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Lifestyle and Fertility

imagesAbout 10 to 15 percent of the couples in the world suffer from infertility. Lifestyle factors play an important role in fertility. Lifestyle factors are ways of life and modifiable habits that can influence one’s well-being and health, which includes fertility.

Lifestyle factors could include; weight, psychological stress, smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption, etc. One should consider changing the bad lifestyle habits prior conceiving a child. We will look at how lifestyle factors could affect one’s fertility.


Weight

It is shown that ovulation is heavily affected by excess body weight. Recently, a study also shows that excess weight also decreases the chance of pregnancy, and increases the probability of experiencing a miscarriage. Having an unhealthy weight can cause hormonal imbalances and create a problem in ovulation. It is the same with men, obese men are 3 times more susceptible to reduced quality of sperm.

It is suggested that before you attempt for conception, to exercise regularly, even it is as simple as walking for 30—45 minutes a day or swapping sugary drinks and alcohol for water.

If you are currently pregnant, maintaining healthy weight gain is also very important, as excessive weight gain is linked with a number of pregnancy complications; high blood pressure, blood clotting, gestational diabetes, and risk of miscarriages. And also, babies born to overweight mothers have increased risk of long-term health problems, and obesity in the future. Trying to lose weight during pregnancy is not recommended, as it will negatively affect the IQ level and the growth of the baby. However, it is definitely possible for the overweight women to gain less pregnancy weight than women with a normal weight with, without affecting the offspring,\


Stress

Stress is one of the most well-known conditions in societies nowadays. It could be physical, social or psychological. Moreover, nowadays, women also work not any less than men, pursuing a career, dream, and financial stability. While there is nothing wrong with that, stress that is resulted from shouldn’t be ignored.

Infertility itself could result in stress as well. It could take place in different forms, such as; societal pressure from family and other people, failures, treatments, diagnosis, etc.

In a research, it was shown that women who scored the highest level of stress had ovulated 20% less eggs than those who were less stressed.

Acupuncture and counselling are proven to help reduce the symptoms of stress and helped improve depression, anxiety and stress. A study from University of York consisted of 755 people with moderate to severe depression, concluded that both acupuncture and counselling have lowered down the depression scale from an average of 16 out of 27, to 9 for acupuncture and 11 for counselling.


Smoking

Cigarette contains more than 4000 chemicals in it and the effects are associated with a number of potential health complications such as cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, and also a possible decrease chance in infertility.

Men who smoke tend to have lower total sperm count, motility, density, normal morphology, and lower semen volume. In women, research showed that reduced ovarian reserve is higher in women who smoked than in non-smokers women with the same age, and similar fertilization and pregnancy rates. It is highly recommended to stop smoking prior to preparing to conceive, and also during pregnancy, as it may lead to miscarriage.


Caffeine

Sources of caffeine vary from tea, filtered coffee, to energy drinks. Australia citizens are known with their love for coffee, especially here, in Melbourne. While drinking coffee is enjoyable, the amount of caffeine consumption should be closely monitored as it may affect the fertility rate.

The women who miscarried or had a stillbirth in their study had an average of 145 mg of caffeine per day, and women who had live births consumed an average of 103 mg per day, indicating that there may be a narrow window for caffeine to impact fertility.


Radiation

Nowadays, almost everyone has their cell phone on them at all times. The time spent on the screen has also increased dramatically over the years. It is true that cell phone has increased the effectiveness of the communication system these days. However, it does not come without negative effects.

A number of studies have shown negative effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic waves (RFEMW) created by cell phones on fertility. The usage of cell phone has also been associated with decreases in progressive motility of sperm, its viability, and sperm count, and an increase in abnormal sperm morphology. One study evaluating 52 men demonstrated that men who carried a cell phone around the belt line or hip region were more likely to have decreased sperm motility compared to men who carried their cell phones elsewhere or who did not carry one at all.

 

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How spicy food affect infertility ?

Spicy Food affects intertilityIt is important for a couple who would like to conceive to consider a healthy diet. In this case, it is best to consume a different kind of food. There is no doubt that nutrition is essential for your fertility and overall health. It makes big difference in your body and its readiness to sustain a healthy pregnancy. Therefore you need to take good care of what you have to eat for daily consumption and this includes avoiding spicy food.

