Acupuncture on its own is helpful in enhancing how your body works but it also helps to do the best you can yourself by paying close attention to what we expose our bodies to on a daily basis with Chemicals and fertility.
There is growing scientific evidence suggesting that exposure to various environmental factors both in utero and neonatally could dramatically affect adult fertility. Chemicals used in everyday life do not go through rigorous checks like most of the medicines. Because of this, poisonous chemicals end up circulating in our environment, air and water. In your own fat tissue (where pesticides like to accumulate) you probably still have deposits of pesticides and other toxic chemicals from the environment which were banned a long time ago.
Occasional exposure to one or the other toxic chemical is not of concern. Of concern is accumulation of these chemicals over the lifetime.
From industrial chemicals such as:
Ovotoxicants – Chemicals that can disrupt or even stop ovulation:
Endocrine disruptors – Chemicals that can interfere with hormone function and may cause endometriosis and PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome:
Did you know that phthalates which are used for plastic food containers, cling wrap, IV bags, medical supplies, vinyl flooring and packaging at high levels have been associated with miscarriage and testicular toxicity?
At low levels they disrupt hormonal balance. In naturopathy they are also known as Xenoestrognes as they act like estrogen once they enter the body.
The strongest evidence of heavy metals and environmental pollution adversely interfering with healthy reproductive function in women has been found for lead. Other compounds that can alter hormone function and result in adverse reproductive health effects are pesticides and persistent pollutants.
Men are not spared!
There are also numerous heavy metals that our body needs to deal with. Sperm seems to be even more sensitive to heavy metals and industrial pollutants than eggs and many sperm abnormalities have been linked to those toxins. Majority of these chemicals can be found in the atmosphere and on the ground of cities. They have also been termed “reprotoxicants” for their negative effects on the sperm development and maturation. Studies have confirmed that male sperm counts are declining, and environmental factors, such as pesticides, exogenous estrogens (Xenoestronegs), and heavy metals may negatively impact spermatogenesis (formation of sperm). New research shows how cell phones effect sperm quality
However the GOOD NEWS is; a number of nutritional therapies have been shown to improve sperm counts and sperm motility.
Chemicals and fertility – the bottom line is – you can’t hide from the pollution and becoming paranoid about it would only cause more stress and harm in the long run. However what you can do is minimize the exposure to everyday pollutants by choosing products and cosmetics which are environmentally and fertility friendly.
By buying environmentally friendly products not only are you protecting your fertility and the environment (Earth’s fertility) but you are also influencing what sort of products will be reaching the market in the future. If everyone stopped buying products which are full of harmful chemicals manufacturers would have to reconsider the products they produce and offer the customer what they want or go out of business.
Here is what you can do to minimize your exposure to fertility robbing chemicals and to help the environment: