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#Repost @nurture.hf ”What does the quality of your embryo tell you about the chances of becoming pregnant? The honest answer is: not much! All embryo grading systems are subjective & flawed. As embryologists we can make educated guesses about an embryo’s potential, based on certain embryo characteristics:🔹no. & size of cells🔹fragmentation %🔹timing of key events: ✔️cell divisions✔️compaction✔️blastocyst formation✔️hatching However, many embryos with “poor”grades will become healthy babies, whilst others graded as top quality will not. In some cases the reason for this will be genetic, which is something we cannot assess just by looking at the embryo. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is the only way to assess embryo genetics. The quality of the IVF lab is instrumental in ensuring the best possible embryos are created & the best possible outcome is achieved. What happens in the lab between your egg collection & embryo transfer could determine whether you take home a baby. Even if your embryos were destined to be top quality, a substandard lab has the capacity to negatively impact embryos growth and ultimately jeopardise your treatment outcome. This is why it’s important to ask for your IVF lab’s performance indicators (PIs) which are a good way to check that your chosen IVF clinic is working well & within safe guidelines. Currently there aren’t any existing universal PIs for IVF labs. In 2017 the ESHRE special interest group & Alpha Scientists in Reproductive Medicine, an expert panel of fertility specialists, determined the most appropriate PIs for IVF labs. Each lab should work towards their own benchmarks and should monitor their PIs regularly in order assess competency levels. Ask your embryologist what their PIs are and compare them to those of other clinics in your area. Benchmark values most labs will aim for:🔸no. eggs collected: 80-95% of follicles🔸no. mature eggs: 75-90% of eggs collected🔸normal fertilisation: 75-80% of eggs🔸no. fertilised eggs that cleave (divide): 95-99% 🔸no.embryos that become blastocysts: 40-60%🔸implantation rate (blastocyst): 35-60% A great IVF lab can potentially double your chances of taking home a baby!”
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ ”Healthy babies and future generations — it all starts with us. * What do I mean? Let’s talk about the research behind this statement. * Fetal programming is a concept proposed by Dr. David Barker. This suggests that a baby's organs and critical functions in the body can be influenced by the environment they experience during pregnancy. * Any adaptations in utero can create permanent structural, physiological and metabolic changes that act as a baby's "set point." And baby's health later in life can unfold depending on their physiological and metabolic programming. (Kwon et al) * There’s a similar concept called "imprinting." This is an epigenetic process that takes place during pregnancy and can be determined by: * ↬Nutrient Status ↬Hormonal Balance ↬Microbiome Health ↬Trauma (Csaba) * Now, I know this information might be overwhelming for some. It can be a lot to take in. * When we take a step back and look at the bigger picture, it can also be empowering. * The beauty of this information is that it puts the power back in our hands. * It’s an opportunity. And if we seize it, what comes next could be so amazing — for generations to come. * Some food for thought! * The message of this post is hope. I understand that not everyone’s fertility journey is the same. My intention here is not to diminish anyone’s experience struggling with their health and/or fertility. 💗 ___ Not medical advice.”
