Getting Pregnant After 40: Does Sugar Cause Infertility?

 

Many individuals nowadays are trying to get pregnant after 40 and having children later than their parents and grandparents.

This is due to many reasons of course such as the need for more schooling, the importance of establishing careers, getting some financial stability, and meeting the right person. With advancing age, fertility does decline and end eventually for all women and for some individuals, getting pregnant after forty can become challenging.  This is due to many factors, one of which is sugar consumption!

In this article we’re going to explore the connection between infertility and sugar consumption. We’ll look at how sugar can lower your chances of getting pregnant in your 40s. And you’ll learn about how it impacts your hormone levels and what you can do about it.  

Does Sugar Cause Infertility?

In addition to having children later in life, what is also much more common nowadays is that individuals are eating WAY more processed sugars than previous generations.  

In fact, the average American eats approximately 66 lbs of added sugars yearly and nearly 150 pounds of sugar in total.  This is at least two to four times as much as the maximum recommendation given by the American Heart Association and even more so than that given by the WHO. For many individuals, that is their body weight in sugar!  

Why Is This Important For Pregnancy After 40?

Well, sugar accelerates a process known as glycation in the body which is a process involving sugar combining proteins in the body and damaging them. Whenever we accelerate damaging processes in the body, it is obviously a bad thing.  It gives the body more work to do. It also leaves us with a bunch of ‘junk’ called advanced glycation end products (AGE’s) which gum up our body and cells. The process of glycation points to the link between sugar consumption, age and fertility.

The Process of Glycation

 

When it comes to sugar, it also stresses something called the HPA axis.

The Sugar and Hormone Connection

The HPA axis is a feedback loop that involves the hypothalamus gland (part of the brain), the pituitary (another part of the brain), and the adrenals.  This axis also involves the ovaries and the thyroid in women, which form another feedback loop called the OAT axis (ovarian, adrenal, thyroid axis).  Sugar, when consumed in excess which is the ‘norm’ nowadays, increases cortisol production in the adrenal glands and insulin production in the pancreas.  These trends can lead to things such as adrenal fatigue, prediabetes/diabetes, and you guessed it—increased infertility.  

This is because this excess of sugar actually is a ‘stressor’!

HPA AXIS DIAGRAM

 

This extra cortisol, when repeatedly produced, eventually can lead to a tiring of what we call the HPA and OAT axes, and we then see gradually lowering functionality of these respective axes.  Since the ovaries are involved in the OAT axis, this can subsequently affect key ovarian hormone production.  In fact, the body will produce cortisol at the expense of other hormones such as progesterone especially for women. We term this the ‘pregnenolone steal.’

 

This is an especially salient point because progesterone is needed for successful implantation and maintenance of a pregnancy.  This is one of the key issues that many women over 35 face that figures into declining fertility.  

Because the norm is to be routinely stressed out due to many factors and it’s common to be excessively consuming sugar, we routinely negatively impact the preservation of good hormone balance crucial for preserving fertility.  Many people don’t think that drinking their Coca-Cola or having their sweetened Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is potentially affecting their fertility but in reality, it very well may be!

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A Key to Getting Pregnant After 40: Preserving Youthful Hormone Levels

Fertility is of course multi-dimensional and infertility problems are as well.  But for many women, too low progesterone can be a major factor as to why they may get pregnant but miscarry repeatedly.  Thus in minimizing risk for this potential complicating factor, a couple may wish to take a careful look at not just the diet in general, but specifically sugar content with added and total sugars.

The more you can minimize damaging and depleting processes such as glycation and the pregnenolone steal, the better your odds will be in preserving fertility and getting pregnant after forty.  

There are several general eating plans that a woman may want to consider to inherently lower her sugar consumption and thus encourage better fertility from this standpoint. One is the Paleo diet and if wanting to go even more diligent, the Ketogenic diet.

For those unfamiliar, let me explain each of these in greater detail. 

The Paleo Diet vs. the Ketogenic Diet for Preserving Fertility

The Paleo dietary approach focuses on what is believed to be how humans largely ate before the dawn of modern agriculture (around 10,000 years ago). In this approach, grains and dairy foods are eschewed for: nuts and seeds, quality animal meats, vegetables, fruits, and some tubers (such as sweet potatoes, squashes, etc).  

The diet is focused on providing lower glycemic load foods (i.e. the total amount of carbs that turn into sugar in the body) while increasing nutrient dense foods (which are typically veggies, fruits, meats, nuts and seeds as noted). This inherently tends to lower the volume of carbohydrates consumed, thereby reducing the level of glycation inherently caused from eating.

The ketogenic diet is in some ways, a more strict version of the paleo dietary approach. Within the ketogenic diet approach, there are also degrees of restriction to carbohydrates as well.  Some individuals trying to control diabetes or lose lots of weight may be limiting their carbohydrates down to 20-30 grams for the entire day.

This means essentially they will only be eating items such as:

  • good quality fats (such as olives, avocados, nuts and seeds, butter, etc.), 
  • animal meats
  • non-starchy vegetables AND
  • (In contrast to the paleo diet): full-fat, low carbohydrate dairy foods 

This is because the carbohydrate content is paramount in the ketogenic dietary approach most of all.  Even foods such as squashes, sweet potatoes, almost all fruits, rutabagas, turnips and more may be off of this diet.  

On less strict versions of this approach, one may eat up to 100 grams of carbohydrates which again will focus on vegetables, low glycemic load fruits such as berries, nuts and seeds, perhaps limited amounts of root vegetables and again the animal based foods.  

One’s overall health needs and goals may suggest one plan or the other but from a sugar perspective, one could try either approach with likely getting benefit.

Concluding Thoughts

Both of these dietary approaches inherently reduce sugar’s presence in the body, minimizing the possibility of glycation, easing the stress on the pancreas and adrenal glands to stimulate cortisol and insulin production to stimulate the pregnenolone steal which can ultimately cause HPA axis dysfunction.  

So while your obstetrician or gynecologist may not mention this, you can now truly understand the connection between what you eat and increasing your odds of getting pregnant after forty! The connection between sugar, stress and infertility is more direct, as you now understand, than many people realize.  If you didn’t have a good reason before, you should now to get serious about cutting the sugar.  Your fertility may just depend on it!

If you are over 40 and are trying to get pregnant, take these steps to help reduce the impact of sugar on your chance of a healthy pregnancy. 

What are your thoughts on sugar and infertility? Have you tried any of these dietary approaches to reduce your sugar consumption? What was your experience and which one(s) did you use? Would love to learn more about you and your experiences.

3 KEYS for FERTILITY

 

You’re young enough, healthy enough, and can’t understand why you have “fertility issues.”

…its been  months of trying…still no baby.. why ?

It seems to be a modern-day burden all too many couples face, and conventional medicine has answers but…cannot explain WHY.

 Doctors are usually to quick to label couples “infertile” and recommend drastic measures, rather than ask WHY and dig deep to uncover causative factors.

The good news is, many “infertility issues” have very little to do with your fertility.

Rather, they are symptoms of common health deficiencies that can be quickly corrected through natural remedies, nutrition, acupuncture and lifestyle changes.

Here are 3 safe and natural fertility remedies you can use to prepare for a healthy pregnancy:

 #1: Balance your blood sugar

This seems like such simple advice, but very few people understand the blood-sugar-hormone connection and how it can inhibit fertility.

When your blood sugar is out of whack—which happens if you’re not getting enough sleep, are too stressed, eating too much sugar and refined carbs, aren’t eating the right balance of nutrients, or aren’t eating enough—it affects your insulin levels.

This, in turn, causes an imbalance in other hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Remember, insulin is a hormone and all hormones are interconnected.

So, what’s the best way to keep your blood sugar balanced and help increase fertility?

  • Eat small frequent meals every 2-4 hours
  • Have a little protein with every small meal, like nuts, seeds, eggs, legumes, or meat
  • Eat plenty of healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocado oil, nut butters, pastured butter, hemp seeds, fish oil, etc.
  • Sleep 7.5-9 hours per night. If you don’t get enough sleep it affects the hormone, leptin, which is responsible for controlling your appetite and satiety
  • Replace refined sugar with natural sweeteners like stevia and limited amounts of raw honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup
  • Cut back on refined carbs like white flour, white rice, pastas, etc.
  • Exercise 15-30 minutes a day
  • Cut out alcohol. It’s full of sugar, messes with your hormones, and has been linked to lower sperm quality in men
    • If you need a relaxing beverage, try Kombucha

 #2: Give Extra Love & Support to your Detoxification Pathways

Infertility is often a symptom of toxicity.

