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Andrew Pacholyk
Infertility, skin care clinic, PCOS specialist, Pain Management, Herbal Medicine, alternative medicine, acupuncture therapy, acupuncture infertility, Acupuncture
Infertility, skin care clinic, PCOS specialist, Pain Management, Herbal Medicine, alternative medicine, acupuncture therapy, acupuncture infertility, Acupuncture


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Nutrition and Hormonal Balance

Creating a fertility diet is best done by looking at hormone imbalances. Your endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate your body's growth, metabolism, and sexual development and function. The hormones are released into the bloodstream and transported to tissues and organs throughout your body.

Hormones are chemical messengers that carry a signal from one cell (or group of cells) to another. All multicellular organisms produce hormones; plant hormones are also called phytohormone. Cells respond to a hormone when they express a specific receptor for that hormone. The hormone binds to the receptor protein, resulting in the activation of a signal transduction mechanism that ultimately leads to cell type-specific responses.

In regards to reproduction, the ovaries, uterus, breasts, and testes, are the important organs that are regulated by our hormones. Too little estrogen, too little progesterone, too many male hormones, and/or cortisol deficiencies, are all common problems with reproductive hormones.

Our endocrine system regulates our hormones, and therefore of vital importance to the reproductive health of both men and women. Proper eating habits, avoiding certain habits and weight control, are some areas, which should be given attention when conception, or health in general is your goal.

Many medical conditions can also adversely affect the hormonal balance such as a thyroid condition; diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and too high or too low body mass index are all common contributors to infertility.

If you think you are experiencing signs and symptoms of hormonal deficiencies or imbalances, the first place to look is your period and menstrual cycle.

Below you will find common hormone imbalances and how to start to remedy them:

Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight will optimize your chances of conception by supporting your body and its hormonal functioning.

Your nutrient levels and how well your digestion is functioning is a huge determinant of hormonal balancing in your body. Essential Fatty Acids and nutrients such as vitamin A, B6, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants are key factors to hormonal balance and therefore fertility.


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Inspirational Fertility Tip: Curb your caffeine. One or two cups of coffee can work to kick you into gear in the morning, but its benefits usually end there. Too much caffeine is just as bad as too much of anything. Drinking it throughout the day for an energy boost can actually backfire. Caffeine makes you feel like you have more energy, but you really don't. Cut back on caffeine to reduce the high and low effect.
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Inspirational Fertility Tip: View Your Lifestyle: If illness is not the cause of your fertility, then it is a lifestyle issue. Are you creating unnecessary stress for yourself? Are there ongoing problems in your life that may be causing prolonged anxiety or depression? Consider counseling or talking about your issues with family, career personal or your doctor. Find the issues that are taking you away from a vital, fertile life!
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Inspirational Fertility Tip: Treating Unexplained Infertility

Unexplained infertility is a Western diagnosis which indicates the doctor cannot find any medical explanation for why there are fertility issues. When the issues listed above due not seem to exist, a diagnosis of unexplained infertility will often have a laboratory panel which shows hormonal level "within the normal range". Even though no medical explanation can be found, conception does not seem to occur. This does not mean that there is not a problem.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the best way to treat this diagnosis. TCM gynecology looks at the subtle changes in the hormonal system based on signs and symptoms the body gives off as clues. The menstrual flow and menstrual cycle are the first areas that can revel a cause. If implantation appears to be the problem, then it is important to look at the menstrual blood and the consistency, color, and amount.

The main issue in TCM is stress! Stress is a fertility killer. When there is an issue of unexplained fertility, it is a good idea to look at your lifestyle. These problems can complicate fertility:
1. Balance Your Day: set boundaries with work, family, friends, exercise. To much of ANYTHING is not a good thing. Although we are constantly reminded that MODERATION is the key, we seldom recognize it in ourselves. Plan your day out on paper. Divide your time evenly and stick to it.

2. Improve How You Work: work smart. Do not allow the "fires you put out" each day to become uncontrollable. Allow a certain amount of time for these issues as well as new projects, clients or meetings.

3. Get Exercise: If you are saying, how can I exercise, when I have so much to do, this is all the more reason why you need to jump start your metabolism. Exercise is what your body instinctively wants to do especially under stress: fight or flight, and it works. It burns off some of the stress chemicals which tension produces. Therefore, a tired muscle is a relaxed muscle. Regular exercise builds stamina that can help anyone battle stress. But even something as casual as a walk around the block can help you burn off some of the tension that you carrying around as well as, increase blood circulation.

4. Take A Look At Food: Carbohydrates provide glucose for energy. Excessive carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels to dangerous levels, which then makes your body shut down to protect itself. Protein is important because it allows the brain to synthesis the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, which help keep your mind attentive and alert. Excessive protein levels make the organs of digestion work much harder to process this food and robs your energy stores. Find the balance for YOU.

Listen to your body! It will tell you what makes you feel good and what does not. Especially in the long term. If you have issues with excess heat, look at eating foods that have a cooling nature. If you have excess cold, look at eating foods that have a warming nature. Neutral foods help to regulate our system.

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 Natural Fertility with Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing experience. For those who are having difficulty conceiving, finding an expert in the field of fertility is a challenging and personal experience. Natural Fertility Care by expert, Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac shows you how acupuncture and herbal medicine can be key to bringing your body back into balance and a more fertile, optimum state.
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Inspirational Fertility Tip: Improving Sperm Count
A variety of factors in men can result in infertility. Approximately 25% of infertility is directly due to the male partner. Low sperm count or anatomical abnormalities are often the two main reasons for male infertility. Several other factors can contribute to this including exposure to excessive heat or fever, radiation, toxins, alcohol consumption or acute injury or testicular injury. Anatomical abnormalities such as an endocrine disorders or varicocele, a diluted vein of the spermatic cord can also cause a problem. Varicocele can be treated successfully with surgery. Environmental exposures, smoking, and use of recreational drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, hashish) may reduce sperm count or cause abnormal sperm morphology. If there are no anatomical abnormalities then here are ways to improve sperm:

1. Reduce The Heat: Men with low sperm counts are frequently advised optimize the temperature of the testes as sperm production is slightly lower than body temperature. That is why the testes hang away from the body in the scrotum. This can be done by NOT wearing tight "bikini-style" underwear, avoid frequent use of spas and hot baths and do not use a lap top computer directly on the knees.

2. Drink Less Of The Hard Stuff : Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with a decrease in the percentage of normal sperm.

3. Go Organic: A study done with members of the Organic Farmers's Association suggesting that organically grown foods may enhance fertility. Their sperm count was more than twice as high in these men as in a control group of blue-collar workers.

4. Get Acupuncture: Acupuncture was used on 28 men twice a week for 5 weeks and compared to men who received no treatment. Following acupuncture, a statistically significant increase in the percentage and number of sperm in the total ejaculate was observed (in comparison with controls), with improvements in the shape. Also progressive motility in ejaculate increased from 44.5% to 55% following acupuncture treatment.

5. Take Your Supplements: Additional supplements such as Vitamin C and E, selenium and zinc are essential for both men and women.
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