Information & Treatment of Infertility in Vancouver Canada
Diet and Nutrition
Proper Eating and Nutrition
Diet and Hormones
Nutrients and Supplements
Proper Eating and Nutrition for Fertility & IVFUnprocessed, organic food that is not preserved. The simplest way to help ensure you are getting what you need and don't need from your food.
Most of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals we need should come from the food we eat. Although, each person is an individual, therefore the individual needs of each person should be addressed when going through the diet. Lifestyle, metabolism, genetics, geographic location, should all be considered. Western nutrition crossed with the understanding of food energetics (a skill of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners) should be combined for meeting individual requirements.
The quality of food you eat plays a vital role in the optimal functioning of the body, its hormones, and cellular activities. Do not jump on the 'bandwagon' of fad dieting after reading this. The idea is to understand the importance of aquiring the proper nutrition from your food intake, and to avoid the items that you should not have.
Living food (fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds) are nutritionally superior to packaged processed foods. If these can be eaten organically, even better.
All food is made up of protein, carbs, and fats, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. First thing in the morning, room temperature water is impotant to consume before anything else. Then things simple to digest such as oatmeal. Fruit and yogurt or anything else is best left out of the fridge for a little while so it is not physically so cold, this shocks the digestion. Lunch should be a small high protein meal to trigger a rise in dopamine. Too many carbs will release serotonin and make you sleepy. Supper should include your favorite carbs, this is the proper time to wind down and get sleepy. Try not to eat within 3-4 hours of bedtime. You should sleep better and not retain unwanted calories.
Protein repairs and renews cells, transports oxygen and nutrients, produces hormones, helps fight infection, and grow new tissues for muscles, bones, and traumatic injuries.
The building blocks of protein, the amino acids, are essential for proper building and functioning of eggs, and reproductive hormones.
Men and women both need approx. 60-70 grams of protein per day.
Sources include meat, fish, eggs, dairy, lentils, peas, beans, nuts, brown rice, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and quinoa.
Vegetarians must eat more food in general to aquire the daily recommended dose of protein. The supplementation of zinc may also be vital to vegetarians.
Spread out your protein consumption throughout the day for best absorption and useage of the essential aminao acids.
Do not go overboard with protein, this also can cause problems such as calcium depletion.
Fats. Essential Fatty Acids make hormones, transport cholesterol, help reduce inflamation, keep skin healthy, and reduce PMS.
Sources include butter, margarine, vegetable oils, milk products, meats, nuts, and seeds.
Saturated fats found in meat and dairy products should be kept to a minimum.
Unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and fish, otherwise known as omega 3-6-9, are essential for brain, nervous, immune, cardiovascular, and integumentary (skin) systems development. Good sources are flaxseed oil, pumpkin seeds, evening primrose oil, and fish oils.
Carbohydrates. The body's basic fuel source.
Sources include whole grains, sugar, syrup, honey, fruits, and vegetables.
Stay away from refined flours and sugars, these are nutrient void and spike your blood-sugar causing a crash.
Fiber is also an important part of carbohydrate intake.
Micronutrients and Phytochemicals. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (bioflavonoids, carotenoids, antioxidants, and phytoestrogens). Enough fruit and veggies in the diet should ensure you are getting enough ofthese vital substances. You cannot get too much of these.
Fiber. Less bowel problems, reduced risk of colon and breast cancer, less chance of gall stone formation, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Another reason to add plentiful fruits and veggies to your daily diet plan.
Sources. Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Too much wheat fiber in your diet can rob your body of estrogen, and block the uptake of essential nutrients.
Remember that the bowels get rid of old hormones.
Water. Second to oxygen, water is the most important nutrient in the body. It makes up 70% of the adult body, 85% of blood, 73% of muscle, 25% of fat, and 22% of bone. It is essential for the proper functioning of every body system, absolutely everything from walking to cellular production. Diuretics such as alcohol, coffee, and tea, raise the already large amount of 1.5 litres that we lose of water each day from sweating, breathing, and urinating.
Most people are dehydrated. The implications of this span every process of the body. Dehydration increases the production of choloesterol, which surrounds cells to seal in and conserve water. This traps toxins inside the cells, and inhibits nutrients from entering the cells. The ovaries and testes are of the first organs to have the water cut off from them when stores get low in the body.
Increase your intake gradually up to 2 litres per day. Drink filtered water perferably not from plastic bottles.
Treatment of Infertility & IVF Support with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in Vancouver
Dr. Spence Pentland, Dr. TCM, R.Ac, FABORM
Dr. Spence Pentland is a provincially licenced Doctor with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC,
& a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (click on letter credentials for more info).
His clinical practice in Vancouver has focused on the treatment of men's and women's reproductive health issues since 2004,
helping hundreds realize their dream of having happy healthy families.
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1. Dr. Spence Pentland's Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Treatment of Infertility in Vancouver
2. The IVF Acupuncture Group - a team of doctors specializing in providing quality, evidence-based acupuncture services for patients undergoing IVF in Greater Vancouver
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