It’s your body’s way of saying: “Hey! We have to clean house before we host a new life in here.

You can work with a practitioner on a specific detoxification program, and/or support your detox pathways through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

  • Liver: Eat plenty of green vegetables and have a green drink every day.

Vegetables from the Brassica family, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, turnips, are particularly helpful for supporting Phase 1 and Phase 2 liver detoxification.

  • Kidneys: Proper hydration is key for healthy kidney function…but water quality matters as much as quantity.

For quality: choose either spring water or filtered water, and avoid water in plastic bottles—they’re loaded with endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

For quantity: aim to drink half your body’s weight in ounces or 8 glasses per day.

  • Lympathic System: Your lymphatic system is one of the most important, largest, and most overlooked detoxification pathway.

Think of it like a river running from your neck to your ankles, sweeping away toxins and unwanted debris from your vital organs and systems.

To keep your lymphatic system flowing you need to stimulate it. You can do this through exercise (rebounding, walking, running), body brushing with a dry brush, massage, and deep breathing exercises.

Pick two methods and practice them daily.

  • Gall Bladder: The best and most gentle way to cleanse your gall bladder is to drink fresh lemon tea 1-3 times per day.

Just squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a cup of hot water, drink it, and watch your skin, digestion, and elimination improve.

  • Colon: Your bowels should be moving 1-3 times per day and producing well-formed stool that is easy to pass with no overly offensive odor…if they’re not, you need to address that.

My favorite gentle remedies for colon health are probiotics, drinking enough water, exercise, green drinks, cultured foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, and a simple fiber supplement like psyllium, flaxseeds, or chia seeds.

  • Skin: Also known as your “third kidney”, the skin is your largest detox organ. Help it by dry brushing daily, sweating, and sticking to all-natural skin care products.

 #3: Key Nutrients for Men and Women

Women still tend to shoulder the infertility burden…even though over 35% of fertility cases are a guy thing!

With that understanding, try working together as a couple to help optimize these key nutrients in your diets:

Key Nutrients for Healthy Fertility in Women:

  • Vitamin B12: Found in animal products like meats, fish, eggs, liver, etc.
  • Iron: The most absorbable iron comes from red meats like grassfed beef, bison, lamb, and liver (you can also take a desiccated liver supplement if you prefer)
  • Folate: Lentils, dark leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, pinto, garbanzo, navy, black and kidney beans
  • Vitamin D: Often supplementation is needed, so I recommend having your levels checked. Good food sources include: mushrooms, salmon, grass-fed beef liver (or supplement), pasture-raised eggs, sustainably caught, low-mercury canned tuna (I like Safe Catch® brand)
  • Magnesium: Crucial for maintaining over 500 biochemical processes. Since it’s tough to get enough from food, you can take a supplement or use a topical product safely. Food sources include leafy greens, legumes, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, dark chocolate, figs, black beans, and bananas
  • Vitamin A: In traditional cultures, women in their child-bearing years were encouraged to eat plenty of Vitamin A-rich foods like fatty fish, cod liver oil, paprika, dark leafy greens, and liver

Key Nutrients for Healthy Fertility in Men:

  • Zinc: oysters, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, and peanuts
  • Selenium: Brazil nuts, meat, seafood, mushrooms and cereals
  • Vitamin C: strawberries, broccoli and kiwi fruit
  • Lycopene: tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit
  • Vitamin A: paprika, carrots, dark leafy greens, and liver
  • B vitamins: dark leafy greens, legumes, nutritional yeast, pomegranates, and lean meats

Nutrition is key!  Take time and prepare for pregnancy! 

 

 

Navigating Your Way Though the Herbal Supplement Industry

Navigating Your Way Though the Herbal Supplement Industry

Herbal supplements are more accessible than ever before; in your local pharmacy, grocery mart, and even health food store. There are over 1,000 companies manufacturing plant products all claiming to support you in your health. Unfortunately, in the United States, herbal supplements are regulated by the FDA with the same lax scrutiny used to regulate the food system. What this means for the consumer is that the label doesn’t always match the contents. The World Health Organization has made a claim that herbal products are now a threat to consumer safety. Because clinical trials are not required for food products, oftentimes supplement manufactures can get away with diluting or replacing entirely the marketed product with cheap filler ingredients like powdered rice, wheat and soybeans.

Professional-grade supplements are the only herbal supplements which follow the guidelines for pharmaceutical manufacturing. Pharmaceutical-grade supplements are tested for purity, contaminants and guaranteed to be free of allergens and hidden ingredients. In addition to receiving exactly what is on the label, professional-grade products are often combined with synergistic compounds to increase the bio-availability, or percentage of substance that is absorbed and circulated in the body having an active effect. 

Because professional grade supplements cannot be sold over the counter, the best way to access them is through a prescription from your Naturopath, Acupuncturist, or Integrative Doctor. Let us know if you would like a prescription or access to our -online pharmacy. 

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http://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7015-11-222

 

6 Powerful Ways to Balance Hormones & Stop PMS!!!!

Do you have severe PMS? or Feel your hormones are off.. The truth is If you aren't doing anything proactive/preventive, your hormones are probably off or on the way to be. 

As you may know and/or may experience SYMPTOMS ARE irritability, depression, anxiety, bloating, breast tenderness, sugar cravings, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, and cramps. 

Majority of women suffer from PMS which can negatively affect their quality of life. Most women accept this as normal, which is not the case!!! I have so many women come in both old young and everything in-between and 1/9 of my patients have PMS but are coming in for something else. They all think its normal. ITS NOT NORMAL equaling PMS is not a sign of HEALTH. 75% of women in the US have PMS --THIS IS ALARMING ! 
20% Of those women have PMS that is so bad that they can't function without serious medical help and even that is not affective or without side effects . 

“The real fact is that suffering related to menstrual cycles is unnecessary — and not caused by bad luck, but by bad habits, environmental toxins, and stress.” Mark Hyman. 

Dairy, Sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise make PMS worse.

The reason why you have PMS is because of inflammation and increased estrogen which makes your progesterone decrease

1) Take a chance and GO Paleo:) with MOSTLY GREENS & limited fruit. 
2) Clean up your diet” 
▪ no refined flour, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods or even vegetable oil. .
▪ Eat every 2 hours small meal with protein. 
▪ Eat evenly throughout the day and don’t skip meals.

2) Take supplements- ONLY ONLY PROFESSIONAL GRADE.
▪Magnesium citrate or glycinate
▪Calcium citrate
▪Vitamin B6, B12, & Folate. You can usually find this is in a B-Complex
▪Evening primrose oil
▪EPA/DHA (omega 3 fats) — Take 1,000 mg once or twice a day. ********************************DHA is SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.. LOOK OUT FOR A Blog post on that . 
▪Taurine
▪A good daily multivitamin (all the nutrients work together)
**message us if you want access to professional grade supplements.. WE are here to help. 

4) EXERCISE EVERY DAILY. 
it balances hormones but it also brings fresh blood and oxygen which decreases inflammation. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, 4 to 5 times a week.

5) –Get rid or donate plastic storage containers & perfume
These disrupt are hormones disruptors.  The most common hormone disruptors include:
• Parabens
• Phthalates
• Triclosan or other antibacterial products
• BPA
• Several constituents of perfume
Unfortunately, these chemicals are everywhere.  Breakdown products from plastic containers (even the BPA-free ones) and Teflon cookwares can also disrupt your hormones. 

6) Get acupuncture and get rid of stress for an hour. 
Acupuncture is a safe & effective way to treat PMS, as well as to manage pain, stress, and inflammation (source). 
Acupuncture for PMS is suggested weekly for 3 – 4 menstrual cycles.

What have you tried? Please let us know and comment below! 

10 REASONS TO DETOX

You take an occasional vacation, Right ?? Well your body needs the same ... and here is why...

1. TOXINS

Did you know there are over 80,0000 chemicals in your household and personal care products ?\

There are also almost 30,000,000 chemicals in the ENVIRONMENT!!!  30,000,000! 

There are also millions of toxins in our food, water. and air we breathe. On top of that was are constantly being exposed to radiation which is also detrimental to our health. 

Long-term exposure to toxins (environmental pollutants, cancer-causing chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste) affects our metabolism, behavior, immune system, and leads to disease.  They are stored in tissues and cells EVERYWHERE!!! 

