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#Repost @meg_langston ・・・ “Minerals and vitamins are the spark plugs to the body. They get the body to do important things that impact our hormones, thyroid, inflammation, metabolism, digestion and so much more. From a cellular level, we are quite literally the vitamins and minerals that we digest and absorb. You can see why it's such a big deal that we are walking around mineral and vitamin deficient more than ever! Here are a few reasons why we are mineral deficient and how to make the changes: 1. Stress: More than ever we are on a constant go-go pace, from work to social media, childhood trauma, constant yo-yo dieting, trying to keep up with the jones and so much more. When our body is in this constant state of stress, it is in a fight or flight state. Here the body runs through minerals like magnesium which runs over 42% of the enzyme function in the body and B Vitamins, zinc, Vitamin A and more! The real problem is, we are never slowing down and lack mineral rich foods/soil to replenish this constant state of stress. 2. Agricultural system: Our soil has almost no bio avaialbe copper to it nor any other minerals that are crucial for how our animals and plant foods become so abundantly healthy. This is why connecting with a local farmer that practices focusing on the minerals in the soil can be so beneficial to health! 3. Drinking water: The water we get from our sink or shower in, can be filled with heavy metals and lack all minerals. If we are using a water filter and not replenishing minerals with something like Trace Minerals, then we are drinking "empty water." Not rich in minerals that are so hydrating to our cells-body. 4. Our diet: Whether it's from undereating to lose weight, avoiding specific foods like butter for aesthetic goals, we are missing key minerals and vitamins .. especially retinol! We also don't eat organ meats as we once had, which is like the earth's multivitamin! 5. GMO foods – the use of the pesticide, Roundup, contributes to mineral imbalances in the body. 6. Chronic Dieting: another form of stress, lack of variety and as a result missed minerals and vitamins!” #health #womenshealth #fertility #nutrition #minerals #rcp
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”Are you ready for you mind to 🤯? This is a serious #fertilityfunfact!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oocytes (egg cells) have specialized DNA repair genes that allow them to clean up DNA damage in sperm before fertilization is complete. YUP! Like magic.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s the deal: Sperm DNA can be damaged by exposure to “reactive oxygen species” – compounds that can form from environmental toxin exposures, diet, elevated blood glucose, and our body’s natural detoxification processes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When sperm meets egg, DNA is transferred from the sperm head into the egg. THIS IS WHERE THINGS GET INTERESTING. If there is DNA damage from the sperm, the egg cell will use its DNA repair capabilities to repair this damage to avoid passing on mutations to the offspring. WHAT!!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The egg cell’s ability to perform this DNA clean up largely depends on the health and quality of the egg. This means adequate antioxidant capabilities and mitochondrial function are ESSENTIAL!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let’s look at these pieces together: Healthy sperm (less DNA damage) will require less intensive repair from the egg cell. Additionally, a healthy egg cell will be able to repair sperm DNA damage more effectively. If both partners are working on their antioxidant and mitochondrial health, this system will work much more smoothly! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you need some ideas about how to increase antioxidants and protect your mitochondrial health – I have tons of posts about this – scroll back for a bit and you’ll find many tips!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PMID: 17899356, 19542543”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Have you been told that nothing can be done to improve egg quality or ovarian function!? 👇🏻 . Let’s review what I mean when I say “egg quality”. . There is a normal process in metabolism that creates what we know as free radicals. Free radicals also result from external sources like air pollution, chemical exposure, smoking or any other toxins. If our exposure to free radicals is high they can lead to oxidation which damages egg & sperm health. . This oxidative damage or oxidative stress, damages the energy source in our cells known as mitochondria. When mitochondria is damaged, it starts releasing even more oxidation, causing even more damage. . Eggs have 10x more mitochondria than any other cell in the body!! This means they need a lot of energy & a lot of protection from oxidative stress for egg development & embryo survival. . Limiting the energy supplied to the developing egg increases chromosomal abnormalities (DNA damage). Chromosomal abnormalities present as a longer time to conception or miscarriage. . So, to connect the dots….Poor egg quality is (in part) a result of increased oxidative stress that leads to increased DNA damage. . Most chromosomal errors occur during the 3-4 months BEFORE ovulation. It takes an enormous amount of energy for an egg to process chromosomes & mature. The mitochondria change significantly in response to nutrients & lifestyle factors and age. . Our ovarian follicles naturally have quite the antioxidant defense system, but this system doesn’t always work as it should, which is seen in unexplained infertility, PCOS, and age-related infertility. . GOOD NEWS: There is a lot we can do to support our antioxidant system in BIG ways in order to improve egg quality!!! . We have to look at the whole body rather than isolate the reproductive system in order to have the biggest impact. If resources are being shuttled elsewhere egg quality & reproductive function will struggle. . Stay tuned for tips on supporting those mitochondria!! ✨”
