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For Fertility, Drink Plenty of Purified Water


a blog by Cindy Bailey of the Fertile Kitchen™, November 5, 2010

To optimize fertility when trying to conceive (TTC), your beverage of choice should be plenty of pure, clean, purified water — and not much else.

Emphasis on Purity

I emphasize “purified,” because, sadly, even bottled fresh spring water can be contaminated with chemicals such as pentachlorophenols (PCPs)! Shocking, I know. In a July, 2009 article in Science News, the results of an investigation on the purity of bottled water, conducted by the Government Accountability Office, found that “the FDA doesn’t make bottled water companies provide information on the quality of the source water they use, on any contaminants detected or on potential health effects associated with any pollutants tainting their products.”

Subcommittee chairman Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) noted, “…bottled water has been recalled due to contamination by arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold and bacteria.”
Don’t count on tap water being free of contamination either.

Best Way to Find Purfied Water

So how do you get purified water that’s safe to drink? The best choice is to include a really good filter over your tap water. Check the EPA for guidelines and standards.

With bottled water, go for the variety that has been through a process of “reverse osmosis” or “distillation” to purify it. It will say this on the label. Some brands, like Dasani, made by Coca-Cola, will purify the water and then add back in minerals for good taste and health.

Not to scare anyone further, but there have also been studies that show hormone-disrupting chemicals can leach into bottled water over time. Just know that in our increasingly polluted environment, all we can do is the best we can. I would recommend not re-using plastic water bottles or letting them heat up in the sun with water you plan to drink still in them. These are two ways chemicals can leach.

Drink Plenty of Water

Do, however, drink plenty of water! Because our bodies are made up of 70 percent water, we need lots of it to keep our bodies healthy and running well. Optimal health paves the way to optimal fertility. Drink a good six to eight ounces of clean, purified water per day.

Other beverages that are fine to consume while TTC: vegetable juices and herbal teas, except for those contraindicated for fertility and pregnancy, such as chamomile and a few of the medicinal herbs, such as Echinacea and St. John’s Wort. Stay away from everything else, especially sugary sodas. And avoid fruit juices, which contain too high a concentration of sugar.

Really, all you need is purified water and plenty of it.

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