My personal journey began when I was trying to conceive. For 5 years my husband and I struggled with fertility issues. My doctor eventually referred me to a fertility doctor, we completed multiple tests and blood work then the doctor suggested trying Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). After 3-4 cycles of IUIs, we did not get pregnant. We decided to take a break from fertility treatment for 1 year. This is when I decided to go back to school for natural nutrition and become a holistic nutritionist. I was also seeking help from a naturopathic doctor for acupuncture hoping that I could one day conceive a child.
After I completed my program and received my diploma in natural nutrition. I began to detox, taking extra vitamins and supplements, and eating natural whole foods. I stayed away from saturated fats, refined grains, red meats, processed and sugary foods, and drinks. For this year, I could see my body detoxing and I finally started feeling energized and alive. I knew my body was ready for fertility treatment again.
In the summer of 2014, we went back to see the fertility doctor and decided to do our first round of IVF; and by the fall I was pregnant. I continue to eat a diet full of legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and a lot of fish. I also ate 2-3 Brazil nuts daily as they are high in selenium (which helps with preparing the body during conception). I took folate acid which helps reduce the risk for birth defects and a good quality probiotic that supports the gastrointestinal system.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™, I understood that nutrition was not the only factor related to my fertility issues, there was a mind-body-spirit connection as well. Stress and lifestyle factors also played a role in conception. Both my husband and I started to walk after dinner daily. We built a stronger connection with each other while dealing with fertility issues. I knew he was going to be a wonderful father and partner for the rest of our lives.
Here are some tips I have learned along the way (female): 1. Eat 2-3 brazil nuts daily. 2. Supplement with a multivitamin, fish oil with coenzymeQ10, folic acid, and probiotics. 3. Eat 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. 4. Eat fish more often (decrease intake of red meats).
Here are some tips for your partner (male): 1. Reduce intake of trans fatty acids, process foods, and high-fat dairy products. 2. Eat eggs and fish more often (decrease intake of red meats). 3. Increase fruits and vegetables (spinach, asparagus, bananas). 4. Eat foods that are high in vitamin C. 5. Eat nuts and seeds. 6. Supplement with a multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, fish oil with coenzymeQ10.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™, I will focus on all aspects of a person's wellbeing and life. Send me an email at BlendaRHN@gmail.com and let me help you.
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The entire contents of this article are based upon the opinions of Blenda Chan. Please note that Blenda Chan is not a dietitian, physician, pharmacist or other licensed healthcare professional. The information in this article is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health care professional. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. Always consult with your primary care physician or licensed healthcare provider for all diagnosis and treatment of any diseases or conditions, for medications or medical advice as well as before changing your health care regimen.