Probiotics For Kids, and Their Parents Too!

Most folks think that probiotics are a product. In actual fact, our gut contains both good bacteria (probiotics) that keeps the “bad bacteria”(antibiotics) in check. ‘Anti’ literally means ‘against’, while ‘biotics’ comes comes from the Greek term meaning ‘bios’ or ‘life’.

The American Academy of Family Physicians defines probiotics as: “supplements containing organisms that change the microflora of the host. These organisms are typically Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus species. They are able to predominate and prevail over potential pathogenic microorganisms in the human digestive tract, and are thought to produce metabolic byproducts that function as immune modulators.”

It is up to us to discern whether we want to load our guts up with probiotics or with antibiotics. Gastrointestinal flora is an intrinsic part of our overall immune function and health. Lactobacillus GG fights infections and also helps to regulate healthy bowel movements in both adults and children. The benefits of taking probiotics can be explained further in the Harvard article found here.

Our patients often want us to prescribe a pill. They originally come from the allopathic side of medicine and they want to simply go to the store to pick up a probiotic, or at the very least order it online. While we’re fine with this, I don’t actually do this for myself or my family.

If you’d like to learn more about the simple and cheapest way to get a ton of multi- faceted probiotics in your diet, you can read here about how to safely ferment at home to get about 90 trillion probiotics into your diet by a week from today.

I am confident in knowing this is the best way to get the broadest range of probiotics. Foods like sauerkraut, and beverages like kombucha and kefirs, provide different spectrums of probiotics, which are more natural and conducive to health. Also, foods and salt water hopefully won’t be regulated by Big Pharma or the Naturopathic Establishments anytime soon. Whole foods and DIY supplementation is the way to go, in my opinion.

However, when I first came to this system of medicine to recover my own son from the Autism Spectrum (ASD), I started with probiotic capsules bought from the refrigerated section of the health food store. I generally bought what was on sale as long as it had several million lactobacillus and bifidus in each capsule.

I opened the capsule in his natural yogurt with organic fruit and sweetened with a dash of honey or maple syrup. He never tasted it, which was a relief as he was profoundly texture and taste sensitive, as most ASD kids are. You can listen to the FREE audiobook about my son, Jordan’s, recovery from ASD The Path To Cure Audiobook.

Background

Some of you might guess that it’s been since the mid-1990’s that clinical studies began in the use of probiotics for the following issues:

  • Gastrointestinal illnesses such as chronic diarrhea, constipation, Crohn’s, IBS, and even Clostridium Difficile (C-diff.) results. The latter is a total annihilation of healthy bacteria in the gut from extended uses of antibiotics, chemotherapy, and radiation. In some cases, the patient may be suffering in the extreme, requiring both massive doses of probiotics as well as a fecal microbiota transplant.
  • Allergies in children
  • Vaginal and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).

Can I Give My Kids Probiotics?

As mentioned prior, probiotics are already contained in the gut naturally. In fact, the health of the mother and her healthy microbiota will largely determine the health of her baby in the first year of life. The reason for this is that baby will take a big gulp of the mother’s probiotics in the vaginal canal enroute to being born naturally. Along with bonding and temperature regulation, we have probiotics contained on our skin, which is why skin to skin contact with our babies is so crucial from birth. Also, there are probiotics in the mother’s breast milk. This is why you want a plethora of probiotics in your gut not only for your health but also for the benefit of your baby as well.

If baby is bottle fed or born by C-section, or the mom has had several rounds of antibiotics in her lifetime without proper replenishing of strains lost, it is best to speak with your healthcare provider who is specifically knowledgeable in probiotic supplementation.

As per Safety.com, “Popular probiotic products include infant formulas already containing probiotics, powdered probiotics to add to milk or yogurt, yogurts and yogurt drinks that contain probiotics, and probiotic supplements. However, some parents may worry about giving their children food and drinks containing probiotics because you may not know exactly how much and what kinds of probiotics your children are actually getting.”

