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.

Photo by Dominic Alves “Amanda Cotton – Urinalysis Test Strips” https://flic.kr/p/eZu417

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

Nutrient Density Shopping Tips For The Modern Grocery Store

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

~Stephen Hunt

You may have seen this statement used somewhere before as a motivational quote. The idea being something like living with courage and individuality. It means something quite different to us. We’re offering it to you as instructions for how to grocery shop for your optimal fertility diet.

What’s your first thought when you go to the grocery store? Remind yourself of the following from now on. They put all the fresh food around the outer perimeter of the store. This is where there’s electricity to power coolers and freezers to keep food fresh.

There’s very little “food” in the inner aisles. Think of them as science experiments you’d rather not be the guinea pig for. The average “expiry date” for these foods is somewhere in the next century.

When my kids were little, I used to say to them, “Always eat as close to God as possible, the way nature intended.” Imagine how your great-grandparents would have eaten. What was their relationship to food? For starters, they had no access to processed, chemically-laden foods. The only preservatives were the traditional methods of fermenting or pickling. Their generation did not suffer from our epidemic level of chronic health issues. Eczema, allergies, and asthma were rare. Food was still food. There were no labels to read and their grocery stores were MUCH smaller. They ate to live, they didn’t live to eat!

The outer perimeter of your grocery store is a good source of healthy food. But there’s an even better option. That is, getting your produce and meats at your local farmers’ market. There, you have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with your farmer. You can learn about their approach to farming, and know where your food comes from. You may even get the chance to visit their farm, and see its operation for yourself. The life energy contained in local food begins with the human care that goes into producing it. It hasn’t travelled on the back of a truck for many days on end. It’s about as direct a relationship you can get from farm to plate. Freshness and nutrient density are still at their peak.

We live in the age of food labels, so it’s critical to learn how to read them. A walk through your grocery store feels like an advanced chemistry class. Research the different names for common additives, preservatives, and flavor enhancers. MSG, for example, is an unhealthy additive that hides behind a bunch of different names.

Also, beware of sweeteners of all kinds – they’re in everything! HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) has many alternative names to watch out for. ‘Crystalline fructose’, or ‘glucose-fructose’ are two examples. Most packaged food has some kind of modified or artificial sweetener. Find out the names of the most common ones, and their derivatives. Start with the big ones, like ‘sucralose’, ‘maltitol’, and ‘maltodextrin’. You’ll soon become like a seasoned bouncer rejecting teenagers with fake ID.

The more conscious food consumers are, the more clever marketers have had to become. They are always trying to outsmart you. They’ll change the names of bad ingredients to be healthier sounding. Bring a running list of your ingredient research notes to the grocery store, to know what to avoid buying. Try to make this a fun task for yourself. Pretend you’re playing a hilarious new board game called “Sneaky Synonyms”. The grand prize is your own health.

 

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

Resolving My Food Cravings – A Personal Reflection

I used to suffer food cravings, too. After a day full of serving patients and my family, I used to finally sit down (well after the sun had gone down) and enjoy a morsel of dark chocolate. Often times, it was well beyond a morsel!

It was like a negative spiral as then I’d have trouble sleeping or be up a time or two to urinate in the night which did not help my feeling of being rested the next day. I was stuck in a loop of need without emotional fulfillment.

The bottom line was that the more I needed the chocolate, the less I felt rested. I was living to eat, not eating to live.

The Cancer state of mind actually craves chocolate. In fact, stay out of their way when they’re en route to their fix, as they’ll slay dragons bare handed to get it. Sound familiar?

The Cancer state of mind is one where you rescue others to the exclusion of self, are living the unlived life, and are feeling resigned that this is your fate from here on in. That was my story too. The chocolate gave me a tiny illusion, just for the moment that this wasn’t true.

It seemed like much more energy to resolve my plight outright than I had. I knew more fats would help, I also knew more tender acts of self-love and fulfillment were also key. But where to start?

