Seafood Safety & Seafood Benefits with Randy Hartnell

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Randy Hartnell is the Founder of Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics. He's our guest this week where we talk about seafood safety & the nutritional benefits of seafood. There are a lot of questions and misinformation around seafood but Randy's going to help clear up in this episode.

Click here to download an mp3 of "Seafood Safety & Seafood Benefits with Randy Hartnell".

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:05 Introduction to Randy Hartnell
Min 04:35 How Vital Choice was born
Min 09:00 Differences between farmed & wild fish
Min 13:30 Farmed salmon & eating out
Min 16:40 Fukushima radiation & seafood safety
Min 21:20 Benefits of eating seafood
Min 31:00 Antioxidants in seafood
Min 32:55 Vital Choice supplements

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How to Overcome Chronic Health Conditions with Sandie Gascon

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Sandie Gascon is a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner from Ontario, Canada. She works with men and women to help free them from various health issues, live their lives to their fullest and do the activities they love. She is our guest this week where we talk about overcoming chronic health conditions like migraines, acne & Lupus, and steps to healing.

Click here to download an mp3 of "How to Overcome Chronic Health Conditions with Sandie Gascon".

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:50 Introduction to Sandie Gascon & her training
Min 02:45 Sandie Gascon's health history
Min 11:00 Dealing with Lupus & gadolinium
Min 14:10 Sandie's resources to heal herself
Min 19:05 Amino acid therapy & SSRI
Min 24:20 Trial & error healing, and studying FDN
Min 28:45 Laying the foundation of healing
Min 35:00 Frustrations during healing
Min 43:15 Oxilates & testing
Min 47:00 Sandie's resources

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The Parasite Hormone Connection

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Do you think parasites have nothing to do with hormones? Or that parasites are very rare and only found in places like rural Africa?

You would be wrong on both counts. In this article, I'll explain:

  • What is the connection between hormones and parasites

  • What are the symptoms of a parasitic infection

  • Why are parasites so common

  • What you can do about it


The Link Between Parasites and Hormones

A parasite is dictionary defined as “an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.” 

You might be thinking, “well shouldn't my body prevent parasites?” You are right; it should but it doesn't always succeed. Parasites can enter through the skin or the vagina but the most common area of entry is the mouth.

When you eat something or put your hands in your mouth you expose yourself to potential parasites and their larvae.  Parasites are found in soil and feces and do a great job of spreading themselves around.

When you swallow a parasite, your stomach acid should burn off the pathogen. However many of us have low stomach acid production from a thyroid condition, because of aging, or because we were eating on in a rush and we didn't get our bodies into “rest and digest” mode.

If a parasite survives the stomach it can live in the intestines or move to other areas of the body. Parasites can remain for decades. You may also be wondering, “isn't it somewhat normal to have parasites?”

Dr. Izabella Wentz, in her book Hashimoto's Protocol: A 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back, connects many parasites to the "triggering and exacerbating" of the autoimmune thyroid condition Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. These include: Giardia lamblia, Dientamoeba fragilis, Toxoplasma gondii, Entamoeba histolytica, Blastocystis hominis, Bartonella henselae and Cyrptosporidium.

Hormones are made in response to the needs of your body. If your body is chronically fighting an infection in your gut and dealing with the inflammation there, hormones will be made to combat that stress, namely stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.

As a woman, you want a balance of stress hormones and more restorative hormones in the Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) family like estrogen and testosterone. If your body is making a lot of cortisol in comparison to DHEA, you could have symptoms like overwhelm, low sex drive, infertility and loss of muscle massMenopause and peri-menopause can be more difficult.

The above are just a few ways that parasites and an unhealthy gut can lead to hormonal problems.


The symptoms of a parasitic infection are numerous. This list is by no means a way of diagnosis but rather examples of the diverse ways that a parasite could manifest:

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Gas and bloating

  • Muscle pain

  • Anemia

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Skin rashes

  • Insomnia / Waking up too early

  • Anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Teeth grinding

  • Frequent colds and flu

In this article, I am focusing on parasites but we often see parasites in our clients like Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and candida. Parasites can also help house and protect things like Epstein-Barr virus, mold mycotoxins, and Lyme infection. So in complex cases is often important to clear the gut of these pathogens.

