Veggie Soup with Chicken Broth

I’m pretty proud of this soup! It really is a homemade soup. The veggies came from my neighbours freezer but really came from his abundant garden last summer. I used some chicken bone broth I made in a slow cooker overnight after a delicious roast chicken dinner one Sunday night awhile ago.

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Ingredients:

4-6 cups of chicken bone broth

4 cups of frozen veggies – I had grape tomatoes, zucchini and green beans.

Sprinkle of thyme and oregano

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a boil then simmer 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Dr. Whitney Young, ND & Dr. Kerri Fullerton, ND

Cosmetic Surgery for Your Eggs

Hi there,

Make your eggs new again! The latest, greatest research can turn back the time on your eggs.

Well, kind of. Older women who are struggling with getting pregnant often have issues with the quality of their eggs. Their eggs are as old as they are. I have older women ask me, should I bother to keep trying? Well, here’s another option that will keep them in the game a bit longer.

IVF

If they are doing IVF – invitro fertilization – they may have embryos that just don’t make it. The cells may not have the energy they need to do all the rapid divisions needed to make a baby.

In recent clinical trials, Fertility Clinics, including a progressive one in Toronto called TCART, are experimenting to sort of make the old eggs new again.

The mitochondria of the cells are the “powerhouse” of an egg to give it the energy it needs to function optimally. Researchers have found that the ovaries possess cells like stem cells where they can take newer mitochondria and then inject them into the older egg. Egg with young mitochondria meets sperm.

This new technology has some good anecdotal success and we are waiting for official results.

In the meantime, taking some supplements like CoQ10 and eating foods with CoQ10 can improve your mitochondrial function.

Talk soon,

Whitney

Source: Globe & Mail Fertility Treatments

Meditation improves women’s fertility struggles

We see our fertility patients struggling with depression, anxiety, anger towards their bodies, and hopelessness. Part of program at Rooted is ‘Fertility Tranquility’ where we teach our patients the importance of taking pause to calm the mind.

Research published in Fertility and Sterility supports our efforts.  They concluded that women who completed a 10-week mindfulness program “revealed a significant decrease in depressive symptoms, internal and external shame, entrapment, and defeat”.

How can you begin your mindfulness program?

  • Start with just ten minutes per day. Set a timer.
  • Sit so that your back is straight.
  • Pay attention to your breath. Don’t try to change it, just notice what it’s doing.
  • You could also download an app such as Insight Timer or go to calm.com to use Guided Meditations.

Fertility is a journey filled with unexpected moments. Give yourself a tool to handle th

CoQ10 – Foods for Fertility

Hi there,

We did a presentation a couple nights ago at Goodness Me! all about fertility. It was really fabulous – well attended, great crowd and lots of good info given.

We talked about the importance of CoQ10 in couples who have been trying for awhile.

We had a question about CoQ10 in foods. According to Dr. Weil, the body makes coq10 but we also get it from food and supplements. The foods that have it are fish and meats, and oils from soybean, sesame, and rapeseed (canola).

Happy eating and baby making!

Talk soon,

Whitney

 

Endometriosis

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Roasted Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Salad

I made this yummy salad last week for a potluck we went to. I served it cold but you could also serve it warm if you’d like. I brought it as a side dish to a picnic potluck and it was a hit! Well, truth be told, my daughter didn’t love it but she’s off any orange vegetable right now!

Try this out and enjoy.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
  • Handful of mixed greens
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to season

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Roast the cauliflower and sweet potatoes in some olive oil or coconut oil, roast about 45 minutes but check and stir every 15 minutes.
  3. Chop the rest of the ingredients
  4. When the cauliflower and sweet potatoes are tender and cooked, remove from oven and let cool
  5. Mix all ingredients together and serve immediately or refrigerate and serve later.

 

Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Salad