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”It’s day one of #menshealthweek, so I’m rounding up my favorite male fertility posts to share all week!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rarely does a day go by that I’m not talking about gut health over here, mostly in terms of female fertility. I want to make sure I highlight that gut healing is for sperm producers too! Here are some reasons why a healthy intestinal environment is crucial in terms of sperm quality and fertility:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the setting of “leaky gut” (aka intestinal hyperpermeability), compounds that are present in the gut can traverse the intestinal wall and enter systemic circulation. This is what we call “metabolic endotoxemia” – I’ve talked about how this contributes to ovarian inflammation and PCOS, but it is important in the testicular environment as well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Metabolic endotoxemia results in a state of chronic inflammation, which is a big bummer in terms of hormone production. This inflammation can activate immune cells in the testicles and impair the enzymes responsible for making hormones like testosterone. Testosterone is required for both sperm production and a healthy sex drive.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even more, this inflammation can generate oxidative stress which can damage sperm DNA and lead to poor sperm quality⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A functional approach to treating those with male factor infertility and low testosterone includes assessment of gut health, and interventions to support the intestinal barrier function could be a very important part of a comprehensive fertility support plan.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have a great week, everybody! Be kind to your intestines 💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PMID: 27340554”
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ “Allergy type symptoms around your period or ovulation? Swelling, itching, rashes, stuffy nose, headaches, anxiety, etc? 😳⁣ ⁣ Go back 2 posts and catch up! It’s a doozy about histamine and estrogen! 👀 ⁣ ⁣ This post is WHAT MIGHT HELP?!⁣ ⁣ 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁, 𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲. ⁣ Swipe to see all the pics. ⁣ 👉🏼You probably know about anti-histamine medications. They might help at ovulation or PMS time. ⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼 Eliminating high histamine foods (like alcohol and leftovers) around ovulation & PMS help.⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼 Certain co-factors and DAO with meals help! (Swipe)⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼Not in the pictures, but anti-histamine herbs like holy basil (Tulsi), stinging nettle, turmeric, & butterbur might help at ovulation or PMS time. ⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼 What about quercetin? It’s a supplement that is anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory BUT it could slow down phase 2 estrogen detox. Be careful.⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Let me know if this is helpful if you suffer around ovulation and PMS with these histamine symptoms!⁣”
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Are your allergy type symptoms worse at times during your cycle? 🤯⁣ ⁣ 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲:⁣ Swelling or bloating?⁣ Insomnia?⁣ Fatigue?⁣ Anxiety?⁣ Itchy skin? ⁣ Runny nose? ⁣ Rashes?⁣ Headaches?⁣ ⁣ Turns out, your hormone estradiol (the potent estrogen) and your allergy signaling chemical known as histamine talk...a lot. 🤬⁣ ⁣ That premenstrual headache, fatigue, foggy brain and bloating might be pretty histamine related especially if you have higher than expected levels of estradiol. ⁣ ⁣ Same goes just before ovulation. 🥚 ⁣ ⁣ Right before you release an egg, your estradiol goes up pretty high (this is normal) but...it increases histamine in the process. ⁣ 👉🏼 Some women get headaches here⁣ 👉🏼 Some feel bloated or tired ⁣ 👉🏼 Others notice their allergies or eczema is worse⁣ ⁣ Do you notice if your ability to tolerate wine worsens close to your period? Mmhmm. 😲⁣ ⁣ Estrogen + histamine = symptoms ⁣ ⁣ 😳 Scroll through the pics to learn. ⁣ ⁣ 🤓 Next post I’ll talk about some helpful tips that might help so stay tuned! ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Tell me below if you notice these symptoms at ovulation or close to your period! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 📚 PMID: 23090385”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”There is more you can consider after a diagnosis of Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)…..especially if you are under the age of 35. . My most recent client with DOR, just announced her pregnancy!! This makes 3 couples that were diagnosed with DOR that I have worked with that have gone on to conceive naturally. Women are told IVF is their absolute only option with DOR , these women chose not to believe this & I’m SO glad they did!! . The diagnosis of DOR is based partially on testing hormones: 👉🏻Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) is produced by the eggs in the ovaries and guesstimates how many eggs are likely left. 