Honey… I’m pregnant!

Are you looking to put more “honey” into your honeymoon? The word ‘honeymoon’ comes from an Anglo-Saxon fertility ritual. Newlyweds would take honey every day for a month to increase fertility. It also helped to maintain ‘bedroom performance’! Its sweet, sticky, sensual qualities speak to its aphrodisiacal properties.

Astarte was the ancient Semite goddess of sexuality, fertility, maternity, love and war. They attributed the presence of honey to her. Even the Old Testament refers to the fertile Promised Land as ‘the land of milk and honey’.

Modern research supports these ancient claims for honey. It’s a multivitamin tonic, with antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Regular doses of honey improves physical strength, boosts your immune system, and reduce mental stress. It also helps you to make a baby.

Honey is rich in minerals, amino acids and can assist in ovarian and sperm functioning. It’s also rich in vitamin B, necessary for the production of testosterone. Studies have shown that honey increases the level of testosterone in the body.

Nitric oxide is a hormone involved in opening blood vessels, necessary for erections. A good dose of honey (about a hundred grams) can increase nitric oxide levels in the blood by 50%.

Pollen is a key component of honey. It stimulates ovarian function, helping women who are trying to conceive. Bee pollen is often a supplement used in successful fertility plans.

So how does it work? Well, Bee pollen is a mixture of bee saliva, plant nectar and flower pollen. It is rich in minerals such as copper, potassium, sodium and zinc and 24 others. Bee pollen contains at least 20 of the 22 known amino acids. A rich source of minerals is essential for fertility and conception.

Fertility benefits of pollen:

  • It contains natural hormonal substances that stimulate and nourish the reproductive system.
  • Increase sexual stamina and endurance.
  • Improve sexual dysfunction caused by prostatic disorders.
  • Stimulate ovarian function and increase the biological value of the egg.
  • Eases symptoms associated with PMS.

Pollen isn’t the only component of honey beneficial to reproductive health. Propolis and royal jelly also have beneficial properties.

Propolis Information and Benefits

Bees build and protect their hives with bee propolis mixed with wax. Propolis contains a wide variety of nutrients including flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It acts as a hormone stabilizer. It also stimulates sexual potency in both men and women.

Royal Jelly for Fertility

Royal jelly is rich in B vitamins, enzymes, hormones and amino acids. It assists in the treatment of PMS, menopause, infertility and impotence. It is also used as a hormone balancer as well as for improving sexual performance.

Preparation

You can consume honey alone, in herbal tea or dissolved in warm cow’s or nut milk, like coconut or almond.

Administration

Men can eat two tablespoons of honey (or dissolved in warm cow’s or nut milk or herbal tea) every night before bed. Women can eat half a teaspoon of honey with a hint of cinnamon before bedtime every night.

You’ll find royal jelly and propolis at your local health food store. Choose ‘unpasteurized’ honey to get its full benefits.

 

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

What does fertility taste like?

Zinc is an essential nutrient for the reproductive system of both men and women. It is an essential component of both sperm and eggs. It is central to many factors of fertility and reproduction.

Did you know that zinc deficiency is widespread? Do you recall our previous discussion on minerals and nutrient density? Following that general dietary advice will help with your zinc levels.

You can test your zinc levels yourself using a “zinc tally” test. It is a liquid supplement that you “taste test” to see your zinc levels. That is, if you taste nothing when you put some in your mouth, then you are extremely zinc deficient. The opposite response of disgust, and wanting to spit it out is a good sign. It means your zinc levels are sufficient. This is your taste buds telling you if you need it or not, based on your primal attraction or repulsion response.

If you are low, then you can add more zinc-rich foods to your diet (see the list below). Retest over time to make sure your levels are improving. In more extreme deficiencies, you may need a zinc supplement.

For women, zinc contributes to regular ovulation. For men, it’s necessary for semen and testosterone production. The National Institute of Health recommends that men receive a daily intake of 11 mg of zinc and women take 8 mg.

The foods highest in zinc:

  • Calves liver
  • Oysters
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Venison
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Turkey
  • Green peas
  • Shrimp

Healthy nutrition always revolves around the same underlying principles. Whole, processed, unrefined foods are always the beginning and end of a healthy diet. Avoid “white salt” (as we mentioned in chapter 2), “white sugar”, and all other processed and refined foods. Be wary of any attempt at improving on nature.

 

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Will A Vegetarian Diet Help You Get Pregnant?

Will a vegetarian diet help you get pregnant? Yes and no … but mostly no. For fertility, we generally recommend a ‘vegetarian-style’ diet. That is, it still includes portions of healthy animal proteins. You’ll want the majority of your food to be raw and cooked vegetables. This is both for fertility as well as  other health reasons.

