Infertility – Keeping yourself safe from environmental hazards.
Fertility, both male and female can be adversely affected by various toxins present in our environment. Although any one substance might not cause a problem by itself, it is the accumulation of the various chemicals and pollutants which combine to produce a potentially toxic cocktail which can have devastating consequences.
Here are some of the more common hazards you should avoid if you having fertility problems or even if you are just starting to plan for a baby.
Part 1 – Hazards in your Home
Avoid using pesticides in your garden.
Do not have your home treated for pests such as woodworm or dry rot, around the time you are trying to conceive.
If you have pets make sure you only use herbal flea treatments.
If trying to deter pests such as mice or ants avoid chemical poisons and use only natural methods.
2. Household Chemicals
Take a look under your sink or in your bathroom cupboard, or laundry room. How many different household chemicals do you have?
Avoid using detergents, clothes conditioners, bleach, toilet cleaners, polish, air fresheners and the like. Choose natural or biodegradable products which can do the job just as well and are a lot safer
Avoid decorating your home with paints and other chemical materials if possible
When you do decorate try and pick solvent free paints, and other environmentally friendly products
If you are renovating an older property look out for old paint and water pipes which might contain lead
4. Home furnishings
Avoid buying new furniture, flooring, carpets or curtains, unless environmentally friendly. These often contain chemicals from the manufacturing process, which will take several months to dissipate. Carpets frequently come with built-in stain protection
5. Electro-magnetic radiation
This is potentially the worst hazard because it cannot be seen, smelt or felt.
Make sure alarm clocks and radios are not positioned near you head when you are sleeping.
Switch of your home WiFi at night and as much as possible during the day
Keep a healthy distance from TVs, computer monitors and other such devices.
Do not use laptops directly on your lap – always use on a table.
Avoid the use of electric blankets – especially those which are designed to be left on all night.
Try not to use microwave ovens. If you must use one then have it checked for leaks and never stand directly in front of it.
6. Cooking Utensils
Do not use aluminium pans for cooking because the aluminium can leach into the food as it is cooked.
Similarly avoid aluminium drink containers, both those you fill yourself and the sort that coca cola comes in.
Avoid wrapping food in aluminium foil
Avoid using non-stick cookware and utensils. The plastic coating on such products does wear with use and leach into your food.