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#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
#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ “WHAT IMPACTS THYROID HEALTH, PT. I Like all other hormone issues, there's quite a bit of confusion when it comes to thyroid health. Some people say low carb is good for those with hypothyroid, while others say it's going to exacerbate your symptoms. Some women do really well on thyroid meds, while others don't get any relief from their symptoms. So what's the deal? There are many different areas of our health that impact thyroid hormone production and usage in the body. 1. Protein, fat, and carbs are ALL important for thyroid health—which is why my best piece of advice is to avoid dieting extremes. Protein, for example, is essential for thyroid function because of its impact on the liver—where much of our thyroid hormone conversion occurs. A lack of protein in the diet has been shown to lead to poor thyroid hormone conversion and higher TSH levels. Carbs are also essential for healthy thyroid function since our livers require glucose to convert thyroid hormone. 2. Micronutrients are the true all stars when it comes to thyroid health and function. Not only do minerals help us make thyroid hormone, but they also help us convert it and get it inside the cells. 3. Keeping blood sugar levels balanced is crucial. When blood sugar drops, the body releases cortisol, which then leads to a breakdown of glucose from the liver and a release of insulin. The more this happens, the higher our risk of insulin resistance. 4. While meal timing depends on a lot of factors, women that struggle with thyroid function often do better with more frequent meals. Eating balanced meals every 3-4 hours helps to reduce stress, balance hormones, support the metabolism, and replenish liver glycogen stores (leading to better, uninterrupted sleep).”
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ “PCOS PART 6⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ We’re often told that going on the Pill is the only solution to our period problems.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ This magic drug will even out your hormonal imbalance, and everything will be right as rain. Fake hormones will fix what’s happening with your real hormones, right?⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Wrong!⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ It’s simply not possible to balance your hormones while taking synthetic hormones designed to create imbalance.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ It's also not possible to regulate your period on the pill because you're not ovulating, which means you're not having a real period.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ And finally, it's not possible to fix your PCOS (or any period problem for that matter) with the pill. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ When it comes to all things menstrual cycle related, medical professionals often tell us that our symptoms (e.g., moodiness, brain fog, irregular cycles, fatigue, period pain, fertility struggles, and low libido) are normal, a natural part of being someone who menstruates, or worse yet, a normal response to being a teenager, getting older, being postpartum, etc etc.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Nothing to see here. Nothing to worry about. 😐⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ With all due respect to those medical professionals, that’s bullshit.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ We don’t need a great deal of medical intervention to be healthy, and we certainly don’t need to medicate our cycles with various forms of hormonal birth control and other pharmaceuticals.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ What we do need is a more comprehensive understanding of how our bodies work so we can discern what they’re telling us and know how to give them what they need so they can function the way they were intended.👊🏽⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ PS. This post is not a judgement on you if you are using hormonal birth control or taking medication. It's an important reminder that while the pill might be helpful for symptoms, it's not a longterm solution.⁠⁠” .⁠⁠ .⁠⁠ .⁠⁠ .⁠⁠ .⁠⁠ #birthcontrol #womenshormones #fixyourperiodbook #PCOSAwareness #PCOSAwarenessmonth⁠⁠ #hormonehealth