👉🏻Follicle-Stimulating hormone (FSH) is produced by the pituitary gland (in the brain) and signals maturation of follicles (eggs). When it is high, it is a sign that the signal is not being heard by the ovaries. . Additional factors are taken into account such as age, health history and ultrasound imaging of the follicles prior to diagnosing DOR. . With DOR, I am thinking “what is causing the ovaries to be less responsive to hormonal signals” and “why does it appear that egg reserve is low”. Together we investigate the what & why, and learn how to work WITH your body to heal and support your fertility. . Always remember, it’s not about the number of eggs you have left, but about the QUALITY of those eggs AND the sperm. Even if IVF is the best choice for you to grow your family, working with your body to support egg quality will greatly improve your chances of taking home a healthy baby. . 💕”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ ”Me again 🙋‍♀️ talking about insulin and PCOS. There is such a huge huge link between the two. Now insulin isn't bad, but in high amounts it can cause problems. I wanted to show you, from this image how PCOS does not just impact the ovaries. So let me explain what's happening in the image: 👥The liver produces sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). The function of SHBG is to bind to sex hormones, one being testosterone. When sex hormones are bound to SHBG they're essentially inactive. 🍡The pancreas has a job of secreting insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, insulin basically tells your cells glucose is here and helps it enter the target cells by initiating an intracellular cascade. So, what's the problem?! Well, when cells take longer to respond to insulin, the pancreas continues to secrete more, and this has many impacts long term in PCOS, one being, it interferes with the livers ability to produce SHBG! PMID: 7962291 In fact decreased SHBG levels are considered a biomarker of abnormal metabolism and are related to insulin resistance (IR), hyperinsulinemia and abnormalities in glucose and lipid metabolism in women with PCOS. PMID: 31525346 Along with this, we know high insulin causes the ovaries to produce more androgens, and this further inhibits ovulation and lowers progesterone. PMID: 9403321 This is just some of the ways high insulin impacts PCOS, there are more! Have you been diagnosed with PCOS and had your blood sugar, insulin and SHBG tested? If not this would be a great place to start. See my story for a list of other blood tests that may be helpful here. ” #fertility #naturopath #menses #ttc #tta #ttcpcos #ttapcos #naprotechnology #pcossupport #pcos #rcp #rootcauseprotocol #rcpconsultant
#Repost @dluxwellness ・・・ ”Decreased Soil Fertility ⬇️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ When our soil fertility is decreased you can bet that it has long reaching effects on all life forms and our 🌎.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The health, nutrient density, and biodiversity of our soils are pretty depleted these days thanks to ⬇️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🌿Acid Rain⁣⁣ 🌿NPK fertilizers⁣⁣ 🌿Tilling⁣⁣ 🌿Mono crops ⁣⁣ 🌿Pesticides⁣⁣ 🌿Fungicides⁣⁣ 🌿Herbicides⁣⁣ 🌿Mismanaged grazing⁣⁣ 🌿Mismanaged land⁣⁣ to name a few... ⁣⁣ We have to understand that most of our nutrition comes from soil in one way or another, which is why it's such an important issue to be aware of. ⁣⁣ Soil isn't dirt there is a huge difference peeps! There are microganisms, minerals, organic matter, water, and air that make up soil. ⁣⁣There is a whole microbiome that makes soil life giving. ⁣⁣ There has been a lot of damage done to our lands and soil it's pretty frightening to think where things could be headed if we don't have properly educated farmers. ⁣⁣ Remember that when we have decreased soil fertility ➡️ depleted plants ➡️ depleted animals ➡️ depleted people 💔 We can't have health if our soil isn't healthy. ⁣⁣ Caring about our food matters but it's just as important to care about the soil too. ⁣Did you know there's been an 80% world wide decrease of copper in the soil? That's just one very important mineral peeps!⁣ We know that food today isn't what it used to be nutritionally speaking. ⁣⁣The good news is there's people making a difference and restoring agriculture, land, animal management, and soil health with regenerative farming practices to ensure that we stop the damage 👏.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I love voting with my dollar to support these people and companies that are doing amazing work at the root level. I try my best to be a conscious consumer.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I'm no farmer or gardener but hope to one day learn how to be more sustainable and contribute to healing our land and learning how I can do my part 🌷⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Have you ever considered the health of our soil 🌱 and it'simpacts on your health?⁣⁣” ⁣⁣ #dluxwellness #soilhealth #regnerativeagriculture #sunstainability #farmtotable ⁣⁣
