Archive for August, 2010

Eating for Fertility

Friday, August 27th, 2010
“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates 

 In the Western world one in five couples has difficulty conceiving a child. Their subfertility often results from less than optimal health. Our bodies carry deep evolutionary wisdom, including innate protective mechanisms that can safeguard our own health and that of future generations by not allowing us to conceive until we are in good health.

Endometriosis, ovarian failure, poor quality eggs, recurrent miscarriage and otherdegenerative diseases and causes of poor reproductive health have become widespread. In many cases, they result from our cells not getting the nutrition they require. Our bodies cannot cope with the high amounts of processed and refined foods, environmental toxins, and persistent stress in our lives. We are part of nature, yet our way of living is far from what nature intends. 

More and more studies show that good nutrition and healthy life habits can increase conception rates. Beyond fertility, healthful lifestyle practices can also prevent and heal disease. When our body systems don’t work as efficiently as they could, one of the best ways to support their highest function is to nourish them.  

For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used dietary therapy to correct imbalances and support hormonal and reproductive harmony and overall wellness. Sun Si-miao, a famous doctor of Chinese medicine, believed the most important therapy was regulating a patient’s diet. Dietary therapy could then be enhanced with acupuncture and herbal treatment. 

Chinese medicine considers the ability to bring forth life to be a woman’s natural state from the time of menarche until she reaches menopause. Sub-fertility results from imbalances within the network of organs, hormones and energy systems within a woman’s body; recent studies and thousands of years of experience have demonstrated that many of these imbalances are correctible. 

-Kathryn Flynn (Cooking for Fertility)