Are you too sick to get pregnant? Gut health and its relationship to infertility

Whether you are struggling to get pregnant or have had one or more miscarriages, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States aged 15 to 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Currently, to treat infertility, drugs are used to stimulate ovulation or adjust hormone levels. There is intrauterine insemination, commonly known as artificial insemination, where the woman receives an injection of specially prepared sperm. There are also assisted reproductive technologies (ART). ART works by removing eggs from a woman’s body and then mixing them with sperm to make embryos. The embryos are then put back into the woman’s body.

Now I would like to talk about an alternative approach. Don’t just focus on trying get pregnant but have the body healthy enough to become Pregnant. Being pregnant is one thing. It’s another to have a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby. Standard treatments do not take into account the overall health of the mother. This information is also applicable to women who plan to bear a child in the future or who want to achieve good health and weight loss goals.

Before you get pregnant, you must first address and restore the integrity and function of your health and your immune system. It seems to be lacking in standard care. When a woman becomes pregnant and also suffers from leaky gut, sugar balancing problems, allergies or multiple food intolerances or toxicity, she puts her baby at risk of developing autism, eczema, asthma and food allergies. Pregnancy is stressful enough for the body and if you do not start the process in optimal conditions, it will have negative consequences on your health and that of your baby. In my practice, my main goal is to address a woman’s overall health and determine if she is healthy enough to become pregnant. If a mother has health problems, there is a good chance that she will pass them on to her child.

There are several conditions that can decrease a woman’s ability to become pregnant, including digestive issues, immune disorders, adrenal fatigue, blood sugar issues, food allergies, chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalances. , nutritional deficiencies and toxicity.

The first place I like to start, before I tackle anything else, is in the digestive system. Simply put, the digestive system works as follows: we eat (good or bad diet), we digest (complete or incomplete), then we eliminate (good or bad evacuation) or we assimilate (good absorption or bad absorption). The gut is commonly referred to as the “second brain” because the enteric nervous system is a collection of neurons in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that make up the “gut brain” and can function independently of the nervous system. This system controls motility, exocrine and endocrine secretions and microcirculation of the gastrointestinal tract. It is also involved in the regulation of immune and inflammatory processes. Hippocrates also said that all disease begins in the intestine. About 70 to 80 percent of the body’s immune system is located in the digestive tract.

Poor digestive health that involves acid reflux, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or constipation is an extremely common and overlooked condition in this country that affects an estimated 70 million Americans. That’s billions of dollars in annual sales of over-the-counter digestive aids that provide only temporary relief. Unresolved or ignored digestive issues lead to more serious issues down the road. Regardless of the state of health, including pregnancy, it is important to restore gut health.

When trying to get pregnant, the focus can’t be just on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other parts of the reproductive system. Because “every system affects all other systems,” the body should be viewed as a together. Infertility is often a side effect of something else. For example, poor gut health leads to problems with blood sugar, which leads to constipation. With constipation, the body cannot eliminate unnecessary hormones and estrogen builds up. Poorly digested food due to a lack of hydrochloric acid (HCL) results in rotten and fermented food that becomes rancid in the stomach. Low HCL results in a reduced ability of the gallbladder to secrete bile for fat emulsification. Poor gallbladder function causes sluggish liver and cannot effectively detoxify the body from hormones, toxins, and other metabolites. When the gallbladder is malfunctioning, there is no signal to the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes. As a result, poorly digested food travels to the intestines. Rotting food in the intestines causes inflammation, infection, and leaky gut, also known as “leaky gut”. This prolonged stress depletes the adrenals, and the weakness of the adrenal glands damages the thyroid. This progression continues until the underlying problem is corrected.

A healthy digestive tract does not allow bacteria, harmful food or undigested food particles to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Chronic inflammation caused by a poor diet, poor blood sugar control and chronic stress results in the release of harmful substances and undigested food into the bloodstream. Again, it’s leaky intestines. These harmful particles are mistakenly identified as foreign invaders or antigens attacked by the immune system. A stressed immune system leads to other health problems which in turn can lead to infertility.

Proper bowel care requires the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. To repair the gut, the first step is to eliminate the foods that create chronic immune responses. These are most commonly gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy and yeast.

A health care practitioner would help determine which foods to remove from the diet. Other nutritional strategies include: eliminating inappropriate organisms such as bacteria, parasites, fungi and yeasts, replacing digestive enzymes, HCL, bile and fiber, to properly digest proteins, fats and the overabundance of bad bacteria with good bacteria, and promoting regeneration and healing of the gastrointestinal mucosa.

Repairing a broken bowel is not easy and takes time. But it’s worth it. It is important to restore bowel function whether or not you are planning a pregnancy.

For women who are planning to get pregnant or trying to become pregnant, just remember that improving your overall health will benefit your child’s health. Other organs in the body may still require evaluation, such as the liver, kidneys, thyroid, and adrenal glands, but many of these issues cannot be resolved until the bowel is first examined. time.

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