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Metabolic health for fertility

Two thirds of all our energy is spent to stay alive, this is called basic metabolic rate (BMR). This leaves one third of our energy to spend physically, mentally and to reproduce, the evolutionary reason that we are alive. Throughout evolution, the mechanisms have been developed and fine-tuned to guarantee reproduction in favourable energetic conditions. Metabolic health with good energy production is the foundation for youthful hormone level, fertility, the basis for the prevention of pregnancy complications and primes the health of the developing foetus. Without resorting to lab tests, one’s metabolic health status is reflected and can be closely self-monitored in body composition (no central obesity) and physical and mental energy status.  

 

Sound nutrition advice links: 

 

Weston A. Price Foundation : Dr. Weston Price’s legacy

 

Sally Fallon: butter queen, great, info on fat, traditional nourishing food

 

ABCs of Nutrition Pay special attention to importance of fat-soluble vitamins and sacred food for fertility

 

Dr. William Davis : wheat belly, undoctored

 

Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt   info on weight loss, quitting sugar, ketosis,
great menu ideas

 

Drs. Mary Dan and Michael Eades  Protein power

 

Dr. Robert Lustig – on sugar, junk food, sick mind and body

 

Dr. Ron Rosdale  insulin, leptin, ageing

 

Uffe Ravnskov On Cholesterol:  The precursor of all steroid hormones

 

 

 

Prediction Calculator:

OPIS (Outcome Prediction In Subfertility) Good calculator developed by Aberdeen university to predict your chance of having a baby.  

There are two OPIS tools. OPIS Pre IVF and OPIS Post IVF 

Vitamin D Calculator:

Vitamin D Calculator Use this tool to calculate the estimated additional Vitamin D intake needed to reach your target vitamin D serum level (40-60 ng/ml recommended by scientist panel).

Serum Level Converter: Please, note, most of labs in UK uses unit in nmol/L. Use this tool to convert 25(OH)D unit serum level between ng/mL and nmol/L. 

 

Research & Informational Websites

The Cochrane Library The Cochrane Library is a collection of science-based reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to provide “up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care”. Abstracts of these reviews can be read on the Web without charge. 

Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University Fantastic resource for learning the latest on vitamins, minerals and some herbs. Reliable, current and free to use. If you click on Micronutrient Information Center, a wealth of information is right at your fingertips. If you click under Disease Index, you can look up which supplements might be beneficial for a specific health condition.

The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) This is my go to website for environmental information. This is the group that brings us the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen list of foods each year based upon pesticide residue. Lots of information and tips for reducing exposure to endocrine disruptors in your skin care products, cookware, etc. Great organization.

The Number Needed to Treat (www.thennt.com) Quick summaries of evidence-based medicine. A group of physicians that have developed a framework and rating system to evaluate therapies based on their patient-important benefits and harms as well as a system to evaluate diagnostics by patient sign, symptom, lab test or study. They only use the highest quality, evidence-based studies (frequently, but not always Cochrane Reviews).

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