All of us could do with a boost at this busy time of year. If you’re feeling a bit under the weather and need a pick me up, try this Christmas punch which is packed with antioxidants.
Super-healthy Christmas Punch
Here’s a recipe that really does pack some punch! Cranberries are full of health-protecting vitamin C and phytonutrients, plus fibre for good digestive function. Along with the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, which also numbers respiratory benefits amongst its host of helpful properties, it’ll help you feel fresh and full of natural ‘zing’!
Ingredients to fill 6 medium glasses
1 large orange, juiced, and with rind ‘zested’
350 grams of fresh or frozen cranberries
1.5 inch piece of fresh root ginger chopped into small chunks
3 tablespoons honey
6 cups of water
Place the orange juice and zest into a blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until a drink-like consistency is achieved, adding more water if required. Strain through a mesh sieve and serve in glasses with slices of fresh orange.
By Sam Folcarelli, a student of Naturopathic Nutrition at CNM Edinburgh.
We love working with migraine – mostly as we expect to see consistently good results. Whether you have suffered from migraines all your life, or just recently, it’s worth considering some acupuncture. A course of 6 treatments often brings huge benefits and a reduction in symptoms. Read more here about the evidence.
Science is catching up! Various studies over the past couple of years have gone some way to showing how acupuncture affects various parts of our brain. This is particularly illuminating in terms of understanding how acupuncture helps to reduce sensations of pain in the body. Read more here.
As many of you know, I was at the Fertility Show last weekend at London Olympia. I met an amazing woman there, IVF consultant Professor Geeta Nargund. Geeta formed Create – the pioneers of ‘natural’ or ‘mild’ IVF.
Geeta’s argument is that standard IVF, using high doses of drugs, has a detrimental effect on the quality of the eggs and the uterine lining. Natural IVF uses the one egg that a woman will have naturally produced in that menstrual cycle. Mild IVF, where the amount of drugs used is greatly reduced may produce a maximum 5 eggs. Her argument is that mild IVF produces the same results as conventional IVF but with better longer term consequences. For instance, mild IVF results in a lower risk of having a low weight, pre-term baby, as well as reducing incidence of OHSS. Women going through mild IVF, have a better experience, with less injections and side effects and a better psychological experience. They create better quality embryos and uterine environments and have healthier babies.
In mild IVF, women take injections daily for 5-10 days and may also take tablets (including clomid or tamoxifen, Hcg, FSH and an antagonist).
Geeta suggests that any woman who has been told that she has low AMH or ovarian reserve, and any older woman, should consider mild IVF.
Create have clinics in London and Bristol. Geeta can do consultations for £200 which also include a blood flow scan and 3D scan of the uterus. Women having mild IVF should expect to make about 3 visits to clinic prior to egg collection.
I believe that CARE also offer mild IVF. They have clinics nationwide but including Sheffield, Manchester and Nottingham. They would scan on day 2 and 8 of stimulation then daily until egg collection. Check their website here.
I think any woman who has been told that her chances of success with standard IVF or that their only chance of conceiving may be to use donor eggs due to their low ovarian reserve should consider finding out more about Mild IVF.
A new Online Fertility Support Group where you can get support, advice and virtual hugs has been launched. This is a closed facebook group and aims to bring people together who are trying to conceive, whether naturally or with interventions such as IVF. Find out more here. Or log into the facebook page direct here.