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Cinnamon and PCOS

Recent research provides some welcome news:
 cinnamon may help you better regulate your insulin levels and even lower your 
cholesterol. Suggesting that cinnamon extract 
seems to have a moderate effect in reducing fasting glucose levels in diabetic patients
 and therefore, women with PCOS. Reductions in glucose levels associated with
cinnamon have also been found in individuals without diabetes.

Other research shows that cinnamon not only lowers fasting glucose levels but 
cholesterol levels too. Cinnamon seems to work by increasing the process carried out by insulin receptors. This leads to improved insulin function and sensitivity. It is also suggested that it may reduce insulin levels 
by slowing the movement of food from the stomach into the small intestine (a part of
 digestion called “gastric emptying”) this slows the breakdown of carbohydrates. 
While side effects are very minimal, there is no need to exceed 
more than 2 teaspoons (6 grams) per day to get results.

The great news is cinnamon contains no calories nor does it have any carbohydrates in it. Cinnamon can be sprinkled on porridge or cereal, yoghurt etc or even put into herbal tea.

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SOY and PCOS

There is an ongoing debate on whether soy is harmful or beneficial for those suffering from PCOS. The proposed benefits 
of soy include improved cholesterol, decreased risk of cancer and 
improved menopausal symptoms among others. Yet, if you do an 
internet search for PCOS and soy and you will see many people
 confused about it, with some saying that soy is terrible for PCOS and
 should be avoided at all costs.

Soy is a plant food that is also a complete protein, meaning it has all the 
required amino acids. It is also low in fat, contains essential fatty 
acids, numerous vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Soy foods include soy
 milk and cheese, tofu, tempeh, miso, soy sauce, and edamame. Another form of soy, soy protein isolate, is often added to energy and 
granola bars and meat-alternative products. Soy protein isolate may 
contribute to oestrogen dominance commonly seen in PCOS.

More studies need to be conducted on soy
 consumption. 
Soy in the form of soy protein isolate should be avoided for all women with PCOS. 
Women with PCOS who struggle with infertility, hypothyroidism, consume few calories
 or eat a poor diet may want to avoid or limit soy products.

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PCOS & Vitamin D

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Research suggests that Vitamin D is involved in follicle egg
 maturation and development. Many researchers believe the current amount for Vitamin D is set too low at 400
 International Units (IU) daily and should be increased. The tolerable upper limit
 (UL) for Vitamin D is 2,000 IU per day, however, no adverse affects have been
 found up to 10,000 IU per day.

Few foods contain Vitamin D other than milk 
fortified with Vitamin D, eggs, liver, cereals with vitamin D added, and fatty fish. 
However, skin exposure to the sun provides as much as 80 to 90% of the body’s
 vitamin D – so the best advice is the outside.

Some studies show that there are certain people, those with darker skin, may be at risk for a Vitamin D deficiency as 
melanin blocks the conversion of active Vitamin D in the skin. Also overweight 
individuals have a greater chance of being 
deficient in Vitamin D because it is a fat-soluble vitamin and may not be as
 available in high amounts of fat tissue.

Vitamin D and Fertility

It is vital that Vitamin D levels are appropriate when trying to conceive, we usually recommend a daily supplement of Vitamin D and Calcium.

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Welcome to the world

“Welcome to the world Josie Anne 7lb 13 ounces, born 15.59pm 17th Jan 2014, bit of a drama but all perfect in the end and she wasn’t phased at all.”

After 11 failed IVF attempts, donor egg conception abroad finally gave this couple the baby girl they dreamed of.

I gave acupuncture treatment throughout this whole process, and counselling to help them come to terms with their 2 ectopic pregnancies and 2 early miscarriages. The final decision to go for a donor egg was a very difficult one. Due to immune issues we sought treatment with Dr Gorgy.

We achieved a pregnancy. I took bloods for testing and we did an ultrasound scan to confirm that all was well. Fertility Yoga become a regular part of every day life and every supplement that could be researched and taken was given.

This couple now have 3 children 🙂 1 singleton and a set of twins.

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Mom and baby doing Great !

“Welcome to the world Ivy Jane, born 1.24AM 19th December 2013, 8lb 3 ounces, Mom and daughter doing well.”

I saw this lovely couple prior to going for their first IVF treatment. We discussed clinics and because of a childhood illness of cancer it was decided that the treatment should be done where she had been originally rated and her eggs were stored. This treatment turned out to be unsuccessful.

After counselling the couple we decided to try again, this time choosing the very best clinic for this kind of issue. We chose The Lister Clinic London. I gave acupuncture treatment throughout. We got a positive result! I then gave acupuncture treatment throughout the pregnancy and we also gave an ultrasound scan at 10 weeks to reassure the couple after spotting.

This couple now have beautiful baby girl.

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