It’s been more than 8 years now, but I remember it like it was just yesterday.
In January 2012, I signed up for a cleanse to help me be the healthiest I could for trying to conceive.
I was 41 and I knew that I didn’t have age on my side, so I wanted to do anything I could to be healthy and give myself the best possible chance to get pregnant and have a baby.
I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I figured I’d do the cleanse, get some clean living tips, and be on my way.
What I wasn’t expecting was that I’d undergo such a physical and emotional transformation in 10 days that I’d sign up for another cleanse the following spring. The next thing I knew, an entire year had gone by and I’d cleansed every season.
These days, not only do I try to reboot my body each season, but I’m a mom of an elementary schooler, a fertility coach, and lead my own fertility cleanses each season to help other women on the fertility path get ready – from the inside out – to conceive their babies.
While cleansing, I kept trying to conceive. And I got pregnant. After just a year of trying. With my own eggs, despite my doctor’s prediction of less than a 2% chance of doing so. Without any kind of IVF. With the tools of clean food and clean living on my side. Those were the building blocks that got me through the journey to conceive.
What is cleansing and how does it improve fertility?
Cleansing or detox is a process of gently removing toxins from your body to improve your overall health, and for those of us on the fertility path, to get our bodies ready for conception.
A cleanse will clean our entire body inside and out, but focuses primarily on the liver, and for fertility, the uterus. Our liver’s primary job is to remove toxins from our bodies, and sometimes in the process of doing so gets overworked, and needs its own time to be cleaned.
Our uterus, as our baby’s first home, needs special attention, particularly the uterine lining where our embryo settles in for its nine-month gestation. In cleaning the uterus through periodic cleansing, you’re giving your baby its best possible start in life – before it’s even conceived!
A gentle whole foods-based cleanse will clean both of these organs through natural, seasonal whole fruits, vegetables and grains that promote our body’s natural craving of balance with nature.
Think of cleansing as pressing the reset button on our body – and in the process of getting our bodies back into good working order for ourselves, we’re also creating the best possible environment for our future baby to be conceived, and to grow and thrive.
What are some other health benefits of a fertility cleanse?
For fertility, cleansing helps to normalize ovulation through restoring hormonal balance. Issues with ovulation are the leading cause of female infertility, and hormonal imbalances have a direct correlation with irregular or absent ovulation.
Eating seasonal, whole foods during a cleanse will help bring our bodies back to their natural balance, which is the first critical step to reclaiming both our health and our fertility.
As previously mentioned, you’ll also clean your liver and uterus – two key organs for health and reproduction – and rid them of toxins that have been building in your body through simply living in modern society. By cleansing your uterus you’re preparing your baby’s first home, creating and nourishing the best possible environment for your future baby – before it’s even conceived.
While everyone’s cleanse experience is different, there are some commonly realized benefits:
• Weight Loss
• Improved Sleep
• Increased Energy
• Improved Mental Clarity
• Better Mood
• Reduced Stress
• Feeling More Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Why do a fertility cleanse in the summer?
As previously stated, our bodies crave balance with nature. Cleansing each season gives us the opportunity to reboot our body from the prior season and get in balance with the current season. Seasonal foods not-so-coincidentally give us exactly what we need, when we need it, to achieve our body’s natural balance.
Every season offers something unique and special for a cleanse experience, which is also why it’s great to do a cleanse every season. Summer is a time for massive growth and expansion. This high-energy season is a natural time for getting things done and for personal renewal. A time to tell the universe, I’m serious about what I want and I’m going to get it.
Summer is also ruled by the heart. A cleanse during this time opens your heart and facilitates expansion. This is important because the dream to be a mother is created in your heart, long before you ever carry a baby in your uterus. The energy and expansion are what I love most about cleansing during this season (and I love all the yummy summer fruits and salads!).
Renewal for Fertility will give you that same opportunity. Through an emphasis on clean, whole, fertility-boosting foods and giving ourselves both the time and space for self-care, you’ll reboot your body, mind and spirit for the fertility journey, as well as your journey toward optimal health.
What’s included in your fertility cleanse?
Renewal for Fertility is designed to be done whenever it’s convenient for you during the summer season. I’ll give you complete, step-by-step materials to help you get ready for your 7-day cleanse before you even start, from what kinds of tools to have on hand in your kitchen to how to prepare mentally and emotionally. This way you’re totally ready when it’s time to begin, with a complete meal plan, materials and guide to use during the 7 days.
During your cleanse you’ll have a complete 7-day meal plan and menu, along with recipes and shopping list, so that you always know what you’re eating and when. All the meals are simple and easy to prepare, as well as delicious.
You’ll get a journal to record your experiences during the cleanse, instruction on several wellness topics related to health and fertility, and daily love notes to help keep you on track during your cleanse. You’ll also get a plan to help you keep up with your new healthy habits after your cleanse.
A private Facebook community will give you live support during your cleanse from me. In the group you’ll also connect other women like you on the fertility journey, looking to create the best possible environment to conceive and deliver your much-wanted baby.
After I had my son and started to come out of the all-consuming fog of the fertility journey, I realized that my fertility journey and my health journey were interconnected. Reclaiming my health through cleansing not only prepared my body for conception, it gave me the confidence to reclaim my fertility too, and buck my Diminished Ovarian Reserve diagnosis and my advanced maternal age status. I know it can help you too.
Are you ready to renew for your fertility?