An Interview with Dr. Kathryn Hale, Abundant Health Life 


Here at Longevity, we love partnering with and promoting like-minded practitioners in the community as we come alongside our patients on their wellness journeys. One of those practitioners is Dr. Kathryn Hale. 


Dr. Hale is a board-certified OBGYN with specialized training in Functional Medicine and Integrative Women’s Health. She has nearly a decade and a half of experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, receiving valuable high-risk experience at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She served at a community health center in South Carolina before moving to North Georgia, where she practiced for over seven years as part of a single specialty group. She has also spent the past few years working as a Diplomat OBGYN Hospitalist with OB Hospitalist Group. 


Dr. Hale believes we are designed to live a whole and vibrant life now, and we can achieve an abundant, healthy life through a holistic approach to wellness. The conditions she treats include hypothyroidism and other endocrine disorders, and hormone imbalances. She also provides preconception/fertility and weight loss support. 


We interviewed Dr. Hale to learn more about her practice and the integrative services she offers. 


What is the heart and mission behind your practice and the work you do?  


I want to empower women to achieve the health and vitality they deserve to live life on their terms. 


When it comes to their reproductive and hormonal health, what do you think is the biggest obstacle or risk factor facing women today? What do you wish more women knew when it comes to their overall health and wellness?


The biggest obstacle facing women’s health is that women are often just not heard when they seek care. I wish more women knew that they deserve the time and investment it takes to make their health a priority. If they are well, the benefits trickle down to those they love and care about. They deserve to be well nourished and have the strength and energy to meet the demands of their lives. Achieving better health doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple sustainable shifts can alter  the trajectory of your health journey.


So many of our female patients come to us with insomnia issues. What are your recommendations for getting more restorative sleep? 


I recommend that women treat their sleep like they treat babies learning to sleep at night. Establish a consistent sleep schedule.  Develop a wind down routine that includes blue blocking  glasses from sundown, shutting down electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Create safety in your body through relaxation practices such as epsom salt baths and yoga. Release the day by dumping thoughts into a journal. Some women also benefit from natural progesterone supplementation, magnesium glycinate and herbs and supplements that help to calm the nervous system like Lavender and L-theanine. Cut out the afternoon caffeine if you struggle with sleep. 


What are some simple steps women  can take today to manage stress, prevent disease, and feel more whole and vibrant in mind, body, and spirit? 


Slow down. Many women that I see are burned out and suffering the consequences of hormone dysfunction and autoimmune disease. Prioritize hydration, a nutrient dense diet, regular movement and spiritual/mind body practices. I’ve also been discovering more and more that women suffer from lack of meaningful connection and prioritizing joy. 


Our practice takes a preventative approach to women’s health, utilizing proactive testing to assess disease development and holistic supporting therapies to promote detoxification. How can our practices work hand-in-hand to help our clients feel their very best?  


I love that. I am definitely a fan of regular comprehensive detox and taking a proactive approach to wellness. I have the knowledge and experience to support the whole woman when situations arise that require more expertise in terms of hormonal health and women’s health in general. Abundant Health Life can come alongside Longevity Health when Functional Testing is needed to dig deeper and get to the root of what is impacting a woman’s health. We also offer a wide range of nutrition, hormonal, herbal and if need be pharmaceutical therapeutics to help a woman heal from the inside out. As a telemedicine practice, we also bring this type of care to women who, due to the logistics of life or geography, have challenges in accessing whole body wellness services.


To learn more about Dr. Hale and her practice, visit 

By Janelle Bertler, Traditional Naturopath


It is true that our bodies have a natural detoxification system. Yet, our world is more toxic today than the times our great grandparents lived in and our bodies just can’t keep up!

 Let me introduce you to the idea of the total body burden. We liken the body to a bucket. It can only hold so much! When toxin load comes in, the body does an excellent job of shuttling the toxins out of the blood in an attempt to protect the vital organs. It doesn’t matter what type of toxin it is. Either it is processed for excretion and/or stored in the cells. Depending upon the balance between the ingress of toxin load and the excretion through the body’s detoxification abilities we can either feel healthy or become chronically ill. 