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”PCOS PART 3 As has become the norm in the medical industry, rather than focus on cause and prevention, we’ve resorted to simply treating #PCOS symptoms with medication 💊⁠ ⁠ The problem with this simplistic approach is that it only perpetuates the misconception that PCOS suffering is a life sentence - this is simply not true! ⁠ Focusing on the symptoms instead of the cause is like putting a bandaid 🩹 on a bullet wound. Sure, it's a temporary solution, but it ignores the real issue.⁠ ⁠ Cause 1: Insulin Resistance⁠ ⁠ Insulin is released by the pancreas in response to sugar 🍰 in the bloodstream. Its purpose is to grab the sugar from our blood and shuttle it into our cells so that it can be burned for energy or stored as fat.⁠ ⁠ High insulin has the potential to alter the very precise balance of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).⁠ ⁠ 📈 Too much insulin causes the pituitary gland to release more LH in proportion to FSH.⁠ ⁠ 📉 Too little FSH means that the follicles cannot mature adequately, and the dominant follicle is never formed.⁠ ⁠ Instead, all that is produced is many immature follicles a.k.a cysts on your ovaries. Hence, PolyCYSTIC Ovary Syndrome!⁠ ⁠ A significant number of women with PCOS have insulin resistance, which is the main cause for #hyperinsulinemia (excess levels ⚖️ of insulin circulating in the blood).⁠ ⁠ Needless to say, getting ahold of your blood sugar is key no matter your genetics.⁠ ⁠ Once you treat insulin dysregulation or insulin resistance through diet 🥦 and lifestyle 🏃🏻‍♀️ changes, your PCOS symptoms should diminish significantly or, in some cases, completely disappear.⁠ . ⁉️Did you know insulin affects your sex hormones in this way⁉️” . . . . #PCOSAwarenessMonth #PCOS #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #PCOSAwareness #periodhealth #womenshealth #reproductivehealth #PCOSSymptoms #PCOSLife #PCOSSupport #PCOSProblems
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”PCOS PART 4⁠ ⁠ From my book...⁠ ⁠ According to Dr. Fiona McCulloch, ND (@drfionand), author of 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS, “true PCOS is centered on lifelong androgen excess.”⁠ ⁠ In fact, 60% - 80% of women with PCOS have excess androgens.⁠🤯⁠ ⁠ Androgens = testosterone, androstenedione, DHEA and DHT.⁠ ⁠ What causes these high androgens?⁠ ⁠ 1. High insulin causes the ovaries to make more testosterone 💪🏼⁠ ⁠ 2. Excess insulin also causes the liver to make less sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG), the main protein that binds testosterone and keeps it from running amok.⁠ ⁠ This creates more free testosterone, and the potential for PCOS symptoms. ⁠ ⁠ Higher levels of androgens may lead to symptoms of PCOS - queue the hair growth 👱🏽‍♀️ - but this doesn’t necessarily mean you have PCOS.⁠ ⁠ Confused yet? 😆⁠ ⁠ Remember, there is definitely a genetic predisposition 🧬⁠, and PCOS is characterized by lifelong androgen excess.⁠ ⁠ MY STORY...⁠ ⁠ My blood sugar and insulin were all over the place when I was younger, and while I was never diagnosed with anything, I had some of the hallmark signs of PCOS.⁠ ⁠ However, once I worked on cleaning up my diet 🥕 and stabilizing my blood sugar🩸 in my early 20s, my ovulation was restored and my cycles regulated, my body hair growth slowed significantly, my hair loss stopped, and I never again developed any symptoms associated with PCOS.⁠ ⁠ ❗If you don’t see a full resolution of your symptoms with these kinds of lifestyle interventions—it's a sign you need further testing to determine if you have PCOS and need additional treatment.⁠ ⁠ 🙋🏾‍♀️ Can you relate to my experience? Or did you get a PCOS diagnosis?⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #PCOSAwarenessMonth #PCOS #fixyourperiod #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #PCOSAwareness #periodhealth #womenshealth #PCOSSymptoms
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ “PCOS PART 2⁠ ⁠ #PCOS is a bit of a misnomer; it’s a collection of symptoms that may have different causes, and might not even include polycystic ovaries.⁠ ⁠ In fact, approximately 20% of women who do not have PCOS have cysts on their ovaries, and about 30% of women who do have PCOS do not have cysts.⁠ ⁠ Even more importantly, these “cysts” are actually follicles that haven’t gone through the maturation process.⁠🤯⁠ ⁠ Clearly PCOS is not a one-size fits all syndrome 🤷🏻‍♀️⁠ ⁠ In addition to “cysts," some of the more common symptoms of PCOS include:⁠ ⁠ 🌸 Irregular or absent ovulation & periods⁠ 🌸 Fertility problems⁠ 🌸 Insulin resistance⁠ 🌸 Elevated androgens⁠ 🌸 Mid-cycle anovulatory pain⁠ 🌸 Acne or oily skin⁠ 🌸 Hair growth, on the face and other parts of the body, like the chest⁠ 🌸 Male-pattern baldness⁠ (yep!)⁠ 🌸 Unwanted weight gain, an inability to lose weight, & obesity⁠ ⁠ I could go on, and on—depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, sleep apnea—but you get the idea.⁠ ⁠ When it comes to PCOS, it's important to know that treating symptoms is like a game of whack a mole.⁠ ⁠ We can treat them, but if we don't pay attention to the root causes, and ultimately treat those, they'll just start popping back up again 🌿⁠ ⁠ ❓ What is your most frustrating PCOS symptom? Let me know below👇🏼⁠ ⁠ In the rest of this series I'll be giving you the lowdown on root causes, testing recs for PCOS, and info you'll need to know if your goal is to improve your symptoms.⁠ ⁠ 📸: ⁠@duvetdays⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #PCOSAwarenessMonth #PCOS #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #PCOSAwareness #periodhealth #periods #womenshealth #reproductivehealth #PCOSSymptoms #PCOSLife #PCOSSupport #PCOSProblems
