The food we eat does make a difference. But itâ€™s more than just the food weâ€™re eating – itâ€™s also the food weâ€™re not eating. The foods that youâ€™re eating may actually be replacing more nutritious choices, and can potentially cause you and your future baby harm. Many ingredients in commonly consumed products are toxic to you, and to your developing baby. So what are these foods that you should avoid when wanting to get pregnant?
Here is a list of 9 things that you should avoid when wanting to get pregnant:
- Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners
- White flour
- Soy foods
- Genetically engineered foods
- Trans fats
- Common beverages
- Junk foods
Refined sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
Most sugar from cane or beets is a highly refined substance, very addictive, and bad for you. It contains calories, but no nutrients. However, many nutrients are required to metabolize it, thus depleting your body. Sugar is a carbohydrate, and if not used up as energy, it is stored as fat in your body. Research shows that refined sugar paralyzes white blood cells, weakening the immune system, and much more.
High fructose corn syrup is even worse than sugar.Â It is more chemically processed and is associated with obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, damage to your immune system, and more.
Artificial sweeteners are not a healthy alternative.Â Aspartame (NutraSweet) is toxic to your nervous system, and associated with increased risk of Alzheimerâ€™s and worsening of seizures. It also interferes with your hormones (endocrine disruptor).
When you improve your diet you will crave sweets less, especially when you learn to enjoy high quality animal fats and the superior nutrition they supply. If you want to sweeten foods, use a small amount of maple syrup (no formaldehyde) or raw honey.
White flour is missing the two most nutritious parts of the seed: the outside bran layer and the germ. It is a source of calories, but very little nutrition. Avoid it, and eat more nutrient dense foods instead.
Soy products should be avoided. They interfere with hormone balance for both men and women and suppress the thyroid gland. Fermented miso is the exception and is a healthy food.
Genetically Engineered Foods
Genetically engineered foods are also known as genetically modified organisms (gmo). These foods have NEVER been tested for safety in human consumption. Animal studies show severe organ damage, spontaneous abortions, and sterility when consumed.
What foods are genetically engineered? Corn, soy, cottonseed oil, canola oil, papayas, sugar beets, milk containing bovine growth hormone (rBGH), and aspartame. So far organic foods are not gmo, though they may be contaminated if not tested.Â Look for organic corn, fermented soy and milk.Â Raw milk is the best nutritionally. The others have no place in your diet at all, so avoid them completely.
Trans fats are also known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Hydrogen is added to liquid oils to make them more solid. These fats are associated with heart disease and cancer and they should be avoided. Read labels, especially those of cookies, crackers, cakes, fried foods and margarine.
Beverages such as sodas, power drinks, commercial fruit juices, sweetened teas and sports drinks should be avoided. They do not provide nutrition, and do contain many ingredients that should be avoided. They are all full of sugar, high in calories, and very unhealthy.
Instead drink pure water, unsweetened mineral water, herbal tea or green tea, fresh made fruit or vegetable juices. Many cultures around the world have enjoyed traditional lacto-fermented beverages such as kombucha and kvass.
Caffeine and Alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol are both known to interfere with fertility for men and women, and to be toxic to the developing fetus. Why take such an incredible risk with these commonly used but very dangerous substances. Once you decide to even begin trying to conceive, avoid these completely.
Junk food is just that, junk. These foods have little or no nutritional value, and often contain ingredients proven to be unhealthy. Common junk foods include salted snack foods like chips, cookies, cold cereals, candy, gum, most sweet desserts, fried fast food, and most beverages.
These foods may also contain preservatives, dyes, chemical flavor enhancers, monosodium glutamate (msg), and many other toxic substances. Beware, as msg is often hidden in foods as hydrolyzed protein or â€œnatural flavorsâ€.
What Should I Do?
Eat whole, real foods. Avoid processed foods, anything with ingredients that are not food, and anything you cannot pronounce or identify.
If your goal is to have vibrant health and excellent fertility, the foods you eat and those you avoid are critically important. Your food provides nutrients that your body must have to function normally. You would not put water in the gas tank of your car so why eat poor quality food when youâ€™re trying to conceive a healthy baby?