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Wait, it doesn’t start in the ovary? Isn’t that where ovulation occurs? 🤷🏼‍♀️⁣ ⁣ Ovulation communication STARTS up in your brain! ⁣ ⁣ The initial message to say, “Ok, go ahead and ovulate now” starts in the hypothalamus and moves to the pituitary of your brain. 🧠 ⁣ ⁣ Then it goes down to the ovary. ⁣ ⁣ This means if your brain ain’t happy, ovulation and progesterone production can be affected negatively. ⁣ ⁣ What causes brain signaling issues?⁣ 👉🏼 Brain injury⁣ 👉🏼 Infections (acute, chronic, overt, stealth)⁣ 👉🏼 Poor sleep⁣ 👉🏼 Neck and shoulder issues ⁣ 👉🏼 Thyroid issues (hypo or hyper)⁣ 👉🏼 Blood sugar issues like diabetes ⁣ 👉🏼 Medications like the birth control pill ⁣ 👉🏼 Toxicants/chemicals affecting the brain ⁣ 👉🏼 Heavy metals affecting the brain ⁣ 👉🏼 High stress ⁣ 👉🏼 High prolactin from breastfeeding or a pituitary tumor ⁣ ⁣ See that fourth one down? ⁣ It’s real. Consider acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, cranial sacral, etc., that helps blood flow, lymph flow, and nerve flow from the brain down. 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ Doctor’s orders. 😉 Go get bodywork if you can. ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ How’s your brain health??⁣” ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #brainhealth #ovulation #menstrualhealth ⁣#menstruation #menses #girlproblems
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Sperm contributes 50% of your future tiny humans DNA. If it is broken or abnormal it negatively impacts conception success and pregnancy outcomes. More damage to the sperm DNA is associated with increased miscarriage risk, decreased quality of embryos in IVF and a 50% decrease in conception. 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. (We will talk more about egg quality tomorrow!) Sperm can have DNA fragmentation even when a standard semen analysis is “normal”. Reasons to request testing for DNA fragmentation: 👉🏻You want to rule out any concerns during the preconception period 👉🏻You’ve been TTC for 6+ months 👉🏻You have experienced recurring miscarriages Starting with the tips above can help. Supplements can also play a very supportive role, but should typically be individualized. Not all fertility doctors can test for DNA fragmentation (due to access at the labs). YOU can order it through @givelegacyinc though! What are your questions?👇🏻”
#Repost @connealymd ・・・ ”Grandma knew how to eat based on hundreds of years of accumulated knowledge. It takes great hubris to assume we are smarter than our ancestors just because they are in the past. They acted off generational wisdom which may be more valuable than any "study." What worked was passed down and what didn't was discarded. If you are confused about eating, eat like grandma, high quality, not too much, and nutrient-dense. There are tweaks we can work off from there based on the individual, but eating like your grandma is a great place to start.”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”If you are wondering WTF epigenetics are, scroll back and read yesterday's post first!! Recap: How our genes are expressed can be altered, improving chances of conception & having a healthy baby. The conventional medical model is designed to wait until we have a diagnosis before treating. For instance, we may show signs of blood sugar imbalance for YEARS, but nothing is done until our numbers fit into to a diagnostic box. The problem is, minor imbalances that don’t meet diagnostic criteria can still interfere with fertility. I see subclinical thyroid imbalance, blood sugar instability, nutrient deficiencies, gut issues and more that are brushed off by the standard medical model…..but once we address these imbalances with an integrative approach, fertility can thrive! These minor imbalances influence epigenetic changes or how the expression of a gene is changed & how hard we have to work to stay healthy. You may be wondering what you can do NOW since we are clearly past a few “critical time periods” for epigenetic influence. We can still alter genetic expression! We just have to learn how to work with our bodies (testing & personalized guidance is key!!). The good news is, when we truly focus on our overall health during preconception, we are impacting the genetic expression (epigenetics) of our future tiny human too! This will make it easier for them to prevent chronic disease & stay healthy throughout their lives. Generalized approaches to “healthy diet & lifestyle” (what does that even mean anyways!?) will only get you so far. A healthy diet & lifestyle can look different for you than it does for your sister or your bestie. Working with YOUR body is key to altering genetic expression & improving egg quality & optimizing reproductive environment. In other words, test, don’t guess!!”