While you can’t be harmed by overdosing on probiotics, the concern is more about sourcing a reliable product. My rule of thumb is to steer away from Pharma-brand supplements found in the local pharmacy. I always used a refrigerated brand from a reputable company found in the health food section of my supermarket or health food store.

It’s important to note that refined sugars, carbohydrates, alcohol, and drugs such as antibiotics will destroy the gut’s healthy microbiome causing the bad bacteria to flourish and take over. It is important that you try and minimize these practices as much as possible and consider  increasing your doses of good probiotics when you feel the need to ingest any of the above substances.

Here are some brands that we can recommend, starting with the brand we tout in our book, The Natural Home Pharmacy: Peer Inside To See What A Natural Doc Has Used Over The Last 20 Years To Keep Her Own Family Whole And Healthy. You’ll see quite quickly that we don’t recommend any products with dyes or additives. Also there is no difference between adult and children’s probiotics except how they’re marketed to you. So it is up to you which you prefer to use. With an adult version, simply open the capsule and sprinkle on cold food for your babes:


Magnesium; Do I Need to Supplement?

Did you know that more that three quarters of us have a magnesium deficiency?  Chances are you’re in that group.

Why Are We So Deficient?

The main reasons we’re showing up short in magnesium is due to:

  • Processed Foods And Junk Foods – Our modern diets are laden with simple carbohydrates and sugar. Our bodies actually use 54 molecules of magnesium to process simple sugars alone. The diuretics in both tea and coffee raise the levels of magnesium secretion. Fluoride, the known neurotoxin in your city water supply, will try to outdo the available magnesium in our body for absorption.
  • Our Soils Are Depleted – Factory farming, GMOs, and improper crop rotation have depleted our soils of magnesium. Overall our vegetables are 24% deplete compared to the 1940s, and our fruits are also coming in at just 16% of what we would have derived nutritionally in the same decade.
  • We’re Stressed To The Max – Due to sleep deprivation, stress hormone production, always being on the go, long hours engaged with our phones and computers; all of which need high levels of magnesium to try to cope.
  • Drugs – Antibiotics, prednisone, statins, oral contraceptives (estrogen compounds), and cortisone all produce drug/herb/nutrient depletions in your body, including magnesium.

What Does Magnesium Do?

The health of your musculoskeletal system relies on proper minerals in order to function normally. Muscular, joint, and ligament pain can be reduced significantly by getting enough magnesium. Considering that the heart is probably the most important muscle in the body, magnesium helps to keep it supple and healthy.

Just as it helps nerve function throughout the body, magnesium is important for coordinating the activity of the heart muscle and the nerves that initiate the heartbeat. If your magnesium levels are low, you are more likely to be at risk for arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats) and heart palpitations.

Magnesium is also vital for proper detoxification. It helps protect the body from the effects of environmental toxins and heavy metals.

It’s intrinsic for the following functions:

  • DNA synthesis
  • energy production
  • the control of blood sugar
  • regulation of blood pressure
  • temperature regulation (think hot flashes)
  • bone and teeth formation
  • protein formation

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, magnesium inhibits blood clots, thins the blood, blocks calcium uptake, and relaxes blood vessels. Sounds very much like the unnatural low-dose aspirin they’ve been recommending for years. Magnesium is a “co-factor” in over 300-900 reactions in the body, so it’s pretty important.

What Symptoms Indicate Magnesium Deficiency?

While magnesium deficiency can have cardiovascular and muscular implications, it can show up as neurological issues as well. In our own clinic, we’ve seen mental illness markers from prolonged stress corrected from regular magnesium supplementation.

Other metabolic, endocrine, and chief complaints like these can also be indicators for a shortage in magnesium.

  • behavioral disturbances
  • lethargy (no motivation)
  • impaired thinking/memory
  • seizures and spasms
  • chronic fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • body aches/pains
  • constipation
  • sugar cravings
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • muscle cramps
  • menstrual pain
  • high blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • chronic back pain
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • aggression
  • brain fog

And that’s just a partial list! The Journal of the American College of Nutrition cites:

“Similarly, patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neuro-vegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome.”

How Can I Test For My Magnesium Levels?

This is a little tricky as standardized blood tests in a doctor’s office aren’t wholly effective. The reason for this is that magnesium doesn’t hang out in the blood. The best way that we know of testing, even by distance, is through Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. We have a colleague, Michelle Haley, who accepts hair samples in the mail and will test them and get back to you with the results.

What Foods Are High In Magnesium?

At Arcanum Wholistic Clinic, we recommend getting your minerals through whole, organic foods. The reason for this is that they’re less costly and much easier to absorb by the body.

Dark Leafy Greens

  • spinach (the highest source of magnesium)
  • kale
  • chard

Seeds and Nuts (soak or sprout them prior)

  • watermelon seeds
  • squash and pumpkin seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • almonds
  • cashews

Legumes (soak and cook before eating)

  • black beans
  • navy beans
  • mung beans

Whole Grains

  • brown rice
  • buckwheat
  • millet

Seafood

  • salmon
  • mackerel
  • halibut

Natural Dark Chocolate (70% or more cacao)

*All foods above should be eaten to satiety and not gorged upon. All things in moderation after all.

If I Need To Take A Supplement, Which One Do I Use?

If you’re really depleted, like I was due to rounds of antibiotics as a child, poor food quality as a kid, and high levels of stress for decades, I did have to resort to magnesium supplements for a year until I got things back to a better state of grace. Once my symptoms abated, I then went to whole, organic foods, being sure to focus on those listed above as a regular part of eating healthy.

Best Topical Supplements

  • topical magnesium oil
  • magnesium lotion
  • DIY homemade magnesium spray
  • epsom salts or magnesium flakes

Oral Magnesium Supplement

  • Magnesium Glycinate (Everyone)
  • Magnesium Malate  (Fibromyalgia)
  • Magnesium Taurate Combo. (Calming, relaxing, gentle)
  • Magnesium Orotate (Memory)
  • Magnesium Threonate (Cognition)
  • Solé Brine (Everyone)
  • Hyland’s Bio XII Tissue Salts (Kids)
  • Mineralized Water Like PiMag Water System

Supplements and their sources change. Be sure to cross-reference with this guide: https://labdoor.com/rankings/magnesium to ensure that your popular brand is ethically sourced and does not contain arsenic.

Adding In The Necessary Co-Factors

Co-factors are the helpful elements that assist in optimum magnesium absorption. Your system runs an orchestra of 5,000 regulating hormones, minerals, and chemicals, so you can be taking magnesium from the best sources, but not be purveying it to the cells for maximum uptake. Here’s a list of mostly natural food sources to be sure you’re in good supply:

  • Methylated Vit. B6 Complex (raw bee pollen, liver pills, nutritional yeast flakes)
  • Bicarbonate Soda (¼-½ tsp. of non-aluminum baking soda in water before bed or put ½ a cup in your bath water).
  • Boron (10-12 prunes a day)
  • Selenium (3-4 Brazil nuts)
  • Vitamin D3 (20 minutes of sunlight a day or 2-4,000 IU’s)
  • Vitamin K2 (fermented foods, organic meats, brie, gouda)
  • Potassium (dark leafy greens, squash, fish, bananas, potatoes and avocados)

Sources and Resources:

Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook,” Pelton, 2001

https://www.mamanatural.com/best-magnesium-supplement/

http://www.cnelm.com/NutritionPractitioner/Issues/Issue_11_1/Articles/7%20Transdermal%20Mg%20revised2.pdf

https://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health-specialist/magnesium.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MagnesiumAdvocacy/

Increasing Your Fertility With Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is the very best source of Vitamin D. It’s true that you can also get it from swallowing a pill. But nothing beats the Vitamin D you get from sunlight on your skin. It converts cholesterol to vitamin D when it’s exposed to sunlight. In other words, you shouldn’t avoid sun exposure, OR healthy fats in your diet. [NOTE : If you do need to supplement with extra Vitamin D, use ‘D3’, aka ‘cholecalciferol’.]

“Power in your hand”
by Umberto Rotundo
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Mainstream ‘wisdom’ has taught us to fear sun exposure. Yet it’s actually one of the most important things to include in your fertility regimen. Keeping your Vitamin D at adequate levels touches on virtually every aspect of fertility. Hiding away from the sun is about as wise as trying to hide from life itself.

Likewise, we advise against using commercial sunscreen. It seems to be a good idea, until you understand its true effects. It blocks this very healthy and important process, where you skin converts cholesterol to Vitamin D. Not to mention all the toxic ingredients in sunscreen, which get absorbed into your bloodstream. They disrupt hormones, and cause other health problems.

If you’re not in the habit of regular sun exposure, you should build up slowly. Your ability to absorb sunlight will increase over time. It will also increase along with your general level of health. Everything you do for your health in your fertility plan will increase your ability to take in the sun.

It’s no accident that pregnant women are seen as being “radiant”. It’s healthy to take in sunlight, and likewise, a healthy person “radiates” life energy outward.

A common homeopathic remedy that we use for infertility is Natrum Muriaticum. Typically, the Nat-m patient will present at least one major unresolved grief event in their history. One of the characteristics of this state is “inability to let go”. Similarly, the Nat-M patient has difficulty “taking things in”. Their skin is hypersensitive to the sun, and their eyes find natural sunlight too bright. Removing this blockage from their cellular memory allows them once again to enjoy the health benefits of the sun.

All this to say, is that there are many individual factors governing your health, and the level of sun exposure you can properly metabolize. Work at it regularly, until having daily sun exposure becomes the norm for you.

Sun exposure tips:

  • Expose as much of your skin as you’re able for at least 10  — 20 minutes per day year round.
  • Aim for steady, frequent, and short exposures to the sun year-round. Avoid the pattern of sudden blasts on weekends or holidays. If you live in a wintery climate, find a windless spot to sunbathe. Shed as much clothing as you can (i.e. at least your hands and face) and sunbathe as long as you’re comfortable.
  • Choose the gentler sunbeams of the morning. Avoid the intense heat of high noon and early afternoon.
  • DON’T use sunscreen. You want your general level of health to protect you, instead. Increase your sun exposure time according to your current level of health. Sunscreen blocks the essential production of vitamin D. It also contains toxic ingredients which disrupt hormone function. Sunscreen is actually one of the big culprits in skin cancer. Instead of sunscreen, use light clothing to protect yourself (sunhats, long-sleeves, etc.). Common sense goes a long way. You can apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel as better alternatives to sunscreen.
  • If you live near forest or vegetation, spend at least some of your sun exposure time there. “Organic light” (i.e. filtered through plants and vegetation) is easier to absorb. “Mineral light” (which comes directly from the sun to you) takes more work to process and absorb.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

The Vitamin D – Fertility Connection

Infertility is on the rise. Vitamin D deficiency is widespread. Is there a connection?

Yes – there clearly is, in our clinical experience.

Why is this, and what you can do about it?

“Vitamin D” by Collin Grady https://flic.kr/p/azCeSV

Let’s first take a step back and look at rickets which is a bone disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. It’s rare now, but rickets was at epidemic proportions in recent centuries. Without vitamin D, calcium cannot be properly absorbed (which is necessary for healthy bones).

It’s like infertility is now the Rickets of the 21st century.

There’s a hormonal connection between vitamin D and fertility. To call it a ‘vitamin’ is a misnomer. It’s actually a hormone rather than a vitamin. It plays a critical role in your whole hormonal system. It’s necessary for the creation of the various sex hormones.

