So often we hear of people “cleansing” or “detoxing.” Sometimes they’re working with a doctor or nutritionist; sometimes they’re taking the advice of a friend; sometimes the ideas come from an oddball internet source.
Detox products are a huge industry, and they often sell to those who are desperate for health. This is simply because many of us are desperate for health, vitality, and fertility.
We’re tired of feeling tired, and we just want some hope that change can be possible. Yet, we have a hard time trusting those who are selling us these products meant to give us back our health. And, granted, that mistrust is warranted many times, as there are plenty of companies and products that are of little to no help.
Your story may be similar to mine; it’s been a constant journey to keep my health and fertility on track. Many times, I just wanted someone to give me hope, so I’ve tried many different dietary and detox protocols over the years.
Yet, I failed to stick with the “detox” programs I read about in books, and I would purchase different herbal detox pills, only to fail to finish them.
I recently realized why: my perceptions of a detox were a bit off. I went into them with negative emotions, expecting to feel miserable — and that ended up being the case. I felt deprived and stressed out instead of rejuvenated. I worked against my body instead of with it.
I also changed my wording and thinking from a “detox” to a “cleanse” for one simple reason: a detox is a designed program that, while it can be effective, is designed to stress your body to some extent and, many times, dramatically evict toxins of every sort. A cleanse, in my mind, is more gentle and supports your body through its normal process. It’s not a “gimmick” or fad, but a simple way to eat and live that allows our bodies to function properly.
Definition of the word cleanse:
- to make clean
- to become clean
- to remove dirt, filth, etc., from
Our bodies are magnificent creations, and they work each day to keep our bodies clean. The problem comes when we live in environments that keep us polluted, or we consume a diet that doesn’t quite give our body the nourishment it needs to complete this task.
I’m also guessing that many of you are like me and have negative connotations when it comes to cleansing or detoxing. That we have to go hungry, or eat food and drink teas that taste ridiculously horrible. Because this is what we see other people do: starve themselves and take drastic measures to get everything out all at once.
But does it really have to be that way? Is that really safe when trying to conceive?
Or, can we find a way to cleanse our bodies of impurities, yet stay nourished?
Should you do a fertility detox?
Many holistic practitioners think everyone should do a simple and gentle detox a few times per year, and I think doing so can be good practice.
But gentle is the key word for those looking to conceive! Because causing a mass exodus of toxins from your body may actually be harmful to not only you but a new baby as well.
We simply want to support our body’s own natural detoxification system in the 4-6 months prior to conception and that’s why I’m a big supporter of using whole foods, herbs, and other natural therapies to assist the body in doing what it was created to do.
You can do a fertility detox and it doesn’t have to be hard!
Simply take steps each day to support your body and let it do all the hard work. Change your diet just a little bit, add some herbs into your daily routine, and figure out what your body needs to thrive.