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#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Could the environmental toxins we’ve been talking about affect your endometriosis? 🤷🏼‍♀️⁣ ⁣ Unfortunately, yes. They can. ⁣ ⁣ 𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿, 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗻. ⁣ 👉🏼 This means they can bind to estrogen receptors and activate them on their own. ⁣ 👉🏼 They can change the way your estrogen goes through detoxification too. ⁣ 👉🏼 You can have estrogenic symptoms (like worsening endo pain) but your actual estrogen on testing 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙡. 🤬⁣ ⁣ 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀:⁣ 🧪 Dioxins⁣ 🧪 Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - kind of in the dioxin family ⁣ 🧪 Organochlorine pesticides⁣ 🧪 Bisphenol like BPA & BPS⁣ 🧪 Phthalates ⁣ ⁣ The research isn’t absolute. But it’s concerning. And endometriosis SUCKS so anything you can do to help is important! ⁣ ⁣ 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗿𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲?⁣ ✅ Avoid or minimize them as best you can⁣ ✅ Read labels on personal care products, cleaning products, laundry soap and more!⁣ ✅ Consider using glass to store food⁣ ✅ Don’t heat in or with plastic if you can avoid it⁣ ✅ Look for phthalate free on labels ⁣ ✅ Consider filtering your water⁣ ✅ Make sure you poop 💩 daily ⁣ ✅ Get your sweat on - move the booty. Try sauna. ⁣ ✅ Reduce or eliminate alcohol- it’s hard on your liver⁣ ✅ Consider using 100% organic pads and tampons. Or use a menstrual cup⁣ ✅ Look at my last 9 posts to get more ideas! ⁣ ⁣ It’s Endometriosis Awareness Week and I want to acknowledge you! ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Drop me a comment of what has helped your endometriosis! ⁣” ⁣ ⁣ ⁣
#Repost @alisonhall_fertility ・・・ ”QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. ⁣ Have you been told you have low AMH? & has this news sent you spiralling? ⁣ ⁣ AMH (anti-Mullierian hormone) is produced by the granulosa cells in our ovaries and helps with follicle development. It's used as a way to roughly measure ovarian reserve - or how many eggs you have left. If your AMH is low you may be told IVF / donor eggs are needed. If your AMH is very high it can indicate PCOS & how you may respond to IVF.⁣ ⁣ Now let's unpack this a bit. AMH is a marker in the sand. One marker only. & you may be told that your number is your number. But is it as reliable as you have been led to believe? ⁣ 💣 For a start, like most things, it fluctuates not only within your cycle but between different cycles.⁣ ⁣ 💣 Low vitamin D? This often correlates with low AMH and when the deficiency is corrected, AMH can go up. Similarly, for those with PCOS & excessively high AMH, correcting vitamin D can help modulate AMH.⁣ ⁣ 💣 We know that both oral contraceptive use and smoking send levels plummeting. ⁣ ⁣ 💣 Even ethnicity has been shown to influence AMH levels.⁣ ⁣ I'm not saying dismiss it entirely, but let's look at the whole picture. Fertility is a complex web and if you consider only one part of it you do so at your peril.⁣ ⁣ Critically, it is NOT telling us anything about the quality of eggs. So it's not telling us who will actually get pregnant. ⁣ ⁣ While you are still ovulating we can improve your egg quality, just as we can work on sperm quality too. Along with all your other hormone markers, your thyroid, digestive, immune, vaginal health, your detoxification. Remember, you are more than just a number.⁣ ⁣ Have you been told your AMH is low?⁣ ⁣ 🤓 Refs: Tal & Seifer, 2013; Depmann et al., 2016; Steiner, 2017; Melado et al., 2018; Moridi et al., 2020⁣” ⁣
#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ “Did you know there's a reason why your thyroid doesn't function well? 🥴⁠ ⁠ Your thyroid hormones influence EVERY cell in the body: hair, brain, digestion, liver, hormones, bones, metabolism, body temperature, and more. This why symptoms of a thyroid disorder can manifest anywhere in the body! ⁠ ⁠ Regardless of your symptoms, there's a reason for your thyroid dysfunction. So, it's important to identify the root cause! ⁠ ⁠ When dealing with a thyroid issue, look for:⁠ 👉🏼 Chronic Stress - high cortisol can block the conversion of T4 to active T3 and can increase the production of reverse T3⁠ 👉🏼 Nutrient Deficiencies - low levels of vitamin A (retinol), selenium, iodine, zinc, iron, copper, vitamin D can create thyroid imbalances ⁠ 👉🏼 Viral Infections - the most common chronic infection is Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), which has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease⁠ 👉🏼 Gut Infections - leaky gut syndrome, SIBO, candida overgrowth, and H. Pylori have been associated with autoimmune thyroid disease⁠ ⁠ Addressing the root cause of your thyroid disorder is the first step to healing your thyroid! While medications are sometimes necessary, they are simply a bandaid, not a long-term solution. I encourage you to keep looking for the root cause! ⁠ ⁠ Tag a friend to share this encouragement, today! 👇🏼⁠” ⁠
