I’m turning 40 next month.
I remember my parents turning 40. I was ten. I remember it being a “big deal.” They were kinda old. I remember registering that they were both feeling, then, that it was the end of something. Their youthfulness, perhaps. I remember “Over the Hill” cards, as if they had reached some pinnacle of something and there was no going back. “All downhill” from there.
My very best-selling herbal tea blend, B*tch’s Brew, is such a huge hit because it works with women of all ages, from young girls just figuring out what it means to be a woman with a period, to all of my fertility patients trying to conceive, to women starting to experience the symptoms of menopause.
Why is it so awesome? And why do I personally drink a cup or two every day of the 2nd half of my cycle?
While I’m a huge proponent of a healthy lifestyle and diet, I also recognize the reality that most women, when trying to get pregnant, can benefit from some additional supplement support. Especially when conceiving is proving difficult, adding certain vitamins and minerals can absolutely improve fertility and reproductive health.
My current fertility practice is based in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado. Even though I saw patients for 15 years right outside of NYC, where exercise was a pretty “standard” part of my patients’ daily life, I’ve never seen exercise like I see exercise in Boulder. I have patients who are marathoners; not just 26.2 mile marathons, but 100 mile marathons!! Overnight running! It’s a thing, I guess. Tri-athletes, rock-climbers, ecstatic dancers, Buti Yoginis, Cross-Fitters, extreme skiing, etc. Everyone here seems to exercise to the max
While of course diet is just one aspect of fertility, what you put into your body can absolutely impact your reproductive health
Here are just a few of the dietary recommendations I give to all of my fertility patients to help encourage their reproductive health to thrive.
For almost twenty years, I’ve been working with women to help them become pregnant. While I’m grateful for the busy practice, I can’t help but notice that the number of young women (under age 35) with fertility issues is increasing. Often, these women seem relatively healthy; they tell me that their inability to become pregnant is the only thing “wrong” with them. My background in Chinese Medicine encourages me to always look at the body as a whole, so I recognize that infertility is just a symptom of a larger, more holistic imbalance.