Is “Perpetual Summer” Killing Your Fertility?

We’re really still just cave men and women. Although technology seems to evolve at light speed, your physiology is still running on a very ancient operating system. If you don’t adapt yourself properly to our modern condition, your cave person physiology will easily become infertile.

More specifically, I’m talking about the phenomenon that T.S. Wiley calls “perpetual summer”.

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Our life has been forever altered same since the invention of the electric light bulb. We have overcome the tyranny of sunrise and sunset. Our work day is no longer constrained by these natural limits. We’ve become a  hyper-productive culture.

We’re able to do our workouts at the gym at 5am under fluorescent light bulbs. Then, if we like, we can work a 10 or 12 hour day under artificial lighting. We then return home, where our evening recreation is full of “screen time” – televisions, laptops, phones, and tablets keep us all lit up and stimulated.

This is what T.S. Wiley is referring to as “perpetual summer”, in her book “Lights Out”. In a state of nature, we get a lot more daylight hours in the summer, and a lot less in the winter. The long days of summer, and the long nights of winter created the cave person hormonal rhythm we still respond to now.

In natural summer conditions, there’s a primary message driving our physiology – ‘Prepare for winter!’. All the natural carbs and sugars are mostly available to us in summer. Fruits and berries, and other harvestable grains are readily available. This is exactly what we need – a way to build up stores of fat to keep us going during the lean months of winter.

Insulin, and the whole range of hormones that govern your sleep, sugar metabolism, and reproductive rhythms are having a party all summer long. That’s how it’s supposed to be. But now when winter comes – but the lights don’t go out – and carbs and sugar are always available – your body thinks it’s still summer all year long.

Messing with this primal rhythm can very quickly turn you infertile. In “perpetual summer”, your body is actually experiencing “perpetual stress”. And a stressed body sends nature the message, “Red alert! We’re stressed, and so we better not bring a baby into these dangerous conditions!”

I’ve translated this into plain English. The actual language that your body speaks is a complex rhythm of hormonal signals that get all out of proportion during perpetual summer.

Tips for reversing “perpetual summer”, and staying fertile:

  • Eat more seasonally. Fresh fruits and healthy carbs more in the summer, and more animal fats and proteins in the winter.
  • Set up your bedroom as a ‘sleep sanctuary’. Pretend you’ve gone back to your cave. Use low lighting, and NO screen time in bed. (Besides, that’s prime cuddling time!).
  • Maximize your sleep, particularly in winter. As T.S. Wiley says, “Sleep every night as long as you can without getting fired or divorced.”

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 6 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

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Five Homeopathic Remedies for Insomnia

When sleep issues arise, there are often easy fixes – given that they are not being caused by a deeper, chronic condition. I’ve included some of the top homeopathic insomnia remedies below.

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Aconite: Have you recently been exposed to a cold, dry wind? This is the most typical trigger for an aconite state. Especially the kind of cold that comes on suddenly, and unexpectedly, like at the change of seasons. While aconite is a common remedy for many cough and cold symptoms, it also addresses a specific type of insomnia. The Aconite insomnia is extremely restless, and may even feel anxious. The fast pace in denser urban centers may also create an aconite state in your nervous system. Tossing and turning, and even bad dreams may fill your night in this state. Around the hour of midnight is where you may feel some of the worst of the aconite state expressing itself.

Arnica: A classic arnica situation is one where the day and night schedule has been turned upside-down, as in shift work. Especially if you are on rotating shifts from one week to the next. Even if you’re now on day shifts, the old night shift disruption to your circadian rhythm will often be retained as a cellular memory.

Shock can also be a primary trigger for an arnica state. This can be either from being directly involved in a car accident, or just witnessing one. Any form of physical or emotional shock will trigger an arnica state. Sleep is not restful, and the bed may even feel too hard to be able to get comfortable.

Chamomilla: In one word, the chamomilla state is ‘fussy’. Your partner may be feeling fed up with your ever-changing demands, when in this state. You might feel sleepy in the evening, but then suddenly wide awake once you go to bed. The trigger for this state can be physical pain, such as from a recent injury, or from menstrual cramps. Restlessness and complaining are the  top characteristics. This state may be triggered by a recent troubling emotional event, which is not easy to let go of. The characteristic feeling is “I want something, but don’t know what…”.

Coffea: The keyword for coffea is ‘overstimulation’. It could even be the case that you’ve had too much coffee today, and now can’t wind down for sleep. Coffea is the remedy you need. Similarly, you may have been watching over stimulating TV shows before bed, or gotten embroiled in a heated debate on social media. Just recall the buzz you’ve ever had after drinking too much coffee. Anything which simulates this experience qualifies you for a dose of homeopathic coffea.

Nux Vomica: is for what I call the ‘jack in the box’ syndrome. You’ll fall asleep for a spell of time, but then keep popping back up all night long.  There’s hypersensitivity to noise, and just about anything else will keep waking you up. Chances are that you’ll wake with a fully formed to do list in your head.  This state is an unfortunate reality for many who have to take their work home with them, and effectively always feel ‘on call’ like an ambulance driver. The “off switch” has been deactivated in the nervous system.

As I mentioned above, the correct homeopathic remedy can put an end to your insomnia rapidly – given that there isn’t a deeper, chronic health issue that needs to be addressed. If it’s hard to match your insomnia picture to one of the descriptions above, then you may need a more comprehensive assessment for your condition.

 

This topic is further expanded in Step 6 of The 8 Steps to Natural Fertility Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About.

You can download your free copy here.

The Fertility Benefits of Sungazing

Staring at the sun – is this really a smart thing to do?