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ “It’s been a bit since I’ve talked about epigenetics and there are a lot of new faces so let’s dive in! EPIGINETICS are what determines whether you can conceive following a very unhealthy lifestyle or have trouble conceiving when following a very healthy lifestyle. Epigenetics are how the expression of a gene is changed. These changes in gene expression can be traced back to your grandmother's diet, lifestyle & environmental exposures (a female's eggs start in the womb!). Of course your mothers diet & lifestyle from preconception through your infancy impact your genetic expression too. It’s not fair, but with 1 in 8 couples struggling to conceive, it’s very real. The good news, daily changes that work with YOUR body impact YOUR epigenetics, basically turning on good genes & off not so good genes. It can be easy to be frustrated that you have to work harder to get pregnant, but consider this: you are setting your baby up for a life of health. Even when others conceive easily following unhealthy lifestyles, they are impacting how easy it will be for their tiny human to be healthy throughout life. In other words, just because our society deems a child with all of it’s parts healthy, this doesn’t mean they are truly healthy. Chronic disease is on the rise in children & is being connected to preconception health & exposures during pregnancy. Struggling to conceive is often a result of minor health factors combined (like thyroid imbalance, poor gut health, inflammation, hormone imbalance, nutrient deficiencies etc.), compounding the effect on egg quality & reproductive function. More often than not, these can be addressed with INDIVIDUALIZED nutrition, lifestyle & supplement guidance that will work with your body. Consider this, having just 1 minor factor impacting your fertility can reduce your chances of conception from 20% to 5% over 2 years. As hard as it might be, stop comparing yourself. Commit to taking charge of YOUR body and your situation. What do you have to lose? You & your baby will be better off for it. “
#Repost @drmarkhyman ・・・ ”Glutathione is such a critical soldier in our line of defense that our bodies make it themselves. We even have mechanisms that recycle and reuse it. But what happens when our toxic burden becomes too high?  Our genetic detoxification software was designed to handle naturally-occurring toxins, not the 85,000 industrial chemicals present in our environment today. Poor diet, pollution, medications, stress, trauma, infections, and electromagnetic radiation also contribute toward our depletion of glutathione. As a result, toxins begin to build up and cause damage to our cells.  We need a detoxification software update, but we are at the mercy of evolution, which takes longer than the time we have. Luckily, there are ways to increase your levels naturally by using food as medicine, certain supplements, and lifestyle changes.”
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”HORMONES 101, PT. 3⁠ ⁠ In my last post, I mentioned the hormonal hierarchy, and how cortisol and insulin are in tier 1 of that hierarchy—because "life and death"😆⁠ ⁠ Exhibit A: Grizzly bear coming your way? 🐻 Cortisol will prompt the release of glucose into your bloodstream, and insulin will efficiently move that glucose into your cells so you can fight for your life or run like hell. 🏃🏽‍♀️⁠ ⁠ These tier 1 hormones are heavy duty, and they’ll go out of their way to prove they mean business.⁠ ⁠ So when they rise to unsustainable levels, 📈 they can wreak havoc on other major hormones.⁠ ⁠ Take CORTISOL.⁠ ⁠ When your brain senses danger, cortisol acts as a 🚀 booster, giving you the strength and mental focus to either fight or flee.⁠ ⁠ It takes offline those functions that are least important in this situation (like your digestive & reproductive systems) so that you can better protect yourself from harm. 🦸🏽‍♀️⁠ ⁠ Why does this badass hormone get so much bad press?⁠ ⁠ While most of our stressors today are not life-threatening (think traffic jams, financial woes, jobs, pandemics 😐 etc.), our bodies don't know that and still react to them as though they were.⁠ ⁠ And in our modern world, this happens pretty much constantly.⁠ ⁠ Over time, elevated cortisol in your body tells your ovaries to slow their roll—disrupting sex hormones and potentially delaying ovulation—and instructs your thyroid to take it easy and save up energy for the impending threat. (Hello, hypothyroidism!) 🦋⁠ ⁠ Before you know it, your periods are irregular or missing, your hair is falling out, your libido is a thing of the past, or you have developed unmanageable fatigue. ⁠ 😫 Yikes.⁠ ⁠ Here's the good news: When kept in check, cortisol is actually one of our body’s dearest friends. But in order to keep it balanced, we have to manage our body's reaction to stress!⁠ ⁠ Read today's blog post (link in bio @nicolemjardim) on how to do just that! Your body will thank you. ⁠ ⁠ + stay tuned for tomorrow's post, where we cover all things low cortisol - yep, it's a thing!⁠ ⁠ ❓❓What changes with your health when you're super stressed?”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Last week we talked about how stress impacts fertility and a few ways to help manage stress this holiday season. Nutrients like magnesium can also help you rebound from the stress response! Magnesium is quickly depleted during times of stress which can lead to a decrease in other electrolytes, decrease in energy and increased inflammation…..if it’s not repleted. NOTE: Stress can come in many forms like: 👉🏻Not eating enough &/or over exercising (metabolic stress) 👉🏻Injury/surgery (physical stress) 👉🏻Loss of a loved one (emotional stress) 👉🏻Toxin overload (environmental stress) When the body is under stress, it needs to produce more energy, which requires magnesium. Big stressors or stressors that last a long-time leads to an increase in oxidative stress and inflammation….this is no bueno for health or fertility. This connection with magnesium & inflammation in the body is why magnesium repletion helps with: ✨Period pain ✨PMS ✨Progesterone production ✨Insulin resistance ✨Sleep quality ✨Estrogen metabolism AND so much more!! Magnesium is essential for over 3,500 enzyme functions in the body! Now tell me nutrition isn’t a big deal when it comes to fertility mmmk…..and of course this is just ONE nutrient folks.”