But sometimes our clients are fairly healthy have lots of good habits, they are just stuck in one area of their health. They can't get pregnant or they're chronically bloated. These are cases where we've been able to address the gut and get good results overall.

According to the Center for Disease Control, millions of people in the United States are affected by parasites every year. How much of a problem parasites depend on who you ask. The colleagues of mine who treat complex cases are quite convinced of the efficacy of parasite treatment. You can hear my interview with parasite expert, Dr. Todd Watts here, and you can register for the Parasite Summit here (and more information is below).

Parasitic infections do seem to be on the rise because of these factors:

  • International travel

  • Contaminated public water supply

  • Household pets

  • Daycare centers

  • Eating at restaurants

  • Food imported from other countries

  • The use of antibiotics

  • Factory farming (including farmed fish)


A Personal Story

When I was in my early twenties I lived in a village in South America. All the pathogens there were new to my body and even though I tried to drink clean water I got very sick a few times. After that, I lived in Mexico and while there I was chronically constipated. I didn't know much about parasites back then but I suspected them I looked into getting a test run but opted for a kit I could buy at the store to clean parasites in my colon. Later my boyfriend at the time, who also lived in South America, passed a long worm out of his stool.

I forgot about parasites for a while but during a stressful time in Chinese medicine school, I developed IBS that would not go away. I attributed it to stress. If my diet is “really perfect” with all fresh, clean foods my digestion can be pretty stable. But cheating at all on corn chips or a beer would make me have loose stool again. This pattern went on for many years and I even had to stool test and treated H pylori infection with still no improvement.

One of my parasites that came out in my stool.Trust me, I was really grossed out when I first saw this too. Toothbrush somehow makes this picture grosser.  I did not touch it to my toothbrush, just put it on top of bag for size comparison.

One of my parasites that came out in my stool.Trust me, I was really grossed out when I first saw this too. Toothbrush somehow makes this picture grosser.  I did not touch it to my toothbrush, just put it on top of bag for size comparison.

This past summer I interviewed Dr. Todd Watts office about parasites. Perhaps with that awareness in the back of my mind, I noticed a parasite in my stool the next day. I quickly ordered a stool test from a leading company we use and the test came back positive for a type of parasite.

I have been treating my parasite and, though I'm just beginning, I have passed another worm and some larvae which, while gross, is also pretty exciting to know that I am getting something out of my body that was likely stressing it for a long time. I know that my white blood cell count has been low for years and no one was able to explain it but I think this helps explain it.  

Besides coming back from South America with a probable parasite I also came back with a lackadaisical attitude about sanitation. I thought that here in the US we were too paranoid about cleanliness. We have also learned in the last decade a lot about the microbiome and we are often encouraged to 'eat dirt and go barefoot.’

After reading Guess What Came to Dinner? by Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, I have quite a different perspective. We DO want to be clean and careful to prevent parasites. It is much easier to prevent parasites then test and treat for them later.


Prevention Tips

Luckily there is a lot we can do to prevent parasites:

  • Always wash hands prior to eating

  • Keep your fingernails short and scrub under them with a brush

  • When you use a public toilet seat squat over it rather than sitting on it

  • At home, keep your bathrooms clean and sanitize toilet seats and bowls*

  • Keep the interior or your car clean*

  • Avoid kissing your pets or letting your children do so

  • All family members should wash their hands after petting the family pet

  • Pick up pet waste and don't let your kids play in areas where they can be exposing themselves to residual pet waste

  • Get a report on your local water quality and drink only filtered water (Filters need to be very fine a size of 3 microns or under to filter microorganism cysts.)

  • While hiking, never drink out of streams and carry a fine pore filter of 3 microns or under while camping

  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating

  • Be very careful with cooking meats and fish to ensure that any larvae in them are killed

  • Cook beef to an internal temperature of 160° f

  • Cook chicken, lamb and pork to 170° f

  • Cook fish until flaky and do not cook in a microwave

  • Avoid eating raw Pacific salmon and rockfish (Flash frozen fish are safer.)

