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Chinese Medical Dietary Secrete to Enhance Fertility Potential

Infertility issues can cause a tremendous amount of pain and suffering for individuals seeking to start families of their own. There are a multitude of possible reasons behind one’s infertility. And Nutrition is one area that many neglect when considering the possible causes for the issue. Optimal nutrition can help support conception by improving the reproductive health of both the potential Mother and Father, so it’s a key element that those Denver residents undergoing infertility treatments must address.

 

Chinese Medical physicians have been treating infertility with focused dietary therapy for centuries. Western science, however, is just beginning to acknowledge the very significant roles diet and nutrition play especially within the “ovulatory” causes of infertility. A landmark study published in 2008, based on the Harvard Nurses Study, makes startling connections between diet and conception. As the most comprehensive research to date on diet and fertility, this study associates a slow carb, whole food, mostly plant based diet with a six-fold increase in fertility.

 

Within this blog we’ll focus on some key nutritional tips for improving fertility potential. According to both western scientific research and ancient medical practices, such as Chinese Medicine, “healthy eating for fertility” is based on a Natural, whole food, plant-based, anti-inflammatory diet that includes the following:

 

Whole Foods

  • Whole foods provide maximum nutrient levels, are superior sources of fiber, enzymes, antioxidants and provide wholesome flavor and taste without any added artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners or trans fats. Whole foods are simple, locally grown, unrefined foods, where processing is limited to enhancing digestibility via processes like soaking and fermentation or to food preservation techniques such as canning, smoking, curing and drying.  Ultimately, Whole foods are  foods that are minimally processed and refined before being eaten.

 

Slow Carbs (aka - “Low Glycemic/Sugar Carbs”)

  • Slow carbohydrates or Low glycemic carbohydrates are a group of carbohydrates that are slowly digested causing a slower and lower rise in blood sugar after being eaten. Some examples of slow carbs/low glycemic carbs include beans, peas, lentils, whole grains and most vegetables. Eating and integrating slow carbs/Low glycemic carbs into one’s diet will help to reduce the risk of developing insulin resistance, helps to regulate blood sugar, improve fertility and reproductive potential and prevent gestational diabetes.

 

Plant Based Foods

  • Plant based foods are among a variety of high fibre, high antioxidant fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Eating a “plant based diet” simply means that most (but not necessarily all) of the food in the diet is based on plant foods.  You can beautifully combine clean animal proteins and fats (ie: grass fed beef, buffalo, organic, free range chicken, eggs, dairy, organic turkey, salmon, etc.) with a plant based diet in order to ensure appropriate protein and fat intake. Consuming a diet that is largely plant based is associated with overall health and wellness, disease prevention and longevity. Again, a “plant-based diet” may be of the vegan or vegetarian variety or can be a plant based diet that also integrates moderate amounts of animal protein.

 

High Antioxidant Foods

  • Foods high in antioxidant such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices decrease oxidative stress and cellular inflammation associated with decreased fertility. Produce that is Organically grown has been shown to be higher in antioxidants.

 

Healthy Fats

  • Our bodies require both Saturated and Polyunsaturated fats.  Saturated fats are derived from both animal and plant based sources such as butter (ie: Ghee - clarified, organic butter), animal protein meats and fats, coconut and palm oil.
  • Polyunsaturated fats such as Omega 3 fatty acids, are an integral part of a “healthy fat” profile. Olives, peanuts, walnuts, flax and canola oils, and fish like mackerel, cod, sardines, trout, halibut and salmon are good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Low levels of the active forms of Omega 3 fatty acids (FAs) in the body can lead to issues with fat malabsorption which can result in the over lowering of triglycerides which can have a negative effect reproductive potential. However, because the body’s synthesis of Omega 3 polyunsaturated Fatty acids from dietary sources is slow and limited, it often fails to satisfy the body's  requirement for Omega 3 FAs. Therefore, in addition to ingesting foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids, it is also often important to integrate additional and appropriate Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation.
  • Healthy fats derived from oils that are pressed (slow, low temperature & unrefined - free of chemical solvents): coconut oil, palm oil, extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame, peanut  and flax oils.
  • Naturally occurring fats found in whole plant foods: ie: coconuts, nuts, seeds, avocado, olives).
  • Naturally occurring healthy fats derived from Animal Protein: Short-lived, cold-water fish (ie: Salmon, Cod, mackerel, sardines, halibut, etc.), Organic chicken and beef, buffalo, dairy.
  • Healthy fats play many important roles within the body’s chemistry. Saturated and polyunsaturated fats strengthen the immune system, are required for the nervous system to function properly, as well as, are involved in inter-cellular communication, which means they protect us from cancer. Healthy fats also combat cellular inflammation, enhance insulin sensitivity thereby protecting against the development of diabetes, they are involved in kidney function and improve hormonal sensitivity and production which is vital for healthy reproductive potential.

