Did you know that I help people with fertility and reproductive issues?

Diet, lifestyle, emotional stress, functional health imbalances and environmental exposures play a huge role in our increasing fertility issues in this modern world.

Our governments and large agencies are monitoring this (e.g. the CDC National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals) and world authorities in health, toxicology, environment, medicine, nutrition, and alternative health are all speaking out regarding our increasing body burden of chemicals impacting fertility among all mammals. Add to this poor lifestyle choices, an increasingly stressful life, and widespread malnutrition despite surplus calories and you are looking at a big mess. Our fertility is a telling tale.

It is so sad to me that we are struggling with our health and fertility often unawares that this is one of the consequence to our actions in our world as a species. It is not your fault, nor mine; but of all of us to some degree. Pollution, pesticides and herbicides on our food, synthetic additives in our food, chlorine and flouride in our water and swimming pools (for good reason; but a downside), the after effect of our use of medication and hormonal contraception, processed food, unclean water, electromagnetic radiation and wi-fi, heavy metals used ubiquitously in industry as well as for example mercury in amalgams, aluminium in vaccines or copper in pipes and lead in old paints, a cosmetic, toiletry and cleaning industry that is unregulated, the use of non-stick coating in cookware. The list goes on and on. 

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Affect Reproductive Health

Obstetricians–gynecologists cannot afford to ignore the growing body of research suggesting that common chemicals can affect reproductive health, according to Marya Zlatnik, MD…. read on….here

My own heart sinks a bit thinking about it all. I can only do so much to protect my own health and that of those I love. My knowledge about it all can bring sadness, OR

I CAN CHOOSE TO DO WHAT I CAN, and advice clients to make simple manageable changes. To do something, which is more than nothing. To step by step clean up our lives and environment in the ways that are acceptable to each one of us as an individual and trust that this is ok. The stress of trying to do it all is too much; so making heavy hitting changes is a good place to start…. and then keep evolving from there.

The female reproductive system is a sensitive gauge of health; and the male reproductive system similarly so. Sperm however are remarkably sensitive to environmental exposure to fertility impacting toxins, to stress and to nutritional deficiencies coupled with oxidative stress.

In essence our fertility problems are a big shout out to us to pay heed to something that is going on. Mother nature is smart. Whether we have structural and physical issues going on, or imbalances within the body or from our external world our fertility success tells a story and gives us a nudge to go deeper…. for our own benefit and that of our offspring.

Infertility, reproductive issues, menstrual cycle problems, sperm health and many male and female health conditions can often be directly related to diet, lifestyle and stress.

Stress can be physical, emotional, chemical, electrical/ electromagnetic, or infectious for example. I am not using the word “stress” lightly to say that you must chill out; stress in the body is a very real thing impacting hormones in multiple body systems.

Whether you decide to try for a baby “all natural”, or with assisted reproductive technologies I highly recommend exploring your health balance, nutritional adequacy, hormonal balance and multiple organ function (did you know that gut, liver and gall bladder, thyroid and adrenal health for example are related to hormone balance?), and exposure to environmental anti-fertility “factors”.

A multi pronged approach that combines the very best of traditional medicine and holistic medicine is recommended. Get the medical tests, speak to the experts, explore your nutrition and lifestyle with an expert, get functional diagnostic tests done to explore other suspected imbalances, seek advice on how to clean up your home and environment. You can achieve such a lot with the support and guidance of people who know how to put the whole picture together.

It sounds like a lot; pretty overwhelming to be honest. But seeking the right support system can take the burden off and allow you all to work together as a team.

To make the changes that you are ready for and go from there.

No change won’t achieve much so yes you may need to make some changes, and perhaps consider exploring your daily routine, the foods you eat, the exercise that you are taking and maybe also shedding a few pounds. It may be recommended to up-skill how you deal with stress or how you cook your meals, and it may be worth adding in some helpful therapies such as acupuncture and reflexology, yoga and mindfulness. And you know what? All of this is helpful for you in the long-term regarding your health, your partners health and that of your family.

If you like to chat more please do contact me as that is what I am here for; supporting you on the journey. Even if all you want to do is pick my brains for a bit and continue on on your unique journey. It is a pleasure to help.

Andrea x

PS I know that it is all easier said that done. It is not. This is a very personal issue and experts butting in on your journey can feel invasive and unwanted. There are so many emotions wrapped up in all of this, never mind the dance that we get invited to with shame and guilt when something isn’t working in our bodies. I’ve experienced a lot personally. A menstrual cycle that was “stuck” for a long time. Experts saying it was x,y,z when I had a deep feeling it was something entirely different: a safety and trust thing. I had a gut feeling always that a perforated appendix op as a kid created damage and that for me children wasn’t a part of my journey. So I got on with it. I have a greater desire to help others, support others, and sort of be the mother to many if this makes sense.

