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#Repost @wellnessbyjaclyn ・・・ ”Vitamin E is a key antioxidant that is important for fertility, which is why it is so important as you plan for a baby. This vitamin is only stored in your body for a short amount of time so it is important to make sure you are regularly getting it into your diet. There are so many benefits: ➡️ Boosts female productive health ➡️ Helps protect your body from harmful radicals ➡️ Promotes healthy skin and wound healing ➡️ Boosts your immune system ➡️ Keeps your heart and blood vessels healthy and when pregnant, helps improve blood circulation for Mom, in turn leading to good blood circulation for baby ➡️ Plays a major role in early fetal development Vitamin E can be found in many foods including: ✅ Almonds ✅ Sunflower seeds ✅ Sweet potatoes ✅ Spinach ✅ Avocado Many prenatals include Vitamin E but if not taking a prenatal, you want to ensure you are eating Vitamin E foods and if needed, taking a Vitamin E supplement. Be sure to speak with your medical provider about how much is right for you to take before starting any new supplement. *This is not medical advice. ” #functionalnutrition #functionalfertility #functionalmedicine #health #vitamine #healthy #rcp #rcpconsultant #healthylife #prepregnancy #prepregnancybody #prepregnancyplanning #healthcoach #functionalnutritioncoach #baby
#Repost @doctor_cleopatra ・・・ “Healthy fertility, healthy pregnancy, and making superbabies aren't just the work of women. It takes two people (sometimes more!) to get pregnant. It takes a sperm and an egg to get pregnant. Healthy eggs and healthy sperm are equally important if you want a baby. The person providing the sperm is AT LEAST 50% of the equation. And we now know that there are some pathways through which the person providing sperm is MORE THAN 50% of the equation. Here's one awesome example: Since the placenta is made in the woman's body, the health of the placenta has always been attributed to the health of the Mama and the health of the pregnancy. But a recent study showed that even the health and function of the placenta are epigenetically programmed by the health of the sperm! (After you finish up here, see a few posts back for awesome info on the magical placenta!) The Human Reproduction study showed that specific health conditions in fathers in the primemester (i.e., before pregnancy) are correlated with both early and late pregnancy loss. And, shockingly, these are super common, everyday health conditions that we are talking about. In fact, 51% of men have high blood pressure; 37.9% of men are obese; 37.4% of men are diabetic; and 5.3% men suffer from depression. ***Men with one or more of these super common conditions were up to 19% more likely to have pregnancies that ended in loss. Another one of the millions of reasons why primemestering is one of the most important things that we could ever do for our families—as Mamas, as Dadas, as Parents of all genders.”
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”I think I have established that sleep is vital for optimal fertility, including for those who produce sperm. Let’s break down the importance of sleep on testosterone, sperm production, and sex drive: ▪️Testosterone is a big deal – it is crucial for both sex drive and sperm production in men. ▪️Here’s a fun fact: The majority of daily testosterone release happens during sleep, BUT!!! For testosterone to increase to its full potential, you need at least 3 hours of normal, uninterrupted sleep (could be challenging for men who snore, work “on-call” jobs, or have small children who yell for them). ▪️Sleep deprivation studies in college aged men show that after just one week of less than 5 hours total sleep per night, testosterone can decrease by 10-15% (!!!!). This is big, if we consider that somewhere around 15% of men in the US chronically sleep less than 5 hours. ▪️Even more - low testosterone may affect overall sleep quality. So, picture this vicious cycle: a man isn’t sleeping, so his testosterone is lower. Then his sleep quality is worse because his testosterone is low. YIKES! ▪️Oh, and one more thing! Sleep doesn’t just influence sperm production, it may influence sperm quality as well. One Chinese study showed that men who were short sleepers (less than 6 hours) had worse sperm quality (poor motility, meaning they were worse swimmers). This short sleeper group also had higher rates of anti-sperm antibodies, which damages sperm and makes them less effective. . I’m telling you, if fertility optimization is the goal, everyone needs to sleep! Stay tuned for some sleep tips coming up soon. . . PMID: 21632481, 24435056, 28412762” . . . #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #functionalmedicine #fxmed #integrativemedicine #integrativehealth #malefertility #malefactorinfertility #malefactor #menshealth #testosterone #fertilitytips #ttc #ttccommunity #ttcjourney
