Fertility Tip #6 - What you think is good for you probably isn't

What did you have for breakfast today?

If you're like most women who have committed to eating better for improved fertility, it might be one of these common choices:

  • toast

  • yogurt

  • eggs

  • oatmeal

  • smoothie

  • fruit

  • protein bar

Unfortunately, most of these contribute to chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalance, ovulatory dysfunction, and DNA damage.

Worst of all, they're toxic to mitochondria. 

Things you definitely want to avoid when trying to get pregnant.

You've probably never even heard of how mitochondria affect egg quality. 

Mitochondria are the components in your eggs that literally create the energy to power the eggs' many processes. 

Without them, your eggs don't have enough "gas" to do anything. 

As the largest cells in your body, your eggs needs lots and lots of energy.  And they need a ton more to become a baby. 

Those items I just mentioned above? 

All but one are toxic to mitochondria.  

Why?

Because they're high in carbohydrates which turn into sugar which then cause all sorts of damage to the functioning of your eggs. 

In fact, various studies conclude that there is a 78% higher risk of developing ovulatory infertility in women who consume more carbs than those who follow a low-carb diet. 

Another study found that IVF patients who switched to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet and then underwent another cycle increased their blastocyst formation rate from 19% to 45% and their clinical pregnancy rate from 17% to 83%.

Only one of those choices above do I recommend to women over 40 trying to improve poor egg quality for conception.

Eggs

Lots and lots of eggs

Fertility tip #6 - reduce your carbohydrate and sugar intake.

That's all for now, ladies.

Come back tomorrow for another fertility goodie.  Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

If you missed fertility tip #5, you can get it here.

All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

P.S. Surprised by today's information?  You'll be even more so when I debunk a lot of what you think is good for your fertility in my Fertility Top10: http://zenfertility.com/top10

Read More

Fertility Tip #4 - The top don'ts

Today's fertility tip is an obvious one that you've heard before but there's a distinction that needs to be clearly made.   

Fertility tip #4 - Don't smoke or do drugs.  Limit sugar and alcohol intake.  

For both women AND men.  


As a woman, you already understand the damage these substances wreak on your eggs, reducing your chances of getting pregnant.

Read More

Fertility Tip #2 - Get between the sheets more

SOS is more than just a cry for help.

It also stands for "shiny object syndrome." 

It's a problem of distraction where you try every new plausible trick that crosses your path in order to reach your goal.  The issue arises from not sticking with one strategy long enough for it to work before moving on to the next one.

Read More

You gotta laugh...or cry...but the irony is still there

It’s ironic, isn’t it?

We spend most of our lives trying NOT to get pregnant.  And here you are now, turning over every stone to figure out how to GET pregnant.  

You know way more about your menstrual cycle, fertility, doctor’s offices, and insurance reimbursements than you ever wanted to.

Read More

Dumbledore has a great tip for you

"I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one's mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one's leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form."
—Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts wizarding school

A client asked this: "I often wake up in the early morning from a dream about work and can't go back to sleep because I start thinking of what I need to do for work and either send emails as I think of it or write myself reminder emails."

Read More

They need to lay Star Wars to rest

The Star Wars franchise is losing steam with its latest release of "Solo". 

The original 3 Star Wars movies were da bomb.  None of the later movies come close. 

I loved it even more when I realized that the Force is what we call "Qi" in Chinese Medicine.

Read More

Ignore the most obvious ways to revive fertility at your own risk!

We crave explanations for most everything, although innovation and progress happen when we allow ourselves to embrace uncertainty. - Simon Sinek

Ain't that the truth?

Your beautiful, smart, logical, analytical mind wants to make sense of why you're having difficulty getting pregnant.

Read More

Stating the obvious as a reminder...

Yesterday was World Anti-Smoking Day which is recognized every year on May 31. 

Oops.  I missed the boat on that but better late than never.

You already know how bad smoking is to your health.  And definitely to your fertility.  No if, and, or but about it.

Read More

Don't be a chicken of the sea

To get my kids to eat more seafood, I'm gonna start bribing them with desserts.  Not sure how that'll work out but it's worth a shot to get them to eat salmon regularly. 

The fats in fish are essential for their growing brains.  I wanna live off my kids sooner than later!

Read More

The Iron Wo-Man of Fertility

My kids and I loved "Avengers: Infinity War" so much we'll see it again this weekend. 

They did an awesome job of weaving such a huge cast of superstars into a seamless movie.  The problem with having so many major characters is that there usually isn't enough character development to care about them.  They were able to work around this by fleshing out the villain and giving extra screen time to some of the characters.

Read More

Accept your diagnosis or be more...

As an Asian woman, I fight against stereotypes all the time.  It seems like a never-ending battle to forge my own identity, despite what society expects from me.  

Having grown up in the U.S., I'm what you would call a "Twinkie" - yellow on the outside, white on the inside. Some Asians may find that disparaging so don't go throwing that word around to others!

Read More

Try this pasta substitute when TTC

Ramen noodle places are all the rage now in San Diego.  It's so big that it beat out Chinese and Japanese food to be the first Asian restaurant in my yuppy neighborhood.  Ramen.  Go figure.

Reminds me of my college days - my favorite snack was to break the dried noodles while still in the bag and mix it with the seasoning.

Read More