  • Eat fiber such as raw nuts, beans, greens berries; these sweep your colon

  • Avoiding sugars and simple starches that parasites thrive on

  • Avoid swimming in freshwater lakes

  • Always sit on a towel in a sauna

  • Be aware that public mud baths and spas can carry the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis (This happened to me the only time I used a mud bath!)

  • If you are pregnant or immunocompromised, avoid changing your cat's litter box and have someone else and household do it

* Please note that you don't need to use potent chemicals for cleaning.  You can use potent essential oils instead!  Dr. Mariza Snyder is my to-go resource on essential oils, and her book, Smart Mom's Guide to Essential Oils: Natural Solutions for a Healthy Family, Toxin-Free Home and Happier You has many great cleaning recipes.

If you would like to learn more about parasites, I encourage you to attend the upcoming free, live Parasite Summit hosted by Dr. Jay Davidson.

The event starts this Monday, September 11, 2017 and you can sign up here.  

You may also buy the recordings and transcripts and consume at your leisure the best pricing is before the event starts. Buy here.


Accurate testing for parasites cannot be conducted at your local doctor's office. The technology is just available in this setting and paradigm. We do conduct these tests with our private clients and develop protocols to help them eradicate gut pathogens. If you are interested in talking to us more about it you can schedule a Spark Case Review here.


To Your Health! Bridgit

Natural Thyroid vs Levothyroxine by Dr. Ahmed Zayed

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Insufficient production of thyroid hormone, hypothyroidism, induces a multitude of symptoms that affect our health and quality of life. Treatment options for underactive thyroid gland focus on intake of medications that stimulate the production of hormones. 

Two different forms of medications are available: natural thyroid and levothyroxine. These two drugs have the same role, to improve hormone production, but their underlying mechanisms and everything about them is different. 

Natural Thyroid

The natural thyroid also refered to as a desiccated thyroid is a drug created to improve thyroid hormone production. 

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The most well-known brand names of this drug are Armour Thyroid, WP Thyroid, and Nature Thyroid. 

Although natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) can be referred to as thyroid extract, it is important to not mix it up with the “thyroid extract” labels you see in health stores or online. NDT drugs are available with doctor’s prescription only. 

The drug was first developed back in the 1900s and the earliest form came from the thyroid gland of cows, but later researchers focused on pigs. 

Natural thyroid contains both T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) as well as calcitonin and other elements found in the thyroid gland.  


Levothyroxine or L-thyroxine is a drug manufactured from the thyroid hormone T4 with the purpose of treating thyroid hormone deficiency.


You have probably come across brand names such as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Tirosint, and Unithroid. 

The use of levothyroxine came as a step forward and an improvement in the way we treat and manage hypothyroidism. It also brought a new era where levothyroxine became more commonly used while NDT drugs were pushed aside. 

Unlike natural desiccated thyroid which uses a dried and powdered pig’s gland, levothyroxine is a synthetic version of T4. Thyroxine was first isolated back in 1914 in its pure form by Edward Calvin Kendall at Mayo Clinic. A synthetic version of hormone replacement therapy has been available since 1927 when British chemists Barger and Harington synthesized thyroxine for the very first time. 

In addition, levothyroxine is on the List of Essential Medicines published by the World Health Organization. The list contains the most effective and safe medicines for our health system.

Similarities Between Natural Thyroid and Levothyroxine

Even though these drugs are different there are some similarities between them. But before we discuss differences between natural thyroid and levothyroxine, let’s see how they are similar to each another. 