#Repost @alisonhall_fertility ・・・ ”FREAKY FERTILITY FACT This never ceases to amaze me...and is yet another reason why the care we put into our preconception diet and lifestyle is so absolutely vital. 💛 we are born with all of our eggs, in our ovaries. They are formed by the end of the second trimester in utero. 💛 this means that when your 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 was pregnant with your 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 a part of 𝘺𝘰𝘶 was there (50% of your DNA if you want to be precise); an egg in the follicles of her ovaries, ready to burst into life x number of years later... When I start working with clients I take a really detailed history. I want to know about the health of your parents, your grandparents. This is why! And while none of us can change what's gone before, information is power; it can arm us with crucial intel and we can use this to improve both your health and your chances of a successful pregnancy. It's why preconception health is so important: it not only affects how 𝘺𝘰𝘶 are feeling, but it can affect the genetic blueprint we pass on to our children and our grandchildren. We can literally influence the health of future generations! Mind blowing, right?!”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ ”Please take care of yourself 💆‍♀️💆‍♂️ Just because you can't see stress, does not mean it's not there. Stress comes in lots of forms like too much work, too little food etc, your body knows something is up so it starts a cascade of events to try and protect you. Although we need a stress response in certain situations, long term it can be damaging in many ways. 🤯When stress is detected by part of the brain called the amygdala it sends a signal to the hypothalamus also in the brain to essentially start the stress response, so Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is secreted from the hypothalamus. ⬇️ 🤯This is sends a signal to the anterior pituitary gland (also located in the brain) to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ⬇️ 😖ACTH stimulates the adrenal glands (little yellow triangles on top of your kidneys) to produce stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. 👉Research has shown that thyroid stimulating hormone was impacted by cortisol, not in a good way! Along with this many vitamins and minerals are depleted in times of stress which can also impact the thyriod along with many other systems in the body. PMID:23111240 🙅‍♀️Stress also impacts the gut in quite a few ways, it reduces the motility and secretions that assist digestion, and if we're not digesting food properly, this impacts absorption of nutrients. It can also cause negative effects on the intestinal microbiota! There's more, but we'll leave it there for now! PMID: 22314561 🤚Chronically elevated cortisol levels have an inhibiting effect on Gonadatropin-relasing hormone, (GnRH) this hormone is responsible for the release of FSH and LH. Without adequate FSH and LH levels, the ovaries do not grow follicles, and without growing follicles ovulation cannot occur. And if ovulation is missing or delayed, your period will be missing or delayed. PMID:20595939”
#Repost @vulverinekoos ・・・ "Hur bekräftar du ägglossning? 🌡 Tempskiftet, från en lägre #basalkroppstemperatur till en högre, sker pga #progesteron. Progesteronet tillverkas av #gulkroppen, som är det fd äggskalet (follikeln). Under follikulärfasen (fas 1) tillverkar follikeln androgen och östrogen. Vid ägglossningen kläcks follikeln/äggblåsan och dess hormonproducerande celler förvandlas av hypofyshormonet LH (”luteiniserande hormon”, det som mäts på ägglossningstester). Follikeln transformeras alltså till en ny, tillfällig hormonkörtel som lever i ca 2 veckor. Den skrumpna follikeln, nu kallad #gulkroppen, bildar då östrogen och progesteron. Progesteronproduktionen sker alltså EFTER ägglossning. Ingen ägglossning = inget progesteron. Lutealfasen (fas 2) är präglad av ökad ämnesomsättning, via progesteronets stimulerande effekt på sköldkörteln. Östrogen, däremot, har en dämpande effekt på sköldkörteln, vilket sänker metabolismen något. Många av er har säkert märkt hur det funkar att leva på sallad innan ägglossning, men så fort du är på andra sidan så krävs pizza... Detta skifte i metabolism kan du bevaka genom din basalkroppstemperatur, #bbt, som du mäter bäst direkt vid uppvaknande, typ samma tid varje dag. I min erfarenhet är vaginala tempmätningar (eller rektala, men vem fan vill det varje morgon) mest tillförlitliga. Munnen är ofta lite för ombytlig. Temphöjningen är ditt enda BEVIS på genomgången ägglossning. Cervixsekret innebär fertilitet men det är ingen garanti för ägglossning, utan bara ett tecken på att #östrogen är högt, äggstockarna aktiva, och att spermier kan trivas. Symtothermala metoder för #fertilitetsförståelse kräver oftast tre normala höga temperaturer för att bekräfta ägglossning. Utifrån de fertila tecknen (bl.a. #cervixsekret) och #bbtshift så öppnar och stänger vi det fertila fönstret. Den röda cirkeln på bilden symboliserar det fertila fönstret i menscykeln, dvs de dagar östrogenet står högt och sekret låter spermier överleva, och 3 dagar efter bbt-skiftet, så att vi vet att ägget är kläckt, dött och förgånget. Du kan inte använda denna bild för att se när du själv kan bli gravid. Lär dig identifiera ditt sekret+äl”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ "Insulin is not the bad guy! One of its main jobs is to regulate blood sugar levels. But, when cells stop responding to insulin, that's when the problems start. So, imagine you eat something high in sugars, under normal circumstances, your pancreas secretes insulin in response to the sugar ingested. Insulin goes out to do its thing and has a few actions: 💫In the liver it causes glucose to become its storage form - glycogen. Glucose can pass into the liver independently, so it doesn't need insulin here, but insulin does stimulate the formation of glycogen. Which helps keep glucose levels regular in the blood. 