The following are reasons why spicy foods affecting the fertility and pregnancy:

  1. Spicy food can also increase the contraction for pregnant women. This means that pregnant women must avoid spicy food in their first trimester and last trimester.
  2. Furthermore, spicy foods may affect pregnancy because it causes heartburn in many women. Heartburn is most common in the last trimester, as your growing baby causes stomach acids to push up into the oesophagus.
  3. Spicy foods can cause yin deficiency which leads to poor quality of eggs, therefore can trigger polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
  4. Although spicy food is mostly safe for the baby, pregnant women need to take consideration if they are allergic to it. This means a healthy pregnant woman without any kind of gastrointestinal (GI) or gastroesophageal issues should be fine eating spicy food.

There are also other considerations that women need to think about spicy foods. These include the following:

  1. Does it make you aggravate morning sickness? Pregnant women usually very sensitive with their smell and have delicate stomach in the first trimester. If this happens, then you should avoid spicy food.
  1. Will it induce heartburn acid reflux?  This means that if you feel heartburn, you should avoid spicy food. Acid reflux results in heartburn, burping/regurgitating, and nausea.
  1. Does it cause Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?  The symptoms include experience heartburn during the night, have the difficulty breathing, coughing, weight loss and black stool. It may indicate that you have GERD and you should stop eating spicy foods.

Spicy foods, in this case, are not recommended for pregnant women or those who are willing to conceive. It is better to consume a wide variety of food which contains folic acid, protein, low in fat, starches such as white rice and flour. More example of a food with high in protein includes chicken, beans, tofu, fish, peas, kale, broccoli and mushrooms. However, fish with high mercury is not recommended because it linked with fertility issues. Hence, avoid fishes such as; marlin, tilefish, swordfish, shark, king mackerel and bigeye tuna.

In conclusion, spicy foods are to be avoided if you are willing to conceive because it may cause heartburn and increase contraction as well. Dr Christine recommends taking healthy diet, reduce alcohol intake and do regular exercise.

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Four Ways to Combat Hay Fever this Spring

As spring is here, hay-fever-or-cold--how-to-tell-the-difference-136389813945102601-140501164859many people have started experiencing the symptoms of hay fever. Hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis, is caused by the nose or eyes getting contact with allergens; such as pollen, dust mites, or animal hair. It is an allergic reaction , where the immune system perceives the harmless objects as ‘dangerous’ , and therefore producing mucus, as the nasal passages become inflamed.

 

A lot of people will tend to rely on antihistamines as the quick way out to relieve the hay fever symptoms.  However, studies have shown that antihistamines could affect fertility negatively as it decreases the blood flow to the uterus. Recently, a study shows that over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines could cause the reduced count of sperm, and its quality, also lower production level of male sexual hormones in the testicles.

However, don’t worry as there are still many other ways to combat hay fever this spring:

  1. Monitor the pollen count

With the advancement of technology these days, we can now track the pollen counts through number of applications, such as a weather app. The weather app will tell you the number of pollen based on your location via GPS. It will help you to plan your day, whether to take extra protection, or avoid outdoor activities when the pollen count is high.

  1. Consume more Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the best natural antihistamines, and it is easy to be found in fruits and vegetables, or supplements. Vitamin C helps reducing the amount of histamine secreted by white blood cells. In a study, participants were given intranasal spray containing vitamin C, and were asked to use it daily. After two weeks, more than 70 percent of the participants have found decreased nasal blockage and secretion.

  1. Consume Horseradish and Garlic

In addition to the consumption of Vitamin C, both horseradish and garlic are known to relieve hay fever symptoms. Horseradish has been used to relieve mucus congestion and clear nasal passages. It also helps breaking down the mucus in order for it to be expelled easily from the body.

Garlic is an excellent source of quercetin, which is natural anti-histamine. It has been used for thousand years in increasing immune system, and helps relieving nasal congestion and help preventing the symptoms from getting worse.

These two ingredients could be easily added to meals, or consumed separately in the form of supplement.

