You can increase your fertility levels and get pregnant faster by avoiding certain toxins and toxic chemicals! Eco-expert and author Terra Wellington shares tips on reducing the toxic chemicals in daily life that decrease fertility levels in women…
Research from UCLA shows that women who are exposed to chemicals used in everyday items – food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets, and personal care products – take longer to get pregnant. The link to this study is at then end of these tips for increasing fertility levels.
Here, Wellington shares 10 ways to avoid toxic chemicals at home. To learn more about creating a green home, read The Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home.
And, here are her tips for increasing fertility levels and getting pregnant faster…
Increase Fertility Levels by Avoiding These Toxic Chemicals
“Toxics are currently found in nearly all consumer products – from food, electronics, household cleaners, clothes, water supplies, to personal care products,” says Wellington, who is a frequent television contributor on healthy living issues. “These toxics affect your health – both short and long term.”
Chlorine. Read labels of household products and cleaners, and stay away from chlorine because any product with chlorine harms your water supply and pollutes your air. Simple choices include chlorine-free paper, toilet paper, and cleansers.
Ammonia. This is a lung and eye irritant and can be an additional health risk if you have asthma or other respiratory issues.
VOCs. This is the short way of saying Volatile Organic Compounds, which are toxic gases that pollute your air. The most common VOC offenders are carpets, flooring, paints, some plastics, and household cleaners. Look specifically for the product to be labeled with zero or low VOCs – of course, using zero VOCs is the best way to increase fertility levels.
Reduce fragrances. Many household and personal products have fragrances. But oftentimes the more fragrant a product is the more chance it has stronger chemicals and/or VOC’s because the fragrance can contain VOC’s or mask the smell of other toxic chemicals. So look for “fragrance free” whenever possible.
PVCs. Plastic labeled #3 is made from polyvinyl chloride, also called PVC. PVC releases harmful chemicals during its lifetime that can affect your health. Look for zero-PVC labeled products, including shower curtains, children’s toys, plastic food containers, electronics, and artificial plants.
BPA. Currently a hot-button issue, Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxic chemical that is used to make plastic #7, lines the cans of many of our canned foods, and is found in a multitude of other consumer products including electronics. It is best to not buy any plastics for food or beverage that are made from plastic #7 (especially if you want to get pregnant fast).
Mercury. Only eat safe and sustainable seafood on a limited basis to protect yourself against mercury poisoning. This is especially important if you do get pregnant. Additionally, take extra care with storage and disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Toxic fertilizers. Many home-landscape, artificial fertilizers have been found to contain heavy metals, which are toxic to people and soils. These fertilizers also contain high amounts of other chemicals that are not only toxic but also run off into our waterways and kill marine life. Look, instead, for organic fertilizer options.
Toxic herbicides or pesticides. Most herbicides and pesticides are toxic to humans, pets, and to wildlife, including necessary pollinators. And our food supply depends on healthy pollinators. Instead, practice preventive and organic gardening, as well as integrated pest management.
PFCs. These are perfluorinated compounds. Any product that is grease resistant probably has a coating of this compound, including stick-resistant cookware, microwave popcorn bags, dental floss, and carpets. Look for PFC-free products.
Do you have any tips about avoiding toxic chemicals and increasing fertility levels? Please comment below.
For pregnancy tips, read Fertility Help – 10 Tips for Getting Pregnant.
To learn more about Terra Wellington, visit her blog Moms And The Planet. To read about the UCLA study, go to Widely Used Chemicals, Perfluorinated Chemicals, May Reduce Women’s Fertility on ScienceDaily.