Let’s look at a few of the reasons vitamin D is essential for sperm health. It’s directly responsible for the creation of the nucleus of the sperm cell. It is also responsible for the quality and health of the semen and sperm count. The same calcium needed for bone health is also mission critical for healthy sperm. Calcium fuels the whipping motion of the sperm’s tail as it is approaching the egg, and needs to pick up the pace.

The very best source of vitamin D is through regular, healthy sun exposure. The skin, when exposed to sunlight, converts cholesterol into a form of vitamin D called cholecalciferol. This is another reason that healthy fats need to be part of your diet. Exposure to sunlight is as critical for your health as air, water, and basic nutrition.

There may be reason to supplement, as well. At the health food store, you’ll find this in supplement form called D3. Cod liver oil is a great nutritional source, and is usually recommended during the long dark season of winter.  Free-range eggs, and raw, organic dairy are also great sources. The further north you live, the more important supplementation becomes.

NOTE : vitamin D is fat soluble, which means that it IS possible to overdose. A regular blood test to measure your Vit D levels is a good idea to make sure that you’re staying in the optimal range.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 7 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

How Slow Burn Weight Training Improves Your Fertility

There are two sides to the healthy exercise coin in every fertility plan. Today we will examine the side of strength training, the counterpart to cardio.

Resistance training provides many fertility benefits. It even improves your cardiovascular health! It helps improve your muscle tone, bone density, and blood pressure. It also raises your H.D.L., or ‘good’ cholesterol. All of these are essential for fertility health.

We recommend following the program explained in the book Slow Burn. You can choose either the ‘at home’ or ‘in gym’ protocol. It is a sequence of exercises targeting the 11 different muscle groups. Leg lifts and arm curls will not be new to anyone who has worked out. What makes it different is its form and technique.

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Imagine a slow motion replay of a televised sporting event. That’s what you’ll look like when doing Slow Burn. The goal of each exercise is to work the given muscle to the point of absolute fatigue. The motto of Frederick Hahn (the author of Slow Burn) is “failure is success”. He means that you’re aiming to work each muscle to the point of complete fatigue – where you’ve burned through its total energy storage. The Slow Burn routine is structured to achieve this failure in every muscle group.

Slow Burn is designed to have a deeper effect than normal resistance exercises. It burns through the energy of *all* your muscle fibers. That is to say, the fast, medium, and slow twitch fibers. One muscle and limb at a time, you’ll fail your way to Slow Burn success. You’ll know that each exercise is complete at the point of not being able to move another inch.

How you adjust the difficulty is also unique to Slow Burn. You’re *not* aiming to increase the number of reps each week. That always stays constant between 3 and 4 reps done over a slow 60 – 90 second time frame. In other words, you change the weight to keep the reps and timing constant.

The form of each rep is a deliberately slow movement for 10 to 12 seconds on the way up, and then again on the way back down. Maintain a slow, steady, and smooth movement, without any jerking, straining, or grunting. If you go to a gym, you’ll usually see weight training techniques that rely on quick movements and momentum. This is neither the safest or most effective approach to resistance training.

The complete Slow Burn routine takes less than half an hour to complete. Best of all, it is only necessary to do once every 7 to 10 days to maximize the benefit.

The excuse of “not enough time for exercise” disappears in light of Slow Burn. It only takes 30 minutes once every 7 to 10 days, and you can do it at home. It is safer and more thorough than typical strength training. It works through all 3 layers of your muscle, which regular weight exercises does not do. It is an essential component for your successful natural fertility plan.

 

This topic is further explored in Step 5 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Cardio Exercise for Fertility

Having a balanced approach to exercise is necessary for your successful fertility plan. The two main forms of exercise – cardio and strength training – form a polarity. There’s another polarity contained within cardio. It’s based on intensity — short bursts of activity alternated with longer stretches of recovery.

