Hot Cacao “Coffee”

Guest post by Krista A. Parr, R.H.N.

While it isn’t necessary to cut out coffee completely while trying to conceive, it is generally recommended that women limit themselves to a cup a day. Many women choose to ‘quit’ coffee while preparing for pregnancy for a variety of reasons, including the stress that coffee can place on the liver, adrenal glands, blood pressure, and nutrient absorption.




Chickpea & Kale Primavera over Polenta

Guest Post by Nikki Hurst

This hearty, fibrous, and nutritious dish is rich in many fertility-boosting nutrients: iron, folate, Fertility Fats (Omega-3, Mono/Polyunsaturated fats), anti-oxidants, as well as lycopene. This loaded dish is satiating and even better re-heated. Enjoy!

½ tsp salt
1 cup organic polenta (cornmeal)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast (optional, for flavour)
freshly ground pepper

Breast Lumps and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Breast diseases which are benign (not cancerous) include fibrocystic disease (lumps, fibroids and cysts), fibroadenomas, breast pain (referred to in western medicine as mastalgia), and abnormal nipple discharge. Although not malignant by definition, these conditions can be at worst very uncomfortable to bear, and at best an indicator that something in the body as a whole (and the breasts in particular) is out of balance. Chinese medicine has treated and written about breast disease for almost 2000 years.

The Carbon Farmer and the Yinstill Gratitude Forest

Making a baby is such an incredible miracle. There are so many variables that have to come together at exactly the right time and in a particular way to create life. Just over a year ago, we started a program at Yinstill Reproductive Wellness to honour each of these miracles. For each baby that comes into this world that we have had the privilege of working with, we plant a tree.

Lemon Quinoa Spectacular

Guest Post by Nikki Hurst

Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free whole grain loaded with fibre, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron. Pair quinoa with fresh citrus juice, and it’s loaded with Vitamin C as well, making this dish an explosion of essential nutrients imperative for optimum fertility. Serve this dish as a side or main, you decide!

Breast Health: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the root of all breast disease is stagnation. In its mildest form, this poor circulation is reflected as premenstrual breast distension, tenderness, or pain. At its most severe, it becomes the Stagnation of Blood & Qi with Toxic Heat of a malignant breast tumor. Benign breast lumps, cysts and / or pain lie somewhere on the continuum of stagnation, most likely involving the JueYin (Liver) and YangMing (Stomach) meridians.

Acupuncture affects AMH in PCOS

Results from a recent study on the effects of acupuncture on women with PCOS showed a positive affect on AMH levels and ovarian volume. Electrical acupuncture is administered for 16 weeks consecutively displayed hormonal regulating effects and restoration of ovulation in a significant number of the test subjects.

This is more evidence to suggest acupuncture has real physiological effects on ovarian physiology and hormone regulation, and can be especially effective treatment in women with PCOS.







Huffington Post

I like reading articles from the Huffington Post that pertain to infertility. Their writers are clever insightful real people - I guess this is why it has gained the critical acclaim that it has. Thank you Arianna Huffington.


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