  • Neither levothyroxine nor natural thyroid correct autoimmune dysfunction. Basically, they just function to support sufficient thyroid hormone levels. This means that management of autoimmune thyroid condition such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis shouldn’t revolve around levothyroxine alone.
  • Both levothyroxine and natural thyroid can reverse T3 in the body.
  • It is more useful to take both of these drugs in the morning due to the energy boost they provide. On the other hand, taking them before bedtime may induce insomnia. Another thing they have in common is that you should take both natural thyroid and levothyroxine on an empty stomach.
  • You need a prescription to get any of these drugs.
  • Intake of these medications requires same lab tests.
  • Neither natural thyroid nor levothyroxine serve for prevention of thyroid cancer. One of the most common misconceptions about these medications is that just because they’re formulated to support thyroid hormone levels they immediately resolve every thyroid-related problem. Don’t forget that these drugs have the primary function to ensure sufficient levels of thyroid hormones.
  • Drinking coffee at least 30 minutes after taking any of these medications isn’t recommended. The reason is simple: coffee can impair the efficacy of the drugs by decreasing intestinal absorption. For example, one study found that coffee should be added to the list of things that affect intestinal absorption of T4.
  • Both natural thyroid and levothyroxine have similar side effects. For example chest pain/discomfort, changes in the menstrual cycle, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever, tremors, irritability, sweating, vomiting, and nausea, just to name a few.

Differences Between Natural Thyroid and Levothyroxine

Both drugs serve the same purpose of ensuring sufficient thyroid hormone levels but they have more differences than similarities. And to compare them more accurately, it is important to discuss the points where they differ. 

The primary difference is in the nature of these medications. While levothyroxine is a synthetic version, bio-identical to T4 produced in our body, NDT is derived from pigs, purified, and is not bio-identical to hormones produced by the human thyroid gland. 

Levothyroxine, as you can conclude based on its name, contains T4 only while natural desiccated thyroid medication contains both T3 and T4. T3 is more biologically active than T4. 

Even though the actions of levothyroxine may take a few hours, natural desiccated thyroid works within an hour. One study investigated the efficacy of natural thyroid compared with levothyroxine in hypothyroid patients. Scientists enrolled 70 participants who were randomized into two groups: those who received natural thyroid and those who received levothyroxine. 

The results, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, showed that natural thyroid therapy didn’t result in significant improvement in the overall quality of life; but it caused modest weight loss in participants. In addition, the study showed that 48.6% of the participants expressed their preferences for natural thyroid drug. 

When looking at the differences between levothyroxine and natural thyroid, it is important to mention that brand names like Armour Thyroid and Synthroid have a different relationship with the FDA. Synthroid has recently gone through the new FDA approval process (since it was not around when Synthroid first came into the market) while Armour Thyroid and other natural desiccated thyroid treatments, have not.

Controversies Behind Natural Thyroid

Bearing in mind that drugs like Armour Thyroid are natural desiccated thyroid hormones, it would be expected that they would be more widely used than the synthetic versions. But the opposite is true when it comes to levothyroxine and NDT. 

After levothyroxine was isolated and discovered, it pushed NDTs from the go-to option for better thyroid health. To most doctors, this is entirely justified. In fact, natural thyroid is a controversial drug. 

For example, the American Journal of Medicine published the results of a study which showed that natural thyroid should be discontinued as a thyroid medication due to the fact it produces hormone levels that are misleading estimates of the thyroid function. The drug can also induce thyrotoxic symptoms. 

The main problem regarding natural thyroid is lack of education about the benefits of the drug. Ever since levothyroxine came into use and NDTs were neglected, generations of young doctors were trained to understand the synthetic drug and its efficacy. 

In fact, many doctors aren’t even aware that natural thyroid hormone drugs are still around, which is why they don’t prescribe them to their patients. Of course, extensive branding and marketing plays a role here. 

Also, some doctors believe that prescribing natural desiccated thyroid is difficult because there is a great deal of unavailability from batch to batch which can lead to TSH fluctuations. 

Probably the most shocking revelation, which has nothing to do with the drug itself, shows that NDT medication is somehow receiving an unjust treatment. How? Most controversial statements by doctors about NDT aren’t supported by solid evidence. It’s easy to claim that the drug isn’t effective and you should move on to the other option, but what about actually proving your claims? 