#Repost @fertilityfriday ・・・ ”Although it's "catchy" to say the menstrual cycle is the fifth vital sign (and it makes a great book title), that's not why I continue to talk about it!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨When you track your cycles, you are tapping into a unique, real-time feedback tool that is constantly relaying information about your health back to you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The main fertile signs you pay attention to through charting are: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Cervical mucus ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Basal body temperature (BBT)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Cervical position⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Period parameters (i.e. pain level, volume, duration, etc.)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Overall cycle length, ovulation, luteal phase length⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Additional signs you may also pay attention to include:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍PMS symptoms (i.e. mood changes, bloating, cravings, etc.)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Breast tenderness, headaches/migranes, acne/breakouts⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Energy levels, sex drive⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Histamine reactions⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Ovulation pain, irregular bleeding patterns⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Paying attention to the various phases and aspects of your menstrual cycle can provide you with a wealth of information. ✨Here are a few of the issues you may be able to identify through cycle charting:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Under-eating/low metabolism/over exercise (via low temps, scant mucus, short luteal phase/premenstrual spotting)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Vaginal infections/cervical dysplasia/abnormal cells (via abnormal mucus patterns)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Low progesterone/luteal phase defect (short luteal phase, premenstrual spotting, modetate to severe PMS)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍PCOS (long, irregular cycles)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA — no cycle/no ovulation/no mucus)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Thyroid issues (low BBT, abnormal bleeding and/or mucus patterns and/or cycle length)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Histamine issues (abnormal mucus patterns/worsening symptoms around ovulation)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📍Bleeding disorders (extremely heavy bleeding)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are many more, but I'm out of space! How has tracking your cycles helped you? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾”
#Repost @dluxwellness ・・・ ”✨ 6 ways to ❤ your liver ✨⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ With all the immense work your liver does on a daily basis for you, it makes sense to make sure you are showing your liver some lovin'. With our toxin laden modern lifestyles it's imperative to support this superstar of an organ.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Refer back to my last two posts and to a post wayyy back labeled "Liver Detox?" to read about the nutrients your liver needs to do all it's awesomeness. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Swipe left foe 6 simple yet effective ways to ❤ your liver ⬅️ If you're looking to try castor oil packs I love @queenofthethrones use discount code DLUXXX for 10% off castor oil packs and more! ⁣⁣Are you showing your liver ❤ ? ⁣⁣ Have you tried any of these tips? Comment below I love to hear people's experiences 👇 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ If you want to heal your digestion and love your liver I'd love to work with you! DM me or head over to my website link in bio 😘” #dluxwellness #liverhealth #healthydigestion #healyourmetabolism #prometabolic #balancedhormones #guthealth #fntp #nutritionaltherapy #castoroil #detoxification #metabolichealing #healthylifestyle #nutrition #healthandwellness #nontoxic
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”Thyroid hormone is one of the main regulators of metabolism and growth, so it makes perfect sense that the need for thyroid hormone would increase during a particularly “energetically expensive” time – pregnancy!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The need for thyroid hormone increases by roughly 30-50% during pregnancy. In fact, the thyroid gland itself often grows 10-20% larger in order to keep up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Those with existing or borderline hypothyroidism may find they need to bump up their medication dose in the first few weeks of pregnancy. This is super common and makes sense with a huge increase in need for hormone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While a small percentage of pregnant women will become frankly deficient in thyroid hormone during pregnancy, a larger percentage (up to 15%) may develop “subclinical hypothyroidism” – meaning they don’t meet criteria for hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone), but their thyroid function is lower than ideal. This is an area where we really want to watch symptoms, as you may still benefit from thyroid support. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Low levels of thyroid hormone can increase rates of pregnancy loss, pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, and low birth weight. It’s important for both mom and baby that we are keeping our eye on thyroid function – part of the reason why I love to make sure the thyroid is functioning beautifully in the PRECONCEPTION phase. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thyroid health is one area where Naturopathic and Functional Medicine can really shine. There are so many ways we can support thyroid health with nutrients, supplements, lifestyle (hello stress coping strategies!), and medications when needed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PMID: 28776582, 28102101, 22629500⠀”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pregnancy #healthypregnancy #thyroidhealing #ttc #fertility #fertilitysupport