💪On the surface of cells, there are GLUT receptors, GLUT = glucose transporter, depending on the location, the GLUT receptors either work independently or they require insulin for the passing of glucose into the cell. In the muscle and adipose (fat) cells, GLUT receptors do require insulin to assist with an increased uptake of glucose. When insulin is present far more glucose can enter the cells to be turned into energy among other things. 🙅‍♀️So now let's imagine you eat something high in sugar and your body secrets insulin in response to that sugar content, but the cells are just not paying any attention to the insulin, this essentially lowers the uptake of glucose by the cells. The pancreas senses this and tries to compensate by sending out even more insulin, which can lead to hyperinsulinemia. 🧐So, what's this got to do with PCOS? Well, in some women with PCOS, hyperinsulinemia can cause the ovaries to over secrete androgens (androstenedione and testosterone). Along with this hyperinsulinemia also reduces a protein called sex hormone binding globulin, this will mean more testosterone is available. Hello PCOS symptoms! PMID: 3058472 So how do you support this whole process of regulation of blood sugar? 🌼The best place to start is to be mindful of your sugar intake, I hope I've shown you how a high sugar diet puts a demand on the body. Don't fear carbs! you need fruit veg and fibre but anything that can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar is probably not the best idea. Sugar is hidden in so many things”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ “Seeing egg white cervical mucus or peak type mucus does not guarantee ovulation is close. I remember when I first heard of cervical mucus and fertility awareness, I read a few books/articles and I thought I knew everything I needed to 🙅‍♀️ but I was sooo confused because I had multiple days of 'peak type' mucus. At the time I didn't really understand, the text book says you get some cervical mucus that changes daily and then when you see an egg white consistency you are going to ovulate. 🎊🎊 Yay! ✋ This absolutely can happen, but also, it doesn't always happen. The thing is, many cycles are not textbook and the textbook doesn't allow for individual patterns. When observing cervical mucus, we are looking out for patterns as well as daily observations. In PCOS, sometimes there can be multiple days of peak type cervical mucus - but by establishing a unique build up of estrogenic cervical mucus that shifts to a pattern of consistent G (progesterone) mucus after ovulation this is how we look out for ovulation using patterns. We can also add double check methods to confirm ovulation. This information littlerally shows fertility educators that it's very likely a follicle has reached peak size released its egg 🥚, then formed a gland that secretes progesterone. These patters will show us: 👉Hormonal activity for the duration of your cycle. 👉Your fertile window - if you're ovulating. 👉An idea of progesterone levels after ovulation. 👉Any hormonal imbalances This information is literally only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what fertility awareness can show us about our cycle.” #fertility #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #ovary #health #collegeofnaturopathicmedicine #cnmireland #naturopath #student #lh #polycysticovary #menses #ttc #tta #ttcpcos #ttapcos #naprotechnology #pcossupport #pcos #cysters #womenshealth #ireland #women #righttoovulate #naturopathy #period #infertility #fertilitytracking
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ “HOW does your body get rid of toxins like those xenoestrogens that mess up your hormones? 🤬⁣ ⁣ 💥𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗜’𝗺 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗼𝘅! 𝗚𝗼 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝗺𝘆 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘂𝗽. ⁣ 💥𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝘀/𝘁𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗻𝘀. ⁣ 💥𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀/𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀. ⁣ ⁣ Just like your hormones, all toxins go through your routes of elimination known in fancy English as your “emunctories.” ⁣ ⁣ Routes of elimination?⁣ ⁣ Yes. How do you let stuff out of your body?⁣ ⁣ 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀:⁣ 🫁 Breathing it out ⁣ 💦.Sweating it out⁣ 💩 Pooping it out ⁣ 💧 Urinating it out ⁣ ⁣ 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘂𝘀𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺!⁣ ⁣ This means your detox requires looking how you breathe, if you’re sweating regularly like in a sauna, if you’re pooping 1-3 times a day, and if you’re hydrated and urinating! ⁣ ⁣ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁:⁣ 👉🏼 Filtering your water and drinking it more!⁣ 👉🏼 Eliminating or minimizing alcohol⁣ 👉🏼 Swapping out skin, hair, cooking and house products (swipe to see examples)⁣ 👉🏼 Increasing the fiber/water to poop regularly ⁣ 👉🏼 Invest in an air filter or HEPA vacuum (or both)⁣ 👉🏼 Move your booty regularly to exercise ⁣ 👉🏼 Buy a cheap body brush and dry skin brush⁣ 👉🏼 Look up breathing exercises on YouTube and do 5-10 minutes/day ⁣ 👉🏼 Re-read my Instagram posts talking about phase 1, 2 and 3 detox and supplements or foods to help ⁣ ⁣ Like I said 2 posts ago, every little bit helps. ⁣ Go slow - replace as you run out. ⁣ Think of big things you do daily - start with that!⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Drop me a comment about the BEST thing you did to reduce toxins in your life! ⁣” ⁣
