A photo of Sophia Gushee and Sara Jensen with the title and other details of podcast episode 42

Detox Your Hormones

fertility hormones infertility podcast reproductive health Nov 18, 2021

Podcast music by Chris Robertson.

Podcast Introduction

Reproductive issues—including infertility—have been increasing worldwide. And these challenges are not just because couples are waiting to be older before trying to conceive. Reproductive challenges have become more prevalent among women in their 20s as well.

Dr. Shanna Swan, one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists, and her co-author Stacy Colino report a few eye-opening findings in their book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race. For example, here are three findings that most people don't know: 

  1. Worldwide fertility has dropped more than 50% over the past 50 years.  
  2. A man today has only half the number of sperm his grandfather had.
  3. The riskiest rooms for your fertility are your kitchen and bathrooms…not your bedroom.

You can listen to my conversation with Dr. Swan in Practical Nontoxic Living podcast episode 38.

Often, however, people experiencing reproductive challenges suffer alone—not realizing that fertility struggles are much more common than they realize. This is partly why I'm so grateful that Sara Jensen, who is the guest of this podcast, is sharing her story.

In this podcast, which Sara and I recorded over Instagram Live, Sara talks about her and her husband's struggle with unexplained infertility for 14 years. Ultimately, their fertility challenges led to a happy ending. Sara and her husband now have two beautiful kids named Hugh & Grace, which is also the name of their company!

Sara and her husband were shocked to learn that products that we use daily—including some products that claim to be "clean" and non-toxic—contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that increase our risks to a long list of things including adverse reproductive outcomes. Motivated by what they learned, they partnered with experts to create high-performing, natural products that they claim help detox, repair, and protect the body. I am not an affiliate partner of Hugh and Grace and this is not an endorsement. After recording this conversation, I received some Hugh & Grace products that I am very excited to try! You can learn more about their products at www.hughandgrace.com.

If you are interested in detox resources that I have created to help you eliminate toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and EMFs from your home, diet, self-care, and technology, then visit www.ruanliving.com. I also have 1-2 spots to work with clients 1:1 to help you detox for fertility. This would be an incredible investment for you and your growing family. There are so many simple detox tweaks that can transform our lives.

To start, here's my conversation with Sara Jensen, co-founder of Hugh and Grace.


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Ruan Living simplifies a nontoxic lifestyle through its Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, free detox workshops, online D-Tox Academy, and transformative 40-Day Home Detox. It aims to help you avoid toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from what you buy, own, and do— without compromising your joy and convenience. Ruan was founded by Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of the bestselling critically acclaimed book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Toxic Exposures and several detox workbooks. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Business School, Sophia has served on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Council and Well+Good Council. A popular nontoxic living speaker, consultant, and teacher, Sophia lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her passion for empowering others to enjoy nontoxic living began with the birth of her first daughter in 2007. Everything she creates is a love letter to her children and for the healthiest, brightest future possible. You can learn more here: Sophia’s Impact.


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