Are Heavy Metals Weighing Down Your Fertility?
I can remember the first time I heard about our body storing heavy metals (insert snort laugh). I mean, come on, really?! Hey, ya don't know what ya don't know. I have since realized that our bodies are these fantastical machines. But they are definitely susceptible to the lives we choose to lead. The reality is, aside from living in a bubble, we are going to encounter things on the daily that could potentially challenge our health. Some of these things are dang near impossible to avoid. Or it would be a radical inconvenience to eliminate. There are heavy metals and toxins and chemicals that are hard on the systems of our body hidden in so many things that we believe to be safe. Food we put in our body and products we put on our skin (our largest organ – hint hint). Items we choose to clean with or pretty smells that we love to think of as harmless.
All it takes is a little time and a little effort. At the very least you may have that moment of 'hmmmm – chemicals not good'. An intuitive thought that even without any real research is worth listening to. Or you can take it a little further and see if you can find any articles and/or studies that speak to you.
Research has shown that heavy metals can indeed interfere with our fertility. For one, they have a tendency to accumulate in our vital organs. Meaning that our organs are impacted from functioning at their optimal level. Also, these metals get in the way of the absorption of other vital minerals that our body requires.
What are these metals (a few of them anyway) and where can we find them?
+Aluminum = deodorant, cosmetics, tap water, cookware, toothpaste, baking powder
+Arsenic = laundry detergent, bug spray, pesticides, well water
+Lead = makeup, hair dye, organ meats
+Mercury = body powders, fabric softeners, paints, grains, seafood
So what's a mama in the making to do?
+Be your own advocate! Know what you are putting in and on your body. Do your research. Be vigilant.
+Eliminate what you can, where you can. It is pretty much impossible to remove all exposure, but a little bit here and a lot a bit there, IS going to make a difference.
+To detox or not to detox? There are plenty of natural ways to support your body to detox heavy metals... MORE CLEAN WATER! However, IF you decide to consider a heavy metal detox be sure you are working with a health practitioner that knows what's up. The last thing you want is some free roaming heavy metals just floating around your body that are not being eliminated.
Detox or not, you can choose more wisely starting today.
Get familiar with available resources such Environmental Working Group or EWG.org. They have tons of fantastic information and product reviews. Check out their Skin Deep page for home care and beauty care product information at www.EWG.org/skindeep. Be sure to check in regularly because products change their formulations all the time.
Another great resource and one of my personal faves is the free app, Think Dirty. They have rated more than 1 million beauty care products on levels such as allergens and organ toxicity. So much stellar information, IF you are willing to access it.
Be willing to get informed. Be willing to make some changes and try new things. If nothing changes - - NOTHING CHANGES.
You got this!