Which Sweeteners Should I Use on my Natural Fertility Plan?

Sugar may contribute to infertility?! That’s right – sugar may lead to infertility, or worsen pre-existing issues. Most sweeteners cause acidity and disrupt hormones. Not what you want when you’re trying to promote your fertility. Refined sugar is one of the most acid producing foods you can consume!

Cakes, cookies, cocktails, wine, fudge, candies; the list goes on. So why even care – are we not supposed to enjoy ourselves and indulge a little? If you’re struggling with fertility issues, consider looking for sugar alternatives. Refined white sugars are bad news for fertility.

It is important to avoid:

  • white table sugar
  • white flour
  • white corn (including corn syrup)
  • white rice
  • high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  It’s in most pre-packaged foods at the supermarket
  • all artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, Splenda, Xylitol, and Sorbitol
  • alcohol

Sugar Creates Hormone Disruption

The above ingredients break down quickly by the body. In turn, this raises your insulin levels too quickly. How does this affect men and women’s hormone levels? This quick spike in sugar levels creates a ‘high’ in your body that lasts from 15-30 minutes. After that, your sugar levels plummet, leaving the body drained and exhausted. This creates a ‘fight or flight’ reaction in the body. Over time, the adrenal glands become stressed.

Your adrenal gland takes the sudden drop in sugar levels as a signal. It releases cortisol and adrenaline in an attempt to replenish sugar levels. Your adrenal glands weaken over time in this stress response cycle. This leads to sluggish adrenals, and in turn, hormonal imbalance.

Not enough hormones are being produced or released. It becomes the best game of ‘broken telephone’ you’ve ever seen. It disrupts hormone levels and rhythms throughout the entire endocrine system. This includes crucial fertility hormones of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. Men and women are BOTH affected in their fertility.

Insulin Resistance

The pancreas secretes insulin to convert the sugar in your blood to energy in your cells. Over-consumption of sugary foods requires the pancreas to release more and more insulin. Over time, continued release of too much insulin may create insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance disrupts normal ovulation. It prevents ovulation and can limit the maturation process of the egg. It may also disrupt the ability of the egg to implant in the uterus after conception. It increases the likelihood of miscarriage 4-5 times. It is also a key factor for PCOS.

Yeast Overgrowth

A yeast infection may not be a direct cause of infertility, but can hinder the sperm’s ability to reach the egg. An acidic vaginal environment can also cause pain during sexual intercourse.

PMS

Too much sugar consumption may cause hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia contributes to PMS, or makes it worse.

Lowered Immunity

Research has shown that 1 tablespoon of sugar can lower your immunity for up to 4 hours at a time. No wonder we get so sick in the winter holiday party season! Lowered immunity means that you are more susceptible to infections of all kinds. This includes yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, and also sexually transmitted diseases. These will all affect your fertility.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency

A continuous insulin and cortisol cycle chews through your vitamin and mineral stores. B vitamins (especially B6), vitamin E, magnesium, and copper are the first targets. There’s a link between low levels of vitamin E and miscarriage.

Organic fruits are a source of healthy sugars. Natural sweeteners (raw honey, maple syrup, and raw can sugar) are OK in moderation. Even so, an excess of sweetener – even natural – will contribute to everything discussed above.

We’ve seen many of our patients conceive after switching to a no-sugar keto or paleo approach. Coincidence? We think not.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Soak your nuts to get pregnant faster!

All kidding aside. Did you know that nuts are not ready to eat unless you soak them first? If you buy packaged nuts (roasted and salted), they’re in a dormant state. Same goes for raw nuts. That is to say that their enzymes have not yet been activated.

Nutrition isn’t simply the static mineral or vitamin component in a food. It’s actually living, organic energy that needs to be in its proper state for us to access the nutrition. Without their enzymes activated, nuts can be difficult to break down and assimilate.

You know how porcupines have quills to defend themselves? Or how an opossum plays dead if threatened? Nuts have their defense mechanism, too. It’s called phytic acid. It’s there to repel predators. That includes you.

The only way to remove phytic acid is to soak your nuts before eating them.

Phytic acid binds to essential minerals in your gastrointestinal tract.  This includes calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. This inhibits your gut’s capacity to break the nut down properly. It can show up as undigested bits in your stool the next day.

What does all of this have to do with your capacity to conceive? Reproduction is a function of taking excess life energy, and channeling it into creating new life. If your resources are being taxed, baby-making gets bumped way down the biological priority list.

Soaking Steps 101

  • Get a glass jar
  • Fill the jar with a cup of good quality, organic nuts.
  • Cover the nuts with pH balanced spring water.
  • Let soak for 4 – 12 hours depending on the type of nut (don’t worry, we’ll get to that in a second).
  • Discard the water and give them a really good rinse.

Note:  Be sure to store them in the refrigerator or consume them within 24 hours. You can also dry them in a dehydrator. You can even make them into nut milk or crackers.

Nut Milk Recipe

Take soaked nuts and whizz them up in your blender with 4 cups of water. Add a dash of vanilla, salt and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Strain the milk through cheesecloth, reserving the pulp for crackers (recipe below). Refrigerate and enjoy as a base in your smoothies or simply as a healthy beverage. Best of all is that it doesn’t contain the inflammation-causing carrageenan (thickener) found in most store-bought nut milks.

Grain and Gluten Free Nutty Crackers

Mix the nut pulp in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, an egg and a dash of salt, flax seeds, chia seeds, rosemary, savoury, taco seasoning, cumin or any other herb or herbal blend that you love. Drop onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until desired crispiness. Enjoy with almond butter or hummus.

Soaking and Dehydrating Instructions

Almonds: soak for 12 hours, dehydrate for 15 hours.

Brazil nuts: soak for 12 hours, dehydrate for 18 hours.

Cashews: soak for 6 hours, dehydrate for 15 hours.

Hazelnuts: soak for 8 hours, dehydrate for 12 hours.

Macadamia nuts: soak for 4 hours, dehydrate for 12 hours.

Pecans: soak for 8 hours, dehydrate for 12 hours.

Pine nuts: soak for 8 hours, dehydrate for 12 hours.

Walnuts: soak for 8 hours, dehydrate for 12 hours

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

What Sources of Iodine Are Best For Me?

Iodine is an essential nutrient. It’s one of the “who’s who” nutrients that’s behind almost every healthy function in your body. If we believed in panaceas, this would be near the top of our list. The key point is that your body cannot produce it. It can only be ingested from your diet.

Iodine is an essential fertility nutrient. Your thyroid gland can’t function without it. If your thyroid is off, it will bring down your hormonal health. When your hormonal rhythms are off-kilter, the fertility process can stall. Your fertility plan must include enough dietary sources of iodine (see below), or supplements when necessary.

What are the signs of iodine deficiency? You may feel fatigued or cold. You may even catch multiple colds. Your metabolism could be off and your weight may spike up or down without changing your diet. Memory loss and depression can also be present. All of this points to a possible iodine deficiency, which is a red flag for fertility.

At one point in the early 20th century, the practice of adding iodine to commercial salt began. This was to combat the rising public health problem of goiter. A better solution would have been to leave the iodine (and all minerals) in natural salt in the first place. Frankenstein never turns out the way that the scientist had hoped.

Stripping salt of its minerals, and then re-adding iodine makes for gross dietary imbalances. On this note, try to avoid all foods in the grocery store with the word “fortified” on their label. Bread, milk, and orange juice are common examples. The word “fortified” is another way of saying “we’re trying to put back some of the good stuff we took out”.

Iodine helps regulate ovulation. It is also behind the basic functions of cell division and growth. If you followed iodine through the body, you’d find that it’s connected to every single fertility factor. This is the reason we pay special attention to this nutrient for natural fertility. You can’t be successful trying to conceive when it’s deficient.

Natural Food Sources High in Iodine Include:

  • Sea vegetables, such as kelp, dulse, nori, arame, hiziki, kombu, and wakame.
  • Saltwater fish – cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch.
  • Dairy and dairy products (yogurt) – Choose full-fat, raw, organic, grass-fed.
  • Eggs.
  • Navy beans.
  • Replace your iodized table salt with a real salt, such as sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt.

