Yoni Health & Fertility: Your Ultimate Guide
Your yoni is a dynamic system — an entire unique universe of its own. The vagina has its own pH, microbiome, ecosystem, and inherent safeguards to maintain a healthy equilibrium of the aforementioned, despite being susceptible to unfathomable amounts of daily invaders that can throw it out of whack. The health of your yoni is altered by stress, diet, what (and who) you allow to be put on (and in) it and fluctuating hormones. Mother Nature did not intend for your vagina to have visitors whose presence leaves you overly stimulated or sick.
Castor Oil Therapy
Castor oil therapy has been used for centuries to promote healing in the body and more specifically the reproductive system. Castor oil packs are an excellent therapy when used with Self Fertility Massage and while Fertility Cleansing.
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis), also known as Palma Christi. Castor oil has been used for thousands of years, dating back as far as 4,000 years.
What is a Castor Oil Pack?
A Castor Oil Pack is a cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin to enhance circulation and promote healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin.
What Can a Castor Oil Pack be Used for?
How To Use A Castor Oil Pack
Castor oil has been traditionally used to aid in cases with inflammation, pain, growths or when increased circulation was desired. When it comes to fertility Castor Oil packs could be a great, supportive and relaxing therapy for:
Supporting ovarian health
Supporting fallopian tube health
Supporting uterine health
Detoxifying before conception
Supporting Egg Health
How Do Castor Oil Packs Promote Healing?
Castor oil packs stimulate 3 important parts of the body: lymphatic and circulatory systems and the liver. The stimulation of these body systems aids the body in healing the organs and tissues beneath where the castor oil pack is applied.
The lymphatic system is made up of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymph, a clear to yellowish fluid. Lymphocytes are the cells of the lymphatic system. Lymphocytes help to provide immunological defense against disease. This system runs throughout our entire body. Lymph nodes are concentrated in certain areas of the body. Many lymph nodes surround the reproductive organs.
The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste from the area stimulated by the castor oil pack. The lymphatic system provides each cell in the body a means to get rid of waste. The lymphatic system relies on external movement and manipulation, as well as regular movement of the entire body to function. The lymphatic system does not have a “pump” to move the lymph through it like the circulatory system has the heart. Castor oil packs are one way to stimulate movement of lymph. Regular exercise is also a vital way to maintain lymphatic system health.
Stimulation of the lymphatic system occurs by applying the Castor oil pack over the reproductive system. This helps to cleanse the reproductive organs and promote healing of damaged tissues where the pack is applied.
The circulatory system is more familiar to most people, the most familiar parts being the heart, blood, veins and arteries. It runs throughout the entire body.
The promotion of circulation by the castor oil pack will bring in fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to the reproductive organs, including the uterus. Without proper circulation to the reproductive organs, they may not function at their best, this may invite disease, hinder proper healing of damaged areas, promote formation of scar tissue and adhesion.
The liver is our chemical processing plant. The liver removes hormones, drugs, and other biologically active molecules from the blood. It then converts these by changing their structure or inactivating them, through different processes, and then excretes these to be passed through the kidneys. If there are too many excess toxins and hormones overwhelming the liver, they may be stored up, not only in the liver, but other parts of our body, especially fat.
The liver also makes 1/3 to 1/2 of all lymph. Liver health is vital to proper function of the lymphatic system. A liver that is overwhelmed due to poor diet, poor lifestyle choices, being sedentary, or exposure to xenohormones, cannot adequately function, or produce lymph as well. This may contribute to hormonal imbalance and disease.
How to Use a Castor Oil Pack
Soak the flannel cloth that is contained in the kit with castor oil and place it on the skin. Cover the flannel with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle or heating pack is placed over the plastic to heat the pack. Cover everything with a towel and relax.
The best place to place a castor oil pack for fertility issues is over the lower abdomen.
Precautions: Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin. It should not be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstruation. If you are actively trying to conceive, discontinue use after ovulation has occurred.
How to prepare your Castor Oil Pack
One flannel cloth contained in the kit
One bottle of Castor oil contained in the kit
Plastic wrap cut one to two inches larger than the flannel (can be cut from a plastic bag)
Hot water bottle
Container with lid
Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding.
1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping.
2. Place the pack over the affected body part.
3. Cover with plastic.
4. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 30-45 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda.
6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.
Castor oil packs stimulate important detoxification systems in the body; the lymphatic system and the liver. Castor oil packs also stimulate healthy circulation. All of this is important for clearing out toxins, dead or foreign tissues and old blood. The stimulation of these systems may also help prevent disease in the reproductive organs. Castor oil packs are a great way to support a healthy reproductive system.
Self Fertility Massage
Self Fertility Massage is a series of massage techniques that are used to help support reproductive health, the menstrual cycle, and your fertility. The techniques taught in Self Fertility Massage help the body to become balanced, have healthy circulation, increase immune system health, decrease stress, and much much more.
The Benefits of Self Fertility Massage
There are many reproductive benefits to receiving fertility massage.
Regularly receiving fertility massage provides many benefits for the reproductive system. Some of the benefits are:
Helps to reposition a tilted uterus
Promotes hormonal balance
Massage helps to break up scar tissue
Helps to bring fresh blood to the uterus
Helps to reduce stress & stress hormones
Increases circulation to the uterus & cervix
Improves endocrine system communication
Encourages the liver to get rid of excess hormones
Promotes hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop
Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues
By now you can see that using massage therapy to help your fertility is very beneficial. There are many issues that fertility massage may be able to help. Take the quiz below and see if Self Fertility Massage™ is right for you…
Is Self Fertility Massage For You?
Are you experiencing any of the following?
Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Blood clots during menstruation
High FSH levels
Poor Egg Health
Stress from infertility
Lack of menstruation
Pain during ovulation
Can Self Fertility Massage™ Help with Fertility Issues?
There are many fertility issues that Self Fertility Massage can assist with. Some of these fertility issues are:
Blocked Fallopian Tubes
One of the greatest benefits of massage is the ability to break up adhesions. Self Fertility Massage gently helps to break up adhesions while helping the body to get rid of the remaining tissues. The techniques used in Self Fertility Massage include massaging the fallopian tubes in addition to the uterus and ovaries. Massage provides a great non-intrusive option for women with blocked fallopian tubes.
Self Fertility Massage helps the body with congestive issues like endometriosis. When endometrial tissues begin to grow in other areas of the body besides the uterus, irritation occurs which then can create scar tissue. This in turn can cause organs to begin to become stuck together by the scar tissue and tight fascia. It may also cause Fallopian tubes to begin to twist. Massage can be used to help breakup the adhesions, decrease the inflammation, and help the body to rid itself of the old blood left from the endometrial tissues.
Self Fertility Massage may also help with the occasional pain that is caused from endometriosis. Endorphins are released during a massage which help to reduce pain and stress.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is another fertility issue that causes stagnation in the body. When ovulation does not occur and a cyst begins to grow on the ovaries, this causes a series of imbalances to occur. One of the main ones being hormonal imbalance. Self Fertility Massage™includes techniques which promote the hormonal feedback loop to communicate fully which in turn helps the body to ovulate, menstruate, and be in balance. Massage also can help to bring circulation to the ovaries, helping to nourish and bring fresh blood to your eggs. While diet is still the #1 therapy for PCOS, Self Fertility Massage can really help to make a difference.