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”SAVE THIS POST!! . Men are fertile everyday, but did you know that the process of sperm production, known as spermatogenesis, takes about 75 days!? . This means that the amount of sperm per ejaculation can vary and is the reason that men are told to withhold ejacualtion prior to a sperm analysis. It also means that the results of the analysis are indicative of health about 3 months prior. Luckily, this time frame mirrors the 90 days it takes to make significant changes in egg quality so you can work on preconception care together :) . If you’ve been hanging around here for a hot second you’ve heard me talk about “normal” vs optimal when it comes to health and fertility. The same goes for your fellas! In the context of lab data, normal meals average or fall within a range that is most common in a given population. . ✨A 4% morphology means only 4 out of 100 sperm are of normal shape while 96% have two heads, no head, no tail, short tail, small head etc. We can do better!!✨ . 👉🏻Sperm have a big journey of navigating to the egg, staying alive in preparation for ovulation and then burying into the egg for fertilization. If there aren’t enough super swimmers to make the journey, conception will be much more challenging. . ✨Sperm quality is best assessed by testing for DNA fragmentation, along with motility, morphology (shape) and count. DNA fragmentation is NOT standard to test for. . We care about DNA fragmentation because this is the DNA that goes on to fertilize the egg and program our tiny human. If there are high amounts of damage there will be more challenges in conceiving and carrying to term. . Nutrition & lifestyle make a BIG impact on the spermatogenesis process for stronger swimmers. . Getting your hubby on board with changes is even more important when egg quality is subpar! Good quality eggs can repair a certain amount of DNA damage, but if egg quality isn’t optimal it is more challenging to repair damaged sperm which can lengthen the time to conception and increase miscarriage risk. PMID: 11794171”
#Repost @nourishednaturalhealth ・・・ ”ARE THESE COMMON FACTORS AFFECTING YOUR HORMONES? 🤷🏼‍♀️👇🏼⁠ ⁠ 🤯Stress - ladies stress is your number one enemy for hormone health. Cortisol (our stress hormone) has a wide range of negative effects on hormones⁠ ⁠ 🥦Poor digestion - fun fact, we excrete estrogen through our stool. Without proper digestion, this process is limited causing a build-up of estrogen. ⁠ ⁠ ☕️Too much caffeine can ramp up your cortisol production! Try sticking to 1-2 cups per day. ⁠ ⁠ 💻Sitting all day at your desk - I’m sorry sisters but sitting all day in front of your computer is not helping your hormones one bit. Aim to get up and walk around every now and then throughout the day. ⁠ ⁠ 🍭🧁Excessive refined sugar has an impact on the balance of your blood sugar levels causing absolute havoc on your hormone balance ⁠ ⁠ 💤Inadequate sleep patterns cause a flow-on effect on our reproductive hormones leading to irregular cycles, fatigue, and fertility issues.⁠ ⁠ Do any of these sound relevant to you? Let me know in the comments below 👇🏼👇🏼⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #hormones #health #womenshealth #menopause #wellness #nutrition #healthylifestyle #hormonebalance #pcos #weightloss #hormonehealth #testosterone #fitness #perimenopause #fertility #women #functionalmedicine #healthy #hrt #selfcare #thyroid #pms #endometriosis #infertility #hormoneimbalance #healthyliving #holistichealth #estrogen #pregnancy
#Repost @drmarkhyman ・・・ ”The biggest culprit of all is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in soda, juices, and in most processed foods. ⁣ When you ingest fructose in high amounts without the associated fiber found in whole fruit, it turns on the cholesterol-producing factory in your liver called lipogenesis which makes super dangerous small LDL particles, jacks up your triglycerides, and lowers the HDL (or good) cholesterol. So does sugar in any form, including flour and refined carbs.