Author, Linda Ryan, BA, Lic. TCM, CH
Trying to get pregnant? Get yourself some Maca! This natural herb is growing in popularity among those trying to get pregnant because it has shown to increase fertility without causing any harmful side effects.
It is a cruciferous vegetable native to Peru and long believed to boost stamina and increase energy levels, the Maca root has been used by healers for centuries. The Maca root is commonly found in the form of a powder or pill supplement, it is packed with nutrients the body needs to be fertile (a whopping 31 minerals & 60 phytonutrients!)
Boasting full of antioxidants that replenish cells to energize and revitalize them. This miracle herb naturally balances estrogen levels, thus helping improve fertility. Maca is also commonly used to treat mood swings, memory loss and a low sex drive.
Maca has been shown to raise a woman’s chances of conceiving by supporting the thyroid and balancing hormones. It’s also commonly used to reduce blood sugar, guard cells from disease, protect against neurological damage and so much more.
Since Maca is an energizing herb, you’ll want to fuel up on it early in the day so you can get plenty of sleep. Maca can be taken throughout your menstrual cycle, including during menstruation. After all, sleep is another essential component if you’re wanting to boost fertility.
If you’re trying to conceive or preparing your body for IVF implantation, it’s recommended you take about 500-3000 mg of Maca daily.
There are little to no side effects associated with Maca, so it’s usually safe for those trying to get pregnant. However, some women have experienced a bit of spotting and/or a slight change in their menstrual cycle after adding Maca to their daily regimen. This is totally normal! These are just signs that the body is adjusting to a newly established hormonal balance provided by this healthy herb.
Everybody’s talking about MACA for fertility because it’s effective, affordable and gentle on the body. What better reason do you need to get your hands on some of this potent herb?
Last updated: February 12th, 2018 at 06:42 pm
It used to be that doctors, nutritionists and dieticians gave us the advice us to eat “fat free”. Time has moved on and there is now clear evidence that proves that friendly fats, including saturated fats, are not the enemy. Fats for fertility boosting benefits are very helpful. And avoiding fats to avoid “getting fat” is a myth.
Fats play a vital role in boosting your health from everything from helping your skin and your nerves to most importantly optimal hormone production, which is vital for fertility boosting benefits.
Friendly fats also help reduce inflammation, promote a healthy heart, and healthy brain function, which is also beneficial for setting up the conditions to allow pregnancy to happen.
There are 3 types of healthy Fats for Fertility boosting benefits. These should be incorporated into your diet on a consistent basis.
Trans fats are definitely not healthy. Trans fats are the ones that lead to conditions like high cholesterol, clogged arteries and heart disease. Trans fats are created in a lab through a process called hydrogenation. Another big reason you should try to avoid trans fats at all costs is because your body does not know how to process them and they are, in fact, damaging. The way to spot Trans fats in foods is to read the label. If the label includes anything “hydrogenated” listed in it, then it has a Trans fat.
Last updated: March 7th, 2018 at 09:28 pm
Author, Linda Ryan, BA, Lic. TCM, CH
Mindful IVF is a new brilliant mindfulness APP to support women going through IVF. And my patients have been raving about it. I have seen huge improvements in their calmness and stress levels, which can make all the difference to your success. I highly recommend you check out the new Mindful IVF APP, there is nothing else out there like it. The Mindful IVF meditations take just ten minutes a day and aim to keep you calm and reduce stress. It is free to download the APP and most of the valuable mindfulness meditations are free as well. The upgrade for every mindfulness meditation is only $1.99 (that price is a bargain for calmness!) The Mindful IVF APP supports and takes you through each stage of your IVF cycle:
This is a 10 day Mindfulness preparation program for your next IVF. Relaxing mind & body using scientifically proven techniques.
This has 10 Amazing Mindful pieces to help you through each stage of your IVF cycle. Designed by experts and spoken from the heart.
This is described as a Masterpiece of Calmness and Zen Meditation for just before and after your IVF embryo transfer. You will float home with your beautiful embryos on board.
These two weeks can feel like the most important 2 weeks of your life. In an effort to make them the best 2 weeks of your life, everyday you can use a unique meditation piece created for each unique day of the 2 week wait.
Available to download on IOS and Android.
You can visit the Mindful IVF website, www.mindfulivf.com for more information
A study has shown that women who drink at least one glass of red wine per week could support ovarian egg reserve better than those who do not.
The researchers coming to the conclusion that drinking red wine may boost fertility is based on Resveratrol. Resveratrol is abundant in red grapes, blueberries and cocoa. It is an antioxidant that protects cells against biological stress. Physicians at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, studied the association between various alcoholic drinks and ovarian reserve.
Their findings are that women who drink one glass a week of red wine may boost their fertility. Click here to read the study in The Medical Journal Fertility and Sterility.
The study consisted of 135 women. They were between the ages of 18 and 44. Each woman in the study kept an alcohol diary, where they noted how much they consumed each month. During this time period the physicians also conducted regular ultrasound scans on each of the women and calculated their ovarian egg reserve. What hey found was that those women who regularly consumed red wine, regardless of other factors such as age and income, had a better ovarian reserve.
An article about this study in The Independant stated: “However, the study’s results don’t indicate that those trying to conceive should have a glass of red wine every day. The research only showed the fertility boosting benefit for women who drank moderate amounts of red wine (around 5 glasses each month). “Experts have also been quick to point out that the results should be considered with caution, as the study hadn’t proved that the wine was solely responsibly for the fertility boost in participants. Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, told The Times that the research was “interesting,” but insisted that further studies would be necessary in order to prove the findings. “This is an interesting study, albeit with a small sample size which means that it doesn’t reach statistical significance. “However, the exposure of the developing foetus to alcohol may cause irreversible developmental damage, so alcohol consumption should be less than six units [roughly two large glasses of wine] per week for women wishing to conceive.””
This month’s free herbal tea available in MARA is my personal favourite- Peppermint. I discovered peppermint tea when I was trying to get pregnant and wanted to cut down on caffeine. I tried a lot and I mean a lot of herbal teas before I found the ones I actually liked. The reason I offer free herbal tea in my clinics is because I remember having to buy a whole box of tea just to try it and there were many herbal teas that just did not appeal to my palate at all. So to save you the same waste of having to buy full boxes of tea, just to find the ones that suit you, I regularly offer free herbal tea samples to my patients. Free herbal tea samples are always available in my clinic.
The brand of free herbal tea that I prefer is PUKKA. High quality, great tasting, eco-friendly and individually wrapped tea bags which are so convenient to carry in your handbag (so you can always have a caffeine free option available to you).
Free herbal tea available: “Three Mint tea, the refreshing hero of the palate. Just imagine three types of mint together – finely-chopped spearmint, fieldmint and peppermint – the cool suddenly becomes more vibrant. The sweetness more supreme. And the ‘you’ it leaves behind, as crisp and clean as the brightest day. All Pukka teas contain the highest quality organic herbs. It’s one of the reasons our teas taste so incredible. Good News for refreshing the palate.
Directions for use: Bring these incredible herbs alive by infusing in freshly boiled water for up to 15 minutes”
Pukka Three Mint Tea Dietary information:
Check out the Pukka website for more information, click here