There is a common misconception within the conventional medical arena that we should just ignore symptoms until they become unbearable or even life threatening.
When it comes to women’s health and fertility this approach is especially prevalent. Women are always telling me stories of doctors who have told them their symptoms are all in their heads or their blood tests are completely fine even though they are clearly in the throes of hormonal imbalance.
Regardless of whether you actually want to have children or not, if you are of child-bearing age, being fertile and having optimal hormonal function is a vital sign that you are healthy.
Yup, if you’re fertile it means your body is working the way it’s supposed to – this goes for women AND men.
I’m a big fan of Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Executive and his wife Lana Asprey. You may know that Dave is a famous “bio-hacker” and the main man behind Bulletproof coffee.
You may not know that Lana was diagnosed with PCOS and told that she would have trouble getting pregnant without the help of hormones and IVF. Top that off with Lana’s age (she was 39) and well, you know what conventional medicine says about age and fertility. I personally don’t buy it and neither did Dave and Lana.
They did an obscene amount of research and ultimately wrote a book called The Better Baby Book based on their findings. It is FULL of incredible advice and strategies for up-leveling your hormonal health and fertility and I can’t recommend it enough.
What I found to be so fascinating is that Lana went on to have two healthy kids after age forty AND all of her genetic test results came back far higher than average for her age. In fact, after reviewing the early pregnancy blood test results during her second pregnancy, the lab technician insisted that there was a mistake and Lana must be in her early 20’s because he had never seen results like that in a woman over forty!
How cool is that?! It reinforces the fact that you can indeed improve your hormonal health and fertility outcomes at just about any age. That you don’t have to succumb to this outdated belief that your (insert health condition here) is a life sentence preventing you from achieving balanced hormones and ultimately pregnancy, if that is what you desire.
So, with that said, I want to share some top tips and practices I’ve learned along the way for optimizing your fertility and upgrading your hormones during your reproductive years.
Best foods for fertility:
“Good” and “bad” oils. Only cook with saturated fats like coconut oil, butter or lard (from healthy animals) and avoid cooking with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which oxidize easily. These fats include olive oil, corn, canola and any other vegetable-based oil. Oxidization over time is linked to inflammation, cancer and degenerative disease. Inflammation is especially harmful to our reproductive organ function.
Eat raw veggies. You want to have raw veggies every day along with cooked veggies but you want to make sure that you kill any lingering bacteria or parasites. This is especially important for women who are trying to conceive or are already pregnant because these can be harmful to the baby. All you have to do is add about 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to a quart of water and soak your veggies for a couple minutes to kill off any harmful bugs that might be hanging out.
Avoid sugar, especially fructose. Focus on low-sugar fruit like grapefruit, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries. Do you know that regular sugar consumption makes it more difficult for a woman to conceive because the ovaries are very sensitive to insulin. There are actual insulin receptors on the ovaries that are mean’t to make estrogen but in the presence of too high insulin they make androgens (male sex hormones). This completely disrupts your menstrual cycle!
Avoid peanuts. These little legumes are most often contaminated with mold, which can produce mycotoxins – very harmful chemical compounds. Opt for almonds, walnuts and almond butter instead. Added bonus, almonds’ unique nutrient profile helps to reduce blood sugar surges after meals and walnuts have the highest omega-3 content of all nuts.
EAT FAT. Your brain and hormones are composed mostly of fat and as far as I’m concerned it is the basis of a healthy diet! According to Lana, “the best fats are saturated and monounsaturated.” These include free-range egg yolks, grass-fed butter, avocados, coconut, grass-fed meat, olives and nuts. You also wanna focus on sardines and wild-caught sockeye salmon to maximize your omega-3’s!
Interesting observation: Lana recommends eating egg yolks soft-cooked or raw but not hard cooked because the cholesterol in eggs can only harm you if it is overcooked.
Best fertility supplements:
Collagen. After age 25, collagen production slowly decreases so I’m all about the collagen and I use it in smoothies and soups all the time. It’s responsible for the structural bits like bones, cartilage, ligaments, skin, hair and nails which makes it perfect for someone who might be growing a baby in the near future! I love the Bulletproof Upgraded Collagen because I see a difference in my hair and skin and I 100% trust the sourcing and quality of the product.
You might also wanna give bone broth a go! It’s brimming with collagen, minerals and l-glutamine, your guts’ fave food. I even wrote about it being the most fertile food. I’ve partnered with Au Bone Broth, so you can get your bone broth delivered to your door. Don’t you just love the 21st century? 😉
Charcoal. I know you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m gonna say about charcoal but hear me out. Charcoal is like a little magical toxin cleaner-upper and works really well when you’ve eaten a meal with questionable ingredients (hello burger and fries) or had alcohol. I take it with me when I eat out and recommend my clients do the same to help mitigate any effects of “bad” oils and/or factory farmed meats/non-organic veggies. Make sure to get the Upgraded Coconut Charcoal Capsules and take 2-4 capsules each time you consume questionable food and alcohol. Notice how you feel afterwards! 🙂
Warning: Because of the high adsorption of this product (adsorption means to actively seek out and capture something) please don’t take it with medications as it can interfere with the drug’s effect. Take at least 3 hours away from any medications or supplements. Please consult your doctor before taking it.
PS. It’s so effective that it’s been used in hospitals for alcohol poisoning forever. So don’t just take my word for it 🙂
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). This is a precursor to glutathione, the uber-essential queen antioxidant that we all would basically die without. NAC is a powerhouse – it’s really helpful for cleaning the liver’s detox pathways, it improves insulin sensitivity, and has been found to restore normal ovulatory and menstrual cycles. It is being used to treat PCOS and endometriosis quite successfully. Basically this stuff is a necessity for anyone who wants to upgrade their hormonal and overall health.
Try Integrative Therapeutics NAC and take 600mg twice a day.
Glutathione. You can also try glutathione as well. I’m obsessed with Glutathione Force from the Bulletproof site. It’s liposomal, which means the glutathione is encased in fats so that its actually utilized by the body. Non-liposomal glutathione is just not as effective so don’t waste your money. I’m also really into Lypo-spheric GSH. Take as directed on package.
How to use food and supplements to boost your fertility:
As you can see I am super pumped about these “hacks” to bulletproof your fertility. I like to give people lots to work with, although I know too much info can be a tad overwhelming! Start with 1-2 food recommendations at a time, get comfortable with them over two weeks and then add in more recs.
Same goes for supplements. I don’t recommend trying more than 3 supplements at a time because it becomes hard to tell which ones are actually working. I think the NAC is a great place to start.
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The Better Baby Book by Lana & Dave Asprey
Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof website
My own research over the years. 🙂