But I did also go through the heartache of an ectopic so I feel the pain now also of not only the women told that they cannot have children, but of those that face losing / or have lost a child also. So many women silently carry this pain. Often many painful miscarriage losses.

This knowing has opened my heart even more, and given me a greater desire to use my knowledge of medicine, functional medicine, herbs/ supplements, and science, my wisdom from 20 years working with clients, and my love which gets channelled in my energy healing work. If you feel nudged to work with me please do. Spirit babies have a way to guide us that I can hear; your body speaks volumes in what he/ she needs in support and the love of the universe wants your dreams to be achieved. Love, Andrea.

Two great website resources!

click here folks: http://burnfatnotsugar.com

and here: https://optimisingnutrition.com/2018/03/17/energy-density/

Remember these mantras:

  • Keep it real (food).
  • Be environmentally aware and ethically conscious.
  • How can I make this meal better? Do what you can and then go one step better.
  • Preparation makes a big difference in our success.
  • Have I earned it with activity?
  • Become a master of your emotions; eating them away rarely helps.
  • Food builds you, heals you, powers your brain and body, recovers you, fuels you, protects you from illness, sustains you for the long-haul. The right food is life changing (and so is the wrong food).

Andrea x

 

How to eat

Be curious:

My title of How to eat implies that I know all the answers to the complex questions of what is the perfect diet and how to eat. The straight up simple answer (from my experience anyhow) is that there is no one absolute and perfect way to eat. To think so is daft and to argue so is closed-minded. How can one diet at all times and phases of life work for so many culturally and geographically diverse people?

We are dynamic beings in an ever changing world, with multiple ‘things’ influencing our health and homeostatic balance at all times; our environment is constantly changing, our stress levels fluctuate alongside our ability to tolerate “stress”, and alongside this the trillions of cells in our gut are in constant dynamic flux alongside us – the beauty of symbiosis. We are complex, food is complex, and health is complex!

I think it is best to say: get curious, learn to be intuitive, take people’s big claims of knowing the definitive answers like a pick and mix adding what you intuitively agree with to your health strategy. Try things but don’t cling blindly to them; test them out and see where it gets you.

Learn about your body, your ancestry, your environment from the ground up: the soil, wild plants, what you can grow yourself in a vegetable plot, local agriculture, farmers markets and the whole local supply chain. Learn about the food our oceans and rivers provide. Get to know your food likes and dislikes, be inquisitive about your food cravings and mostly, be flexible because our health needs also change over time.

Veggies from my colleague Ginny Ross’s garden. Ginny manages to juggle a busy practice with a phenomenal veg garden #itcanbedone! http://www.limericksportstherapy.com/

There are many theories proposed about the cause of our current health and obesity epidemics. I think food and nutrition, activity levels and weight, genetics and environment are very complex and interrelated issues. They cannot be explained by just one theory: we are mind, body, emotions and the memory of all events in our lifetimes. Our health even extends beyond our own control and experiences as research shows us that genes are influenced by the stress our mothers experienced before and during pregnancy, what we were fed as an infant and even what our mothers and father ate in the preconception and pregnancy period. Amazing! Generational trauma can also influence our health.

Some things we can change, some we can improve; the rest we cannot worry about and all of us can do our best to nurture and nourish our bodies and minds.

A few things I would pay attention to are food volume (we eat too much), food processing such as refined and high sugar carbohydrates, heat processed fats, poor quality or burnt charred protein; food (and health supplement) quality, excessive use and hence intake of food additives, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, herbicides, etc; our environment and exposure to endocrine disrupters, heavy metals (e.g. amalgams, water quality, food quality, local industry) and carcinogenic substances; medication use and its impact on our homeostatic balance in addition to the gut microbiome; gut health especially in relation to food quality and also foreign travel, stress management, sleep, exercise and movement and our emotional / psychological health.

Our bodies health relies on a delicate balance of so many factors.

A healthy body is resilient, resistant to illness and infections, and adaptive; but there are only so many insults that it can take before it all starts to spiral into a mess.

The sooner you pay attention and make changes whilst removing trigger causes, then the better.

Ethical dilemmas:

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Sport nutrition video blogs, podcasts and good stuff

This is the post that you want to read for resources, tips and advice!

Hi all,

Life has been fast and busy, apologies for the hit and miss entries. I have been training persistently and consistently; putting in the ground work under the watchful eye and intuitive guidance of my coach Annchen Clarke in preparation for the coming year and my main races.

I have been throwing my heart and energy into my clients in the clinic, and I have been thoroughly enjoying my involvement with the coaches Ian, Theia, Mitch, and Jason at the Endurance lab.

In the clinic I am moving more into my areas of expertise, I encourage all my clients to shine in their unique and individual ways and it is important that I do also.

