FertileDetox™ is designed to promote reproductive health and improve fertility by promoting the efficient elimination of environmental toxins from the body. This unique and comprehensive formula includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and special ingredients that support the body's own detoxification and cleansing systems.
What is an environmental toxin?
A toxin is defined as any compound that has a harmful effect on the structure and/or function of cells.
We are constantly exposed to toxins: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the personal products (shampoos and cosmetics) and the cleaning supplies we use often contain harmful chemicals. And, unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that there is an end in sight to this toxic assault. Here are a few disconcerting facts: Of the 87,000 chemicals registered for commerce in the United States, only one-tenth have been tested at all for any potential health effects, and only a small percentage of those tested have been evaluated for their impact specifically on reproductive health. And, according to the National Toxicology Program, approximately 2000 new chemicals are introduced into the US market place each year, with no requirement that manufacturers (with the exception of a few classes of chemicals) prove that these chemicals are safe. Adding insult to injury is the fact that certain chemicals that have been banned for decades continue to persist in our environment and food supply. For example, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were formerly used in the manufacture of plastics, adhesives, paints and dyes, have been
banned since the late 1970s, yet these compounds are highly stable and are still found in our soils and in the fat stores of livestock.
Of course, the human body is beautifully designed to include intricate systems for detoxifying, metabolizing, and eliminating these toxins. The problem arises, however, when these detoxification systems become overburdened and sluggish. Toxins are then allowed to build-up in our tissues and organs where they interfere with normal cellular and metabolic processes.
How does exposure to environmental toxins impact my reproductive health?
While chronic exposure to environmental toxins is known to have a wide range of detrimental health effects, research shows that our reproductive health may be especially susceptible to the impact of these chemicals. The field of reproductive toxicology is focused specifically on determining how environmental toxins contribute to the diseases, disorders and conditions that impact the male and female reproductive systems across all stages of life. Research in this area shows that environmental toxins are responsible, at least in part, for reduced fertility, impotence, menstrual disorders, pregnancy complications, low birth weight and infant and child development issues.
Which environmental toxins are most dangerous for my reproductive health?
When discussing the impact of harmful toxins on fertility, reproductive toxicologists talk most frequently about chemicals known as “endocrine disruptors.” Endocrine disruptors are natural or synthetic chemicals that alter the body’s normal hormonal activity. The endocrine system of the body includes the pancreas, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, ovaries and testes, all of which are responsible for producing hormones that control specific physiological processes in a very precise manner.
For a hormone (such as estrogen or testosterone) to produce its intended result, it must bind to a specific “carrier protein” that can transport it through the bloodstream directly to the wall of specific cell. Once it reaches the cell wall, the hormone binds to a receptor on the cell wall, and works with that receptor to activate cellular processes. Normal metabolic activity can be disrupted if any of these steps do not happen in the appropriate manner.
This is where the endocrine disruption story begins. Certain chemicals can disrupt normal hormone function by interfering in any or all of the processes above. For example, some endocrine disruptors can mimic the action of a certain hormone (such as estrogen) by binding to that hormone’s receptor and activating the same response that the natural hormone has. Other endocrine disruptors simply prevent hormonal action by taking up the receptors, thereby leaving no room for the real hormone to bind to the receptor. Still other endocrine disruptors bind to the carrier proteins, thereby reducing the availability of these proteins to transport hormones like estrogen and testosterone through the blood stream to the target cell. And, finally, other endocrine disruptors negatively impact the level of hormones by accelerating the breakdown of hormones or by deactivating the enzymes that facilitate their breakdown. Regardless of the mode of action, it is easy to see how endocrine disruptors negatively impact the function of hormones and alter the delicate hormonal balance within our bodies.
For a list of some of the known endocrine disruptors commonly found in our environment, our homes and our food supply, read the FertileDetox FAQ.
How does FertileDetox help to reduce the toxic burden in my body?
Because of the heavy toll these toxic compounds can exact on our health if they are allowed to build up in our tissues, it is necessary for the human body to devote a significant amount of its resources to removing these dangerous compounds from the body. Consequently, much of the work of the liver and the intestines is devoted specifically to detoxification. Unfortunately, the liver and intestines are constantly bombarded with toxic chemicals and, at times, are not able to eliminate these compounds before they become locked away in the fatty tissues that are located throughout the body. As a result, chronic exposure to these environmental toxins can impact our overall health, including our reproductive health and fertility: toxic overload can decrease sperm health in men and cause menstrual cycle abnormalities in women, and can also interfere with the healthy development of a growing fetus. The ingredients in FertileDetox support the liver and intestines,
thereby promoting the efficient breakdown and elimination of toxic
chemicals. Please read How it Works for additional information.