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”Elevated day 3 FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) is a common and frustrating finding on fertility labs when we start to see lower ovarian reserves. While not an exhaustive list, I wanted to share some of the strategies I turn to first when working with an elevated FSH in the clinic.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔳DHEA supplementation can be helpful in patients with elevated FSH, and I often see low levels of DHEA in these patients. The beneficial effect of DHEA seems to increase as FSH increases, with the most benefit in those with FSH > 50 uIU/mL. DHEA supplementation in patients with diminished ovarian reserve who are undergoing IVF has also been shown to increase fertilization rates and increase embryo scores.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔳The role of vitamin D in protecting ovarian reserve remains controversial, but one small study of 1430 women showed an inverse relationship between vitamin D and FSH levels. In fact, for every 10 ng/mL increase in vitamin D, FSH levels decreased by 14%.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔳I try not to blame everything on stress, but we have to consider it here. High daily stress has been associated with elevated FSH (and lower progesterone).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔳I am so sad I’m not an acupuncturist. I have seen acupuncture significantly decrease FSH and regulate menses in patients with lower ovarian reserve.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔳Inositol is a second messenger for FSH, so may help to improve cellular sensitivity to FSH’s messages. Myo-inositol is an important component of FSH signaling and the consequent oocyte maturation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔳Whenever we’re thinking about hormones, I always want to consider the health of cell membranes – this is where hormone messages are largely communicated. Hormone receptors are often located at cell membranes, so supporting membrane health with things like fatty acids and choline feels worthwhile to me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you used any other tools to support healthy FSH levels? Feel free to share in the comments!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PMID: 25093721, 29245250, 25643098, 29245250”
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Xenoestrogens are chemicals that act like estrogen (specifically estradiol) in your body. They are a type of endocrine disrupting hormone. 😱⁣ ⁣ 𝗜’𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗲𝘄 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗼 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘅𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘀. ⁣ ⁣ Xenoestrogens don’t care about your gender or race. They will disrupt things in your body if given the chance. 😡⁣ ⁣ They also don’t increase estrogen on lab testing which is a misleading fake-out because you feel like sh*t. 🤬 Yet, you get told your labs are normal. 🙄⁣ ⁣ THIS MEANS IT’S TIME TO READ LABELS!⁣ ⁣ 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗲𝗹𝘀?⁣ 👉🏼 Skin care ⁣ 👉🏼 Make-up⁣ 👉🏼 Hair care⁣ 👉🏼 Nail care⁣ 👉🏼 Teeth-care (toothpaste/mouth wash, floss)⁣ 👉🏼 Perfume/cologne with synthetic fragrance ⁣ 👉🏼 Cleaning products including detergent ⁣ 👉🏼 Cookware ⁣ 👉🏼 Drink ware ⁣ 👉🏼 Scented things (air freshener, candles, plug-ins)⁣ 👉🏼 Water (as in...time to filter it)⁣ 👉🏼 Air care (as in...time to filter it)⁣ 👉🏼 Furniture like mattresses/bedding, particle board⁣ 👉🏼 and more!⁣ ⁣ 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆! 😳⁣ 𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁. ⁣ 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗿 𝗴𝗼 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗸𝗲. ⁣ ⁣ ✅ As you run out of things, research & switch!⁣ ✅ If you’re in the market to buy it anyhow, research and look for a cleaner option. ⁣ ✅ Every little bit helps. It took me YEARS! ⁣ ✅ Think of the big things you do routinely daily, and start there. ⁣ 👉🏼👉🏼 You might buy a water filter first. Or buy organic bedding. Or switch your face & body lotion. Or use glass containers to save leftovers. Or take the plastic lid off your coffee cup. Or stop wearing perfume daily. Stop with the plug-ins. Take the scented tree out of your car. ⁣ ⁣ Baby steps. 🤗⁣ ⁣ Next, I will cover HOW your body processes these chemicals (or not) and how you can optimize that! ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Drop me a comment if you think some of these chemicals (including mold) might be affecting your health! ⁣” ⁣ ⁣