 The saying in alternative health is, “Our genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger”. Environmental illness impacts everyone differently. Some people have genes that support healthy detoxification. Others have genes that can put them at a slight to moderate deficit. Many people have heard of the MTHFR gene and a few may have even heard of the HLA-DR genes. In a non-toxic environment everyone’s systems are going to function adequately enough to keep our total body burden relatively moderated. You can even take people without the above gene changes and put them in an unhealthy environment and their body’s detoxification system will be able to keep up with the greater ingress of toxin load. Yet, you take someone with the above gene snips, put them in the same unhealthy environment and the body’s balance of ingress vs. excretion/elimination becomes unbalanced. The ingress becomes too much for their natural detoxification systems. This is why you can put a family of 4 in a moldy house and 1 to 2 out of the 4 will get sick. 

 Toxin load can come from the environment in some very unexpected places. There are the usual suspects that most people know about: Roundup, lead paint, lead pipes, car exhaust, tap water, house cleaning chemicals, etc. but the most damaging toxins come in the form most people don’t even think about. Do you ever wonder what kind of microorganisms that biting bugs carry? Have you ever heard about the damaging effects of mold toxins and their harmful off-gassing? Do you have silver fillings, that unbeknownst to you leach heavy metals with every bite you take or every sip of hot liquid? Have you ever wondered how EMF’s & RF impede our body’s electrical communication system? All of these things found in our environment increase our total body burden, increasing the likelihood that our health will diminish over time potentially leading to chronic illness.

 Conventional medicine used to call it multiple chemical sensitivity but attendees at the World Health Organization have now updated it to “Idiopathic environmental intolerance” (IEI). Conventional medicine defines IEI as “a subjective illness marked by recurrent, nonspecific symptoms attributed to low levels of chemical, biologic, or physical agents. These symptoms occur in the absence of consistent objective diagnostic physical findings or laboratory tests that define an illness. Many experiments and observational studies consistently identify psychopathology in patients with IEI.” In layman’s terms, since the illness can create symptomatology at low thresholds with inconsistent diagnostic ability/lab tests, conventional medicine assumes that the mental health maladies that concur with this illness are the cause. People are told they are crazy!


Conventional medicine claims Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance to be of unknown cause. It is often challenging to diagnose and treat since there is no specific test for diagnosis. Although, in Naturopathic health we understand that IEI is complex and multifactorial. Environmental exposure to toxins, genetics, chronic infections, stress, dysbiosis, and other factors such as poor nutrition and sensitivity to EMF’s may all play a role in the development. Some people may be more susceptible to environmental illness due to genetic factors. Others may develop the condition due to exposure to certain chemicals or a combination of chemicals over time.


  • Air fresheners/deodorizers
  • Scented laundry soap/products
  • Perfume/cologne
  • Pesticides
  • Allergens
  • Mold
  • Sensitivity to electromagnetic fields 
  • Food sensitivities
  • Exposure to chemicals/pollutants
  • New carpet &/or paint
  • New furniture 
  • Heavy metals
  • Renovation materials
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Pesticides or bug sprays
  • Smoke 
  • Nail polishes and polish removers
  • Chlorinated water
  • Medications 
  • Personal care products, like lotions or hairspray

The amount of man-made chemicals in our environment is steadily rising and so is the number of people becoming chronically ill because of them. One study provided evidence that IEI is widespread and increasing in the US population. They reported a prevalence of 12.8% of the population medically diagnosed and 25.9% self-reported. While newer estimates suggest that up to 33% of the population have some level of chemical sensitivities.


IEI has the potential to cause such a wide range of symptoms, possibly affecting every organ system in the body. Symptoms can also vary widely between individuals. When you first start experiencing symptoms, you might brush them off or attribute them to something else entirely! Maybe it’s such a slow steady decline that you don’t notice? Or maybe you attribute it to the normal process of aging? But these responses can escalate over time.

Common symptoms of environmental illness include:


  • Rashes/Dermatitis/Skin irritation
  • Joint pain 
  • Dizziness & Nausea 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headaches 
  • Gut issues  
  • Blood pressure changes 
  • Asthma attacks & Breathing difficulties
  • Cognitive impairment such as: Brain fog, Memory loss, Difficulty concentration or recalling words 
  • Mood changes: Anxiety & Depression 
  • Panic attacks &/or Heart Palpitations
  • Hormone disorders 
  • Fainting 
  • Poor circulation 
  • Bleeding in your extremities or on your skin 
  • Food and environmental allergies
  • Increased incidence of static shock
  • Respiratory issues
  • Muscle and Joint pain

For some, reactions to the above causes could lead to someone unable to function normally. According to a survey conducted by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, 76.0% of people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) reported that their health problems substantially limit one or more major life activities: seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, or working. Can you imagine if fragranced products restricted your access in society? 58.6% of individuals with MCS are unable to use public restrooms that have an air freshener, deodorizer, or scented product; 55.2% are unable to wash their hands in a public place if the soap is fragranced; 63.4% enter a business but then want to leave as quickly as possible due to a fragranced product; and 70.3% have been prevented from going someplace because of the presence of a fragranced product that would make them sick.