When it comes to unexplained infertility the best approach is to focus on creating a healthy body, a healthy mind, and bringing balance to your life. This approach helps to cover all bases and create a healthy body without causing further harm. Self Fertility Massage can be helpful if you are experiencing unexplained infertility in many ways. The techniques help to increase circulation which in turn helps to increase egg health by bringing fresh oxygenated, nutrient filled blood to the eggs. Self Fertility Massage also helps with stress that comes along with infertility. Stress has been shown in studies to affect hormonal balance by increasing prolactin (the hormone that keeps you from getting pregnant while you are breastfeeding).
One of the main benefits of Self Fertility Massage is that it increases circulation to the ovaries. This can be helpful if you have ovarian cysts by helping to clear out congestion, reduce inflammation, and promote hormonal balance. In conjunction with reducing environmental and dietary estrogen, Self Fertility Massage should be a part of every woman’s fertility program.
Slight caution: Avoid directly massaging an ovary that has an ovarian cyst, especially if the ovarian cyst is quite large.
Do you get cramps every menstrual cycle? While there are many different causes of menstrual cramps, massage may help most of them. Let’s look at a few of the reasons menstrual cramps occur:
The uterus is contracting to expel old blood
A “cold uterus” – This is a term used in TCM which means a uterus that is lacking proper circulation.
Scar tissue left from surgery, PID, or endometriosis may cause a lot of pain when the uterus contracts during menstruation.
Nutritional deficiencies have been shown to effect PMS and menstrual cramps.
The Reproductive System
Self Fertility Massage encourages a healthy uterus by helping to realign a tilted uterus, increase circulation to warm a “cold uterus” by bringing in nutrient rich blood, and break up scar tissue and adhesion in order to improve uterine tone and function.
Massage encourages healthy communication between the pituitary, hypothalamus, and ovaries. This is called the “feedback loop”. It controls the levels of hormones produced in the body. By massaging the ovaries and including the stress relieving benefits of massage, a healthier balance can be found in the body. In Self Fertility Massage, the liver is also massaged, which is another important organ for hormonal balance.
Improving Egg Health
One of the foundations of natural fertility is promoting egg health through eating nutrient dense foods and antioxidants which help to protect the egg’s integrity from free radicals. Another important aspect to egg health is proper oxygen, nutrients, and circulation. Self Fertility Massage helps to bring much needed circulation to the ovaries, therefore, supplying the eggs with oxygen and antioxidants.
Stress Caused from Fertility Issues
While trying to stay stress free during your journey towards motherhood is important, it can sometimes seem impossible. Self Fertility Massage is a very relaxing routine that you can also use as a stress relieving therapy. While you are receiving a massage, the body begins to relax, blood flow increases, endorphins (feel good hormones) release, and muscles let go. Making Self Fertility Massage a part of your routine can bring a peace to your day that is priceless.
Many health issues can be traced back to poor circulation. Having healthy circulation is key to fertility and overall health because getting fresh, clean, oxygenated blood to our organs and cells is of the utmost importance. Massage helps the body to return blood to the heart for oxygen, helps to move lymph, and helps the body to process and get rid of toxins found in organs and muscles. There are many causes of poor circulation. The main ones being:
Sitting for long periods of time
Lack of exercise
How Self Fertility Massage Works…
Massage has been used for centuries to help women increase their fertility and create a healthy uterus. To understand how Self Fertility Massage works you will need to understand the female reproductive anatomy. There are three major fertility organs that Self Fertility Massage is going to effect. The uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries as well as the stomach, liver, and intestines.
The Reproductive System
The uterus is located behind the bladder in the bottom of the pelivic cavity. Self Fertility Massage helps a uterus that has become tilted, compressed by fecal impacted intestines, and lack of circulation. There are various reasons the uterus may not be getting enough circulation.
The main artery that supplies the uterus with blood also supplies the legs with blood. If you lead a sedentary or stressful life then circulation could easily be compromised. There are many other reasons the uterus may not be getting enough circulation such as twisted fallopian tubes, congestion, tight facia, inflammation, endometrial tissues, scar tissues, or past surgeries to the area.
The ovaries are located in front of the uterus, next to the pelvic bone. Self Fertility Massage can help the ovaries by bringing fresh oxygenated blood and nutrients to the eggs.
Fallopian Tube Massage
The fallopian tubes are attached to the sides of the uterus. Self Fertility Massage is very helpful in helping the body to clear blocked tubes and helping to loosen scar tissue in the reproductive system.
Liver massage helps the liver to do its job of getting toxins and excess hormones out of the body.The liver is located on the right side of the body just behind and below the bottom ribs. We will be doing a technique called the liver pump. This technique helps the liver to pump out toxins and excess hormones.
Massaging the intestines is important for general health and fertility. By massaging the intestines you are helping your body to eliminate feces that may be stuck or impacted. Digestive and intestine health is very important for fertility. Many of the nutrients are absorbed from food in the upper intestines. In addition, fecal impacted intestines can become heavy and put unnecessary weight on the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
If you have health issues consult with your physician before beginning Self Fertility Massage.
Techniques Used in Self Fertility Massage
A wide range of massage techniques are used in Self Fertility Massage
Self Fertility Massage incorporates Chi Nei Tsang (Asian organ massage), deep tissue massage, myofascial release, acupressure, reflexology and castor oil therapy.
Chi Nei Tsang
Self Fertility Massage helps to bring balance
Chi Nei Tsang is an ancient form of organ massage. It is a massage technique used to clear blocked energy, tension, stress that accumulates in the organs, release toxins, clear excessive heat, or help with heat deficiencies such as a cold uterus. The basis of Chi Nei Tsang is based on helping the flow of chi or the body’s life force to travel smoothly through the entire body. If there is a health issue somewhere, that is a sign of blocked or stagnant chi. Chi Nei Tsang helps to clear that blockage so the chi can continue flowing and help the body to heal itself.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that helps to break up adhesions, increase circulation, and aids in detoxification. This is one of the most popular types of massage. The slow, deep motions of this massage helps to relax the body while promoting fresh blood flow to the area you are massaging.
Myofacial release is a massage technique that helps to release the myofacial tissue that surrounds all organs and muscles. This tissue can become twisted and adhered over time. Releasing the myofascia helps to free up organs that may have been stuck to each other and also helps with bringing fresh blood and oxygen to the reproductive organs.
Acupressure comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine based on the same ideas as acupuncture, but without the needles. It involves applying pressure to a specific point on the body to bring greater balance and circulation. Many times the acupressure point is not located near the symptom.
ReflexologyReflexology is a massage technique that is applied to specific areas of your feet. There are points on the feet that correspond to a specific organ of the body. By stimulating that reflexology point you are helping to clear out congestion, blockages, and encouraging circulation and chi to flow to that organ. In Self Fertility Massage™ we work on reproductive, endocrine, and digestive reflex points.
Castor Oil Therapy
Castor oil therapy has been used for thousands of years as a healing therapy. Castor oil is extracted from the castor plant and is used externally on the lower abdomen. Castor oil packs are best used just prior to Self Fertility Massage.
Radiant Womb Therapeutic Massage Oil
Radiant Womb is a therapeutic massage oil designed to help support reproductive health. Infused with medicinal herbs and therapeutic essential oils, Radiant Womb can be used during Self Fertility Massage or applied directly to the lower abdomen, ankles and feet to support the reproductive system.
Systemic Enzyme Therapy for Fertility
Systemic Enzyme Therapy is a natural method utilizing these unique enzymes to help support reproductive health and fertility. There are many fertility issues that may be supported with the use of systemic enzymes. Plan on using them for at least 3 months or more before you begin trying to get pregnant, depending on how long the issues have been around. Here are some of the issues systemic enzymes may help with:
Systemic Enzyme Therapy is one of the best and most effective natural therapies for endometriosis. Systemic enzymes may help to reduce scar tissue and breakdown the excess tissues left from endometriosis.
