Improving your fertility in your late 30s or 40s is a part-time job.
Grumbling about how much time and effort it takes won't change that fact.
The brutal truth is what got you to this point isn't working. If you were going to get pregnant, you would have by now.
So you need to make drastic changes in your approach to getting pregnant.
Stop glaring at your screen...don't shoot the messenger! Embrace the message instead.
Fertility tip #7 - Create a plan. One that you implement every day without fail. No matter how you feel.
The key is to start small to gain momentum.
It's about establishing a healthy routine.
So that it's as mindless as brushing your teeth, flossing, making your bed in the morning (you do, don't you?).
Every day you should do something for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
ALL 3 AREAS.
Physical health includes exercise. It can be as short as 5 minutes. Walking is fine if that'll get you moving. For boosting fertility, sprinting is recommended to mobilize the mitochondria (talked about that in yesterday's fertility tip). Sprints of 15 seconds with 45 seconds rest done for 6 cycles is an excellent start.
Eat the right foods. Start with a fertility friendly breakfast everyday. That means no carbs (talked about that in yesterday's tip as well). So at least if you completely slip the rest of the day, you got something good in. Again, start simple. Like eggs. Pre-cooked and peeled soft-boiled eggs that you can grab out of the refrigerator. Doesn't get much easier than that.
Emotional health - journal (as long or short as you want - it's the daily practice of it that's important because over time, it'll get easier), talk with a friend (preferably a woman so you can emote - men feel helpless when they can't solve a problem so they're not always the best to turn to)
Spiritual health - prayer, gratitude exercise,visualization, meditation, walking meditation is a two-fer
Intuitively, you already know that improving your overall health is important for fertility.
Knowing and doing are 2 different things.
So create a routine that grounds you, especially when you're in the dumps. Trust me on this.
Just do it.
Get your pen and paper out now and jot down some things you can start doing today.
Another fertility tip in your inbox coming Monday. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!
If you missed fertility tip #6, you can get it here.
All my best, Read More
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
P.S. Need help figuring out your daily fertility routine? I lay it out step by step in my Fertility Top10: http://zenfertility.com/top10
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:
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.
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.
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, Read More
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
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