Thyroid Cleanse

Your thyroid is a key organ that impacts your fertility.

To keep your thyroid healthy:

  • As much as possible, eliminate gluten from your diet.
  • Alkalize your body as much as possible, through green vegetables, green drinks and green smoothies.
  • Drink warm lemon water throughout the day to loosen toxins in the digestive system.
  • Foods that can help the thyroid include: Spirulina, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, black walnuts.
  • Iodized table salt
  • Chlorophyl and coconut oil are known to strengthen the thyroid.
  • Avoid all soy products
  • Herbs to consider include Irish moss and Kelp.

 


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Blood Cleanse

You want to cleanse your blood of toxins and chemicals as much as possible, because chemicals and toxins in your bloodstream can impact the health of your eggs and various organs that impact fertility.

Here are some ways to cleanse and detoxify your blood:

  • Chlorophyll is known to cleanse the blood of impurities.
  • Juice or eat cilantro, parsley and beets. Beet juice is a strong blood purifier.
  • Drink lemon and water
  • Burdock Root is revered by natural practitioners as one of the most effective blood cleansers and purifiers.It strengthens the liver and increases urination to help the kidneys remove toxins from the blood.
  • Yellow Dock Root enriches and purifies the blood
  • Dandelion promotes bile production that breaks down fats in the body, and destroys harmful microbes found in digested food that can enter the bloodstream.
  • Goji berries are a powerful antioxidant that alkalize the blood.
  • Consider digestive enzymes between meals or before bed
  • Red clover is a blood purifier.
  • Apple cider vinegar helps cleanse the blood.
  • Echinacea is known for enhancing the immune system and cleaning the blood of pathogens.
  • Drink lots of pure water
  • Garlic is a strong blood purifier. Juice it, eat it, crush cloves of garlic in water and drink it, or chew on raw garlic each day.
  • Turmeric purifies the blood
  • Teas made from Oregon Grape Root and Sarsaparilla Root rid the blood of waste products.
  • Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and watercress are all blood purifiers. Some recommend juicing cauliflower as a great way to clean your blood.
  • Parsley is a natural blood cleanser.
  • Cayenne pepper improves the circulatory system by cleaning out the channels that the blood flows through.


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Parasite Cleanse

Another facet of cleansing is eliminating parasites in your

body. Parasites can impact hormone levels and some nutritionists feel that parasites can also weaken a man’s sperm quality.

Symptoms of parasites include brain fog or mental fuzziness, toe fungus or athletes foot, constant illness, rectal itching, especially at night, endometriosis, anxiety and depression.

Sleep problems, immune disorders, teeth grinding, eczema, hives, and chronic fatigue can also be the result of parasites.

Common tests that can discover whether or not you have parasites include a comprehensive digestive stool analysis, candida testing and a gastric acid self-test.

Doctors can also test for parasites through x-rays.

To avoid getting parasites, do not eat raw fish or sushi and be sure to cook all fish very well. Avoid undercooked meat. Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Be very careful when eating at salad bars. Do not let animals lick you in the face or mouth. Be aware of foods you eat when you visit other countries.

Health food stores and various health-related web sites have various parasite cleanses to choose from, and this is often a first and best step to rid the body of parasites. Make sure to drink lots of water while cleansing.

Along with doing a parasite cleanse, here are some tips on ridding your body of parasites:

  • Pineapple is an effective agent in ridding the body of parasites. Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain that can help clear tapeworms.
  • The probiotics in yogurt are also known to kill parasites.
  • Avoid sugar. Parasites are known to feed off sugar—so the less that is in your system, the less they are able to flourish within your body.
  • Avoid or reduce white flour products.
  • Apple cider vinegar, which is high in B-vitamins, can help neutralize the body’s pH balance and improve digestion.
  • Probiotics can help restore gut bacteria wiped out by parasites. Do not take a probiotic, however, within an hour of taking apple cider vinegar.
  • Cinnamon is a natural remedy for parasites.
  • Include more garlic in your diet. Juice it, eat it, include it in your meals, whenever you can.
  • Olive oil can help remove parasite waste.
  • Trichomoniasis is a vaginal infection that is seen to play a role in infertility. Ask to be tested for this.
  • Chlorphyl can help eliminate parasites.
  • Papaya seeds are a natural method for removing parasites. Blend them with honey or coconut oil for seven days in a row, as a parasite cleanse. Make sure to drink lots of water while cleansing.
  • Pumpkin seeds are effective in killing roundworms or tapeworms. Oven roast lightly. They are more effective if eaten on an empty stomach.
  • Eat pomegranates alone as they are known for destroying worms in the intestinal tract.
  • Cloves and turmeric can help fight parasites.
  • Sweet potatoes and squash can increase resistance to parasites because of their high Vitamin A content.
  • Raw onions and garlic provide sulfur containing amino acids that are anti-parasitic.
  • Thyme and thyme tea can help clear the body of parasites.
  • Cayenne pepper helps repel parasites.
  • A colonic irrigation, also known as a colon cleaning, can also help kill parasites.


