Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedies: Healthy Fertility

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Fertility is a big issue in our society. With more and more processed foods and artificial preservatives in our diet, the lack of nutrient-based foods, and progressively older age of women and men becoming parents for the first time, it is little wonder that this is a growing concern.

Fortunately in the vast majority of cases, simple changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle can increase fertility to the point of conceiving without resorting to expensive techniques such as in vitro fertilization.

The following supplements have been shown to enhance fertility:

Red Raspberry Leaf in capsule form or as a tea

Red Clover

Nettle Leaf

Maca which also increases libido (should not be used during pregnancy)

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Regarding maca, note that it is a powerful herb that should be used with some caution.

Diet & Lifestyle for Improving Fertility

Other than supplements, diet is very important. Women wanting to conceive should have a body mass index of 21 to 25. That is not too little and not too much. The diet should be rich in healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil and avocado. They all contain high levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Such oils should be limited during pregnancy, but not for increased fertility.

The diet should also be free of processed foods and refined carbohydrates. It should be high in good protein sources such as organic chicken and fish. Finally, the diet should contain lots of antioxidants and nutrient-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables or supplements like grape seed extract.

Other lifestyle modifications that are important for women are getting adequate sleep, limiting stress, getting the right amount of exercise, and avoiding exposure to chemicals, pesticides, prescription medications such as steroids and antidepressants, as well as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.

If you still cannot conceive after a year of regular intercourse, I suggest fertility tests. If the results come back with complications, medical options of hyperovulation and in vitro fertilization exist; and there is always the noble choice of adopting a child.

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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