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Fall Detox | Female + Everyday Health

by | Oct 24, 2018

New seasons bring change, yet female reproductive challenges and fertility desires are year round. Fall is a time of reaping and sowing though, and our ecosystems – our bodies, in this case – need to be prepared for harvest and receptivity. Season changes are also an ideal time to introduce lifestyle changes and new mindsets; shifts are happening regardless, so why not lean hard into flow. As we said goodbye to the longer days of summer and welcomed the cozy nights of fall, there are a number of things we can continue to do to detox for female health – any health.

September was just PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Awareness Month. We’ll continue to share more about this, as this syndrome is slightly unknown yet more common than awareness around it suggests. The importance of a healthy diet for women with PCOS, fertility issues, and female health challenges is tantamount to the success of ameliorating your symptoms or calling in fertility. Because PCOS is linked to a hormone imbalance, as many female reproductive disorders are, close attention to diet is advised to help get hormones back in balance.

Detoxification defined.
What do you picture when you hear the word detox? All juice all day? “Cleaning out” your system? Removing every last bit of fun from your life? Truthfully, detoxes vary greatly, but the aim should always be to give your organs and your body a rest and to clear the system of toxins, free radicals, and anything that is lingering in the body causing it to be sluggish or diseased in any way. Some cleanses are more extreme than others. We advise a moderate approach unless a practitioner has advised you to be a bit more aggressive. Again, the goal is to help rid your body, and mind, of toxins that are preventing it from operating optimally. Getting your hormones in balance and alleviating stress from your life, as much as possible, goes a long way toward preparing you to handle whatever may come on your specific path to parenthood or hormonal symptom alleviation.

You are what you eat (and drink).
Cleaning up your diet helps overall health in so many ways, including:

  • Weight loss (Obesity, BMI over 30, decreases a women’s fertility and increases the chance of miscarriage and premature birth)
  • Brighter, clearer skin
  • Improved mood
  • Disease prevention
  • More energy
  • Increased longevity

Our bodies are designed to detoxify naturally. Unfortunately, processed foods, living in polluted urban centers, and just living our lives in general are excellent at short-circuiting this process. Eating whole, unprocessed foods helps natural detoxification. Lean protein, fresh fruits and high-fiber vegetables, whole grains, and anti-inflammatory foods and spices should be key components of your fall equinox detox for fertility, and will have lasting effects on your health. And don’t forget water, ideally with lemon. Lemon water helps your liver, the hardest working detoxifier in your body, be a super star at its job.

Find your workout groove. Or just groove.
Exercise goes hand-in-hand with eating well, feeling great, and DETOXIFICATION. The benefits of regular, moderate exercise include:

  • Better circulation
  • Strong muscles
  • Increased oxygen intake
  • Better digestion
  • Stress and tension reduction
  • Weight loss
  • Better mood (endorphins!)
  • Increased energy
  • Happiness! Seratonin!

When our bodies are running well, they’re much better able to naturally detoxify excess hormones and toxins. Moderate exercise shouldn’t be daunting. It can be virtually anything you want it to be – dancing around the house in your PJs, a gentle yoga class, biking, hiking, walking around your neighborhood. Almost anything that gets you moving, gets your heart rate up, and that you enjoy counts as exercise. Shoot for 30 minutes daily. Double up and do an hour every other day. Just try to get some regular movement into your weekly routine.

Think positively. Meditate. Namaste.
Evolution once upon a time wired us to think in terms of survival, like escaping sabre toothed tigers. At least it did thousands of years ago. Now, we’re escaping growing inboxes, thousands of missed tweets, and punishing schedules. Either way, our bodies haven’t quite lost the fight-or-flight response that kept us safe from scary predators. Scary just has a new, 21st century meaning. And then there’s negative thought patterns, which leads to even more stress and all the ill effects that come with it. Stress might seem like an arbitrary concept, but stress produces way too much cortisol and other hormones that may affect your ability to get pregnant, to shake off hormonal issues plaguing you, or to just turn positive corner emotionally and mentally.

Meditation has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and the overall wear and tear of stress on the body. Learning to quiet your mind can be one of the best gifts you ever give yourself. It can be as simple as sitting quietly with your thoughts for a few minutes each day. The key is to not judge those thoughts. Just watch them go by. Focus on your breath and how it feels throughout your body. If your mind wanders, redirect it back to your breathing. The point is to simply be present and live in the moment. Practicing meditation produces the relaxation response – the exact opposite of the fight-or-flight response – which leads to less anxiety and a more positive outlook. Of course, if you’re looking for some meditation instruction, there are countless resources in most cities and online, like Headspace.

So, here’s your first kick-start to your fall equinox detox for fertility and symptom alleviation from hormonal imbalance. It might seem elementary, but focusing on these things everyday can take you far into this journey.


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