⁣ Breaking these addictions and rewiring your brain is easier than you might think. It doesn’t take weeks or months. These strategies can help: Eat real food. You need to eat fat and protein for each of your meals. Whole foods carbohydrates like veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds are perfectly healthy. Broccoli is broccoli. Processed, sugary junk foods are not real foods. They set the stage for sugar addiction and all its ugly consequences. Steady blood sugar levels. Eat a nutritious breakfast with some protein like eggs, protein shakes, or nut butters. Studies repeatedly show that eating a healthy high-protein breakfast helps people maintain weight loss. Reduce stress. Stress eating and junk food go together. When you’re feeling stressed, you’re more likely to reach for that bag of chocolate chip cookies or whatever your vice might be. Learn to address the root cause of your stress and address it with something like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. Exercise smartly. The next time you get a hankering for something sweet, walk it off… Literally! Besides creating a healthy distraction to avoid nose diving into a pint of butter pecan ice cream, exercise tapers cravings and raises feel-good endorphin levels. Sleep well. Ever notice you’re hungrier for something sugary after a terrible night’s sleep? Studies show lack of sleep increases cravings. To get eight hours of good quality sleep every night.”
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”You know how I always say - I wish I had 4, 6, or even 12 months to help someone prepare to get pregnant? Let’s take closer look by exploring the egg development process! To get us started, a follicle is basically the egg sac. This illustration is VERY simplified (I'm not a graphic designer LOL), but really this follicle will have an oocyte (egg), a bunch of helper cells, and follicular fluid. In each menstrual cycle, the dominant follicle that ovulates originates from a primordial follicle that was recruited almost one year earlier (!!!!!!!!!!!!). See where I'm going with this?!?! The path from primordial follicle to pre-antral follicle takes about 120 days, or roughly 4 cycles for most people. That is really our sweet spot, where all the amazing things we can do to support egg health can make a big difference (antioxidants, mitochondrial support, nutrients, acupuncture). Once the follicle gets big and is almost ready to ovulate, our interventions will be less helpful. So, what if we need to take some time to replete nutrients, remove toxic exposures, improve thyroid function, work on hormones, dive deep on living a healthy lifestyle? These are time commitments, and you can see how that might impact our timeline. If you think you want to TTC in a year - it's not too early to begin doing the work. The eggs that you'll be supporting could eventually be your baby!! ” It's so empowering to be proactive about your fertility - if you need to know where to get started - pls contact me for more information! #preconception #preconceptioncare #preconceptionhealth #preconceptionnutrition #pregnancyprep #pregnancyplanning #egghealth #eggquality #tryingtoconceive #rootcauseprotocol #rcp #healthybaby #functionalmedicine #ttc #naturalfertility #naturalhealth
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ “Starting off the new year with a post addressing one of the most common questions I get: What about Vitamin A toxicity? * Another common question: Will eating beef liver cause Vitamin A toxicity? * And another: Won’t too much Vitamin A cause birth defects? * First and foremost, I want to distinguish that we’re talking about Vitamin A toxicity — not carotenemia. * Vitamin A is one of the single most important nutrients for our bone health, im^^un3 health, antioxidation, wound healing and eyesight, but for baby’s too. It’s also the nutrient that helps a baby’s body differentiate correctly, meaning it’s critical to PREVENTING birth defects. * A huge chunk of women are deficient in this nutrient going into pregnancy. And unfortunately, many are discouraged from eating Vitamin A-rich foods. * It all comes back to a 1995 study that found women who consumed more than 10,000 IU of Vitamin A gave birth to children with a great risk of specific birth defects. But like many studies are, this one was flawed. Much of the Vitamin A was from multivitamins and the researchers did not distinguish between fortified food sources. * There have also been studies following this one showing exponentially higher Vitamin A intake and either no correlation to or a lowering of birth defects. * Lily Nichols, R.D. in her book “Real Food for Pregnancy” writes “...old studies linked high-dose synthetic supplemental Vitamin A to birth defects. However, we now know that naturally occurring Vitamin A does not exert this toxicity…” * This is why real food is king when it comes to optimal nutrition, prepping for baby or not. If you’re getting Vitamin A from food, there’s likely nothing to worry about. * 〰️Beware of synthetically fortified foods (most commonly dairy and cereals) 〰️Beware of how much synthetic Vitamin A your multivitamin or prenatal contains 〰️Grass-fed liver a few times a week is an excellent source of Vitamin A — and it contains other minerals and fat-soluble cofactors ___ Not medical advice. Always talk to your healthcare professional before making changes to your healthcare and prenatal regime.”
