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endocrine disruptors, reducing chemicals, chemicals affecting fertility
Chemicals

Decreasing chemical exposure

There are many chemicals in our daily lives which are known as endocrine disruptors. This basically means they are disrupting your hormones which adversely affects male and female fertility. Luckily there are some really simple ways to reduce your exposure! Containers 1. Where possible use glass containers to store food. If using plastic let your food cool down before putting it into the containers and never heat it up in the plastic containers. Put it in a proper bowl and heat it in that. 2. Buy a glass water bottle and coffee cup. As these are items we use daily …

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Essential oils

Natural cleaning products

Many of the chemicals found in our everyday cleaning products are linked to fertility issues. Luckily it is really easy to swap our products to more natural ones and reduce our exposure. Here are some tried and tested suggestions for chemical free cleaning. All you need to do is stock up on white vinegar, baking soda/bicarb soda (these are the same thing) and clove oil. I found it really easy once I’d bought myself 3 spray bottles and put my bicarb soda into an old pepper container which is open on one side and has holes on the other. This lets …

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Acupuncture

Sneaky chemicals

Should we be worried? There is an increasing body of information available on the dangers of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). Inside our bodies is a network of glands or organs which are collectively called the endocrine system. Glands secrete messengers called hormones, you’ll be familiar with some of these, such as oestrogen and progesterone. Hormones deliver signals from one gland or organ to another. To deliver the message the hormone fits into a specific receptor, much like a lock and key, allowing the recipient organ to understand what it needs to do. EDCs can mimic the shape of hormones and …

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Fertility

One pan high protein breakfast

This recipe is full of nutrients with 2 serves of vegetables in this meal and fits all in one pot!   Ingredients 1/2 cup of mushrooms (your choice) sliced 1/4 cup of red onions sliced 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes 1 cup of baby spinach leaves 1 egg 1 tsp of your choice of oil Recipe Put pan on stove and turn on medium-high Add oil Once heated crack egg into pan to the side (use an egg ring if you like) Add red onions and mushrooms to the other side of the pan Stir onions and mushrooms until cooked …

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Fertility

Scrambled egg with salmon & vegetable breakfast

This week’s high protein breakfast looks delicious! High protein breakfasts help to regulate your blood sugars for the day which is very important for those trying to conceive. Ingredients 1/4 cup of leftover salmon 2 eggs Dash of milk (your choice) 1 cup of green vegetables (Megan used broccoli & beans) 1 tsp of shallots 1/4 cup water Salt & pepper to taste Recipe Cut up broccoli and beans into small pieces Put wok on stove on high temperature with water Once water is boiling add vegetables in wok and cover for approximately 3 minutes Mix eggs and milk together in …

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Sesame & sunflower crispbread
Fertility

Sesame & Sunflower Crispbread

We love to think of food as medicine here at the clinic. Seeds can be be a great way of both increasing fibre intake and regulating hormones. Seeds are abundant in lignans which can assist the body to stabilise hormones. Flaxseed and sesame seeds contain the highest amounts and can help block excess oestrogen being absorbed in those women who are oestrogen dominant. Pumpkin seeds can also be added to this recipe if you have some in the cupboard as they are rich in zinc and can support the release of progesterone.   This recipe is from our acupuncturist, Louise. …

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High protein is important for fertility to regulate blood sugar levels and important to have for breakfast. Check out or blogs with a range of options to keep your breakfasts interesting.
Fertility

Georgie’s high protein breakfast omelette with tuna and vegetables

Here’s the next recipe to help inspire you to start the day with a high protein breakfast. It helps to regulate your blood sugars for the day which is very important for those trying to conceive.   Omelettes are high in protein, quick to make and super nutritious with a few added extras. Ingredients 4 eggs 1 small tin of tuna 1 handful of chopped baby spinach. 1 cup of left over cooked veggies from the night before Your choice of oil Recipe: Beat eggs in a bowl Strain tuna and add to bowl Add vegetables and spinach to bowl …

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Megan's Simple Overnight Oats and Chia Porridge Recipe | High protein diets improve fertility and this simple high protein breakfast makes it easy to increase your protein intake. Click to see the recipe with pomegranates and dates.
Fertility

Simple Overnight Oats and Chia Porridge Recipe

At the Fertility and Pregnancy Acupuncture Clinic, we recommend eating a high protein breakfast for many reasons. Apart from protein keeping you fuller for longer, a high protein diet regulates blood sugar levels throughout the day for fertility. Megan uses pomegranates as a topping, which also improves fertility by increasing blood flow to the uterus. This simple overnight oats and chia porridge recipe is easy to make and very delicious. This recipe is for one serve, but you could make a few at once to last you throughout your busy week. Ingredients 1/4 cup oats 1 tbsp chia seeds 1/3 …

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Fertility

How to improve sperm quality

Sperm quality has been declining over the last 40 years in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe (1). A recent study has found sperm counts and concentration have declined by around 50% (1). The study did not look at the reasons which may have caused this decline by it has been linked to multiple environmental influences, including endocrine disrupting chemical, pesticides, heat. As well as lifestyle factors, such as diet, stress, smoking and obesity. One of the factors which might be part of the problem is our exposure to chemicals, such as Bisphenol A (BPA). These chemicals are known …

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Acupuncture

Lab Tests: Bring them in!

Many clients come to us after seeing their GP or fertility specialist and subsequently having a screed of lab tests. When discussing the results with the GP or specialist, it is important to ask for copies of the results.   Lab results, scans and any other investigations: we love them so bring them in. Whenever you have more lab work done bring those results in too. These results have the potential to allow the practitioner to fine tune treatment for each client.   There are 2 different ways of looking at lab results. Often if your blood results fall within …

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