Now that we've established what a fertility cleanse is, you may be wondering if it's something that would benefit you.
As we've mentioned, assisted reproduction technology helps many people get pregnant, but it has its downsides too. Alternately, a fertility cleanse is a great first step for women seeking help conceiving [source: Baker].
Before taking the various vitamins and supplements suggested by those in the know, consult with your medical professional. Certain supplements have interactions with medications or serious health conditions, and only a professional can consult you on the best course.
There are options with a fertility cleanse. Some Web sites promote certain herbal supplements to be taken for a time, while other proponents focus on a healthy diet.
For those interested in a cleanse, a good first step would be correcting your diet to better correspond to a healthy lifestyle. This is both simple and more cost-effective than purchasing herbal supplements.
According to one expert, the human body avoids conception under less-than-ideal conditions, including lack of nutrition, obesity and toxicity [source: Page]. A cleanse focused on removing certain foods and adding others can help with all three.
A beginner's cleanse can last anywhere from three to five days, with an emphasis on eating fresh foods [source: Page].
Start with what to eliminate: caffeine, sugars (refined or unrefined), alcohol, red meat and foods containing gluten (a protein found in grains that's difficult to digest).
What to add? That's the fun part. There are numerous fresh fruits and vegetables that naturally cleanse the body, as well as probiotic food like yogurt. Vegetables with great cleansing properties include spinach, carrots, beets, asparagus and broccoli [source: Baker].
While there's no guarantee a fertility cleanse will work for you, it can't hurt to focus on staying as healthy as possible, preparing your body to take part in the miracle of life.
- The American Fertility Association. "Infertility Prevention." 2012. (June 10, 2012) http://www.theafa.org/family-building/infertility-prevention/
- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. "Infertility." 2012. (June 10, 2012)
- Baker, Donielle. Naturally Knocked Up. "Natural Fertility 101: Cleanse with Whole Foods." Jan.10, 2011. (June 9, 2012) http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/cleanse-whole-foods/
- Centers for Disease Control. "Assisted Reproduction Technology." April 19, 2012. (June 10, 2012) http://www.cdc.gov/art/
- Page, Linda. "Healthy Healings Detoxification: Programs to Cleanse, Purify and Renew." Healthy Healing Inc. 2008. Pages 76-80. (June 9, 2012) http://books.google.com/books?id=TsEzlmaL2ygC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Healthy+Healings+Detoxification:+Programs+to+Cleanse,+Purify+and+Renew&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DdXXT-CeEYGG8QSuoJjHAw&ved=0CFAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Healthy%20Healings%20Detoxification%3A%20Programs%20to%20Cleanse%2C%20Purify%20and%20Renew&f=false