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9
Jun

Creating a Fertile Environment with Acupuncture

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Acupuncture for fertility can be traced back to Chinese medicine as early as 11AD. Using combined practices of Eastern and Western medicine may help to increase the chance for fertility.
In Eastern medicine, bodily functions are regulated by an energy called “qi” which flows through the body. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for issues that people experience with fertility. Acupuncture may help to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of acupuncture points. The needles are so small, almost hair-like, that they are rarely felt by clients! The needles are placed in energy points which correspond to and help improve energy flow to reproductive organs.
Acupuncture creates a fertile environment by:
• Reducing stress by increasing the production of endorphins which help to make you feel good!
• Helping to increase a woman’s fertility by improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus which can help thicken the lining of the uterus, increasing the chances of conception by producing better quality eggs.
• Helping to correct problems with the body’s neuroendocrine system and releasing hormones that will stimulate the ovaries, adrenal glands and other organs that are involved in reproduction. It also helps to produce a greater number of follicles.
• Increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
• Reducing the risk of miscarriage.
Recent research in a study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology has indicated that acupuncture has been shown to prevent egg implantation failure (1).
Dr. Rob Kiltz is such a firm believer in the benefits of acupuncture for fertility that CNY Fertility Center is now offering it complementary for all clients to utilize either pre- or post-embryo transfer, at his Albany and Syracuse centers.
(1) Gui, Juan; Xiong, Fan; Li, Jing; Huang, Guangying. Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Am J Reprod Immunol. 1600-0897. 2012.

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17
Apr

Colorful Foods for Fertility

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When choosing fruits and vegetables, think in color!  Not only are colorful fruits and veggies visually appealing, but a rainbow of variety packs an extra punch nutritionally.  This is especially important for women’s and men’s health when trying to conceive.
Red!
Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene and are colored by the pigment called anthocyanin.  They contain powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage, helps improve egg health, and has been shown to help sperm quality and motility.
Some great ones to try: red apples, red peppers, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and radishes.
Orange and Yellow!
Orange fruits and veggies contain beta-carotene and are colored by the pigment called carotenoids.  These can help women by keeping hormone balance in check and aids in cycle regularity in; and protects sperm from free radical attack in men.  Vitamin A found in these fruits and vegetables help sperm at receptor sites during the fertilization process.
Try: apricots, carrots, yellow and orange peppers, and pumpkin.
Green!
Green fruits and veggies are colored by the pigment chlorophyll.  Dark leafy greens contain lutein and are also a wonderful source of folate.  Folic acid helps to generate viable eggs.  The cruciferous veggies (such as broccoli and cabbage) are especially helpful if suffering from endometriosis or uterine fibroids because it helps with estrogen metabolism.  Folic acid helps with sperm quality and lowers the chances of chromosomal abnormalities.
Try: asparagus, broccoli, and honeydew melon.
Blue and Purple!
Also contain anthocyanin.  To keep cells healthy in both men and women, it is important to protect them from damage with these antioxidants for optimal functioning of eggs and sperm.
Try: blueberries, plums, and eggplant.
White!
These contain anthoxanthins, allicin, and selenium which can protect from chromosome breakage, improve sperm quality and motility, and work to reduce inflammation in the body.
Try: cauliflower, garlic, and bananas.

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