For a healthy conception and pregnancy, the womb and reproductive system needs to be toxin free and a ready to nourish a baby in an environment that is clear of any nasties that can potentially cause issues with Mum and Bub’s health. In fact, the body maintains the womb’s pristine environment by ensuring no toxins are found in the endometrial lining at conception. If there are any lingering toxins in the reproductive organs, the body recognises this and can prevent implantation of an embryo. The body may simply be already overwhelmed with maintaining Mum’s internal environment, let alone having to do so with another ‘foreign invader’ (or a gorgeous bouncing baby to be less harsh). This is when conditions such as endometriosis or adenomyosis can be a real issue with fertility. In conditions like these, the womb is already dealing with clearing an overload of toxins, and hence, the inflammation is believed to reduce the chances of embryo implantation. Woman with PCOS are also dealing with inflammation, however their’s is more around the ovaries than uterine lining and can be just as damaging to ones fertility, as this inflammation can prevent ovulation.
So, what can you do if you have been diagnosed with conditions that are causing inflammation in your womb or reproductive organs? You can eat… Yep, that’s right you can literally eat your way to a healthy conception. Using food as medicine is powerful, and should be your staple medicine when dealing with any inflammatory conditions that affect your reproduction. One great way to detoxify your womb and ovaries is with plenty of fresh organic fruit and leafy greens.
The other great thing about this smoothie bowl is that the detoxifying and antioxidant abilities of the ingredients will also assist those going through IVF. When undergoing IVF the body, and particularly the liver, are put under a huge amount of stress with all of the medications. Eating this smoothie bowl daily whilst doing IVF will help the body to function optimally in a situation that puts it under a huge amount of stress, emotionally and physically. And who doesn’t want to feel optimal when they are in the midst of creating their little baby???
So let’s get to making our powerful fertility detox smoothie bowl…
Smoothie Bowl Base:
- 1.5 cups of organic frozen blackberries
- 1.5 organic frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup coconut water (you may need to adjust this amount depending on how thick you like it)
Detox Powerhouses (add at least 1 or all of these):
- 2 tbls of spirulina
- 1/2 cup of fresh organic coriander
- 2 tbls of wild blueberry powder
- 2 tbls of barleygrass juice powder
Note: If using all of the powders you may find 6 tbls a little too much so just do 1 tbl of each or adjust it to your liking.
- Add all ingredients into a blender or nutribullet and blend until all ingredients are smooth and almost the consistency of soft serve ice-cream.
- Pour into a bowl and top with some extra fruit and coconut shavings. Delish!! Enjoy…
Unfortunately, with the modern environment that we live in today, the body is having to make a great effort at keeping us and our babies healthy and toxin free. With studies showing that babies are now being born with well over 200 chemicals in their blood, we could view that inflammatory issues of the the reproductive system are our body’s way of screaming ‘I need HELP!’, and that this environment is not good for a baby. Eating plenty of antioxidant rich and nutrient dense organic fruits and leafy greens are the best way to combat any of these reproductive inflammatory issues and get you on your way to having a healthy baby. This Fertility Smoothie Bowl is a great breakfast option, especially for those with limited time in the morning as you can also just drink it as a smoothie when on the run. This is my go-to for my early morning clinic starts, as I can simply blitz it up in my nutribullet, put a lid on it and pack it into my lunch bag, and then just sip on it in between patients. And trust me, the fresh coriander in the smoothie bowl is actually not as bad as you may first think. Though I am a coriander lover, so for those with a complete aversion to coriander, just go heavy of the other detox powerhouses. If you are struggling to find a good quality spirulina, barleygrass or wild blueberry powder, and you definitely want to make sure you are only using the best products in this smoothie bowl, then check this website out. Learn more about our IVF Support Program or Natural Fertility Support Program here.
Leigh is the founder and primary practitioner at Spring Acupuncture, Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic. She is a passionate and qualified acupuncturist and expert in natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy and women’s health.
Leigh has worked many years as an Anaesthetic Technician at the Mater Mothers and Adults Hospital here in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales. Through combining her vast Western and Eastern medical knowledge, Leigh is able to assist her clients to achieve their fertility and health goals. Leigh strongly believes that through optimizing your health on a physical, physiological and psychological level you will be in the best state possible as you travel along your personal fertility journey.
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Spring Acupuncture is an integrative Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic committed to providing the best outcomes for our patients, and empowering them along their journey to optimal fertility, pregnancy health, IVF success and general wellness. We are located in Springwood, Brisbane, and are conveniently situated right next door to The Fertility Centre, IVF clinic.
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