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Uterine Cleanse

You want to do everything possible to create the best and healthiest environment for your growing baby, and that means doing what is needed to create a healthy uterine lining for implantation of your embryos.

Conditions like hormonal imbalance, low circulation, or an unhealthy diet can impact the uterus. Other factors that impact the condition of the uterus include: stagnation of blood flow to the uterus, uterine fibroids, scar tissue from a cesarean, abdominal surgery, a D&C after a miscarriage, endometriosis, or a pelvic inflammatory disease caused by a sexually transmitted disease.

Here are some ways to cleanse and strengthen your uterus:

  • Goldenseal root cleanses the uterus.
  • Dong Quai, an herb, increases blood flow to the uterus and builds the uterine lining. It also tones and strengthens the uterus by regulating hormonal balance, improving uterine tone and is a blood tonic that helps circulation. It also relieves congestion and pain in the reproductive system.
  • Damiana, an herb, encourages circulation and blood supply to the uterus.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf or Red Raspberry Root has long been used as a uterine tonic to regulate and tone uterine muscles. It can be taken as a supplement or a tea.
  • Eat or juice dandelion leaves, spinach, beets, garlic and lemon.
  • Nettle Leaves is a uterine cleanser.
  • L-Arginine promotes synthesis of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.
  • Eating foods rich in zinc can help strengthen the uterus. These include pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and spinach.
  • Some health practitioners recommend propping one’s legs up against a wall 15 minutes a day to encourage increased blood flow to the uterus.
  • Avoid soy and peas.
  • Acupuncture can help bring more blood to your uterus. Let your acupuncturist know you are working on fertility and would like to improve your circulation to your uterus.
  • Eat blood nourishing foods, such as spinach and dates.
  • Pomegranates and pomegranate juice can help build uterine lining.
  • Chinese medicine adheres to the belief that it is important to keep the uterus and belly warm while trying to get pregnant. They suggest not drinking or eating anything too cold, wearing socks and keeping one’s feet warm at night. Do not go barefoot or wear flip-flops.

However, this does not mean overheating your body with a water bottle or doing anything that could overheat a growing fetus.

  • Write a letter to your womb. Let whatever wants to be said come up and be said. Express whatever you are feeling, whether it is anger, fear or lack of self-love. Do not repress any of your feelings. Allow yourself the freedom to speak your truth, whatever it is.
  • Practice deep breathing into your uterus and repeat the affirmation: I receive, I receive, I receive. I receive my baby, I receive my baby, I receive my baby.
  • Your uterus deserves acknowledgement, respect and unconditional love. It needs to be told it is strong enough, good enough and worthy enough to receive a baby.
  • A Native American fertility tradition is to wear a long skirt with no underwear, and sit on the ground to release whatever wounds are within you into the earth. As you do this, imagine your womb is a beautiful flowering place full of energy and light. Let the earth’s energy flow up to your uterus, so it can draw from the healing energy of the earth.
  • Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain which reduces inflammation and breaks up proteins that prevent embryo implantation. Eating pineapple core a few days before and after an IVF cycle can help implantation. But stop eating pineapple immediately after any IVF or IUI or if you think if there is any chance you might be pregnant. While pineapple helps implantation, it is definitely not recommended for pregnancy.
  • Eat lots of blueberries. Research shows they contain anthocyanins that help maintain the lining of the uterus.
  • Brazil nuts contain selenium, that can thicken the uterine lining and help with implantation.
  • Foods with omega-3 fatty acids can improve blood flow to the uterus, such as salmon, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and olive oil.
  • See a massage therapist who is familiar with massage to help increase circulation to the uterus and unblock the reproductive system. Look for a massage therapist experienced in deep tissue massage or massage that is used to clear blocked energy in the organs.

Acupressure, myofacial release and reflexology can also offer massage that brings blood and oxygen to the reproductive organs.