Systemic Enzyme Therapy may also aid women who have endometriosis by reducing the inflammation caused from the scar tissue irritating the surrounding organs and may help with the pain that sometimes comes from having endometriosis.
The blood cleansing actions of this therapy help to bring proper circulation to the reproductive system and get the “stagnant blood” cleared out, bringing fresh oxygenated blood to your uterus and ovaries. For this reason, consider starting a natural fertility program for endometriosis with The Fertility Cleanse and when that is complete, Systemic Enzyme Therapy and other natural therapies can be started.
For endometriosis it is suggested to stay on the Systemic Enzyme Therapy for at least three months prior to trying to get pregnant so all of the stagnant tissues and scar tissues can be cleared.
For recurrent pregnancy losses caused from either immunological response or blood clotting issues, Systemic Enzyme Therapy is an effective option. In a five year study, women who had experienced recurrent miscarriage due to immunological response (more than 30% of miscarriages) were put on a systemic enzyme supplement before and during their pregnancies. 79% of the women carried out their pregnancies to term and gave birth to healthy babies. (Forum Immunologie, 2000) This is an amazing discovery. The only options available before this study were anti-immunological agents similar to the type used in transplant patients, but most doctors will not use them due to their toxicity during pregnancy.
If you have immune-related infertility and are interested in taking systemic enzymes into your pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider and ask for guidance.
Uterine Fibroids and Cysts
Systemic enzymes have been shown in research to reduce the swelling and pain associated with fibrocystic conditions. They also help the body through its own mechanisms to reduce and eliminate cysts over time. With uterine fibroids, it is important to also make sure you are reducing your estrogen exposure and actively getting rid of excess estrogens, this can be done with the estrogen metabolizer, DIM.
Old Scar Tissue and Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Systemic Enzyme Therapy can help to reduce the scar tissue, which may be affecting your reproductive system. Systemic enzymes eat away and reduce the formation of fibrin (the material that makes up scar tissue) over time, making this therapy extremely effective at reducing scar tissue.
Scar tissue and adhesion causing fertility issues can form for a variety of reasons: uterine fibroids, pelvic surgery such as Cesarean Section, PID, damage to fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, IUD, D&C, or abortion.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Systemic enzymes may be effective as medication at helping the body to overcome Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is a general term used to describe inflammation of the uterus, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes. PID often comes from Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD’s), and can be caused by parasitic, viral, fungal, but most often from bacterial infection. If left untreated, PID can lead to scar tissue and adhesion formation. If PID advances to this stage it may lead to blocked fallopian tubes and sterility in women. Two thirds of women who have undergone laparoscopic surgery to determine infertility cause who were found to have PID were unaware they even had PID.
A randomized double-blind study was performed on 100 women with PID. One group was given 5 tablets of systemic enzymes three times a day. The control group was given an NSAID drug in the usual dosage. Both groups were also given antibiotics (PID requires antibiotics). The patients were given the treatment for 16 or 17 days. The systemic enzyme blend performed with amazing results in fighting damage to tissues, pain, inflammation and overall pelvic congestion. 57% of women using systemic enzymes were without any complaints, whereas only 6% of women who took NSAIDs were without complaints. Overall, 100% of the the patients who used systemic enzymes reported their condition as substantially improved, compared to only 73.5 % using the NSAIDs.
Supporting Egg Health
One of the major factors for increasing egg health is to increase the circulation to the ovaries. Systemic Enzyme Therapy can help to cleanse the blood, increase circulation and make the blood less “sticky”. For best results use the Systemic Enzyme Therapy in conjunction with the OvaWise – Egg Health Program.
How to Use Systemic Enzymes
For the best results you must take a high-quality systemic enzyme blend that contains the specific enzymes listed in the ‘Types of Enzymes’ list above. The one we feel is the best is the only fertility-specific enzyme product in existence, Fertilica Choice EnzymesTM.
Fertilica Choice EnzymesTM is specifically formulated to be a great ally for many fertility health issues using plant-sourced systemic enzymes in a vegetable-based enteric coating which ensures optimal absorption and utilization in the blood stream.
Suggested Usage: Adults take three (3) tablets daily with water, on an empty stomach. To ensure you have taken the tablets on an empty stomach, take Fertilica Choice EnzymesTM at least 45 minutes before meals, or 2 hours after eating a meal.
Take on an empty stomach: This is very important. The enzymes need to make it past the stomach to be absorbed in the intestine. Do not take with food. Wait at least 45 minutes before eating and 2 hours after eating to take your enzymes.
Safety & Side Effects
There has been no toxicity shown from using systemic enzymes. There is no dangerous or lethal dose of systemic enzymes. These enzymes are the same enzymes the body naturally contains. Fertilica Choice EnzymesTM can be used for preconception. Talk to your doctor about continuing any systemic enzyme blend throughout pregnancy (see above information) and do so only with the agreement/approval of your doctor.
Stop taking systemic enzymes two weeks prior to any type of surgery. It is best to begin use of systemic enzymes in preparation for conception for best results. If you are using systemic enzymes for possible miscarriage prevention, please talk with your doctor and get their approval for use during pregnancy.
Use During Pregnancy
Systemic enzymes can be used in preconception and have been shown to be helpful throughout pregnancy to help prevent recurrent miscarriage due to immunological imbalances (see study under Recurrent Miscarriage section) with the agreement/approval of your doctor. Please consult with your doctor or midwife before using any supplements during pregnancy.
Note: Do not cleanse during pregnancy or breastfeeding. You do not want to expose your baby to your body’s toxins as they circulate in your blood on the way out.
Why Fertility Cleanse?
Over the years the body can accumulate toxins from chemicals in the air, earth, water and from substances we consume daily or slather on our skin. Many of these toxins get stored in the fat tissues of the body and can be released quicker through cleansing. Some of these toxins may be left from:
Hormonal birth control
Ideally, we would like our bodies to be as healthy as possible during pregnancy, through cleansing we are able to support the body in its natural ability to rid itself of these substances.
While cleansing is beneficial, not just any cleanse is going to be beneficial for fertility. A fertility cleanse is specific to the reproductive system and assists the body in eliminating the additional burden of substances not good for fertility.
A fertility cleanse focuses on three major areas that can help the body to prepare for conception.
The liver helps to filter toxins from the body including excess hormones. If there is an over abundance of estrogen it is the liver’s job to remove it from the system. Sometimes, due to poor diet, lifestyle or general health, the liver may need some stimulation and support to get rid of these substances. By using whole herbs to support the liver you are helping your body to better cope with our industrial world and the impact it could be having on your reproductive health. I will cover these herbs below.
Uterine health is very important for reproductive health. Every cycle the uterus is supposed to release the lining that was built that month for the embryo to implant. In some cases the uterus is not completely cleansed every cycle, so old stagnant blood remains. As you can imagine, this is not the best environment to house a new embryo.
What causes the uterus to not fully release its contents every month? Some factors may be…
Through the use of specific cleansing and uterine herbs you can help support your uterine health, increase circulation and help tonify the uterine muscles, all helping to promote a healthy uterine environment.
