In dealing with fertility, the food we eat is considered extremely important to physical, mental and emotional health in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A change in diet is often prescribed alongside or even instead of other treatment modalities, especially for success in male and female fertility. The simple fact is that our bodies are not designed to deal with high fructose corn syrup, E102, mono sodium glutamate or any other artificial additives, especially when preparing the body for conception/IVF treatment and the physical, emotional and energetic tolls of pregnancy.
As our bodies are constantly exposed to too much alcohol, acid, dairy, wheat and fat; naturally our health suffers. As one system is upset it affects other processes in the body and the entire balance can be thrown. Persistent abuse can lead to a buildup of toxins and a gradually reduced immune system, poor digestion, headaches, back pain, infertility and other more serious problems.
As diet is considered one of the major elements of health, Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners will often use the “Chinese Medicine Healing Diet” to treat fertility and properly prepare the body for conception naturally or using IVF/IUI treatment.
Any charred food - from burnt popcorn - to burnt toast, is highly carcinogenic.
Meat in general (in terms of the fats associated) is carcinogenic, especially overcooked meat.
Sugar is carcinogenic - whether white or brown. Instead of sugar, substitute honey
Stomach cancer is associated with high salt intake, with spicy foods and smoked food
Sodas are carcinogenic for a variety of reasons beyond their high sugar content and harmful additives.
* Sodas have also been proved to leach the minerals – principally calcium - that are temporarily gained through other healthier foods
Trans fats found in fries and snack chips are carcinogenic
Artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, are carcinogenic
Excessive alcohol intake is toxic
Foods cooked at high temperatures usually contain acrylamide.
According to the FDA: Acrylamide is produced industrially for use in products such as plastics, grouts, water treatment products, and cosmetics. Acrylamide is also found in cigarette smoke. Acrylamide caused cancer in animals in studies where animals were exposed to acrylamide at very high doses. Acrylamide causes nerve damage in people exposed to very high levels at work.
Farm-raised fish and fish products contain high amounts of PCB's.
Cherlyn Coplon is a Licensed Acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Biology, a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and she completed her Post-graduate Chinese Medicine residency at Shaanxi University Hospital, Xi'An, China.
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