I was at the Fertility Show at Olympia at the weekend with The Association of Reproductive Reflexologist’s. It was great to see my colleagues and to talk to lots of lovely ladies that came to our stand wanting to know more. I also had the chance to update my knowledge on unexplained infertility, IVF and nutrition.
On the subject of nutrition, Dr. Marilyn Glenville spoke about how nutrition can help reduce the symptoms of PCOS, Endometriosis and Fibroids. Managing these conditions through diet boosts your fertility making it easier for you to conceive.
So what did she say I hear you all ask. Well here goes:
- PCOS, Endometriosis and Fibroids are caused by hormone imbalances
- PCOS is caused by an excess of Androgens and Oestrogen. Endometriosis and Fibroids are caused by an excess of Oestrogen.
- Sufferers need to control their blood sugar carefully. As insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce male hormones and the liver makes less substances which enable the liver to get rid of excessive hormones such as oestrogen
- A low GI diet and lots of Phytoestrogens help the body keep blood sugar and hormone levels stable.
- Avoid sugar including added sugar in sweet and savoury foods. Check the labels on all foods even those you consider to be healthy.
- Dairy products also contain a substance similar to insulin so that should be limited too.
- Eat lots of Omega 3. We need a good ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9. Typically people have lots of omega 6 which leads to increased male hormones. We need to ensure we get more Omega 3 than 6 to be reproductively healthy. Omega 3 helps improve blood flow in the body and therefore reduces the inflammation and pain of a period. Omega 3 is so anti inflammatory that it can prevent people from needing to take pain killers.
- As well as looking into your diet there are many supplements and herbs that you can take to help you get the balance right
My advice to you is to avoid reaching straight for herbs and supplements that are expensive but first get your levels tested and if you need to, change your diet first. Make sure you are eating the right foods and if your levels or symptoms haven’t improved after a couple of months then you may choose to top up your improved diet with the supplements and herbs. Only buy supps and herbs from a reputable therapist.
I’m soon to be launching detailed information on the correct diets for these conditions on my new website www.yourfabulousfertility.co.uk Pop over and sign up for the free guide to fertility and you’ll be notified when this information is available. Do like the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YourFabulousFertility too as it’ll be posted there as well.
Dr Marilyn Glenville offers tests online, by post and in person at her clinic. So you can be sure which areas you need help with and can then choose how to tweak your diet and/or take some supplements. She also has her own range of supplements which are of a very high quality. Check out the information at: http://www.naturalhealthpractice.com
All the best with everything.