This National Infertility Awareness Week, we’d like to re-introduce you to your hormones. Whether you are years away from kids, thinking about them soon, currently trying to conceive, or planning for your next one, understanding your hormones is important for your reproductive health and overall wellbeing.
As we begin the new year, try to incorporate these practices of being mindful with your body, mind and spirit. Meditation and mindfulness is key, we all have a higher voice inside us that is here to guide the way, yet often times we don’t hear this higher voice because we are stuck in our own head with all the concerns and chatter.
During the hustle and bustle of our busy life, many of us become so consumed in our day-to-day and trying to be the best version of ourselves that before we know it, we are tired, stressed, and without energy to enjoy the benefits of all our hard work. Figuring out where to focus our energy can be daunting, but if we start by eliminating things that deplete our energy sources and implementing ways to regain our energy, life can become much easier.
The holiday season is kicking into full swing, and it can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. For those enduring fertility challenges, you may not be feeling the holiday cheer. Not getting pregnant is hard at any time of the year, but it can be worse during the holidays. It’s okay to feel sad about feeling sad. Having these feelings does not make you ungrateful for the blessings you do have. Those feelings are real, they are valid, and you are entitled to them.
This nutrition for fertility recipe is a delicious bowl of steak fajitas. This nutritious bowl is sure to restore your essence and warm the body. In Chinese Medicine, steak has a naturally warming nature and is known to build blood and Qi—the vital energy that runs throughout our bodies and often is in need of nourishment
In Chinese medicine, we look at nature for insight with forever changing abilities for energetic momentum.The deep unknown, cold, and stillness of winter has to happen before spring can begin to sprout. It’s a long awaited change that is expected but unpredictable. Spring is the perfect time to stop procrastinating and move upward with expansive creativity. Just like the newly formed buds on the trees doubling size along with the birds chirping, nature gives expression of renewal.
Having the freedom to choose our form of birth control is both liberating and a very important part of our modern society. Unfortunately, the use of synthetic hormones can lead to the disruption of our natural hormone cycles. Thankfully there are many great ways to balance your body’s hormones to their natural state and prepare the body for conception.
Grab a pear for lung health! Most of Northern California is currently inundated with smoke from the fires. The smoke has caused air quality in the Bay Area to reach unhealthy levels as bad as Beijing. In Chinese Medicine certain foods can be eaten to balance certain internal organs. Pear is one of the foods that can help lung function.
As the summer heat intensifies, many of us are lathering up with sunscreen in order to protect our skin and avoid getting burned. The reality is that many sunscreens out there do more harm than good, especially from a fertility perspective. Sunscreen protects our skin from sun damage in one of two ways; they produce either a chemical barrier or a mineral one.
This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a wonderful bowl of Watermelon Gazpacho which can be enjoyed outside in the sun while soaking up some vitamin D. In Chinese medicine, watermelon is not only known to nourish the fluids of the body, but also has a calming effect on the spirit, which helps to ease frustration, restlessness and worry.
Turmeric seems to be at the tip of many people’s tongue these days, and it should be! This little yellow-orange root is getting more and more recognized for its medicinal properties. Turmeric has many health benefits including being a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, and immune boosting herb. We are highlighting this root because it can also encourage fertility. Turmeric assists in hormone balancing and regulation. It helps to increase blood flow and removes stagnant blood in the uterus and other reproductive organs.
When it comes to fertility challenges, both men and women are equally important to the fertile picture. Our clients are often surprised to find out that approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner, and one-third is caused by a combination of challenges in both partners or is unexplained.