Increasing Circulation to the Uterus
In order for the uterus to function at its best, it requires proper circulation. With proper circulation, the communication loop between the uterus and ovaries, with the rest of the endocrine system, is able to function smoothly. This is necessary for proper hormonal balance and all of the functions dependent on it such as ovulation, menstruation, and hormone production. Herbs may be beneficial in helping to increase the circulation to the uterus, as well as exercise and massage.
Do You Need To Cleanse?
Do you experience PMS?
Do you experience unexplained fatigue?
Do you feel congested?
Have you been on birth control?
Do you have acne?
Do you have less than 1 bowel movement a day?
Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
Do you have liver spots or itchy skin?
Have you been on medication or antibiotics for longer than 1 week?
During your menses do you have dark blood, cramps, or blood clots?
Do you eat conventional meats and dairy?
Are you experiencing hormonal imbalance?
Do you experience frequent colds and flu?
There is a wide spectrum of cleanses and they vary in length of time from one day to 90 days, sometimes entailing lots of trips to the bathroom and possibly time off from work. We have found that when preparing for conception you do not want to do anything really dramatic or potentially harmful, so we focus on cleansing in a gentle yet effective way that is supportive of reproductive health. While doing a fertility cleanse you are able to continue going to work and function in your every day life. We don’t require any dramatic dietary changes, but do suggest you begin to switch to a fertility diet.
There are no overly strong cleansing reactions while on the fertility cleanse except for some possible minor moodiness due to the liver cleansing itself. When toxins and hormones are being released this can sometimes make one cranky, similar to PMS. This is good and can be helped by drinking more water.
Supportive of Fertility and Reproduction
Cleansing for fertility is very supportive and encouraging for fertility and the reproductive system. While there are many great cleanses out there, focusing on doing a cleanse specific for fertility is going to be the safest, most gentle and most supportive while you are preparing for pregnancy.
Fertility Cleansing Herbs
Fertility cleansing is best done using whole herbs as they are the safest way to encourage cleansing in the body. Below are some of the herbs used in fertility cleansing.
Liver Cleansing Herbs
Burdock Root: Burdock root helps to stimulate digestion, as well as nourish and cleanse the liver, all of which aid hormonal balance.
Milk Thistle Seed: Milk Thistle Seed is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.
Dandelion Root: Dandelion leaves and roots are very nutritious and bitter, making this common weed a nourishing food and digestive aid. The root specifically supports liver health to help encourage hormonal balance.
Yellow Dock Root: This herb stimulates bile production for healthy removal of toxins, is supportive of liver health and aids in iron absorption.
Licorice Root: Licorice is an adaptogen herb, supporting the endocrine system for overall hormonal support.
Ginger Rt.: Ginger increases circulation in the body helping to support a healthy inflammation response and normal detoxification.
Uterine Cleansing & Tonic Herbs
Goldenseal Root: Goldenseal root supports a normal inflammation response which may help to prevent scar tissue and adhesion formation. It is also cleansing, antibiotic, and antimicrobial, helping the body to fight infection and occasional uterine discomfort.
Damiana Leaf: A female aphrodisiac, Damiana has been used for centuries to help increase circulation to the reproductive system as well as increase libido.
Dong Quai Root: Dong Quai increases circulation to the reproductive organs and is iron rich, two important aspects of building a healthy uterine lining. It is also relaxing to the uterine muscles, helping the uterus to function without tension.
Peony Root: Overall this herb has excellent hormone balancing support. It also aids in pain reduction and relaxation. Peony encourages proper circulation in the pelvic area, making it useful for uterine stagnation.
Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry leaf works to tone the uterine muscles and normalize blood flow during menses. This is one of the best normalizing herbs for the female reproductive organs.
Why Eat A Natural Fertility Diet?
Did you know that there are specific nutrients that are needed by the young fetus before you can even detect pregnancy, and a deficiency in these nutrients could cause serious birth defects?
Did you know that the foods you eat today impact the health of your eggs and sperm 90 days from now?
Did you know that hormones build themselves from the ingredients you provide through your diet?
Did you know that the number one treatment for balancing PCOS and getting pregnant despite PCOS is diet?
Did you know that what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat?
Did you know that the number one cause of infertility is anovulation (lack of ovulation) and that it can often be remedied by changes in the diet?
Eating a Natural Fertility Diet is something everyone can do regardless of location, fertility issue, age, time, and money. We all eat, so why not eat in a way that supports your fertility?
The Natural Fertility Diet Nutrition Guidelines
Eat a lot of organic vegetables and fruits
Organic foods are good for fertilityConventional produce contains harmful herbicides and pesticides which have been shown to negatively effect both male and female fertility. Studies have also shown organic vegetables and fruits to have more nutritional value.
Eat organic, grass-fed, whole fat, raw dairy
Organic, grass-fed, whole fat, raw dairy is the best choice of dairy sources. Take note that dairy foods such as milk and cheese may be congesting to the body. In cases of congesting fertility issues such as PCOS and Endometriosis, dairy foods may aggravate the imbalance. Observe how your body does with it. Dairy that is not organic should be avoided as it contains added hormones and antibiotics which can contribute to increased estrogen levels in the body. There are many healthy alternatives to dairy such as fresh almond or hemp milk.
Try to eat mostly cold water fish
Fish supplies important essential fatty acids (omega 3) to our diet. These fatty acids aid in the production of hormones, reduce inflammation, and help regulate the menstrual cycle. Fish is also a great source of protein and vitamin A. Avoid large deep water fish such as ahi tuna, swordfish, and Chilean sea bass due to their potential concentrations of mercury, and focus on cold water fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, cod, and Alaskan halibut. Also when choosing salmon, avoid north Atlantic farmed salmon and choose wild salmon instead. Farmed salmon contains antibiotics and toxic food dyes.
Choose meat that is Grass Fed and Organic
Conventionally raised cattle contain high levels of added hormones and antibiotics which can contribute to estrogen dominate conditions. Grass Fed meats, on the other hand, are a great source of essential fatty acids, are low in saturated fat, and are a great source of protein. If you are experiencing endometriosis you may want to reduce the amount of red meat that you eat as a study has shown a connection between high red meat consumption and endometriosis.
Choose only free range/Organic chicken
Conventionally raised chickens are kept in unclean, cramped housing conditions and are fed non-organic and often, genetically modified feed. When shopping for chicken, look for the words “cage free”, “free range”, or “organic” on the label. Ideally purchasing your chicken from a local farm with free-range practices is best.
Eat only grains in their whole, natural form
Whole grains are filled with fiber, important vitamins, and immune supporting properties. Fiber is important for helping the body to get rid of excess hormones and helps to keep the blood sugar balanced. Avoid processed and refined white foods and grains such as white bread, semolina pastas, and white rice. Instead choose whole wheat or sprouted bread, rice or whole wheat pasta, quinoa, and brown rice.
Eat high fiber foods with each meal
Fiber helps to regulate blood sugar levels which helps to reduce fertility issues such as PCOS, immunological issues, and promotes healthy hormonal balance. Some examples of high fiber foods are fruits, vegetables, dark leafy greens, and beans.
No soy of any form unless fermented such as miso and tempeh
Soy foods have been shown to contain estrogen mimicking properties. It is best to avoid processed soy foods such as soy milk, soy burgers, soy protein powder, soy chips, soy meats, and soy cheeses to avoid a negative impact on your hormonal balance. If you have hypothyroidism avoid soy completely.
Avoid refined sugars or fruit juices (unless freshly juiced)
Pasteurized juices such as bottled apple juice, orange juice, and other bottled fruit juices contain concentrated sugar, which can throw off your blood sugar levels and negatively effect your immune system. Also avoid any processed/refined and artificial sugars. Some great alternatives are stevia, honey, and maple syrup.