2. Prevention of  chronic disease.

Environmental toxins are responsible for many cancers, neurological diseases, heart disease, strokes..EVERYTHING. . Our bodies detox naturally but these symptoms are usually not simulated enough or overloaded!!  Cleansing/ Detoxing assists and improves what our bodies are trying to do naturally.

*****ANNA recommends if you live in the city to do the purification program by standard process( please see our shop for site link), 2 TIMES/ PER YEAR (spring & fall) . Winter & summer a 10 DAY CLEANSEwhich you can get through our  on line pharmacy, on our website page  labeled"Shop" . The pharmacy is Fullscript and the cleanse is Core Restore. 

Are you thinking about trying to detox but are unsure exactly what the benefits may be? When done correctly — that is to say, in a healthy, safe and controlled environment —getting your body clean and healthy can result in a wide range of positive effects. 

3. Increase your energy.

You will have more mental, physical, and emotional energy after detoxing.  Your sleep rhythms will also be better; you will potentially need less sleep, will sleep more soundly, and wake up refreshed.  

5. Improve your  skin quality.

Diet & Environmental toxins  affect skin. It will smooth skin, improve your acne, and make you look and feel more radiant 

6 .Enhance your  Immune system

Regular detoxing helps strengthen your  immune system functioning and fights off infection. 

7. Slow premature aging.

Detoxing rids the body of free radicals & heavy metals partially responsible for aging. Detoxing helps to increase nutrient absorption, that help fight oxidative stress.

8. Improve the quality of your life.

Simply put, our bodies don't function very well when they're loaded with toxins. We may have joint pain, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep problems, and lack of energy. Depression may be eased and memory may be improved as a result of detoxification.
 

9. Mental & emotional clarity.

When your body & its organ systems are aligned, a shift also occurs with our mental and emotional states.. We can make better decisions, analyze accurately, and see things differently. After detoxing you will feel more clear and grounded 

10. Restore balance to our body's systems.

Our digestive, nervous, & hormonal systems are  designed to work together to achieve optimal health. When we  overload with toxins & unhealthy foods, are systems don't work as well as they should & we eventually get sick.

WE AT WELLFIT STUDIO WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU!! PLEASE DETOX REGULARLY

DETOXING RENEWS YOUR HEALTH

 

 

"a  journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step"

Lao Tzu

 

 

4 Inflammatory Foods That Might Be Preventing You From Getting Pregnant.

Let food be our medicine!

 High inflammatory foods cause hormonal to become imbalances, they can also spike your insulting and good sugar, as well as lower immunity. 

Are You Ready?

 #1 – Sugar. It spikes your insulin  levels and is the  reason behind your cravings, irritability and mood swings.  This is processed foods such as  baked goods, candy & fruit juices
 

#2 – Wheat. The problem with our wheat today is that it is hybridized. It is NOT produced in a traditional way. it also contains pesticides. Wheat is an inflammatory food. 
 

#3 – Dairy. Dairy is a  common food sensitivity. Aside from the antibiotics and hormones which you are eating and drinking, dairy contains a protein called A1 casein. This protein is inflammatory & over stimulates your immune system.. 
 

#4 – Vegetable Oils. Soy, corn, canola, cottonseed, safflower and sunflower oils are inexpensive and  contain toxic trans fats and are highly inflammatory. They also increase your Omega 6 fatty acids which are important but too many Omega 6’s will throw off the balance to Omega 3’s which are anti-inflammatory. You need Omega 3's for healthy hormones. Replace these oils with avocado oil,  grass fed butter, ghee, coconut oil,  and olive oil. 

You are what you east- A diet in whole foods, organic protein, and vegetables will create an healthy environment for your to become pregnant
 

Acupuncture to Enhance your IVF Process.

Acupuncture plays an important role when trying to conceive in a busy world.

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Experience Matters :

We have helped 1000s of women and couples get pregnant. 
Our experience, as well as research, suggest that the effect of acupuncture treatments are typically cumulative. We usually recommend a minimum of  eight -twelve sessions.

Your Practitioner Will Get to Know You  Well
Your care will be entrusted to a highly experienced Licensed Acupuncturist who will take the time to learn about your medical history and lifestyle. Your Practitioner will then make observational diagnoses and help you create a Plan of Action.

