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Are All Your TTC Systems Go?
a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon
When we are trying to conceive, it is important to maximize our body’s ability to get rid of environment we live in is filled with substances that can negatively impact fertility. Pesticides used on factory farms mimic our reproductive hormones and modern building materials and cleaning compounds can trigger allergic responses and promote inflammation in the body.
Add to that the stress hormones and the hormone medications that are part of fertility treatment and it’s easy to imagine that our body’s detoxification capacity can be overwhelmed!
So what do we mean when we talk about “detoxification capacity”?
Basically, there are three main organ systems involved in clearing toxins from the body: the lymph system, the circulatory system and the digestive system:
Muscle contraction and movement is one way to facilitate better lymph function. For fertility, we can support the optimal function of the lymph with techniques like yoga and massage. Yoga postures stretch tight musculature, releasing toxins into the interstitial fluid. Folding, bending and twisting promote movement and clearance in the lymph vessels.
Massage has a similar effect. Manual manipulation speeds the release of toxins from tissues into the lymph and massage techniques like manual lymphatic drainage direct lymph to drainage sites.
The best detox defense is a good offense. To keep your body’s detoxification systems in good working order, take the following steps:
1. Eliminating caffeine and alcohol, which are toxins and place extra stress on the liver.
2. Eat a hypo-allergenic/anti-inflammatory diet to lower inflammation and promote good digestion.
3. Stay active, engage in moderate intensity/low-impact exercise.
4. Buy a book and learn about yoga poses that stimulate detoxification.
5. Practice stress reduction each day.
Be present, be positive . . . be non-toxic!