  • Ask your uterus these questions: have you ever felt judged? Blamed? Abused? What do you need to heal? What can I do to help you feel loved and nurtured? Write the answers that come up from within you.
  • Visualize your uterus as a cozy, warm, loving and safe place for your baby. Repeat, write and sing these affirmations:

-my uterus is healthy and just right for my baby

-my uterus welcomes my baby

-my uterus is a safe and welcoming place for my baby

-my uterus is a healing, balanced, and loving home for my baby

-I love you uterus. Thank you for taking good care of my baby.

-Uterus, you are enough. You are enough to hold my baby.

-Dear uterus, I honor and respect you.

  • Supplements recommended to help implantation include zinc, Vitamin C, selenium and iron.
  • Important To Note: herbs used to strengthen and cleanse your uterus must be stopped once there is any chance you are pregnant or while taking infertility medications.


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Kidney Cleanse

According to Chinese herbal medicine, one of the most common causes of infertility is a problem with or a deficiency in the kidney. In fact, in Chinese medicine, a kidney deficiency is the most common diagnosis in infertility.

In Chinese medicine, the kidney is considered the main root of our Qi (chi) which regulates reproduction and is considered the seat of procreation, the vitality center of the body. A weak Qi, or kidney function, affects the quality and development of eggs, and impacts the ovaries and uterus.

A kidney deficiency is often a result of poor diet and stress.

Here are various ways to cleanse and strengthen the kidney:

  • Make sure you are working on cleansing and detoxifying the liver, because a healthy, clean liver results in a healthy, strong kidney.
  • Find an acupuncturist who is experienced in working with kidney deficiency and its impact on fertility.
  • Stop all coffee or limit coffee intake to no more than a cup a day.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages, artificial sweeteners and excessive amounts of dairy products.
  • Limit red meat.
  • Reduce sugar and sodium in your diet. Stop potato chips, crackers, cheese spreads, deli meats and instant potato mixes.
  • Kidney problems are often the result of stress, chronic anger and shame, so it is important to release and free yourself from these feelings. Journal writing, prayer, forgiveness of yourself and others, are all steps that can begin the healing process.
  • Dandelion tea is known to help flush toxins from the kidney.
  • Cod liver oil contains high levels of Vitamin D that strengthen the kidneys.
  • Foods that regenerate the kidney include chestnuts, strawberries, walnuts, raspberries; black, kidney and mung beans, fennel, onions, beetroot, garlic, ginger, cloves, red bell peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, dandelion, blueberries, red grapes, and wild salmon.
  • Add lots of flaxseed, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds to your diet.
  • Walnuts and chestnuts enhance the kidney’s function.
  • Spirulina, kelp, chlorella, and wheatgrass are good for the kidney.
  • Eat lots of asparagus and other deep green leafy vegetables.
  • The herb Nettle is known to strengthen the kidney.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Limit alcohol intake. Do not overtax your kidney with too much alcohol.
  • Juice cabbage, parsley, cucumbers and ginger.
  • Eat more apples, cranberries, olive oil, and onions.
  • Stay away from high-sodium foods.
  • Milk thistle is a great nutrient for the kidney.
  • Staying hydrated is very important to flushing out toxins in the kidney.
    • Eat large amounts of watermelon for a few days.
  • A Chinese herbalist can provide herbal formulas to clean the kidney.
  • Burdock tea helps removes waste from the kidneys.
  • Dandelion tea is known to help cleanse the kidneys.
  • Ginger root and turmeric tea is good for the kidneys and can be made by boiling some turmeric powder with peeled ginger root.
  • Grapes and cranberries. Grapes help flush uric acid and other waste products from the kidney. Cranberries contain quinine, which the liver converts to hippuric acid, which in turns helps remove urea and uric acid from the kidneys.
  • Apples are often used as a home remedy for kidney stones.
  • Garlic is a natural diuretic that helps flush out kidneys.
  • Cucumbers are a natural diuretic that can dissolve kidney and bladder stones.
  • Onions can help pass kidney stones.
  • Kidney beans and peas contain arginine, an amino acid that helps cleanse the kidney of ammonia.
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium and B-6.
  • Keep your blood pressure, blood glucose level, and cholesterol levels in healthy ranges, so your kidneys are not overtaxed.
  • According to natural healers, the emotion that seems to impact the kidney the most is fear. Some believe that chronic fear and anxiety in childhood impacts the health of the kidneys later in life. To release fear, begin to embrace your life with courage. Welcome life! Do not push it away or hid from it.

