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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ ”I shared this information last year, but thought it was a good time for a re-share in this #workfromhome era. . A study came out in March 2019 looking at the impact of sedentary work (desk job) on sperm health. The results showed that men who spent at least 50% of their work time in a sedentary position had significant sperm DNA damage. In fact, a sedentary job DOUBLED the risk that sperm DNA would be compromised. . Wondering why this happens? The likely answer is HEAT STRESS! Testicular heat stress causes sperm to develop abnormally. This is why I recommend men avoid wearing tight underwear, going in hot tubs, and working with a laptop on their lap. . Adding this to the list – I’m telling all sperm producers to get up and walk around during the day. Take a break every hour to stand up and get the circulation going - this will really help to cool off the pelvic region and keep those sperm in good shape! . . PMID: 30869154” . . #wfh #menshealth #malefactor #malefactorinfertility #spermquality #spermhealth #malefertility #lifestylemedicine #functionalmedicine #naturopathicfertility #integrativefertility #naturopathicdoctor

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ ”Cool things about your ovaries that you need to know:⠀ ⠀ 🏵️The ovaries male counterpart is the testes⠀ ⠀ 🏵️They are controlled by the brain - the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland⠀ ⠀ 🏵️The ovaries change shape over time - they are the size of a large grape when a woman is in her reproductive years and then shrink to the size of an almond when she reaches menopause.⠀ ⠀ 🏵️The female fetus can carry as many as 7 million eggs. By the time she is born the number drops to 1 million and will continue to drop. When she reaches puberty, this number is roughly around 200,000 and during her reproductive years, she will ovulate less than 500 eggs.⠀ At the time of the menopause, the egg count is down to about 1,000.⠀ ⠀ 🏵️The ovaries secrete the main reproductive hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone but also relaxin and inhibin.⠀ ⠀ 🏵️Egg quality matters more than the number of eggs left⠀ ⠀ 🏵️Egg quality is affected by the nutrient status, lifestyle, and exposure to chemicals in our environment. ⠀ ⠀ 🏵️We have receptors for estrogen, testosterone and progesterone in every cell of our body. That’s why it is very important to have the ovaries functioning optimally and produce the right amount of hormones each day of the month.⠀ ⠀ 🏵️While on hormonal birth control, the ovaries shrink in size and the eggs get into a hibernation state.⠀ ⠀ 🏵️The body perceives chronic stress as a lack of resources causing ovulation to stop temporarily or have it delayed.”

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#Repost @drdemeri ”🩸Heavy periods aka. menorrhagia is not normal and if you have been dealing with this issue all your life or just in the past year, know that you can change that and live a healthy and be stress free when you get your periods. Firstly, let’s define what it is:⠀ That’s when you are losing 80ml or more of blood in each period. If you are not using a menstrual cup to actually see how much blood you are losing, another indicator is when you are changing your pads or tampons every hour or two or passing blood clots larger than a quarter.⠀ ⠀ If menorrhagia is not addressed it can lead to other conditions, including anemia, severe pain. The most common causes of menorrhagia are:⠀ 🚨Hormonal imbalances - if you have too much estrogen flowing in your bloodstream or you are producing too little progesterone in comparison to estrogen⠀ 🚨Anovulatory cycles - this is when you are not ovulating so you end up not producing any progesterone to slow down the endometrium growth⠀ 🚨Hypothyroidism⠀ 🚨Endometriosis ⠀ 🚨Uterine fibroids & polyps⠀ 🚨IUD - this is a well known side effect of using this kind of contraceptive device⠀ 🚨Certain cancers - like uterine cancer or cervical cancer⠀ 🚨Medications - anti-inflammatory drugs, synthetic hormonal medications, and anticoagulants⠀ ⠀ I recommend discussing with your doctor and begin the investigation to find out the root cause. Ask them to order these basic blood tests:⠀ 💉Progesterone and estradiol (on day 19 of your cycle)⠀ 💉Thyroid panel (TSH, total T4 and T3, free T4 and T3, reverse T3, andi-TPO, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies)⠀ 💉Complete blood count (CBC)⠀ 💉Ferritin⠀ ⠀ Things you can do at home: ⠀ 🌀Incorporating more iron-rich foods - red meat, leafy green vegetables, blackstrap molasses, liver, and organ meats ⠀ 🌀Incorporate more cruciferous vegetables - broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc.⠀ 🌀Eat more fiber especially from fruits and vegetables⠀ 🌀Consider taking B complex vitamins that include especially B12, B6, and folate, DIM, Calcium-D-glucarate, and turmeric⠀ 🌀Stress less and sleep more⠀ 🌀Minimize your exposure to xenoestrogens⠀ Questions? Ask me below!”

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ”Every block is an important piece of the fertility puzzle, but the time spent making changes differs for everyone. No matter where your body needs the most support, it is crucial that you are working with YOUR body for best outcomes…which can take some time. . When we want a baby, we want a baby NOW (or, like, yesterday….) I get it. You’ve already been through hell & back and you are SO SICK of the waiting game. It sucks. It’s my job to be honest with you & give you realistic expectations. There is no BS here, no woowoo voodoo, just science, experience & results. . Unfortunately, changes in hormones, egg quality, reproductive environment and sperm quality don’t happen overnight. But taking this time can make ALL of the difference in your ability to take home a healthy baby, no matter how you are TTC….. The process I use in the Fertility Foundations Program can even SHORTEN your time to taking home a healthy baby!!! That’s right, a plan that is individualized to YOU, designed to work with your body & redirect resources to fertility can get a baby in your arms sooner than fertility treatments used on their own. It takes a MINIMUM of 3-4 months to see changes in egg quality. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a positive impact on the changing follicles before that, BUT if we are being realistic, it is going to take a least 3-4 months to see major changes that decrease the risk of miscarriage, increase conception & set you up for a healthy pregnancy and tiny human. . Depending on what is going on with your cycle, whether you have any underlying health conditions or have some gnarly GI stuff going on, it could take closer to 6-8 months for your body to heal and refocus on egg quality & reproductive environment. I believe in being honest & upfront about the results you can expect & the changes you should see during & after my program.A baby is never guaranteed, no matter how you are TTC. BUT increasing your chances of taking home a healthy baby by 80% when conceiving naturally and more than doubling your chances of conceiving via IVF are pretty great odds! Especially when you are improving your overall health throughout the process.💞"

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ “Our hormones play a huge role in our health. Although they are secreted by various endocrine glands and organs, they are important chemical messengers that impact every cell in our body, from brain, metabolism, fertility to bones.⠀ ⠀ 🤝All hormones work together synergistically and it is very important to have the right amount from each, otherwise they all are affected and instead of feeling at your best, you start experiencing infertility, weight gain or loss, fatigue, night sweats, low libido, PMS, mood swings, anxiety, insulin resistance, and many more.⠀ ⠀ 👩🏽In a women’s lifetime hormonal imbalance happens at least twice in her life - once at puberty and then at menopause.⠀ ⠀ Unfortunately she can have this imbalance beyond the natural aging process and the underlying causes can be:⠀ ⚡️Chronic stress⠀ ⚡️Lack of sleep⠀ ⚡️Poor diet⠀ ⚡️Nutrient deficiency⠀ ⚡️Thyroid dysfunctions⠀ ⚡️Inflammation⠀ ⚡️Endocrine disruptor chemicals (plastics, parabens, phthalates, pesticides, etc.)⠀ ⚡️PCOS⠀ ⠀ 💊There is medication for each problem, but none of them will actually address the underlying cause. Unfortunately that will lead to more problems like diabetes, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, certain cancers, etc.⠀ ⠀ The best way to get your hormones balanced naturally:⠀ 🍀Eat a balanced diet with lots of veggies, with some protein and healthy fats⠀ 🍀Avoid processed foods and sugar⠀ 🍀Get enough sleep⠀ 🍀Be active, move your body⠀ 🍀Avoid plastic containers⠀ 🍀Choose non-toxic personal care products ⠀ 🍀Manage your stress⠀ 🍀Consider herbs and supplements - such as ashwagandha, rhodiola, holy basil, vitamin D, evening primrose oil, and many more.⠀ ⠀ (IG posts are for Education only always seek professional Medical Advice from your Doctor)⠀⠀⠀ Schedule a consultation with Dr.Demeri⠀⠀⠀ 🖥 http://www.aimforwomen.com/bookings⠀⠀⠀ 👉Direct link in IG Profile @drdemeri”

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”No matter how you are TTC, investing time in your health prior to conception can decrease your risk of miscarriage, pregnancy complications and improve birth outcomes. . The most common cause of early miscarriage (40-50%) is chromosomal abnormalities or genetic error. Focusing on egg & sperm quality is crucial for minimizing chromosomal abnormalities. It takes at least 3 months to see a major change in egg quality (and at least 75 days for sperm quality). . Other common reasons for miscarriage include clotting or immune factors, and thyroid imbalances (including subclinical). All of which can be addressed with appropriate preconception care. . Aside from greatly reducing the risk of miscarriage, preconception care also decreases the risk of pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, pre-term birth and more. . Additionally, your immune system will be building your babies immune system. The majority of our immune system depends on our gut health, which also impacts how we are digesting & absorbing nutrients. Remember, we can’t transfer nutrients to baby that we don’t have! If we go into pregnancy deficient, it can impact brain development, organ development and so much more. Planning to improve your diet once you find out your pregnant is not the best plan, especially when it’s questionable whether you’ll be able to eat much variety during your first trimester. Building stores preconception can get you through these early weeks! . TAKEAWAY***We can have a major impact on pregnancy & birth outcomes by focusing on overall health for a minimum of 3 months prior to conception.*** . What can you do!? Support these 3 areas… ✨Digestion & Immune Function: Eat at least 30g fiber daily, increase color in your diet, get to the bottom of tummy troubles, inflammation, not having daily BM’s ✨Hormone Balance: Get to the bottom of irregular cycles, balance blood sugar, check in on thyroid health. ✨Natural Detox System: Hydrate, sweat, have a daily BM. . ....And you will influence egg quality, reproductive environment, embryo development, the health of pregnancy & the life-long health of your future child.”

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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ “We’ve been talking a lot about gut health over here, so let’s make this relevant for #endometriosisawarenessmonth 💛 . Remember when I told you that women with endometriosis sometimes go 10 years or more before being accurately diagnosed? One reason is that many symptoms of endo overlap with irritable bowel syndrome (bloating, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, and abdominal/pelvic pain), leading to a misdiagnosis. . Digestive symptoms are common in women with endometriosis, which makes total sense when you think about the physical closeness between the reproductive organs and the digestive tract. Inflammation from one system could easily spill over to the other. . Further, endometrial lesions can certainly migrate to digestive organs. BUT even women without bowel lesions can have IBS symptoms. Why is that? One of the features of IBS is hypersensitivity to pain signals coming from the abdominal/pelvic organs. Endometriosis might also affect the enteric nervous system (the nerves in the gut) leading to an increased pain response. . Take home message #1: If you’ve been diagnosed with IBS, but also have symptoms like heavy periods, pain with sex, heavy bleeding, and severe PMS…keep asking questions. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of endometriosis (especially if you have a family history of this condition). . Take home message #2: One treatment for IBS might also be helpful for endometriosis. The low-FODMAP diet temporarily removes certain types of dietary fiber in order to reduce gas, bloating, and pain. Research has shown this style of eating to reduce the “visceral hypersensitivity” in both IBS and endometriosis, which means this intervention could be a helpful adjunctive therapy to improve quality of life for women with either of these conditions. . PMID: 28303579, 29396128” . . #functionalmedicine #fxmed #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #guthealth #endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #ibs #ibsawareness #irritablebowelsyndrome

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#Repost @drmarkhyman ・・・ ”The first step involves removing the bad stuff. We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worse PMS and all hormonal imbalances – including menopause.⁣ ⁣ Imbalances in your hormones are triggered by bad food. If you eat sugar, you’ll produce more insulin, more estrogen, and more testosterone. Any type of flour and sugar can lead to these imbalances. Dairy and gluten are often triggers for inflammation and hormonal imbalances. Xenobiotics or environmental chemicals like pesticides in our food can act like powerful hormone disruptors and trigger our own hormones to go out of balance. ⁣ ⁣ Dairy is one of the biggest triggers of hormonal imbalances because of all the hormones found naturally in milk and because of the hormones and antibiotics added to milk. Even organic milk can come from pregnant cows, jacking up hormone levels. In fact, dairy has over 60 hormones that can contribute to imbalances. Dairy and gluten are among the most common food sensitivities that you might benefit from eliminating from your diet.⁣ ⁣ After removing the bad stuff, you will want to replace it with good stuff. Eat a whole, real, unprocessed, organic, mostly plant-based diet with organic or sustainably raised animal products. When you focus on this type of diet, you minimize intake of xenoestrogens, hormones, and antibiotics. Taking simple steps like choosing organic food and drinking filtered water can hugely impact hormone balance.⁣”

