5 Dietary Recommendations for Enhancing Fertility

a921b1a5953616fa7b1e415200b149c7.jpg_srz_p_697_723_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzPreparing for pregnancy can involve preparing financially, spiritually, physically and nutritionally.  Whether you are having difficulty conceiving or are consciously preparing for pregnancy, diet is very important.  What we eat can influence fertility, affect hormones and later, affect the fetus.  More and more woman are wishing to be pregnant at later stages of life. As our fertility peaks in our early 20s and begins declining in our late 20’s, many woman who are 30 plus often are interested in foods that can boost their chances of conceiving. (May I add that woman who choose to wait for babies can still have very healthy and happy pregnancies !! ) So without further ado please find my top 5 dietary recommendations for fertility:

  • Eat Organic as much as possible a year before conceiving.  Pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms and therefore harmful to humans. Children are actually four times more sensitive to exposure to cancer-causing pesticides in foods than adults. Many toxins used in pesticides are also known hormone disruptors. Some of the chemicals that are used in pesticides are fat soluble, meaning that they can be stored in our fat cells for long periods of time.  Therefore it is best to avoid these chemicals as long as possible before becoming pregnant to minimize the exposure of the growing fetus to these toxins found on conventional produce.

  • Increase consumption of nutritious seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Nutritional deficiencies of zinc and B6 can affect fertility. Sunflower seeds are a good source of B6 and other trace minerals and pumpkin seeds contain a high amount of zinc amongst other minerals.  You can add these seeds to cereals, salads or even buy (pumpkin or sunflower) seed butter and spread it on toast.

  • Make you sure your iron intake is adequate.  The best way to find out if your iron levels are high enough is to have your ferritin levels measured through blood.  Ferritin levels lower than 70 can decrease fertility and can also lead to anemia throughout pregnancy.  Red meat is the best source of iron (opt for grass fed, organic). Dark leafy green veggies, beans, legumes and molasses also are higher in iron and cooking in a cast iron pan can also increase the iron levels of the foods that are cooked in them. Some individuals, despite their best nutritional efforts still have low iron and need to take an iron supplement.

  • Eat a diet rich in omega 3 Fatty Acids: These healthy fats are great for the brain, help to balance hormones and also lead to better birth outcomes for the baby.  Aim for 2-3 servings of low mercury fish (sardines, anchovies and mackerel are best), chia seeds, flax and walnuts and/or supplement with a high quality fish oil daily.  Make sure the fish oil has been third party tested for mercury and other heavy metals and the source of the fish is from mackerel, anchovies and/or sardines.  

  • Aim to eat low- medium glycemic index carbohydrates. When we consume carbohydrates they are broken down into sugars that provides energy to our cells. Some carbohydrates break down into more sugars than others and these certain carbohydrates can affect our insulin levels, thus affecting our hormones.  Choose low glycemic index carbohydrates such as rice bran and other whole grains and bright coloured vegetables. Avoid high glycemic index foods such as refined sugars, white breads, white rice and white pastas.

 In Health,

Dr. Emily Lipinski, ND

 

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Product Review : SINFULLY WHOLESOME

Today I would like to tell you all about a wonderful new company, Sinfully Wholesome.  They make 100% wild crafted, organic soaps and oils that are truely AMAZING. Additionally, they distribute “soap nuts” which are used in place of laundry detergent and surprisingly do an excellent job cleaning clothes!! All Sinfully Wholesome products are ECO CERT and USDA Organic approved and the company strives to be environmentally and socially responsible.

As many of you that read my blog may know, typical soaps and detergents contain lots of harmful chemicals that are carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting, and harsh on the entire body.  Therefore, I always choose soaps, detergents and skin care products that are 100% natural without any of the nasty chemicals. I am truely impressed by the Sinfully Wholesome product line as everything they make is 100% pure but also so effective and nourishing.  Additionally, they take pride in sourcing the best available ingredients in an ethical and thoughtful manner.

Firstly, all the products come in gorgeous packaging made from Lokta Paper.  Even better, the making of this paper is helping to generate an income for the woman of Nepal.  Here is a short video explaining: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOFq-7xg-4g.

Luxurious Sinfully Wholesome Argan Soap

Luxurious Sinfully Wholesome Argan Soap.

All Sinfully Wholesome soaps come in a very large bar and have a soft beautiful natural smell of the essential oil or plant they are made from.  The Argan Soap is one of my favorites, traditionally used for dry skin, acne, psoriasis among other many things it left my skin feeling nourished and radiant!  That being said the Soliiphilia Soap is SO LUXURIOUS and heavenly.  Soliphilia also has anti-aging properties and produces a wonderful, rich lather. Laurel oils are in both the Soliphilia Soap and the Aleppo soap. Laurel has a high level of antioxidants (great for keeping your skin looking young) but also has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties which is excellent for helping to treat acne, dermatitis or possibly tinea infections (common fungal skin infections). Additionally, Sinfully Wholesome makes a castile soap which is also lovely:)

SAM_2589The Nepelese Soap Nuts are something that are new to me, and I LOVE them.  So simple, you put 4-5 nuts (about the size of a walnut) in a small bag provided with the product.  Toss this in your wash and Volia! Clean clothes without any chemicals or harmful fragrances.  Even better. after you use the soap nuts for a few washes, you can put them in a spray bottle with water and use for household cleaning.  As the nuts are good for a few washes I have yet to try this but I am excited to experiment with this!SAM_2590

Here is a 10 minute video on soap nuts, and how they make their way to the kind people at Sinfully Wholesome: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150780741121650&set=vb.174784579204496&type=3&theater

The Sinfully Wholesome team also distributes wonderful, organic, pure Moroccan argan oil.  SAM_2593

Available in small glass bottles or this easy to roll on glass tube- that I LOVE.  I have been keeping it in my purse and using it around my eyes. However, you can use it in your hail and on your nails.  Argan oil is naturally rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, carotenoids, ferulic acid, sterols, polyphenols, vitamin E and squalene. These elements help to reduce inflammation, promote healing and regenerate damaged and aging skin.  Additionally, the ferulic acid is known to an anti microbial which is an added bonus!

Overall I am SO impressed by Sinfully Wholesome and am very happy to tell you all about them!  For further information and ordering here is their website: http://sinfullywholesome.com/wildcrafted_skin_care_products.html.