Dr. Al Sears wrote Pace: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution, which formalized this idea. Cardio is most beneficial when done in cycles of high and low intensity. Each cycle has 30 seconds of high intensity followed by 90 seconds of slow or recovery pace.

“Stopwatch” by Ansgar Koreng https://flic.kr/p/2bx7VNy

Let’s take running as an example. The idea of PACE is to do a full out sprint for 30 seconds, followed by 90 seconds of moderate walking pace. The entire PACE routine consists of 8 such interval pairs. Begin and end with 5 minutes of stretching and warm up. You can do this whole sequence in under 30 minutes! Doing about 3 cycles of this each week is plenty to keep you in good cardio health. As your endurance increases, your heart and respiration will have better recovery time. You can apply this format of intervals to any form of cardio exercise that you like. As long as you overlay these intervals, you’ll get the benefits.

PACE, or interval training, is way more beneficial than longer form endurance exercise. Our ancient physiology is not designed to run at high intensity for extended periods. When we do, the message we give our physiology is “I’m in big trouble! Run for your life from the sabre-toothed tiger!” This bad news triggers your stress physiology. It spreads through your entire hormonal system like a social media meme.

Interval training doesn’t create this physiological stress. It is a safe and natural way to increase your level of HGH (human growth hormone). You may be familiar with HGH and its use in fertility treatments. When you apply intervals to your cardio, you benefit from a healthy level of stress that is stimulating, rather than damaging. As always, the difference between medicine and poison is in the dosage.

 

This topic is further explored in Step 5 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

Goji Your Sperm and Egg Health

The goji berry, also called the wolfberry, is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hope of living longer.

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They’ve been known to elevate mood and also libido given their hormone balancing qualities. Goji berries help to improve fertility by increasing blood flow to the free-floating embryo affecting the likelihood of implantation by thickening uterine lining.

You can also strengthen the immune system with this powerful antioxidant. This is important when correcting the bioterrain of the host receiving new life. Goji berries promote healthy new cell growth and protect the liver. They boost energy levels, even in times of stress and fatigue.

Goji Berries as Nutrient Rich Superfood

Amongst the many essential antioxidants, amino acids and numerous minerals, there are two main elements in the goji berry that stand out:

    • L-Arginine.
    • Zinc.

L-­Arginine improves the reproductive health of both men and women by:

  • Increasing blood circulation to the uterus, ovaries and genitals.
  • Increases Nitric Oxide levels ­- supports healthy inflammation levels which may help to prevent uterine fertility issues such as fibroids, endometriosis and PCOS.
  • Supports normal sperm production and motility.
  • Encourages better production of cervical mucus through improved blood flow.
  • Supports a healthy libido.

Equally as important, zinc is necessary in the production of protein and DNA as well as the operation in over a hundred different enzymes. In addition, this super nutrient also carries out central cell functions including repair, growth and membrane transport.

For women, zinc helps with:

  • Mature egg production that are ripe for fertilization.
  • Maintaining proper follicular fluid levels for eggs to travel successfully through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus for implantation.
  • Hormone stability for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle.

For men, zinc is necessary for:

  • the creation of the outer membrane and tail of a sperm. Without it, the sperm cannot mature to a stage that gives them the mobility and strength to make the long journey through the vagina, cervix and into the uterus for fertilization to take place.
  • Chromosomal changes: low levels of zinc may also be the reason for chromosomal defects in the sperm, which could cause a miscarriage even if fertilization and implantation do take place.

 

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

You can download your free copy here.

Nuts and Seeds for Fertility

Nuts and seeds are some of the most nutrient dense and delicious foods on earth. They are an important part of fertility nutrition, pregnancy nutrition, and beyond, because they supply the body with ample fiber, protein, minerals and essential fatty acids. Proteins are required for building and repair of the body’s tissues in general, and baby-making in particular. The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of the body’s cells, and is also an excellent source of energy.