Drink lots of clean water
Be sure to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified or filtered water daily. It is best to avoid bottled water as some of the plastics in the bottle can contribute to hormonal imbalance due to their estrogen mimicking chemicals. The best waters to choose from are reverse osmosis and distilled. Avoid tap water, as many recent studies have shown tap water to be laced with harmful pesticides from agricultural runoff.
Click here to learn about Fertility Cleansing, to help assist the body in cleansing toxins from previously consumed, unhealthy foods and beverages.
Important Nutrients for Fertility
While all nutrients are important for health, there are some that have been specifically shown to have a direct impact on fertility. Below is a list of these nutrients and the foods you can find them in…
Antioxidants, Vitamins & Minerals for Fertility
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is needed to help the body create sex hormones which in turn affects ovulation and hormonal balance. Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study of 67 infertile women, where it was discovered that a mere 7% had normal Vitamin D levels.
Food sources: Eggs, fatty fish, dairy, and cod liver oil. You can also get vitamin D from sitting out in the sun for 15 to 20 minutes per day, but absorption is impacted by the darkness of your skin.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E has been shown in studies to improve sperm health and motility in men. Studies have also shown a diet deficient in Vitamin E to be a cause of infertility in rats. The meaning of the name for vitamin E ‘Tocopherol’ literally means to bear young. Vitamin E is also an important antioxidant to help protect sperm and egg DNA integrity.
Food sources: Sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, papaya, dark leafy greens.
CoQ10: Necessary for every cell in the body for energy production, CoQ10 has also been shown in studies to increase ova (egg) and sperm health. It is necessary for sperm motility in semen. It is also an important antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage; protecting DNA.
Food sources: Found in seafood and organ meats, though it is very difficult to obtain through the diet. CoQ10 Ubiquinol supplementation is the best way to obtain CoQ10. Amounts in the body decline with age.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect, according to a study published in Fertility and Sterility. As for men, vitamin C has been shown to improve sperm quality and protect sperm from DNA damage; helping to reduce the chance of miscarriage and chromosomal problems. Vitamin C also appears to keep sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.
Food sources: Abundant in plants and fruits including red peppers, broccoli, cranberries, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, and citrus fruit.
Lipoic Acid: Lipoic acid is a very important antioxidant because it not only helps to protect the female reproductive organs and has been shown to improve sperm quality and motility, but it also helps the body to continually re-use the antioxidants in the body.
Food sources: In small amounts found in potatoes, spinach and red meat.
B6: Vitamin B6 may be used as a hormone regulator. It also helps to regulate blood sugars, alleviates PMS, and may be useful in relieving symptoms of morning sickness. B6 has also been shown to help with Luteal Phase Defect.
Food sources: Tuna, banana, turkey, liver, salmon, cod, spinach, bell peppers, and turnip greens, collard greens, garlic, cauliflower, mustard greens, celery, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, chard.
B12: Vitamin B12 has been shown to improve sperm quality and production. It also may help to boost the endometrium lining in egg fertilization, decreasing the chances of miscarriage. Some studies have found that a deficiency of B12 may increase the chances of irregular ovulation, and in severe cases stop ovulation altogether.
Food sources: Clams, oysters, mussels, liver, caviar (fish eggs), fish, crab, lobster, beef, lamb, cheese, eggs.
Folic Acid/Folate: Perhaps one of the best known vitamins necessary for pregnancy is folic acid, the common supplement form of naturally occurring folate, which is found in many foods. This vitamin helps prevent neural tube defects as well as congenital heart defects, cleft lips, limb defects, and urinary tract anomalies in developing fetuses. Deficiency in folic acid may increase the risk of preterm labor, fetal growth retardation and low birth weight. Deficiency may also increase the homocysteine level in the blood, which can lead to spontaneous abortion and pregnancy complications, such as placental abruption and preeclampsia.
Food sources of folate: liver, lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, asparagus, spinach, black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, collard greens.
Iron: Studies have shown that women who do not get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer anovulation (lack of ovulation) and possibly poor egg health, which can inhibit pregnancy at a rate 60% higher than those with sufficient iron stores in their blood.
Food sources: Lentils, spinach, sesame seeds, kidney beans, pumpkin seeds (raw), venison, garbanzo beans, navy beans, molasses, beef.
Selenium: Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect the eggs and sperm from free radicals. Free radicals can cause chromosomal damage which is known to be a cause of miscarriages and birth defects. Selenium is also necessary for the creation of sperm. In studies, men with low sperm counts have also been found to have low levels of selenium.
Food sources: Liver, snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp, crimini mushrooms, turkey, Brazil nuts (just one nut contains nearly 100% of the RDA for selenium).
Zinc: In women, zinc works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep things working well. Without it, your cells can not divide properly; your estrogen and progesterone levels can get out of balance and your reproductive system may not be fully functioning. Low levels of zinc have been directly linked to miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy, according to The Centers for Disease Control’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Report.
In men, zinc is considered one of the most important trace minerals to date for male fertility; increasing zinc levels in infertile men has been shown to boost sperm levels; improve the form, function and quality of male sperm and decrease male infertility.
Food sources: Calf liver, oysters, beef, lamb, venison, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, turkey, green peas, shrimp. Zinc can be damaged by cooking so it is important to eat some foods high in zinc in their raw forms.
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega-3 acids have been shown to help fertility by helping to regulate hormones in the body, increase cervical mucous, promote ovulation and overall improve the quality of the uterus by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Omega-3 fats also contain two acids that are crucial to good health: DHA and EPA. These two acids have been shown to help many forms of disease. Low levels of DHA have been linked to depression and other mental health issues. During pregnancy, a lack of DHA may be associated with premature birth, low birth weight and hyperactivity in children.
Food sources: Flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, halibut, shrimp, snapper, scallops, chia seeds.
In addition to the micro-nutrients, macro-nutrients are important as well. Getting enough protein, fiber, fat, carbohydrates, etc. is also very important. This is a time for nourishing and providing building blocks for your body in preparation for conception. The foods that should be focused on in a Natural Fertility Diet are nutrient dense foods which help to provide the following:
A wide variety of fats are very important for fertility and the development of the fetus. Not only are essential fatty acids important, but saturated fats and cholesterol are important as well. Cholesterol is a precursor to all hormones produced in the body, including progesterone. Just make sure it is from the right foods like coconut oil, grass-fed meats, fish, nuts and seeds and avoid hydrogenated oils and vegetable oils cooked at high heat.
Eating healthy amounts of protein from a wide variety of sources is an important part of a healthy fertility diet as amino acids are the building blocks for cells in the body. Make sure to include both animal sources and vegetable sources of protein daily.
Fiber helps assist the body in getting rid of excess estrogen and xenohormones in the system and keeps your digestive tract functioning properly.
Important Foods Specifically for Fertility
Take a look at the foods mentioned below and you will begin to notice that all of these foods are nutrient dense, meaning they pack a lot of nutrition per serving. They are also the foods most abundant in the nutrients mentioned in the Fertility Nutrients section of this guide.
Eggs – Vitamin D, B12, Protein
Make sure to find eggs which are farm fresh and have deep orange/yellow yolks. They are worth the extra cost as they provide much more nutrients and are cleaner than the general factory farmed egg. Some of the best places to find quality eggs are at the farmer’s market, neighbors or the health food store.
