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The Body

Our bodies are incredible machines that have the ability to tell us when something is wrong. But in order to recognize the warnings signs we must understand how our bodies feel when everything is functioning normally. When you get a headache your body is sending you a signal that it is off kilter. In order to treat this headache you can take various forms of over the counter pain relievers, try alternative medicinal efforts such as meditation/relaxation or simply ignore it. If you pay attention to the headache and notice a pattern, it may help you prevent something more serious. It may even help you recognize when you are under stress, and how that stress is adversely affecting your health.

General Health
The following are factors which can affect your ability to ovulate, conceive, or carry a pregnancy to term:

  • excessive, or very low, body fat can affect ovulation and fertility
  • chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hyper or hypothyroidism, lupus, arthritis, hypertension, or asthma—tell your doctor about prescription medicines that you are currently taking

Infertility is not solely a women’s problem. About 30% of infertility cases involve male factor problems alone, and 30% of cases involve problems with both partners. Many researchers believe the causes of declining male fertility during this century are environmental; they include pesticide and chemical exposure, drug use, radiation, and pollution.

Optimise fertility by addressing body stress:

Are you feeling stressed, having trouble sleeping, feeling anxious, battling with an irregular cycle or struggling to fall pregnant, or suffering from back pain, anxiety, headaches or constipation?  All of these symptoms may signal the progression of stress overload which may be disrupting the body’s optimal functioning.

  The value of Integration: Benefits of a holistic approach to fertility using complimentary therapies alongside conventional medicine

 A clinical diagnosis of sub- or infertility often sets off a whole chain of events and previously unforeseen tests and treatments for couples who may have already been starting to stress at their failure to fall pregnant as the months pass by.

Healthy eating may seem like an oxymoron but making slight changes in your diet can make a world of difference in your health.

Start by eating more fruits and vegetables
You should have at least 6 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Not a big fan or fruits and vegetables? Try making a smoothie as an afternoon snack with yogurt and fruit, add in a little wheat germ. Start having an apple as an afternoon snack or add some extra veggies into a casserole. By making minor changes, eating healthy becomes part of a routine and soon you will start craving a great big salad with spinach, walnuts and butternut.

It is not something you should worry about only when you are ready to have children, it is critical to think about lifestyle factors well before that. Infertility affects millions of people. 30% of infertility is attributed to the male, while 30% is attributed to the female. 30% of infertility cases are due to weighing too much or too little.

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