  1. Try Chinese Medicine and acupuncture

As it was mentioned before, hay fever is caused by an over-reacted immune system of one’s body. It is triggered by the imbalances in the body. It is also caused by the weakness of one of the organs in our body; such as spleen and kidney. Spleen system is very important as it affects the ability of one in digesting and absorbing the nutrients from food. Kidney deficiency is very common these days, as most people tend to get stressed out and experience adrenal fatigue.

Chinese medicine will not only help relieving the symptoms, but also help addressing the underlying cause of one’s condition and treat it directly. Regular treatment will help re-balancing the yin and yang in the body, thus help improving one’s health and immune system.

Acupuncture is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an effective treatment that helps easing symptoms of hay fever. A research shows that those who experienced acupuncture improved the most compared to those who have antihistamines.

When both acupuncture and Chinese medicine are combined, it will reduce the symptoms frequency and intensity as the treatments are carried on. It will help strengthening the Qi flow, therefore improving the quality of life.

As each treatment and Chinese medicine formulation is tailored to each patient’s condition, it will attack the underlying cause, and help improve one’s immune system to not over-react to allergens.

 

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The Importance of Protein Intake for Couples Trying to Conceive

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Nutrient intakes in foods play an important role in couples’ fertility. Based on a famous study called the “fertility diet”, in which it was followed by nearly 18,000 women trying to conceive and were asked to track their nutrition and lifestyle habits over eight years, the results showed that specific eating pattern was associated to lower risk of ovulatory infertility and infertility from other causes. Thus, food play a crucial role, as some of the nutrients in food can be helpful for fertility and others can be harmful for health and fertility.

 


What is Protein?

Protein is made of “building blocks”, called as amino acids. Amino acids are called building blocks as they have many important functions in the body, such as muscle growth and repair, building enzymes, blood proteins and hormones. As amino acids are the building blocks for cells in the body, it is important to ensure the intake of healthy amounts of protein from variety of sources.

Why Protein?

A study researcher said that, “Protein is essential for good quality embryos and better quality egg”. Previous studies have shown that there was a higher pregnancy rate amongst the high protein eaters rather than those who consumed more carbohydrates and less protein. Another Australian study showed that a study conducted on mice taking 25 different diets with various levels or proteins, carbohydrates, fat and calories, showed that, the mice on high protein and low carbohydrate diets had more babies than the others after 15 months. Consuming proteins from all groups will help increase the chance of the body to get good quality protein, as there are 22 amino acids within protein.


The Role of Protein in Every Stage of Conception8

Protein plays an important role, almost in every stage of conception. Protein is one of the key nutrients in the preparation for a healthy conception which begins on the time when the womb begins to prepare itself for possible implantation, which is the day 1 of a women’s period. Follicular phase comes after the period, in which follicles are being developed. Protein intake needs to be sufficient in this stage to stimulate the release of the egg. In the beginning of conce
ption, there should be
enough nutrients at the lining of the womb so that it is ready to a
ccept and support the fertilised egg. During implantation, egg is implanted into the womb and grows rapidly. This process relies heavily on the proteins getting into the blood supply in the womb. Proteins will also play important role in the development of the foetus’ tissue and bones. It is strongly recommended that proteins from all groups are being consumed; meat, eggs, nuts, legumes, vegetables, fish, etc. Try to avoid chemicals, or hormones added food, as well as herbicides and pesticides on food.

 

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Healthy Diet Benefits for Infertility

Food and nutrition play a crucial role contributing to a healthy body and reproductive system. In fact, the building blocks for hormones are found in the food we consume. For instance, antioxidants in certain foods assist in protecting the egg and sperm from free radicals. In the other hand, chemicals added to some foods could be harmful to your health and fertility.
It was found that the increasing consumption of sugary sodas and fruit, starches, red meat and trans fat is a big factor contributing to the rising of infertility rates nowadays. According to Dr. Walter Willett M,D., our bodies digest bad carbs (cookies, cakes, cereals, sugary drinks, chips, and white bread) quickly, and turn them into blood sugar. Insulin is then released from pancreas into the bloodstream in order to drive down the blood-sugar spike. Previous studies showed that these high insulin levels could inhibit ovulation. It also showed that women with the highest glycemic load (measure of amount of bad carbs eaten and how quickly they’re turned into blood sugar) were more than 90 percent more likely to have ovulatory infertility than those with the lowest glycemic load.

