#43 – Fertility – It’s More Than Just Pregnancy!

I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was about fourteen… My periods were heavy and irregular… The doctor put me on the Pill at fourteen… I was about 27 when I stopped taking the Pill. – Alison

Fertility is an indication of peak health – a healthy human should be fertile for as long as possible. This indicates optimal endocrine, metabolic and nervous system functioning, as well as adequate-to-optimal nourishment. In our modern-day thinking, we have reduced fertility to simply something you look at when you want to get pregnant, and we casually ignore warning signs from our body when our fertility, metabolic and endocrine systems are crashing.

In this episode, we recount Alison’s incredible fertility journey, what the doctors told her about her hopes of ever conceiving naturally, and what she found as a solution.

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The Run Down:

21:19 Fertility – it isn’t just relevant if you want to get pregnant!

25:00 Alison’s Fertility Story

37:03 How long did it take to restore her cycle?

41:05 Gradual change

41:08 Traditional fertility foods

52:44 How do we incorporate these foods into our kitchen?

01:02:08 Other factors that affect fertility

01:09:08 Questions for the podcast

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Our booklists for the US!

Our bookstore in the UK!

“If you’re reading a book and you don’t like it, stop reading it.” – Alison

Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

Ningxia Affiliate Link

Lexy’s book recommendation for maintaining fertility later in life:

New Menopausal Years by Susun Weed

Weston A. Price Foundation

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