I always wondered this..
xenoestrogens are in our lotions and beauty products, sunscreens, parabens, and in insecticides/ pesticides.
This is a great website, for you to check and see if your skin products and even vitamins to see if you are using "Clean" products.
Also making sure not to use plastics with BHA and even some preservatives in our food. These can bind onto our estrogen receptor sites and then the cellular process isn't complete and can also affect men!
It can affect our HPA, Hypothalamic- Pituitary axis.
So simply said, we highly recommend that you eat organic during this period.
Phew.. This is a HUGE topic, with many contradicting and confusing information.
This is my take on it after reading several different books...
First here is a good quiz to take to check and see if you have inflammation.
This is a quiz by Amy Raup, founder of the egg quality diet. I find her diet to be very extreme, like I say later in this blog, that. may be necessary, but if a diet or lifestyle creates more stress, it can be counter productive.
If you have certain conditions, you may, including, thyroid issues, stress (like all of us), PCOS, endometriosis, or any autoimmune conditions, and any gut issues.
One key thing I can say is that most inflammation starts in the gut. There are small adjustments we can start to make to address those concerns, if necessary we can do some other testing for SIBO and candida.
I do not personally believe in huge drastic changes, unless you are extremely ill and have severe food intolerances. I myself do not do well with drastic extreme diets or lifestyle changes.
BUT we can make adjustments in your habits and if need be do an elimination anti-inflammatory diet. Now, what is inflammatory ? There are so many different opinions! It can get so overwhelming. We need to find what is right for YOU.
For starters, and these are stricter if you are serious about getting pregnant is,
- Cut out coffee, you can taper off and switch to green/ white tea.
- Cut out alcohol completely.
- I recommend cutting out gluten and it is inflammatory even if you aren't allergic.
- Manage stress.
- exercise regularly, 5 times a week for 30 minutes add in yoga or pilates.
With more assessment and questioning we can add in more supplements.
I will be going over more dietary suggestions in future blocks this is just an intro.
Here are some links to references and suggested reading for your fertility and also pertaining to diet.
I am Stefanie Rothert, I have been a professional intuitive and healer since I was 19 years old,1997. I have a background in arts, dance, movement,herbal study, meditation and more. I believe in deep compassion and intuition in healing, with a grounded, earthy approach.