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StumbleUpon and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture

For those who may not be already familiar with this website, StumbleUpon and it's more than 25 million members can be found listed as one of the Internets top most visited websites.

Referred to by some as a discovery engine, it is a website that shares content with you that you most likely will find interesting by a prediction based upon your own personal browsing attributes. Topics include photography, art, humor, fashion, sports, technology and just about every other topic you can think of.

We are happy to announce that Tree Of Life Acupuncture Fertility has chosen StumbleUpon to help us provide our patients and others interested in fertility reproductive topics, with a single location to enlightening information important to anyone on the journey to conceive.

Jack Handlin L.Ac., DAOM, FABORM who heads our fertility clinic serving Seattle and Bellevue area patients is an experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and oriental reproductive medicine specialist certified as a fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine) and continues to add to his number of already published articles surrounding fertility treatments and reproductive medicine.

We invite you to visit our Tree Of Life Fertility page that can now be found on StumbleUpon where you will find articles authored by Jack Handlin and others on topics surrounding fertility treatments and other reproductive medicine to help you conceive.

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Simple Fertility Steps To Improve Reproductive Health

The holidays can be such a stressful time for couples going through fertility challenges. Often patients tell us how hard it is to go to what have been happy events in the past. Do something to make things better is something our patients tell us that is something that helps so much. While the list of thing to do to improve fertility can be daunting at first, starting with small, easy thing are often effective.

Here are three things to consider adding into to your fertility optimization routine. Focus on is tracking your sleep to make and make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep. Regular sleep and wake times help even more possible. Try to eat whole foods and decrease the number of processed foods you eat each day. Drink eight glasses of water or half your body weight in ounces. While these may seem too basic, they help the body and reproductive system to function optimally in many ways.

An addition to considering adding in one or two fertility friendly foods. Two to focus on would be foods high in selenium and essential fatty acids. Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect the help protect eggs and sperm from free radicals. Omega-3 acids have shown to help improve fertility by assisting the following: to regulate hormones, increase healthy cervical mucous, promote ovulation and overall improve the quality of the uterus and increase blood flow to the reproductive organs.

Oriental Reproductive Medicine treatments such as Fertility Acupuncture, Dietary Therapy, and other lifestyle modifications can often be a great benefit to couples going through fertility challenges. We often recommend scheduling a free consultation with us, or a fertility acupuncture specialist to see if it is a good fit for you and where things may improve. Know there are things you can do to bring you closer to success.

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The following share is an article published by JACK HANDLIN L.AC, DAOM, FABORM that was originally published and first seen on the Tree of Life Acupuncture Fertility, Blog.

The article includes a share concerning (SRM) Seattle Reproductive Medicine and Northwest Center for Reproductive Medicine (NCRS) and their merger which has created the Northwests largest center for fertility and reproductive endocrinology in the Northwest.

*Tree of Life Acupuncture Fertility is very proud to be a part of the growing Seattle and Bellevue fertility healthcare providers who's sole focus is helping couples to conceive.

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Fertility Reproductive Medicine and Weight Loss

Great article about weight loss and the potential benefits improving fertility. When going through the fertility journey, every bit helps contribute to success. Feel free to leave a comment.

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We are happy to announce that Tree of Life Acupuncture Fertility, has chosen to include HubPages in our network of websites used to publish content about the various methods of "Fertility Treatments" available and articles supporting better reproductive health.

If you are not already familiar with this website, here is a quick overview.

HubPages Inc.
HubPages is a user generated content, revenue-sharing website. On December 7, 2013, the website published data that showed that the website consisted of 910,106 "Hubs", 73,969 published users, and 2,498,967 forum posts. Wikipedia
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2006

OUR FIRST POST Fertility Treatments: IVF and acupuncture; a fertile combination? can be found here:

We hope that you will find our first article posted today on, to prove enlightening and beneficial in your own quest for better reproductive health.

If you would like us to consider a specific subject or area of infertility and/or fertility treatments for us to publish?

Please share your ideas!

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Healthy eating can increase fertility...

If you are having fertility challenges, you may have already learned that there are many high-tech reproductive medicine procedures, medications and sophisticated tests and diagnostics available to you. For both women and men trying to understand all of this complicated information can be difficult. While facing this overload of information it is easy to miss some small everyday factors that can improve fertility. The amazing medical advances that we have seen over the years make it easy to overlook nature, and the ways that fertility can be increased with simple healthy things from our everyday life.

What is a good starting weight for fertility?

Before we go on to look at some specific foods and food groups that help with fertility, let’s first look at some basic facts regarding ideal BMI.
There are many factors that go into eating ideally for your body type and constitution. This not only means eating healthily; eating fresh wholesome foods as opposed to fast or processed foods. It also relates to eating the right amount, not too much or too little. Being either overweight or underweight can cause ovulation dysfunctions and other reproductive cycle imbalances. It can cause women to ovulate infrequently, irregularly or not at all. Ovulation is affected by estrogen, which is regulated by the ovaries and fat cells. If you are too thin, then the body may not produce enough estrogen. Conversely, people that are overweight may produce too much. If you are unsure if you are either overweight or underweight, then you should check your body mass index score (BMI). A BMI score of 21-25 is usually considered optimal for fertility. For some people, though, athletes for example, their muscle mass may influence the score. If you have any doubts regarding your BMI score, then consult a doctor.

Food groups that improve fertility

If your BMI is already in the optimal range and you are still having fertility challenges, modifying your diet can help.
Researchers at The Harvard School of Public Health followed more than 18,000 women over the course of eight years, in order to try and understand if their dietary habits affected their ability to conceive.

