Is Lamb a perfect fertility food?
Lamb promotes muscle growth, maintenance, and performance and prevents anemia – perfect food for supporting male and female fertility!
Make sure to read the Chinese medicine section below to know when to eat it in your cycle, and when to avoid it.
It can be purchased in 5 different cuts; shoulder, rack/ribs, shank/breast, loin, and legs.
Key nutrients found in Lamb:
Vitamin B1: Thiamin is involved in the production of energy through the breakdown of sugars and carbohydrates. This is important for cellular health, which may also influence the health and energy of sperm and egg cells. It’s also important for energy support during pregnancy.
Vitamin B2: Research shows that Riboflavin can act as an antioxidant, which helps to combat against harmful free radicals. Free radicals are known to negatively impact sperm and egg health, and so antioxidants are a vital part of the human diet.
Vitamin B3: Niacin as with most other B vitamins is involved in energy production within the mitochondria of your cells (the powerhouse of the cell). Pregnancy requires good levels of niacin, as does breastfeeding.
Vitamin B5: B5 is involved in the production of hormones, along with cholesterol, and so is vital for maintaining fertility health.
Vitamin B9: Folate is essential for human growth and development and it encourages normal nerve and brain function. It’s involved in the creation of DNA as well as the building of proteins, and many other important functions including the healthy development of your baby’s’ spinal cord.
Vitamin B12: Aiding in the production of DNA, RNA, and neurotransmitters, Cobalamin is a really important nutrient for developing healthy eggs and sperm – and also for your babies’ future health development.
Vitamin K: Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries as it regulates normal blood clotting. Vitamin K can be particularly useful if you suffer from heavy and/or painful periods as it can help slow down the blood flow and reduce cramping.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. This nutrient is really helpful in protecting sperm and egg cells from free radical damage, which can damage the DNA of the cell and may lead to morphology issues – in sperm and eggs.
And the minerals:
Zinc: Zinc is essential for the repair and function of DNA, which affects sperm and egg quality. It’s also essential for the rapid growth of cells and the building of major parts of cells during a pregnancy. The development and enzyme activity that takes place during pregnancy is supported by zinc, which means that this is one of the most important nutrients for babies and mothers.
Selenium: is one component of antioxidant enzymes and is also used by the body to help support thyroid health, particularly the conversion of thyroid hormones from one to the other. This can help support your thyroid health, which is fundamental for fertility health and pregnancy.
Phosphorus: Is an element that plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. It is essential in our diet and particularly in children when growth and development occurs.
Iron: Is a mineral that the body uses to carry oxygen in the blood and plays a key role in strengthening the immune system and helps regulate body temperature.
Copper: Copper is essential for overall health and is involved in many processes in the body. It cannot be produced by the body and must, therefore, be consumed through food. Copper helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function, and it contributes to iron absorption.
Magnesium: Supports a healthy immune system as well as keeps bones strong. It is also great for stress, and combined with vitamin B6 can help induce sleep and alleviate symptoms of bloating and weight gain associated with PMS.
Manganese: is a naturally occurring mineral which aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones.
Sodium: helps with the regulation of blood pressure and volume, and fluid maintenance, to ensure you have enough fluid around your cells. This is important for the health of all cells including egg and sperm cells.
CHINESE FERTILITY MEDICINE USES IT TO:
- Treats weakness and Qi deficiency
- Nourishes Blood deficiency
- Removes Coldness and warms
Treats weakness and Qi deficiency:
Qi (pronounced chee) is the Chinese word used to describe energy or vitality.
It’s the non-physical aspect of your body that makes all of your organs and systems work, to fulfill their role in keeping you alive and healthy. This means that it’s also vital for the function of all aspects of your fertility, and pregnancy health too.
Energy is needed for every process in your body including cell creation and division, activity, and function – think of egg and sperm cells here too. If there isn’t enough energy available then your cells, tissues, organs, and systems of your body start to function at a lower and slower level, making them less efficient at supporting the processes they should support.
Your body becomes slower and less efficient and the ability of the eggs and sperm to function properly is also affected, making them weaker and underactive. When Qi becomes more severely deficient you will likely present with hormone imbalance, typically with reduced Progesterone, Testosterone and/or FSH levels. In some cases, the FSH can rise and present itself as being elevated, due to the ovaries or testes being underactive and sluggish (tired).
Pregnancy becomes harder with lower levels of energy, and once pregnant your body will need high levels of energy to support the first 10-weeks of elevated Progesterone and growth of your baby.
Some key symptoms of Qi deficiency are: Tiredness, lethargy or fatigue, lack of motivation, poor circulation, dizziness when getting up, poor appetite, bloating, looser bowel movements, sore lower back, low levels of hormones such as Progesterone and Testosterone and FSH, short luteal phase, miscarriage (cases that are not related to genetic issues), erratic and dropping BBT chart temperatures, weight gain, slow metabolism, low blood pressure, under-active thyroid and/or adrenals.