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#Repost @thewomensdietitian “YOUR CYCLE AFFECTS HOW YOU FEEL 🙀⁣ ⁣ 🎢This rollercoaster is basically our life in a nutshell and then it’s back to square one for another ride, amirite? ⁣ ⁣ Day 1 is the first day of bleeding that commences your menstrual cycle. Throughout Aunt Flow’s visit, you may feel irritable, bloated, crampy, and have some lower back pain. The lack of estrogen steals your sunshine for a little while but fear not— it comes back in full force as your estrogen starts to pick up, TG☀️⁣ ⁣ Days later as the lining of your uterus starts to get all warm and cozy, awaiting an egg to nourish, you are in your fertile window, your estrogen is surging and you👏🏼are 👏🏼at👏🏼the👏🏼top👏🏼of👏🏼yo👏🏼GAME. Your boobs are perkier, your libido is soaring, your skin is clearer and your brain is sharper. ⁣ ⁣ Then BOOM 💥 ovulation! ⁣ ⁣ You descend into what we call the luteal phase when your progesterone is elevated, your body temp is high, and your uterine lining is thick. It usually lasts 10-16 days. ☺️⁣ ⁣ Now you’re at the end of your cycle— and if a baby isn’t in your cards, your progesterone and estrogen take a nosedive. Thanks to plummeting estrogen, your emotions and mood take a down turn. 👎🏼 This leads us back to day 1 and it starts alllllll over again.⁣ ⁣ Despite this cyclical nature of our bodies, why tf does it always feel like a huge surprise when we burst into tears over a Burger King commercial?! 😂⁣ ⁣ 📍NOTE: The standard “28-day cycle” is what textbooks always use, but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the normal length of a typical cycle— this is used for reference purposes. Usually, a cycle ranging anywhere from 21-35 days is “normal.”⁣ ⁣ So, what emoji are you?! Drop it below 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 ⁣” ⁣ #womenshealth #periodproblems #pmsproblems #pms #hormonebalance #menstruationmatters #healthyhormones

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#Repost @thewomensdietitian ・・・ “DO YOU HAVE HEALTHY LEVELS OF ESTROGEN? 💥⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Stress on the body = no bueno for estrogen production. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✔️Whether too low or too high, estrogen has mega impacts on all kinds of aspects of our health we might not have otherwise considered. ⁣And apparently I copied over the wrong chemical structure for estrogen and replaced it with serotonin on my previous post 🤦🏼‍♀️ so here it is with the right one inside! Thanks for the catch, friends!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ✨WEIGHT: Some forms of estrogen are linked to how the body controls weight. Lower levels of estradiol can lead to weight gain. We see this often in menopause.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✨SKIN: Lower estrogen levels are correlated with skin dryness, wrinkling, and thinning. Once skin becomes estrogen deficient it undergoes histological changes responsible for decreasing collagen.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✨LIBIDO: Estrogen helps you feel hot n’ sexay! This is why you’re feeling your BEST when estrogen is surging thru your follicular and ovulation phases.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✨MOOD: Fluctuating estrogen puts women at an increased risk of mood disorders and depression.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✨ENERGY: When your body’s estrogen level is not balanced, you may experience major fatigue. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ✨FERTILITY: Low estrogen may equal no ovulation and without ovulating, there is a 0% chance of falling pregnant naturally. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Have you experienced an estrogen imbalance?! Share below 👇🏼⁣⁣” ⁣ #hormonebalance #estrogenbalance #healthyhormones #happyhormones #womenshealth #hormonehealth

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”NUTRITION is not one size fits all! . We’ve been chatting about why a fertility diet should look different for each person this week. If you’re just tuning in, be sure to scroll back and catch up! . The first step I take with each client is to investigate. This typically requires functional fertility testing, a detailed health history & acquiring past labs as well as listening to current signs and symptoms. Investigating allows me to design a very individualized action plan that will work with your body to improve your egg quality & reproductive environment. . Each action plan includes guidance for nutrition, supplements, stress, sleep and movement. The nutrition piece always starts with the 4 principles above and is then individualized based on gut health, genetics, hormones, nutrient status, food presences and more. . Are you ready to take the guesswork out of eating for fertility?! ” . #ttccommunity #fertilitydietitian #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #ttcsupport #fertilityfood #fertilitydiet #hormonebalance #hormoneimbalance #eggquality #itstartswiththeegg #fertilitycoach #fertilitycounseling #ivfsupport #ttcjourney #infertilityjourney #periodproblems #functionalmedicine #functionalfertility

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ”Earlier this week I posted about there being no such thing as a perfect fertility diet. This doesn’t mean there aren’t nutrients that are essential for egg & sperm quality, supporting reproductive environment and improving your chances of having a healthy baby!! **Check back tomorrow to learn the principles of a quality fertility diet.** It can just look different for everyone for many reasons. One of my number one goals for my clients is to make sure they have a realistic & sustainable long-term plan. This means their fertility nutrition plan includes foods they love & recipes they grew up with in a way that is working with their body to optimize their fertility. Fish & seafood won’t be on the menu if you hate it! We might talk about preparation & trying it in different ways, but if it’s still a no-go, we amp up the nutrients from other foods and supplements when necessary. Depending on where your body needs support in the hormone balance department, amount and type of exercise can look different which can influence the amount & type of foods you are fueling your body with. If exercise & nutrition balance is off it can lead to loss of ovulation, elevated stress hormones and depleted nutrients….no bueno for fertility! Blood sugar balance is important for overall hormone balance and regular ovulation. Some bodies function better with more carbs while others thrive with a little less. This is okay! Finding your sweet spot can make all the difference for regulating your cycle & supporting egg quality. Additionally, health history, diagnosis, family history, current gut health & genetics can all play a role in eating pattern recommendations, foods to focus on & foods to limit. It is a scary & confusing world out there when it comes to nutrition recommendations. Checking the credentials of who you are getting advice from is essential! Remember MD’s and even RE’s DON’T have a background in nutrition unless they have done separate training and even then it likely isn’t the same as years of nutrition focused education, hundreds of hours of training, yearly continued education & staying up on current research daily. I’m here for you!”

