Why Is Egg Health Important?
Egg health is one of the cornerstones of healthy fertility. The health of your eggs (ovum) can affect whether or not fertilization and implantation will occur as well as the viability of a pregnancy. In the past it has been thought that we are born with all of the eggs cells we will have for the rest of our lives, hence the reason age can have such an impact on egg health. Egg cells are some of the only cells in the body that do not regenerate… or at least that has been the belief up until now. Recent research has brought up some promising new views on egg production – women may actually produce eggs throughout the reproductive years. Scientists have found stem cells within the ovaries that produce new egg cells (Nature, 2012).
Regardless of this study’s finding, age still had an impact on the new eggs since the ovaries continued to age, causing the “housing” for the eggs to be less than optimal. Protecting the eggs you currently have as well as encouraging ovarian health through diet, herbs, supplements and increased circulation to the reproductive system is of the utmost importance.
90 Days: The Cycle of an Egg
During this 90 day period before an egg reaches full maturation, the eggs are changing and preparing for ovulation. At this time they are affected by both healthy or unhealthy influences. Contributing factors to egg health are:
Find something to do that includes movement, such as tennis, walking, running, dancing, or fertility yoga. Exercise increases the blood flow in the body, brings fresh blood to all of the cells and helps to oxygenate the blood.
Get at least 8, 8oz. glasses of pure water every day
Dehydration can cause your blood to become thick and decrease circulation in the body, as well as many other issues. Make sure to drink purified water that is NOT bottled in plastic. An easy way to get a head start every morning, is to put a quart of water next to your bed when you go to sleep. You can then drink a quart of water upon rising and you are half way done with your water intake for the day.
Blood Flow and Proper Oxygenation
How xenohormones have an estrogenic effect:
Common Sources of Xenohormones
-Solvents and adhesives – These enter the body easily and can be found in paint/varnish, nail polish and in dry cleaning. Solvents can damage a developing fetus and should be strongly avoided by pregnant women, in any amount.
What you can do…
One of the most overlooked culprits, especially with vegans and vegetarians is soy!
Food packaging offers statements about products’ soy content and the purported associated health benefits.
Products such as tofu, soy milk, soy-based infant formula, and meatless “texturized vegetable protein”
Shelves of dietary supplements and nutraceuticals are stocked with isoflavones, naturally occurring estrogenic compounds found in soy.
Effect of antiestrogen treatment on semen quality and male fertility
Xenoestrogens: Xeno = Foreign
Phytoestrogens: Phyto = Plant
Estrogen dominance is one of the most common causes of menstrual disharmonies such as PMS, mood swings, painful periods, breast tenderness, weight gain, bloating, headaches, insomnia, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts, and irregular menstrual bleeding.
soy foods include tofu, which is produced by puréeing cooked soybeans and precipitating the solids, and miso and tempeh, which are made by fermenting soybeans with grains. “Second generation” soy products involve chemical extractions and other processing, and include soy protein isolate and soy flour. These products become primary ingredients in items such as meatless burgers, dietary protein supplements, and infant formula, and are also used as nonnutritive additives to improve the characteristics of processed foods.
Here’s a list of 10 major sources of xenoestrogens:
1. Commercially-raised meat and diary products such as beef, pork, chicken, milk, butter, cheese and ice cream.
These products are contaminated with bovine growth hormones and expose us to a significant amount of xenoestrogens.
How to counter it? Cut down your consumption of commercial meat and diary, and consume hormone-free, grass-fed, and humanely raised animal products whenever you can.
2. Anything that contains insecticide or pesticide residues can also have estrogenic effects.
This includes everything we eat, from grains, fruits, nuts and legumes, to veggies. So eat local organic foods whenever possible.
3. Tap water
Unfortunately much of our water source is contaminated with petroleum derivatives – the primary source of xenoestrogens. So drink filtered water whenever possible.
Shampoos, lotions, soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics and other personal care products that contain paraben or phenoxyethanol chemical compounds widely used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as preservatives.
