fertility diet check out Eat Your Way To Parenthood: The Diet Secrets of Highly Fertile Couples Revealed (GoKo Publishing 2008).
Don’t worry about the germs
We are often overly preoccupied with germs but they are not as bad for us as we have grown accustomed to think. Research worldwide actually shows that germs have a strengthening effect on our immune function and a certain level of micro-organisms are necessary to positively exercise the immune system. So the answer, let go of all the anti-microbial products you have in your home. In addition to the unnecessary anti-microbial effects some of the specific chemicals used in these products have been directly linked with fertility problems.
Avoid plastics all together
There is much information on the effects of plastic in the environment and within our bodies. Plastics (of all types) are endocrine disruptors and will negatively impact fertility and reproductive function. It also hinders proper reproductive development in the developing baby and child. Plastics have also been shown to have carcinogenic effects so wherever possible avoid them completely! Avoid storing foods in plastic and choose glass utensils wherever possible including water bottles and food containers.
Say no to food additives, preservatives, flavourings, colourings and more…
Our food supply has the potential to bring us a huge amount of nourishment, but nowadays our choices need to be considered carefully because it is a fair assumption that EVERYTHING that is processed in some way will definitely have come in touch with some type of chemical along the way.
For example, pre-washed and pre-cut salads and vegetables are generally blanched in bleach in order to keep their colour and kill bacteria. The key is to buy unprocessed, fresh ingredients wherever possible that you can prepare from scratch. Be sure to read all labels and avoid those foods with obvious additives if they must be in your diet.
You can make amazing changes to your health, which naturally increase your chances of a healthy conception and an even healthier baby. Good luck on your journey.