Fresh, organically grown vegetables are nutrient dense. Yet it’s generally not a good fertility strategy to “go all the way” into a pure vegetarian diet. Fertility and pregnancy have an essential need for animal fats and proteins.

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It turns out that your physiology is not as ‘modern’ as you’d like to think. It still harkens back to your paleo roots. Let’s take iron and vitamin B12 as examples. A vegetarian diet is usually quite deficient in these. Doubly so if your focus is conception, or the stages of healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Iron is a difficult mineral to get in a balanced, absorbable form, other than from animal sources. I remember during both my pregnancies, I craved a bloody steak, weekly! I thought I was going back to my primal, cave-woman roots.

There’s another indirect challenge with the vegetarian diet. That is, the tendency is to eat a lot more carbs (as filler) and sugars (driven by various cravings). This is a path of LOW nutrient density and filler foods. A lack of healthy animal fats and proteins opens up a nutritional gap for this downward spiral.

Should you worry about too many saturated fats with this diet? Beware, as we’ve been sold a bill of goods known as ‘the cholesterol myth’. It was really a marketing campaign engineered by the Statin drug industry. It has wrongly steered folks away from healthy animal fats and proteins. Instead, it encourages an unhealthy abundance of carbs. It’s not fats that make you fat, it’s sugar!

Good pH balance is the number one fertility factor. A vegetarian diet pushes you in the opposite direction. At its worst, it tends towards lower density carbs and sugars and other types of cravings. It may “sound like a good idea at the time,” but is out of touch with your fertility nutrition needs.

Another hallmark of the vegetarian diet is all the soy protein substitutes. Soy burgers; soy protein powder; soy milk – you know the drill! Consider soy foods to be ‘anti-nutrition’. We’ve written more about this elsewhere.

The phytoestrogens found in soy interfere with:

  • Endocrine function (potential to cause fertility problems)
  • Reproductive issues
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Reducing the assimilation of important minerals
  • Premature puberty

It’s a hormonal nightmare! Adding this to the general issues of a vegetarian diet is an open invitation for infertility. Dr. Price’s research shows the importance of animals fats and proteins for fertility. Our clinical experience confirms this. It’s the foundation for a healthy fertility diet.

 

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Why Soy-Based Foods Need to be Eliminated for Natural Fertility

Soy is in everything. It’s also heavily sprayed with genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Like corn, it’s a cheap cash crop. There is nothing cheap about you, so these foods are not recommended. The other thing is that soy is a hormone disruptor for both men and women. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!

Soybeans contain such strong anti-nutrition factors that we strongly recommend that you check all products you buy for soy additives. Avoid the following soy-based products:

  • Soy milk
  • Tofu
  • Edamame  
  • Soy-based meat substitute products

There is one exception. That is soy foods fermented using traditional methods. This won’t cause you harm and the first two are actually highly beneficial in this form.

  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Organic soy sauce
  • Tamari

Unfermented soy products contain phytoestrogens that are harmful to your body. They limit oxygen to your cells. Thousands of studies show the negative health consequences of soy. Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s book The Whole Soy Story highlight many of these, including:

  • Malnutrition
  • Digestive distress
  • Immune-system breakdown
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Cognitive decline
  • Heart disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Brain damage
  • Infant abnormalities
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Immune system impairment
  • Severe, potentially fatal, food allergies
  • Reproductive disorders and impaired fertility
  • Danger during pregnancy and nursing

Did you notice that second to last item in the above list? Yes, I bet you did! Avoid soy as part of your natural fertility program. Consider letting it go permanently except, perhaps, when you’re out for Japanese food at a restaurant. They generally ferment soy properly.

 

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

What Sources of Folic Acid Are Best For Fertility?

Folic acid (also known as Vitamin B9) always comes up as a topic of prenatal health. Not only is it an essential nutrient for a growing baby but also for the pre-fertility health of the parents. It is necessary for regularity of ovulation, for starters, as well as sperm health.

We usually only recommend supplements for their intended purpose. That is, to supplement a healthy diet and not replace it. We also emphasize food-based vitamins over synthetics. Your body does not recognize those manufactured pills. They’ll go from one hatch to the other (mouth to rectum). They are not absorbed very well at all. It would be more efficient to dump those into the toilet, where they’d end up anyways.

Real food and food-sourced vitamins are going to give you a whole lot more of what your body needs.

Which Foods are Rich in Folic Acid?

  • Dark leafy greens. Including spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, asparagus and broccoli.
  • Fruits like papaya, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, and raspberries.
  • Love on your guacamole! One cup of avocados has approximately 22% of your daily folate needs! It’s also high in fatty acids, vitamin K, and dietary fiber.
  • Peas, beans, and lentils are also high in folic acid. Go for lentils, pinto beans, and garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Also black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, lima beans, split peas, green peas, and green beans. With one bowl of lentils, you’ll have met 90% of your daily folate needs! This is better than what any multivitamin could ever offer you.
  • Nuts and seeds are good sources of folate. You can try almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Almonds and peanuts also rank high in folic acid. Try sprinkling them on salad. You can also take them to the next level by sprouting them. Your future offspring will love you for it!
  • Other foods high in folic acid are okra, cauliflower, beets, celery, carrots, squash, and corn. You can cut brussel sprouts in half and roast them face down in olive oil and garlic.

Many maternal vitamins tout folate in their ingredients, however, it is folic acid you’re seeking in your diet. In this case, Mother Nature knows best. Her source is always the best choice so enjoy her bounty and make it part of your natural fertility plan.

 

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Follow Your Taste Buds For Maximum Fertility

Let your taste buds lead you to maximum fertility. Wait, what?!?

I’m not talking about additives, preservatives, or artificial flavors which trick your taste buds. Neither do I mean emotionally-driven food cravings. These are feeding your emotional rather than physical body. There’s a world of difference between natural desires, and cravings or addictions.

I’m talking about being Adam or Eve, plucking your food straight out of the “Garden of Eden”. This is the context of having healthy, natural foods to choose from. Stock your fridge to be as close as possible to this ideal at all times.

Pay close attention to your tongue’s feedback. It’s the “Yum!” factor which tells you that a food has a high nutrient/mineral density. High nutrient-density foods are what your body needs to create a balanced pH. And balanced pH is what you need to be in a perfect state of fertility.

This is why we ask you to measure your pH level every morning as part of your fertility plan. Your pH is the “potential for hydrogen ion transfer” your cells have. This is a measure of how well energy will flow. It’s based on your mineral balance. In other words, your pH measurement shows you if you’re on track with all the fertility minerals you need. At the dietary level, this is a function of the “nutrient density” of your food.

Your tongue and taste buds function as nutrient-density detectors. The ‘Yum!’ factor is your subjective experience of this objective mineral event. This pleasure signal is telling you to “eat more of *this* food!”. It’s a measurement of the mineral density of a given food. It also gives you direct feedback on how much of it you need at this moment in time. Your body makes dynamic adjustments for your moment-to-moment nutritional needs.

There’s another sensation that works alongside “yum”. It’s the qualitative feeling of “satisfaction”. Don’t mistake this for plain mechanical “fullness”. Be watchful, as with nutrient dense foods you’ll arrive there quicker. In one  bite, you are satisfying true nutritional needs. But then in the next. you may shift to habitual “filling the tank” mode. This is also why organic food isn’t as expensive as you think. Organically grown and produced food has much higher nutrient-density. You get more nutritional value from smaller portions.

Also, notice the difference between your ‘true desires’ and ‘cravings’. Hold tight to your relationship with your taste buds and their love of nature’s foods. Food marketers and engineers work hard to manipulate your taste buds. They have a billion dollar budget aimed at sabotaging your built-in nutrient detector. Food marketing tries to entice you onto the sugar and carb train. Their goal is to get you hooked on their profit-dense foods. Never forget nutrient-density as one of the highest health principles to follow.

Your taste buds are designed to detect nutrient density. Nutrient density is necessary for pH balance. And pH balance lays a foundation for healthy fertility. THIS is the flavor train you want to ride.

Nutrient-dense foods are like “astronaut food”. They pack the most value into the smallest package. The nutrition-to-waste ratio is high. Organic, unprocessed meats, vegetables, and fruits are nutrient-density’s best friends. Your tongue knew all of this long before science did.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 2 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Would You Take Fertility Advice From a Dentist?

Would you take fertility advice from a dentist? Insights can come from unexpected places. Dr. Weston A. Price’s research led him to some surprising conclusions. He was a 20th century dentist with a holistic perspective on health. He noticed the deterioration of his patients’ dental health, and wanted to find out why. Could modern, industrialized food be to blame?

Dr. Price set out to compare the modern diet with more traditional approaches. He travelled around the world to study the diets of indigenous peoples. He wanted to find out the relationship between diet and dental health. He noticed that traditional, natural diets always lead to better dental health. Teeth were straight, strong, and lasted for a lifetime.