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Are you are confused about fats?…whether you should or shouldn’t eat it, what types are best or should be avoided?….you are not alone! In a nutshell, we shouldn’t fear fat, but where we get our fat matters! Did you know that we need fat to build our reproductive hormones!? Dietary fat helps our bodies make cholesterol, which is a crucial ingredient in our steroid hormones like estrogen & progesterone. Without adequate production of estrogen & progesterone, our cycle gets wacky & conceiving becomes much more challenging. This is a zero judgement zone. My goal is to empower you with knowledge so you can own your fertility. If you are eating more foods on the right currently, that’s okay, this can be changed. The type of fat we consume matters for our fertility (and overall health!). There are two types of fatty acids that are essential for us to include in our diet because we can’t make them ourselves: linoleic acid (omega- 6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). We thrive when we consume a 1:1 balance of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. When omega-6 intake outweighs omega-3 intake, we run into trouble in the form of inflammation in the body. A typical Western diet has a ratio of anywhere from 10:1 to 20:1!! Inflammation is linked to countless health conditions, including sub- fertility (thyroid conditions, autoimmune, poor gut health, ovulation disorders etc.) and infertility. The biggest culprit of omega-6 fats in our diets are vegetable oils including corn, canola, soy, safflower and cottonseed oils. These oils are very delicate, meaning they go rancid easily when stored in clear plastic, heated or exposed to air. When an oil goes rancid it creates toxic compounds called free radicals and reactive oxygen species. These compounds are linked to inflammation, longer time to conception, miscarriage, and preterm labor. Limiting vegetable oils in your diet is the best way to decrease omega-6 intake!”
#Repost @candaceknutrition ・・・ “You may know vitamin E is important, but do you know why? Especially in the era of estrogen dominance, iron overload, and overconsumption of PUFAs.⁣ ⁣ Both PUFAs and excess estrogen have similar effects on health including suppressing thyroid function, decreasing oxygen to the tissues, and lead to cell damage, fibrosis, and inflammation.⁣ ⁣ Vitamin E has the ability to prevent from the toxic effects of excess estrogen while also protecting and helping the tissues detox from PUFA overload.⁣ ⁣ PUFAs get stored in your tissues. When stressed, elevated cortisol breaks down these fats and releases them into your bloodstream. Once in the blood, PUFAs can wreck havoc on the metabolism and suppress thyroid function while doing all kinds of other damage.⁣ ⁣ ENTER VITAMIN E⁣ ⁣ Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in immune function and fertility. ⁣ ⁣ Here are just a few of the powers of vitamin E:⁣ ⁣ ✅ Supports cellular energy production⁣ ✅ Supports healthy progesterone levels and protects against estrogen⁣ ✅ Reduces inflammation⁣ ✅ Helps you detox PUFAs from tissues⁣ ✅ Slows the cellular aging process⁣ ✅ Helps you use vitamin A better⁣ ✅ Protects against iron overload⁣ ⁣ Studies show Vitamin E can even help convert PUFAs (linoleic acid) into more stable saturated fats. That means a healthy body with a strong metabolism can actually saturate unsaturated fats.⁣ ⁣ One of the main ways that PUFAs damage healthy tissues is by depleting them of vitamin E. That’s why it’s so important to get enough, while also taking steps to protect vitamin E.⁣ ⁣ Want to boost your vitamin E?⁣ ⁣ ✨ Eat grass-fed meat and butter (grass-fed has 4x the Vitamin E content than grain-fed)⁣ ✨ Throw out the industrial seed/vegetable oils and iron-fortified foods, which deplete Vitamin E⁣ ✨ Supplementing with vitamin E can be another great option, as it can be difficult to get enough from food. ⁣ ⁣ But choosing the right vitamin E is SO important as some forms/blends can do more harm than good. ⁣ ⁣ What’s been your experience with vitamin E?⁣ ⁣ [not medical advice]⁣”