In Chinese medicine, the ability to use our will power to express our unique creativity is also dependent on good kidney energy. With a strong kidney qi, we will have the resolve to overcome fear and pursue goals. A weak kidney results in a shaky sense of purpose and one who is easily distracted. Feeling stuck and not letting go is also sometimes the emotional root of kidney disease. The kidneys can store deep sadness, which can in turn result in illness. It is important to work on letting go of anger, fear, and traumatic, painful memories. Bring balance into your life in whenever way you can. Enjoy natural beauty and lots of rest. Spend more time enjoying natural bodies of water, such as lakes, oceans, and rivers. Keep a bowl of water with flowers nearby.

  • Get a foot massage. Ask the massage therapist to stimulate and massage the kidney point on the foot that will revitalize the kidney qi.


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A Colon Cleanse

 

Cleansing your colon can significantly improve your overall health and fertility. A colon that is diseased, inflamed or full of yeast, mold, fungus or parasites can cause a general malaise in the body and lower the body’s pH balance, making it more acidic – and acid creates a hostile environment for reproductive health.

A colon that is weighed down by years of buildup can also press on the uterus and surrounding reproductive organs.

Those who have undergone colon cleanses will attest to the dramatic improvements in how they feel afterwards. By ridding your body of decaying matter, you could very well be turning back the hands of time. Colon cleansing, sometimes called colon hydrotherapy, can rid the body of chemicals and toxins that affect the egg and sperm.

Colonic irrigation and herbal cleansings help remove toxins, parasites and mucus that have built up in the colon. By flushing out impacted waste, passing stool is easier and transit times are improved. Removing impurities goes a long way in helping the body absorb nutrients, and enhancing energy levels.

Some doctors believe that poor bowel management is at the root of many health problems, and many diseases are a result of toxins built-up in the intestinal tract that are not eliminated. A digestive tract that has a build-up of unhealthy, slow moving foods that stick to the intestinal walls result in an overburdened colon full of decaying fecal matter and foods are acid-forming. Yeasts, molds, fungus, bacteria, parasites and fecal materal can then enter the blood stream, causing what is known as leaky bowel syndrome. This results in a reduction of nutrients the body is able to absorb, and in turn impacts fertility.

Have your colon cleansed, at a licensed, reputable establishment with a long-time track record.

This can be an uncomfortable process, but in cleaning out your colon, you will be bringing new youth to your body.

You can also clean your colon with colon cleansing products available online, or at a natural foods store or supermarket.

Note: once there is even a chance that you are pregnant, stop all colon cleanses. This is something to be done only BEFORE there is any chance you are pregnant. If there is any possibility that you are pregnant, do not continue with any type of colon cleanse.

Here are some other ways to cleanse and detoxify your colon:

  • Foods that help keep the colon clean include apples, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, figs, dates, avocados, spinach, Swiss chard, oatmeal, flax, and chickpeas.
  • Foods to avoid include sugar, white flour, and hormone/antibiotic-filled meats that assault the body.
  • Fennel and garlic are known to kill bacteria and parasites in the colon, thus improving colon function.
  • Cayenne pepper and garlic are also known colon cleansers.• Flaxseeds and psyllium husk seeds help clean the colon.
  • Herbs like Slippery Elm and Cascara Sagrada also are used in many colon detoxification cleanses.• Eat large amounts of fiber.
  • Ginger and garlic can help with healthy bowel movements, along with some olive oil in the morning. Leafy greens and healthy fibers can also aid in elimination.
  • Apples and carrots, which contain a large amount of water, go far in cleansing the colon.
  • Consider juicing apples, carrots, spinach, and other green vegetables as a way to help cleanse the colon.• Be aware of your bowel movements. Make sure you are having at least one healthy bowel movement a day. Don’t hold in a bowel movement if you feel it coming.• Drink lemon, honey or maple syrup and cayenne pepper several times a day. Drink with or without food for several days as a way to cleanse the colon.
  • Reduce the amount of processed foods, fast foods, pizza and foods with additives that you eat.• While detoxifying your colon, start taking probiotics as a way to replenish your intestinal flora.
  • Eat a diet with a lot of high fiber vegetables, such as dark leafy greens,
  • Drink a lot of high-quality water each day. Inadequate hydration can lead to a build-up of toxins in the colon.
  • Juice or make a drink with vegetables daily.
  • Include essential fatty acids in your diet, such as ground flax seed, evening primrose oil, cod liver oil and coconut oil.
  • Eat foods rich in healthy fats, such as avocados, olive oil and nuts.
  • Include more olive oil in your diet, because it reduces bile acid and increase enzymes that regulate cell turn over in the lining of the intestines.
  • In Chinese medicine, the colon is one of the two organs in the metal element, and has the function of eliminating what is unnecessary or toxic in our bodies. On the emotional level, the colon enables us to let go of the garbage directed at our bodies and spirit. To heal the colon, it is important to ‘let go’ of negative experiences that may have tainted our self-worth.

