If you are planning to have a baby it is very important to consider changing your bad habits into good ones before you try to conceive. Women today have to take care of any history of exposure to toxins either from the environment or unhealthy diet in order to appropriately cleanse the body and soul. This is crucial preparation for when carrying a healthy baby to term.
This is a challenge I want all women to take to become healthier. While ancestral societies initiated periods of special feeding prior to a couple conceiving a child in order to ensure proper nutrients were available for the optimal development of the fetus, detoxification from environmental poisons was unnecessary due to pristine water, air, and food.
Unfortunately, our world today has become a toxic hole with persistent environmental pollutants such as dioxin, the chemical by-product of numerous industrial processes found even at the North Pole. Exposure to dioxin results in storage in body tissues.
There is a large vortex of garbage roughly twice the size of Texas swirling out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that keeps growing with each passing year. Our planet has become a big ball of trash…
Hike off many country roads in small towns or large towns, doesn’t seem to matter anymore, you will find garbage and illegally dumped chemicals everywhere. No doubt these pollutants are seeping into the groundwater.
While I could go on and on about the environmental contaminants each and every one of us are exposed to on a daily basis, the point is clear, the synthetic prenatal vitamins recommended by conventional doctors three months before conception is not appropriate preparation for such a huge life event.
A minimum 6 months and ideally a full year of slow detoxification combined with nutrient dense dietary preparation is wise. Toxic babies born to toxic mothers are more likely to have allergies and even be allergic to their own mother’s breastmilk. Autoimmune issues, behavioral problems, and excessive crying characterize babies born with a large toxic load according to Nutritionist Kaayla T. Daniel Ph.D.
Above all, efforts to detox your body for pregnancy should be gentle! Long juice fasts or is totally unnecessary and even counter-productive. There is no need to stress and strain the body with fasting or highly restrictive diets to get effective results.
This Is How You Can Do A Safe Pregnancy Detox
With gentle and effective as the primary goals, here are six strategies to consider as the foundation for a pre-pregnancy detox diet.
My first approach to detoxification for my first pregnancy about two years ago was an organic diet which included a shot of fresh, organic wheatgrass juice almost every single day for several months. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is what makes it so cleansing as chlorophyll is a potent blood, liver, and gastrointestinal cleanser. Fresh wheatgrass juice also contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. Also, it is low in oxalic acid which can be extremely problematic to health especially for those with candida overgrowth or gut imbalance issues.
Using wheatgrass to detox is much safer than a daily green smoothie, which carries the risk of kidney stones and painful oxalate buildup in tissues. If the wheatgrass is too strong, try it mixed with fresh ginger juice for a healthy boost shot.
Gelatin-Rich Bone Broths
Gelatin is collagen that has been broken down into its basic components by reacting with water through a process known as hydrolysis. Collagen is the main component of bones, tendons, cartilage, and skin. It is also plentiful in homemade stocks. It is so important to learn how to make bone broth at home before you get pregnant!
Gelatin has been demonstrated to soothe and heal the intestinal mucosa. In 1905, Erich Cohn of the Medical Polyclinic of the University of Bonn recommended gelatin to people with what is known today as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.
Probably the most exciting thing about gelatin that even people who are familiar with bone broths don’t generally know is its role as a very safe method to detox your body.
This is due to the large amounts of the amino acid glycine which assists the liver with its housecleaning duties. The simplest of all the amino acids, glycine can be produced by the body and is therefore not considered essential, although the ease of the body in manufacturing glycine as needed is probably highly contingent upon whether a person is in radiantly good health!
The ability of the liver to do its job sufficiently is limited by the amount of glycine that is available so it makes sense to provide the body with all that it could possibly need through plenty of bone broths, ideally a small cup with every meal.
Given the toxicity of our world today and the high level of chemicals in our air, water, and food, large amounts of glycine in the diet through regular consumption of bone broths has become one way to assist the body with the nearly constant detoxification that is required to maintain health, in particular, detoxification before pregnancy.
Fermented Foods and Beverages
Home preservation of vegetables and fruits was accomplished without the aid of canning, refrigeration or freezing.
