Top Tips from a Fertility Expert
To all my ladies on the holistic fertility journey…what does your spring cleaning checklist look like this year? If you are struggling with fertility issues, then you already know I recommend eating a healthy diet and taking the right supplements. Both of these things are important when it comes to balancing your hormones, but have you ever thought about cleaning up your home environment as well? The chemicals hiding in your cleaning products could be interfering with your goal of having a healthy, full term pregnancy.
This spring, I recommend creating a clean home environment by tossing the toxic chemical cleaners and air fresheners.
Trust me ladies, your hormones will thank you.
Here is how these endocrine disrupting cleaning products are negatively affecting your fertility.
What are endocrine disruptors? Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that are known to interfere with the endocrine system by mimicking your body’s natural hormones. They affect the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone your body creates leading to hormonal imbalances. Continued exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals can result in a lower libido, infertility, and a higher chance of miscarriage. That is why it is important to limit your exposure to these toxic chemicals as much as possible.
Unfortunately, conventional cleaning products contain thousands of harmful chemicals that could be disrupting your hormones. It’s hard to know for sure if a product is 100% safe. Manufacturers are not held to very high standards when it comes to disclosing what they put in their products. Because of this, it is up to you to be extra diligent when creating a toxic free home. Here are a few of the most commonly used endocrine disrupting chemicals to watch for:
Phthalates are used as preservatives in many fragrances. They can lower testosterone in men and cause miscarriages and unsuccessful implantation attempts in women.
Another commonly used chemical preservative, they have been linked to miscarriages, breast cancer, lower sperm count, and birth defects.
Triclosan is a synthetic antibacterial agent that is often used in hand soaps and disinfectants like hand sanitizer. It has been linked to hormone disruption and can affect normal breast development.
Many of the dangerous chemicals in cleaning products listed above are hidden under the umbrella term “fragrance”. Manufacturers can hide all sorts of ingredients under this term, which is why it is important to buy fragrance free products.
Now that you know why it is important to switch out your toxic cleaning products for safer, cleaner alternatives, you’re ready to get started!
Here are a few starter tips to creating a toxic free home for this year’s spring cleaning:
1. Go Fragrance Free
Avoid products that use fragrance in their ingredient list. Fragrance can be code for a number of hidden toxins that could be disrupting your hormones. Replace fragrances and air fresheners with essential oils instead. Some of my favorites for a clean home are lemon, orange, peppermint, and lemon peel.
2. Read Labels Carefully
Always read the ingredients in a product before buying. Many companies use a technique called greenwashing, where they market their product as all natural or “green” to convince consumers it’s safe to buy. Just because a product looks all natural by the name or label, does not mean that it is.
3. Use DIY Cleaners
Replace harmful products with simple, DIY cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda. Here is a simple recipe for a DIY surface cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with half white vinegar, half water, and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. That’s it! Now you have a simple, non toxic surface cleaner for your home. For tougher stains or messes, sprinkle on some baking soda, and let it set. Then spray with white vinegar and scrub with a rag
4. Find Safer Alternatives
Replace conventional cleaners with a safer alternative. Even though natural cleaning product brands can be pricier, it’s worth the investment! There are a lot of clean brands out there to try. Use a website such as the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) to find healthy products that are right for you and your family.
This year, when it comes to spring cleaning, it is important to clean your home with safe, toxic free cleaning products. In order to heal your hormones holistically, you need to look at ALL factors involved, including your home!
If you are ready to learn more about holistic fertility and how to track your hormones like a BOSS, then I’ve got you! In my Badass Fertility Master Class , you will learn the common fertility mistakes I see women making, plus the REAL secret to tracking your cycle so you can either prevent pregnancy or become pregnant more easily. In this class, I give you all of the tools you need to ditch birth control and track your body’s natural cycles.! Learn more here.
Peace and Fertility,
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