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ “Do you ever find yourself dealing with symptoms that you just know can’t be normal? Maybe you have even gone to your doctor and they do some blood work or other tests and say everything looks “normal.” Or your doctor has found something wrong and just gives you medication which has helped but you still feel there is more to the story. Maybe you have tried some things on your own or tried other practitioners that have helped your symptoms a bit but you still don’t feel 100% the way you want to feel. 💯💯 .. I have talked to thousands of women and hear stories like this all the time. They tell me things like I have managed to control my symptoms. I feel ok now that I have done x,y,z. If I had to live like this forever I feel like I would survive. I do the best I can to deal with my symptoms and not have it impact my life too much (but they usually still do). I exist the best I can and feel like things could be worse.😣😣 .. While it is understandable to think this way it still makes me sad. Why? Because I don’t want anyone to feel like they are simply managing, surviving, dealing with, existing, or just doing ok. I want women to THRIVE! You don’t have to just live with it but you can address the root causes so you can ELIMINATE your symptoms and feel your best! It isn’t selfish to work on yourself. There are answers out there if you dig deep enough and work on all areas of your body. You are not just destined to have these symptoms. 💁🏽‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️ .. Our health is at the root of your life experiences and when you have suboptimal health and when you don’t make it a priority all other areas of your life tends to falter. Your relationships may not be as good, showing up at work becomes more difficult, you aren’t as present in life. This is not ok by me and it shouldn’t be ok with you!😜😜 .. Do you feel like you are just managing symptoms? Ready to thrive instead? Apply to work with us using the link in my profile!👆🏽👆🏽” . Im doing online sessions worlde 💻🌍 www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . #womenshealth #hormoneimbalance #periodproblems #adrenalfatigue #hypothyroidism #guthealth

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ”EGG & SPERM QUALITY MATTER NO MATTER HOW YOU ARE TTC. Unfortunately, there aren’t any lab tests that look at the quality of either. HOWEVER, we can still improve your chances of success by starting with nutrition & lifestyle! What if you could cut the number of IVF cycles it takes to get a baby by 50%?! You might think this sounds crazy, but the numbers don’t lie. It takes an average of 3 IVF cycles to take home a baby. With targeted nutrition & lifestyle support the chances of taking home a baby skyrocket with just 1 round of IVF. It is super important to look at a clinics live birth rates, rather than pregnancy rates when considering IVF. Consider this, in the US, 42% of IVF cycles are successful for women under 35 years old, 34% for women 35-37 years old and 24% for women 38-40 years old. Your chances can double with diet & lifestyle intervention for both partners! This means, looking at overall health & digging down to the root cause of any symptoms. It blows my mind that IVF is the answer for a woman that has no period or has always had irregular cycles. Why is there zero consideration as to why she is having these symptoms and how this is influencing her egg quality?! This is not every doctor but it happens too often. Couples do the best we can with the information they are given, unfortunately there is a lack of information throughout the infertility protocol. Considering IVF’s hefty price tag of at least 12k-17k per cycle, investing in your health to focus on egg & sperm quality before dishing out the big bucks can save you thousands of dollars & likely a lot of heartache from failed treatments. And what if you didn’t need IVF despite all of your fertility challenges? Investing in your health has zero consequences and it will certainly improve your chance of getting pregnant no matter how you are trying to conceive. How can targeted nutrition & lifestyle guidance support an IVF cycle? ✨Improves egg & sperm quality ✨Creates a healthy environment for implantation✨Improves chances of full-term pregnancy & healthy baby✨Decreases pregnancy complications ✨Improves postpartum recovery" Areyou readyto get optimized for your👶🏾?

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#Repost @hormonehealingrd ・・・ “Functional Food Highlight: Bone Broth 🍵⁣ ⁣ When I think of medicinal foods I think of bone broth. There's a reason homemade chicken soup is given to people when they are sick. ⁣ ⁣ Many cultures like Chinese, French, Japanese, African, and Italian have different broths that are made to help different ailments like GI issues, join pain, constipation, etc. ⁣ ⁣ The benefits of bone broth are coming from the nutrients found in bones and connective tissue.⁣ ⁣ 🔹Gelatin is the protein in bone broth and is the cooked form of collagen. They contain the same nutrients, but gelatin is a different form that allows you to use it in baked good and different recipes. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹One of the biggest draws for me to bone broth is its amino acid content. ⁣ ⁣ Bone broth contains anti-inflammatory amino acids like alanine, hydroxyproline, proline, and glycine. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹Bone broth also contains a variety of minerals that are essential for thyroid function and hormone health. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹Bone broth also contains vitamins A and K2. Vitamin A is important for skin, heart, immune system, and reproductive health. ⁣ ⁣ Vitamin K2 helps to keep calcium inside the bones and teeth to protect our thyroid and support bone health. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Depending on the ingredients used to make the bone broth, its nutrition content can vary, but I think it's a great food to include regularly. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I love cooking and just drinking bone broth, but I also utilize @paleovalley Bone Broth Protein in coffee and smoothies as a quality protein source. It's also great for travel. It has all of the same benefits in a convenient and unflavored form. ⁣ ⁣ It also makes coffee super frothy and who doesn't love that?!⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Tag a friend that needs this info 💖”