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At first, it sounds like the most uncommon sense thing you’ve ever heard.

Sun gazing is an ancient spiritual practice for cleansing and healing the body that has been brought into modern health circles.

If you really think about it, this makes sense, once you recall that the sun is the origin and maintainer of all life on earth.

The research on sun gazing shows a number of general health benefits, including:

  • Multiple fertility benefits, such as:
    • Enhancing your pituitary gland’s functions. It is known as the “master gland”, as it governs your entire hormonal system. Melatonin and serotonin production are directly enhanced when the pituitary gland is stimulated.
    • Regulating the menstrual cycle.
    • It includes the many health benefits of vitamin D, including the health of the reproductive system.
  • It increases the size of your pineal gland, which normally shrinks as you age.
  • Increases your energy levels.
  • It actually acts like a super-nutrient in your body, providing many things your body normally gets from super-nutritious foods.
  • Improves eyesight.

How to sungaze:

  • Select the safe times of day for sun gazing – one hour after sunrise, and one hour before sunset when the angle of the sun through the atmosphere creates a natural shielding from the more harmful sun rays. Your phone’s weather app usually includes sunrise and sunset times for your location.
  • Start small – 30 seconds at first, and increase by 10 seconds each day, working up to several minutes per session.
  • Sun gaze ‘naked’ – that is, without wearing corrective lenses, and being outdoors (ie not looking through a window).
  • Enhance sun gazing with positive imagination and visualizing – your “inner vision” is enhanced at these times, so during and after your sun gazing session, stay focused on what you most desire – imagine a concrete, visual outcome for yourself, such as being pregnant, or holding your new baby.

Even within the first few days of sun gazing, you will probably already report to us that you notice an improvement in your moods and energy levels. Let us know what you notice as you start to work in this subtle but powerful way with the sun’s energy.

 

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

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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’.]

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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?

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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.

Where do Babies Come From? The Sun, of Course!

All life on earth originates in, and is maintained by sunlight. Every aspect of health and fertility can be traced back to the sun. Even a casual study of the food chain will illuminate this. Photosynthesis converts sunlight into plant energy, which then flows up the food chain.

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Our human physiology is still partially plant-like – we convert sun exposure into vitamin D when it touches our skin. It’s cholesterol that gets transformed into Vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. This is one of the reasons you need a steady intake of healthy fats and oils in your diet. When you see a food label boasting ‘low fat!’ think to yourself ‘low fertility!’.

It’s called ‘vitamin’ D, but it is actually a hormone, not a vitamin. It’s absolutely essential for your fertility. Sunlight on your skin produces the best form of Vitamin D.

Your hormones respond to the rhythm of the sun and moon. Light and darkness, or day and night are what set your hormones in motion. The hormones that tell your body when to get sleepy, and when to wake up are the same ones that make you fertile. Too much screen time in the evening is confusing to your body. Poor sleep is only an early warning sign of fertility difficulties.

You could even say that humans are miniature versions of the sun. How so? How are you like a ball of burning hydrogen gas in the sky? Do you remember the definition of ‘pH’? It stands for ‘potential for hydrogen ion transfer’. That’s another way of referring to the life energy that flows through your body. Your body is a scaled-down version of the sun – burning hydrogen to create and maintain your energy.

This is why measuring your pH is one of the best ways to test the health of your diet. An alkaline reading in the low 7 range shows that you are burning your fuel cleanly and efficiently. The more that your health is based on the sun and all its byproducts, the more fertile you will be.

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.

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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.

Where Does Exercise Fit Into Your Fertility Plan?

Your fertility plan must include a healthy dose of exercise. Its two primary functions are to create and regulate energy. It regulates your hormones, as well as cellular metabolism. It helps to create healthy eggs and sperm. It’s directly linked to the health and regularity of menstruation and ovulation.

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Regular exercise improves metabolism and circulation which contribute to all reproductive functions. It also reduces stress.

Think of exercise as a fundamental part of trying to conceive. Your total fertility health depends on it. When done in moderation, it is one of the greatest hormone regulators. It also governs the health of your cellular DNA.

Exercise is normally understood as a way to burn off calories and lose weight. That’s actually one of its less significant health benefits. Your health and exercise goals change when you’re trying to start a family. There’s a big difference between getting in shape to carry a baby versus trying to fit back into your high school prom dress.

Doing either too little, or too much exercise will work against your fertility goals. If that’s you – exercising too much or too little – then you’ll need to find a healthy middle ground. Both ends of this spectrum are similarly harmful to your chances at reproduction.

Are you less active than you might like to be? Start by picking something that you actually enjoy doing. This is key for making exercise a long-lasting habit. Otherwise, you’ll deplete your willpower in trying to maintain a consistent effort. Choose an activity that best suits your personality.

Do you prefer team sports or solo activities? Does a more structured, formal activity appeal to you? Or do you thrive on more spontaneous activities, such as ringing the neighbor’s doorbell to go for a walk? You know yourself best! Use your own natural inclinations to your advantage. Never overlook the element of pleasure. It’s the factor that will make exercise an easy habit to maintain.

There’s another general key to follow in your fertility exercise plan. That is, to find a healthy balance between cardio exercises and strength training. The polarity between these creates a complete package. It takes two to make a baby – in this case, two types of exercise!

Nature is called ‘wise’ for a reason. She makes sure that babies go to the parents who are on track to stay healthy for the long haul. The nine months of pregnancy is only the beginning. Healthy, moderate doses of exercise send a signal to nature that these parents-to-be are likely going to be around for the long haul. Nature sends them to the front of the line at the baby store.

 

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.

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