The benefits of detoxification are plentiful, from reducing food sensitivities, to healing skin conditions, to normalizing digestive disorders (such as constipation, diarrhea & IBS) and improving mental/emotional wellbeing. There are many more benefits to list, but the one I want to talk more about (and one that people don’t necessarily consider) is enhanced fertility.
There are chemicals found in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the personal care products we put on our bodies (including shampoos, soaps, creams, makeup, etc.) that can affect our reproductive health. More specifically there are certain chemicals which are known to be endocrine disruptors (or in other words can affect our hormonal balance; both male & female) such as the “dirty dozen” which can be found on Environmental Working Group’s website.
Chronic exposure to these chemicals can cause menstrual cycle abnormalities in women, reduce sperm health in men and can also interfere with the development of a healthy fetus.
If you still need more convincing, here’s a landmark statement sent out last year by the International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics (FIGO) warning that exposure to toxic environmental chemicals can be a threat to healthy human reproduction. Click here to read.
Scary stuff, I know!
So, How Do I Optimize My Fertility and Overall Wellbeing?
All of the chemicals our bodies are exposed to get filtered through our organs of elimination, including our liver, digestive tract, skin & kidneys. Therefore, by reducing our chemical exposures wherever possible and keeping our organs of elimination healthy & highly functioning, we are maximizing our ability to naturally clear these substances from our bodies when exposed; in this way they are unable to stick around long enough to cause any damage. Detoxing 1-2 times yearly is a great way to help ensure you are cleansing these organs and therefore setting yourself up for future reproductive (and overall) health.
Now, that said, be sure to contact a Naturopathic Doctor or other medical care provider before embarking on any nutritional detox plan. On the other hand, cleaning out harmful chemical cleaners & personal care products can always be done on your own and I will have a blog on this to follow so stay tuned!