That is when I took a dose of Carcinosin and Chocolatum and made a list of what I needed more of in my life. I went after “the feeling.”  If I was going to do this thing called life, long-term, how would I imagine a better state of grace for myself?  

Well the answer to this has spanned many blogs, a couple of books, and a  decade. Give us a call as we’re happy to share the answers we found with you, verbally, based on your own struggles. It’s what we do for our patients, but not to the exclusion of having solved it for ourselves first. Are you ready?

How Mineral Deficiency Causes Infertility

If you’re deficient in minerals, your body will start to turn off its fertility functions. Why would it do this? It’s because your body operates more like a kingdom than a democracy. I know this idea feels offensive to our modern ears. We don’t condone political systems which play “favorites.” We wish our body would treat each organ as an equal.

Our physiology is quite primitive, in this sense. It plays favorites when in “survival” mode. You will sacrifice one organ or function to save a more noble one. The “king” and “queen” (brain and heart) are the most important players. Their protection comes at the expense of the “lesser” organs. When there isn’t enough nutrition to go around, the peasants go hungry long before the king or queen have to. There’s no “one person, one vote” philosophy here.

Let’s take a practical example of this concept. Calcium is an essential mineral for fertility. A systemic calcium deficiency will plague some organs and cells more than others. Your body will “sacrifice” its calcium levels in one place to pump them up elsewhere. Calcium fuels the sperm’s whip-cracking snap of its tail to thrust it towards the egg. Calcium in your reproductive tract is one of the first sources that gets raided. The meeting of the sperm and egg is thus postponed.

Here’s nature’s bottom line : it’s not prudent to give a baby to a couple with nutritional deficiencies. If it’s already a stretch to feed two mouths, then don’t add a third. Your body treats such deficiencies as a temporary “state of emergency”. Reproduction gets put on hold for the time being. Pure survival overtakes the “luxury” of reproduction. The body must choose between the lesser of two evils. When it comes to survival, “fear” wins out over “love”. It tries to conserve what it has instead over creating something new. Fertility is one of the first things to go, in such a state. With the deficiencies in our modern food chain, can you see why fertility is becoming epidemic?

You want to keep your fertility physiology focused on the love/expansion side. This is the opposite of survival. Love and expansion begin with proper nutrition. It activates your entire reproductive system. In this sense, you can think of your pH strips as “love meters”. Self-love and self-care are the foundation of proper fertility nutrition.

In the grand scheme of healthcare, fertility issues represent a minor challenge. They’re an early warning sign to what could become more serious health challenges down the road. Consider fertility difficulties as a ‘blessing’ in this sense. It’s actually alerting you to an early stage of nutritional deficiency. The good news, is that it’s still easy to correct at this point. You correct your fertility state WHILE prevent long-term health issues. It’s a true win-win for you and the baby you’re seeking to conceive.

Daily pH readings of your urine or saliva are perfect for managing this. They’re a window into your current nutritional state. You can expect to create improvements over days or weeks. Mineral nutrition is the primary tool here. Keep nursing your pH levels back into a healthy range. Consistent daily alkaline readings is what you’re aiming for. It tells you when your mineral intake is fully aligned with your fertility goals. Your body will switch its expansive “love” functions back on at the cellular level. Fertility will follow… naturally.

 

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

Greens, Raw Milk, And Other Fertility Superfoods

We recommend “superfoods” as the primary foundation to your healthy fertility nutrition. They’re a special category of foods in nature with a very high nutrient density. And no, you don’t have to put on tights or a cape in a phone booth to consume them.

Think about the way your Mom fed you as a baby. She usually made nutrition count. You were so little then, with a teeny tummy and she would have wanted to make the best of what you took in.

Today, we’ve learned a lot more about baby’s best nutrition. Breast milk leads the way to pureed avocados, liver, egg yolks, and salmon. A baby grows on the cornerstone of healthy fats. This is no different for you as a grown-up!

Have you heard of the Ketogenic diet? This high fat, low carb approach is usually tried for weight loss. It also has a common surprise side effect of unexpected pregnancies! These weight loss folk don’t know they’re improving natural fertility with this diet.