He also noticed that fertility health was much better. Here are some of the key points from Dr. Price’s studies:

      • The same factors that create good dental health likewise create healthy fertility. These include good pH balance, nutrient density from whole and raw foods. Of course, there were never any additives or preservatives.
      • He made a most striking observation related to childbirth. With a natural diet, a wide jaw and facial structure also corresponded to a wide, open hip structure. Birthing complications are a rare event in this state.
      • What happens after the introduction of industrialized food into a culture? You’ll see the the open jaw and hip structures narrow with each generation.
      • What happens after the introduction of industrialized food into a culture? You’ll see the the open jaw and hip structures narrow with each generation. Think of the increasing number of birth interventions we have now. C-sections, interventions, and medicalized birth are the result of our big diet shifts.

Health has always been an inside-out job. What’s “good for you” as a whole person, is generally good for all your “parts.” What’s good for your dental health will also be good for your fertile bits as well. If a dentist gives you advice for your fertility, you may want to take note! That is, if he looks at health from a holistic perspective.

 

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Do You Know How To Measure Your pH?

Step one in every conception plan is to balance your pH. I’m speaking to both of you! It still takes two to make a baby. The brief 48-hour fertility window around ovulation depends on this. It’s up to you to set the right conditions for the sperm to meet the egg. If either of your systems are acidic, the odds plummet.

The pH scale goes from 0 to 14. A pH of 7.0 and higher is alkaline, and anything lower is acidic. The healthy target range is slight alkalinity between 7.3 and 7.45. A much higher level is too alkaline, which is as problematic as being acidic. Men don’t produce enough healthy sperm when they are too acidic.

The pH scale is logarithmic instead of linear. This means, for example, that a pH of 4 is ten times more acidic than pH 5. It’s 100 times (10 times 10) more acidic than pH 6. You can see that every increase or decrease of 1 point changes the concentration by a factor of 10x. The further down the scale your reading is, the more nutritional effort it will take to get you back to neutral. In other words, each step you get further away from neutral requires a 10x increase in your effort.

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Litmus paper is what you will use to measure your pH. You can pick it up at your local pharmacy or order it online. Amazon can deliver it right to your door. It’s possible to test your saliva, but urine will give the more accurate reading.

Take your reading from your first two pees of the morning. The first one before hydration, and the second after. A healthy pH will tend to show the first in the low acidic range and the second in the alkalinity sweet spot. That’s because the first one indicates all the metabolites that have built up overnight. Your reading after hydration tends to show your typical level of pH balance.

Does your second daily pH reading tend to show you in this alkalinity sweet spot? If so, then you have a solid foundation to build your fertility plan upon. This simple, objective measurement is as fundamental as tracking when your ovulation is.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 1 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About. You can download your free copy here.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

Healthy Fats for Healthy Fertility

Are you getting enough healthy fats? They’re essential for fertility, and for your health in general. And don’t forget – good fats are not what make you fat. Sugar and carbs do.

Healthy fats are essential for regulating fertility hormones, menstruation, and the timing of ovulation. They increase cervical mucus which helps mobilize sperm when it’s time to meet the egg.

The male reproductive system is also regulated by good fats. Prostate health, and healthy sperm production depend on them. Retrain your mind to think “Low fertility” whenever you sees a food labelled “Low fat.”

Derive your healthy fats from animal and vegetable sources including:

    • Animal:
      • Fish oil.
      • Whole fat, organic, raw milk is a fertility superfood. Pasteurization destroys the enzymes in raw milk.
      • The by-products of free-range, organically raised animals:
        • Butter, lard, cheese, and cream.
      • Find a good source of healthy meats and animal fats. You’ll want free-range, organically raised animals. Avoid all the antibiotics and hormone drugs found in commercial meat and dairy.
    • Vegetable:
      • Flax (cold-pressed, organic) and borage oil.
      • Olive oil (cold-pressed, organic).
      • Sesame oil.
      • “Tropical” oils of coconut, palm, and palm kernel.
      • Cod liver oil. It’s an especially good source of Vitamin D over the long dark winter.
  • The bad fats to avoid:
    • Trans-fats: essentially, all the “man-made” fats. For example : margarine, cakes, pies, cookies, crackers, microwaves popcorn, breakfast sandwiches, cream-filled candies, doughnuts, frozen pizza and fast food like french fries.

Don’t fall for “the cholesterol myth.” It’s a marketing ploy invented by the Statin-drug industry. They want you on their drugs. “Low fat,” and “low cholesterol” are two of the biggest dietary threats to your fertility health.

 

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.

The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About