Nuts and Seeds – Omega 3, Zinc, Vitamin E, Protein
Eat nuts and seeds in their raw form as essential fatty acids and zinc are sensitive to heat and can be destroyed if cooked. I have listed amounts of nuts and seeds and their nutritional density so you can see how packed they are with nutrients.
The best seeds and nuts for omega 3 are:
Walnuts – 1/4cup = 2,270mg
Flax seeds – 2 Tbs = 3,510mg
Hemp seeds – 3Tbs = 3,000mg
Chia seeds – 1Tbs = 2,300mg
The best seeds and nuts for zinc are:
Pumpkin – 1/4cup = 2.7mg
Sesame – 1/4cup =2.8mg
The best seeds and nuts for vitamin E are:
Sunflower Seeds – 1/4cup = 18.10mg
Almonds – 1/4cup = 8.97mg
The best seeds and nuts for iron are:
Pumpkin seeds – 1/4cup = 5.16mg
Sesame seeds – 1/4cup = 5.24mg
Grass-fed meats – Omega 3, Iron, B12, Protein
Grass-fed meats come from animals which have grazed in grass pasture and eaten fresh grass for most of their life. This meat has less fat and has a little bit stronger taste than corn fed meats, but it provides a lot more nutrients because the animals have eaten their natural diet. Grass-fed meats are high in omega 3, have been raised without antibiotics and hormones. Regular grocery store, factory raised meats are higher in omega 6 (we already get too much of this) and have been raised on GMO corn which fattens them up, but is not their natural diet (GMO foods have been linked to infertility). They are also fed hormones and antibiotics regularly which can impact your hormonal balance and immune system.
Dark leafy Vegetables – Iron, Folic acid, B6, Vitamin E
Dark leafy vegetables like those found in FertiliGreens are packed with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins essential to healthy fertility. Examples of dark leafy green vegetables are spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and collards.
Fruit – Vitamin C, Flavonoids, Variety of antioxidants
Fruits are the foods highest in antioxidants per serving. Some of the fruits highest in antioxidants are prunes, pomegranates, raisins, blueberries and strawberries. Remember that antioxidants are heat sensitive, so to get their benefit eat your fruit fresh, ripe and raw.
Colorful veggies – B6, Vitamin C
The color of a vegetable will tell you what nutrients and benefits it will provide for your body. For instance vegetables that are red or green in color are high in vitamin C. Vegetables that are orange have high vitamin A. White vegetables tend to have sulfur, etc. The easiest way to get a ton of nutrients is to eat a wide variety of vegetables. Make sure you are eating a variety of colors daily. The easiest way to do this is to eat either a salad, stir-fry or fresh vegetable juice daily.
Fish and Shell Fish – Vitamin D, Omega 3, Zinc, Selenium, B12, CoQ10
Fish and shell fish (muscles, clams, etc) are some of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat. Fish provides an abundance of essential fatty acids, vitamin D, zinc, B12, selenium and CoQ10. The catch is that most of these nutrients are heat sensitive so remember this while you are preparing these foods. If you are concerned about the water source of your fish, eat fish from cold waters or you can include a purified cod liver oil supplement into your diet. Try to avoid farmed fish as they will not have the high amounts of omega 3 and have been fed antibiotics.
Liver – Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Folic Acid, B12, CoQ10
Yes, I know. I can hear you saying… “liver!?” Yup. My memories of liver are of my great grandmother sauteing liver on the stove every time I arrived. She was constantly trying to fatten me up with liver and buttermilk… If I only had listened… Liver is one of the most prized and nutrient dense foods available. Across the board liver is very high in vitamin D, zinc, iron, folic acid and B12. For instance, just 4oz. has over 200% of your daily Folic Acid needs. One way that you can make liver tasty is to make paté with chicken liver and have this with whole grain crackers 1-2x’s a week. Make sure to use liver from grass-fed/free-range animals only.
Lentils and other beans – Iron, Folic Acid
Before I began studying nutrition I had no idea just how radically nutritious lentils and beans are. Lentils are the second highest source of iron of ALL foods and the second highest source of folic acid (just behind calf’s liver). Just 1 cup of cooked lentils provides 90% of your daily folic acid needs. And if you get sick of lentils, garbanzo and pinto beans follow close behind. Learn to get creative with your beans. You can use them to make soups, hummus, as a side dish, in stir-fry and even in brownies.
Raw or cultured dairy – Vitamin D, B12, Zinc
Raw dairy is basically milk products which have not been pasteurized, so they still have their important enzymes and delicate nutrients intact. Also, raw dairy comes from cows that are grass/pasture fed and do not receive hormones or antibiotics. I don’t have enough space here to go into all the benefits of raw milk and how it is VERY safe to drink, just know that it is a very different food from the milk that is available from grocery stores, even organic milk. I realize that many states do not sell raw milk at the store. If you live in one of those states, you can get raw milk straight from the farmer or you can culture your organic, pasteurized milk you buy from the store to help improve its nutritional profile and digestibility. Milk can be a beneficial food for some on the fertility diet – like those who need an easy source of protein, are underweight and can tolerate milk (I cannot tolerate pasteurized milk BUT can drink raw milk with no problem whatsoever). There are some instances where milk should be avoided; instances where there is stagnation in the body like with endometriosis or if you have an allergy to it.
What about grains?
Grains is an area of the Natural Fertility Diet that we suggest you experiment with what works for you. There have been links to infertility in those who have gluten intolerance (celiac disease – you can get tested for this) as well as a possible link to immunological infertility and grains. In some people, grains will be a non-issue, but if you have made many changes yet have not seen results, this may be an area for you to look into. Grains and pseudo-grains that are gluten-free (amaranth, rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, etc.) are a great option and tend to be more nutrient dense than the general grains we are used to eating.
Foods to Avoid
Sugar, soda & pasteurized juices
Pasteurized juices such as bottled apple juice, orange juice, and other bottled fruit juices contain concentrated sugar, which can throw off your blood sugar levels and negatively effect your immune system and hormonal balance. Also avoid any processed/refined and artificial sugars. Some great alternatives are stevia, honey, and maple syrup.
Studies have shown that caffeine can affect your hormonal balance, increase your chances of a miscarriage and prevent you from ovulating.
Soy foods have been shown to contain estrogen mimicking properties. It is best to avoid processed soy foods such as soy milk, soy burgers, soy protein powder, soy chips, soy meats, and soy cheeses to avoid a negative impact on your hormonal balance. Both men and women are affected by soy.
non-gmo-projectGenetically Modified foods are becoming a real problem when it comes to fertility, causing an influx in worldwide infertility rates. Since the 1970’s alone, sperm counts among the world’s male population have declined as much as 40-50%, according to some studies. GMO foods may be one of the reasons. Look for the non-GMO verified label (see right) on foods you purchase and choose organic foods when you can.
Foods which are altered to be reduced in fat or fat-free are highly processed and high in sugar. When choosing foods always chose the foods as nature intended. Full fat dairy is one example that was shown in a study (Human Reproduction) to increase fertility over the fat-reduced options. Again, fat is what our bodies need to produce hormones.
How to Eat a Natural Fertility Diet
Below is a daily and weekly food checklist to help you get started. Don’t feel overwhelmed. If need be, make one change at a time or do The 21 Day Fertility Diet Challenge to help you get motivated.
1 Serving Dark Leafy Green Vegetable
1 Fresh Vegetable Juice (12+ oz) or 2 Servings of Vegetables (think colorful); A greens powder such as FertiliGreens may be substituted if fresh organic vegetables aren’t available in your area or if you don’t have time for juicing.