Is this as exciting to you as it is to me? It gives extra confirmation in a place we weren’t even looking for it.

Nutrition is your first order of business for natural fertility. Synthetic multivitamins don’t come close to these powerhouses of nutrition. Besides, synthetic vitamins are expensive, with unreliable efficacy and absorption.

Also add the following to the so-called “baby foods” listed above:

    • Organic Dark leafy Greens (kale and spinach) are great for balancing your pH. They also provide much needed folate which is essential for the early growth stages of a fetus.
    • Green superfoods (spirulina, chlorella) are amazing. They have a high nutrient density. They help balance your pH. They even promote detox and cleansing in your liver. Nothing like spring cleaning your home before company arrives.
    • Raw, unpasteurized dairy is one of nature’s most perfect foods. It digests very well, even for people who have sensitivities. It provides healthy proteins and minerals to your body. Avoid pasteurized milk. It is hard to break down and assimilate due to the enzyme-destroying heat it undergoes.
    • Natural, free-range, organic eggs are a great source of fats and sulfur needed for sperm and egg health.
    • Seaweed is a great superfood given that it contains iodine. This helps the thyroid orchestrate all fertility-related hormones.

Superfoods are the poster children for “whole foods”. They contain the full nutritional complexity of nature. Our bodies know how to relate to these. Isolated, single nutritional factors are confusing to your body. This is why vitamin supplements often have unreliable absorption rates. The artificial complexity of a multivitamin doesn’t fool your body. It knows the difference. This is why Superfoods work so well in your fertility plan.

 

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

The Soil Health-Fertility Health Connection

How nutrient-dense is your diet? That depends on how your food was grown in the first place. Conventional agriculture and food production follows a fast downward spiral into empty calories. Farmers in the U.S. and Canada grow a lot of corn and soybeans. These are the fillers for most processed foods. Such “monoculture” creates extreme mineral deficiencies in the soil. Traditional methods of crop rotation did not do this.

Monoculture farming creates a vicious cycle of less and less healthy food. Every given crop has a certain mineral “fingerprint.” It draws on certain minerals from the soil out of proportion to the others. In effect, it strips the soil of what it needs most. This starves future generations of this crop of what they most need. The crop becomes weaker and less healthy over time. Weeds and pests start winning the war.

What’s conventional farming’s answer? Spray more pesticides and herbicides. The problem is that the crop is still weak. And now we, the end consumer, ingest all these toxins. We get less nutrition with  more toxicity. Alarm bells should start to ring when you see the large health price you’re paying for “cheap” food. We’ve failed to let nature’s pests do their job. That is, to alert us to weak, low-nutrition food.

How does this play out in practical terms? It takes a lot more food now to get the same nutritional value. You’d need 200 loaves of bread to match the nutrition of a single loaf at the turn of the last century. Likewise, you’d need 45 bowls of today’s spinach to be on par with one single bowl from yesteryear.

This same vicious cycle repeats itself in our inner ecology. Less nutrition means a weaker immune system. We use supplements and “fortified” foods to prop up our nutritional deficiencies. Like the weak crops, you may become susceptible to every bug going around the office. This is one of the reasons we find more and more people on regular rounds of antibiotics.

Traditional, organic methods of growing and crop rotation do the opposite. They actually “rejuvenate” the soil. The crops are in robust health as they draw on mineral-rich soil. Start with organic, nutrient-dense foods. This is how to build up your health from the inside out.

Build up your immune system to do what it does best. Drop synthetic supplements and ‘fortified’ food’. “Let food be thy medicine” is timeless advice. A foundation of solid nutrition cuts the need for antibiotics. Also note that you’ll find antibiotics in regular, non-organic milk.

As always in health, deal with the root issue rather than the symptoms. Supplements and ‘fortified’ foods are not dealing with the root. Don’t let “more expensive” organic food be a deterrent – it takes you a much greater nutritional distance. See the truth about “inexpensive” food, and keep it out of your fertility plan.

 

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