5 Ayurveda Fertility SecretsHere are five Ayurveda fertility secrets that you might be overlooking, but that you can start to integrate into your life right away.
1. Reduce StressThe rapid increase of anxiety in our society has had a great impact on fertility. Not only does it increase the dryness of vata dosha (ether + air), stress creates a fight-or-flight response that causes higher levels of stress hormones in the body. Some studies even show that these stress hormones are related to taking longer to get pregnant. Living in a state of constant stress could be a major factor that is preventing your body from accepting a pregnancy — whether that’s stress from a high-pressure job, intensive travel, an uncomfortable living situation or strained relationships. In other words, your body is smart; it knows that periods of stress in your life aren’t good times to have a baby. With this in mind, a key aspect of preparing your body and mind to bring in new life is to find realistic ways to reduce stress in your life. This might look like setting aside a little more time for selfcare, meditation, movement or time in nature. It might also look like doing LESS — simply resting more. What stress-inducing aspects of your life could you actually just release? How can you set up systems and structures to help you manage relationships and responsibilities that depend on you? As you are clearing space in your life, be sure to also set aside time for you and your partner to be alone and intimate.
2. Use AffirmationsAyurveda is a holistic science, which means it is designed to support the body, mind and spirit as they relate to one another. No part of your body or experience exists in isolation. Your entire being, from the subtleness of your spirit all the way to the physical, tangible existence of your body, is all one. These parts of you are not separate — they affect one another and communicate constantly. Thoughts and emotions in the subtle mind inform our daily wellness, our cellular communication, and our connection to the cosmic realms that usher in new life. One of the tools we use to alter the subtle mind and connect to the subtle essence of our spirit is affirmation. Affirmations are positive statements that are spoken aloud or silently that affirm a state of being that we envision for ourselves. To create an affirmation, simply tell yourself an affirming statement based on how you want to feel or be in the world. Give the phrase a positive twist by stating it as if it were already true. Usually, the simplest way to do this is to add “I” or “I am” to the beginning. For the purpose of fertility, perhaps…. “I am physically, emotionally and spiritually ready to be a mother.” “I trust my body to create, nurture and birth new life.” Repeat these affirmations to yourself daily — on your meditation cushion in the morning, in the shower, or in the car. Hold them as true, even if they are hard for you yourself to believe at first.
3. Detoxify by Activating DigestionOne thing you don’t often hear in fertility conversations is that it is essential to cleanse first in order to purge any toxins and remove any blockages that may be preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Many of us are walking around with internal metabolic waste — or toxins — that results from improperly digested food. According to Ayurveda, this is a heavy, sticky substance that is toxic to the body that is at the root of disease. A buildup of toxins in the body clogs channels in the body that are responsible for cellular communication, elimination of wastes and successful fertilization. Once your blood, womb and body are detoxified, and your channels are clear, you can build up the juiciness needed to support new life — but not just yet! Here are a few important ways you can begin to gently detoxify right now:
- Eat mostly warm, well-cooked and well-spiced foods
- Scrape your tongue first thing in the morning
- Drink warm lemon honey water before your first meal
- Eat more of the bitter, pungent (spicy), and astringent tastes
- Reduce sources of toxicity such as processed foods, alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine