Can Lifestyle Changes Improve Your Fertility?

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The ever burgeoning wellness market has taken fertility under its wing over the past year or so. More than a handful of apps that monitor your cycle and deliver daily tips on boosting your fertility have popped up in the App Store. Not to mention a growing number of fertility focused subscription boxes which promise to help you conceive with prenatal vitamins and ovulation tests. 

But, should we be treating fertility as a commodity or take heed from our mothers and make a few lifestyle tweaks? Fertility expert and author of My Fertility Guide: How to get pregnant naturally, Dr Attilio D’Alberto advocates the latter. So, what should we be doing?

Up your vitamin B intake

It’s not uncommon for women to be low in B vitamins, but a deficiency can impact your chances of conceiving. Vitamin B12 is particularly important when it comes to fertility. Dr D’Alberto recommends taking a high does and looking for supplements that contain 50mg of B6 and 1mg of B12. Brands such as Wild Nutrition and VitaBiotics have formulated supplements to help boost your intake of the vital vitamins and nutrients. 

If you want to improve your B12 levels specifically, Shabir regularly recommends investing in Jarrow Formulas Methyl B12 and has written about the supplement, here.

Cut back on your vices

It’s not going to come as much of a surprise, but Dr D’Alberto strongly advocates quitting if you smoke and cutting back on your alcohol in-take. “Drinking two glasses of red wine a week can help your blood, reduce stress levels and regulate hormones,” he says. “But be careful to drink no more than two glasses a week!” If you prefer beer, Dr D’Alberto recommends no more than one or two bottles a week. 

Be mindful of chemicals

“Our bodies are surrounded by numerous chemicals from fragrances in soaps, shampoos and perfumes to make-up and cleaning products as well as nail polish that act like oestrogens,” says Dr D’Alberto. “Unknowingly, we are overdosing on these chemicals, which cause irregular hormone levels in men and women and could result in infertility.” Where possible it is worth switching to natural alternatives, such as PHB Ethical Beauty and opting for fragrance-free formulas.

Monitor your phone time

There is a small amount of research to suggest that the electromagnetic waves from your mobile phone could impact your fertility. It is based on a study that concluded that men who kept their phones in their front pockets had lower sperm levels. However, it should be noted that the men in the study were undergoing fertility treatment. That said, reducing your time spent in front of a screen could help reduce your stress levels and help you get a better night’s sleep, so it’s not a terrible idea.

Get some sleep

Speaking of sleep, everyone can benefit from seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but if you’re hoping to get pregnant, it’s key. “To enhance your fertility, try not to sleep later than 10 p.m. and sleep for seven to eight hours,” says Dr D’Alberto. “It will take  some practice if you’re not used to it, but you’ll notice how much better you will feel for it.” If sleep doesn’t come easily to you, it’s worth looking into Life Extensions Herbal Sleep PM, which helps calm and relax you without involving your hormones. 

While some of these tips might work wonders for you, everyone is different and if you are struggling to conceive we always recommend seeking advice from your doctor. For more information on Dr Attilio D’Alberto, click here.

The Pros And Cons Of Going Vegan

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There might have been a time when vegans were few and far between, and some might have considered them as tree-hugging, lentil-loving hippies. But that time has well and truly passed. Over the past couple of years, the popularity of veganism has skyrocketed. Last year, The Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine revealed that at least 542,000 Brits are following the diet.

Tinseltown is also onboard with the likes on Beyonce, Brad Pitt and Leonardo di Caprio all advocating the plant-based diet. The latter has invested in Beyond Burger, a meatless burger made of plant protein.

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Are You Getting Sufficient Vitamin B12?

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Vitamin B12 is commonly referred to as the energy vitamin, although it has a number of other very important functions within our bodies. It is estimated that up to 40% of the UK’s elderly ‘meat-eating’ adults may be deficient in vitamin B12 and that half of the adult population may have sub-optimal levels. These figures indicate that millions of adults may be deficient in vitamin B12.

Historically, many experts believed that vitamin B-12 deficiency was solely associated with vegetarians since plant sources have virtually no vitamin B12. This belief was wrong because vitamin B12 deficiency is actually widespread and the older you get, the more likely you are to be deficient. Read More…

The Science of Staying Younger

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Staying younger without stopping time is something most of us would love to master. Yet, ageing is a multi-faceted process with numerous factors that can have an effect on it. The cells of our bodies are programmed to have a finite lifespan. Each time a cell divides, some genetic material is lost so that on average, forty to fifty cell divisions later, the cell is considered to be aged. Nutrition plays a vital role in the science of ageing. Some nutrients accelerate ageing whilst others help to protect against it. The theory of free radical damage and the role of antioxidant nutrients is well understood by most people. It states that the body produces reactive, unstable agents known as free radicals during normal metabolism, exposure to ultraviolet light or environmental toxins. Antioxidants neutralise these free radicals helping to protect the body against damage.

The science of ageing and telomeres is now rapidly growing. Among the leading experts in this field is Dr Elizabeth Blackburn from the University of California who, along with her colleagues, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for the discovery of “how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”.

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Understanding Tiredness, Fatigue And Exhaustion

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It is perfectly normal for people to feel tired especially when they are feeling slightly run down and cannot cope with the pace of life. Often, we use the terms tired, fatigue and exhaustion interchangeably for what we are experiencing and yet in medical terms they are very distinct.

Tiredness differs from fatigue in that although you may not feel it, the body still has some energy in reserve which it can tap into in the case of an emergency. The symptoms of tiredness include weakness of the muscles, heaviness, forgetfulness, impatience often leading to irritability. Tiredness is very common especially if you have had a hard day at work, or if you are simply feeling a bit under the weather and have not had the time to relax and recuperate. Most of the time, this can be addressed by resting for a few hours allowing the body to recover. Read More…