Monthly Archives: October 2016

Patience, trust and divine timing

All three of these virtues play a role in creating what we want.

 
My daughter was conceived (naturally) five years after I was told I “wasn’t a candidate for IVF and would need donor eggs” if I wanted to have a child.

During that challenging pregnancy I spent 17 weeks on bedrest and used the time to write a book that contains 33 inspirational stories of healing, self-discovery, transformation and triumph that I’ve witnessed while working with the infertile community.

 
Nine years later that book was published, and I just launched it last week!

Divine timing is something that we have to take on faith and usually requires infinite patience. But once we surrender to it, miracles seem to happen.

At my book signing last week I shared the story I feel best illustrates the “magic” that happens inside the walls of the Well Women Acupuncture office. It was the story of one woman who chose to trust a message revealed during a Reiki session in order to get to her son. The crowd was amazed to hear what transpired for this woman and the others who are willing to let go and trust in themselves and in a power they can’t see.

How wonderful it was to host that event and share publicly about my experiences and the insights gained inside the treatment rooms.

For more inspiration and to read all of the awesome stories, including my own, click here to order the book from Amazon.

8 Strategies to Optimize Thyroid Function for Fertility

Thyroid imbalance affects the physical body and the energetic body. If the thyroid is not functioning correctly, it can create an obstacle to fertility.

Audrey Guss, L.Ac., specializes in the treatment of thyroid, adrenal gland issues, digestive issues and chronic health conditions at Well Women Acupuncture in Los Angeles. Here, she shares 8 strategies to optimize thyroid function for fertility:

  • Reduce inflammatory foods. Inflammatory foods like sugars, wheat, and processed foods can inflame the body and burden the thyroid. Ensure that each meal includes adequate protein and healthy fats (coconut oil, butter, nuts, avocado, etc.) which will help reduce sugar cravings and also keep the thyroid happy.
  • Reduce intake of raw cruciferous vegetables and soy. Cruciferous vegetables including cabbage, broccoli, rapini, kale, brussel sprouts and cauliflower can decrease thyroid function which can be a problem for those with an under-performing thyroid. If you enjoy cruciferous veggies, cook them prior to consuming. That will reduce their goitrogenic quality and render them thyroid friendly.
  • Eliminate any digestive disharmonies by taking probiotics. Twenty percent of T4 to T3 conversion (two thyroid hormones) take place in the digestive tract. Infections and dysbiosis can hinder this conversion. Dysbiosis is an imbalance of bacteria in the gut where by infectious bacteria outnumber the beneficial bacteria that should be present. That imbalance sets us up for yeast and bacteria overgrowth. Taking probiotics is a good way to “re-populate” the beneficial bacteria.
  • Manage stress and get enough rest. The adrenal glands are closely related to the thyroid. In my practice, I have yet to see a person who has a thyroid issue who does not also have an adrenal insufficiency. Taking care of adrenal health can positively impact thyroid wellness. Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night; note that 8 hours is ideal.
  • Reduce your toxic load. Parabens and chlorates (often found in cleaning supplies and body products), and pesticides can hinder thyroid performance. Environmental Working Group (EWG) consumer guides are a good resource for information about which products to buy or avoid.
  • Express Yourself. As energetic practitioners, we look for disharmony in areas of spiritual and emotional areas. When we hold our feelings and thoughts inside we can get energetically stuck in the throat chakra (the fifth chakra). Standing up for ourselves, vocalizing our feelings or using creative outlets (writing, drawing, painting, dancing, etc.) for self-expression can help release energetic blockages.
  • Correct any mineral deficiencies or excesses. Adequate selenium, copper, zinc and iodine are all essential to thyroid health. Using an iodine urine loading test or hair analysis is a good way to get an accurate picture of proper mineralization. Green vegetables are an excellent source of minerals, however if deficiencies are apparent, additional supplementation may be necessary.
  • Get acupuncture and a herbal/ supplementation consultation. In our office we use both acupuncture and herbs to help regulate the thyroid. Acupuncture treatments can be effective to either increase energy or calm the body. An individualized herbal and/or supplementation plan can also address underlying causes of thyroid dysfunction.

 

If you think your thyroid is not functioning correctly, try the above strategies to restore balance, and click here to schedule an appointment to address these issues with Audrey Guss, L.Ac.

*This blog post originally appears on SeedFertility.com

The 3 Best Ways to Increase Your “Fertile Confidence”

The 3 Best Ways to Increase Your "Fertile Confidence" -- Well Women Acupuncture

If you’ve been diagnosed with infertility or you are trying to conceive after miscarriage, likely you struggle with feelings of vulnerability, self-doubt and disappointment.

To have these feelings appearing month after month can take a toll on your “fertile confidence” — your belief in yourself and your body’s ability to have a successful pregnancy and parent a child.

Women who have a high level of fertile confidence are more likely to create a positive outcome, even when the odds are stacked against them.

So, how can you create more confidence that you are on track after a huge or recurring disappointment?

At Well Women Acupuncture, we’ve seen first hand that women are able to rebuild their fertile confidence by finding these 3 attributes inside themselves:

 

    • A willingness to do some personal discovery work. In order to strengthen the belief that a baby is possible (especially when odds appear to be stacked against us), we’re required to find the willingness to believe that we can make necessary changes that will create a new & different outcome.

 

    • A commitment to heal and release pain from loss. Trying to conceive after a miscarriage or when facing constant disappointment requires making the commitment to say goodbye to the pain of a loss, or staying committed to the process of healing in general, especially when we feel like giving up.

 

  • The courage to be vulnerable and share emotional feelings with trusted friends about the ways in which we are growing and coping with feelings of inadequacy, frustration and doubt.

Rebuilding fertile confidence is an “inside job,” but it’s possible if you dig deep enough and stay determined to find these attributes inside yourself.

To learn more tools you can use to develop and strengthen your sense of fertile confidence, join us inside The Seed Fertility Program: An online course created by Well Women Acupuncture founder Danica Thornberry.