Approximately 20% of women that are suffering from infertility have ovulation problems. The study found that ovulatory disorders can be affected by eating, among other things, above average or high amounts of animal carbohydrates and proteins, and also trans fats. The conclusion was that by adjusting diet and lifestyle, the majority of these cases may be preventable or improved. This only applies to women with ovulation problems and not to all infertile women, yet the study found that exploring the following avenues could help in other circumstances.
Replacing animal protein (meat) with vegetable protein (beans and nuts for example). The chances of ovulatory infertility drop by 50% when as little as 5% of total calories are derived from vegetable protein.
Taking iron supplements and multivitamins that contain folic acid were shown to improve fertility.

Eating high-fat dairy as opposed to low-fat or fat-free. This goes against what most of us think regarding a healthy diet, yet the study showed that there is an effect. Your whole dairy intake doesn’t have to be full fat. One serving of full-fat dairy, replacing a low-fat serving, per day is recommended.

Of course, there are many exceptions that contradict this dietary advice. There are women that have poor lifestyles and diets who get pregnant easily, just as there are women that live a healthy lifestyle and eat well and are still having difficulty conceiving.

Focus on stress reducing activities

Before we go on to look at some specific foods that are considered to help with fertility challenges, I would like to briefly look at how stress can contribute to fertility challenges.

The significance of stress in conception can be illustrated by a well-known phenomenon: A couple can try for years to conceive before deciding to take a break from Western fertility treatments, whereupon the woman becomes pregnant. One theory is that the change of focus can reduce pressure to conceive and greatly contribute to a successful outcome.

Tree of Life Acupuncture uses various techniques and treatments to help patients conceive and achieve full-term pregnancy. Reducing your stress levels is just one of many ways that we can help.

What to eat

Below is a list of seven different types of food that we consider to be beneficial in improving fertility.

One problem with overly strict diets is the fact that they can become boring. On our website, there is a page of recipes that we consider to provide nourishment to the body and soul This is a new page and at the time of writing there are two recipes. We will be adding more recipes though, so keep checking back to see what is new. On to the list. As is mentioned above, looking at a new diet or dietary modifications can be stressful and hard to follow so taking small consistent steps is often the best approach. Let us start with a few ideal foods or food groups…

Dairy (ice cream)

Yahoo! Not low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt, but full-fat ice cream in all its glory. Don’t go overboard though. Replace a low-fat dairy item with a full fat one and don’t forget about the calories. You will need to reduce your calorie intake somewhere else to compensate. Experts are unsure as to why full fat is better than low fat, but Jorge E. Chavarro, MD., Sc.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health surmises that removing the fat from milk changes its balance of sex hormones. In Chinese medicine we want to focus on dairy in moderation, and may even recommend avoiding it completely for certain people depending on their constitution. We recommend checking with your practitioner to see if this is a great option for you.

Plant proteins (beans)

Replace some of your animal protein intake with plant protein. Beans are very adaptable to use in your diet. Whether you make a bean chili, mix some cooked beans into a salad, or put a bean burger on the barbeque, they are contributing to your fertility. If you don’t like beans then nuts, lentils, and tofu are good plant based alternatives.

Leafy greens

As they are high in folate they not only increase women’s fertility but also help men to make healthier sperm. Dark leafy greens, such as broccoli, spinach and arugula are examples that are high in folate which is a vitamin B. If you are looking for inspiration to spice them up, then look online for vegetarian recipes.


Pumpkin seeds are high in non-heme iron. This is the type of iron found in iron supplement tablets. Toast the seeds in the oven and either mix them into a salad – a bean salad perhaps – to add crunch, or eat them as a tasty snack.


Whole wheat bread, not white. Whole wheat bread contains complex carbs which take longer to digest than refined ones. This helps to keep insulin levels and blood sugar more stable. Increased levels can disrupt your reproductive hormones. Whenever possible it is advisable to choose whole wheat pasta before white, brown rice before white rice and the darker the bread the better.

Olive oil

Monounsaturated fats not only help insulin sensitivity but also reduce inflammation. Inflammation can hinder the first three stages of having a baby. Ovulation, conception and development of the embryo. Use it in place of butter, both in cooking and on your dark bread. It makes a wonderful salad dressing either on its own or mixed with vinegar; three parts oil to one part vinegar, balsamic is perfect.


Wild salmon is a cold water fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are thought to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. Salmon is good for you either fresh or frozen and is low in mercury levels. Important note: some fish can be bad for you if you are either trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant. The list sometimes changes so we won’t mention specific fish here. The United States Environmental Protection Agency can advise you.

We hope that the above has been helpful in educating you as to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and diet to optimize for conception and a healthy pregnancy. Tree of Life Acupuncture is here to help you. If you have any questions regarding this article, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Fertility, Infertility, and Trying to Conceive

If you are one of the many couples trying to conceive and who have not yet considered fertility acupuncture, we hope that you will take a few minutes and read the following article "How Acupuncture Can Boost Your Fertility" written by Brenda Beattie.

The article will introduce you to some of the proven benefits that fertility acupuncture can have for those who are having difficulty conceiving.

After reading the article you find that you would like to learn more about acupuncture fertility treatments and live in the Seattle, Bellevue area, we invite you to call Tree of Life Acupuncture Fertility and schedule an appointment to meet with our practitioner, JACK HANDLIN L.AC, DAOM, FABORM who specializes in treating both female and male infertility, gynecology and women's health.

To learn more about our Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, as well as our personalized fertility treatments, please visit our website.

We hope you find the following article enlightening.

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