Virgin Bloody Mary Recipe For Male Fertility & Boosting Sperm

Over the last few week’s I’ve been sharing some of my favourite recipes  from my book, The IVF Diet Book. This week I‘m sharing with you my quick and easy refreshing tomato juice recipe, which I like to call the Virgin Bloody Mary.

This energising, hydrating juice is rich in lycopene and is ideal for preparing the body for IVF. Lycopene is especially important for improving sperm health: a low intake of lycopene in the diet is associated with poor semen quality and male infertility.

This recipe is so simple and only takes 5 minutes to prepare!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
  • 2 celery sticks
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 3-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • 3-4 dashes of Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • ½ tsp baobab powder
  • ½ tsp acai powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Small slice of fresh horseradish (optional)
  • Crushed ice, to serve

Put the tomatoes, celery, cucumber and lime through a juicer. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve with crushed ice.

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The chocolate brownie recipe to prepare your body for conception and IVF

During IVF treatment, it is vital to avoid refined sugar and junk food, so today I’m going to share a recipe from my book, The IVF Diet Book, that is both nutritious and will help you chocoholics curb your sweet cravings 🙂

My Chocolate Bean Brownies are a perfect healthy snack, an on-the-go breakfast option or can be eaten as a pick-me up when your energy levels are low.

Rich and fudgy, these delicious brownies are packed with protein thanks to the addition of cooked beans and protein powder. Give them a go, I bet you’ll end up loving them!

You’ll find the full recipe below the video.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Makes 12 brownies

Ingredients

  • 60g walnuts, toasted
  • 60g almonds, toasted
  • 60g pecans, toasted
  • 350g black beans, cooked and drained
  • 60g coconut oil, melted
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 60g soft dates, pitted
  • 50g chocolate protein powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Step one: Preheat the oven to 180g (gas mark 4). Line a 20x20cm traybake tin with baking parchment

Step two: Place the nuts  in a food processor and process briefly until they are finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and process to form a thick soft batter.

Step three: Spoon the mixture into the traybake time and smooth the surface. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until cooked through.

Step four: Allow to cool in the tin completely and when ready cut into 12 bars to serve.

The brownies can be stored in the fridge for one week,  or frozen up to three month.

 

 

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Long may the discussion on Reproductive Immunology continue

We’d love you to read this article in the Guardian magazine about reproductive immunology, in which our clinic and our medical director Dr George Nduwke feature.

The Guardian reporter, Sophie Hardach, who herself has experienced fertility treatment got the situation spot on when she said:

“After years of infertility and miscarriage, I decided to put my faith into the reproductive immunology field that is either fantastically promising or utterly bogus depending on who you ask.”

Reproductive immunology is one of several pioneering methods we offer here at the Zita West clinic. We pride ourselves on being the clinic that does things differently, and on looking to the future. We believe some of the techniques we use today will become commonplace for fertility treatment in the future.

Yet leading the charge does not come without its controversies. And the Guardian were accurate when they stated:

“A controversial treatment that has divided medical professionals is offering hope to women who have suffered multiple miscarriages.”

Yet their article remains balanced, and shows all sides of a complicated argument as well as the industry turf wars which interest only a few and yet go on inside the medical world.

At the Zita West clinic, our focus is on our clients and our results. Many of the couples we see every day are disillusioned with the treatments they have received with no answers as to why they are miscarrying and having repeated IVF failures.

Of course, not all women have immune issues, and we know that age is still the biggest factor in fertility.

There is a need for more evidence and research, but what we do know for sure is that we sit – every day – with couples who are lost, hopeless, depressed, looking for answers. Patients feel let down by their bodies, nature, the system, the NHS, other clinics and they want to try a new route.

We look to those around the world who are pioneering new developments, and leave no stone unturned in our search for the actual cause of what is wrong.

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That is why our treatment protocols have so much depth, from methods such as reproductive immunology, or our holistic approach which combines acupuncture, counselling, stress management, and nutrition. At the heart of our ethos is our desire to explore all angles and all opportunities so that we can give our clients what they truly want – babies.

And we do a really good job. That’s why our clinic, small and boutique compared to many, has become well known and highly regarded.

Our results are up- there with the very best in the UK, despite the fact that many of our patients should, statistically, due to many previous failed cycles at other clinics, have a below average chance of success.

The late American physician Dr Alan Beer is at the heart of the work surrounding the idea that a woman’s own immune system might be responsible for repeated miscarriages. In layman’s terms, he argued that natural killer cells, or NK cells, which usually destroy cancer cells and viruses, could get out of control and target the pregnancy.

Our medical director Dr George Ndukwe trained under Beer and is one of the pioneers of his methods in the UK.

We’re proud of that fact, and we’re proud of Dr Nduwke’s work, and our success rates, which speak for themselves.

We loved George’s quote in the Guardian, which read:

‘It does not matter what people say. If what you’re doing is working, there are more babies. If it’s not working, there are no babies. There’s no half-baby, no quarter-baby, only a full baby.’

And that’s what so many of the couples we see know only too well to be true.

So with that, thank you to the Guardian for shining their spotlight onto this issue, for writing a report which I highly recommend that you read.

Read now: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/12/can-mayonnaise-cure-infertility

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Just for men: 7 ways to increase the chances of conception in your partner

I usually write for women on this blog, but I know there are quite a few male readers. And fertility is far from a female only issue.

We now know that up to 50 per cent of all cases of infertility are associated with a male factor! That figure surprises many, because through generations we’ve been lead to believe fertility is all about women.

