Boost your Fertility with this Essential Mineral


Do you crave chocolate in the
second half of your cycle? Does stress have a
toothbrush at your house? Are caffeine and sugar a fixed staple on
your weekly meal plan and shopping list? If you answered yes to any of these
questions, you are likely in need of magnesium. Hi, my name is Ami Chokshi. I’m a Fertility and IVF Health Coach, and
I work with women and couples guiding them to maximize their chances of getting
pregnant and staying pregnant and to navigate the rollercoaster
of fertility treatments. And today we’re going
to talk about magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral
for your health and fertility. It’s responsible for 700 to 800 enzyme
systems in your body, and it supports chemical reactions in your body. It helps detoxify the fertility muggers
through your liver, and it’s responsible for converting the food you
eat into cellular energy. Now, magnesium is life enhancing,
but if you don’t have it, it becomes life-threatening. And most Americans – around 80%
– are deficient in magnesium. Because the Western diet is so focused on
grains and processed foods, the majority of magnesium that is in grains
is lost when you process it. Eating refined sugars
also depletes magnesium. In the Women’s Health Study at Harvard,
where 17,000 women were studied, women with a high carbohydrate diet were seen
to be more infertile than those that ate fewer sugars. These high sugar diets are responsible
for creating insulin resistance, which is often seen with women with PCOS. This can lead to ovulatory dysfunction. So, magnesium rich diets help preserve
insulin sensitivity and ovulatory function. Because magnesium is responsible for
so many functions, there are numerous benefits to making sure you have
enough magnesium in your diet. First, magnesium supports
stress and sleep. When you’re trying to conceive and not
having success, I know how stressful it can be and your sleep maybe affected too. Magnesium can be depleted in times of
stress, so having enough magnesium will help you relieve stress because
it’s a powerful relaxation mineral. It works by keeping your cortisol levels
under control, so your insulin levels don’t spike, which drops your blood sugar
Keeping your blood sugar stable is a key component of what I teach my clients. Steady blood sugar, ensure steady energy
going to your cells, and when you take magnesium before bed, magnesium can also
help you get a restful night’s sleep, which is the most critical lifestyle
component to optimal fertility. Next, magnesium balances, the fertility
hormones, progesterone and estrogen Magnesium controls follicle stimulating
hormone or FSH because estrogen is dependent on magnesium status and FSH is
the hormone that stimulates the ovaries. Low magnesium can also signal low
progesterone levels, which can lead to short luteal phases and an
increased risk in miscarriage. And finally, for those of you who are
struggling with PMs, magnesium should become your friend because magnesium
levels fall before your periods. So, making sure you have enough magnesium
helps you produce serotonin, which is a nice feel good hormone. Next up, magnesium helps
decrease inflammation. If you’re trying to conceive, this
means it can improve your chances of a successful embryo transfer. And this is because you’re lowering your
overall inflammation and increasing your chances of implantation. Next magnesium is anti aging. Fertility is often about turning back the
clock, and magnesium can help with this. When your body is deficient, it ages at an
accelerated rate, and many of you may be taking a CoQ10 supplement to support your
cellular health, including your egg cells and your sperm cells. While CoQ10 supports egg quality, it’s
only responsible for one of the eight steps related to converting
food into energy. On the other hand, magnesium is necessary
in six of the eight steps in this conversion. the conversion of carbohydrates,
fats, and proteins into energy. In other words, for improved
sperm and egg quality. continue taking the CoQ10, but consider
supplementing with magnesium as well. Next up, magnesium supports
your male partners fertility. So in many instances, what’s good for
the goose is good for the gander, and magnesium is responsible for enzymatic
functions in your partner’s body as well. Male factor fertility has been associated
with men having lower magnesium levels so make sure that your partner is also
eating magnesium rich foods and taking supplements as well. So what are the best
ways to get magnesium? Typically foods rich in dietary fiber,
like green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains
– those are good sources. Also seaweed, low sugar, dark chocolate. Those are great as well. But I would hold off on eating
too much dark chocolate. The better solution would be to
supplement with a magnesium supplement. So here are a couple of ways to do that. One way is to take a powdered form
or an ionic form of magnesium. a couple of ones that I like
are Natural Calm and ReMag. Those are two brands that I recommend. Natural Calm may have a laxative effect on
some people, so sipping it throughout the day instead of taking it all at once can
be helpful for that And start on a low dose based on the label recommendation. So if the label says for two spoons of
Natural Calm with some water, start slow with a quarter spoon and water,
and then go up from there. Another effective and calming way to
absorb this mineral is to take an Epsom salt bath. Or if you don’t like having
a bath, have a foot soak. This is a great way to receive magnesium
through your skin and all you have to do is add a cup of epsom salt to a warm
bath and step into the tub for a dose of relaxation and self care. I believe your fertility is a function of
your whole health and sufficient magnesium is a necessary mineral for you,
but also for your future child. If you like this and want to learn more
about how I help my clients get their bodies baby-ready and support their
fertility treatments, check out my free masterclass and I will
include a link below. See you next time.

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