It is impossible not to think that the idea of levothyroxine being the only valid choice for this problem is somehow related to the pharmacological industry itself. Research about the safety of NDT use is lacking, which only proves that a lot of things about this medication are simply inaccurate. 

One reason why doctors are more inclined to trust levothyroxine is because it has undergone extensive clinical testing for the treatment of hypothyroidism and it has been approved by the FDA. And despite the fact that desiccated thyroid extracts have been used quite frequently before, they have never been subjected to the strict evaluation as levothyroxine. 

What's Better for Me? 

At this point, you are probably wondering about the best option for hypothyroidism: levothyroxine or natural desiccated thyroid. You may be expecting a specific answer, but things aren’t as simple as black or white. 

Some healthcare providers advise their patients not to buy NDT due to the insufficient amount of evidence that would confirm its safety and efficacy. On the other hand, some professionals opt not to use levothyroxine out of fear it may be linked to long-term adverse effects because it is synthetic. We are therefore witnessing a fight between natural and synthetic drugs. 

Both interventions are capable of reducing symptoms of hypothyroidism and are typically well-tolerated. The decision to go for either NDT or levothyroxine depends on you. Ideally, you should go for drugs that are more suitable to your needs and preferences. But of course this is a subject to discuss with your healthcare provider. 

Choosing a Thyroid Hormone

In order to determine what type of hormone or medication is best for you, try answering the following questions: 

  1. Do you have sensitivities to the fillers used in medications? Some thyroid medications contain allergens such as cornstarch, gluten, and lactose. And some hypothyroid patients have a sensitivity to gluten, so check the medication you want to buy to find out if there are any components that could induce adverse reactions.
  2. Are there any mechanisms that may interfere with the actions of the drug? Most patients who deal with thyroid problems report having to constantly increase the dose of medication to get the same effect. Sometimes they even change the drug entirely. Inflammation and higher testosterone or estrogen can affect the working of the thyroid hormone drug you're taking.
  3. What is the mechanism that led to the need for medication? A single cause of thyroid dysfunction doesn’t exist but multiple factors play a role. To choose the right hormone, you have to know the underlying mechanism that is causing the dysfunction of the thyroid gland.


Levothyroxine is a synthetic version of T4 hormone while natural desiccated thyroid uses pig’s gland to manage symptoms of hypothyroidism. 

While we are led to believe that only levothyroxine is good for our thyroid, the truth is that there is no evidence to support claims about NDT being more dangerous. The choice of medication depends on you, your needs, and doctor’s opinion. Never change anything in thyroid treatment just because you feel like it without consulting your doctor. 


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Doctor, author and fitness enthusiast, Ahmed Zayed, MD, is a surgery resident with a passion for helping people live a happy healthy life. Dr. Zayed has spent his time between treating patients in the hospital and spreading awareness among the public. Having spent years helping patients, he understands how important it is to have the correct information needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He is a contributor on Thyroid Advisor.


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Addressing Hashimoto's and Graves' Disease with Dr. Eric Osansky

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Dr. Eric Osansky is a chiropractic physician, clinical nutritionist and Functional medicine practitioner. He is our guest on the podcast this week where we talk about Graves' disease and Hashimoto's.

New offer! Use the coupon code 'happy' to have a Spark Case Review for just $50. Code valid through Sept. 6, 2017 Pacific time zone only. Appointment slots are limited and enrollment closes Wed 9/6.

Click here to download an mp3 of "Addressing Hashimoto's and Graves' disease with Dr. Eric Osansky"

Here's what you'll hear:

Min 01:25 Introduction to Dr. Eric Osansky
Min 04:35 Hypothyroidism & Hyperthyroidism
Min 07:25 Autoimmunity symptoms
Min 10:40 Diagnosis & testing of Graves' disease, Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto's
Min 15:50 Natural solutions (diet changes)
Min 21:05 Patients with Hashimoto's & Graves' disease antibodies
Min 24:40 Focusing on the immune system
Min 32:10 Convectional diagnosis & treatment
Min 36:35 Natural substances for autoimmunity treatment
Min 41:30 Dr. Eric Osansky's Resources
Min 45:00 Working with a practitioner

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Dr. Eric Osansky's Resources

Natural Treatment Solutions for Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease book
Free webinars
SIBO article 

New offer! Use the coupon code 'happy' to have a Spark Case Review for just $50. Code valid through Sept. 6, 2017 Pacific time zone only. Appointment slots are limited and enrollment closes Wed 9/6.