Many men discount the need for getting checked out via semen analysis mainly, I believe, out of fear! But burying your head in the sand will not make the problem go away, and it’s far better to be proactive.

With that in mind, here at 7 things men can do right now to improve their fertility and increase the chances of conception.

  1. Have lots of sex! Forget about your partners focus on her ‘fertile time’ and just try to have sex every two or three days. You do not need to save up sperm. The key thing is to make sure there is a good supply of fresh, healthy sperm at the ready.
  2. Give up smoking – it can affect the count, motility and shape of the sperm, and most importantly it damages the sperm DNA. One of the most important jobs a man has to do is deliver the DNA! The healthier the better.
  3. Avoid recreational drugs, as these can affect DNA.
  4. Keep alcohol to a minimum. Alcohol also affects sperm DNA and can increase both the time it takes to conceive and the risk of miscarriage.
  5. Do not overexercise. Too much exercise – especially cycling – can divert testosterone away from your testicles and your sperm count will drop.
  6. Keep your testicles cool – sperm development occurs at temperatures 3 – 4 degrees cooler than body temperature. No Jacuzzis or saunas –  but this does not mean keeping a bottle of iced water between your legs.
  7. Eat well – include lots of vegetables and fruit in your diet and take a good multi vitamin and mineral supplement.

Alert! Any urinary symptoms such as pain on urination or ejaculation or lower abdominal pain could be  a sign of infection. It is always a good idea to check yourself out with a full sexual health screen.

The good news is with an early diagnosis, you can get on with the process of trying to improve your reproductive health and not waste time. With state of the art treatments currently available, even the most severe cases of male fertility can often be treated quite effectively.

Come and say hello at The Fertility Show

If you’re free this weekend, then come down to The Fertility Show at London Olympia, where on Saturday I’ll be giving a talk on our holistic approaches to fertility and IVF.

Whether you are just thinking about starting a family or have been trying for a while, The Fertility Show is all about advice, information and support to help you on your journey.

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There’s an extensive seminar programme around 60 talks, including talks on: How to choose a clinic, costs and causes of infertility. Plus, you’ll be able to explore all options for everyone looking to grow their family, whether it’s naturally, through IVF treatment, egg donation, surrogacy & adoption.

And exhibitors include doctors, clinicians, uk clinics, overseas clinics, advice groups, charities, acupuncturists, diet, nutritional & lifestyle advisors, plus yoga & massage therapists.

During my talk, I’ll be sharing some of my experiences form over 30 years helping women and couple’s have babies, plus covering

  • The importance of mindset in fertility
  • The impact diet can have on conception
  • The one question that always gives me so much insight into why a couple might be struggling to conceive.
  • The 5 key areas that make up a holistic approach to fertility.

Opening times are Sat: 10am – 6pm and Sun: 10am – 6pm

Advance ticket prices: 1 day: £12, 2 day: £20, seminars £3

Find out more: https://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/london

Quiz! Is your sex life affecting conception?

Quite a few of our followers, clients and website visitors have mentioned that they enjoyed the quiz we did a few weeks ago. So for today’s episode of The Fertility Show, we’ve decided to do another and this one is about your sex life and conception.

It’s for you and your partner to do together. I want you both to get some paper and a pencil, sit down, and watch the video or answer the questions below. Count up how many yeses you get!

For those who would prefer to do the quiz without watching the video, all the questions and answers are below.

  1. Has your sex life suffered since you started trying for a baby?
  2. Is your sex life less adventurous and fun now that you’re trying for a baby?
  3. Do you plan sex rather than let it happen spontaneously?
  4. Are you regularly too tired to have sex?
  5. Does it seem like kissing and cuddling always has to lead to sex?
  6. Do you tend to limit sex to the time when you and your partner are most fertile?
  7. Do you have sex less than twice a week or even less frequently?
  8. Do you find it harder to get aroused since you started trying for a baby?
  9. Is your relationship suffering since you started trying for a baby?
  10. Do you regularly avoid sex out of frustration, resentment or anger?
  11. Do you find it difficult to talk to your partner about your feelings regarding sex now that you’re planning a family?
  12. Women only, do you provide your man with lots of details about your menstrual cycle?
  13. Has the passion gone out of your love life?
  14. Women only, do you expect your man to perform at the drop of a hat?
  15. For men, do you feel resentful around the fact that your sex life has changed since you’re trying for a baby?

And now for the answers!

If you scored 0 to 3, generally you have a healthy sex life. Although you’re trying for a baby, you’re still getting a lot of enjoyment out of sex.

If you’ve scored 4 to 7, you will have a few issues with your sex life, such as the frequency of sex might be quite easy to fix. Others such as arousal and expectation on demand, you’ll have to work on together

If you’ve scored 8 to 13, there probably are a lot of issues that you will need to address about your sex life and your relationship and they way you communicate to one another.

What to do next?

I sit with couples every day who are trying for baby and no answer to that quiz will surprise me. What I see more and more is that when you do start trying for a baby, it doesn’t take long for your sex life to become mechanical, the pressure to go on and your relationship to suffer.  

It’s really important that you sit together, you communicate and you work out how you can get some more passion, fun into your sex life, and into your lives generally.

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Consultations are available at our Clinic in London or via Video Conferencing from the comfort of your own home.

Connect with us

Call us on0808 196 4060 or email us at clinics@zitawest.com

And for weekly tips, advice and wisdom on natural fertility and IVF, subscribe to our Fertility Show on YouTube.