#Repost @drautoimmunegirl ・・・ ”Hashimoto Thyroiditis is now considered the most common #autoimmunedisease, most common #endocrine disorder, and the most common cause of #hypothyroidism _ ✨Women are 8 times more likely than men to have #Hashimotos thyroiditis _ ✨#Smoking and #iodine are the two environmental factors that have been studied extensively in relation to hashimotos _ ✨Increase levels of dietary iodine are associated with more cases of hashimotos _ ✨TPO #antibodies are now considered the best serological market to diagnose HT- found in 95% of patients with #disease _ ✨Antibodies to #thyroglobulin (TGAb) are less sensitive and less specific - only positive in 60-80% of hashimotos patients _ ✨Hashimotos individuals exhibited gut #dysbiosis, their #gut microbial composition significantly differing from #healthy controls _ ✨A research study diagnosed #lactoseintolerance in 75.9 % of the patients evaluated, and also demonstrated that restricting #lactose reduced #TSH levels… #dairyfree _ ✨A #glutenfree diet has been shown to reduce #thyroid autoimmunity and increased thyroid output in hashimotos patients _ ✨Research has found #soy may negatively exacerbate thyroid function _ ✨Development of #autoimmune disorders are significantly associated with #stress therefore mind-based #cognitivetherapy may improve quality of life by decreasing psychological symptoms of #chronicillness” .... #hashimotoswarrior #hashimotosthyroiditis #thyroid #sköldkörtel #hypertyreos #hypothyroid #thyroidawareness
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ ”Following yesterday's post, I wanted to show you how the activity in the ovaries impact your whole cycle. I want to focus on three things here. 1️⃣The ovary 2️⃣The cervix 3️⃣The endometrium After your period, your brain will tell your ovaries to grow some follicles. As the follicles grown they secrete estrogen, when a follicle becomes dominant, and is close to ovulation, it will reach peak estrogen levels. So now, how does estrogen impact the endometrium and the cervix? 🔴The endometrium builds and gets thicker in preparation for an egg to implant (even if that's not your intention!) 🌊The cervix secretes a fluid that nourishes and transports sperm oh and not to mention it filters out poorly functioning sperm! 💞The peak estrogen levels also signal to the brain that the follicle is ready to release an egg - ovulation time! Now, the egg has burst free from the follicle in the ovary.. So what happens to the follicle that is left behind? Well it forms a gland called the corpus luteum. This is what secretes progesterone! So now, how does progesterone impact the endometrium and the cervix? ⛔The endometrium is maintained and nourished under the effects of progesterone. 🍂The cervix secretes a fluid that acts as a mucus-like plug, which acts like a barrier to both germs and sperms. This is why you don't really observe this type of cervical fluid because it tends to be thick and dense and form a plug. I hope you can see how the ovaries and ovulation are the star of your cycle! If you want to work with a fertility educator to learn more - like how to identify the fertile window or how to observe hormonal activity.” #fertility #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #ovary #health #pcossupport #progesterone #ovulation #ovulate #righttoovulate#womenshealth #naturopath #student #polycysticovary #menses #ttc #tta #ttcpcos #ttapcos #naprotechnology #pcossupport #pcos #cysters #womenshealth #infertility #ireland #women
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ ”Can certain chemicals act like hormones? 😡⁣ ⁣ Yes. Yes they can. ⁣ ⁣ 😱 They are called endocrine disrupters. ⁣ ⁣ Your endocrine system is basically your hormone system. It covers things like your ovaries, testicles, thyroid and adrenals. ⁣ ⁣ 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗿𝘂𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗱! ⁣ ⁣ And yet, here we are. 🤔⁣ ⁣ Certain chemicals can act like estrogen (for example). ⁣ ⁣ 🤗This means, your ovaries might be producing estrogen just fine. Totally normal. No issues. ⁣ ⁣ And yet...⁣ ⁣ 🤬𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗺𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗲𝗻. ⁣ 👉🏼 PMS ⁣ 👉🏼 Tender boobs⁣ 👉🏼 Heavy periods ⁣ 👉🏼 Clots ⁣ 👉🏼 Fibroids ⁣ 👉🏼 Blah. ⁣ ⁣ Could be chemicals (sometimes also referred to generally as xenoestrogens) like parabens, phthalates, fertilizers like atrizine or PCBs bind to that estrogen receptor and turn it ON. ⬆️⁣ ⁣ 🤓In the next post, we’ll talk about reading labels because the goal is to minimize exposure. ⁣ There are some awesome accounts who can help:⁣ @just.ingredients ⁣ @environmentaltoxinsnerd @plateful.health @gurlgonegreen ⁣ 👍🏼But also, we’ll discuss how you can work to get rid of these chemicals through detoxification. ⁣ ⁣ ♥️ Tell me the biggest change you’ve made to minimize these exposures below! I want to know!⁣” ⁣ ⁣