#Repost @the.functional.naturopath ・・・ “Trigger warning ⚠️⛔️ We need good stores of ‘bioavailable copper’ to load the iron we consume from our diet into ‘ferritin’ - via the ‘ferroxidase and ceruloplasmin’ enzymes - which 95% of conventional doctors have never heard of. Read that again slowly. It is this lack of bioavailable copper that causes iron to accumulate in the tissues, especially in the liver - which leads ultimately to excessive inflammation and oxidative stress. This can absolutely lead to what then looks like ‘iron deficiency or anaemia’ due to low blood readings - which most practitioners are then trained to treat with iron supplementation. Worst thing to do in this situation! Why? All the body does is continue to put that iron away into tissue which then worsens the inflammatory/oxidative burden , meanwhile bioavailable copper has not been addressed nor thought of due to our conventional training around iron. Did I mention that iron is also the number one fuel source for parasites, bacteria and viruses? What I’ve learnt over the years is that all is not as it seems when it comes to iron and a select number of others such as D3, ascorbic acid, zinc and molybdenum. More to come on these soon! 📣 🔹Killilea and Ames 2004 🔹Weiss and Goodnough 2005 🔹Wessling-Resnick 2010.” #anemia #irondeficiency #copper #ceruloplasmin #ferroxidase #ironsupplements #rootcauseprotocol #inflammation #ironic #d3 #retinol #misled #misfed #liver #ancestraldiet
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”{THYROID HORMONE AND PROGESTERONE}⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Adequate thyroid function (meaning *optimal*, not just *normal*) is essential for fertility for many reasons. Let’s unpack why thyroid hormone matters for progesterone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Real quick, let’s recap how we make progesterone: Within our ovary, an egg will burst from its egg sack during ovulation. That egg sack will then become a structure called “the corpus luteum” which is responsible for producing progesterone.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What’s the thyroid got to do with it?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️Thyroid hormone activates granulosa cells, the cells that become the corpus luteum, which allows them to receive hormonal signals from the brain with instructions to mature eggs and release one⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️The most potent thyroid hormone, T3, appears to significantly stimulate progesterone release. Animal studies have shown that T3 specifically is responsible for inducing the production of specialized proteins that trigger progesterone release from ovarian cells. In studies of human cells from the corpus luteum, increasing doses of T3 resulted in increasing levels of progesterone production.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️In the ovaries, pregnenolone is turned into progesterone by an enzyme called 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogesnase (phew!). T3 activates this enzyme to stimulate progesterone synthesis.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See how important thyroid hormone is, especially T3? So many of my fertility patients come in with “normal” thyroid labs, but nobody has actually measured T3. This really speaks to the importance of a thorough thyroid evaluation for those with subfertility, low progesterone, or short luteal phase.⠀⠀”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ttc #lutealphase #ttctips #ttccommunity #functionalmedicine
#Repost @therootcauseprotocol ・・・ ”The Root Cause Protocol (RCP) is ideal during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The only exclusion is diatomaceous earth (DE) and stabilized rice bran since we do not know the effects it has on the baby since they can be detoxing. Minerals are so important to pregnant Mums and breastfeeding Mums. There is no anemia of iron deficiency, it is just lack of functional iron, big difference. Use the RCP to help get the iron functional. However, using ferritin only blood test to determine iron deficiency is not a sign of iron vitality. It takes bioavailable copper as expressed via ferroxidase enzyme function, which lowers as the pregnancy progresses. You need bioavailable copper to load iron into ferritin. So low ferroxidase means low ferritin. You need more bioavailable copper not more iron. Normal hemoglobin (Hgb) for women is 12.5-13.5. When a woman is pregnant, this level stays the same for the first half of the pregnancy. During the second half of the pregnancy, Hgb should drop to between 8.5-9.5. This is called hemodilution (which is the research of Dr. Steer who examined 150,000 live births).” #rootcauseprotocol #therootcauseprotocol #therootcause #thercp #rcp #wellness #alternativehealth #ancestralfood #magnesium #bioavailablecopper #rcpc #rcpconsultant
