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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2016-1b

How Folic Acid Can Help You Get Pregnant

Becoming pregnant can be frustrating and discouraging when it doesn't happen right away. There are many common problems that could be preventing you from getting pregnant including a folic acid, or folate, deficiency. 

According to research fellow Dr. Jorge Chavarro from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, folic acid is one of the most important reasons for reducing the chance of ovulatory failure. 

Folic acid is the synthetic form of the B-vitamin folate, it can be found in supplements as well as enriched foods such as cereal or other grains. 

Taking folic acid for at least one month before conception reduces the risk of neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida, by up to 70 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The recommended-daily dose of folic acid for women who want to get pregnant is .4 milligrams, during pregnancy the recommended amount is .6 to .8 milligrams. 

Not only can it help you get pregnant, but this vitamin can also help embryo survival as well as brain development of the child during pregnancy. 

A study done by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on more than 18,000 women found that those who took multivitamins that included folic acid had improved fertility. 

These women also had a 40 percent lower risk of complications producing eggs. 

Along with supplements, you can find folic acid in its natural form in many vegetables and fruits:

* Lentils  
* Dried beans, peas  
* Broccoli  
* Spinach  
* Collard or turnip greens  
* Okra  
* Asparagus 
* Citrus fruit: papaya, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries 
* Avocado 
* Seed & nuts  
* Cauliflower 
* Beets  
* Corn  
* Carrots 
* Squash

Getting the recommended-daily amount of folic acid before and during pregnancy is one of the easiest ways to improve fertility and to have a healthier pregnancy. You can find folic acid supplements at your local grocery story. 


Healthy Tips to Enhance Fertility

* Take a folic acid supplement when trying to
become pregnant *

The recommended daily amount of folic acid for women who want to get pregnant is .4 milligrams. This vitamin is known 
to lower the risk of complications producing eggs as well as reducing the chance of ovulatory failure. Folic acid can be found in the form of folate in foods like spinach, lentils, corn, beets and citrus fruit.

* Try acupuncture *

One reason women have a hard time becoming pregnant includes stress levels. Acupuncture is known to help reduce stress and anxiety and relax the body and mind.

* Cut the caffeine *

Although one or two cups of coffee a day is considered fine, try to lower your caffeine intake to help boost fertility. Research has shown that women who drink more than five cups of coffee a day had lower fertility levels.

*  Pay close attention to the foods you are eating *

It is as important as ever when trying to become pregnant to have a healthy diet. Maintain a balanced diet full of unprocessed and whole foods. Make sure to eat daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as well as protein such as fish, lean meats and/or nuts.

Recipe Corner

Aromatherapy To Boost Fertility

Essential oils are known for their medicinal properties as well as being an alternative natural treatment for many ailments. Some oils work to boost fertility through improving hormonal balance, reducing stress and pain, and improving immune function. Essential oils can easily be found at health stores and can be used daily to help boost your health.

German Chamomile: German chamomile can help reduce inflammation. It is known to also reduce pain, calm nerves and boost mood. This oil can help women who have cysts or fibroids as well as women who experience anxiety and frustration while trying to become pregnant.

Sweet Fennel: This oil is known to help regulate hormone levels as well as the menstrual cycle. It is ideal for women who are trying to become pregnant but should not be used during pregnancy.

Clary Sage: Clary sage is not only a pain reliever but also stimulates the pituitary gland, which produces estrogen. This oil is also a uterine tonic and can help regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce cramps.

Geranium: Geranium can be used to lower anxiety as well as be a mood enhancer. The oil stimulates the adrenal cortex, which balances and regulates hormone levels. Geranium can also help detoxify the lymphatic system, improving overall health. 

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The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate 
and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed 
and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before 
starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
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Toni Eatros, AP,
Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
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Acupressure Points
  Acupressure Points
Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.


Kidney 16 (KD 16)
Located roughly 1 inch lateral to the belly button, on both sides.

This point can improve general fertility health and boost the chances of conception in women. It also helps with autoimmune related infertility issues caused by a lower immunological response.

Conception Vessel 6 (CV 6) Location:
Three nger widths directly below the belly button.

Alleviates pain in the lower abdomen, alleviates abdominal masses due to stagnation.Regulates uterus and good for irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhoea. Increases libido, and improves overall energy levels. Also helps to relieve stress and fatigue.

Conception Vessel 4 (CV 4)
 Roughly four nger widths directly below the belly button.

Alleviates abdominal masses due to stagnation. Regulates uterus and supports healthy blood ow to genitals. Strengthen the body and helps with diarrhea,lethargy, and weak limbs. Improves overall Kidney function.

Stomach 30 (ST 30)
Located roughly 5 inches below the belly button and 2 inches to either side of the mid line.

Improves function of ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Can aide in ovulation and overall reproductive health 

Research Update:
Acupuncture and Stress
A research study done at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies and published in the Journal of Endocrinology found that acupuncture can alter stress hormones in rats when used on certain parts of the body. Researchers found that electro-acupuncture blocks the elevated hormones due to stress as well as lowers the "fight or flight" response. 

Not only can acupuncture help lower stress, but conditions that arise from it as well such as depression, insomnia and anxiety. Acupuncture works by the specific placement of needles on the body to return the body back to its natural energy flow, improving overall health. Contact Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions to learn how treatment can lower your stress.

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