Your Man Needs to Weightlift - Here's Why...

I go to my gym for their kick-butt (literally) workout classes.  Although not restricted to women, very few men are in there. 

Which is stooopid.  Cuz if you're a single man - duuuude, that's where all the hot women are.  It's so easy to chat up a woman when you've seen each other a few times.  Ask me how I know. ;)  But since single men don't read my emails, they don't know where their holy grail might be. 

Sorry, I digress...

Men are usually hanging around the weights section - grunting, admiring their muscles, puffing up their chest, peacocking.  It's actually interesting people watching.

In terms of fertility for men though, weight training is very beneficial. 

 A recent study showed 4 weeks of strength training resulted in a 40% boost in testosterone and a -24% drop in cortisol.

Cortisol is the stress hormone.  So if weight training can reduce stress, how great is that?

As you already know, testosterone is important for men's plumbing, notably sex drive and normal sperm production.  So if your man has any issues with poor sperm quality like decreased count, motility, or normal morphology, show him this email and tell him I prescribe weight training 20-30 minutes 3-4 times a week.

AND reap the benefits of a more ripped man.

You're welcome. :)

Who woulda thought weight training as fertility treatment?  Probably not you until now.  If you want more unconventional but very effective fertility guidance, one of my services may help put you on a more focused path: zenfertility.com/services.

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 19 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
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I'm a Peeping Tom

Or technically a Peeping Julie.

But what's a girl to do when the blinds are open, begging for me to look in?

And so that's what I did as I walked by my neighbor's window.  

I saw her and her teenage son on the couch with the laptops resting on their laps.  

Innocent enough.

But it made me cringe.

Laptops and all electronic devices, including phones, do not belong anywhere near the goods.  

Studies have shown laptops decrease sperm quality.  I daresay it would have the same effect for women.  

If you want to be sterilized, go right on ahead.  

But I know you don't.  So keep that area away from radiation or excessive heat.

It's easy enough to place a hard barrier and distance between the family jewels and your lifeline to the outside world i.e. your electronic device.

Need more tips tailored to your situation on your road to conceptions?  Check out the services I offer at zenfertility.com/services.

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 19 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA
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Frankenstein at the gym

I was at the gym yesterday and saw a woman, probably a little younger than me.  Can't tell with those Asians. ;) If I were able to custom order a body, hers would be it.  Sculpted, lean, and fit.  For a brief moment, I fantasized about chopping off her head and stitching mine on top of her perfect body - a la Frankenstein.  Then my leg cramped and the fantasy ended.

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The antidote to death and destruction

I was watching a few episodes of Netflix's "Daredevil", not realizing how violent it would be for my 9yo.  

In one scene, Kingpin, Daredevil's archenemy, repeatedly slams one of his employee's head with the car door until the skull cracks open and blood drips down the door frame.  I hate gratuitous death and destruction scenes - see plenty of that in real life, thanks very much to our sensationalist media outlets.

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If you're at the "what's next?" stage...

I've been watching the series "Arrow" with my 8yo.  It's our Friday night "movie".

The main character has serious skillz with his bow and arrow.  Surprise, surprise.  

His teacher starts his training by having him slap his hand in a bowl of water for hours to gain the strength to pull the bow. Kinda like Miyagi in "Karate Kid" with the whole wax-on, wax-off thing.  Or how when I first learned acupuncture, we started with pieces of fruit before we could insert sharp objects like acupuncture needles in actual humans.

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Harvard study shows some women have fewer eggs because...

As I write this, I'm dragging.  Stayed out late with an out-of-town guest.  

It's moments like these when I harken back to the days when I could stay up all night and be ready to go a few scant hours later.  Those were good times. 

Now, I have a pretty structured sleep schedule so I can get in my 8 hours.

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Woes of stiletto heels

In yesterday's email,  I referenced a new study which found that drinking one or more sugary drinks a day is linked to reduced fertility, for both men and women by as much as 33%.

We already know that sugar isn't good for us so the results weren't really shocking.   How MUCH it decreased fertility was surprising, though.

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To be or not to be...that's the question

This weekend, I saw my girls do something that they probably have done many times before but for some reason, it really hit me.  I think it was cuz I saw them doing it at the same time in their respective rooms.

As each was playing a video game on their computer, they had their phone playing a Youtube video that was completely unrelated to the game.

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The inconvenient truth of these time savers

I recently read about the discovery of a massive collection of plastic waste in the South Pacific that's up to a MILLION square miles!  

Plastics - the convenience can't be denied. 

But the destruction of our environment is devastating.  Not only our external environment but our bodies as well.

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Hot guy or nice guy?

I've recently read 2 stories about plus size women married to hot, ripped men.  The premise of the articles was how the heck did these women score their men?  The answer was body-positive "he loves me for who I am."  Cool.  Universe - can you send me someone like that my way?  Pretty please, with a cherry on top.

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SAVE THE DATE!

My first live webinar is this Friday March 30 at 11am PST, lasting about 45 minutes.

I'll share with you 5 simple changes you can make immediately to improve egg quality and increase ovarian reserve even if any of these conditions describe you...

  • over 35yo 
  • diagnosed with poor egg quality
  • diagnosed with low ovarian reserve
  • have low AMH
  • have high FSH
  • had multiple failed IVF cycles
  • had 2 or more miscarriages in a row
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Would you give your purse to your doctor?

The concern about cholesterol pops up now and again.  It reared its head again when  a client asked about it this week.

Mainstream medicine tends to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease to your cholesterol numbers.  Often just the one number of total cholesterol.  Utterly ridiculous but that's a whole book in and of itself.

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