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Have you ever heard about Superoxide Dismutase? It’s also called SOD. 💪🏼⁣ ⁣ Turns out, it’s a SUPER important antioxidant in your mitochondria! 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ I’m posting a lot about mitochondria (and my hormone results). I also mentioned how I take SOD support.⁣ ⁣ 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝘀. ⁣ 👉🏼Think of them as mini fires 🔥 that are very reactive.⁣ 👉🏼They can do serious damage especially if they get out of hand (like a real fire). ⁣ ⁣ 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮 ☂ 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺. ⁣ One category is known as Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) where the main evil fire villain 🦹‍♀️ is Superoxide. ⁣ ⁣ In your mitochondria when you create Superoxide 🦹‍♀️, your body is smart and puts lots of fire trucks 🚒 around to neutralize that fire villain. ⁣ ⁣ The FIRST STEP is to use the fire truck 🚒 superoxide dismutase (SOD) to convert superoxide into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). ⁣ ⁣ The hot firemen and women who help the fire truck known as superoxide dismutase (SOD) do its job are zinc, copper and manganese. ⁣ ⁣ Yep, good ole zinc, copper & manganese help SOD! ⁣ ⁣ Once you make hydrogen peroxide, the second step is to convert it into water and oxygen (thus COMPLETELY putting out the fire). ⁣ ⁣ 🤗That second step is done by catalase & glutathione. However, other popular antioxidants play a big role. I’ll talk about those next. ⁣ ⁣ ⭐️ Obviously, the best way to minimize fires (they will never be zero) is to minimize crappy things like: xenobiotics, heavy metals, mold, parasites, crappy diets, crappy sleep, alcohol, tobacco, pesticides, pollutants, and more. ⁣ ⁣ 🛑 Wait! I have no idea how much of these nutrients you need personally. ⁣ ⁣ 🎉 Next I’ll talk about catalase, glutathione and others like CO-Q10.⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Tell me below if the 🔥🚒🦹‍♀️ analogy helps!⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Pic from: https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/metabolomics/enzyme-explorer/cell-signaling-enzymes/superoxide-dismutase.html⁣” ⁣ ⁣
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ “By no means is this an exhaustive list – there are a million reasons why inflammation can be elevated. BUT we’ve gotta start somewhere! When I find inflammation, WITHOUT a previous diagnosis (like cardiovascular or autoimmune disease), these are the things I am thinking about. . ▪️Food triggers are a big one. For me, this means an individual’s unique food sensitivities AND general foods known to be inflammatory (trans fats, alcohol, simple sugars). Often I am actually calling in a comprehensive elimination diet, the gold standard for identifying food sensitivities. ▪️DID YOU KNOW that glycemic load (the amount a food/meal will raise your blood sugar) is significantly associated with the inflammatory marker hs-CRP? We've got to mix those carbs with fat and fiber. ▪️Underlying infections, like gum disease (I honestly see this all the time), dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria), or sneaky viral infections like EBV can all contribute to chronic inflammation. ▪️Exposure to toxic elements like heavy metals, chemicals, and pollution. Compounds that are inhaled over a long period of time (like silica dust or other harsh chemicals) can perpetuate an inflammatory response. ▪️Intestinal hyperpermeability, which allows contents from inside the digestive tract to traverse the intestinal lining and enter systemic circulation where a whole inflammatory cascade is started. ▪️Chronic stress can contribute to chronically elevated inflammatory markers. This can be one of the most challenging things to address as it often requires an overhaul of lifestyle and learned coping mechanisms. . This is really just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many causes of inflammation. Sometimes it's easy to figure it out, and sometimes it is REALLY hard. It's lovely if you can find a doc who is willing to stay curious. . My favorite ways to reduce inflammation, coming up tomorrow! 💗
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”What does “I’m taking mitochondrial support” even mean?? 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣ ⁣ I posted all of my DUTCH hormone results and talked about what I did to improve my life, health and hormones! 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ While supplements were part of the plan, my main treatment started with some life and mindset shifts. ⁣ But...⁣ Supplements help. They are a nice bandaid. ⁣ ⁣ Let’s first talk about the mitochondria!⁣ ⁣ 👉🏼 They are your “cellular powerhouses” making ATP to provide energy for your cellular processes.🔋⁣ 👉🏼 They are considered a symbiotic bacteria that moved in, stayed and now are of huge benefit to your cells. ⁣ 👉🏼 They are super susceptible to damage. Kinda high maintenance if you ask me, but they do a lot of good. ⁣ 👉🏼 The first step of your sex hormone production is started in the mito. They are the location of the first and last step of cortisol. ⁣ 👉🏼 They do tons more but I’ll move on...⁣ ⁣ Let’s first talk damage. 😳⁣ ⁣ Things called Free Radicals are like mini-fires causing damage to the mito. ⁣ ⁣ Lots of external things damage them - infections of all sorts, mold/mycotoxins, heavy metals, many medications, UV damage, stress, etc.⁣ ⁣ Normal things like making a hormone, eating, exercising, making ATP, etc, also increases these free radicals. ⁣ ⁣ 🤨 It’s par for the course and part of the mitochondria deal. ⁣ ⁣ 🤓 But! Your body is smart. ⁣ ⁣ It has a system of fire trucks to help combat all these fires. They are called antioxidants. 