10 Things You Need to Know About Having a Fertility-Friendly Detox

Eloise Edington  |   22 Feb 2022

When we’re trying to get pregnant, we know it’s important to avoid toxins and have a fertility-friendly diet.   But many wonder: Is it safe to detox when trying to conceive or pregnant and how to detox safely?

At Fertility Help Hub, we want you to feel confident in detoxing when TTC so we’ve enlisted the help of Nutritionist Rachel Bartholomew from Nutri Advanced (visit their website here) to explain what a detox is and what it isn’t and how you can detox safely when trying to get pregnant.

When TTC, it’s important to take a quality prenatal, like Nutri Advanced fertility supplements.  Nutri Advanced’s prenatals are specifically designed to provide tailored support to men and women when trying to conceive.  As well as taking a preconception multivitamin, there are simple ways to prepare your body for conception.

Read on to discover 10 important things about how a detox affects fertility and grab an exclusive 20% off Nutri Advanced supplements.

Over to Nutritionist Rachel Bartholomew…

If you’re thinking ahead before trying to conceive and wondering what diet and lifestyle steps to take to get your body prepared, ‘detox’ is a very worthy contender.  Maybe a fertility detox is something you’ve considered in the past and dismissed because it seems too complicated, faddish or restrictive?  Maybe you’re wondering if it’s safe to detox when trying to conceive or pregnant and if so, how to detox safely?

If you’re curious about how to detox safely when trying for a baby, this article is for you.

1. Detox is simple not complicated

Fertility detox attracts many different interpretations and opinions, and so can seem very confusing.  Yet if you get back to basics, it’s actually quite simple.

Detox is short for detoxification – this refers to a series of processes which are happening inside our bodies all the time.  And it’s a good job they’re happening all the time because we couldn’t survive without them!  Our detoxification processes help to ensure that toxins are eliminated that would otherwise be harmful.  And just like any other aspect of your health, there are diet and lifestyle steps you can take to help the body’s detox processes work as effectively as possible.

In short, ‘detox’ really is about bringing together carefully considered diet and lifestyle steps that will support your body’s ability to process toxins efficiently.  That way they won’t be left circulating around your system, potentially causing harm.  This is particularly important when optimising health for fertility treatment or TTC naturally.

2. ‘What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while’

This quote from Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) is one I share often because it’s highly relevant to every aspect of health, and especially to your detoxification processes.  These detox processes don’t just spring into action once a year, they are continually working around the clock.  And this means they will benefit most from support ‘every day’, rather than ‘once in a while’.  It’s important to prepare your body for TTC and fertility treatment at least three months in advance so try and get into good habits to support your body’s detoxification process.

3. We’re surrounded by toxins every day

This may sound like an exaggeration, but sadly for most of us, this statement is very true.

The toxins we should perhaps be most concerned about, especially when trying to conceive, are environmental toxins: man-made chemicals that are widely prevalent in our modern world and have the potential to be harmful to our health and fertility.

Listen: What Toxins Should I Avoid When TTC and How do I Avoid Them?

Most of us will come into contact with these types of toxins on a daily basis; through our food and drink, (including cookware and packaging), what we inhale (air, cleaning products, fragrances, smoke, household furnishings, paint etc.) and many of the products that are applied topically to our skin (cosmetics, toiletries etc.).  There are literally thousands of different types of toxins, many are not well studied, but many are known to be harmful to health.  And maybe even more so when we are exposed to high levels through multiple sources.

When trying to conceive, it’s important to minimise exposure to harmful toxins.

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4. Reducing your exposure to toxins is key

The sheer level of toxins that we can potentially come into contact with in our daily lives means it is impossible to avoid them altogether but the good news is it is completely possible to significantly reduce your total load, especially when you’re TTC.

Use the infographic shared below to learn simple ways to reduce the toxins you might be coming into contact with on a daily basis.  This is the first and most important step of any ‘detox’: Reducing your toxic load is an ongoing process and something you can keep chipping away at over time.

