Good afternoon. This is Jeff from Arcanum Wholistic Clinic. And I’ve just pulled out this fertility article from my newsfeed. Just came out about 10 days ago, April 21. And it’s called “6 Ways to Boost Women’s Fertility“. And this is from the website reportshealthcare.com. And it’s written by Florence Wright. Actually, there’s tons of really good pointers in this article. So it’s actually going to make my job easier today. I’m just going to mostly share all the good points. And as usual, I will fill in the gaps where there is either missing information or misleading information. So let’s go through what we’ve got here.
So at the title, says there are six points. But then there’s an extended section at the bottom of a lot of beneficial fertility foods, which is one of the reasons I wanted to bring this article forward to you. So let’s have a look first through the six points, and then we’ll get into the foods. So what do we have here?
So the first point about boosting women’s fertility is “Stress Management”. Now, this is a very common point. We see it in, actually, almost all the articles about tips on fertility. And I think for good reason, I think it is very true. It’s certainly, in our experience, that a lot of the issue with infertility is more from stress, more particularly how women and men hold on to stress, and how that interferes with the process of fertility. And what I do like in this point is, she does specifically make the point. Let me just read the highlight here, “Stress can enhance the chances of infertility by inducing the production of hormones like prolactin and cortisol.” So otherwise known as the stress hormones. And it says, “These hormones reduce ovulation and induce infertility.” So that’s absolutely true.
The only thing I would add is to get even more specific about what we do in our natural fertility protocol. In terms of stress—whether those stresses are current, like happening now in the person’s life, or whether they’re old stresses (or shocks or traumas) that are still in their system from some time in the past, even if the source of the stress isn’t present, but now the effects are still there. So if you’re already in our natural fertility program, you’ll find out more about how we approach this in our natural fertility book. And if you’re not yet, you actually can download that book for free at www.NaturalFertilityBook.com.
So moving on to point number two. Again, this is a very common recommendation in the fertility recommendation articles. And point two is simply about “exercise”. They talk about some things like ‘walking and yoga improving blood circulation.’ Again, that’s all true. They talk about the ‘increased blood circulation’, ‘increasing blood flow to the ovaries and uterus’. All very true. But what I would also point to again, in our natural fertility book, is we get a lot more specific about exactly how we approach the topic of fertility exercise, I should say, exercise within your fertility plan. And we just mention briefly, we do go specifically into how we recommend that cardio exercise is done, as well as its counterpoint of strength training exercise. So again, a good point, but I’m just adding a little bit of extra detail there.
Dropping down to point number four. They talk about “hydration”. And that is certainly one of the most important things for fertility health. It touches on so many things—everything from all the the detox organs in your body, and again, back to the blood, and the circulation, you’re moving the hormones properly through the body and moving the nutrition that all flow throughout the bloodstream. All of this is extremely important. And again, of course, we do have a whole section of this in our fertility book to go into even more detail. But definitely, we would agree with point number four.
Now, point number five is funny. It’s also one that comes up in any number of fertility articles. It’s basically a recommendation for a ‘multivitamin supplement’, which is not a terrible recommendation. But in my mind, it’s kind of misleading. Now, I’ll forgive this article in particular because as we get down to the bottom of the article, they are going to give quite a wide range of good nutritional advice and some specific foods and the fertility nutrients that they contain. So in this case, I will forgive this article, as I’m saying. But in most of the articles, when they recommend a multivitamin supplement, it’s a weak recommendation. And they’re just covering up otherwise weak knowledge, a weak level of recommendation about actual healthy diet—healthy fertility diet. Where in our emphasis, we always put food way way above supplementation and importance. And then we’ll use vitamins and we’ll use supplements, as just that. The word is supposed to mean as a ‘supplement’ to what is already a healthy diet. But not as something which is somehow magically going to take someone’s nutritional status to a place that it’s never really been before. So as I say.
Getting into this final section. And it’s a little bit more extended. And I think that’s very good. They leave point six for last. I think that’s probably just because they did take up so much space with all the food. So let’s dive into some of the details. And we’ll touch on everything here. Let me see. What have I got here?
Well, I’m just going to briefly mention their first food, which is “whole milk”. We do make a very distinct recommendation about milk and dairy products in general, especially in the fertility context. But what we do recommend is as whenever possible, to access raw milk—unpasteurized milk. And we do go into greater detail about that in the book. But I just want to drop that point in here because it is so important. The pasteurized milk does cause many health problems and fertility problems. And it’s almost like, well, let’s put it this way. Or to keep it more simple: When you do pasteurize dairy, you take what’s actually an extremely, a highly beneficial, a very healthy food in nature. We even categorize it as a super food, just packed with nutritional factors. And the real living energy, that’s one of the most important factors in food. But when you pasteurize it, you kill the enzymes, you kill that life energy in the milk, and you you give the body something that it actually has to put in a lot of energy to process now in its non-optimal form. So anyways, as I said, I just wanted to keep that as a quick point about milk and getting the unpasteurized or raw version as much as you’re able to access that.