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ “More on endometriosis (if you missed the symptoms then go back to my previous post) for #endometriosisawarenessmonth.👉🏽👉🏽 .. I wanted to talk about some of the things that can contribute to endo. The number one thing you want to consider is your immune system. Current research supports the involvement of immune cells in the contribution of endometriosis. 🦠🦠29316073 .. What does that mean? Immune dysfunction is what prevents the immune system from learning cup endometrial lesions and what can contribute to the growth of those lesions in the first place. Issues with the immune system can also lead to inflammation and inflammation is part of an autoimmune response. Some will even classify as an autoimmune disease.💩💩 .. When it comes to addressing the immune system you want to think about your gut since around 70% of your immune system is in your gut. Looking for infections in the gut, balancing your healthy gut bacteria, addressing leaky gut, decreasing inflammation, supporting your immune system, reducing stress, nutrition, ensuring adequate stomach acid and enzyme production are all important considerations when it comes to healing your gut and therefore your immune system. 🐛🐛🥑🥦🔥🔥26901277 and PMC3204940” . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciergherapy.se . . . . #endometriosis #endowarrior #endo #endometriosiswarrior #periodproblems #pms #periodcramps #painfulperiods #periodpain #estrogendominance #womenshealth #autoimmunedisease #inflammation #leakygut #guthealthmatters #guthealth #heavyperiods #rootcause #healfromwithin #hormonehealth #hormoneimbalance #hormonebalance #hormonesupport

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#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”Is your period missing?⁠ ⁠ A lesser known cause of irregular or absent periods is primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), or premature ovarian failure (an older term for the condition).⁠ ⁠ 🥚WHAT IS IT? ⁠ POI is when your ovaries stop functioning properly well before menopause (under the age of 40). It’s not premature menopause, but a malfunction that results in your ovaries not releasing eggs regularly.⁠ ⁠ Women with POI can and do get pregnant, but it may be difficult because ovulation can be sporadic.⁠ ⁠ 🥚SIGNS + SYMPTOMS⁠ Autoimmune disorders are a risk factor, particularly adrenal autoimmune diseases like Addison’s and autoimmune thyroiditis. (Hold tight for tomorrow's post on the link between thyroid health and irregular periods!)⁠ ⁠ POI is also associated with low levels of estrogen and androgens. Since the body isn’t ovulating regularly, hormone levels are not optimal.⁠ ⁠ One of the early signs of POI can be vaginal dryness, or lowered vaginal fluid levels, since decreases in estrogen typically produce this symptom. Hot flashes, night sweats, or low libido can also be telltale signs that POI is presenting.⁠ ⁠ Keep in mind: If you're on birth control, these symptoms can be masked.⁠ ⁠ 🥚TREATMENT OPTIONS⁠ Some research indicates that decreasing inflammation via the administration of corticosteroids can induce ovulation in women with POI. Scientists have also explored the possibility of using human amniotic epithelial cells (hAECs) to restore ovulation in mice.⁠ ⁠ 🥦However, what needs to happen as a first step is holistic nutrition and lifestyle intervention.⁠ ⁠ I literally cannot stress this enough.⁠ ⁠ You are at higher risk if you have an autoimmune disease which is very much connected to gut-related issues. And your ovarian tissue is some of the most sensitive tissue in your body—it responds to nutrient deficiencies and environmental toxins—so it is crucial that the contributing factors to POI are addressed immediately.⁠ ⁠ 🖱️Click the link in my bio @nicolemjardim to learn more about the causes of irregular periods and take the quiz 🗒️ on my website to discover the root cause of your period probs! ”

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ “Did you know that an estimated 33% of infertility is due to male factor? Another 33% is female factor and the remaining is combined male/female factors. . Even if the sperm analysis is “normal”, we can’t dismiss sperm quality during preconception care. . As women, we have many more signs that something might be off. Cycling hormones, CM, BBT, ovulation (or lack of), length of cycle or period flow….and many more lab tests and evaluation procedures. Not to mention the pressure we tend to put on ourselves….which can make it pretty easy to convince ourselves (or even be told by a doc) that we are the reason we are struggling to conceive or carry a baby to term. . What can you do to improve sperm quality? ✨Stop smoking! Both nicotine & marijuana. ✨Get 7-9 hours of quality shut eye every night. ✨Manage stress daily. ✨Load up on antioxidants by including lots of color, nuts, olive oil and fatty fish. . There is zero downside to incorporating nutrition & lifestyle changes that improve sperm quality!! How is your guy participating in preconception care!? 👇🏻👇🏻” . #ttccommunity #infertilitysucks #infertilityjourney #fertilitydietitian #unexplainedinfertility #fertilitydiet #infertilitysupport #ttcwithpcos #ttcwithendo #spermquality #sperm #malefactorinfertility #infertilitywarrior #ivfsupport #infertilitysisters #fertilitycoach #functionalmedicine #functionalfertility

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#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”IRREGULAR PERIODS & STRESS 🙈⁠ ⁠ Have you ever gone through a stressful time—whether it be a rough break-up, college mid-terms, the start of a demanding job, OR a worldwide pandemic (too soon?)—and noticed some weird stuff happening to your period?⁠ ⁠ Def not a coincidence!⁠ ⁠ WHAT WE KNOW: Ongoing stress can lead to HPA axis dysfunction, disrupted cortisol secretion, and irregular or absent periods.⁠ ⁠ BUT HOW?⁠ ⁠ It all starts with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, aka our body's stress response coordinator.⁠ ⁠ When we experience stress (e.g., a job interview, a traffic jam, or a fight with our significant other), the 🧠signals our adrenals to secrete hormones like epinephrine and cortisol that help us respond to those stressors.⁠ ⁠ This is a good thing, IF it occurs infrequently.⁠ ⁠ When we’re in a state of chronic stress, however (e.g., workaholic status, poor sleep habits, trauma, or an inflammatory diet), adrenal-hormone dysfunction can ensue. 😵⁠ ⁠ This dysfunction messes with our hormones BIG time. ⁠⏬⁠ ⁠ High cortisol dampens the hypothalamus’s secretion of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), which is responsible for triggering the pituitary to release follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).⁠ ⁠ This is bad news, because FSH and LH are critical for reproduction: FSH stimulates the ovarian follicle, causing an egg to grow, and triggers the production of estrogen in the follicle. The release of LH then causes the 🥚to be released from the ovary (known as ovulation). But that’s not all…⁠ ⁠ Cortisol also directly inhibits the production of FSH and LH in a further attempt to thwart the chance of ovulation and potential 👶.⁠ As a result, over time, the production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone goes a little haywire, thus disrupting the entire menstrual cycle.⁠ 🙅‍♀️⁠ ⁠ Whew! The moral of the story: The best thing you can do for your 🩸is figure out how to CALM your stress response...especially now during trying times. 🏖️⁠ ⁠ The next best thing? Read my latest post on why your period might be all over the place at the link in bio @nicolemjardim!”