So what are my areas? Intuitive medicine and energy healing (your body speaks a unique language and I am good at interpreting this and instead of spouting off a list of A-Z I can tell you the specific ABC that your body needs for health and well-being, balance and optimal performance at that specific moment in time), a whole mind-body-spirit approach to chronic health problems (notably energy, gastrointestinal and immune problems), tailored holistic approach to the care of the athlete and trouble shooting to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

I also work with plant, tree and crystal energies to create healing essences and work with the nudges of the energies of land and people; we are all connected and intertwined and to think that each of us walks alone is daft. Everything is energy, and our energy is connected to everything (person-animal-place).

I am not a meal plan writer, general nutritionist, food and supplement faddist or a calorie cruncher; this type of work is argued left right and centre on the great world of social media, I prefer to see my role as advisor and support, listener and in return giver of answers, guide and educator. You work with me for a while; grow, heal, become empowered and fly off 🙂

We work together on the more complex stuff; I have a lifetime of education and experience and I am here to share what I have with you. Use my time and education; I have many skills and resources to share!

Of course there is also the balance, my boy, my puppy, my ‘me’ time and the great outdoors; the crucial things for health and well-being!

To keep you on your toes, please do check out the recipe section here on this blog (e.g. a recent one), my facebook endurance group and also these video blogs that have gone up lately.

Enjoy,
Andrea

PS Please try to listen to the entire podcast of Coaches Corner; the coaches give invaluable tips so the listen is very much worth it.

Fuelling:

So here are tips on how to gain some insights into what fuelling your training sessions may need, which can come from clues about what zone you are training in and for how long you are in these zones.

Consider that your carbohydrate demands of the session are along a sliding scale of intensity – Easy, Endurance Pace, Tempo, (Sweet Spot), Threshold, VO2, multiplied by the time spent in these zones. The longer you are training, or the harder you are training, or the longer and harder you are training the greater the percentage of carbohydrates that you will be oxidising (and hence will need to top up your blood glucose once your liver and glycogen stores start to diminish).

Your fuelling is never an all or nothing between carbs and fat. (We also have the top end anaerobic sprint work that uses a different energy system called the phosphocreatine/ phosphagen system. We never just train there as endurance athletes nor could we for longer than a few seconds, it is worth knowing that this is a different system and it is here that we teach our bodies how to tolerate and recover from lactate generation and the subsequent shift in cellular pH from hydrogen ions). When doing sprint work you must take into context what other work you are doing in this session as it will help dictate your fuelling needs.

At lower intensities you will be oxidising mostly fats with some carbohydrates, and at tempo and threshold (and towards your max) you will be oxidising mostly carbohydrates with some fats and the ratios of these, and where these percentages lie will depend on several factors. It is tricky to know exactly what gram per hour number you are for carbohydrates, so instead of trying to over-science it, learn to listen to what your body is saying and tweak it from there based on getting the basic principles of training fuelling correct while also being cognizant that your body has needs for many other things that we find IN REAL FOOD.

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magnesium – are you deficient

Hi all,

here are some quick links to some good information on Magnesium.

MAGNESIUM

by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND

to read the original article please click here:

Gauging magnesium deficiency symptoms: https://drcarolyndean.com/2010/06/gauging-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms/

Follow the links recommended here: http://drcarolyndean.info/

I recommend that when purchasing a magnesium product you avoid magnesium oxide, and choose an aspartate, citrate or malate. Epsom salts baths are also wonderful and please increase your intake of green leafy vegetables.

Love,
Andrea

Personalised diets based on computer algorithms and gene or gut microbiome tests?

Hi folks,
I am not going to over-write in this little blog. I merely want to prompt you into some deep thinking about the following while I highlight some cool research that has been in the news:
and more here on the personalised nutrition project
dna
In a nutshell we can if we like soon look to science and technology to tell us what to do when it comes to food…. and hope and trust that it knows more than Momma Nature and the innate healing wisdom within.
I am not dismissing this research for one moment, I think the more we can learn the more awesome this journey is for all of us; however I also believe that we are far smarter than we think at learning what works for us in health and wellness….. once encouraged, empowered and educated to get us started along this health adventure.
I want to ask you to pause a moment and ask yourself some questions:

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“Diets and Weight loss” a manifesto by Brad Dieter of AsgardFit

Hello reader,

Here is an article that is too good to not share; please click the link to a superb review with comprehensive explanation regarding the topic of “Diets and Weight loss”.

Brad gives the low down on many diets trending now and historically and the real science on weight loss and obesity… more relevantly Brad gives his own personal tuppenceworth…. as in he is a scientist that can think for himself. The world needs more of these!

Enjoy

Andrea

ah ha moment

when she realised that the real problem was believing what the media says about weight loss