#Repost @dluxwellness ・・・ ”What's The Deal With Period Poops? 💩⁣ ⁣ I have a lot of female clients who not only have painful periods but they also experience period poops 😮.⁣ I get this question a lot with clients so I figured I'd make a post about it. ⁣ When a woman has her period it isn't uncommon to experience bowel changes. Period poops refers to having loose /watery stools during a woman's period. It can be a bit embarrassing, painful, and not fun when you have a explosive episode on the porcelain throne. Yikes!⁣ ⁣ Swipe ⬅️ to learn 4 reasons why you may experience period poops on your period ⁣ ⁣ Addressing these 4 areas can really help with spasmodic period pain which is a type of period pain associated with period poops. ⁣ ⁣ Check out my stories today for more tips on how to reduce period poops and what causes them. ⁣ ⁣ Do you experience period poops 💩 when your monthly visitor🩸shows up? ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #periodpoops #guthealth #healthydigestion #periodpain #pms #prometabolic #healthylifestyle #healyourgut #healyourmetabolism #metabolichealing #healthyfood #healthandwellness #ironoverload #rcp
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”Did you know many men don’t even realize they have conditions like pre-diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, or other cardiometabolic diseases until they are being evaluated for fertility concerns?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, hormonal issues, toxic exposures, and lifestyle factors can all contribute to both cardiometabolic disease AND infertility. This really underscores the importance of using fertility challenges as a signal to dig deep and look at the determinants of health.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even further, some interesting research from 2017 showed that men with abnormal semen parameters were more likely to develop cardiometabolic diseases like diabetes and ischemic heart disease. The researchers even proposed that “semen quality may serve as a biological marker for future health.” HELLO!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So: to all my sperm-producing friends out there! Sperm quality is almost like a vital sign, giving us clues to your overall health status. If you find your sperm quality is not ideal, I encourage you to keep digging and try to address any underlying issues.”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”The long awaited blog on folate vs folic acid is here!!! Follow the link in my bio! If you are new here, folate vs folic acid is a heated topic but the mounting evidence on side effects of folic acid can’t be ignored. Many dislike this topic, but I am here to share the research. You may have heard that folate is essential for preventing neural tube defects (NTD’s). NTD’s are severe birth defects of the brain and the spine. The neural tube closes by 28 days after conception, so preconception nutrition is imperative for decreasing NTDs. Folate doesn’t work alone. There are many nutrients that are necessary to prevent NTD but folate tends to get all of the attention. It is a standard reccommendation to supplement with folic acid, which is a manmade precursor to the biologically active methyl-folate or technically, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). The problem is, not everyone can convert folic acid into 5-MTHF, in which case it builds up and increases inflammation, leading to many health concerns including the risk of recurring miscarriage. I have heard from physicians that “there is no research”….the truth is they haven’t looked and they are deferring to government regulated boards. We have to do better. If we are “doing no harm”, we have to look at the evidence, especially when it is being presented to you time and time again. We have to be constantly learning. As we gather new information, we have to be willing to adjust recommendations accordingly. Standard of Practice guidelines are an AVERAGE of 17 YEARS behind the research. If we are serious about doing no harm, we have to take matters into our own hands……and when the benefits largely outweigh the risks, we have to change our recommendations. Read the blog for all the deets & references.”
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ “We’re going to get a little bit nerdy on minerals today! * Magnesium gets a lot of attention for its many roles in the body, and rightly so. One of the things, however, that we often miss when it comes to improving Magnesium status is a trace mineral called Boron. * Without Boron, cells cannot properly retain Magnesium. Magnesium is an intracellular mineral, meaning it’s primarily located inside of cells. * This is important for many reasons, especially when you start to understand Boron’s other functions and benefits, which include: * ⇴Bone formation ⇴Bone health ⇴Insulin sensitivity ⇴Blood sugar regulation ⇴General cognitive function ⇴Attention span ⇴Eye-hand coordination ⇴Short-term memory ⇴Extending the half-life of hormones including Vitamin 🌞 and estrogen ⇴And more * In fact, the highest concentration of Boron can be found in the Parathyroid Glands. This alone should not to its major importance in Calcium regulation (and Magnesium’s role here too). * Boron is an important mineral that supports overall health, including the growth and development of baby (especially bone health). * One of the best ways to determine Boron status is via a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA). ___ Not medical advice.”