Each person is conceived and created with a certain amount of Qi.
This amount is determined by the amount of Qi your parents had at the time of your conception. This corresponds to the scientific understanding that egg and sperm quality determines the health of the embryo, the strength of the pregnancy, and the health of the baby.
Once you were conceived you used your mums Qi to further support your own Qi until you were born and able to breathe, eat and drink. From that time on you were able to support your own Qi by taking it from the outside world through food, air and fluids. This will continue for the rest of your life, but the way you eat, sleep, live, breathe, think, act physically (exercise, rest etc) and many other factors – will determine how strong your Qi remains.
Qi deficiency is at the cause of many people’s fertility health issues and so this is an important aspect to strengthen. The good news is that it’s possible to strengthen it through the correct balance of the 5 Fertility Foundations.
Lamb supports the healthy production of Qi and strengthens your body over time.
Nourishes Blood deficiency:
Blood deficiency describes a poorer quality of blood.
If the presentation is more serious you will see physiological changes in the blood, such as reduced iron, hemoglobin, ferritin, and other nutrients. You may also see changes in the volume and quantity of the blood cells and it’s clotting ability or nature.
However, in many cases of blood deficiency, there may be no physiological changes and so we look for specific symptoms in your general health.
Typical symptoms of blood deficiency in men and women are:
Poor circulation (hands, feet, head, and reproductive system), dizziness, low blood pressure, dry skin and hair when not moisturised, ‘the four pales’ (pale: lips, nails, inner lower eyelid, and tongue), brittle and/or ridged nails, constipation, feeling cold, feeling tired, diagnosed circulatory issues that create damaged blood vessels (varicose) or masses in the lower half of the body.
Diagnosed issues such as: varicocele or poor sperm quality in men, ovulatory issues, poor egg quality, thin endometrium, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, adenomyosis, polyps, clotting issues, and bleeding disorders frequently have a component of blood deficiency at their root too.
Blood deficiency typically arises from either:
- a lack of production of blood cells in the bone marrow – due to reduced levels of Qi. This can be due to loss of energy through lifestyle, wrong diet, or inherited genetic issues.
- a severe or extended blood loss from menstruation, miscarriage, birth, or physical trauma that causes bleeding.
Lamb supports blood cell production to help overcome blood deficiency.
Removes Coldness and warms the body:
The term coldness describes a set of symptoms that create a subjective feeling of coldness in your body. It also describes an under activity (hypo-function) of the body, and the related symptoms that go with it – low body temperature, tiredness, cold hands, feet, or body and many more.
Coldness has the effect of contracting, shrinking, or coagulating, and is regarded as something to avoid within the body.
If it goes unnoticed or untreated it will over time cause a depletion of Qi (energy). This, in turn, causes a gradual movement towards developing a hypo-active (under-active) health issue such as low (hypo) progesterone, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, blood circulation issues, clotting issues, and other diseases related to an under activity of the organs and systems.
Coldness in the body acts very much like coldness in nature: it slows down circulation, reduces the core temperature, interferes with the movement of things (contraction) and creates a colder internal environment that is not conducive to fertility or pregnancy.
When the earth and streams are frozen in winter, nothing is able to sprout into new life. The same principle is true for the human body.
Coldness = tiredness and under-function and this disrupts fertility for men and women.
Symptoms of excessive Coldness are: Blood clotting disorders, varicoceles, endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, hemorrhagic cysts, PCOS, blocked fallopian tubes, dark menstrual blood, clotted menstrual blood, painful menstruation (usually sharp, stabbing, fixed site pain) and thick consistency of menstrual blood, hypothyroidism, hypoadrenalism, and hormonal imbalance including reduced levels of Progesterone and Testosterone.
The key extra symptom to look out for is if any of the above symptoms also include feelings of coldness and feel better when heat is applied.
Lamb supports internal warming, which can help towards overcoming coldness, through its ability to strengthen and warm the body.
Cook with fresh ginger and garlic to further optimise the warming and strengthening effect.
When to eat lamb in your cycle:
As lamb is warming, it has an affinity with the luteal phase. It’s, therefore, best eaten after ovulation to support the energy required to produce Progesterone – the warming hormone.
Season available: May- June
How it’s typically cooked: Roasted, slow cooked and used in casseroles.
Caution: Not to be consumed if you have edema, malaria, a common cold, fever, toothache, or any type of health issue that relates to ‘Heat’ or has a heat sensation.
Overeating lamb in the follicular phase of your cycle may elevate BBT temperatures or stimulate early ovulation for women that have a tendency to ovulate earlier.
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