1 Serving EFA Rich Food
1-2 Eggs Daily
1 Serving of Nuts
1-3 Servings of Fruits
1 Serving of a Fertility Superfood
Use Coconut Oil or Butter (grass-fed cows) daily
Lentils or Beans 2x a week
Grass-Fed Red Meat/organic chicken 3x a week
Liver or Caviar 1x a week
Waking: 1 quart water
Breakfast: Eggs + Oatmeal w/nuts
Snack: Smoothie w/banana, dates, protein powder, greens powder, maca & milk of choice
Lunch: Veggie & chicken stir-fry w/rice and sesame seeds on top
Snack: Green juice w/celery, spinach, apple, ginger, cucumber
Dinner: Grass-fed Beef Tacos w/lentils & broccoli (veggie version is w/refried lentils in taco)
Dessert: Up to you!
Tips and Tricks…
A tip for getting a ton of veggies and green leafy veggies into your diet is to juice. By juicing you are able to get an abundant amount of vegetables (more than you could eat) in an easy, fast, and tasty form. If you get in one large green juice per day you are getting your servings of veggies easily taken care of.
Dark leafy greens
The two best ways to get more dark leafy greens into your diet, especially if you don’t like them or eat them yet, is to add them to your smoothies or juice. If you add some spinach or kale to your smoothie you will not even taste it. Another tip is to use butter or coconut oil when cooking dark leafy greens, it makes all the difference in the world. If you have hypothyroidism make sure to only eat your greens steamed.
A favorite way to get servings of fruit in the day is to drink a fertility smoothie. You can toss in your favorite antioxidant rich fruits with some other ingredients and fertility superfoods and you have easily taken care of your fruit, nuts/oils and some protein for the day.
Make a trail mix combining the most important fertility nuts and seeds. You can also add nuts to your smoothies, make nut milks and add nuts to your oatmeal and cookies.
Get creative and add farm fresh eggs to your smoothies, make custards, frittatas, fried rice, omelets, over easy, etc.
Find a recipe for pate that you love and enjoy it once a week. You can also sneak liver into pasta sauce and tacos.
Lentils and beans
Experiment with making hummus with various types of beans, especially lentils. You can also make a lentil sloppy joe, re-fried lentils for tacos. I have also seen beans used in cake and brownie recipes.
Superfoods should be a part of every couples fertility diet to help bridge the gap for proper nutrition, nourish the egg and the sperm, and help to balance hormones. An easy way to get fertility superfoods into your diet daily is to drink fertility smoothies.
Here is a rundown of 5 Fertility Superfoods you should know about:
Maca is a wonderful superfood from Peru that helps to balance the hormones, increase egg health, increase sperm count and sperm health while also being a tonic for the endocrine system. Maca also helps increase progesterone if the body is low in this important hormone. Maca comes in capsules, powder and tincture. It can be taken everyday.
Royal jelly is another fertility specific superfood which may help increase egg health and general fertility. Royal jelly is the food that is fed to the queen bee that makes her the queen bee. She goes on to live 6 years and lays up to 2000 eggs per day. Most bees live less than two months.
Royal Jelly is rich in vitamins, A, B, C, D,and E. It is also contains minerals including calcium and iron, all of the essential amino acids, plus antibacterial and immune stimulating properties. It comes in capsules or in a base of honey. It can be taken everyday.
Bee Propolis and Bee Pollen
Bee propolis and bee pollen are two additional fertility super foods from our friend the bee. These foods are rich in nutrients. Bee pollen contains 50% more protein than beef and is rich in every vitamin and mineral. Bee Propolis is a powerful immune system stimulant and inflammation aid. It also helps women who have endometriosis.
Bee propolis and Bee Pollen are available in capsules or in a base of honey. They can be taken everyday.
Spirulina, Wheat Grass, and Leafy Green Vegetables
FertiliGreens is a Superfood blend that contains a mixture of leafy greens, wheat grass, spirulina, barley grass, and nourishing herbs which helps to supply the body with nutrients, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and chlorophyll.
FertiliGreens makes it easy to get your greens every day. FertiliGreens is available in powder form and is the best tasting super green food available.
Easy Fertility Smoothie Recipe
1 teaspoon Fertilica Maca powder
2 teaspoons FertiliGreens
2 scoops FertiliWhey protein powder
1 teaspoon Active Bee Power (contains royal jelly, propolis, & bee pollen
1 cup raw milk or juice
Blend and enjoy!
Herbal medicine categorizes herbs by different types of actions. When working to improve fallopian tube health, there are 4 key actions we like to focus on, they are as follows…
Antibiotic: The antibiotic acting herbs help to clear out any infection that may exist in the reproductive system or fallopian tubes. Supporting immune function with antibiotic herbs may be important if there is a history of PID, STDs, abdominal surgery, or endometriosis.
Anti-inflammatory: Anti-inflammatory herbs help to reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces pain and works to reduce further scar tissue production. If inflammation persists in or around the fallopian tubes, scar tissue may form.
Circulatory: There are herbs that help to increase blood flow through the reproductive organs. Healthy circulation to the reproductive organs is vital to healing the fallopian tubes. This is because fresh healthy blood will bring in vital nutrients, enzymes and oxygen for healing cells. Once the cells have used up what they need and have renewed or have replaced old damaged or unhealthy cells, the metabolic waste (damaged tissues) is removed from the body.
Hormone Balancing: Remember that hormonal balance is essential for proper fallopian tube function. When working to support fallopian tube health, we always want to include some herbs that support hormonal balance.
Herbs for Fallopian Tube Health:
Goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis): This herb is extremely antibiotic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It works to heal any infection in the reproductive system, while also reducing pain and inflammation from foreign tissue growth. Reduction in inflammation may help to prevent scar tissue and adhesion. Goldenseal may help to protect the fallopian tubes from damage due to an infection. Also supports health of mucous membranes.
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinalis): A wonderful herb used to increase circulation and promote blood flow to the reproductive organs. The increased circulation also helps to reduce inflammation of the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes.
Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): One of the best herbs for promoting circulation to the reproductive organs. Dong Quai acts on the circulatory system and lymphatic system reducing tissue congestion. It has both pain reducing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hawthorn (Crataegus officinale): Works to reduce abdominal congestion. Hawthorn is extremely high in antioxidants, improves the integrity of blood vessel wall, aids the body in proper oxygen use and improves blood flow.
Peony Root (Paeonia officinalis): Peony has been found to aid in increasing progesterone levels, lower testosterone and balance estrogen. Overall this herb has excellent hormone balancing support. It also aids in pain reduction and relaxation.
Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa): Helps to promote normal hormone levels and overall balance within the reproductive system.
Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi): One of the best herbs to reduce fluid retention and congestion. This herb has been shown to be effective for combating vaginitis, due to its antimicrobial activity. Uva Ursi aids the body in removal of excess fluids for proper daily detoxification.
Other great Yoni health herbs, etc:
SQUAWVINE: Strengthens the uterus, tones the uterine lining, helps prevent miscarriage, and relieves congestion of the uterus and ovaries. Its antiseptic properties make it valuable for treating vaginal infections, and is a natural nerve sedative. Squaw Vine is famous for its use by women for a wide range of gynecological complaints. Recommended for dysmenorrhea and other painful conditions of the female reproductive tract. The plant was used to ease menstrual cramps, strengthen the uterus for childbirth, and prevent miscarriage. During the final 2 to 4 weeks of a Native American woman's pregnancy, she drank tea made from squawvine leaves so that childbirth was less painful.