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”Are your labs “normal” but you still aren’t getting pregnant? Have you been diagnosed with unexplained infertility? This is actually pretty common and something I see with many of my unexplained infertility clients. So, what can you do? . Well, let’s start with what “normal” labs really mean. In the context of conventional lab data normal means, average or falling within a range that is most common in a given population. . This varies a bit depending on which lab you are looking at but it is important to know that “normal” lab ranges are different than OPTIMAL lab ranges. For instance, normal vitamin D is considered 20-40 ng/mL but an optimal level is 40-80 ng/mL. Quite the difference right!? Especially when adequate vitamin D is necessary for healthy AMH, FSH and progesterone! All of which are pretty important for conceiving and carrying a pregnancy to term. . Your doctors may be telling you “everything is normal, just keep trying” but YOU know your body best, listen to it. Do you feel like something is off but aren’t getting any support from your docs? Don’t shove it under a rug, you aren’t crazy, I promise. . Body systems do not function in isolation!!! If everything looks a-oaky with our reproductive environment, it’s time to consider what else may be influencing fertility IOW, look at the whole body. Think about other symptoms you might be having. Tummy troubles, irregular cycles, lack of CM, strange BBT pattern, trouble sleeping, headaches….anything! These symptoms may be trying to tell you something, especially if they are consistent. . If you have “normal” labs, but haven’t been able to conceive, I would love to help you dig deeper, take the guesswork out of “what to do”, & greatly improve your chances of taking home a healthy babe. . Are you struggling to conceive even though labs are “normal”?” . #ttccommunity #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysucks #unexplainedinfertility #fertilitysupport #ttcsupport #infertilitysupport #fertilitydietitian #fertilitydiet #functionalfertility #fertilitycoach #ivfsupport #ttcwithpcos #ttcwithendo

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#Repost @nicolemjardim ・・・ ”Total mood when your period is late... again. 📆⁠ ⁠ Are you always surprised when your period arrives? Is it unpredictable and on its own schedule, either coming every few weeks or even months?⁠ ⁠ Yeah...not ideal.⁠ ⁠ Worrying about when your next period will make an appearance—on a first date 💃or during an important meeting 👩‍💼or on vacation 🧖‍♀️is something that no one wants to deal with.⁠ ⁠ And while you may feel like you’re the only one dealing with it, know that between 11 and 13% of women have irregular periods!⁠ ⁠ But what constitutes a NORMAL period? There's a lot of confusion surrounding this topic, so let's get into it. 👇⁠ ⁠ A “normal” period doesn’t necessarily have to start every 28 days. In fact, studies show that a healthy cycle can fall within the range of 21 to 35 days, with an average period length of 3-7 days.⁠ ⁠ However, I'd say we want to shoot for a 25- to 35-day cycle for optimal hormone health and fertility. Women with cycles shorter than 24 days tend to have lower progesterone or excess estrogen + too-short luteal phases, which can impair their ability to get pregnant.⁠ ⁠ While pregnancy might not be your endgame, it is your body’s—and a truly healthy cycle is one that is fertile.⁠ 🌸⁠ ⁠ Although some variation with your period can happen due to food and lifestyle changes, if you have consistently irregular periods, it’s always a good idea to see your OB/GYN. But be forewarned: She might suggest you take the pill to regulate your periods.⁠ ⁠ I'd argue that what you really need to know is WHY they’re irregular in the first place.⁠ ⁠ That’s where my newest blog post comes in! 🖥️⁠ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⁠ Click the link in bio @nicolemjardim to read about common but surprising causes of irregular periods—and what to do about them!⁠ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⁠ Are you currently experiencing a missing or irregular period? Tell me what's up with your cycle in the comments. #periodgirl⁠ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ 📷: @crystal.ro⁠” .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #fixyourperiodbook #loveyourladyparts #periodpositive #periodtips #periodista #menstruation #properiod #periodproblems #pms #pmdd #menstruationmatters #naturalfertility #fixyourperiod #fixmyperiod #irregularperiods #

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#Repost @fertilitynutritionist ・・・ “I’m sure you are all watching the developments around covid-19 particularly if monitoring cycles in order to go ahead with IVF. I know this is a part of my program currently with many clients. . The European Society of Reproductive Medicine released a statement yesterday. Check my bio for further details. . . ..’ As a precautionary measure - and in line with the position of other scientific societies in reproductive medicine - we advise that all fertility patients considering or planning treatment, even if they do not meet the diagnostic criteria for Covid-19 infection, should avoid becoming pregnant at this time. For those patients already having treatment, we suggest considering deferred pregnancy with oocyte or embryo freezing for later embryo transfer.’.. . . ESHRE further advises that patients who are pregnant or those (men and women) planning or undergoing fertility treatment should avoid travel to known areas of infection and contact with potentially infected individuals. . . This is something I’m sure ESHRE haven’t taken lightly and are watching the data around this unfold. I know in the U.K. we had our first corona virus baby born this week. It’s currently unclear how the baby girl got the virus, as few children and babies seem to be testing positive to it. . . If you are undertaking fertility treatment and ART please contact your clinic for further information, as they may or may not confirm this statement that was released yesterday. We also await the HFEA 🇬🇧 position on this. The 🇺🇸 @americansocietyforreprodmed have yet to make a statement on this too.”