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You’ll need to know how to consume and store nuts and seeds for fertility health. All nuts and seeds should be consumed in their raw form, or as close to raw as possible, to ensure all nutrients stay intact. Essential fatty acids and zinc are especially sensitive to heat and can be destroyed when heated.

Nuts and seeds with the highest content of protein (per ounce) :

  • Peanuts 6.7 g
  • Sunflower seeds 6 g
  • Flax Seeds 6 g
  • Almonds 6 g
  • Sesame seeds 5 g
  • Walnuts 4 g

How Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid supports fertility:

  • Regulate hormones.
  • Increase cervical mucous production.
  • Promote ovulation and improve the quality of the uterus by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs.
  • It helps to regulate the inflammatory response, thereby aiding fertility issues such as endometriosis, PCOS, and uterine fibroids.
  • It’s important for proper sperm production.
  • In pregnancy, omega-3 EFA can help support proper nervous system and brain development.

The best nuts and seeds for omega 3 are:

  • Walnuts – 1/4 cup = 2,270mg
  • Flax seeds – 2 Tbs = 3,510mg
  • Hemp seeds – 3 Tbs = 3,000mg
  • Chia seeds – 1Tbs = 2,300mg

Zinc

  • Zinc works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep it running smoothly. It is important for fertility because it plays an important role in proper development of ova and sperm, hormonal balance, prevention of chromosomal defects, and prevention of recurrent miscarriage.

The best nuts and seeds for zinc are:

  • Pumpkin – 1/4 cup = 2.7mg
  • Sesame – 1/4 cup =2.8mg

Vitamin E

  • This vitamin is essential to fertility. In fact, the chemical name for the most active form of vitamin alpha-tocopherol comes from the work tokos which means “offspring,” and phero, which means “to bear”. So in order to bear children, you must have adequate levels of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which has been shown to be supportive of nerve cells, red blood cells, the liver and the immune system.

The best nuts and seeds for vitamin E are:

  • Sunflower Seeds – 1/4 cup = 18.10mg
  • Almonds – 1/4 cup = 8.97mg

How to Get the Most Out of Your Nuts and Seeds

  • Eat nuts and seeds that are organic and raw (see more below if you are sensitive to raw nuts).
  • Purchase nuts still in their shell.
  • Choose raw nut and seed butters or make your own.
  • Grind small fresh seeds like flax, chia, sesame to get the full benefits. That’s because small seeds usually pass through the digestive tract undigested.
  • Sprout raw nuts to help your body to digest them.
  • Make your own nut and seed milks.
  • Purchase nuts & seeds that have been stored in the refrigerated section of the store. This is more common in health foods stores.
  • For longer-term storage, keep in an airtight glass container in the fridge or freezer.

What to Avoid:

  • Avoid roasted nuts and seeds, especially those roasted in oil. Nuts roasted in oil may be high in free radicals, which damages cellular health. Dry roasted is better, but raw or sprouted is best.
  • Avoid salted nuts and seeds, unless you lightly salt them right before eating. The salt for soaking in brine water is fine.
  • Avoid purchasing nuts and seeds that have been stored on the shelf. The oils go rancid quite quickly.
  • Avoid roasted nut and seed and butters made from them.

Important Note About Peanut Allergy & Pregnancy:

  • Allergies to peanuts are serious. Some studies suggest that when a pregnant woman consumes peanut products, the fetus may be exposed to peanut allergens. This means a developing baby may be at higher risk for developing a peanut allergy later in life. This is especially concerning for parents with peanut allergy. It is suggested that pregnant mothers with a family history of peanut allergy on either side of the baby’s family, should avoid eating peanut products during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

 

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

You can download your free copy here.

Three Facts You Need To Know About Dental Mercury, By Amanda Just and John Kall, DMD of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

This article has been reprinted with permission from worldmercuryproject.org.

1. All silver-colored dental fillings, also called amalgams, contain approximately 50% mercury, and dental mercury is still being used in the USA.

