"How can I improve my egg quality?" is a question I get asked a lot.
My response? To improve egg quality enough to have and sustain a healthy pregnancy requires significant lifestyle upgrades. There is no magic pill despite what Dr. Google may say. If that were the case, fertility issues wouldn't be affecting 1 in 8 couples.
One of these changes was illustrated beautifully by research released last month.
Nearly 80% of hair products aimed at black women contain chemicals linked to infertility, birth defects, and cancer, according to a new study.
Black, white, yellow, brown...regardless of your race, read on cuz these chemicals are commonly found in almost all personal care products.
The researchers tested 18 hair products in 6 categories used by Black women: hot oil treatment, anti-frizz/polish, leave-in conditioner, root stimulator, hair lotion, and relaxer.
- A total of 45 hormone-disrupting chemicals were found, with each product containing between 6-30 of the chemicals.
- 11 products contained 7 chemicals banned in the European Union or regulated under California's Proposition 65.
- 84% of the harmful chemicals detected were not listed on the product label. In the U.S., companies aren't required to disclose everything that's in their products
Some of the most common ingredients that are damaging to fertility in hair care products are:
- phthalates (pronounced "tha-late" with silent ph - who else thinks English is so arbitrary?)
What should you do?
Reduce your chemical exposure by looking for products that are free of parabens, phthalates, and fragrances. My rule of thumb: if I don't know what's on the label, I don't buy it. Even better...if I can't eat it, I don't use it. I haven't been able to get to that level of tree-huggerness but working on it.
This is but a mere drop in the bucket of things that you can do to improve your egg quality. For more, check out my Fertility Top10: http://zenfertility.com/top10
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