Nutritional and Supplemental Guidelines for Specific Diagnosis

April 5th, 2011

(Unless specifically stated, use manufacturer’s recommended dosage)


PCOS GUIDELINES

Reduce consumption of sugar, refined carbohydrates and all nonfat and lowfat dairy products. Include protein with each carbohydrate serving. Do not adhere to “low fat” diets.

Supplements that stabilize blood sugar levels:

Chlorophyll

Inositol

NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)

Chromium Picolinate

Bitter melon

Fenugreek

Glucofunction (pure encapsulation)

ALA (alpha lipoic acid – sensitizes cells to insulin, helps liver detox) 200 ug/day

Shan Yao, Fu Ling mops up excess insulin

Palmetto for excess testosterone, undermines LH – Bai shao, Sheng Ma, Gan Cao helps reduce LH levels, too.

ENDOMETRIOSIS GUIDELINES

Reduce consumption of red meat and all hormonally treated animal products, including dairy.

Supplements which help reduce the internal inflammatory reaction to the endometrial cells include:

Full complement of antioxidants (Vitamins C, E, beta carotene, B12, and the minerals zinc and selenium)

OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidins)

Fish oil, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil

Wobenzym, Vitalzym – enzymes to help reduce inflammatory reactions: take between meals on an empty stomach

Nattokinase – breaks down clots once they have formed

Lower abdominal massage with topical application of castor oil (with frankincense and/or myrrh essential oils)

Herbs like Tao Ren, Hong Hua,

IMMUNOLOGIC ISSUES

No sugar, wheat, dairy.

Take glutathione for gluten sensitivity. Reduce all gluten containing grains.

Supplement with those for endometriosis

Include Wobenzym and Nattokinase or Vitalzym Extra Strength, between meals.

Take baby aspirin.

Take PABA along with B vitamins and at least 1000 ug Folic acid.

Take 250 mg. of OPC per day.

Take 2-3 capsultes of Biomega (Fish Oil) per day.

ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE, POOR OVARIAN RESPONSE, POOR EGG QUALITY DIAGNOSIS

Femoral massage to increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus

Supplement the diet with wheat grass juice

Royal jelly

Co-Enzyme Q-10

Supplements to boost the essence – dong chong xia cao, tu si zi, fu pen zi, gou qi zi, che qian zi, wu wei zi, lu jiao jiao,

DHEA and L-Arginine can be used for Kidney yang vacuity without heat signs.

SPERM COUNT

Do not use a laptop on the lap or cell phone worn at the waist (there are new studies to back this up)

Avoid tight underwear, hot tubs, and excessive bike-riding, all which increase scrotal temperature and can reduce sperm counts.

Avoid concentrated soy supplements, non-organic produce, and hormonally treated animal products.

Full complement of antioxidants (Vitamins C, E, beta carotene, B12, and the minerals zinc and selenium)

Amino Acids L-Arginine and L-Carnitine

Co-Enzyme Q10

Fish oil supplements

OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) – when morphology is poor

Ginseng can increase sperm count when testosterone levels are low (do not take ginseng if you have a history of high blood pressure)

Cornus helps to improve sperm motility

Resolve Liver Qi Stagnation (some more BASICS)

April 5th, 2011

Decrease caffeine, try not to drink coffee, and limit alcohol intake. No nicotine. Limit all unnecessary over the counter and pharmaceutical medications. Include milk thistle tea during your period.

Eliminate microwaveable packaged foods, tetrapak products.

Fertility “Speen Qi” Dietary Guidelines (the BASICS)

April 5th, 2011

Reduce consumption of sugar, wheat, and dairy.

Include as many organic fruits and vegetables (especially locally grown) as possible.

Include plant protein, followed by organic eggs, fish, poultry, and then (non-hormonally treated) pork or beef.

Make room temperature water your primary beverage. Instead of plastic bottles (many of which contain PCBs) use filtered tap water.

OPC Supplement

December 21st, 2010

OPC is a three letter acronym for Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, more commonly known as super antioxidants. Twenty times stronger than Vitamin C, these super antioxidants require antioxidants like vitamin C and E to be present in the diet before they can enhance the effects of the antioxidants.

OPCs are known to improve circulation, enhance a healthy immune system, neutralize free radicals and  other effects of stress in the blood.

The combination of OPC that I recommend (OPC-EVO) contains:

Bilberry Powder     30 mg
Citrus Bioflavanoids     30 mg
Grape seed extract     30 mg
Pine Bark Extract     30 mg
Resveratrol Extract 20%     30 mg

I started using OPC in clinical practice in patients whose reproductive doctors would not allow them to be on herbs during a hormonally stimulated cycle. I felt strongly that many patients could benefit from a blood moving, immune enhancing, stress reducing addition to their diet, and most doctors allowed this nutritional supplement.

Not only did it seem to improve circulation to the reproductive organs, it also seemed to help with implantation rates and sperm morphology issues.  I recommend OPC for anyone who has the TCM diagnosis of:

Blood stasis
Blood heat
Spleen qi deficiency
Liver qi stagnation

It also reduces internal inflammatory reactions and is helpful with gynecological issues like endometriosis, adenomyosis, and fibroids. Although I am no longer trying to conceive, I continue to take OPCs. The slight blood thinning effect seems to help improve the oxygenation of my blood, and give me more energy.

*For more information and to purchase OPC from our Fertile Soul Store: http://thefertilesoul.com/shop/herbs/nutritional-supplements

Eating for Fertility

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) 

RECIPE: Fertile Soul Cookies

July 10th, 2010

The sweet healing properties of these cookies help soothe symptoms of PMS. Oats calm the heart, while coconut nourishes yin fluids like semen and cervical mucus.

Yields 12-15 cookies
Cooking time: 15 minutes

1 cup brown rice flour

½ cup tapioca flour

½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

¾ cup rolled oats

½ tsp xantham gum

¼ cup melted clarified butter/ghee

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup agave nectar

¼ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup pumpkin seeds, crushed

1/8 cup goji berries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flours and oat, coconut and xantham in a bowl. Next add melted butter, vanilla and agave nectar mixing until thoroughly combined. Finally add chocolate chips, goji berries and pumpkin seeds and chill in the refrigerator about one hour. Drop spoonfuls of dough unto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven, and leave on pan for an additional 5 minutes.

Cooking for Fertility: Foods to Nourish Your Fertile Soul

April 26th, 2010

by Kathryn Simmons Flynn

Foreword by Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure

The wisdom that what you eat is a direct reflection of your health is now widely accepted as science continues to prove that certain foods do in fact improve reproductive function. Cooking for Fertility: Foods to Nourish Your Fertile Soul offers a simple approach to eating for fertility that combines modern science with the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  While enhancing your chances of conceiving, the bigger picture of living a fertile life is important: you will learn which lifestyle, exercise and food choices are fertility promoting.  For those experiencing infertility, specific meal plans address common Western and Chinese Medicine imbalances with healing foods. By optimizing your digestion, you naturally absorb more nutrients and prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy.  Above all else, the key to eating for fertility is pleasure: over 100 delicious recipes included for your enjoyment!

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