For issues that are unresolved, write them on paper and burn them, thus releasing their content. Breath slowly and deeply each day. As you breath, feel the negativity, impurity and pain leave your body, and breath in energized, purified air. If you are chronically constipated, it may be that you are having a hard time letting go of something in your life, such as a past hurt, rejection or trauma. Allow yourself to accept and be open to new experiences in your life. As much as you can, make room for new, transforming experiences in your life.


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Adrenal Cleanse

Adrenal fatigue, also known as adrenal burn-out, impacts many women suffering with infertility. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, this could be one of the not-so-obvious and sometimes difficult to diagnose reasons behind your infertility.

The adrenals are a very important to your fertility because they are part of the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and balancing more than 50 hormones in your body. When the adrenals are weak or not working at full capacity, the body’s entire endocrine system and hormones can become imbalanced.

Adrenal burn-out occurs when the adrenals are stressed and pushed to the point where they begin producing excessive amounts of cortisol and adrenaline, which results in progesterone in the body producing too many stress hormones. The adrenals become too sluggish, and then the other endocrine glands are not signaled to release their hormones, which results in the entire communication system in the endocrine glands breaking down.

Emotional trauma, living in a constant state of fight or flight, chemical toxins, lack of sleep, anxiety, stress, depression, poor diet, infections, and some prescription drugs, can all cause adrenal burn-out.

If the adrenals are exhausted, you may not produce enough progesterone, which is the pro-gestational hormone needed to get pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term.

Here are some ways to help strengthen your adrenals:

  • Take a Vitamin C supplement. The adrenal gland uses vitamin C at a higher rate than other cells in the body.
  • Don’t let your blood sugar levels get too low. Eat regular meals and never skip breakfast. Keep your blood sugar levels normal by eating healthy foods throughout the day.
  • Stop drinking coffee or drink no more than one cup of coffee a day. Caffeine depletes the body of B vitamins, which the adrenals need. Stop trying to energize and push your body by drinking another cup of coffee. Instead, eat fruits and vegetables that will provide your body with healthy forms of energy.
  • Drink lots of high-quality water.
  • Consider taking a Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E and an adrenal gland supplement.
  • A high-quality liquid trace mineral supplement can help support the adrenal glands. Note: Although you may want to drastically reduce your intake of this supplement once you are pregnant, or consult with a doctor on the levels of minerals that are safe and healthy to take during pregnancy.
  • Make lifestyle changes that reduce stress in your life. Do you need to change jobs? Relocate? Take a hard and honest look at the way you live your daily life. Start including more activities in your life that eliminate stress and reduce a fight-or-flight way of living. These include: deep breathing, massage, daily walks by a lake, ocean or in a beautiful park.

Consider more time for prayer, journal writing, and positive visualization.

  • Foods that help adrenals include spinach, garlic, onions, green leafy vegetables and brown rice.
  • Almonds and cashews, which are high in magnesium, are very healthy for the adrenal system.
  • Eat more seeds, such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
  • Avoid white flour products, soda, sugary fruit juices or anything that makes blood sugar levels rise rapidly.
  • Alternative health therapies, such as applied kinesiology, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy can restore a weakened adrenal system.
  • Getting more sleep and better sleep can help restore the adrenal glands. So, go to bed earlier, preferably aim for a 9 to 10 o’clock bedtime, and try to stop all technology and electronic stimulation about an hour before bed for a better quality sleep.
  • Sea salt, celtic salt or regular salt in moderate amounts can help the adrenal system provided that you don’t suffer from high-blood pressure.
  • Healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, ground flax seed or flax seed oil are excellent for burnt-out and exhausted adrenals.
  • Adrenal exhaustion can sometimes be caused by hidden food allergies. Find out if you are allergic to wheat, corn or dairy products.


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