In 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formalized a global convention to reduce mercury usage, which includes initiatives to phase down the use of dental mercury.  The UNEP mercury convention will come into force on August 16, 2017, and as part of this effort, the European Union is taking action on dental mercury.  A new EU mercury regulation plans to prohibit the use of amalgam for vulnerable populations (pregnant or breastfeeding women, children under 15 years old) and provide for discussion about the feasibility of ending dental amalgam use in the European Union by 2030.

Prior to the 2017 ratification of UNEP’s mercury treaty, other countries had already taken protective actions against dental mercury.  For example, Norway and Sweden have banned dental amalgam, and Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan have reportedly limited its use to less than 5% of tooth restorations.  However, mercury fillings are still used on about 45% of direct dental restorations worldwide, including in the United States.

All silver colored dental fillings, which are still being used in the USA, contain about 50% mercury.

2. Mercury vapor is released from these fillings into the human body, and this dental mercury has been linked to health risks.

Mercury vapor is continuously emitted from dental amalgam which means that people are directly exposed to the mercury in their mouths.  The output of mercury vapor can be intensified by the number of fillings and other activities, such as chewing, teeth-grinding, and the consumption of hot liquids.  Mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings.

Scientific researchers have associated this mercury in amalgam fillings with Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), antibiotic resistance, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, autoimmune disorders/immunodeficiency, cardiovascular problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, hearing loss, infertility, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and an array of other health problems. Click here to learn more about the potential health risks of dental mercury.

3. Safety measures can reduce the amount of mercury vapor released during the removal of amalgam fillings.

Some patients require the removal of silver amalgam fillings due to device failure, while others opt for the removal of silver amalgam fillings because of cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that do not contain mercury. However, the process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs, and this is potentially harmful to patients, dentists, dental workers, and their fetuses.

The application of specific safety measures can reduce the potential negative health outcomes of mercury exposure during the amalgam removal process.  It is crucial for patients to know what these safety measures are so that they can insure these practices are implemented during the removal of amalgam fillings.

These writers co-authored a chapter about the health risks of dental mercury that was published in a textbook about epigenetics from Springer in 2016.

Amanda Just, MS:  Ms. Just is the Program Director of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxiciology.  She is also a freelance writer and dental consumer who has shared her writings about the impact of dental mercury amalgam fillings with the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and various NGOs.

John Kall, DMD:  Dr. Kall serves as the Chairman of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxiocology’s Board of Directors.  He is a member of the American Dental Association, a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Past President of the KY Chapter of the AGD, a member of the Louisville Dental Society, and a member of the Kentucky Dental Association.

Why You Need ‘Living Water’ On Your Fertility Plan

Is the water you’re drinking full of life? The critical aspect to water quality is the degree to which it is ‘alive’ or ‘dead.’ We have to go back to the topic of minerals again to understand the meaning of “living” water. The highest definition we can give for cellular health is ‘a free flow of energy’. This depends on the mineral balance in the water molecules.

“black light” by David DeHetre https://flic.kr/p/8Dajhd

The words ‘hydration’ and ‘hydrogen’ share the same roots. These are ‘hydra’ (water) and ‘gen’ (generative energy). The transfer of hydrogen electrons at the cellular level is the flow of life energy. Water is the biochemical basis of life. It is identical with life itself.

This connects to our previous discussion on the pH balance of your diet and lifestyle. The term “pH” stands for “potential for hydrogen” . Your water needs to activate this potential, just as your diet and lifestyle do. This is another form of the concept of “alkalinity”, as applied to the quality of your water.

The contaminants in water create the toxicity and hormone disruption that you’d expect. Not only that, but they also kill its “aliveness.” They impede the free-flow of hydrogen ions. You could be drinking lots of water but still starving your cells of energy! In addition to drinking enough water, you need to ensure it is good quality, clean water.

We’ll be bumping into this topic again very shortly. In the meantime, stay hydrated with good quality water! It is not optional on your fertility plan.

 

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

You can download your free copy here.