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Choosing the Right Fertility Supplements_Final

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>> Glad to be back with you again to talk about one of my favorite subjects, supplements. There is so much hype about supplements these days, which are the best ones, do we really need them, do they really work. And well, it all depends on quality and your client's current state of health. My hard and fast answer in the case of fertility is a resounding yes. It's not possible to eat perfectly. We're eating more processed food than ever. We're contending with an abundance of genetically modified foods even at our "healthy farm-to-table restaurants." We're living in more stressful times, over-stimulating times. We have environmental toxins to contend with and the soil is depleted. According to a senior research at the Worldwatch Institute, we have to eat three apples today to equal the nutrient value of one apple from 1940. So we could all use a little help, especially if we're older than 35. Before I talk about the next seven supplements, I want to say a word about stress and how vitally important it is to help your clients balance their primary foods and get control of their minds so that their minds aren't controlling them. Teach them how to change the relationship to stress by adding more primary foods in. Now for supplements, number one, of course, is a prenatal supplement. It must be sourced from real whole foods. This is very important. It must have folate in it, not folic acid, so it should say methylfolate. Remember we talked about the MTHFR genetic mutation. Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin, whereas folic acid is a synthetic compound. Natural folate is absorbed in the small intestine, whereas folic acid has to be processed by the liver, but the problem is that the liver doesn't have many enzymes to process it, so often it's not metabolized. If a woman has enough folate in her blood 30 days prior to pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine. B12 on that multivitamin should be listed as methylcobalamin, again, those are methyl donors, an open form source of B12. You utilize 18 milligrams of iron and you avoid all the extras, avoid all the dyes, soybean, maltodextrin, basically avoid a lot of the mainstream brands. My favorites are New Chapter's Perfect Prenatal available in all health stores or online, you can get Ortho Molecular's Prenatal Complete or foreign researcher's Basic Prenatal. Now let's talk about some additional supplements that can help your client create a super baby and feel her best. This is really important because baby's going to take what baby needs, and it's going to leave mom deficient, so we want to build up mom in preconception period so she can actually feel good during her pregnancy and in postpartum. This is why I like to add in a Greens formula. It's our best daily detox and liver support because it supplies micronutrients that are vital for the immune and nervous system and really help with digestive health. These greens, they're not the typical leafy greens. They're loaded with things like chlorophyll to oxygenate the blood, increase energy production. Online, my favorite brand is Premier Research Labs, and now Paleovalley makes a grass-free organic greens powder that's very high quality. Fish oil is a non-negotiable when you're trying to get pregnant. Absolutely essential for baby's brain development, 450 milligrams of DHA, 650 milligrams of EPA or higher, I like to use Nordic Natural's Ultimate Omega where you can take up to three per day. It's very important that you have them take their fish oil with a meal that contains fat. A recent study conducted by Anthera Pharmaceutical on fish oil absorption showed that we get eight times the amount of absorption when we take our fish oil with other fat. Please remember, it's not what we eat, but it's what we absorb that moves the needle for our health. Probiotics, these are crucial, and just a little bit of background on bacteria, having spent the last 40 years steeped in microbiome research, bacteria does not get enough press. The FDA has had an indiscriminate 100-year war on all bacteria, we have pasteurized everything, we have an overuse problem of antibiotics, and we are killing off all of these good bacteria that covers us in this invisible body armor and keeps us safe. It is the oldest living organism, and it plays such important roles in our lives, so getting probiotics in is important because, remember, digestion is foundational to all of health. So where to start with strains and dosage? It's anywhere from 10 to 50 billion CFUs or colony-forming units, and they can take it first thing in the morning or last thing before bed away from food so that these bacteria can colonize and stay. When it comes to strains of bacteria, there's three I'd like for you to get in client's diet. They are lactobacillus, bacillus, and bifidobacterium. They all work on different parts of the immune system and contribute to gut health in a different way. Make sure their probiotic has those in them because the baby needs probiotics too. General wisdom thought that babies were born with sterile guts and that they acquire the bacteria they needed from mom during the birthing process as they come out of the vaginal canal. It's not great news for moms who have caesareans. But now we come across new research that says babies get their good gut bacteria from the placenta, so we can actively build our baby's immune system while they're in the womb because the bacteria from the placenta is now going to shape the infant's gut make-up, which is very reassuring for woman who have caesareans. Number five, vitally important, vitamin D. I honestly cannot count how many lab tests I have run on vitamin D, but I will tell you 80% of them come back deficient. The University of Pittsburg study in the journal of nutrition shows that a common problem in pregnancy is vitamin D deficiency even among women taking prenatal supplements. Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy can increase an infant's risk for developing type 1 diabetes, asthma, and even schizophrenia. It's crucial for mineral absorption, emotional well-being, strong immunity, strong bones and teeth, and for a healthy birth weight. I want to talk about the functional range in a lab test of vitamin D. When typically, when you go to the doctor, the range is between 30 and 100 but a functional range starts at 60. So your doctor may say, "You're fine with vitamin D, you're at 32." To me, functionally, that's low, and you're going to have side effects, you want to be at 60. The typical dose depending on where people come back is to supplement them with 2,000 to 4,000 IUs of vitamin D in addition to the prenatal vitamin. Healthy vitamin D levels dramatically reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and high blood pressure. Okay, number six, maca root. I love it. It's the Peruvian secret to fertility. I've been using it for years. It's an adaptogenic root comes from high in the Andes Mountain, and it's been used for two millennia to promote fertility in both men and women. It really also helps us adapt to stress, which we all need. It nourishes the entire endocrine system because it supports the body's own production of hormones by supporting the master glands in the brain to correct imbalances, therefore positively affecting estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. So by adjusting hormonal balance in the brain first, you give the body a chance for it to make what it needs. It's important to know that not all maca is created equal. There's actually 13 different phenotypes or colors of maca, and each color has a different genetic material and specific medicinal qualities. So, for example, women, they need the yellow color, the yellow phenotype of maca to support their fertility. And men, they need the black color to support their fertility. So the only company I know that's really splitting out these phenotypes is Natural Health International. So I use FemmenessencePRO for the women and RevolutionPRO for the guys because how you process maca is also very important. Natural Health International, they gelatinize it for easier digestion and increase bio-availability, whereas most maca is raw, and it's harder to digest and use. Number seven is royal jelly. It's a true fertility superfood. It's the queen bee's sole source of nutrition and the primary factor, many believe, in her incredible longevity and fertility. She lives 50 times longer than regular bees, and she produces a quarter million eggs in one season often up to 200 a day. I'd say that's some powerful jelly she's consuming. Royal jelly contains 29 amino acids, lipids, fats, proteins, nucleic acids, RNA, and DNA, natural hormones, trace minerals, B complex, and a complex called gamma globulin for fighting infections as well as vitamins A, C, D, and K. It's amazing. In a six-month randomized placebo-controlled double-blind trial of the effects of royal jelly conducted in 2007 in Japan, they discovered that regular consumption of high quality royal jelly helped balance hormones because of its estrogen mimicking effect that gives the boost to those who run low. Now it also reported that royal jelly accelerates the conversion of DHEA into the other hormones. Remember the story of Erin and John, my mid-West clients with five years of unexplained infertility? Well, when I transitioned out of private practice, they were my last client session. Eight years in private practice, my last client session, we had worked for 11 months to try to get them pregnant. I was praying the whole day, they were going to tell me they were pregnant 'cause I couldn't close my practice with that kind of not success. So I had put them on royal jelly as my last-ditch effort six weeks before our session. Lo and behold, they came to me, the last client session, thrilled that they were pregnant. Those are the core supplements, and now we have two additional optional supplements that your clients may need. The body requires adequate amounts of vitamin B6 to maintain optimal levels of progesterone. Progesterone, you may remember, prepares the uterus for implantation, and it sends the signal to thicken the mucosal membranes so that the egg has "healthy" soil to root in. Many women are low in progesterone. The more stress someone has, the lower they are in progesterone, especially in their late 30s and early 40s. We also need vitamin B6 to help the liver break down estrogen. If it doesn't break it down, levels of estrogen increase, and it creates the hormonal imbalance. So if your clients prefer to boost their progesterone from food instead of vitamin B6, have them eat more walnuts, gluten-free whole grains, lean red meat, poultry, sea food, bananas, spinach, beans, potatoes. You see where I'm going with this? It's quite easy to get vitamin B6 in the diet. Otherwise, they can supplement. For the 100 or 200 milligrams taken before bed, which will also help with sleep and relaxation. The other optional supplement is vitamin C. A study has shown that 750 milligrams of vitamin C taken every day for six months can considerably increase progesterone production which resulted in pregnancy in 25% of the women in the study. Those in the control group who didn't receive vitamin C had a luteal phase defect. This is when the uterine lining does not become thick enough for implantation where it's triggered by progesterone. This means either the ovaries aren't producing enough progesterone or the uterus isn't responding to the progesterone. So the study found that women who suffered from this luteal phase defect increased their vitamin C, experienced a significant increase in their progesterone levels, which lead to conception. I must say a word about the quality of the vitamin C you suggest your clients to have, ascorbic acid is out, it likely comes from corn or GMO corn, you want to use food-based form of vitamin C, MegaFood is a good one in the Health Food Store, Premier Research Labs online uses camu camu or if you prefer to get it through food, use food as your medicine. Five foods that have more vitamin C than in orange are kiwi, papaya, red bell peppers, camu camu, and believe it or not, cauliflower. Supplementation is one of the keys to optimal health for both mom and baby because remember after conception, the baby will take what the baby needs and leave mom deficient. So it's important to fill the stores beforehand so mom doesn't get depleted. And, hey, the dads are not getting off the hook here either. They're contributing to half of the equation. Instead of a prenatal, dads-to-be should be taking a food-based men's multivitamin to ensure it has enough antioxidants and zinc to improve both sperm quality and speed. Outside of that, all the above supplements apply to the guys as well. Your clients may not be used to taking supplements, they may not want to, but if you can inspire them with the encouragement that what they're actually doing for their body and how much of a difference it will make not only in how they look but how they feel and what their day to day life is like, I think they'll realize that these supplements are crucial component of taking care of themselves from the inside out. Thank you so much for being here with me with this fertility series. I've so enjoyed sharing this information with you.

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