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”Prolactin is an important component of my initial fertility evaluation for couples who've had a hard time conceiving. Here's why!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The background: Prolactin is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland, which is located at the bottom of the brain. Prolactin has many functions, but is famous for its role in breast growth and milk production in breastfeeding women.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When prolactin is elevated in non-pregnant women, it can lead to irregular periods, low libido, pain with sex, lack of ovulation, and trouble getting pregnant.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Prolactin may suppress follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) – the hormones responsible for growing eggs inside the ovary and releasing them during ovulation. In this way, it can make ovulation sporadic, or prevent it from happening it all. Elevated prolactin can also interfere with production of progesterone, which can further contribute to fertility trouble.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When prolactin is very high, we want to rule out prolactinoma (a generally very small, benign, prolactin-secreting tumor in the pituitary gland). Some of the more common causes of elevated prolactin include hypothyroidism (another reason why a full thyroid panel is part of my preconception screening lab work), chronic stress, and medications. Women with PCOS also tend to have hyperprolactinemia more frequently. Prolactin is naturally higher during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and can also be mildly increased by nipple stimulation and orgasm.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Treatment of elevated prolactin might include medications, treatment of underlying conditions, and stress management. In rare cases, surgery is required.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PMID: 23193578, 24024022, 30627169, 12975226”
#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”{THYROID HORMONE AND PROGESTERONE}⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If there was an award for most thyroid labs ordered in the last year, I wonder if I would win 😆 When it comes to thyroid studies, I truly do not mess around. Adequate thyroid function (meaning functional ranges, way more specific than 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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you need someone to thoughtfully look at your thyroid. 💗⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PMID: 9846161, 10700083”
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ “Have you heard of epigenetics before?! . Epigenetics are how the expression of a gene is changed. These changes in gene expression can be traced back to your grandmothers diet, lifestyle & environmental exposures (a females 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. I have helped dozens of couple do this & take home healthy babies after years of heartbreak. . It can be easy 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 @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”ANTIOXIDANTS help protect egg & sperm from damage. I like to think of antioxidants as little superheroes, coming to save the day (or the eggs & sperm in this case)! If eggs are left unprotected, free radicals can start to oxidize both egg & sperm. Oxidation damages DNA, proteins, cells & mitochondria in the egg. . There is a normal process in metabolism that creates what we know as free radicals, which can be thought of as “bad guys”. 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. . Our ovarian follicles naturally have quite the antioxidant defense system, but this system doesn’t always work as it should, which is seen in unexplained infertility, PCOS, and age-related infertility. We are also constantly bombarded with toxins no matter how “clean” our products are, so working with your body to fight against free radicals is crucial! . When oxidative damage starts to happen, the energy source of the cells known as the mitochondria, start releasing more “bad guys”, causing even more damage. When the mitochondria is damaged, it can’t provide the energy to egg development or embryo survival. . This is BAD news! Our eggs have 10X more mitochondria than any other cell in the body, which points to how much energy they require & protection they need to be able to produce this energy. In other words, mitochondria function is critical for egg quality & embryo development. . There is good news!! We can support our antioxidant system in BIG ways: ✨Antioxidant rich diet ✨Supporting natural detox pathways: nutrient rich diet, hydration, BM daily, sweat daily ✨Supplementing powerhouse antioxidants specific to your body/needs . Targeted testing goes a long ways in helping determine which antioxidants are best for YOUR body to supplement, & how to best support YOUR detox pathways. . Share with someone that would benefit.💕”
#Repost @dr.carriejones ・・・ "Can your lymphatic system help with hormone detoxification? 🤷🏼‍♀️⁣ ⁣ Yes!⁣ ⁣ 𝗜’𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗼𝘅. ⁣ 𝗚𝗼 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘂𝗽 (𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁𝘀!)⁣ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀/𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀. ⁣ ⁣ 𝗧𝘂𝗿𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗵 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁! ⁣ 👉🏼 It’s part of the circulatory system.