In folk medicine, squawvine continued to be a remedy for women's disorders. In addition the herb was used to treat postpartum depression , irregular menstruation, and bleeding.
YARRROW: Yarrow has been used traditionally for painful menstrual cramps. It is antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory in action. This means it aids the muscles of the uterus to work efficiently without spasm and/or cramping up. Uterine cramping and inflammation is the cause of the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Yarrow relieves inflammation and congestion of the uterus, which aids in pain reduction, as well as proper circulation to the reproductive organs.
Yarrow is one of the best herbs to stop heavy bleeding due to uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or for women who have heavier than normal menstrual periods. Yarrow has been used to stop internal bleeding caused by uterine fibroids, endometriosis and ruptured ovarian cysts as well. This plant has been used traditionally by midwives to stop hemorrhage during miscarriage, or after childbirth. Yarrow’s ability to stop heavy blood flow is well documented and simply amazing! Many women suffer from fertility issues where there is pelvic congestion, also referred to as stagnation. Conditions like PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts are all considered congestive states. Yarrow works to increase circulation to the reproductive organs and tissues. It also aids in pain reduction associated with endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
YELLOWDOCK ROOT: Yellow dock is a staple of many natural anticancer formulas. Also used for menstrual pain and heavy bleeding and to help metabolize excess estrogen out of the body thus reducing fibroids.
MOTHERWORT: Motherwort is fast relief for those with menstrual cramps...What makes motherwort special is her tonic effect in addition to the pain relief. Motherwort tones the uterine muscle and eventually--usually within four months--eliminates those menstrual cramps for good.
Motherwort is a favorite ally of menopausal women too.....stops hot flashes, relieves rapid heartbeat, soothes frayed nerves, and helps the tears flow...can improve vaginal elasticity and bolster libido.
RED RASPBERRY: Red Raspberry is used to control disproportionate menstrual bleeding while strengthening the uterine muscles. Red Raspberry is effective for helping the body return balance to the reproductive organs. Also it offers anti-inflammatory and anti-emetic effects making Red Raspberry a powerful herb for easing menstrual symptoms related to uterine fibroids. Red Raspberry is a rich source of nutrients, including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Vitamins A, B, C and E. This is a very useful tonic for women suffering from severe menstrual symptoms.
TRIBULUS: Many herbalists find Tribulus is an effective, overall female fertility tonic and ovarian stimulant, making it an excellent choice for women with PCOS. This is especially true for women who are not ovulating due to PCOS. This herb has been found to be wonderful in aiding women with menstrual irregularities, improving timing of the entire menstrual cycle. Tribulus is a nourishing tonic for the female reproductive system as a whole, especially concerning the ovaries.
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The very basics
Normally, vaginal pH is about 3.8 to 4.5, but douching can interfere with the vagina's pH levels, reducing acidity and disrupting a healthy vaginal biome — the bacterial makeup of your vagina — and setting the stage for bacterial infections. If your vagina has a strong or unpleasant odor, see your doctor; a douche will only cover up the smell without curing the problem that's causing it. Avoid using harsh soaps or cleansers on the vulva or inside the vagina, as these also can affect a healthy pH balance. If you’re prone to urinary tract infections, research published in July 2012 in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine suggested it may be helpful to take a cranberry supplement daily.
THE DO’S ~
Jade eggs — The practice of jade eggs (or yoni eggs) has been around for thousands of years, originated by the queens and concubines of ancient China. The practice of jade eggs is said to clear stagnant vaginal energy, protect from unwanted energy, stimulate chi to circulate through all chakras, revitalize reproductive organs, enhance sexuality and sexual receptiveness, balance the hormones, prevent nerve decline, heal the bladder and uterus, heal past physical and energetic traumas, awaken feminine power and increase overall pleasure in life. Be sure that you’re purchasing real gem yoni eggs, though! This is your sacred space — don’t fill it with fakes.
Yoni mudra meditation — Meditate on your yoni by sending her fresh oxygen, protection, healing and love. A great daily yoni meditation can take just five minutes — sit in silence, legs crossed and hands in yoni mudra hovering in front of your ovaries. Breathe consciously and deeply, sending protective energy to that center of your body — focusing on the ovaries and the vagina. Continue until she feels full, fresh and lit from within.
Vaginal probiotics — Probiotics are not just for your tummy wall! Your vaginal wall could use a healthy helping of good bacteria, as well. Garden of Life makes a great plant-based Vaginal Care capsule with 50 billion probiotic strains. If you’re looking for something heftier, consult your naturopath or gynecologist for a vaginal insert capsule — they will know what’s best for your unique system.
Keep sex sacred — You deserve to be discerning of who you let into your most sacred space. Like any art, sex is not perfect — it never will be. But sex should always feel sacred, respected and creative. Anything that feels manipulative, guarded, or insensitive is certainly not a safe, sacred space. Protect the energy of your space of creation by only fueling it with the energy of those that love it as much as you do.
Eat clean, whole foods! — Last, but most certainly NOT least — eat clean, whole, organic foods, all life long. Since changing our diet from whatever, whenever, to plant-based, organic, whole fruits and veggies, one of the first things to balance out and show us love is the health of our hormones— and our vaginas. Clean, whole foods keep things vibrant and balanced down under. It may be science, but it’s as simple as as Sakara Chocolate Cardamom Waffles.
THE DO NOT’S ~
Douching / Vaginal steams — Douching and steaming interferes with vaginal pH levels by reducing its acidity and setting you up for frequent bacterial infections. A healthy vaginal pH lingers around 3.8 to 4.5. If you’re experiencing a serious need for vaginal deep cleaning (i.e., you’re itching, feeling the onset of a UTI or experiencing a strong odor) do not douche or steam! These quick fixes will only mask your symptoms. By throwing off the balance of your pH, douching also upsets your vaginal microflora.
Washing with soap every day — Keep your yoni clean, but not too clean! Give her room to breathe and regenerate — she’s nothing like the skin on your face that needs to be washed every single day. Gently wash the outside (not the inside!) of her every couple of days with clean, pure products like Unscented Dr. Bronner’s, Earth Tu Face, or Intelligent Nutrients.
Skipping your annual gyno appointment — Definitely do not skip seeing your gynecologist at least once a year, twice a year if you’re experiencing frequent complications or infrequent periods. Get that pap smear, as well as any other tests that your wise doctor recommends (such as an HPV test).
Ignoring an onset issue — Ignoring early UTI symptoms (or anytime things feel off) can quickly lead to kidney infections, liver infections and other serious conditions when not taken care of in a timely manner. If you’re experiencing real pain or discomfort, please do see your doctor and take his or her advice to nip the bad bacteria before it gets out of control.
Using toxic tampons — Are you still using toxic tampons? Why, why why? With the myriad of organic options we have today, don’t make excuses for your yoni anymore. Give her what she deserves that time of the month— ultimate cleanliness and holistic care. Diva cups are a total game changer. So are Thinx, Seventh Generation, NatraCare, The Honest Company…the list goes on. Find and use what feels most comfortable for you.
So, what does a healthy yoni feel like? On a very spiritual level, a healthy yoni should have you feeling inspired, sexy and connected to Divine Love from a very rooted, grounded place. On a very physical level, a healthy yoni should have you feeling juicy all over, energized from underneath and smelling rather delicious (almost fruity). A healthy yoni should also take your whole body through a monthly moon cycle of balanced hormones, clean discharge, and un-clotted, un-painful bleeding. Your yoni is intelligently designed to handle outside destructive influence. All that you have to do is show her some holistic daily care.