#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”The relationship between stress and #autoimmunedisease is intricate⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Extreme fatigue, bloating, weight gain, dry hair, Irritability, inability to sleep… what are your flare-up symptoms?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But why does this happen?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨Stress has been shown to be associated with disease onset, and disease exacerbations⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ___⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨A focus on reducing #stress levels was shown to be effective in influencing better outcomes in many autoimmune disease⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨High #anxiety levels will raise IL-6 levels which cause TNF alpha levels to go up⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TNF alpha is a cytokine that mimics #melatonin …our melatonin peaks when our #cortisol is at its lowest - so cortisol and melatonin are a balance scale (so now that’s all messed up)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨If your TNF is high (#inflammation) it's going to push your cortisol down⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also having chronic low-grade stress for a long period of time can lead to overall low cortisol levels- because the adrenal gland has a hard time keeping up with the demand⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Autoimmune diseases in those with chronic long term stress worsen slowly over time⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cortisol peaks upon waking and drops off the rest of the day Some individuals due to stress or other factors that affect cortisol will have their #cortisol flat line and not have that waking peak⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why is this important in #Autoimmune Disease?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Autoreactive cells die when cortisol peaks, so if you don’t have that peak you don’t kill the autoreactive cell that escapes the bone marrow and it can lead to autoimmune disease⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s important to be mindful of stress and how you manage it.⠀”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _ #autoimmunewarrior #autoimmuneawareness #autoimmunewellness #autoimmunediseases #autoimmunedisorder #chronicillness #invisibleillness #chronicillnesswarrior #chronicillnesslife
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ “B-vitamins are important for everyone, but might be particularly helpful to supplement in PCOS. There are a few different reasons why B-vitamin needs might be increased. Let’s chat it out!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️ First, have you heard of homocysteine? We’ll call it Hcy from now on. Hcy is is an essential amino acid, but elevated levels can contribute to increased risk for cardiovascular disease and subfertility. In those with PCOS, there is often a relationship between insulin resistance and elevated Hcy. One of the therapeutic goals in PCOS is to reduce Hcy if it is elevated. Vitamin B12, folate, and vitamin B6 are involved in Hcy regulation – elevated Hcy can indicate a need for these vitamins. Even further, some studies show that those with PCOS tend to have lower levels of these B-vitamins in their blood.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️B-vitamins are also very important for anyone taking Metformin, an insulin sensitizing medication. Metformin interferes with B vitamin absorption (especially B12) – we see that people taking Metformin experience decreasing levels of B12 and folate. Now it makes sense that Metformin use can increase Hcy as well, B-vitamins are the key here.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The good news: oral supplementation with B-vitamins can be effective in reducing Hcy in those with PCOS. B-vitamin supplements are easy to find, tend to be affordable, and are very well tolerated by most people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PMID: 30299265, 11532474”
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ ”Today, let’s talk about the connection between Vitamin A and hypothyroidism. * As you may have noticed from my other posts, I’m a big fan of Vitamin A. This nutrient is super important for fertility and pregnancy - and so is thyroid function. It was only a matter of time before we talked about the relationship between these two! * Vitamin A influences how well the thyroid hormone receptors function in the nucleus of cells. (Kharrazian) * In animals, even a marginal Vitamin A deficiency can cause the thyroid gland to enlarge, as well as cause T4 and T3 levels to decrease. (Nockels, et al) * Vitamin A is also needed in the production of protective, pro-thyroid steroid hormones, like progesterone and testosterone, which can become compromised in a Vitamin A deficiency. (Peat) * So how can you get more Vitamin A? * Well first, it’s important to note that Vitamin A from food can come in 2 forms: * ⤳Beta carotene = PRO-Vitamin A ⤳Retinol = PRE-formed Vitamin A * Beta carotene must be converted into Retinol. If you’re already struggling with hypothyroid symptoms, this conversion may be difficult ⏩ * “People with diabetes, low thyroid activity, and who use a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) without antioxidants such as vitamin E have lowered ability to convert beta-carotene to A.” (Haas) * This conversion difficulty can sometimes manifest in orange hands and feet. * To get PRE-formed Vitamin A aka Retinol, you can consider consuming foods like: * 🧡Liver (beef, lamb, chicken, etc) 🧡Full-fat dairy products (cheeses, milk, yogurt, etc) 🧡Eggs 🧡Fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna, etc) * 💓 ___ Not medical advice.