#Repost @naturally_nora ・・・ ”[SAVE THIS POST] 🚨 You may not realize it, but there is a sperm crisis happening right under our noses and very few people are aware of it. In 2010 the World Health Organization released a report where they set the lower limit of “normal” sperm concentration to 15 million sperm per mL. Although this is the “new normal”, back in 1940 a man with a sperm concentration this low would have been considered to be sub-fertile. To put this into perspective, in the 1940s a man was considered to be of normal fertility if his sperm concentration was 60 million sperm per mL or higher. A 1940 study found the sperm concentration of a typical man to be about 113 million sperm per mL. By 1990 the normal sperm concentration fell to about 66 million sperm per mL, so you can imagine what it is today.” #preconception #preconceptionhealth #preconceptionnutrition #preconceptioncare #fertility #preconceptiondiet #preconceptioncoach #preconceptionplanning #momstobe #babyprep #spermhealth #egghealth #sperm #egg #conception #pregnancyprep #fertilityawareness #misscarriage #ivfwarrior #endowarrior #fertilitywarrior #infertility #ttc #ttccommunity #FAM #fertilityawarenessmethod
#Repost @drmarkhyman ・・・ ”Think of it as code that programs your software. Your hardware is your genes. Your software is how those genes are turned on or off. ⁣⁣⁠⁣ ⁣⁣⁠⁣ Food regulates not only your genes but also your hormones, like insulin, testosterone, estrogen, and thyroid. It alters your brain chemistry, producing happy chemicals, and it can even trigger addictive patterns. ⁣ ⁣ So how can you personalize your diet (and nutritional needs) to optimize your health?⁣⁣⁠⁣ ⁣ 🥦 Eat whole, real nutrient-dense foods⁣ 🥒 Fill your plate with 75% vegetables⁣ 🥑 Eat healthy fats ⁣ 🥩 Optimize protein⁣”
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ ”Today, let’s dive into another reason to love Vitamin A: its key role in fertility. 💮💮💮 * Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is most well-known for its role in eye health. Little do most people know, it’s actually essential for fertility too - in both males and females. * In males, Vitamin A is required for: ⤳ Maintenance of the male reproductive system ⤳ Production of testosterone ⤳ Production of sperm (Knutson et al, Li et al) * In females: Vitamin A is required for: ⇴ Egg health maintenance and maturation ⇴ Regular cycles and ovulation ⇴ Progesterone production ⇴ Implantation and carrying ⇴ Placental development and maintenance (Li et al, Knutson et al)  * “...the relative vitamin A status of the female, both at the time of conception and throughout pregnancy, is a critical determinant in reproductive outcome, and deficiency can lead to either a complete failure of reproduction prior to implantation or fetal resorption or malformation.” (Knutson et al) * In animal studies, it’s been shown that Vitamin A deprivation can lead to loss of fertility. But also in these studies, it’s demonstrated that fertility can be restored once Vitamin A is reintroduced. * My favorite source of Vitamin A? Liver! It’s chock-full of naturally-occurring Vitamin A that the body knows how to utilize. _____ Not medical advice.” * Can’t stomach it? Desiccated liver in capsules is a great option. * Want to learn more about Vitamin A and other fertility-supporting nutrients? #fertilityawareness #fertilitetsförståelse #rcp #rcpconsultant #rootcauseprotocolconsultant #rootcauseprotocol #fertility #fertilitet #ttc #vårtidärnu #holisticnutrition #womenshealth