 

High Quality Dairy

  • Ingesting Small amounts of full fat (non-homogenized) dairy products (from cow or goat) – particularly live culture plain yogurt and kefir, as well as, high quality artisan (naturally fermented) organic cheese – are associated with increased fertility potential. High Quality dairy contains the healthy fats previously discussed.
  • Note: However, for some gynecological conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or Endometriosis, limiting or avoiding dairy products may be recommended.

 

Reduce intake of sugar, trans-fats and Avoid ALL Hydrogenated and Partially hydrogenated oils

  • Eliminating and or reducing the intake of refined sugars from processed foods and eating low glycemic fruits such as berries, cherries, apples, pears, figs, grapefruit, apricots, peaches, while avoiding higher glycemic fruits such as, melons, pineapple, mangoes, and papayas.
  • When it comes to fat, trans fat is considered by some doctors to be the worst type of fat. Unlike other fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and lowers your "good" (HDL) cholesterol. A high LDL cholesterol level in combination with a low HDL cholesterol level increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women.
  • What is trans fat? Trans fat is made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation, which makes the oil less likely to spoil. (Hydrogenated and Partially hydrogenated oils).  Using trans fats in the manufacturing of foods helps foods stay fresh longer, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy feel. Commercial baked goods — such as crackers, cookies and cakes — and many fried foods, such as doughnuts and french fries — may contain trans fats. Shortenings and some margarines can be high in trans fat.
  • Reading food labels is very important!: How do you know whether food contains trans fat? Look for the words "partially hydrogenated" vegetable oil. That's another term for trans fat.


Maintaining Healthy Weight

  • Healthy Weight balance, through attention to balanced diet, portion size, daily exercise and mindful eating. Weight balance for optimal fertility potenital includes a healthy body mass index (BMI) between 20 and 25 and a waist circumference (WC) of less than 35” for women and less than 40” for men.

 

Mindful Eating

  • Mindful eating is an approach to eating that will help you to slow down and allow yourself to tune into your body, mind and spirit. Mindful eating requires eating slowly, chewing thoroughly and eating while sitting and relaxing,  This means not eating while working.  Mindful eating offers a daily way to practice “mindfulness” (Purposely paying attention, and Being in the present moment without casting any judgment), which has been shown to help manage stress, anxiety, depression and unbalanced (disordered) eating.  Also, mindful eating will help to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and therefore insulin levels, as well as, maintain healthy blood pressure.

 

The secret to long life, health, and fertility in Chinese medicine is cultivating a way of life that promotes inner balance, puts you in harmony with nature and conserves your essential energies. Embracing a way of living that “nourishes life” will build up your natural fertile vitality.  Fertility, in this view, is the natural outgrowth of balance and vitality.

 

Appropriate and mindful dietary and nutritional therapy fosters health and well being by nurturing the body, mind and spirit. This in essence is choosing to eat for optimal fertility. In hopes of achieving optimal fertility potential, we respectfully suggest that you consider these self nourishing dietary recommendations and  changes with a curious, open, and fertile mind.  For specific conditions such as endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), additional nutritional and dietary fine-tuning are often integrated.

 

 

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