Note that xenoestrogens entering the skin go directly to tissue without passing through the liver for detoxification. So they’re 100% absorbed by the body and can be 10 times more potent than those consumed orally.
Soft plastics used as packaging materials are often treated with chemical compounds called phthalates, a xenoestrogen, to increase its flexibility.
Plastic wrapped foods, heated in the microwave, contain some of the highest xenoestrogen levels. So do not heat food or water with plastic in the microwave. Avoid drinking coffee or other hot liquids in Styrofoam cups. And store your food in glass containers whenever possible!
6. Artificial food additives, including artificial sweeteners and MSG
According to a study published in the journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology, 31 substances added to food for the purpose of preservation, coloring, texture and flavor have potential estrogenic effects.
Propyl gallate and 4-hexylresorcinol are two additives to be especially watchful for. Also avoid canned foods, which are usually lined with a plastic coating that contains bisphenol-A (BPA), a xenoestrogen.
Since most processed foods contain some kind of undesirable material, either in the packaging itself or the ingredients, it’s a good policy to cut back on processed and packaged foods. Buy bulk and buy local whenever possible.
7. Foods that contain soy protein and soy protein isolate
These foods are packed with condensed, unnaturally high amounts of plant estrogen, which can also lead to estrogen dominance. Eat organic soybeans, edamame, tofu or tempeh instead.
8. Dryer sheets
Dryer sheets are loaded with xenoestrogens to make your clothes feel soft and fresh. These residual xenoestrogens can permeate your skin and go directly into your cells. So avoid dryer sheets. Use a natural liquid fabric softener or ½ cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle instead.
9. Birth control pills and conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
HRT contains synthetic hormones that can interrupt our natural hormone balance. There are natural, effective birth control alternatives without the side effects of the pills.
10. Disposable menstrual products
In conventional tampons, the FDA has detected dioxins, a class of chemical contaminants that may increase the risk of cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, heart disease and diabetes.
Avoid tampons and sanitary napkins that contain chlorine, fragrance, wax, surfactants, rayon, etc. Use those made of organic cotton or other natural materials instead. It’ll save you money over the long run, protect your health, and it’s good for the environment as well.
Top foods for egg health:
- Royal Jelly
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Dark Leafy Vegetables
Dietary and lifestyle habits that may damage health:
- caffeine diet
- non-organic meats and dairy
- low fat
- processed foods
- trans fats
- GMO foods
Royal Jelly is first on my list as a fertility super food.
Royal Jelly helps increase egg quality and quantities. Royal Jelly is the food that only the Queen Bee eats. What makes a queen bee the queen is eating royal jelly exclusively. She was an ordinary bee and then she was chosen and fed royal jelly and became the queen bee who lays up to 2000 eggs a day. It should be taken for at least three months before natural conception of IVF procedure begins.
Royal Jelly is the Queen Bee’s equivalent of hormonal stimulation. Take daily for best results, but if you are allergic or think you are allergic to bees or bee products, do not take royal jelly.
Book some quiet time in your calendar for yourself:
- Go for a walk
- Take a Bubble Bath
- Cuddle with a good book
- Get a professional massage or reflexology treatment
- Drink some relaxing herbal tea, such as chamomile, kava kava, or peppermint.
- Practice emditation
- Go to therapy
- See a NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) coach
In your first month:
- Do a full fertility cleanse
- Take a multivitamin daily
- Be sure to also get antioxidants
- Take your Royal Jelly, Maca and Dark Leafy Greens
- Eat all fertile foods listed
- Implement a Stress Reduction Plan
In your second and third months:
- Take your multivitamins
- Take your antioxidants
- Take your Royal Jelly, Maca, and Dark Leafy Greens
- Exercise daily
- Practice your stress reduction program
Once you become pregnant, you should continue to take the Prenatal Vitamins but do more research on taking any other supplements as they may not be advisable during pregnancy.
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