Research is showing that the decisions you make about your nutrition, exercise, stress, and environmental toxin exposure can influence your health and fertility. Additionally, these lifestyle factors also influence the health and development of your baby once your pregnant! While some aspects of lifestyle may not be modifiable, there are many that can be modified in order to promote health and fertility. The main factors that are influential to creating a fertile environment in both men and women include:
Eating a clean diet of organic whole foods, plenty of antioxidants in berries and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, essential fatty acids (like those from wild salmon and cod liver oil), nuts and seeds, and protein from organic, grass-fed animals will nourish your body, support your hormones and sexual health, reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, and create a healthy, well-functioning system that is ready to support new life. Strengthening your digestive integrity with organic whole foods is a foundational step to supporting your body’s fertility. A strong digestive system promotes a healthy immunity. And it is essential in order to properly absorb, assimilate, and use the nutrients from your food.
Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disease affecting around 5 million Americans. The two primary symptoms of fibromyalgia are muscle pain and fatigue. Other symptoms include sleep disturbances, “brain fog,” irritability, and anxiety or depression. Nearly one third of those suffering from fibromyalgia suffer from depression.
A diagnosis of fibromyalgia is made through symptoms alone; there is no lab test to confirm or deny the diagnosis. Doctors treat the disease with medications and recommend mild exercise, a good diet, and stress reduction.
If you have been diagnosed with this disease and thorough lab work was not completed, there is a possibility that you have been misdiagnosed. You may have osteomalacia or hypothyroidism.
Osteomalacia is a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. The body is unable to “…deposit calcium into the collagen jello-like matrix in the bone. As a result, the covering on the bone which contains pain sensing nerves is easily deformed resulting in throbbing aching bone pain. Patients with osteomalacia often complain of achiness in their muscles and bones. These non-specific aches and pains in the bones and muscles are often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome,” writes Dr. Michael Holick, one of the world’s foremost authorities