What is a fertility detox?
A fertility detox cleanse is a special program focused on rebalancing hormones and preparing the body for pregnancy. There are five daily guidelines and three simple steps to this detox program. Following the guidelines helps the body release toxins and following the steps kickstarts important lifestyle changes to support hormone production, reproductive organs, and eventually, fetal development.
When should I do a fertility detox?
A fertility detox can be started at any time before becoming pregnant. The earlier you start the more benefit you will gain. The most beneficial for egg and sperm quality is to do a detox program and make healthy lifestyle changes 90 days or more before conception. It is also ideal to detox after an IVF retrieval and before starting medication for a transfer. Detoxifying during pregnancy can expose the baby to toxins so doing a program before pregnancy is best.
Why do it?
A detox can help clear our bodies of stored chemicals and wastes. On a daily basis, we are exposed to countless chemicals. Some of these chemicals are unregulated and can be endocrine disruptors – messing up our hormones. Most of the time these chemicals are processed and excreted by our bodies. But when they cannot be, they will end up inside our tissues, organs, and possibly even our eggs and sperm. A fertility detox may help to eliminate many of these from the body.
7 Day Detox – Body, Home, and Mind
Follow these every day of the cleanse make sure your body can eliminate built-up toxins:
- Every day – hydrate with ½ your weight in oz of water. Drink only filtered or purified water and organic teas. Include a glass of warm lemon water upon waking. No iced beverages.
- Eat something, even just a snack, every 3-4 hours. If you get hungry, eat, no matter what time of day.
- Every day – get at least 20 minutes of movement in. Keep exercise moderate (no more than 4 hours of intense exercise per week.) You might try gentle yoga or just take a walk.
- Eat only unprocessed and organic (when possible): vegetables, fruits, pasture-raised meats/fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. At least 75% of your vegetables should be cooked. Days 5-7 are vegan. Take fiber supplements every day.
- Avoid contact with body and home products containing fragrances and unnecessary chemicals.
Step 1: Take Bad Stuff Out – Remove Toxins and Inflammation
Remove foods and products containing unnecessary chemicals
- Food additives, preservatives, and MSG
- Processed, preserved, and shaped meats
- Processed and boxed foods, baked goods, pasta
- Canola and Vegetable oil
- Body products containing fragrance
- Coffee- Can substitute with organic tea or a natural coffee substitute like Dandy Blend (available at Sage)
Body: Avoid inflammatory foods
- Deep-fried and Fast Food
- Non-pasture raised meats and poultry
Home: Avoid products containing unnecessary chemicals
- Fragrances– Air fresheners, plug-ins, scented candles (essential oils are okay)
- Home Cleaning Products: Use gloves when handling cleaning products and air out the room
- Pesticides and Gardening: Avoid using weed killer and insecticides when possible and wear gloves when handling fertilizers
Mind: Avoid overstimulation from fictional and non-fictional external stressors
- Reduce and limit news consumption
- Reduce and limit movies and tv that are adrenaline pumping
Step 2: Put good stuff in – Add Nutrient-Dense Foods and Hydrate
Give your body what it needs to create strong healthy eggs, sperm, uterine lining, and re-balance hormone levels.
Body: Hydrate and Add Nutrient Dense Foods
Hydrate– Every day hydrate with ½ your weight in oz of water. Drink only filtered or purified water and organic teas. Include a glass of warm lemon water upon waking. No iced beverages.
Eat every 3-4 hours:
Give organs and tissues what they need to be nourished- eat nutrient-dense foods at regular intervals. When food energy runs low, all cells run low, taking away energy from reproduction and egg building. It also means an overload of stress hormones- adrenaline and cortisol- which can interrupt our natural hormone cycles.
Put good stuff in:
Give organs good materials to build new tissues with – eat vitamin and mineral-rich foods. The most critically important organs get fed first. If there is none left over the other organs and tissues (including eggs, sperm, uterine lining, and reproductive glands) will become deficient, and have trouble producing.
What to Eat Day 1-4:
High consumption of vegetables, legumes, fish
- At least 75% of vegetables should be cooked or steamed
High to moderate consumption of good fats
- Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds, no dairy
Moderate consumption of fruit and whole grains
- No processed grains, keep portions to ½ cup per meal
Low consumption of non-fish meat
- Meat should be pasture-raised, unshaped, nitrate-free
What to Eat Day 5-7:
- Same as above AND remove all animal products. No meat, fish, eggs, or dairy helps reset the gut flora.
Home: Check out our healthy home and body care guide
Step 3: Keep what works
- You may find some of the things you tried during the detox will be easy to maintain. For continued benefits beyond the detox, continue on with a fertility-focused diet.
- Slowly reintroduce animal products starting with some bone broth for a couple of days followed by fish and go from there. Keep a diet high in fatty fish and collagen-rich products.
Going forward follow a fertility focused diet:
Continue eating nutrient-dense foods every 3-4 hours.
Continue daily movement and meditation
Continue to avoid: Coffee, Alcohol, Processed foods, and chemical additives, Home or body products containing fragrance