BONUS 243: Fasting for Fertility

January 24, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Felice Gersh, who is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Integrative Medicine.

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Dr. Gersh and Heather discuss everything you need to know about fasting for fertility:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose to specialize in fertility-related field?
  • Take us through your career, including how you ended up in your own private practice.

FASTING FOR FERTILITY

  • What does optimal fertility have to do with optimal health?
  • What is the connection between health and fertility?
  • How does nutrient status impact fertility?
  • What is metabolism and why does it matter for fertility?
  • What are the innate mechanisms in the female body that monitor the state of metabolic health?
  • What are the different types of fasting and benefits of each?
  • How can fasting impact metabolism and overall female health and how does that connect with fertility?
  • When should a woman fast during her menstrual cycle?
  • Can you go over how/when throughout a woman’s lifespan she should fast?
  • What is the Fasting Mimicking Diet?
  • What common fasting mistakes do you see in your practice?
  • Why is it important to be in a metabolically optimal state prior to pregnancy?
  • How does the state of health of the mom impact the developing baby?
  • How can potentially fasting help reduce pregnancy complications and set the stage for a healthy baby?
  • What is time restricted eating and how can that impact fertility?
  • What’s the best diet to consume while doing time restricted eating and between episodes of periodic or intermittent fasting?
  • How can the diet impact fertility?
  • How can the diet impact the course of a pregnancy?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s just started their infertility journey?

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