This post is inspired by ‘Sacred Woman’ by Queen Afua.
As a reader, if you’re anything like me, you’ll sometimes, take a peek at what you’ll be reading ahead. While reading ‘Sacred Woman’, My fingers stop turning the page and my eyes became fixated on a page with foods to avoid for womb cleansing.
I know as women, our bodies go through a lot, but I was amazed at the foods listed that some of us consume on a daily basis, yet, I had no idea that they contribute to an unhealthy uterus. Our uterus is a very vital organ in a woman’s body, as it forms the basis of the female reproductive system. Abnormalities include PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), fibroids and endometriosis. According to the book, some of the foods listed that could feed and grow tumors, cysts, and heavy menstrual bleeding include eggs, chicken, AND fish!
I incorporate a plant-based diet into my meals but am still eating baked/boiled chicken and fish (salmon)!
I had to do some research.
While ‘Sacred Woman’ doesn’t specify what kind of fish, I immediately became inspired enough to stop eating chicken and eggs, because honestly, why wouldn’t I want a healthier womb? Our wombs are our body’s temple, so we, as women, should feed it with foods that support emotional/physical wellness.
As I mentioned, I did some research, particularly on the fish, and this is what I discovered. Here are the TOP foods for a womb cleansing.
Fish– According to Medical Daily, Web MD, and a study provided by StyleCraze, fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in antioxidants, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, which contributes to amazing health benefits. On the flip side, fish is loaded with mercury. However, we can choose fish that has a low level of mercury such as such as salmon, shrimp, tuna (canned-light), cod, and catfish. Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and can also be released into the air through industrial pollution. Mercury falls from the air and can accumulate in streams and oceans and is turned into methylmercury in the water. It is this type of mercury that can be harmful to your unborn baby and young child. Fish absorb the methylmercury as they feed in these waters and so it builds up in them. It builds up more in some types of fish and shellfish than others, depending on what the fish eat, which is why the levels vary
Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet. Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children’s proper growth and development. So, women and young children in particular should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to the many nutritional benefits.
However, nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For most people, the risk from mercury by eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. The risks from mercury in fish and shellfish depend on the amount of fish and shellfish eaten and the levels of mercury in the fish and shellfish. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid some types of fish and eat fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
By following these 3 recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.
1. Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
2. Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
Another commonly eaten fish, albacore (“white”) tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.
3. Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don’t consume any other fish during that week.
Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish and shellfish to your young child, but serve smaller portions.
Fresh Fruits And Veggies-Veggies are a great source of vitamins, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients can aid in the blockage of tumors in your uterus, such as fibroids, as long as you eat them on a daily basis. Fruits are rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which helps decrease fibroid growth. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber. Eating high-fiber foods daily can increase your body’s strength in removing excessive estrogen and prevents fibroids from forming.
Nuts and seeds– These babies are packed with the good fatty acids (nervous system support), protein (energy source), minerals (immune system support), and fiber (natural fibroids blockage). These are all the nutrients we need for overall uterine health. Get the full break down here.
Green tea – Although, not a food, green tea is a wonderful source for uterine health. Green tea is packed with antioxidants, making for a powerful fighter against fibroids. According to herbal specialists, women with fibroids should drink green tea regularly. Learn more here.
Lemons– Lemons are packed with vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system. It aids in the blockages of unwanted bacteria and prevents infections to the ovaries and the uterus. TIP: Drink a warm glass of lemon water every morning before work. Your uterus will get healthier day by day. Learn more about the benefits of lemon water here.
Green leafy veggies –Leafy veggies such as kale, collard, and spinach are packed with nutrients that aids in maintaining the alkaline balance of your uterus. One of those nutrients is folic acid, which helps strengthen your uterus for the creation of a healthy baby.
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