Inflammation and its Role in Fertility

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The role of chronic inflammation is a topic of great interest to us here at Acubalance. A big part of what we try to do every day is to reduce inflammation to improve egg and sperm quality. We have lots of tools at our disposal for this, but first, let’s have a closer look at why.

 

How does this relate to fertility? 

 

Keeping chronic inflammation at bay can be a huge part of optimizing your fertility. For women, although you’ve had all of your own eggs since before you were born, they remain in an immature state. It takes approximately 100 days of maturation and development before an egg is ready to be fertilized. Similarly, sperm has a 75-90 day cycle. The environment of your body, where all that maturation and development is taking place, plays a significant role in the quality of the final product. It's a simple equation: healthy body, healthy eggs and sperm.

 

How it all works

 

Inflammation is your body’s ancient mechanism for protecting you against the many invaders that can make you sick. When microbes or an injury trigger your immune system, a series of physiological events are set in motion that target intruders and reestablish homeostasis. In the event of an acute injury, local inflammation functions to clean and heal damaged tissue. 

 

These short term acute inflammatory responses are an effective survival strategy. However, chronic, hidden inflammation has been uncovered as an underlying cause of a variety of health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease. Inflammation also plays a role in a number of autoimmune diseases. 

 

What you can do about it

 

The good news is that you have a great deal of power in this regard. Firstly, you can reduce chronic inflammation through attention to your diet. Since your gut is the first line of contact with the outside world, it is immensely important to maintain its health and integrity. Low-level local inflammation can be caused by several things, including exposure to irritants, allergens, or a poor microbiome. This can cause what’s called leaky gut syndrome, where small particles escape through the lining and into your bloodstream, triggering an immune response. Healing your gut can lead to a reduction not only in digestive symptoms, but also many other signs of inflammation such as allergies, painful joints, painful menses, and eczema. Here’s an article you might find interesting about gut inflammation.

 

Here are some basic principles:

 

Cut out sugar and refined carbohydrates including bread, pasta, pastries, and soda. Prefer instead a plant-based diet consisting of lots of legumes, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, and small amounts of meat. Here’s an article that outlines some really good basic principles.

 

Quit drinking alcohol: This is obviously great advice for anyone trying to conceive.

 

Start taking antiinflammatory supplements: 

  • Omega 3 fatty acids: Improves egg quality, is important for brain development, promotes hormonal balance.
  • N-Acetylcysteine (NAC): reduces inflammation and acts as a precursor to glutathione, which is your body’s favourite antioxidant.
  • CoQ10: decreases several inflammatory markers; improves egg and sperm quality; acts as an energy source for eggs and for mitochondria.

Get more sleep

A good night's sleep is incredibly important. Even though you need to send one last email; even though you wanted to hang out for a little longer with your friend, or watch that one last episode (you know you won’t stop at one…), take the opportunity to get that extra hour of sleep. There’s a lot of great research on the effects of sleep deprivation and its role in chronic inflammation in the body. It’s incredibly damaging to your tissues to be exhausted.

 

Get Acupuncture and LLLT

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) aka photobiomodulation is a painless non-invasive therapy using red and infrared light to treat inflamed, damaged or diseased tissues. Photons from the light interact with specific parts of the mitochondria of the cell, thus stimulating the production of ATP, which is the energy source that drives all cellular processes. In so doing, it helps to accelerate the healing process. It also can positively impact the gut mocrobiome that can also have relationship to inflammation in the body.

Your personalized acupuncture treatments will be designed to promote blood circulation, decrease inflammation, decrease the production of stress hormones, and promote the production of pain-relieving neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin.

These basic, simple principles will effectively reduce inflammation in your body and create a healthier environment for fertility, conception, and pregnancy.

 

If you have any questions or would like to talk about your specific case, call Acubalance and book a 15-minute discovery today. I’m always available for a chat.