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ ”Do you struggle with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding during your period? * There’s actually a name for this — it’s called menorrhagia. * Menorrhagia is the loss of more than 80 mL of blood during your period or if your period lasts longer than 7 days. * Heavy periods can be associated with disorders like: * ↠ Thyroid disorders ↠ Uterine fibroids ↠ Endometrial polyps ↠ Adenomyosis ↠ Endometriosis ↠ Cancer * What I most often see, however, is an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. * Estrogen is the dominant hormone in the 1st half of the cycle and progesterone should be the dominant one in the 2nd half. * Estrogen promotes uterine tissue growth to support potential implantation. But if there’s not enough progesterone to balance it out in the 2nd half of the cycle, we can end up having heavy, painful periods. * If we’re dealing with menorrhagia, how can we support ourselves? * ↬ Support our progesterone production by eating adequate calories, balancing blood sugar, prioritizing vitamin and mineral-rich foods and getting sufficient rest! ↬ Support detoxification pathways by eating enough fiber, getting adequate nutrients that support detoxification and having satisfying, daily bowel movements. ↬ Reconsider stressors and lifestyle choices that can increase estrogen load like xenoestrogens, iron fortification and supplementation, over-consumption of phytoestrogens, alcohol consumption, etc. ___ Not medical advice.” #rcp #rcpconsultant #rootcauseprotocol #mineralbalance #menorrea #menstualcycleawareness #fertilityawareness #womenahealth
#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”PERIODS 101 – PT. 14 WHAT'S THE TYPICAL PATTERN OF BLEEDING?⁠ ⁠ The first day of your period is not spotting.⁠ ⁠ The first day of your flow is when you experience significant bleeding and need a pad, tampon, period underwear, a menstrual cup, or some other form of period protection.⁠ ⁠ A period typically starts out heavier and then moves to medium and then light before ending.⁠ ⁠ But we're all unique, so some women experience periods that start out lighter, become heavier, and then become lighter again.⁠ ⁠ In others, the flow is consistent every day of the period and then abruptly ends or tapers off with some spotting.⁠ ⁠ Each of these scenarios is considered healthy and nothing to worry about.⁠ ⁠ When it comes to the pattern of bleeding, start-and-stop periods are probably the biggest concern for most people.⁠ ⁠ Their periods are like evening traffic on the highway🚦... starting and then suddenly coming to a screeching halt around day 3 or 4 and then starting up again twenty-four hours later.⁠ ⁠ There are a number of possible reasons for this:⁠ ☑️ Too-high estrogen⁠ ☑️ Progesterone not dropping uniformly once your period begins⁠ ☑️ The position of the uterus and how the uterine muscles are contracting⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #periodsolutions #periodproblems #menstruation #periodpain #womenshealth #periodtips #womenswellness #periodsarenatural #periodblood #periodbloodcolor #startandstopperiods #ovulation ⁠#fixyourperiod #rcp #therootcauseprotocol #rcpconsultant
#Repost @therootcauseprotocol ・・・ “Pregnancy is a magnesium deficient state! What you know or think you know about pregnancy is, at best, incomplete. A bold and unsettling assertion, but then I’m no stranger for taking on the tsunami of conventional medicine and proving that they are not just “wrong,” but more often than not, 180 degrees out of sync with nature. This Iron Toxicity Post will be no less controversial, and no less based on scientific intelligence and integrity. It boils down to this… Pregnant women NEED bioavailable copper. Lack of bioavailable copper is a HUGE problem when pregnant for the health of mother and baby. The majority of humans do not have enough bioavailable copper, and without a focused effort from a variety of angles, it’s difficult to support this aspect of our metabolism, especially after most of us have many years (if not a lifetime) of not having sufficient for ourselves, let alone our babies. I realize that this was a somewhat broad and sweeping treatment of some key factors in obstetrics. I could easily turn this post into a book. So please read my full article on this topic. Simply head to the RCP website and navigate to Iron Toxicity Post #81 and settle in.” #rootcauseprotocol #therootcauseprotocol #therootcause #thercp #rcp #wellness #alternativehealth #ancestralfood #magnesium #bioavailablecopper #rcpc #healthcoach #rootcauseprotocolconsultant