#Repost @alisonhall_fertility ・・・ “LET'S TALK VAGINAL HEALTH FOR FERTILITY⁣ ⁣ If we're looking for a healthy pregnancy there are 3 vital ingredients to make the magic happen:⁣ ✨ egg health⁣ ✨ sperm health⁣ ✨ your internal environment⁣ & the one we see most often overlooked is the internal environment. 𝗪𝗲'𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘃𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘀!⁣ ⁣ UTIs? Bacterial vaginosis? Thrush? Itching? Pelvic pain? Implantation failure? History of ectopic pregnancy? Recurrent miscarriage or loss? ⁣ ⁣ For anyone trying to conceive, this is an area you don't want to ignore. After all, we need a welcoming environment for incoming sperm & to support implantation & embryo development.⁣ ⁣ Our vaginas are home to billions of bacteria. Some are ‘friendly’ bacteria: members of the Lactobacillus species. They protect our reproductive tract by keeping it slightly acidic. This helps ward off infection from less beneficial bacteria. These lactobacilli are vital for good fertility outcomes. ⁣ ⁣ But it's a delicate balance that can be disrupted by:⁣ 🔥 hormone fluctuations⁣ 🔥 illness⁣ 🔥 antibiotic use⁣ 🔥 nutrition⁣ 🔥 stress⁣ 🔥 gut health⁣ 🔥 vaginal douching / washes⁣ 🔥 some sexual practices & more⁣ ⁣ When this happens the less beneficial, more pathogenic bacteria outnumber our friendly bacteria. Women often have ongoing symptoms (pain, burning, itching, fishy odour, green, grey or watery discharge etc). But sometimes women are totally asymptomatic.⁣ ⁣ Thankfully, we can test your vaginal ‘microbiome’ and when we know what’s going on we can redress the balance and get those Lactobacilli back in control.⁣ ⁣ Is it time you showed your vagina some loving?⁣”
#Repost @amberfischernutritionist ・・・ ”Fiber and PCOS: why does it matter? Remember how I said that fiber is important for lowering inflammation because of its beneficial affect on gut bacteria?  In the case of PCOS, fiber also does some specific things that are pretty cool. We commonly have something called dysbiosis in PCOS.  This means there are imbalances in the bacteria in our guts, causing inflammation.   When we have dysbiosis, we are more likely to have estrogen dominance (common in pcos) partially because of beta-glucoronidase enzymes.  These enzymes can take estrogen metabolites that are packaged up and ready to be excreted and can open them back up to be recirculated.   There are other reasons for estrogen dominance in PCOS (like anovulation and low progesterone, estrogen from adipose tissue, etc) but this is one connection to gut health we often miss.  Then there's fibers beneficial affect on Sex Hormone Binding Globulin.  We need SHBG because it binds to free testosterone.  This helps prevent testosterone from stimulating hair follicles and it's often something we are deficient in.  One important thing to note: excessive insulin and low vitamin d can deplete SHBG so while focusing on fiber, we also have to clean up our diet in other ways. Finally, and maybe most important, the natural fibers found in whole foods help to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, blunting the need for insulin.   If you've ever worn a continuous glucose monitor, you have probably been surprised at how well your blood sugar did with certain high fiber foods.  It's the fiber!  Fiber for PCOS is best from whole foods.  Try adding more seeds and nuts to your day, they are a quick easy way to get more fiber.  Pumpkin seeds in particular are 5 alpha reductase inhibitors and help prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT, a more potent form usually responsible for hair loss/facial hair.   Have you been trying to eat more fiber? What's your favorite way to get it?  PMID: 18331737” #pcos #pcosproblems #pcosawareness #pcosweightloss #pcosdiet #pcostips