The traditional method for preservation of milk, vegetables, and meat involves a process called lacto-fermentation. Lactic acid preserves food by inhibiting putrefying bacteria. This organic acid is produced by a beneficial bacterium present on the surface of all plants and animals – even our own skin!
The process of lacto-fermentation works in a similar manner with plant foods, transforming cabbage into sauerkraut and cucumbers into pickles.
Traditional foods from around the world rewarded fermented foods and beverages for their medicinal properties as well as delicious taste. Most traditional foods included at least fermented food or beverage with every meal, which worked to improve digestion and nutrient absorption.
Regular consumption of traditionally fermented foods and drinks promotes the growth of healthy flora and overall balance in the intestines. A 1999 study published in the Lancet found that consumption of lacto-fermented vegetables in children was associated with low rates of asthma, skin problems and autoimmune disorders in general.
Lacto-fermented foods are rich in enzymes as well as beneficial bacteria. Think of them as “super-raw” foods that will help detox your body and prepare it well for the rigors and nutrient drain of pregnancy.
Regular soaking with Epsom salts or magnesium flakes will help to open the elimination channels both through the skin and the gut to rid the body of unwanted toxins. Vinegar baths are another gentle cleansing ritual to consider. If you don’t have a tub, foot baths can work too.
A weekly soak of baking soda and sea salt (1 pound of each) for 30-45 minutes helps detox your body of accumulated radiation. It is a good practice after airplane flights or exposure to x-rays.
Plenty of Saturated Fat
Exposure to the pervasive environmental pollutant dioxin alters the induction of milk-producing genes occurring around the very first week of pregnancy. This has the effect of decreasing the number of ductal branches and mature lobules in the mammary tissue which can in turn negatively affect breastfeeding.
There has been a dramatic increase in recent years of women who are having trouble producing enough milk for their babies, likely due to environmental contaminants like dioxin.
Fortunately, food can be protected from exposure. True Vitamin A found in plentiful amounts in saturated animal fats plays a unique role in protecting a woman from environmental pollutants.
Any detoxification regimen for a woman preparing for pregnancy should include generous amounts of grass-fed dairy and other animal fats like egg yolks and liver which contain plentiful amounts of true Vitamin A. Note that while carotenes in plant foods can be converted to Vitamin A in the body, the conversion rate is very inefficient at best and may not occur at all at worst for those with gut problems. Plant foods cannot be relied upon for adequate Vitamin A.
Toxic metals lurking in body tissues are a potential harm to a developing baby. Hair analysis and other tests from a professional can determine with certainty whether or not this is a problem for you. A simple supplement consisting a tablespoon of food grade diatomaceous earth per 100 pounds of body weight per day in a glass of water can be used to detox your body by pulling toxic metals from the digestive tract.
Please note that while a gentle detox for pregnancy is a good idea, detoxification while pregnant and breastfeeding is most definitely not!
A lot of my recourses were from Sarah, she has tons and tons of detox recipes and bath salt recipes!
STEP ONE: GO ORGANIC
STEP TWO: SUPPORT YOUR BODY’S BUILT-IN DETOX SYSTEM
STEP THREE: CHECK YOUR NEEDS
Depending on your personal health and/or medical problems, detox steps may include:
- Evaluating for heavy metals with a practitioner (particularly if you have an autoimmune disease)
- Clearing inflammation, which itself acts as a toxin to the baby in utero), by avoiding sugar and processed foods and taking a fish oil (or equivalent algae-based product) to get a healthy dose of essential fatty acids. This is important for both keeping inflammation down and then for supporting the baby’s brain and nervous system development.
- One of the biggest causes of inflammation during pregnancy? Blood sugar imbalances. In fact, gestational diabetes can lead to lifelong problems in the baby as a result of this early exposure to inflammation in mom. The biggest culprits are usually a high sugar diet and “empty calories.” Even natural sugars like honey and maple syrup, or fresh fruit juices, which can contain as many as 30 grams of sugar per serving, can really bump up your sugar load. All foods that contain processed fats, processed flour, and pack in more calories than they do nutrients are a problem.
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