#Repost @meg_langston ・・・ ”What you should know before supplementing with Vitamin D: Supplementing with Vitamin D can deplete Magnesium. Magnesium runs over 42% of every enzymatic function in your body. Vitamin D requires Magnesium in order to transform into its ACTIVE form. The supplemental form of Vitamin D is NOT the active form but instead the stored! Megadosing Vitamin D breaks down Vitamin A metabolism which then breaks bioavailable copper. So what happens if we were to supplement with Vitamin D? We may be ignoring signs of dysfunction in the body. Aka not addressing what is causing this inflammation and iron overload. Vitamin D can be a report card for what is going on in our health. When we deplete Retinol because of mega dosing D, (animal source Vitamin A) This impacts thyroid health, immune health, moving iron in the body and more. Retinol works by loading copper into the cells. When our body does not have enough copper in our cells, this is where oxidative stress, dysregulation and inflammation occurs. Inflammation. One thought, when the body is inflamed vitamin D is lowered as a result. Inflammation is caused when there is too much iron in the liver/ iron overload, the liver doesn't allow for the enzyme (25 hydroxylase) to be converted into vitamin D. Aka, bringing our vitamin D levels low. Support inflammation- 1. Eat retinol rich foods: Butter, eggs, whole milk, cream, and liver. 2. Make sure you are getting your period every month! This is huge. By bleeding every month you are actually supporting the body's iron recycle system. 3. Get enough bioavailable copper in! Beef Liver, Whole Vitamin C (people are afraid of Orange Juice!), Shellfish like Oysters, Bee Pollen ect.” . . . #womenshealth #inflammation #ironoverload #rcpconsultant #nutrition #rcp #fertility #thyroidhealth #ttc
#Repost @innatefunctionalnutrition ・・・ ”🔸I don’t recommend iron supplements...ever...because iron deficiency is 99.99999% of the time never a true iron deficiency. 🔸 〰️We have a very sophisticated iron recycling system called the Reticuloendothelial System (RES). When working correctly, the RES can recycle 24 mg of iron a day all by itself (some say it’s 25-30 mg!). That leaves us needing a whopping 1-2 mg of iron from food per day. This is THE #1 controller if our iron status. 🔸 〰️Estrogen boosts iron absorption up to 3X in non-pregnant women and up to 9X in pregnant women. We get PLENTY. 🔸 〰️Like most things, iron doesn’t work alone. One partner is Vitamin C, which increases absorption during digestion. Another is copper, involved in almost ALL aspects of iron metabolism — because without it, iron turns to rust! 🔸 〰️Since 1941, there’s been a 380% increase in iron in our food system. Again, we get PLENTY. 🔸 SO, a few reasons I don’t like iron supps: 🔸 〰️Iron feeds infection. Pathogens like viruses, bacteria, fungi, yeast, etc. all like to feast on it. 🔸 〰️While supps can make iron LOOK better on a test, they do NOT solve the issue of copper deficiency, which is usually the reason people are low in iron. 🔸 〰️Side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, anaphylaxis and more. Supps can also cause preterm birth and very high hemoglobin levels, which are associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. It’s worth noting that iron is the main cause of poisoning deaths in children. 🔸 〰️Iron turns on the immune system 🔸 〰️Iron increases oxidative stress in the body, which is the driver of all disease 🔸 〰️Iron depletes copper (required for a healthy pregnancy), Vitamin E (key to fertility) and magnesium 🔸 If you’re iron-deficient/anemic, consider: 🔸 〰️Removing the things that deplete copper. See my ‘Where do I start? STOP’ post. 🔸 〰️Eating more copper and retinol-rich foods, which contain the cofactors for proper iron metabolism. 🔸 〰️Consuming more animal foods, as heme iron is absorbed 2-4X better than plant non-heme sources. 🔸 〰Reducing overall stress, which attracts iron. ___ Not medical advice.”