⁣ 👉🏼 It literally covers your whole body. ⁣ 👉🏼 The lymph fluid contains protein, fats, immune cells, bacteria, waste, debris, etc. ⁣ 👉🏼 It’s made up of a lot of water too. ⁣ 👉🏼 It doesn’t work on a pump system like your heart. It requires the squeeze of muscular contractions to push lymph around. ⁣ 👉🏼 The lymph fluid filters through lymph nodes all over your body and eventually dumps back into your blood. ⁣ ⁣ 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆, 𝗶𝘁 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗶𝗱 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗶𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁, 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗻 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲. ⁣ ⁣ 🤪 If your lymphatic system is sluggish and backlogged, you often get swollen (tissue swelling - think your puffy ankles and face) and STRUGGLE to clear toxins which causes you to feel like crap. ⁣ ⁣ 🥺 If you can’t clear toxins and circulate fluid around properly, then your hormones ABSOLUTELY get affected and again, you feel like more crap! ⁣ ⁣ 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼?⁣ 💥 Hydrate ⁣ 💥 Movement - contract your muscles regularly (get off your a$$ especially if you sit all day)⁣ 💥 Breathing exercises - I do Wim Hof ⁣ 💥 Dry skin brushing (look it up!)⁣ 💥 Lymphatic massage ⁣ 💥 Rebounding on a mini trampoline ⁣ 💥 Follow @stopchasingpain - his mini exercises are amazing and easy ⁣ 💥 Alternate hot and cold to lymph node areas like the abdomen, armpits and neck ⁣ 💥 Release the fascia (look it up)⁣ 💥 Topical castor oil (over nodes or liver as needed)⁣ 💥 Legs up a wall/lay on your back - let the legs “drain”⁣ ⁣ These are more but it’s a good list! Many are free or low cost. 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ ♥️Drop me a comment below if you”
#Repost @drmarkhyman "I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that infertility has increased just like diabetes and obesity have. That’s because excess sugar and subsequent belly fat drive hormonal imbalances and create infertility.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ In women, these imbalances manifest as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is really a nutritional and metabolic problem that adversely affects insulin and other hormones.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ PCOS symptoms include irregular or heavy periods, acne, facial hair, scalp hair loss, increased belly fat, and increased levels of testosterone. Studies show PCOS affects 8 to 12 percent of all women, which interestingly correlates with the number of couples who suffer infertility.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ In men, infertility manifests as lower testosterone, which indicates other hormones like insulin are also out of whack. Among the consequences are bellies, breasts (or man boobs), low sperm count, and decreased sex drive.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ While problems like PCOS and low testosterone need to be properly assessed, diagnosed, and treated to get your metabolism working again, you have far more control over infertility than you might realize.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ Studies confirm addressing lifestyle factors – including nutrition, weight, exercise, psychological stress, as well as environmental and occupational exposure –could have substantial effects on fertility. ⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ I recommend my patients take a multivitamin and other supplements and eat a whole food, low-glycemic-load, nutrient-rich, plant-based diet. Those strategies alone can have an enormous impact on fertility. ⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ While I ultimately encourage you to work with a Functional Medicine doctor to address and correct these problems, I have found these seven strategies can help anyone (female and male) balance hormones, reverse infertility, and create abundant health.⠀⁣ ⠀⁣ - Go low glycemic. ⠀⁣ - Implement supplements like vitamin D, B vitamins, fish oil L-carnitine, vitamins C and E, N-acetylcysteine, zinc, and coenzyme Q10 ⠀⁣ - Fix your gut by including gut-supporting foods like fermented foods, as well as fiber and probiotics.⠀ ⁣ - Exercise regularly.⠀⁣ - Control stress.⠀⁣ - Get sufficient sleep.⠀⁣ - Reduce your environmental toxin exposure.”
#Repost @sandragreenbank_fertility ・・・ ”We have on average 450 menstrual cycles in our lifetime. Read on to discover how this beautiful and empowering cycle works. 🙏 The menstrual cycle is divided into four phases 💗 ✨ Menstruation phase Begins on the first day of your period as blood and endometrium are shed. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) released by the pituitary gland, tells the ovaries to select ovarian follicles for maturation. ✨ Follicular phase The selected follicles mature and begin to produce oestradiol which helps rebuild the endometrial lining, ready for implantation. One follicle becomes dominant and gets ready to ovulate. ✨ Ovulatory phase The egg is released from the dominant follicle and will survive for 12-24 hours. If the egg is not fertilised, it disintegrates. ✨ Luteal phase The follicle from which the egg is ovulated forms the corpus luteum. Progesterone is secreted by the corpus luteum and remains high throughout the luteal phase. Progesterone helps support early pregnancy. If no implantation occurs, progesterone then drops, signaling to the uterus to shed the uterine lining = your period. All of the hormones act like an orchestra and interplay with each other. 🎻🎶 When one plays out of tune, it affects the others also, and this affects your period and your overall health.”
