Toxins Effect on Reproductive Health 

Toxins Effect on Reproductive Health 

Exposure to toxins can be a common but unnecessary occurrence.  Avoiding toxins during preconception, pregnancy and after birth is an important consideration in order to protect yourself and your child from health disorders or imbalances, and increase your ability to conceive. 

Beef, Barley & Root Veggie Stew

Beef, Barley & Root Veggie Stew

This month’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a nutritious, warming, bowl of beef, barley and root vegetable stew. On those dark and chilly nights, this bowl of stew is sure to make the kitchen cozy while warming up the heart and soul. In Chinese medicine, beef is known to tonify the Qi and strengthen the spleen and stomach, all of which become exhausted during the winter months. 

Seed Cycling for Fertility

Seed Cycling for Fertility

Seeds are a wonderful, easy, and a delicious way to support the body in finding its natural composure. Seed cycling is designed to support hormone production, regulate menstrual cycles, and can even help reduce PMS symptoms. Incorporating seeds into our diet helps promote hormone balance which guide our cycles. 

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a nourishing, warming, bowl of Butternut squash soup and a side of creamy, delicious twice-baked sweet potatoes. With the fall harvest in full swing and our lives in constant motion as the holidays draw near, these recipes are the perfect way to slow down and bring some balance into our lives. The key ingredient of both dishes are the pumpkin seeds, as they are known in Chinese Medicine to especially benefit the kidney and improve the reproductive system in both men and women. 

Maca

Maca

This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe introduces a few ways to get the super-food, Maca, into your body daily. As we begin the transition out of the summer months, our bodies begin to crave the nourishment and warmth of this wonderful fall snack. Maca originated high in the Peruvian mountains of South America, and according to ancient Incan history, has been used for its wonderful healing properties, which are believed to enhance energy and stamina. 

Lean Beef Cabbage Stir-Fry

Lean Beef Cabbage Stir-Fry

This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a warming bowl of Beef Cabbage Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce, perfect for the transition into the fall season. In Chinese medicine, cabbage is a food with incredible healing power, in that it benefits the body as a whole while building the blood.This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a warming bowl of Beef Cabbage Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce, perfect for the transition into the fall season. In Chinese medicine, cabbage is a food with incredible healing power, in that it benefits the body as a whole while building the blood.

Olympic Athletes Shine Spotlight on Cupping Therapy

Olympic Athletes Shine Spotlight on Cupping Therapy

Traditional Chinese Medicine cupping has been gaining popularity in the news this past week — you may have seen many US olympics athletes with purple cupping marks on their back and shoulders. They are using cupping therapy to speed up their recovery time after performing. But the therapy is hardly new to Chinese medicine, and has been used for thousands of years. Sometimes it takes a little popular culture to remind us of ancient ways of healing!

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a wonderful festive dish of sweet and juicy watermelon salad paired with honey lime vinaigrette. In Chinese medicine, watermelons are a great summer food because they are known to clear summer heat and are a refreshing way to cool down.

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches

This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe comes just in time for the long 4th of July weekend, and is a perfect summer dish. In Chinese medicine, peaches are considered a yang, or warm, food that represents the energy responsible for warming and activating the body

LGBTQ Family Building

LGBTQ Family Building

June is LGBTQ Pride Month!  Blue Ova joins the LGBTQ community in celebrating gay pride in San Francisco and throughout the country. We love supporting LGBTQ families on their family building journeys. We support with the fertility and conception process and throughout pregnancy and postpartum through acupuncture, massage and nutrition. 

Caramelized Scallops with Strawberry Salsa

Caramelized Scallops with Strawberry Salsa

For this last week of spring, our nutrition for fertility recipe is a nourishing dish of scallops topped with a refreshing strawberry salsa. In Chinese medicine, both scallops and strawberries contain many essential nutrients, which help promote fertility.   

Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a replenishing dish of pineapple and shrimp tacos with bean salad on the side. In Chinese medicine, pineapples have long since been used as a nutritional aid for fertility, as they reduce inflammation throughout the body, including in the uterus. As well, shrimp is packed with essential fatty acids important for fertility and fetal development.

Art Show at Blue Ova: 'Spring to Life'

Art Show at Blue Ova: 'Spring to Life'

Emily Huffman is a local artist, massage therapist and energy healer. Her vibrant paintings reflect the abundance of Springtime and the creative relationship between fertility and growth. In honor of Mother's Day, her art will be showing as part of Blue Ova's open house on Friday, May 6th from 5-7pm.  Blue Ova is focused on supporting women with their journey into motherhood, from fertility and pregnancy to postnatal health.

Grilled Sardines Served With Agrodolce

Grilled Sardines Served With Agrodolce

The long awaited transition from winter to spring has finally come. As we treasure the beauty of spring, we embrace this time of rejuvenation, renewal and new beginnings. This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a refreshing grilled sardine dish. In Chinese medicine, sardines are considered a yin food, which is cooling and moves energy down and in, producing grounding and calming effects.