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If you plan on conceiving, you should know that our functional medicine Toronto providers offer a personalized approach to fertility issues.
Family planning can be an individualistic experience. One thing that functional medicine patients should know is that measures can be taken to promote a healthy conception; this includes being aware of substances known to trigger infertility and chronic health conditions.
Female infertility can occur from a wide range of reasons; some of these include toxins scattered in your soil, water and air. “Certain environmental toxins contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can interfere with [female fertility] by acting on steroid receptors as both agonists and antagonists, thus disrupting hormone biosynthesis, signaling, and metabolism,” explains a BC Medical Journal article.
Avoiding these substances may be worthwhile if pregnancy is part of your agenda. But what are these toxins? And how can you remove them from your body prior to conceiving? The Toronto Functional Medicine Centre lists these substances and how we offer optimal wellness support with a custom approach to health.
Suggested Reading: Male Infertility and Lifestyle Factors: The Functional Medicine Toronto View
Environmental Toxins to Avoid for Conception
Pollutants can hinder natural female fertility and lower the IVF success rate. With that, we’ve compiled a list of some environmental toxins that could decline your chances of conceiving:
Our functional medicine approach to promoting fertility
If you’re hoping to get pregnant soon, please consult with our healthcare providers to optimize conception. Our functional medicine treatments are based on your biology, medical history, lifestyle factors and environmental factors. We may discuss the following during your first session with us:
About our clinical care
According to integrative functional medicine wisdom, treating the core of your health issue can promote healing and chronic disease prevention. Our goal is to help you uncover the core that is behind your health issues.
Our functional medicine providers educate you on how to optimize your health status. This includes tailoring treatments for your personal needs, such as IV therapy, hormonal health support, allopathic medicine, acupuncture, Western medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, holistic medicine, and stress management. Our functional medicine patients can opt for integrative care; this means they can combine therapies to manage individual symptoms.
Our dedicated team cares about your overall wellness, so if you have questions outside of fertility issues, ask away! Virtual consultations are available, too. Our treatments may be adapted for a wide variety of issues related to nutritional deficiencies, chronic pain, acid reflux, sleep issues, abdominal pain, cellular health, and more.
Clinical nutrition and functional medicine in Toronto may promote optimal health, which can help upgrade conception. Let’s kickstart your treatment plan now! Click here to request your appointment today.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website.
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“Pesticides – Reproductive Health” from the CDC, National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, reviewed October 28, 2019, viewed on March 22, 2023.
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