She Heals With Food
I will admit, I know only a few things…
I know that what we eat can make us infertile.
I know that improving diet can increase
the chance of getting pregnant.
I also know that changing diet does not
get every infertile couple pregnant.
Believe me…no matter what I do with my diet, I am not growing new fallopian tubes.
With that being said, though, I believe that knowledge is power and can open our minds and our lives to different possibilities. September Baumgartner contacted me not too long ago and shared with me what she does: she heals with food. I have been intrigued with her knowledge and her perspective. Do I think that adopting all that she says will get my body pregnant? No. Do I think it could help another woman’s body pregnant? Yes. Does this information make me want to change my diet no matter what? Yes. Yes it does.
I will share her information in a few posts because there is a lot of information to share. Enjoy…I would love to hear your responses as well as your personal experiences with eating for fertility.
Why am I not getting pregnant?
By September Baumgartner
Far too many women today are asking themselves this question month after month. If you are one of these women I want to assure you that there is hope. Your body was designed to reproduce. My goal is to help you make changes that will bring your body back into balance so you can conceive and carry a baby. If you dream of hearing the pitter patter of little feet running across the floor, I invite you to come with me on a journey. A journey for greater health, a greater sense of peace, calm, and wellbeing, and a significantly greater chance of conceiving your baby.
What’s wrong with our diet today?
By far the biggest problem with our modern diet is that we have lost touch with our food. Throughout history people knew their food intimately well. They prepared everything from scratch, they knew every ingredient, they knew how to prepare each individual ingredient in order to reduce any possible anti-nutrients and they knew what needed to be done to extract all the nutrients that specific food had to offer. If health suffered, they knew immediately to look to their food. Were they eating something that wasn’t so good? Were they not eating enough of something that would offer them better health? They constantly asked themselves these questions and they figured out the answers so their people would experience health and fertility. The goal was always to have strong, healthy babies who would carry on the civilization. They ate for this purpose.
Today, we let factories prepare our food. Most of us have no idea what is in there. Some, who consider themselves to be “health conscious” check the numbers on the label to be sure there isn’t too much fat, sugar, or carbs and that there’s enough protein and fiber. Those numbers tell you nothing about the individual ingredients. Nor do they tell you how the ingredients are processed. When people start to pay attention to what’s going on with their food, most are absolutely horrified to learn what’s really being done.
I’m not suggesting that you make everything you eat from scratch. We do live in the modern world, after all. We’re all busy and overly stressed. I am suggesting that you get to know your food, even if it comes in a package. Read ingredient lists. I cannot stress that enough.
What are the biggest dietary culprits when it comes to fertility?
Really, if a food reduces fertility it reduces overall health. If your health is compromised, your reproductive system is often the first thing to shut down.
The number one food I recommend my clients get off of is gluten. As much as 60% of infertility is related to gluten sensitivities. In fact, much of the time this is the reason behind “unexplained infertility”. And don’t be fooled thinking that you’ve been tested for an intolerance and it came back negative. Many experts argue that those tests are nowhere near sensitive enough. I’ve even seen one study that tested cells from individuals with celiac and individuals with no known sensitivity and every single cell reacted to the gluten it was introduced to. The researchers concluded from this study that everyone is gluten intolerant. I believe this to be true because, going back to traditional cultures—the cultures that used gluten grains fermented them, which gets rid of the gluten. In other words, they ate sourdough. I love spelt, which is an ancient strain of wheat that has much less gluten to begin with than modern wheat. We always have some spelt starter going and I use it as a base for my breads, pancakes, pastas, etc. It’s delicious, much easier to start and keep going than most people realize, and switching to it from wheat products can have a profound effect on both overall health and fertility. I don’t recommend switching to gluten free products since most of them contain starches and gums which can clog intestines and are really no better for health than gluten is. You can find spelt sourdough breads and other good products if you don’t want to learn to make it yourself, but always read ingredient lists carefully.
The number two food is sugar. Sugar first came into the scene in 1689. 10 years later the average person was consuming 4 pounds per year. Today, we consume156 pounds each!!! Absolutely insane! Every time you eat sugar your body responds by releasing insulin. Insulin’s job is to open up your cells to allow glucose inside. Glucose is what fuels your cells. The problem here is that after a while your cells stop responding to the insulin, so you put out more to give the cells an extra nudge. Insulin is a hormone that puts your body into storage mode. The more insulin you put out the more your body is being told to store. This is why insulin resistance causes weight gain. To further complicate things—a body that is in storage mode is an acidic body. Now, you have two strikes against your fertility. 1) Insulin resistance goes hand in hand with PCOS, which means your hormones are out of balance. Without a proper balance of hormones conception becomes infinitely more difficult. 2) An acidic body creates a very hostile environment in the uterus for sperm. Meaning, they may not even survive long enough to make it to the egg. This absolutely does not mean you have to give up sweet foods. Humans love sweets for a reason. They satisfy the fun, “life is to be enjoyed” side of us all. It simply means…find an alternative way to sweeten your foods and treats (no, I am NOT referring to artificial sweeteners; don’t get me started on those!) What I mean is things like dates—have you ever just eaten a date? They’re absolutely delicious! Other options include real maple syrup, raw, unfiltered, and unstrained honey, and stevia. Some of these still cause a rapid rise in blood sugar which brings me to chromium. Chromium is a mineral that is sorely lacking in today’s modern diets because it’s destroyed in the processing of foods. So, the more processed food you eat, the less chromium you have. The role that it plays in the body is to help insulin work more effectively. If you have sufficient chromium in your body you will put out less insulin. This brings me to my final point for this post, Good Food!
What foods increase fertility?
The number one food that is lacking in modern diets is leafy greens. Leafy greens are your multi-vitamins, they’re alkalizing, and they’re balancing, and yes, they give you chromium. Green foods help your body perform pretty much every function more effectively. They breathe life into your tired, over insulinized cells. When your cells are breathing, your whole body relaxes. A relaxed body is much more fertile. If you strive to do nothing else with your diet—strive to eat more leafy greens, a lot more!
If you follow the 3 recommendations I’ve given in this post—reduce/eliminate gluten, reduce/eliminate processed sugar, and eat a lot more leafy greens—you will be well on your way to looking into your newborn babies beautiful little eyes. But, I promise it doesn’t end here. In upcoming posts I will discuss ways to speed up the healing process to unlock your fertility faster, super foods that help increase fertility, and ways to support good mood throughout the struggle of infertility.