Continuing on this month all about Fertility! Last week we chatted about how the nervous system is #1 in my fertility program, because if there’s no signaling= no fertility!
#2 in my fertility protocol is nutrition. So, this week we will briefly chat about how to supercharge your fertility through nutrition.
If you need more information about nutrition and fertility I highly recommend the book: Woman Code! I use tips from this book in today’s blog as well as other information from other sources and evidence based nutrition sources.
There are usually 3 things that women/men experience with endocrine problems:
1. Menstrual Problems
2. Fertility Trouble
3. Low Libido
Let’s start with number 1…..
Menstrual Problems. Did you know that the women’s cycle doesn’t fully mature till the age of 25?! So, there will be fluctuations within the cycle up until that age, that are normal. However, genetics and nutritional factors determine how are bodies react to the mountain of estrogen we are bombarded with daily.
In some families they adapt to this estrogen load by presenting as PCOS, others: fibroids, others: endometriosis, PMS (PMD).
The symptoms handed down from generations, cramping, bloating, pain, acne, PMS……
Fertility Trouble. Our bodies as women are very fine tuned, and require a very specific ratio of progesterone to estrogen in order for conception to be successful!
Estrogen levels can become elevated by:
Poor blood sugar regulation, adrenal fatigue, congested pathways of elimination (food and product sources), birth control.
When it’s elevated, progesterone becomes insufficient. And when progesterone is insufficient, ovulation is not regular, which means no baby….
OR.. you will get pregnant, but your chance of miscarriage is very high because you can’t produce enough progesterone to maintain it.
PCOS prevents ovulation, which is of course essential for allowing an egg to be available for conception. Fibroids and endometriosis also cause fertility problems by creating actual blockages within the uterus or ovaries.
But, it’s easy right.. just take a pill to regulate these mentrual issues.! Right?!
So so wrong.
Pills or injections will temporarily lower symptoms I’ll give you that, but estrogen levels managed improperly for too long, and these symptoms will always come back, AND your chances of having a baby when you are ready will go way way down….
** also important to note, if you’ve had the SUPER toxic gardasil vaccine, your fertility will also be compromised. It has been shown in research to make young girls infertile, and also increases cervical cancer risk. I’ve had many patients with vaccine injuries from this terrible and corrupt vaccine. Please please say no for our young girls. **
Low libido… Well, you could be riding blood sugar highs and lows, stressed out from work, chasing kids around, deadlines approaching… So, getting some love from your husband/wife is safe to say not on your mind.
You probably don’t have much energy at the end of the day to do much other than eat that chocolate or treat and collapse on the couch.
For women AND men. Blood sugar irregulation and chronic stress = low libido.
If this cycle remains, your body will become really confused, and tell you to eat more carbs although you’ve already eaten too much.. Hypoglycemia…This then dampens the production of DHEA as cortisol is being pumped out excessively. Which DHEA turns into testosterone (supports sex drive).
Enhancing Fertility through nutrition is quite simple when you think of it.
1. Stabilizing the blood sugar.
This is done through customized eating plans for you. It’s not about dieting. Dieting DOES NOT work. It’s just NOT sustainable. Eating pre-packaged foods, or limiting what you can eat so much you end up eating a whole carton of ice cream in one sitting and just say heck with it!.
Yep.. been there.
Its about reconditioning what you are eating. I want you eating, and actually eating quite a lot to stabilize the blood sugar, but I want you feeding your fertility instead of inhibiting it.
This is all explained in my 120 day fertility program, but includes more of a ketogenic whole food plan, Organic and non GMO foods, high fat, limited grains and dairy. This is of course customized for each patient depending on their needs.
Eating regularly and increasing good fats stabilizes the blood sugar amazingly. In fact, when stabilized, most people are able to do intermittent fasting as well, which is so healing for the body and fertility.
2. Supporting the Adrenal Glands ( Stress Glands)
Also included in the 120 program. Some individuals are in super high stress environments, and they need supplementation in order to get things back on track. This involves customized herbs and whole food nutritional recommendations as well as specific NET ( a stress technique I do in my office) and stress related work to help create healthy habits.
Some individuals will need to change things within their pattern to decrease adrenal fatigue. Whether its changing things with your job, decreasing the amount of things you are doing, working out less (yes there are many women and men who work out too much and deplete their adrenal glands), asking for help, ect.
Remember it’s a lifestyle.
3. Clearing out the estrogen and pathways of elimination .
This means first getting rid of that birth control pill or shot. It’s harming you short and long term. Detoxifying the body through specific herbs and whole food nutrients and going on safer birth control methods (if needed). Birth control completely depletes all your B vitamins, so this is something that has to be added in. It also decreases your immune system, so often immune system support is needed.
Cleaning out your food sources that aren’t organic (hormones and chemicals), beauty products that aren’t organic (hormones and chemicals), plastic wear ( all estrogen), decreasing microwave use (estrogen), non natural cleaning products (toxic chemicals), cleaning up your water source, and other exogenous exposures.
I know it sounds like a lot, but these are REALLY big hormone disruptors. And over time, these wreak havoc not only on fertility but many systems and cause cancer and other illnesses as well.
Then we move onto cleaning out the main pathways of detoxification such as the Liver and large intestine, skin & lymphatic system.
This is through nutrition and chiropractic care.
Sometimes, it takes more detoxification means as well such as incorporating saunas, colon hydrotherapy, cleaning out toxic heavy metals in the mouth and body ( food sources, vaccines, passed down).
I also, always always include CBT, craniobiotic technique which helps clear out hidden infections in the body, and also desensitizes against allergens. Both can be HUGE in being the tipping point for successful fertility.
4. Supporting the sex organs.
This is done through specific whole food nutrition supporting these organs with nutrition and what are called protomorphogens. If you’ve taken birth control these organs will need support as they haven’t been producing the hormones because you’ve been taking fake ones.
5. Supporting the brain glands which signal the hormones
One herbal I use… chaste tree ( depends on quality!), is amazing for regulating the brain signaling. If you’ve ever taken birth control this signal is damaged and needs support.
That’s it!! haha. I know seems like a lot, but really EVERY person is different, and your path will look different from the next. You may need some or all of these steps, but the fact of the matter is all hormone dys-regulation CAN be helped naturally. I see it everyday!
Don’t forget about the men too!!
They also need sperm support, detoxification, stress and blood sugar support! Remember you can actually CHANGE your epigenetics, which can change your child’s and their child’s genes to be strong and more efficient!
Often times infertility is a mix of the man and the woman. So, most of my program’s require BOTH to be involved in the process.
We’ll talk about Exercise and Mindset in Fertility.
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