#Repost @drjolenebrighten ・・・ “Itching & burning?⁠⠀⁠⁠ Grey discharge with a fish odor?⁠⠀⁠⁠ Is it yeast or is it bacteria causing those vagina problems?⁠⠀⁠⁠ Use this info graphic to know (note: not everyone will see red tissue depending on the color of their skin.)⠀⁠⁠ ⁠⠀⁠⁠ Yesterday I posted about vagina hygiene 101, go back and read that if you haven't.⁠⠀⠀⁠⁠ ⁠⠀⁠⁠ Whether it is yeast or BV, lactobacillus is your friend.⁠⠀⁠⁠ This is a type of beneficial bacteria found in both your gut & your vagina.⁠⠀⁠⁠ This organism keeps the yeast & bacteria in check and your whole ecosystem thriving.⁠⠀⁠⁠ ⁠⠀⁠⁠ Now I want to be clear, neither the yeast or the bacteria that causes BV are BAD. They are not BAD! They are supposed to be there. You don’t need to be trying to wash them away daily to prevent overgrowth. In fact, that’s more likely to cause an imbalance & lead to infection.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ They are opportunistic, meaning if something about the environment shifts to give them the opportunity to overgrow then they will.⁠ Douching is a big culprit.⠀⁠⁠ ⁠⠀⁠⁠ Your gut & vagina health are intimately tied, so the long game in keeping these infections from ever starting in the first place is tending to your gut. I'll be sharing more vagina care tips in upcoming posts, so be sure to 🚩turn on post notifications.⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ I’ll have a post specifically on BV & another on yeast coming up.⁠⁠ ⁠⠀⁠⁠ A foundation for a healthy vaginal ecosystem is a healthy gut.⁠⠀⁠⁠ ⁠⠀⁠⁠ Your diet can help support an optimal microbiome. What to eat?⁠⠀⁠⁠ 🍲Fermented foods - sauerkraut, kimchi, water kefir. NOT always yogurt. Sorry, but a lot of yogurt is usually worthless when it comes to probiotics.⁠⠀⁠⁠ 🍄Mushrooms - These are often overlooked, but are great allies in creating great gut health.⁠⠀⁠⁠ 🥗Vegetables - Rich in fiber. Aim for diversity of plants.⁠⠀⁠⁠ 🍎Fruits - avocado, kiwi, berries, apples...variety⁠⠀⁠⁠” ⁠⠀⁠
#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Do you know your vitamin D levels!? . Vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the northern countries, with over 3 million people diagnosed each year! We know that vitamin D is important for both sperm quality and egg quality. . Vitamin D acts more like a hormone in our body than a vitamin and actually talks directly to our reproductive organs, making it essential for ovulation and fertilization to occur. . It is challenging to get recommended amounts of vitamin D from our food alone, so although it is still important to include the foods above, knowing your vitamin D status is pretty important for fertility. . We do make vitamin D from the sun, but this time of year the angle of the sun makes it pretty minimal. We also tend to have less skin exposed in the northern countries because brrrr. Note that the darker your skin tone, the more sun you need to make vitamin D no matter the time of the year. . If we are able to get pregnant while being deficient in vitamin D, we are at increased risk for preeclampsia, low birth weight and gestational diabetes. Babies born to mothers with vitamin D deficiency are at increased risk of poor bone development, asthma, language impairment and type 1 diabetes. . This is a great time to get your levels checked, even if you’ve been supplementing. Supplementation should be dosed according to your vitamin D levels! TIP: Work with your fertility dietitian to be sure your dose is appropriate for optimal rather than “normal” levels of vitamin D.”
#Repost @womensnaturalpath ・・・ ”Following yesterday's post I wanted to share an actual visual of the different events that can occur in a 'regular cycle' or a least a cycle that appears regular. Imageine the two cycles in the image are 30 day cycles. In the top one, ovulation happens approximately day 16, meaning the luteal phase is 14 days. This essential means we get progesterone secreted for approximately 14 days. This is a lovely luteal phase length. And if you are trying to become pregnant luteal phase length is hugely important. In the bottom cycle, ovulation happens approximately day 21, meaning the luteal phase is 9 days, this is not an ideal luteal phase length especially if you're trying to become pregnant, remember yesterday I said, after implantation a signal needs to be sent to the corpus luteum (the gland that secretes progesterone), telling it to keep secreting progesterone, well, if the corpus luteam begins to degrade before this message is received a healthy pregnancy won't be achieved. Other signs of low progesterone: 👉Spotting before your period 👉Insomnia before your period 👉Extremely painful periods 👉Very heavy periods So, your cycle can be regular in length, but there could be a few things you're missing if you're not tracking your cycle. *this is not exactly how hormones look in each cycle the visual is to help you see the shift in Estrogen to Progesterone depending on what part of your cycle you're in.” #fertility #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #ovary #health #collegeofnaturopathicmedicine #dublin #cnmireland #naturopath #student #lh #polycysticovary #menses #ttc #tta #ttcpcos #ttapcos #naprotechnology #pcossupport #pcos #cysters #womenshealth #neofertility #ireland #women #righttoovulate #naturopath #student #endometriosis
#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ ”One of the common themes of period problems, hormone imbalances, and fertility issues is low progesterone. When you google or do any searching around on increasing progesterone, you are often met with blogs & ads on supplements like vitamin B6 and vitex and maybe some diet advice on foods to include like whole grains and cruciferous veggies. Rarely will you find a source trying to help you get to the bottom of why your progesterone is low in the first place. This is where I think most women go wrong. Since this is such an important topic for women to grasp, I made a mini-lesson in my stories (saved as a highlight too) addressing these main areas: 1. Metabolism--what it is and how it impacts our hormones. 2. Stress and how it impacts progesterone. 3. Nutrition strategies to reduce stress and naturally help the body improve progesterone. 4. At-home monitoring--testing is helpful for progesterone, but understanding how things are shifting over time is even more helpful for the women I've worked with. ”