5. Be informed – The EARTH Study

Making positive diet and lifestyle changes to reduce overall toxin exposure is important for everyone and especially if you’re about to try to conceive.  There are many different reasons for this, among the most compelling are some of the findings of the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) Study which has been carried out by a team of researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and MGH Fertility Center in the US.

Led by Dr Russ Hauser, the EARTH Study research team have studied more than 1,500 participants since 2005 to investigate whether environmental chemicals and diet can impact fertility and pregnancy outcomes.  Their research findings have been presented in over 130 publications in scientific journals and they have repeatedly found that environmental chemicals do have the potential to impact fertility and pregnancy outcomes.  (Learn more here.)

The overwhelming takeaway of the study is that finding ways to reduce your daily exposure to toxins is a very worthwhile aim, particularly when TTC.

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6. Add supportive detox foods

Once you’ve identified ways to reduce your overall toxic load before TTC, the next step is to add foods into your diet that may help to support your detoxification processes.

It is impossible to avoid toxins altogether so it is important to also support the systems in your body that process and eliminate toxins.

Including good quality protein in your diet is absolutely key; more specifically, grass fed whey protein can be added to a smoothie and supplies essential ingredients to support detoxification.

Useful foods to include in your fertility-friendly diet:

  • are cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage)
  • onions, garlic and leeks
  • beetroot
  • artichoke and fennel
  • fresh herbs including parsley.

In addition, it is vital to ensure you’re consuming plenty of fibre when trying to conceive in the form of vegetables, fruits, legumes and some wholegrains and drinking plenty of fresh filtered water daily.   Fibre and water help to support regular bowel movements which is the final stage of detoxification processes.

Following these steps and including these foods in your diet when TTC can support your body’s detox process for conception.

7. Optimise your intake of key nutrients

Essential nutrients are needed for detoxification processes to work effectively.  These include:

  • B complex vitamins
  • folate
  • magnesium
  • selenium
  • iron
  • choline and
  • vitamin D.

You will find all of these nutrients in a high quality pregnancy multivitamin and mineral supplement.  If you are not pregnant and not actively trying to conceive you may find it helpful to supplement with additional supportive ingredients such as N-Acetyl Cysteine, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle and green tea extract.

However, you need to be careful when choosing fertility supplements for trying to conceive.  If you are unsure which fertility supplements are appropriate at which stage of your journey you can book in for a free 10-minute phone call with a Nutri Advanced Nutritionist (here) who will help you make the decision that is right for you.

8. Nurture supportive lifestyle habits too

Lifestyle changes are important not just for weeding toxins out of your daily life, but also for helping detoxification processes to work well.  Active relaxation (mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises), regular exercise and regularly getting good quality sleep are all key to preparing your body for conception.

9. Keep calm and change one small thing

It can feel overwhelming when you start to understand that potentially harmful toxins are widely prevalent in our environments.  And it can be stressful worrying about having a fertility detox as well as TTC.

But the great news is, there’s lots you can do to detox safely and easily when TTC or pregnant.

If you’re ready to make some changes and not sure where to begin, the best advice is to start small and change just one thing.  Know that you don’t need to change everything overnight – this journey is a marathon not a sprint – and know also that change is generative. This means that once you’ve taken action, no matter how small, what tends to happen is that you’ll keep going and make more changes as a result.

10. Where to start a fertility detox?

This useful infographic is a great place to start.

It provides 21 simple diet, lifestyle and nutrient steps you could take to support your body’s detoxification processes.  And it’s a great mix of weeding toxins out and adding supportive factors in.  Print the infographic out, stick it on the fridge and pick out just one simple step to start with.

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Understanding how to detox safely when TTC and knowing simple steps to avoiding toxins and supporting your body’s detoxification process will help on your fertility journey.  Optimising your diet and lifestyle with Rachel’s tips and specially-formulated fertility supplements at Nutri Advanced is a great way to prepare your body for trying to conceive.

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