Actions Steps For Spring Fertility Boost
The last blog post explored the role our liver plays in fertility and why spring is such an ideal time to focus on liver health. Now that you've got the knowledge, it’s time to take some action! There is a lot you can do from diet to movement to herbs to keep your liver healthy and increase your chances of pregnancy.
The color of spring is green, for good reason
We often think of spring as the best time to clear things out or deep clean our home. This is also a great time to cleanse the body of the heavy foods of winter, eat less, and even fast. Generally, Chinese Medicine advises against strict fasting. While many popular cleanses today involve fasting or just drinking juices/water, which can be draining to the vital energies needed to get pregnant, TCM does recommend balancing the fast movement and growth during this time of year by focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables and lean organic protein.
The spring diet should be the lightest of the year and contain foods with ascending and expansive qualities such as young plants, fresh greens, sprouts, immature wheat, or cereal grasses. Green veggies help us attend to our liver and gallbladder organs by aiding in cleansing and clarifying the system. Sour foods like lemons and apple cider vinegar are also beneficial during this time of year as they move bile, which is one of the functions of the gallbladder. Young beets, carrots, and sweet starchy vegetables provide sweet flavor while green onion and garlic support the immune system. It’s a good idea to include a little raw food daily, with greater amounts in the spring. However, excessive uncooked foods can weaken digestion and trigger excessive clearing. If you have bowel inflammation, uncooked foods are not recommended.
Pungent herbs like basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, bay leaf are great to add to your cooking or use to make a tea. Brew a cup (RECIPE?) 1/2 of herbal tea with regular water. Give yourself an immunity boost with elderberry. Herb popsicles with elderberry and vitamin c are great for kids and adults alike. Add gelatin to hot beverages like tea to support ligaments and tendons.
Now is also the time to cut out caffeine and alcohol (always good practice for conception) and to drink lots of water. Not only does it help your body with its natural cleansing process, but it also facilitates the fertility process. Staying hydrated cushions and lubricates all tissues and organs in the body, facilitates the delivery of hormones throughout the body, and may be helpful with enhancing follicles. Water also helps to provide better production of cervical mucus, which helps the sperm to reach the egg. Aim for about half your body weight in ounces.
Winter can leave us feeling sluggish or more sedentary. It’s time to start moving that stuck energy, even with just a few deep, full breaths. Liver and gallbladder energy can get stuck at the diaphragm, so pausing during the day to intentionally breathe can cause big shifts in your qi, and your mood. Work up to a 5 count inhale followed by a 5 count exhale, focusing on the movement of the rib cage and keeping the abdomen soft to allow the full expansion of the lungs. You want to feel your rib cage moving out in all directions, like a drop of water in a puddle, rather than up or down.
Simple steps like going for a walk or stretching are also great ways to get moving. Gentle or slow flow yoga classes can help release those stuck places and get your energy flowing. Yoga not your thing? Hop a bike, break out a paddleboard, take a hike, go for a jog, or dig out those gardening tools. Find what feels good to your body and make some time each day for it.
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