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ “If you missed my last 2 posts on missing periods be sure to go back so you can catch up. There are many possible reasons your period goes bye bye (see last post). Today I want to talk about the thyroid connection because this is an often overlooked issue. If practitioners are even checking the thyroid (which they don’t always) they often aren’t testing a full thyroid panel and then they aren’t interpreting the labs properly. This leads to little answers.😣😣 .. Thyroid function is regulated by the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary axis to be exact. This axis controls some of the most important hormones related to fertility including signaling the ovaries to produce hormones. Thyroid dysfunction can impact the brain signaling and therefore how much of these hormones are released. 💁🏽‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️ .. You need adequate thyroid hormone to make pregnenolone (your “mother” hormone) from cholesterol and then to make progesterone. But having low progesterone also raises thyroid requirements, making the thyroid gland work harder.💪🏽💪🏽 .. Thyroid issues can worsen insulin resistance and disrupt your stress response which can increase your risk of PCOS, irregular periods, and yes hypothalamic amenorrhea (or a missing period).❤️❤️ .. Every cell in your body needs thyroid hormone, including your brain and your ovaries. Thyroid hormones support follicle developments which is a necessary step in ovulation. So no matter if you are dealing with hypo or hyperthyroidism it can affect menstruation. But getting a proper thyroid test performed and having it interpreted from a functional perspective is key! I have a IGTV video about thyroid labs you can watch via my highlights.👆🏽👆🏽” . . . . . . #hypothyroidism #thyroidproblems #thyroidhealing #thyroid #hashimotosdisease #gravesdisease #hyperthyroidism #womenshealth #periods #periodproblems #amenorrhea #hypothalamicamenorrhea #pcos #pcoswarrior #rootcause #healfromwithin #guthealthmatters #tiredmom #fatigued #adrenalfatigue #hormonehealth #hormoneimbalance #hormonebalance

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”SUPPORTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM is important all of the time, but it is natural to find yourself scrambling for “what to do” in the midst of a new virus. There is not a magic supplement or herb that will help us prevent COVID-19, however we can support our bodies natural defense system! . NOTE: TP will NOT help protect you……if you are planning on staying in, stock up on nutritious FOOD, otherwise you won’t need any of that TP anyways. . Food items to have on hand: ✨Protein: canned tuna, canned salmon, eggs, frozen chicken thighs, beans & legumes ✨Produce: Fresh fruit & veggies (eat these first!), frozen veggies, frozen berries ✨Fat: Nut butter, nuts, seeds, avocado oil, olive oil ✨Grains/Starch: potatoes, rice, quinoa . Filling your pantry and freezer with foods that are full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants, vitamin C & zinc will help support your immune system so it can better fight any infection that comes it’s way. Continue taking your prenatal vitamins or good quality multivitamins to fill in the gaps. . Moving your body is SO important for your immune system! You don’t have to go to the gym, pop on a youtube exercise or go get some fresh air. . Additionally, don’t skimp on sleep! Sleep will help your body prepare to fight any foreign invaders. If you are feeling under the weather, listen to your body and rest!! It will help you recover quicker. . Lastly, don’t panic!! Stress weakens our immune system & can make us more likely to be infected by foreign invaders. . What are your questions? 👇🏻” . #ttccommunity #immunesupport #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #ttcsupport #fertilitycoach #ivfsupport #functionalmedicine #functionalfertility #ttcsupport #ttcwithpcos #ttcwithendo

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ “💭Did you know that most of your thyroid hormone is converted to the active form your body uses for metabolism in your liver?⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ 🌿One of the best ways to support your thyroid is to cleanse and support your liver daily. A great way to do this is with Dandelion Greens⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ 🌿I encourage you to try dandelion juicing. I combine my dandelion juice with apples and a tiny pinch of cayenne.⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ 🌿Dandelion Juicing is part of my #PreconceptionDetox for my mamma's who want to optimize their hormones, thyroid and liver function prior to conceiving. This ensures that they are nutritionally making super eggs!⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ 🌿Here are some interesting Dandelion Facts:⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ * Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant rich⠀⠀ * Vitamin K (Bone health)⠀⠀ * Blood builder and purifier⠀⠀ * Rich in Vitamin C and super rich in Vitamin A⠀⠀ * Rich in Folate which is crucial as a prenatal in its natural form⠀⠀ * Iron, Potassium,Mangenese, Calcium, Magnesium⠀⠀ * Detoxifies the Liver and makes you go⠀⠀ * Helps digest food if taken before a meal⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ 💭Do you need more ENERGY?⠀⠀ 💭Do you have a SLUGGISH liver (who doesn't)?⠀⠀ 💭Suffer from PMS or feel like a different person the week before your period?⠀⠀ 💭Do you want to have a baby in the future?⠀⠀ 💭Have been told you have a FATTY LIVER, are ANEMIC, PALE and cold, diagnosed with LEUKEMIA, ENDOMETRIOSIS, PCOS or HASHIMOTO'S?⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ Speak to your Naturopathic or Functional Medicine Doctor about the amazing medicinal properties of Dandelion root and leaves.⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ Tag a friend that would love this information and tell me about your experiences with Dandelion juicing in the comments box below.⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ (IG posts are for Education only. Always seek professional Medical Advice from your own Doctor)⠀⠀⠀ Schedule a consultation with Dr.Demeri⠀⠀⠀ 🖥 http://www.aimforwomen.com/bookings⠀⠀⠀ Direct link in IG Profile @drdemeri”

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#Repost @drdemeri ・・・ “🥚It takes approximately 3 months for an immature egg to develop into a mature egg ready for ovulation, and this is the crucial window of time for preserving egg quality⠀⠀ 🥚Most naturally conceived embryos are lost before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Only about a third of fertilized embryos survive to become a baby. This is due to chromosomal abnormalities mostly.⠀⠀ 🥚In women over 40, more than half of eggs maybe chromosomally abnormal⠀⠀ 🥚Egg production is a very long & error-prone process. The development of each egg begins before a woman is even born. A girl is born with all the eggs she will ever have, and each egg exists in a state of suspended animation.⠀⠀ 🥚The energy producing structures inside eggs change significantly with age and in response to nutrients and other external factors. These structures, called mitochondria, act as mini-power plants to transform various fuel sources into energy that the cell can use, in the form of ATP- the energy of life. Without enough energy, egg and embryo development may go awry or stop altogether. You can help recharge your mitochondria and thereby boost your egg’s energy supply with proper nutrition and vitamins⠀ 🔹Folate (not folic acid which is synthetic)- A type of B vitamin, used for hundreds of different biological processes, helps prevent serious birth defects and helps in healthy egg development, egg quality, and IVF success rates⠀ 🔹Vitamin B12, Zinc and B6 are also instrumental in embryo quality⠀ 🔹CoQ10 or Ubiquinol - 100-200mg can be very helpful and can help oxygenate the cells of the entire body as well and support Mitochondrial function⠀⠀ 🔹NAC - This is an antioxidant and if you know me, when it comes to prenatal health, antioxidants are crucial to increase to negate the oxidative damage aging and the environment have on our bodies. This has been shown to help prevent the damage to the telomeres & makes Glutathione⠀ 🔹DHEA - this is our 'Youth hormone' that the adrenal gland makes and peaks around age 21 and then starts to decline.Not everyone needs this and the dosages used in research are pretty high and can increase testosterone and make you lose hair and have acne"

