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Preconception, Detox?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Hello, foxy carnivores. Forgive me if this has been asked a million times. I'm at the beginning of thinking about making babies (this will be my second kid, with my first turning 4 in May).

My diet is pretty good primal: raw milk and cheese when I eat dairy; good meats, a fair amount of organs, lots of veg, fermented food, bone broth, Sunday bacon, too many nuts and dried fruits, and a large coffee with yucky pasteurized milk every morning. Lots of coconut, daily cod liver oil, dessicated liver suppliments, and - side note- I am never thirsty now that I'm not eating grain again.

Of course, the coffee will be going. But since my child is finally weaning fully I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to do a heavy detox of some kind.

My impression here is that most people just eat well and don't do a lo of crazy "cleansing."

Would anyone like to weigh in on the relative merits of detox programs? What kind would you do? How long? If you wouldn't do one, why not?

Thanks in advance! Koko

D3495cd9e3e7173f24e1dbee40774573

on April 03, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Good answer Alicia. I am roughly following those guidelines at the moment:)

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Oh! And also don't forget if you really want to get rid of some toxins without a serious detox regimen there is always Epsom salt baths and mineral clay baths. Just a thought.

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on March 31, 2012
at 07:33 PM

It would be poor design but I don't believe in design. And if human physiology as it is evolving hasn't yet caught up to industrial food processing, then why should we assume that it has evolved yet to deal with toxicity in the environment?

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on March 31, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Hear hear, if our body allowed every toxin to sit around in us all the time, that would be a very poor design.

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Shellfish! I need more of them. Don't like 'em at all, though. Good luck to you in your baby-making journey. Exciting stuff.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Ah, excessive fat. Yes, that's part of the next few months' plan. Thanks for this.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Thank you! This is exactly what I am doing, without the grains.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Thanks! Glad to skip the hippie cleanse. I'll check out the pod cast.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Thanks, everyone. The WAPF guidelines are the ones I am following, with the exception of their Hallowed Healthy Whole Grains. There is just this hippie in the back of my mind telling me I need to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse while my body is my own again. I'm glad the general feeling here is that this might be overkill. I will check into Robb Wolf's rant. I love a good Robb Wolf rant, Buttercups.

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on March 31, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Detox, in the hippie sense of the word is meaningless. Your body cleans it self out all the time, and with very minor exceptions doesn't hold onto any toxins. Robb Wolf has a good rant about this in his latest pod cast.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 31, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Hear hear, if our body allowed every toxin to sit around in us all the time, that would be a very poor design.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on March 31, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Thanks! Glad to skip the hippie cleanse. I'll check out the pod cast.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on March 31, 2012
at 07:33 PM

It would be poor design but I don't believe in design. And if human physiology as it is evolving hasn't yet caught up to industrial food processing, then why should we assume that it has evolved yet to deal with toxicity in the environment?

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D3495cd9e3e7173f24e1dbee40774573

on March 31, 2012
at 08:45 AM

No, don't bother with a detox. You're not doing drugs or anything. Just quit the coffee and ease off on the nuts. I wouldn't worry too much about the pasteurised milk- milk does have valuable nutrition for baby making. You could try including plenty of shellfish too. I am also getting ready to have kids, but I'm giving myself a year before I start actively trying, as I am only a few months out of a long spell of amenorrhea.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Shellfish! I need more of them. Don't like 'em at all, though. Good luck to you in your baby-making journey. Exciting stuff.

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on March 31, 2012
at 09:03 AM

The best "detox" is to lose excessive body fat (if any.) Most of the toxins not already excreted from our bodies are stored in our fat.

Obviously, if you are a good weight, no need at all!

This is a good time to get your Vitamin D level checked and aim for a blood level of 50-60 ng/ml. via sun or supplementation.

Cleaning up your environment can be helpful!

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on March 31, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Ah, excessive fat. Yes, that's part of the next few months' plan. Thanks for this.

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F2b854f65de6621f5ecb6ec9ba14eb49

on March 31, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I agree with Dragonfly check you vitamin D levels.

If you are doing dairy try to get raw, lots of good baby making nutrients or at the least grass-fed.

You could also consider a year or just six months on a preconception diet as outlined by Weston Price and modified to your use.

You can read a nice summary here: http://nourishedkitchen.com/foods-for-fertility

And some lengthy information here that even touches on native peoples preconception diets: http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/vitamins-for-fetal-development-conception-to-birth

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on March 31, 2012
at 06:57 PM

Thank you! This is exactly what I am doing, without the grains.

F2b854f65de6621f5ecb6ec9ba14eb49

(574)

on April 01, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Oh! And also don't forget if you really want to get rid of some toxins without a serious detox regimen there is always Epsom salt baths and mineral clay baths. Just a thought.

D3495cd9e3e7173f24e1dbee40774573

on April 03, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Good answer Alicia. I am roughly following those guidelines at the moment:)

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