Making Healthy Babies: Your 10-Step Action Plan - Page 2

Author // Jennifer Barham-Floreani, DC

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8) Avoid Contaminated Fish Products There has been increas- ing awareness about the ill effects of toxins found in fish, including mercury, antibiotics, vaccines and pesticides. Tinned fish is also a source of Bisphenol A, sulphur dioxide and EDTA. Mercury is 1,000 times more toxic than lead, and is second only to uranium as the most toxic metal. It is a known neurotoxin, linked to numerous forms of brain damage. When eating fish, eat wild. The growing “fish farming” industry is contributing unhealthy, chemical-laden sources of fish into our diets. For this reason, fresh, wild fish (after considering the mercury content) is best.

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Keep Moving Exercise improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin and evens out blood sugar levels. Controlling insulin is an essential step in improving fertility. Exercise also helps us maintain our ideal weight and keeps our bodies strong.

Action: Put on your running shoes, grab a bicycle or join a gym. All exercise is good for the body, and the more variety, the better. Calculate your ideal weight and get all of the physical and emo- tional support you may need to achieve this weight.

Get Your House in Order Whether from a tap, tank or natural source, water contains hundreds of contaminants, including natural organics, salts, harmful bacteria and viruses. Chlorination of tap water and its harmful byproducts must be filtered out.

Variations in menstrual and ovarian function have been ob- served following consumption of tap water disinfection byprod- ucts (also known as DBPs). A study on American women showed those who regularly drank tap water with at least 75 micrograms per litre of these byproducts had an increased rate of early-term miscarriages (15.7 percent, as compared to a 9.5 percent risk for women with low exposure). Fluoride, which is also added to tap water, has been linked to hormone disruption, lower fertility rates and low sperm counts. Water contains hundreds of contaminants, including organic compounds derived from living organ- isms, salts, harmful bacteria, viruses and pharmaceutical drugs.

In addition, conduct an inventory of your home and the prod- ucts you use, particularly personal care and cleaning products. Eliminate anything with EDCs (endocrine-disrupting compounds), such as aluminum, lead acetate and phthalates.

Action: Purchase a high-quality water filter and use glass bot- tles to store your water. Avoid drinking from bottles that contain Bisphenol A—a nasty chemical found in plastics. Replace prod- ucts with 100 percent biodegradable products and read labels carefully before you buy. Dispose of any cookware that contains Teflon and Gore-Tex.

BONUS TIP! Get Your Spine in Order

Finally, get your spine checked. This is critical to any pregnancy. The body’s nervous system is the master control for healthy functioning. When our nervous system works well, we are better able to adapt to our environment and its stressors, which in turn influence our capacity to reproduce.

Physical traumas such as car accidents, sporting injuries and falls—and even long-term, “invisible” trauma caused by poor posture—can all impact the function of the nervous system by causing stress to the spine.

Chiropractors are experts in spine and nerve function. They can help your body function at its full capacity and resist destruc- tive forces more successfully.

The nervous system will effectively integrate the chemical, physical and emotional information between the brain and reproductive systems, improving the chance of conception Chiropractic offers an effective way of improving body function and may play a significant role in improving your ability to conceive naturally

Chiropractic for Fertility

One of the basic premises of chiropractic care is that vertebral subluxations affect nerve transmission. Think of your brain as a computer which coordinates, via your nervous system, the functions of your organs and cells. Nerve messages can be interrupted by spinal subluxations which occur when there are misalignments of one or more vertebrae. Among other effects, vertebral subluxations can compromise optimal reproductive system function and our capacity to conceive. But the field of chiropractic care is yielding some promising results.

In one review published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (2008), the case studies of eleven infertile women, aged 22 to 42, were examined. Ten of the women were actively trying to become pregnant and had been unsuccessful. Their pregnancy histories included one natural childbirth, two miscarriages, two failed IVF treatments and three failed artificial inseminations. Within 1 to 20 months of receiving chiropractic care, all eleven women had become pregnant. They all had adjustments made to vertebral subluxations in their spines using a variety of chiropractic techniques. Nine of the eleven received no other medical care during this time. This is one example in the growing body of research that suggests chiropractic care improves reproductive system function.

Regardless of the type of chiropractic technique used, when subluxations are addressed, nerve function is improved and reproductive and endocrine function is enhanced.

There is no exclusive infertility cure-all for couples. These proactive recommendations are designed to allow the body to balance itself and recreate its own “order.” Health practitioners cannot take credit for the magnificent design of the human body, which has an innate intelligence working to heal itself.

If couples take the time to listen to their own bodies, they will receive invaluable advice, for the body is always sending messages. This does not mean we need be alone in the healing process. Chiropractors, Chinese medicine practitioners and naturopaths will often work together to support reproductive integrity.

Given the right support and enough time, the body has repeatedly shown that it is capable of transforming “dis-ease” and dysfunction into wellness…and for many couples, infertility into fertility.

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