#Repost @eva.stecz.acupuncture ”If you are struggling to conceive here are a couple of reasons you should consider whether Mercier Therapy is for you. . Mercier Therapy concluded a four-year, evidence- based research study in September 2012, indicating an 83% pregnancy success rate. If you are struggling with infertility and would like to prepare for your IUI or IVF cycle, then this gentle natural method can be an excellent option. . Mercier Therapy is created to optimise health in the female pelvis by improving blood flow and increase organ and tissue mobility. . The therapy includes 6, one- hour sessions completed 1 - 6 weeks. I often use it as a stand -alone treatment or combine it with fertility acupuncture and Low Level Laser Therapy. ” . I have studied with Dr Mercier and would love to help you to improve your chances for conception. If you have any questions, please get in touch for further information or if this is something you would like to try. . www.Mercier #merciertherapy #merciertherapist #rcp #rootcauseprotocol #rootcauseprotocolconsultant #fertility #infertility #fertilitet #infertilitet #vårturnu #fertilitetsmassage #fertilitetsfysioterapi #fertilitetsbehandling #fertilitetsfysioterapeut
#Repost @hisueyun ・・・ “If they want to share with you, they’ll share with you!” • • • • #Feminism #Feminist #IntersectionalFeminism #IntersectionalFeminist #SmashThePatriarchy #ReproductiveHealth #ReproductiveRights #ReproductiveJustice #ReproductiveMedicine #PCOS #AbortionIsHealthcare #MyBodyMyChoice #ProChoice #PlannedParenthood #Infertility #InfertilityJourney #IVFJourney #ChildlessNotByChoice #Miscarriage #MiscarriageAwareness #MiscarriageSupport #ChildlessByChoice #Childfree #NoKids #NoKidsForMe #WomenSupportingWomen #WomensHealth #WomensHealthMatters
#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”No, your synthetic vitamin C supplement is not the real deal. And it's also not doing your health any favors. Take a look at the ingredients list on your supplement bottle. Does it say "ascorbic acid" anywhere? Chances are, you're not getting the benefits of whole food vitamin C. Let's chat about why. But first, if you're wondering what the benefits of REAL vitamin C even are, here's a short list: 🍋 Tyrosinase, an enzyme in whole food vitamin C, provides copper and helps us use copper in the body. 🍋 Our adrenal glands secrete vitamin C in response to stress. The adrenal glands also require vitamin C to stay healthy and make adrenal hormones, especially cortisol. 🍋 Works with copper to signal to the brain to make thyroid hormone, as well as to strengthen collagen and support bone health and wound healing. 🍋 Combats oxidative stress in the body and helps to strengthen the immune system as well as how it functions. 🍋 Involved in the physiology of the nervous system, including the support and the structure of the neurons, processes of differentiation, maturation, and neuron survival. (Supporting the nervous system also helps support a healthy stress response.) 🧐 Now then, what is different about ascorbic acid? Long story short, it's the incomplete version of vitamin C. It doesn't contain tyrosinase or copper or a host of other components that science hasn't even discovered yet. Because it's not a whole food. Why does this matter? Vitamin activity (reactions and functions) only take place when ALL co-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and working together. Which means, with ascorbic acid, you won't get any of the health-supporting benefits you're expecting from vitamin C! Mother Nature knows what she's doing. When we try to outsmart nature by isolating nutrient compounds for convenience, we're losing out on the health-boosting rewards that REAL foods have to offer. ”