Other Foods With Moderate Amounts of Iodine:

  • Onions.
  • Mushrooms.
  • Lettuces.
  • Spinach.
  • Green peppers.
  • Pineapple.
  • Cantaloupe.
  • Strawberries.
  • Peanut.
  • Whole Wheat.
  • Cranberries.
  • Baked potato with peel.
  • Shrimp.
  • Turkey breast.
  • Tuna.

[NOTE : iodine levels as well as all nutrients tend to be more abundant in organically grown foods.]

Do I have enough Iodine?

How can you tell if you have enough iodine? The “iodine skin patch test” is an easy way to check at home. Buy a bottle of potassium iodide from the “first aid” section at the pharmacy. Paint a one-inch square on your inner arm or inner thigh. It is a very distinct color  — a kind of orangey-brown. Track how many hours it takes to completely fade and disappear from your skin.

If you have enough iodine, then the color patch will take over 24 hours to fade. In our experience, most patients’ patches disappear much sooner. Iodine deficiency is quite widespread. A body hungry for iodine will absorb the patch as fast as it can. Then it fades completely within only a handful of hours.

You can also take an iodine supplement in addition to the foods listed above. We recommend nascent iodine – the most absorbable form. Start with the recommended dose on the label, and periodically retest with a skin patch.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 3 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

How to Identify and Correct Mineral Deficiencies

[This post is from the September 2018 newsletter – click here to read it.]

Let’s take a look at mineral deficiencies. If you suffer leg cramps, issues with your hair breaking or falling out, PMS, menstrual cramps, headaches, hot flashes, restless legs, joint stiffness, musculoskeletal soreness, trouble sleeping, cavities, poor fingernail growth, or infertility, you could be in significant need for mineral supplementation.

You may ask, “how can I know for sure?” We recommend live blood analysis with a highly trained analyst or a CoRe Bioresonance Session with our Jeff Korentayer, in order to discern if you’re ‘minerally’ challenged.

We have great tools for helping you to replenish the minerals not available in your foods. Years of Big Agriculture (Big Ag) spraying bio-chemicals and improper crop rotation has leached the soil of its mineral stores.

With our patients, we often recommend homeopathic tissue salts, bone broth, and solé brine which can be both cost-efficient and a solid way to supplement your mineral health. If for some reason, you’re not absorbing your minerals, we can help on that score as well.

There are ways to first ascertain and then treat your mineral deficiencies. Don’t suffer unnecessarily or just settle for your suffering. Often, it’s quite easy to address when you know what you’re looking for.

Jeff Korentayer and Allyson McQuinn have been working by phone and Skype with patients around the world since 2001. You can reach their office at reception@arcanum.ca to set up an initial consultation.

“First Things First” – How Can Sequential Eating Help My Hydration?

What if there were a way to improve your hydration without drinking more water?

There’s an easy way to do this. It comes from a concept called “sequential eating” discovered by Dr. Stanley Bass. It’s based on the understanding of how food forms layers inside your stomach. Think Tetris, but played with a knife and fork.

Your digestive system uses a different enzyme for each food item. It has an easier time with like items grouped together. Layers of food digest better than a jumble of everything all mixed together. It’s a basic efficiency factor for digestion.

“Guess who made each of the bottle” by Chad Rosenthal https://flic.kr/p/69DGCU

The basic approach is to sequence your eating from the least to most dense. Start with liquids at the beginning of the meal, and then increase the food density one layer at a time.

You’re already familiar with this pattern. The typical restaurant service always begins with a drink order. Then something of low density — soup or salad. An appetizer may follow (which is getting a little more dense, or less liquid). Finally, you’re served the dense main course.

This follows the sequential eating idea. This instinctual cultural wisdom is now explainable by Dr. Bass’ research.

Drinking during the meal is usually the biggest habit to break. It disturbs the density sequence. Retrain your habits to only drink before and between meals. Twenty minutes before each meal is the perfect time to have a glass or two of water. This primes your system with the digestive fluids it needs.

Sequential eating improves your hydration AND your nutrition. You get more value out of the diet you’re already consuming. This one simple technique improves two important fertility factors. You don’t even have to change any of your diet – only the sequence in which you eat it.

Improvements in hydration prevent overeating tendencies. Hunger and cravings are often thirst in disguise. It will also help to re-balance your pH levels.

This topic is further expanded in Step 4 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.