They do recommend “sesame seeds” particularly for the “high amount of zinc”. Zinc, of course, being a highly necessary and essential nutrient when it comes to fertility, both for men and for women. And we do cover some more details about that in our natural fertility book.
This is interesting. This isn’t something I knew about before. They talk about “cinnamon”, and its role in “insulin resistance”, as well as how it helps the reproductive organs. So that’s kind of interesting. I didn’t know about that myself before. But yeah, you can certainly look into that, especially if you’re dealing with what they talk about here with “polycystic ovary syndrome”. And as well as it says, it’s just kind of a general tonic for the reproductive organs.
The next, we start getting into some of the “seafood”. Again, super highly beneficial for fertility. And they talk about “salmon” in particular, which is high in “Omega-3 Fatty Acids”. What they don’t mention, also the seafoods are very high in vitamin D as well, super important in fertility. And they also highlight something highly important. That’s the “high amount of Zinc” that’s found in “oysters”. So again, that will be a very highly beneficial food in your fertility plan.
Getting into the “fruits”. So the first one they mentioned is the ‘avocado’. And again, similar to some of the reasons I was just pointing out with the salmon and the seafood is really the healthy fats and oil content in a food like an avocado. And in general, again, we do go into greater detail this in our book—the fats are so important for hormonal health, and basically the way that we absorb sunlight and vitamin D (and convert that and cholesterol), and how that fits into our whole hormonal production cycle. So yes, avocado fits right in there, into that whole model of healthy fats and oils. “Berries” is something they’re highlighting, particularly around the “antioxidants”. I have seen a little bit of this before. And I can’t even remember if we have this mentioned in the book or not. I’ll have to go look at it myself to remind myself. But they talk about “figs” as a particular fertility food. And then in particular, they’re linking that with the “iron” and how that’s linked with a healthy “ovulation” and healthy cycle.
I’m going to skip down a little bit. We get further down. We get into the “green leafy vegetables”. So again, we’re back to the antioxidants. Again, “the folic acid” which is a super important fertility food, “manganese, iron, calcium, . . . vitamin A”. So anyways, it’s just a whole range—lots of minerals. And the way we come out that in our fertility book, we tie this, like the green leafy vegetables, particularly with (it’s a little bit hinted at here, but) the whole mineral balance in the body and particularly how that leads into getting what we call a proper fertility pH level, which is the first chapter in our book, really getting that baseline of your pH. So anyways, the green leafy vegetables will feed into that most important thing of fertility in which we suggest people in our fertility plan are measuring on quite a regular basis to make sure their pH is in the right range. Moving a little further ahead, they’re getting into “yams”. Also there’s talking about the “antioxidants”, both “Vitamins A and C” there, and how that relates to the health of the eggs. I’m going to skip a few things. We do have “seaweed”. That has some relationship to what I said above about the benefits of the seafood, the salmon and things like that. But it also has, as it says here, some ‘essential nutrients enhancing the function of the liver, kidneys and bladder’. So getting you right into the whole reproductive tract and some of the associated organs.
Now this, I’m really glad to see in this article as well. You actually, funnily enough, you don’t see this in a lot of the fertility advice articles. But the foods to avoid, the first one they have is “soy”. And yes, we have a big section on avoiding soy in our book. And they definitely have that here, which is a good point. Essentially, they’re talking about how it disrupts, the estrogen-like effects, the whole hormonal cycle in the body. There are some exceptions to this rule. There are healthy soy foods, and those are usually the more traditionally fermented foods. So things like traditionally fermented soy sauce, and the Japanese food of tempeh, and miso as well. So these are soy foods, but they’re actually healthy. Most of the commercial soy foods you’re going to find are in this unhealthy category. So definitely be very careful of that.
Now, here’s a point where I take issue with this article. They talked about ‘avoiding saturated fats’. And I believe that’s likely coming from a lot of the nutritional myths that have come around. How supposedly saturated fats are supposed to be unhealthy and animal foods, animal proteins are unhealthy. That’s the total opposite of what we look at with fertility. And in particular, we look at the whole diet recommended by Dr. Price. Well for health in general, but for fertility in particular. And it’s absolutely essential that there’s a good basis of healthy animal fats and proteins in the diet. So I would give you the opposite advice from this point here.
Well they do advise against “refined sugars”, against ‘cigarettes, caffeine, alcohol’, against being ‘underweight or overweight’. So again, fairly common advice and all the fertility articles, so I’m not going to add too much there. It’s fairly common wisdom. But yeah, definitely important to keep these points in mind.
So as I said, I wanted to present this article. There’s so many good points in it. And I thank you for joining me. And I will see you again next time.