 

What is a fertility diet?
A recently-performed study by Harvard showed an 80% decrease in infertility with lifestyle changes made by switching to a fertility diet.

Fertility diet is the type of diet which includes foods that are rich in certain nutrients needed for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg and sperm health, and many more. This diet is designed to aid your body in balancing existing fertility issues, and also building up the nutrient stores and constituents for a healthy child.


Fertility Diet Nutrition guidelines

Eat a lot of organic vegetables and fruits

Harmful herbicides and pesticides in conventional produce have been shown to negatively affect both male and female fertility.

Male exposure to pesticides is linked to altered sperm quality and sterility, while female exposure may interfere with puberty, menstruation and ovulation, and fertility. Studies have also shown organic vegetables and fruits to have more nutritional values.

Choose organic and grass fed meat

Cattles that are raised conventionally contain high levels of added hormones and antibiotics leading to the domination of estrogen.

In the other hand, grass fed meat is low in saturated fat, and is a good source of protein and essential fatty acids.

For you who have endometriosis, it is suggested to reduce the consumption of red meat has there is a correlation between high red meat consumption and endometriosis.

Eat high fibre foods with each meal

High blood sugar levels can be regulated with increasing the consumption of high-fibre food.

This can help to reduce fertility issues such as PCOS and induces healthy hormonal balance. High fibre foods are beans, dark leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, and wholegrain and wholemeal products.

Drink lots of clean water

It is strongly recommended to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified or filtered water daily.

The best waters to choose from are reverse osmosis and distilled.

It is not recommended to have bottled water as there are higher chances for it to contribute to hormonal imbalance as there might be estrogen mimicking chemicals in it. Avoid tap water, as it might contain traces of harmful pesticides from agricultural runoff.

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Best Food To Increase Sperm Volume, Motility and Libido

These are the top recommended food that men can have to increase their sperm counts/volume, motility (ie. the ability of sperm to swim toward an egg) and libido (ie. men’s desire to have sex) :

1.Oysters

oysterThe one significant mineral contained in oysters is zinc. Zinc can improve testosterone level in men and sperm volume. When the testosterone level is increased, men’s libido will also increase and will have greater chance of conceiving.

 

 

 

 

 

2.Eggs

Eggs can prevent harmful effects of free radicals. These free radicals’ effect can kill the sperms if not prevented.  Eggs also contain Vitamin E and high in protein, which can improve sperm’s health.

 

 

 

 

3.Banana

Banana contains high Vitamin B and Bromelain enzyme. This enzyme called Bromelain has important role in improving libido in men. The vitamin B can also increase stamina for men who are willing to conceive.

 

 

 

 

4. Scallop

Scallop has more than 80 % of protein and they are also high in magnesium and potassium. Three ounces provide 20 grams of protein and 95 calories. This means that men can have more energy and stamina.

It also contains zinc, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and other trace minerals; fat-soluble vitamins A and D.

 

 

5. Asparagus

asparagusAsparagus is a rich source of Vitamin C and is also best food to be consumed if men want to increase their sperm volume. The vitamin C will protect men from free radicals, which means it will keep the sperm in best condition.

 

 

 

 

 

6.Raddish/Maca

macaMaca is one of the oldest superfoods and also called “miracle” food. The reason being is because it packed with 55 phyto-chemical, which include Vitamin C, Vitamins B1, B2, B12. Not only that, it has plenty of benefits in this herb too, such as increase sperm volume and libido, increase energy, reduces stress, enhances memory, boost immune system,  improve pancreas’ functionality, fast natural wound healing and fight infections/disease. It also helps with balancing hormones both estrogen and progesterone, which means will help couple to conceive naturally.

 

 

 

 

7. Prawns

Prawns are one of good food that has plenty of benefits for male fertility. According to chinese medicine, prawns can increase sexual libido and improve kidney’s health. It can also clear blood vessels and warm the meridians.

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8.Spinach

Spinach is important in men’s fertility because it contains rich source of folic acid. This means that it will help sperms from having distorted shapes. If men have low in folic acid, their sperms can also have abnormalities. The impact is that these sperms may not be able to fertilize eggs and if they can, there is a high chance of birth defects.

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9. Lamb

Lamb is one of the best food to increase sexual libido in men. It is best to grill lamb for healthier option to reduce cholesterol. Lamb is also a good source of omega 3, zinc, Vitamin B12, Selenium, Vitamin B3, Phosphorous and iron.

Almost 40% of fat in lamb contain “oleic acid”, its role is to reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

 

 

10. Capsicum

 It is a must food that male need as this has anti-cancer properties, meaning it can prevent prostate cancer. Capsicum also contains 3 times higher Vitamin C than orange. Not only that, capsicum can boost hair growth and immune system. It can also lower macular degeneration and maintain healthy vision.

 

 

 

11.Carrot

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The most important nutrient in Carrot for sperms’ motility and volume is Vitamin A. This nutrient will increase sperm volume as well as motility. Other alternatives of food include, oatmeal, dried apricots or red bell peppers. According report by journal Fertility and Sterility, “carrots were found to improve sperm performance by between 6.5 and 8 per cent”.

 

 

 

 

12.Garlic

Garlic contains compound called allicin, which can enhance blood flow to male sexual organs. Hence increasing sperm counts as well as semen volume. Not only that, garlic is also potent aphrodisiac that can increase men libido. In addition, raw garlic can also help cure lung infection.

Roasted garlic has antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body, which means that it will help protect your body from damage.

 

 

13. Gojiberries

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Gojiberries helps to improve body mood and stamina. The unique functions of gojiberries include setting the temperature in scrotum at optimal level. As a result, this will promote sperm production and increase sperms volume and motility.

 

 

 

 

14. Lobster

Lobster contains Vitamin B 12, Omega-3 fatty acids, copper, selenium, zinc, phosphorus,  magnesium and vitamin E. It is a potent aphrodisiac food, which means it can boost sexual libido. It is rich in protein and therefore improve men’s health and is important for optimal function of sexual organs.

 

 

 

 

15.Walnuts

walnutWalnuts has omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve blood flow to the male congenital organs and also increase sperm count, motility and libido. More research has been shown that Walnuts can nourish brain and improve immune system. Therefore, this will improve the chance of conception.

 

 

 

 

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16.Pumpkin seeds

This too contains essential fatty acids that can improve blood flow to male congenital organs. Not only that, pumpkin seeds consists of phytosterols that can increase sperm count and semen quality.

 

 

 

17. Celery

This can be eaten as a soup or juice and can also be eaten raw as a healthy snack. Celery is packed with essential nutrients such as adrostenol and androsterone, which serves as sexual attractant when ingested. It can also improve men’s libido for great sex and enhance the chance of conception.

 

 

 

18. Mussel

 Mussel is also rich in protein,manganese, iron, selenium and zinc–all essential for boosting men’s immune system. It is also an aphrodisiac food that can increase libido in men.

According to research in 2005, a group of Italian and American scientists found that amino acids found in scallops have the potential to raise sexual hormone levels.

 

 

19.Avocado

Avocado packed with minerals and vitamins such as; Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Copper, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin E. Not only it is good for skin and high in antioxidant, it is also potent aphrodisiac that can boost men libido and increase sperm volume.  It also contains with soluble fiber, which can feed the good bacteria in the intestine to achieve optimal body function.

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20. Seaweed/Sea vegetables

Sea vegetables is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iodine, vanadium, B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  It is also potent aphrodisiac due to Vitamin B1 and B2 and as a results it can increase libido and improve sperm volume.  Other benefits include lowering your cholesterol, fight constipation, solve mineral deficiencies and balancing thyroid function.

 

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Tips of healthy food intake for couple prior to conception

It is important for couples who want to conceive to take a closer look on their eating habit. This will have great impact on how soon they can conceive. We have listed for you the top five recommended food for couple who want to conceive faster.

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1. High Quality Proteins Food

The research found that couple who consumes more carbs, are less likely to conceive than those who have high intake of proteins. By eating 25% more protein and 40% less carbohydrate daily, a couple can double their pregnancy rates. These food include white eggs, fish high in omega 3 (ie. salmon) and chicken.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)is 0.8 grams per kilogram (0.36 grams per pound) of body weight per day. It is around 46 grams of protein for an average woman.

For vegetarians, you can consume legumes, beans or soy products.

If you’re trying to get pregnant you should not eat raw or undercooked meats, sushi or soft cheeses such as feta, brie, blue cheeses, and queso fresco. These foods can cause a serious infection called listeriosis. It is also recommended for women who want to conceive not to take spicy food, cold food, caffeine and alcohol.

2. High in Folic Acid

Folic acid is the most significant vitamin that the couple needs in order to nourish the baby’s brain. The first trimester is very important to take folic acid supplements for the development of the embryo’s brain. Folic acid is a type B vitamin that normally found in food such as; asparagus, oranges, peas, dried beans, spinach and broccoli.

The amount that you should be taking is between 400-600 mg of folic acid daily before pregnancy and around 800mg during pregnancy to minimise birth defects.

3. High in Omega 3 Fatty Acid

The recommended intake for a couple is 1000-2000 mg of omega 3 fatty acids daily. This include, two tablespoons of Chia seeds, 85 gram of fish, especially Salmon or 2 tablespoons of walnut.

Vegetables4. Fruits and Vegetables

Eating fruits and vegetables are highly recommended if you want to get pregnant faster.

These are recommended fruits/vegetables:

  • Avocado: Heart health powerhouse, filled with fibre, B vitamins, Vitamin C, high in good fats and potassium
  • Blueberries: High in antioxidant, fibre and vitamin C. The antioxidants will help control cholesterol levels and increase your immune system. Good source of vitamins.
  • Almonds: Rich in monounsaturated fats that can protect your heart. Rich source of antioxidants as well as fibre.
  • Asparagus: Consist of plenty of vitamins include, folic acid, vitamin C, fibre and potassium. The potassium helps regulating heart function and controlling blood pressure. The Vitamin C and folic acid assist in preventing heart disease.
  • Broccoli: Contains sulforaphane and high source of vitamin A, vitamin C, co-enzyme Q10 and fiber. The sulforaphane will play defense mechanism and can reduce inflammation as well as protecting arteries from disease and damage. Co-enzyme Q10 will improve heart muscle and strength.
  • Orange: It contains flavanones, vitamin C, B vitamins and antioxidants. The falvanones can lower bad cholesterol. It can improve women’s immune system
  • Spinach: It consists of Co-enzyme Q10, fiber, antioxidants and folic acid.

dairy-food     5.  Full fat diary

According to research, people who consume full fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who consume low fat ones. The full fat dairy foods consist of estrogen and progesterone (ie. female hormones). By removing the fat, the only hormones that are left are androgens (ie. male hormones). As a consequence, the ovulation is impaired. Therefore, it is important to consume full fat dairy foods for women who try to conceive as this will impact their natural fertility level.

Here are the recommended example of full fat dairy foods:

  • Whole milk
  • 4% yoghurt
  • Grass fed beef
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Whole eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Almond
  • Tuna
  • Cheese
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New Way Approaching Menopause symptoms VS HRT Treatment

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Menopause symptoms?

Menopause is a condition where woman’s menstrual period stop and she is unable to get pregnant naturally. There are some symptoms that women need to watch out for before they experience menopause. The average age of women who have menopause is around 50 years old (this may be vary).

When hormones of estrogen and progesterone starts to drop due to menopause, women will experience the following signs:

  • Hot flushes / Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Thirsty
  • Low sex drive / Vaginal dryness
  • Thinning hair and slower metabolism
  • Insomnia / Nightmares Etc.

Hot flushes can produce very inconvenience feeling of intense heat and in some cases can disrupt their pattern of sleeps.

It is still possible for women to conceive although there may be irregular menstruation. It is common thing to have skipped periods during peri-menopause. However, it is also necessary to check whether or not you are pregnant when you have skipped your period.

During the transition from peri-menopause to menopause it is recommended for women to have regular visits to doctor. The doctor will often suggest you to have screenings such as mammography, lipid, thyroid testing or colonoscopy.

What is HRT?

HRT is Hormone Replacement Treatment is a treatment used to augment body’s hormone level, either estrogen therapy or progesterone therapy.  This HRT is usually for women who undergo stage of menopause where the level of estrogen and progesterone drop significantly.  HRT is usually recommended to those who have menopause symptom in late 40.

However, the use of HRT has changed significantly when a large clinical trial found that it actually posed more health risks than benefits for one type of hormone therapy, especially for older postmenopausal women. As there is health hazards about HRT, doctors try to avoid prescribe this to patients. Dr Christine advises that using acupuncture is more natural way in eliminating menopause symptoms.

Menopause dietary advise

  1. Take supplements of Vitamin E, Zinc, magnesium, Vitamin D and calcium. These nutrients can prevent dry skin and normalise hormone levels
  2. Eat rich protein foods such as Turkey, cottage cheese, legumes and oats.
  3. Take calcium as your supplement and try avoid food that are high in phosphorous; which you can find in red meat.
  4. Reduce caffeine, sodium and alcohol
  5. Increase your vegetables, fruits and yogurt consumption. This food is good for your bones.
  6. Soya milk, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tempeh, tofu, green beens and celery. These foods are high in phyto-oestrogens, which going to help you ease the hot flushes.
  7. Try to eat at least two servings of fish per week, preferably salmon or trout. If this is hard for you, take fish oil daily will help reducing heart disease risk.

How Acupuncture can assist in balancing the hormones and rejuvenating internal organ such as kidney, liver and spleen

Acupuncture with conjunction of Chinese medicine can reduce or eliminate all of symptoms in most of the cases. This treatment has been proved to relieve from mood changes and hot flushes among women who experience menopause.

According to study from journal Acupuncture in Medicine, Turkish researchers investigated 53 menopausal women. Twenty seven women received acupuncture twice a week for ten weeks. The result said that these women have reduced hot flushes significantly because it stabilises the body’s temperature.

Another study from Norway also reported that there is reduced intensity of hot flushes by night and by day with those women who received acupuncture for 12 weeks.

The third study done in larger scale by Prof. Avis and colleagues, with 209 women aged 45-60 who stopped their period for at least 3 months. They received 6 months of acupuncture treatment; the result proved that 36.7 % of them had fewer hot flashes per day compared to before treatment.

Therefore, acupuncture is highly recommended for those who experience menopause and is worth a try especially if you are not willing to get HRT treatment.

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Endometriosis Diet

green dietPainful menstruation could be the symptom of Endometriosis.  Endometriosis is a disorder where endometrium found outside the uterus instead of inside.  It could also lead to infertility issues for those couple who want to conceive. However, the symptoms can be eliminated by having the right diet and healthy lifestyle.

According to research, women with high intake in beef/red meat (ie. every day), most likely to have endometriosis than those who take fruits every day.  Other studies find similar connection between endometrial cancer/fibroids with these eating patterns. Women who ate beef everyday have twice as likely to have endometriosis than those who don’t.

The research also shown that women, who exercise regularly, will have less endometriosis than those who have low activity density. The result shown that women with average of 2.5 hours of high intensity activity such as cycling or jogging were 63% less likely to have endometriosis.

Dietary fat influences production of prostaglandins could lead to higher production of progesterone, which can influence the growth of endometrial tissue. Prostaglandin is chemical that stimulate uterine contractions and influence ovarian functioning. The painful menstruation is actually due to high level of prostaglandins in your body as well as symptoms of endometriosis. It is very important to change your diet to balance the hormones.

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As mentioned earlier, we need to change our diet in order to alter or to balance the hormone of prostaglandins in your body.  The good oils, which are in omega-3 fatty oil group, could lead to good prostaglandin production. Therefore consumption of the following is essential:

  • Oily fish
  • Spinach or other dark green leafy veg
  • Walnut oil
  • Pumpkin seeds

Secondly, increasing fibre intake in your diet can also reduce symptoms of endometriosis.  These foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cabbage
  • Whole grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Mustard green

Last but not least you can also focus on reducing inflammatory foods such as: Sugar, red meat, fried food, processed food, alcohol and dairy products , food with high saturated fats/oils, eggs, cakes and chocolate.

It is also recommended to take vitamin and mineral supplements as these are best source of balanced diet and many of our todays food lack of essential elements. The vitamins that are best to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include the following:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Selenium

In conclusion the best diet to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include plant based diet, lesser red meat intake, more fruits and vegetables,  focus on reducing inflammatory food and taking vitamins and mineral supplements.  It is highly recommended to do regular exercise up to three times a week as well to improve your wellbeing. From our clinic experiences, we can have maximum results by having healthy diet in conjunction with acupuncture to eliminate the pain of endometriosis and increasing the chance of conception.

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Healthy Life Starts with the Basic – FOOD

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Healthy apple

Today’s lifestyle has a significant effect on our food consumption, which can impact our healthiness and hence fertility level as well. Modern people like to order fast food or frozen food that has been pre-made by someone else. These foods do not contain sufficient nutrients for our body and therefore will have a bad impact upon our health.

Nutrients in food

First of all we need to know the definition of nutrient and why it is important for our body.  Nutrient is the substances in food that provides nourishment essential for maintenance of life and growth.

There are two different categories of nutrients; they are including macro nutrients and micro nutrients. Macronutrients include: protein, carbohydrates and fats. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. Nowadyas there are plenty of food that is low in nutrients. These foods usually provide you with many kilojoules (Kj) to makes you full of energy but it void of the other essential nutrients that your body need to function. Hence, it will provide poor nourishment that is essential for maintenance of life and growth.

Super foods that enhance fertility for couple

So what are the kinds of food/nutrients that couple who try to conceive need to look for? Here are some of the foods that enhance your fertility level:

  • Green vegetables: this include spinach, lettuce, silverbeet, bok choy, kai lan, etc. They are full of nutrients such as folic acid, Vitamin C and fibre. It is important for couple who try to conceive as well as pregnant women. Folic acid is essential nutrient for brain’s development of the embryo.
  • Eggs: Select free range eggs or organic eggs because it contains protein, zinc, B12, Vitamin D, selenium and phosphorus. It contains cholesterol but you need this as part of your healthy diet. The recommended intake during pregnancy is 3-4 serves a day, whereas for adult is 1-3 serves a day.
  • Blueberries: this fruit provide source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin K and manganese. Since they are low in GI, it is good for those who try to lose weight. Not only that, it is also great for women with PCOS.
  • Salmon: it contains rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B, Vitamin B12, protein and selenium. This food also recommended for couple who try to conceive.
  • Yoghurt: It contains good source of good bacteria for optimal absorption of nutrients in the gut. It will also improve your immune system, which is significant for pregnant women and those who try to conceive.
  • LSA: it is a combination of sunflower seeds, ground linseeds and almonds. It contains source of protein, omega-3 fats, zinc, magnesium and calcium. It is recommended to add one spoonful of LSA to your cereals, yoghurt, muffin or smoothies.
  • Seaweed: It provides the body with nutrients such as antioxidant, zinc, B vitamins, iodine and iron. These nutrients will improve your body to function properly as it will boost your immune system and improve energy levels.
  • Quinoa: It contains essential nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin E, iron, B vitamins and calcium.
  • Black rice: it is great source of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are also found in blueberries. Antioxidants are essential to neutralise free radicals in body, which can cause chronic disease such as cancer and also damage to cells in our body. Therefore, eating food with antioxidants is really good for those who try to conceive.

Apart from having these super foods, having regular acupuncture and exercise such as Yoga also significant in improving your overall well-being. Hence, promotes the body to be more fertile for couple who would like to conceive.

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Discover more about employing the benefits of IVF acupuncture and Chinese medicine for fertility in Melbourne by contacting our team today. Our treatment clinic’s range of services and treatment options are designed to address all fertility issues in a gentle and natural way. Make an appointment by calling (03) 9820 8651 or email info@medccc.com and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and arrange a consultation.

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