Will A Vegetarian Diet Help You Get Pregnant?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The phytoestrogens found in soy interfere with:

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

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

 

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

You can download your free copy here.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Organic soy sauce
  • Tamari

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

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

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

 

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

You can download your free copy here.

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.

SSRIs and Vulnerable Patients

 

Let’s talk about the difficult topic of those taking antidepressant drugs (ADs), in particular the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and the emergence or worsening of suicidal ideation in “vulnerable patients.”  However, it is still suggested that you use these drugs anyway?! Across the globe, ADs, especially SSRIs, are among the most commonly prescribed medications.

We’ve treated many folks suffering feelings of suicide. I actually think it’s a big reason why I came to Heilkunst Medicine in the first place, as my own mother had committed suicide, and I had fear that it would be a disease matrix that might show up in my own kids. I wanted that predisposition annihilated.

That was over 20 years ago and I’m happy to say that I’ve by far outlived both my parents, and life couldn’t be more pleasurable and full of meaning and purpose for me. Using Heilkunst principles to resolve this tendency for ourselves and others has been very rewarding.

By addressing the root cause, one no longer needs to manage with drugs. Yes, I’m sure you’re wondering about unbalanced brain chemistry, however, this is the level at which we’re referring. Brain chemistry can shift when you remove the blockages to cure on the sound basis of the law of nature, ‘like cures like’.

I know this because, clinically, I’ve seen tendencies like OCD, autism, schizophrenia and manic depression addressed consistently with Heilkunst Principles. I’ve also seen the reports of our patients who’ve confirmed these qualitative shifts with the endocrinologist, the NDs, the energy workers, and the live blood analysts, over the last 20 years.

If you’re interested in exploring more about the tonic roots for these conditions, you can read our blog article on the Syphilitic Genetic Miasm. This will enable you to make the link to one of our chief homeopathic remedies for suicidal ideation. It’s the image of insidious self-destructive tendencies including wanting to make an early departure from this life.

We want you to know that you’re not alone. We’ve all faced the dark nights of our own soul and that we too had to rely on this system of medicine, that causes no harm. We all deserve to make our way to home to our levity, to bask in our inner light.

Here’s the link to the article on SSRIs

Speech Success Story

At the beginning of summer, I had expressed to Allyson my concern about my daughter’s speech. I (and her father) were able to understand her quite well. However, some family and strangers were not. This wasn’t so much an issue for me being judged on her “speech issues,” but an issue for her. Too many
times she would shut down socially. I remember when I [dragged] my big pregnant self to the park on a hot summer day and a little boy showed up. She was so excited and started jabbering up a storm. To which he replied, “Uhh, I don’t even know what you’re saying.” She came right over and asked to go home. Once I finished buckling her up she started sobbing.

She would get so frustrated when family would go on with a conversation with her as though they understood her, but their conversation back wasn’t near what she was talking about. She was tired of repeating herself to them. She was also tired of trying to talk to strangers in line at the grocery store to be met with an empty stare. My heart hurt for her. She had cried many times over this, while I could clearly hear and understand exactly all the pain it was causing. She didn’t qualify for speech [therapy]. I had tried all products for speech…herbal tinctures, specific ratios of omega’s, etc.

I finally had a thought to bring this up to Ally. I was hoping to address the emotional hurt this was causing not expecting there was a remedy for the speech issue itself. My daughter was given Baryta Carbonica. Over the next few weeks her speech cleared up SO much that people carry on lengthy conversations with her [now]. They don’t believe she is just 3 years old. She now loves talking to family and I see her happy in imaginative play with kids at school and the park, chatting back and forth about super powers, white cats, and all of her favorite fruits and vegetables.

I am so thankful every day for the principles of Heilkunst, Ally, Jeff and Diane. My daughter has a lot to say. A lot. And now she isn’t afraid to say it.

-Mom of a daughter who talks until my ears bleed now”

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.

Why ‘Letting Go’ Is The Key Fertility Emotion

Diet isn’t the only possible cause of an acidic pH reading. Your cellular physiology also responds to your state of mind. Chronic disappointment or sadness impregnates your cells with a kind of “grief disease”.

Let’s use one of our chief homeopathic fertility remedies to illustrate. The remedy we often use for chronic grief is called Natrum Muriaticum (Nat-m.). It has a state of mind which cannot “let go.” It can’t let go of the thoughts or emotions of grief, sadness, or “what should have been.”

Physical symptoms may include constipation. This is the body’s way of “holding on” to its past. Chronic sinus infections are another example of the body not letting go. In this case, the accumulation of un-cried tears block the sinuses. Antibiotics will do nothing to release this emotion.

The emotion of Nat-m instinctively seeks to protect itself. “I got hurt in the past, and will never let that happen again.” This personality doesn’t allow anyone to get too close, in the emotional sense. Any emotional bonding or intimacy raises subconscious fears of getting hurt again. A more superficial pattern of social interactions is typical. They “hold their cards close to their chest,” as the expression goes.

We’re portraying the more extreme version of this emotional state. The average case of Nat-m is not this overt. They may have close, intimate relationships, in contradiction to the above definition. Yet, a Nat-m state may still exist at the level of cellular functioning. This creates a state of cellular acidosis. As you know, this goes against the functions of natural fertility.

A miscarriage could be the trigger of a Nat-m state. Or even your general perception of “failure” at not being able to conceive. The telltale signs of monthly blood in your underwear can reinforce this. You only crave to see the plus sign in the glass frame of a pregnancy test. Disappointment and “holding on” may be your natural emotional response.

You may even feel that it is your fault, somehow. You may project that grief onto your own physiology, your parents, or your partner. This means you’ll have a hard time receiving water, nutrition, or even a new life. You may find yourself irritable at this point. To some degree, your worldview becomes colored by this Nat-m state.

There’s an interesting phenomena we’ve observed around this. It illustrates how the idea of “letting go” connects to fertility. You may have heard stories of an ‘infertile’ couple suddenly receiving a surprise pregnancy? This typically happens right after they’ve adopted a baby.

That’s because they have finally “let go” of their attachment. They are no longer attached to conceiving a baby, and open themselves up to new possibilities. This pure act of “letting go” unblocks their fertility function. New hope replaces grief and disappointment.

We’ve seen this identical phenomenon in couples who needed Nat-m in their fertility plan. With the correct, individualized dose and potency, the effect can be dramatic. In all homeopathic healing, the state of mind shifts first. Then the physical symptoms follow suit. Signs of improvement start along with this prescription. Subtle signs of improved sleep, mood, or an overall sense of wellbeing come first. Fertility and conception are usually not far behind.

The mind leads, and the body follows. The mind “lets go”, and the cellular functions return to normal. Proper pH balance returns, and the vaginal mucous creates a fertility friendly environment. The effort you’ve put into a healthy diet finally starts to bear fruit.

Note that ‘positive thinking’ is not enough to reverse such a state. Especially when it has penetrated the cellular functioning. Visualization or meditation cannot “cure” a deeper Nat-m state of mind. Do you feel that you’ve “run out of rope” with diet and lifestyle changes? This idea can breathe new life into your fertility plan. The “state of mind” of your cells is as powerful as a healthy fertility diet.

 

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

You can download your free copy here.