How Everything Proceeds

  • Besides weekly visit at least a month or two prior, we also recommend at least two months after  insemination and possibly throughout pregnancy. 
  • Also recommended treatments are Pre- and post-embryo transfer

Benefits

  • Reduces stress  & anxiety  Stress can caue  infertility 
  • enhances circulation to the uterus and cervix 
  • regulates menstrual cycles and balance hormonal levels 
  • FOR MEN aids increasing sperm count, sperm quality and health 
  • improves success rate  of IVF from 40-60% 

 

    What is Integrative Health?

    Everything We Do At WellFit Studio Is Solely To Heal, Improve & Enhance The Quality Of Your Life, Health, & Well-Being

    Regardless of your current state of being or your own pathway to striving for optimal health, everything we do at WellFit will further improve the quality of care you are receiving and your overall health. Our natural methods of healing are only going to enhance any traditional methods because we search for the root cause of your symptoms.

    We put you in the center of healthy. "You" includes a deep analysis to your emotional, physical and spiritual health. At WellFit, you have the option of integrative methods, rather than simply isolating the problem and the one thing that feels disconnected within the body. We take a look at the whole system. 

    Integrative health = Nutrition and Exercise are medicine. 

    Of course acupuncture will have an effect on the body, though acupuncture is optimized when you are experiencing positive whole body health: when you are eating and exercising right. In many cases, if you're deficient in minerals, vitamins, proteins, and any other energy food type that fuels your body, it would be impossible to receive the full benefits of acupuncture.

    Just as important as moving your physical body by running, lifting weights, and doing power yoga, it is just as important to relax the body and ultimately the mind. Research has shown that most diseases could be avoided by proper stress management. Most pain can also be prevented and reduced by proper body alignment, and here we specifically use Postural Therapy.

    For most of us, life is stressful in one way or another. And these stressors are heightened for those who live in the city and have a busy lifestyle. In addition, we tend to find the time to exercise in a way that stresses the body without ever consciously relaxing the body in some form (besides sleep - though we would bet sufficient sleep is also questionable).

    Acupuncture and integrative health is a targeted way to restore, relax and condition your nervous system - a preventative and restorative medicine. 

    If you receive an individualized and specific treatment plan, follow that plan. It is life changing and there are many who can testify to that.

    5 Health Tips For Fall

    1. Reclaim your morning. Before you check your emails, take care of the kids, or catch up on the news, set an intention for your day. Take 10-20 deep breaths and focus in on the following three intentions:
    1) Think of something you are grateful for.
    2) Think of something that makes you smile
    3) And finally, think of something you would like to accomplish for the day

    Remind yourself of your strengths, and always be kind. This a way to set your day off right!! As an bonus it aids in regulating stress and boosting immunity.

    2. Drink something good!!!! Hot ginger: Try replacing that extra cup of coffee with a cup of ginger tea. Ginger is natural anti-immflamatory and can help generate “yang energy” which directly translates to war energy. This will help you fuel your POWER for the day. lemon water: lemon is a natural liver detoxifier. The liver is in charge of filtering your blood along with other functions, so its important to support it. A natural way to gently support your liver is to have 20 ounces of lemon water daily first thing in the morning . In the fall if you tend to run cold, try it with warm water or combining it with your ginger tea. The warm water will make it more enjoyable.

    3. Eat Cooked & seasonable Vegetables instead of raw vegetables. In Chineses medicine raw vegetables are thought cool the body. In order to have balance, when it is cold out, you want to eat warmer foods. Try baked butternut squash, cauliflower, or carrots.

    4 Supplement D & Fish oil : If you live in New England most likely you need Vitamin D. Did you know vitamin is important for immune health ? Make sure as the days get darker that you get a good source of vitamin D . Not all vitamins are the same so at a minimal get a brand from whole foods, but the best option is to get it through a licensed health care provider.

    5. Acupuncture: People often ask how frequently should I revcieve acupcunture? And my reply is how stressed are you? =). If you have no stress in your life or you have a great way to release it on a daily basis you would want acupuncture is during the of transition through the seasons. If you tend to be more stressed and don’t have a way to cope healthily, take some time once a week to enjoy all the benefits acupuncture has to offer. #fall #fall health # wellness