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#Repost @fertilitynutritionist ・・・ ”Causes of Endometriosis . . As there isn’t a huge amount of research dedicated to this ( currently only just over 1000 research papers in the last few years )which looking at other diseases is a very small amount! . . It’s most likely a combination of many factors and having oestrogen dominance in the family and an inability to detox oestrogen well From liver to bowel. This seems to start at puberty and maybe a huge factor that radiates outwards and starts a cascade of other things. . . There are some theories around stagnation and back flow menstral blood which goes back through fallopian tubes and deposits and starts to grow in uterus. This however doesn’t explain how the tissue got to the bowel and other areas. It may relate to lymphatic and circulatory system more though as this serves the whole body. . . Immune dysfunction is also one theory and that women with endo seem to have an inability to manage the hormones during the cycle and this results in an immune response and lesions in the body. These women also seem to have other immune issues. . . Genetics also plays a factor in a few studies and there are some genes that appear in women with endo and Adenomyosis . . Environmental causes seems to play heavily and this again may go back to the woman’s inability to detox well where chemicals build up , particularly dioxins. A study in rats given huge doses of dioxins developed Endometriosis. . . Another theory is metaplasia a process in the body where one cell can morph into a different one. This normally happens in response to inflammation and allows the cell to adapt, so the body can survive. Researchers believe this can happen when a baby girl is developing in the womb when her own womb is growing!”

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#Repost @the.fertility.dietitian ・・・ ”DID YOU KNOW that conception rates increase during the summer months? The sunshine vitamin likely has something to do with this! We also know that AMH (hormone measured to help determine ovarian reserve) is suppressed when there is a vitamin D deficiency…… . Vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the northern countries, with over 3 million people diagnosed each year! We know that vitamin D is important for both sperm quality and egg quality….kinda important for conception, right!? . Vitamin D acts more like a hormone in our body than a vitamin and actually talks directly to our reproductive organs, making it essential for ovulation and fertilization to occur. . It is challenging to get recommended amounts of Vitamin D from our food, but here are a few sources: ✨Salmon ✨Eggs ✨Fortified dairy . We make vitamin D from the sun as long as we get at least 10 minutes/day with bare arms (or equivalent skin exposure). Unfortunately, this can be challenging to do year round, in the northern countries anyways. . I recommend having your level checked and supplementing appropriately! . Have you had your vitamin D levels checked? 👇🏻” . #ttcsupport #infertilityawareness #infertilitysupport #fertilitydietitian #fertilityfood #ivfsupport #hormonebalance #infertilitywarrior #fertilitycoach #functionalmedicine #functionalfertility #ttcwithpcos #ttcwithendo #ttcjourney #infertilitysisters

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#Repost @theorganicdietitian ・・・ ”Did you know you have an OAT axis? Ovarian, adrenal, and thyroid axis. The fact that the relationship between these systems is so often overlooked by conventional medicine helps to explain why therapies that seem well indicated often do not work as they should. These three glands are very dependent on each other for optimal function. 🚺 .. Adrenals-Thyroid: Cortisol decreases TSH which then lowers thyroid hormone production. Cortisol also inhibits the conversion of T4 or active T3 and increase the conversion of T4 to reverse T3. If one gland or the other is not working efficiently, they will eventually both burn out if not corrected.📉 .. Adrenals- Ovaries: stress activates the HPA axis and can increase cortisol and DHEA which can increase estrogen. Additionally, making reproductive hormones like progesterone isn’t a priority when the body is under stress.🤦🏽‍♀️ .. Ovaries-Thyroid: when there is excess estrogen (occurs frequently due to xenoestrogen exposure and from being under chronic stress), it blocks the uptake of thyroid hormones, and causes low thyroid hormone output. Progesterone enhances thyroid hormone function and thyroid hormone makes progesterone receptors more sensitive. So having low progesterone can increase thyroid hormone requirements, making the thyroid glad work harder.💪🏽 .. Spot treating symptoms never addresses the cause which is why it is important to address the body as a whole because IT’S ALL CONNECTED!👩🏽‍🏫 .” . . www.hormonhalsan.com www.merciertherapy.se . . . #adrenalfatigue #cortisol #stressedout #stressball #estrogendominance #estrogen #progesterone #fertility #thyroidhealing #thyroidproblems #thyroid #autoimmunedisease #hashimotosdisease #hormones #dietitian #itsallconnected #rootcause #healfromwithin #healfromtheinsideout #symptoms #hairloss #tiredofbeingtired #fatigue #inflammation #hormoneimbalance #pcos #periodproblems

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#Repost @functionalfertility ・・・ “Endometriosis, autoimmunity, and infertility are woven together so tightly it is almost impossible to tease apart the pieces. I’ll begin spinning this complicated tale with a little research… . Autoimmunity could be a driver of endometriosis in some people. In animal studies, immune dysfunction is associated with more severe endometrial lesions. Further, women with endometriosis can have higher levels of circulating white blood cells – this may cause an immune reaction to either the endometrium or sperm, contributing to infertility. Many women with endometriosis also have a concurrent autoimmune disorder, including hypothyroidism or rheumatoid arthritis. . There is also research to show that women with infertility may experience un-ruptured follicles (egg sacs), meaning the egg did not burst from the egg sac as expected during ovulation. Remember that progesterone comes from a ruptured egg sac, so no ovulation means no progesterone. Since progesterone normally counter-balances the effects of estrogen, a lack of progesterone can allow estrogen dependent endometrial lesions to thrive. . Can you see how the puzzle of infertility, endometriosis and immune function can be jumbled? I point this out to underscore the importance of a comprehensive approach to women with endometriosis. Immune function is an area to explore to ensure you are addressing the real drivers of this complicated condition! . . . . PMID: 10461004, 23303565, 7789554, 26247027, 11076096, 12351553” . . #functionalmedicine #fxmed #integrativemedicine #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #endometriosis #endometriosisawareness #fertilityjourney #fertility #endowarrior