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Does excess estrogen cause mood issues? 🤷🏼‍♀️⁣ It sure can. ⁣ ⁣ If you go back 2 posts, you’ll see where I talk about low estradiol, serotonin and depression. 🙇‍♀️⁣ ⁣ Now I want to talk about a different mechanism. ⁣ ⁣ Tryptophan is an amino acid. ⁣ It can go down a couple of pathways:⁣ 1️⃣ Make protein (not shown in the slide)⁣ 2️⃣ Make 5HTP ➡️ Serotonin ➡️ Melatonin ⁣ 3️⃣ Make NAD+ in the Kynurenine pathway⁣ ⁣ The large majority naturally goes down the Kynurenine NAD+ pathway. ⁣ ⁣ A small amount makes protein. ⁣ ⁣ A small amount makes 5HTP ➡️ Serotonin. ⁣ ⁣ However, things can disrupt the percentages. ⁣ 👉🏼 Inflammation in the body 🔥 ⁣ 👉🏼 “Excess” cortisol⁣ 👉🏼 “Excess” estrogen ⁣ 👉🏼 “Excess” glucagon ⁣ ⁣ If those occur, you head MORE towards kynurenine NAD+ and AWAY from 5HTP ➡️ Serotonin. ⁣ ⁣ The purpose is to 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗡𝗔𝗗+ to help you, but you may 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝗺𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 in the process. And you may struggle to fall asleep. ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Let me know if this is helpful below! ⁣ ⁣ And reread the estrogen depression post if you have low estrogen! ⁣”
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Do you struggle with your mood? Feeling depressed? Are you depressed AND feeling hormonal? 😢⁣ ⁣ They are related. 🥺⁣ ⁣ If you swipe through my slides, you’ll see why!⁣ ⁣ ⭐️ Tryptophan is an amino acid. ⁣ 👉🏼 It converts to 5-HTP ⁣ 👉🏼 5-HTP converts into serotonin 😃⁣ 👉🏼 Serotonin can convert into melatonin. 😴⁣ ⁣ There is an enzyme you NEED (required) to convert tryptophan into 5-HTP. 🪄 ⁣ ⁣ But,⁣ To make that enzyme, you need estradiol. ⁣ ⁣ If you are low in estradiol, you can struggle to make this pathway happen. 🤭⁣ ⁣ This is common if you are:⁣ ⭐️ menopausal⁣ ⭐️ have amenorrhea ⁣ ⭐️ or even premature ovarian insufficiency⁣ ⁣ What can you do?⁣ ⁣ See your practitioner!⁣ Get worked up. ⁣ Find out why your estrogen is low!⁣ ⁣ Guess what, estrogen excess can cause low serotonin too. 😡 I’ll cover that very soon. ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Do you feel your moods are tied to your hormones, cuz MINE ARE!! 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣ ⁣ #Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ Do you struggle with your mood? Feeling depressed? Are you depressed AND feeling hormonal? 😢⁣ ⁣ They are related. 🥺⁣ ⁣ If you swipe through my slides, you’ll see why!⁣ ⁣ ⭐️ Tryptophan is an amino acid. ⁣ 👉🏼 It converts to 5-HTP ⁣ 👉🏼 5-HTP converts into serotonin 😃⁣ 👉🏼 Serotonin can convert into melatonin. 😴⁣ ⁣ There is an enzyme you NEED (required) to convert tryptophan into 5-HTP. 🪄 ⁣ ⁣ But,⁣ To make that enzyme, you need estradiol. ⁣ ⁣ If you are low in estradiol, you can struggle to make this pathway happen. 🤭⁣ ⁣ This is common if you are:⁣ ⭐️ menopausal⁣ ⭐️ have amenorrhea ⁣ ⭐️ or even premature ovarian insufficiency⁣ ⁣ What can you do?⁣ ⁣ See your practitioner!⁣ Get worked up. ⁣ Find out why your estrogen is low!⁣ ⁣ Guess what, estrogen excess can cause low serotonin too. 😡 I’ll cover that very soon. ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Do you feel your moods are tied to your hormones, cuz MINE ARE!! 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣” ⁣