When patients see me at Acubalance fertility acupuncture clinic, their initial appointment always takes a little extra time. We go over labs results, talk about symptoms, and draw up a treatment plan together. Often I find that their doctors have referred them to a fertility clinic, but they’re...
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I had THE most delicious salad for lunch when I was out last week. Since then, I’ve been craving to have it again, and wanted to recreate at least some of the components at home. So I made a big batch of quinoa tabbouleh – and it has satisfied my cravings perfectly.
I was asked recently to share my top nutritional recommendations. My initial response was the classic “eat food; not too much; mostly plants”. After all, I loath the idea of a life co-opted by menu planning. However, trying to distill endless reams of nutritional information into a cohesive whole is no small task. Asked to name my favourites, these 5 come to mind.
For many women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), the process of trying to conceive can be incredibly challenging. By nature of the condition, most women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly - making it hard to figure out when to try to conceive. The hormonal imbalances of PCOS also alter the ovarian environment and impact egg quality, a further block to conception. Luckily, with natural medicine, we have great results using diet and lifestyle changes along with acupuncture to regulate the hormonal system and make natural conception much more likely.
Fertility friendly, weight loss friendly and great for PCOS!
So I just noticed that for the past 3 months, all I have blogged about is food. I guess my French side is really coming through. On a side note, there seem to be a lot more of you reading my blogs lately, so obviously you are as obsessed with food as I am.
There are many ways which help improve your fertility and chances of conceiving. Following a diet plan by eating fertility boosting foods, getting healthy amounts of sleep and sticking to a exercise routine all help. There is one natural treatment which has shown to double your chances of conceiving when following fertility boosting lifestyle modifications.
One of my favourite ways to “invent” new recipes is to walk through the mountain of over-priced “healthy junk-food” at Whole Foods and read labels. In the last few weeks I’ve come across a few bombshells, so I bought the ingredients and got busy.
I see too few men in my practice. I enjoy treating women and see great success with my fertility patients but could see more success if men were more active in the treatment process.
We’ve been having this nature vs nurture argument since time immemorial: are we born a certain way, or does our environment inform who and what we are? And what does this have to do with fertility and preconception care?
The longest day of the year is fast approaching, Summer Solstice marks the official beginning of summer. In Chinese medicine, Summer is associated with the Earth element, which on a physical level embodies the support, strength and solidity of our muscles, tissues and organs; healthy flow of blood in vessels; and digestion of our food and fluids into energy and nutrients.