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”When you’re timing intercourse in the hopes of getting pregnant, the goal is to have lots of sperm waiting BEFORE the egg is released (ovulation). This is why I have talked about the importance of fertile-quality cervical fluid as a “sperm reservoir” - it allows sperm to hang out in healthy conditions and wait to fertilize that egg. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ The fertile window opens approximately 3–5 days before ovulation (the lifespan of sperm) and continues to a point approximately 1 day after ovulation (the lifespan of the egg cell).​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ If you only had ONE single shot at timing intercourse to conceive, 2 days before ovulation is likely a great strategy as that means that there will be viable sperm available for the lifetime of the egg cell.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ PMID: 29313033​​​​​​​” ​​​​​​​​ #ttc #healthypregnancy #ttctips #ttcsupport #functionalmedicine #fertilitytips
#Repost @dr.jennifer.mercier ・・・ ”Check out the pelvic region with all of the nerve innervations. In this illustration it becomes very simple to understand that the slightest of scar tissue, endometriosis adhesion or other pelvic pathology could cause some serious discomfort. The way to ease tensions and allow for optimal movement and blood flow is to use manual visceral applications. Mercier Therapy is a deep pelvic organ visceral modality that does as explained above. Fertility challenges, pelvic pain and post surgical recovery are best served by applying the manual manipulation movements. Freeing nerve entrapments is going to bring the ultimate benefit for your healing abilities. Come see a Mercier trained professional ❤” . www.hormonhalsan.com . . #Mercier #Merciertherapy #manualtherapy #comfort #healing #relief #healthylifestyle #health #endometriosis #pcos #csection #csectionrecovery #csectionscar #bellybirth #birth #surgery #gynecology #gynocologist #postop #pelvicpain #womenshealth #women #womensupportingwomen #pregnancy #pregnant #🤰 #🤱 #ovariancyst #pelvicpain
#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”Autoimmune thyroiditis is the most prevalent coexisting autoimmune disorder in patients with celiac disease A pooled analysis, including 6024 patients with autoimmune thyroiditis, found a markedly increased prevalence of biopsy-confirmed celiac disease, which led to the conclusion that all patients with autoimmune thyroiditis should be screened for celiac disease The association between autoimmune thyroid disease and celiac disease may be explained by low selenium or vitamin D status secondary to their malabsorption and the interaction of tissue transglutaminase-2 IgA antibodies to thyroid follicles The gluten-free diet may also directly inhibit activity of inflammatory cells. In line with this explanation, dietary gluten was found to alter the balance of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines in T cells of mice towards a more inflammatory cytokine profile, while the gluten-free diet reduced circulating levels of proinflammatory cytokines Research has found that the gluten-free diet reduced serum titers of TPOAb and TGAb in euthyroid women with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis This finding indicates that the gluten free-diet may bring clinical benefits to euthyroid women with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, who, because of markedly elevated thyroid antibody titers, are at high risk of the development of hypothyroidism. This is for those women who get TSH checked and they are told its "normal", but levels are actually above 3 yet below 5, I would recommend getting an antibody test and starting a gluten-free diet! Do you follow a gluten free diet? What changes did you notice after removing gluten? PMID: 30060266” ….. #glutenfree #gluten #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreediet #glyphosate #glyphosatefree #glutenfreelife #glutenfreefood #glutenfreelifestyle #glutensensitivity #glutensensitive #hashimotosdisease #hashimotos #hashimoto #hashimotosthyroiditis #hashimotoshealing #hashimotosthyroiditis #hashimotosmom #thyroidhealing #thyroid #thyroidproblems #thyroidhealth #thyroiddisease #thyroidsupport #thyroidissues #celiacdisease #celiac
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Progesterone helps support estrogen. Last week we discussed what influences estrogen balance, tips for supporting estrogen balance and how to increase low estrogen. Many of you were wanting more info on HIGH estrogen. We can’t talk about how to support high estrogen without talking about progesterone! If we aren’t making enough progesterone, estrogen will feel high even though it’s really a low progesterone issue. Step 1 to making ANY progesterone is ovulation. After ovulation, the follicle that released the egg turns into the corpus luteum & releases progesterone. The quality of your corpus luteum is influenced by your nutrition & lifestyle during the 100 days before ovulation. Progesterone is a key hormone for cycle health, balancing estrogen, reducing inflammation & calming the nervous system to support stress management and mood. Progesterone’s biggest job is nourishing a pregnancy. Tune in this week for signs of low progesterone & my top tips for boosting progesterone. Yes, estrogen can be high even when we are making enough progesterone. Both estrogen & progesterone can also be in normal ranges and you can have high estrogen symptoms (scroll back to see what these are). How? Poor estrogen metabolism drives estrogen down inflammatory pathways painting a high estrogen picture. This friend is why testing is SO helpful. Setting a foundation for happy estrogen balance is step 1. If you are still struggling with symptoms, the right testing can help you learn why and learn how to support your body in the way it needs to be supported. A blood test won’t give you all the answers. I dive deeper with my clients to see what’s going on with estrogen metabolism with a DUTCH test, which is dried urine. If you are ready to dive deeper.”
