Chemicals to avoid when trying to conceive  

Though we live in a world filled with natural and man-made chemicals, there are some found in household products which should be avoided while you’re trying to get pregnant.

Switch to Organic: Some research shows that pesticide residue found on produce can negatively impact fertility. Additives and preservatives in processed foods may also decrease your chances of conceiving. Monosodium glutamate (MSG), an additive used in some Asian cuisines as well as many processed foods, for example, has been show to lower the fertility rate in animal tests. Try, whenever possible, to eat whole organic foods instead. Seek out farmers markets in your area which may offer less expensive varieties of fruits and vegetables than natural supermarkets do. Plus, drink plenty of water to flush out toxins lingering in the body.

Change your Makeup: As strange as it may sound, your cosmetics and other personal care products may be contributing to fertility difficulties. There is some evidence that phthalates, an industrial plasticizer found in many brands, can cause harm to reproductive organs, leading to ovulatory dysfunction and lower sperm counts. Paraben, a preservative found in cosmetics also has the potential to disturb your reproductive system. When absorbed into the body, the substance acts like estrogen and may affect your hormonal system. Here are some Organic Beauty Brands to Consider.

Check your House Paint: Lead found primarily in old paint may impact fertility as well. If you plan to do a home renovation, be sure to keep the area well-ventilated. Try zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint, which doesn’t emit odors.

You may not be able to make your environment 100% toxin-free, but these small adjustments could have an impact on your chances of having a baby.

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