Here's a video of the interview I did with Dr. Eric Osansky.

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A Functional Approach to a Complex Woman's Health Case

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Stacy is a medical coder and is our volunteer for the Spark Case Review which is part of the Restore Your Radiance Program, our private health coaching program. There are a lot of things discussed with Stacy that can be translated into your case whether menopause issues, PCOS, digestive issues, etc. because all these systems are connected.

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Here's what you'll hear:

Min 02:25 Introduction to Stacy
Min 03:20 Stacy's medical history & main symptom she wants to reduce
Min 07:25 Health shifts Stacy has made
Min 08:20 Irregular periods & medication taken
Min 13:40 Stacy's diagnosis & treatment received
Min 17:10 High stress hormone levels
Min 20:00 Other treatment options used
Min 21:40 Time/money spent on treatment
Min 24:30 Stacy's nutrition & changes in diet
Min 28:15 Other things about Stacy's health
Min 30:20 Bridgit's feedback on Stacy's health
Min 39:55 Dealing with stress in a positive way
Min 43:20 Stomach flu, constipation & diarrhea
Min 45:20 How the Restore Your Radiance Program works


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Journal Your Way to Fertility Health by Nicola Salmon

In the world of google, no symptom, syndrome or side-effect is left unresearched and it’s so easy to become overwhelmed by all the information out there. 

Whether you are trying to work out what supplements to take, which foods to eat or how to reduce your stress, I’m sure you have found hundreds of different things to try. The problem with choice is that you feel like you need to try it all. And when researching on pregnancy, maybe the next thing you find will be *the* thing to help you get pregnant.

So where do you start?

How can you tell what’s going to work without reading every forum post and trying everything there is? 

The good news is, it’s simple. Almost too simple. 

Our bodies are incredible things. There are thousands upon thousands of different processes going on in our bodies every minute that we don't even have to think about. We don't have to tell our body to digest our food when we eat or increase our heart rate when we exercise. The body has the capacity to run and heal itself. 

When we start to listen to our bodies, they begin to tell us everything we need to know. Those annoying symptoms are your body trying to tell you something and when you start to listen, you learn what foods, supplements and habits will lead you to a healthier life.

This is where journaling comes in.

Fertility Journaling

You can start with a simple notepad and pen. Each day write down some simples things such as:

  • What and when you ate. (No calorie counting or judgement, just what it was)
  • What and when you drank.
  • How your energy varied throughout the day
  • How your mood varied throughout the day
  • When and how you moved your body
  • Any symptoms, aches, pains etc
  • Where you are in your menstrual cycle
  • How much sleep you got

With this information, you will begin to see patterns:

  1. You have trouble getting to sleep if you drink coffee at 5pm.
  2. Exercising in the morning makes your feel productive all day.
  3. You get a headache if you haven’t drunk enough water the day before.
  4. Your mood and energy will change depending on your cycle.
  5. You feel bloated in the afternoon after having milk on your cereal in the morning.

This information is priceless. It’s your personal instruction book to leading a healthy life.  

Once you get started with this practice, you will notice your body changing as you react to what it is telling you. Finally you'll have the power to make a difference in your health. 


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Nicola Salmon is a fertility coach, acupuncturist and author of the Nurture Fertility Journal. She is dedicated to supporting women struggling to get pregnant and help them make the best decisions around their health and wellbeing. 

Nicola struggled with her own fertility issues and strongly believes that no-one should travel this path alone. Whatever your story, she will support you to choose what is right for you and feel safe in the knowledge that you have made the best possible decision.





To get a quick guide on fertility journaling, you can download her free 7 day nurture fertility journal here