Fertility Challenges - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Fertility Challenges - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is the most common female infertility problem.  There is no medication to treat it.  The only effective way to manage and treat it is through personalised nutrition.  It accounts for more than 30% of fertility issues. 

Fertility and Sunshine Vitamin D

Fertility and Sunshine Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with several reproductive disorders, including miscarriage, preterm birth and reduced production of the sex hormones.  In fact, research has discovered that vitamin D may play a regulatory role in female reproductive physiology, since vitamin D receptors and enzymes are expressed in the ovaries and the placenta.  According to a study carried out in the National Maternity hospital in Dublin, pregnant women in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones.

Fibre and fertility

Fibre and fertility

To prepare for pregnancy and enhance fertility, it is very important to maintain a healthy weight and choose foods that will create a safe and supportive environment for your baby's nine-month journey.  From a female perspective, the foods consumed and toxins ingested have an effect on hormonal balance and egg quality.  We now understand the importance of the environment that the egg is released into and how it subsequently develops.  That is why a good diet and sufficient nutrients are so important to support the developing foetus.  Males are no different as sperm is manufactured in the male body every 74 days, which is why it is so important to consume foods that have a beneficial effect on sperm quality.  When embarking on this journey it is wise to clean up the diet and reduce the amount of toxins ingested three months ahead of the time for a planned conception.

The body has a very clever way of removing toxins from it.  There are many ways to remove toxins from the body but its preferred route is via the bowel.  If toxins are not removed and build up they can interfere with the workings of many systems in the body including the reproductive system and the immune system.  All hormones are broken down in the body and must be eliminated.  

The gut is host to a big family of bacteria.  These guys are responsible for many functions but chief amongst them is the elimination of toxic waste.  In order for the bowel to work efficiently and effectively it relies on the help of these bacteria. 
Keeping the bacteria in the gut well fed and happy is key to supporting the elimination process, energy production and hormonal balancing. 

In women with endometriosis, the growth of the uterine tissue can form outside of the uterus. Often, it can be in the bowel. Hormonal imbalances further contribute to the growth of this tissue. So, following a diet that is high in fibre will serve to balance these hormones, and can result in less formation of uterine tissue.
 
The food the bowel requires is fibre.  Fibre feed the bacteria, thrive, multiply and flourish when they are fed diverse sources of fibre.  Over 80% of Irish people do not consume sufficient fibre in their diets.  Fibre is found in all foods from the plant kingdom. It is not found in animal produce such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish or dairy. The aim is to consume 30 grams of fibre per day.  The key is to eat a diverse range of plant foods such as, peas, beans, lentils, apples with the skin on, nuts all fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains.  Fibre should be consumed at each meal.  Snacking on nuts and seeds, fruit and natural yogurt daily support detoxification of hormones and support energy and balance the immune function. 

•    manage weight
•    have healthy, regular bowel movements
•    maintain healthy cholesterol levels
•    have a healthy inflammatory response
•    rid itself of excess bile
•    by feeding good bacteria in the gut/digestive tract
•    maintain a healthy blood pressure

Gaye Godkin, Health Nutritionist, , MPH Nutrition (Hons) DipNT cNLP

Coco-Cola spend $4billion marketing sugar in 2016

Coco-Cola spend $4billion marketing sugar in 2016

Coca-cola is one of the 10 food and drinks companies that produce 80% of all food and drink worldwide.  Coca-cola is in essence a soda drink packed with sugar, additives and food chemicals that we do not need to consume.  We can dig our heads into the sand and pretend that these drinks have a place in the diet but that is truly fooling ourselves.  Whether it's coke zero, sugar free or the standard coke, they are all detrimental to our health and well-being.    The recent study which has linked artificial sweeteners to dementia and stroke is not good.  Even moderate consumption of these drinks such as 1 can per week has been shown to have deleterious effects on the body.  This debate has gone away yet again.... 

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The gut is a highly sensitive area and is easily disturbed and upset.  When it is not happy with it's inhabitants and transient foods it reacts causing symptoms such as constipation and/or diarrhoea, abdominal bloating, fermentation and gas.

 

Published: Irish Independent 20th March 2017 

Eat Yourself Pregnant

Eat Yourself Pregnant

One in six couples in Ireland face problems with fertility, but a new area of science called 'epigenetics' teaches that certain environmental factors such as diet can effect the likelihood of conceiving. Nutritionist Gaye Godkin on the foods that can help.

 

Published:  Irish Independent

Ten food tips to fight disease

Ten food tips to fight disease

"Eight out of 10 people visit their doctor due to a diet or lifestyle-related condition. At the heart of this is inflammation, which can cause chronic illness but, says nutritionist Gaye Godkin, we can protect ourselves with the right food."

Published: Irish Independent - Thursday 9 March 2017

Fad Diets and Nutritional Balance

Fad Diets and Nutritional Balance

“Conflicting information on what we should eat bombards us says consultant nutritionist.” Gaye Godkin. “The secret is not to allow appetite to dictate your waistline”

Published: Irish Examiner - Monday, February 13, 2017