More and more, I am noticing a real desire in my clients to regulate their hormones and prepare their bodies for pregnancy. Fertility is becoming more and more difficult in our day and age and I believe this is largely due to modern diet/lifestyle and the substances we are exposed to in the environment. Although this is a complex and multi-faceted issue, one simple and manageable place to start is by stablising your blood sugar levels.
How blood sugar works: Immediately after a meal our food is broken down into smaller substances in our blood. The carbohydrates we consume are converted into glucose (a.k.a. sugar), which spikes our blood sugar levels. But what goes up must come down, and after about two hours, the glucose in our blood is shipped off to other cells through the process of glycogenesis. If we rely on carbohydrates for fuel instead of utilising fat, we will have little fat in our blood available for fuel. It is at about this point that we become tired, lose cognition, and need a ‘pick me up’, i.e. coffee, sugar, chocolate. This ‘pick me up’ spikes our sugar levels yet again, only to have them drop a few hours later. This scenario puts our blood sugar on a roller-coaster. Alternatively, if we rely on fat for fuel and manage our carbohydrate intake efficiently, we will have fat available in our blood to be used as energy at all times, and will be encouraging more stable blood sugar levels.
Blood Sugar & Fertility
As discussed, unstable blood sugar can physically exhibit itself in fatigue, loss of concentration, or an urge to consume carbohydrates, sugar, or coffee in the afternoon. However we may not experience any of these symptoms and still, blood sugar could be impacting our hormonal health. This is because raised blood sugar increases the levels of insulin in the body. Raised insulin has a degrading effect on our sex hormones, which can lead to infertility or make pregnancy difficult.
I work one-on-one or with couples to help them balance their blood glucose, regulate their hormones, and prepare their bodies not only for optimum health, but also for fertility and pregnancy. As I said, this is a complex and multi-faceted area. Sometimes numerous practitioners or healthcare professionals need to be involved, or sometimes just a few simple but effective changes to diet and wellbeing is all it takes! If you would like to hear more about my work in this area, please click here or contact me directly.
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