#Repost @the.functional.naturopath ・・・ ”Vitamin C has an undeniable role in immune function, and with the global demand, people are seeking it left right and centre. But like many nutritional supplements, we must appreciate how synthetic mimics of natures compounds might be doing more harm then good. A great example is vitamin C - which if you’re taking in supplement form, chances are is “ascorbic acid”. “Ascorbic acid is like the shell of a car without an engine, where as wholefood vitamin C is the complete automobile” (MR 2021). Why is wholefood C safer and superior? Wholefood vitamin C (WFC) contains the tyrosinase enzyme at its centre, complexed with bioflavonoids, polyphenols and bioavailable copper - Exactly how nature intended it to be absorbed and utilised in the body. This is the form that actually keeps iron in the right place (out of tissues) and fuels the bodies iron recycling mechanism. Synthetic vitamin C or Ascorbic acid (AA) however wrecks this dynamic and actually encourages organ and tissue-stored iron (rust!), along with the separation of copper from its carrier protein ceruloplasmin. The copper atoms at the centre of the tyrosinase enzyme in WFC are critical fuel for our “lymphocytes” to carry out their defence actions. From Richard D 2016 “lymphocytes without the full spectrum vitamin C complex will inevitably be impotent, fail to function and unable to fight off infectious organisms” 😧 AA supplements have been shown to inhibit copper absorption in the intestine and accelerate its excretion through the bile whilst increasing iron levels in the liver. Additionally, In the presence of excess iron, AA will actually act as a pro-oxidant (Pavlovic 2005). What are the strongest WFC sources? -Camu camu berry -Kakadu plum -Acerola cherry -Rose hips -Cranberry -Citrus fruit -Kiwi Fortunately we live in a time where select companies have made such sources available in powder & capsule form. These are a great addition to direct dietary sources. For anyone whose been told by their naturopath or doctor to supplement synthetic vitamin C long term for “immune health or to help iron absorption”, you want to dig a little deeper! 👊🏽” #rcp
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”You're always asking me to post more about fertility/pregnancy nutrition, so let's start today! Here's an important piece of nutrition trivia: Choline adequacy during the 1000 days after conception may have beneficial effects on birth outcomes, and the neurodevelopment and inflammatory status of children. In that 1000 days, adequate nutrient density is essential for proper neurodevelopment and lifelong brain function. I always encourage my patients to establish healthy nutrition habits BEFORE trying to get pregnant. This is how we can sustainably carry those habits into pregnancy, lactation, and beyond. The time for ensuring you're getting enough choline is...now Pregnant women need about 450 milligrams of choline per day, and I like the idea of aiming for that in the TTC timeframe as well. Some great food sources include: - Beef (97 mg choline in 3 ounces) - Egg (147 mg in one large egg) - Chicken (73 mg in 3 ounces chicken breast) - Salmon (75 mg in 3 ounces) - Brussels sprouts (63 mg in one cup cooked) - Broccoli (63 mg in one cup cooked) Preconception nutrition is one of our greatest opportunities to create transgenerational health! PMID: 34338760, 32531929” #fertilitynutrition #ttcnutrition #pregnancynutrition #preconception #ttc #ttcjourney #healthymama #healthypregnancy
#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