🤩⁣ ⁣ 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗕𝗜𝗚 𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲:⁣ ⭐️ Superoxide dismutase (manganese, zinc and copper as cofactors)⁣ ⭐️ Catalase ⁣ ⭐️ Glutathione/NAC⁣ ⭐️ Selenium ⭐️ Beta carotene/Vit A ⭐️ Melatonin⁣ ⭐️ Vitamin C⁣ ⭐️ Vitamin E⁣ ⭐️ CoQ10 ⁣ ⁣ There are SEVERAL others. But the ones above are actually in your cell whooping the fire’s booty as a first line of defense. 🚨 ⁣ ⁣ 🗣 I’m telling you this because I was burned out and knew my system was probably putting out a lot fires. Stress increases fires. Plus, it is/was a pandemic. ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Next post, I’ll talk about what I specifically took and why regarding the mitochondria! ⁣ ⁣ Do you take antioxidants or eat lots of colorful food varieties? ⁣”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ ”🥚The follicular phase of the cycle is when follicles are growing towards ovulation, eventually a follicle matures and goes on to ovulate. This part of the cycle can be variable, meaning things such as stress or illness can impact the amount of time it takes to reach ovulation. 🐣Ovulation happens on one day of your cycle. (2 eggs can be released, however this happens over a 24 hour ovulatory event). 🐥The luteal phase is after ovulation until just before your next period arrives. This phase tends to be the same from cycle to cycle. So even if ovulation was delayed your luteal phase length will tend to stay the same. For example my own cycle length has varied in the past but my luteul phase almost always stayed at 14 days. But I should mention that sometimes during times such as puberty, perimenopause the return of menses after a baby all cycle phases can be variable. When using the fertility awareness method, it's really helpful to see the length of each phase. This can be really helpful in determining menstrual irregularities. For example, lets say you have a cycle of 35 days, although that is a normal cycle length, is your luteal phase length normal? Or is there an ovulatory dysfunction present which is responsible for things like low progesterone. In fertility awareness, we further categorise these phases: 🌱Pre - ovulatory phase 🥀Ovulatory phase 🍁Post - ovulatory phase This further helps to identify menstrual irregularities and along with this we can identify the fertile V infertile times during a cycle.” #fertility #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #ovary #health #fertilityadvisorireland #fertilityadvisor #ovulate #pcossupport #cysters #womenshealth #neofertility #ireland #women #righttoovulate #naturopath #student #ireland #fabm #cervicalmucus #ovary #education #nutritionaltherapist #progesterone #hormones #menses #period #fertilitytalk
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ ”Potassium is a very important electrolyte. We’ve already talked about its importance in insulin sensitivity...but did you know that it’s also important for thyroid health? * Potassium makes cells more sensitive to thyroid hormone! * This makes more sense when you can understand that in Hair-Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), the Calcium/Potassium ratio is called the Thyroid Ratio. Calcium desensitizes cells to thyroid hormone, while Potassium sensitizes them. * Symptoms associated with low Potassium include insulin resistance, fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, arrhythmia and others. There can also be a trend towards hypothyroidism. * Potassium is one of the most overlooked minerals IMO. Having worked with clients in getting these levels up, I’ve seen their energy levels, weight management, thyroid labs and many other things improve. * What does this have to do with preconception? Fertility issues can be very much connected to thyroid issues. Things like delayed ovulation, short luteal phases and miscarriages could potentially be the result of thyroid disorders. * It’s worth noting, an HTMA can provide some clues, but of course, getting a true diagnosis can only ever be made by a qualified physician. * So tell me, what’s your favorite way to get potassium in? ___ Not medical advice.” #rcp #rcpconsultant #thyriod #sköldkörtel #hypotyreos #hypothyroidsm #hyperthyroidism #hypertyreos #kalium #potassiumdeficiency #fertility #infertility #fertilitet #infertilitet
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Are you experiencing these symptoms!? 👇🏻👇🏻 . We chatted about why blood sugar balance is important for fertility yesterday, scroll on back and catch up! . Our cells need glucose (a.k.a sugar) for energy. Insulin is a hormone that acts like a key to unlock the cells and allow the glucose inside. When the key (insulin) isn’t fitting (resistant) we end up with excess glucose in our blood which leads to the above symptoms. . The goal is to find an eating pattern that allows blood sugar to follow a rolling hill pattern and avoid a sharp peak, deep valley pattern. . What to do: 👉🏻Focus on complex carbs for increased fiber: whole grains, starchy veggies, beans, fruit 👉🏻Pair complex carbs with fat & protein (carbs need friends!) 👉🏻Eat consistently throughout the day to keep blood sugar rolling while avoiding getting hangry & overeating 👉🏻Manage stress! Increased stress compounds the effect of excess glucose swimming around . A fasting blood sugar might not tell you the whole story when it comes to the early stages of insulin resistance. If you are experiencing these symptoms and struggling to conceive, let’s dig deeper! 💕”
#Repost @fertilitynutritionist ・・・ ”Are humans really facing an existential crisis as Dr Shawna Swan @drshannaswan writes in her fascinating book Count Down – Swan was the co-author of a report in 2017 which I alluded too way back in 2017 when it first came out -  so its good to get the author to reveal more information on this areas. • In her book Dr Swan lays out a bleak future where a chemical used in plastic is actively changing hormones, which in females and men have a different physiological response. So much so she writes that penis sizes are reducing and becoming malformed, and by 2045 the rate of sperm count which has been reducing 1.3% since 1973 will be down to zero and most babies will be born via IVF and ICSI. Babies born through IVF incidentally has gone up 24% - 60% in most countries since 2000. • I’ve been talking about getting the fellas onboard with actively detoxing and supporting a health plan 3 months before TTC, and reducing plastic use in the home for many years now and lectured on this in Croatia in 2019 and as part of the gestational journey a conference to over 250 nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. You can test for phthalates the main chemical cited as the culprit for this. But in my view it’s a cocktail of other chemicals that we’ve come to know and love as part of our everyday lives. • Its not all doom and gloom after all the headlines, testing is useful and also number one thing to do straight off the bat is to test sperm to see if you fall into this category. I wrote a blog about what to do and if you can’t wait for the series take a look at this. Link in bio. • Further articles talk about this also in the guardian and other scientific journals, which I will add on the stories also.” • • • • • #malefertilityawarness #fertility #fertilityjourney #fertilitysupport #fertilitynutrition #spermhealth #men #menshealth #nutrition #detox #ivf #ivfjourney #ivfcommunity #pregnancy #rcpconsultant #rcp #healthyeating #nutritiontips #nutritionmatters #healthylifestyle
#Repost @drjolenebrighten ・・・ ”Yes, your sunscreen can mess with your hormones if they contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. And yes, there are other options.⁠ ⁠ 🐠 Plus, there’s definitely concerns about environmental impact & how our sunscreen is ruining coral reefs.⁠ ⁠ You’ve likely heard conflicting information about sunscreen from different health professionals. The American Academy of Dermatology says that sunscreen is safe and most dermatologists will tell you the same. But The American Academy for Pediatrics (AAP) tells us that we should avoid potentially harmful chemicals like oxybenzone in children.⁠ ⁠ In pregnancy & breastfeeding it is generally accepted to avoid these chemicals too.⁠ ⁠ And then we see new studies coming out about certain chemicals found in sunscreen disrupting sperm function, specifically oxybenzone (also called benzophenone-3 or BP-3), avobenzone, octisalate (also known as octyl salicylate), homosalate, meradimate, octinoxate (or octyl methoxycinnamate), octocrylene, and padimate O.⁠ ⁠ 🏖In the article linked in my bio @drjolenebrighten I walk you through this nuanced conversation.⁠ ⁠ No, I cannot possibly provide all the details in one IG post on some of these topics which is why I have an article to accompany the post.⁠ ⁠ When it comes to sun protection should you just skip the sunscreen if you know it contains these potentially harmful chemicals? Definitely not. Listen, you’re not going to get it right or be perfect all the time. And that’s ok.⁠ ⁠ Don’t forget that beyond sunscreen...⁠ ☀️Wearing protective clothing⁠ ☀️Avoiding sun exposure (especially that midday sun)⁠ ☀️Hanging out in shade⁠ ⁠ Are all also important in protecting your skin. Sure, no one wants signs of advanced aging, but sun damaged skin can lead to big trouble (like skin cancer) so protecting your skin is a big deal.⁠ ⁠ 👙Head to the article linked in my bio for more info on how to protect your skin & hormones this summer!⁠ ⁠ EDIT: Typo in the image. The list is: Oxybenzone Octinoxate (Octyl methoxycinnamate) Homosalate Octisalate Octocrylene
#Repost @victoriawhitleyy ・・・ ”🧬Magnesium is an integral part of healing many hormonal issues/imbalances (i.e. PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, etc.). It is such a crucial mineral for the female body. Sadly, the majority of the population is unknowingly magnesium deficient. We do not get enough of it because the main source of magnesium, our plants, don’t contain enough magnesium anymore because our soils are depleted &/or plants are sprayed with pesticides. ⁣ 🌹Our Wombs thrive with magnesium. Abundant magnesium levels go way beyond just your hormones (mood/capacity for joy, sleep, libido, etc), but today I’m focusing on the benefits it brings to healing hormonal imbalances. ⁣❍ Magnesium plays a role in the creation of your hormones, the very ones you need to have a healthy cycle. Without adequate levels of magnesium, your hormone levels suffer. ⁣ ❍ Magnesium can help reduce painful cramping & PMS symptoms as it assists in muscle relaxation. ❍ Magnesium can help control the HPA axis (stress hormone response), leading to less anxiety & less stress. ⁣ ❍ Magnesium can help improve thyroid function, as well as the production of thyroid hormone.⁣ ❍ Magnesium can improve your sleep quality, helping you get to sleep easier, stay asleep during the night, & reduce insomnia. ⁣⁣ ⁣ 🌹Right now, you may be experiencing more stress than usual, lack of quality sleep, more caffeine consumption, & comfort eating as well ☕️🍕🍪. These things can quickly deplete your magnesium levels, so I always recommend makings sure you dose yourself with some magnesium each day to maintain healthy levels. ⁣ ⁣ 🌹Here are some ways to get more magnesium into your body: ⁣ 〰️ Take an epsom salt bath (my absolute favorite form of magnesium absorption). Pro Tip: Be sure to only use up to 8 tablespoons of magnesium a day, as this is our threshold for daily absorption. ⁣ 〰️ Decrease caffeine consumption 〰️ Spray magnesium oil on your Womb & belly before bed 〰️ Supplement (the most bioavailable form being Magnesium Glycinate) 〰️ Eat some fruit & veggies raw each day⁣ 〰️ Manage stress⁣ 〰️ Get adequate sleep”
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”Are you sick of me talking about glutathione yet? Every time I think I’m done, I read another study and I. HAVE. TO. SHARE. . Let me recap the basics: Glutathione is a combination of the amino acids cysteine, glycine and glutamine all smooshed together, and it is a big time antioxidant. In fact, it’s one of the most important antioxidants in the follicular fluid (the fluid that egg cells are swimming in within the ovary) and within egg cells themselves. . Research is pretty clear that glutathione is important for protecting eggs cells during their maturation process (folliculogenesis) and egg quality depends upon adequate glutathione availability. In the IVF setting, egg cells with higher levels of glutathione make healthier embryos. Healthy eggs = healthy embryos = healthy babies. . Lower levels of glutathione have been associated with premature ovarian aging and lower fertilization rates (remember my post on inflamm-aging? I’ll share it in my stories!). . One more thing! Glutathione appears to help regulate chronic inflammation, which can improve immunologic infertility (either due to a patient’s own autoimmunity or anti-sperm antibody formation). . Wondering what you can do to improve your glutathione? Here are a few ideas: ▪️A high quality glutathione supplement ▪️N-acetyl-cysteine is one of my favorite supplements to replenish glutathione ▪️Green tea has been shown to increase whole blood glutathione, and also…YUM ▪️Focus on cruciferous veggies! Broccoli is a champion here . PMID: 29266896, 31484368”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ ”What you can see in the image is: 🌱The development of the follicle in the ovary. 🥀Ovulation. 🌷The egg in the fallopian tube. 🌺The sperm heading towards the egg in the outer fallopian tube. 🌼And the corpus luteum, a structure in the ovary secreting progesterone. So, if fertilisation happens, the egg has a little journey to the uterus where implantation occurs. This can take around 9 days on average, however, research has shown that it can take anywhere from 6 to 12 days. So this is why it is important that progesterone is secreted for at least 10 days, but ideally we would want to see progesterone being secreted for 12 to 14 days past ovulation. PMID: 10362823 In order for implantation to occur we need a receptive endometrium and progesterone has a role here, it nourishes the endometrium 🥰 so essentially progesterone action acts to prepare the endometrium for implantation. PMID: 17960526 Progesterone plays a role in establishing receptivity by blocking the proliferative effect of estrogen, by inducing genes that allow the endometrium to permit attachment. PMID: 23432871 PS, there is a lot more to this whole process and other pieces to this puzzle! But I hope the image and brief description helps you to see the role of progesterone in implantation. Through fertility awareness we can get such great information about follicle growth, ovulation and progesterone production! If you are trying to conceive I would highly recommend learning fertility awareness, it's knowledge you will have forever 🌺” #fertility #implantation #fertilityawarenessmethod #ovary #health #naturopath #polycysticovary #menses #ttc #tta #ttcpcos #ttapcos #naprotechnology #pcossupport #pcos #womenshealth #naprotechnology #endometriosis
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Have you been told to supplement folic acid? Check your prenatal, is there folic acid or folate (L-methyl folate)? It can be tricky since folate & folic acid are wrongly used interchangeably….but they are different & our bodies handle them differently!! . Keep this in mind: Our body has to convert folic acid into folate or L-methylfolate to be used. . FOLATE is a type of B vitamin that has many jobs throughout our body. For instance, it is crucial for cell replication which happens rapidly during early stages of pregnancy & genetic programming of a tiny human 3-4 months before conception & for brain and nervous system formation. . Two decades ago, it became mandatory for enriched grains to be fortified with folic acid (synthetic!) in an effort to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs did decrease after this happened…but the full effects of widespread, high dose folic acid intake are starting to come to light. . You see, FOLATE is different from folic acid. Folate is active and naturally occurring, while folic acid is the synthetic version found in most supplements and fortified foods (cereals, bread, pasta, flour). . Research is showing that supplementing folic acid (typically the form found in prenatal vitamins & multivitamins) is having negative health impacts on both mom and baby. Specifically, increased markers of inflammation in mom & impaired blood sugar & fat metabolism in babies. . Folic acid can actually block enzymes that are important for metabolism of other nutrients like B12. This is NOT seen when taking folate. . If you have MTHFR (a genetic variation that makes it hard for you to use folic acid), you should NOT supplement more folic acid. You DO want more folate though, from both food & supplements if necessary. Those with MTHFR have a higher rate of miscarriage and research shows the correct form of folate with the proper combo of other B vitamins DOUBLES your chance of conceiving & carrying to term.”
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ “If we have the luxury and time of preparing, there are a few things we can consider when #TTC. Let’s chat about a few of them! :) * ⇝Nutrition: A no-brainer, IMO! Yes, the body will do everything it can to make sure baby has what it needs, but in order to do that, mama has to have the stores. Most women in childbearing years are nutrient-deficient from the get-go (Shanahan). Building up nutrient stores preconception can not only benefit baby, but influence pregnancy and postpartum recovery too. * ⇝Pelvic Floor Health: The health of our pelvic floor is often overlooked in general. During pregnancy, pelvic floor muscles are stretched. Working on any imbalances or weakness prior to conception can put us in a better position to face potential strain during pregnancy, as well as recover postpartum. * ⇝Supplements: These can be a great tool to help fill in gaps wherever needed and to provide additional support in various situations. Supplements can be a key part of preconception prep, but there are other factors that are just as important or even more important that most people miss out on. * ⇝Testing: These can also be a great tool in determining nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, etc. Results can help us prioritize the things we want to work on, such as the foods we want to get more of, the supplements we want to take, any lifestyle changes we want to make, etc. * Of course, everyone’s journey will be different! And these are just a few of the areas to consider. * ___ Not medical advice.”
#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ ”Do you know the 4 different phases of your menstrual cycle? ⁠ ⁠ A women's menstrual cycle can vary from woman to woman. But, in general, it usually lasts between 24-34 days in total and can be divided into the following phases:⁠ ⁠ 🔴 Menstrual (3-7 days): The menstrual phase is when you experience bleeding. The duration and intensity can vary from woman-to-woman. You might feel more tired than usual and should make it a priority to rest.⁠ ⁠ 🔴 Follicular (10-23 days): The follicular phase occurs once bleeding stops. You might experience some vaginal mucus during this phase as your body prepares for ovulation. This is when you'll begin to regain your energy and vibrancy!⁠ ⁠ 🔴 Ovulatory (around days 10-23): As the name suggests, the ovulatory phase is when your body ovulates. If you're trying to conceive, this is the best time to put in the work. If you're avoiding pregnancy, be sure to use protection during these days. Ovulation is when you'll experience stretchy, watery mucus. ⁠ ⁠ 🔴 Luteal (12-14 days): The luteal phase begins after ovulation and lasts until the first day of bleeding. Typically, mucus will dry up during this time and you might start to experience some PMS symptoms.⁠ ⁠ Some people consider the menstrual cycle to be a 5th vital sign. And, I don't disagree! ⁠ ⁠ As women, our cycles can give us great insight into the health of our bodies. Learning about the phases of your menstrual cycle is a great place to start! ⁠ ⁠ Tag a friend to share this easy breakdown of a women's menstrual cycle! 👇🏼⁠”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ “After yesterday's post I got so many messages asking: how do you know if your period flow is normal? So in the image I have created a quick description. I'd also like to mention it is so important to record if you're changing your pads/tampons for comfort or because they're full. And it's is also important to record how many days your period is lasting, 3 to 7 days is considered normal. I also wanted to mention spotting👇 If you experience spotting before your first day of full flow, the spotting is not counted as day one of your cycle, it is actually part of the luteal phase of the current cycle you're in. Day one of your cycle is the first day of full flow. Recording your bleeding alone gives a huge amount of information: ❣️Spotting before your full flow can indicate low progesterone. ❣️Light bleeding can indicate lower estrogen. ❣️Medium bleeding says indicates that there was a good level of estrogen to build the endometrium. ❣️Heavy bleeding can indicate unapposed estrogen/low progesterone. ❣️You can also experience mid cycle spotting/bleeding for other reasons. Your period flow paired with Cervical mucus / LH and BBT observations give us a huge amount of information about other types of bleeding. “ #fertility #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #ovary #naturopath #student #lh #rcp #rootcauseprotocol #rcpconsultant #fetyilitet #fertilitetsförståelse #polycysticovary #menses #ttc #tta #ttcpcos #ttapcos #pcossupport #pcos #cysters #womenshealth #neofertility #women #righttoovulate #period #menses
So happy to say that this week two more client’s of mine is pregnant, working with Hormonhälsans individual fertility program! 🙏🏽🤰🏽✨ #rootcauseprotocol #rcp #rcpconsultant #fertility #pregnant #infertility #ttc #vårturnu #feetilitet #infertilitet #fertilitetsförståelse #fertilityawareness