Associated Factors:

There are several associated issues with Environmental Illness, some of which include:

  1. Social isolation: People with MCS may become isolated from society because they are unable to tolerate the chemicals found in public places like schools, malls, and restaurants.
  2. Employment difficulties: MCS can make it challenging for individuals to find and maintain employment due to their sensitivity to common workplace chemicals.
  3. Financial strain: People with MCS often need to spend more money on specialized products and treatments, which can put a significant financial strain on them and their families.
  4. Difficulty accessing healthcare: Many healthcare providers are not familiar with MCS and may dismiss patients’ symptoms, which can make it challenging for people with MCS to get the care they need.
  5. Limitations on daily activities: MCS can limit people’s ability to engage in everyday activities like going to the grocery store, attending social events, or even leaving their homes.


There are several comorbidities or conditions that are commonly associated with Environmental Illness. The presence of one or more of these conditions may increase the likelihood of developing Environmental Illness, and may also make it more difficult to manage symptoms.

  1. Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the body. It is often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, and mood disorders, and is commonly seen in people with MCS.
  2. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): CFS is a condition that causes extreme fatigue that is not alleviated by rest. It is also commonly associated with MCS and often shares similar symptoms.
  3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): IBS is a common digestive disorder that causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. It is frequently seen in people with MCS, and may be triggered by exposure to certain chemicals.
  4. Chronic Pain: Many people with MCS also experience chronic pain, which may be related to fibromyalgia or other underlying conditions.
  5. Asthma: Environmental triggers and in some cases, exposure to chemicals can exacerbate asthma symptoms. There is also growing evidence to suggest that exposure to air pollution, tobacco smoke, certain allergens, environmental toxins and other irritants contribute to the development of asthma.  
  6. Fragrance Sensitivities: People are more likely to develop fragrance sensitivity as a result of ongoing exposure to a wide range of environmental toxins and irritants.
  7. Mental health problems: Living with a chronic condition can cause mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Several factors play into this with the top offenders being stress, frustration, lack of answers, and a lack of being believed that something is really wrong.

Practical Steps:

Dealing with environmental illness can be challenging, but there are several practical steps that individuals can take to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. 

  1. Identify and avoid triggers: One of the most important steps in managing environmental illness is to identify the specific triggers that are causing symptoms. Once triggers have been identified, it is important to take steps to avoid them as much as possible. This may involve making changes to the home environment.
  2. Improve indoor air quality: Indoor air pollution can be a major trigger for environmental illness. Improving indoor air quality can involve a variety of steps, such as using HEPA air filters, maintaining regular cleaning, using non-toxic cleaning products, and maintaining good ventilation. Keeping indoor humidity levels low can also help prevent the growth of mold, which can be a common trigger for environmental illness.
  3. Reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs): EMFs are a type of environmental trigger that can be particularly challenging to avoid, as they are present in many everyday devices such as cell phones, computers, and microwaves. However, there are several steps that can be taken to reduce exposure, such as using wired connections instead of Wi-Fi, turning off devices when not in use, and keeping cell phones and other electronic devices away from the body.
  4. Practice stress management: Stress can exacerbate symptoms of environmental illness, so it is important to practice stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Getting regular exercise and adequate sleep can also help reduce stress levels.
  5. Healthy Diet: Eating a whole foods diet focusing on foods with nutrient density as well as avoiding inflammatory foods, creates a diet that assist the body in healing. 
  6. Some people may also benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy or other forms of counseling to help them cope with the emotional and psychological impact of environmental illness.
  7. Work with a healthcare provider: Finally, it is important to work closely with a healthcare provider who is familiar with environmental illness and can provide guidance on managing symptoms. 

 Dealing with environmental illness requires a practitioner that is right for you, as well as a combination of lifestyle changes and environmental modifications. It is possible to improve quality of life! You too can become highly health resilient again! We here at Longevity Health Center understand that health is multifactorial, and we can support you in your healing journey through any environmental illness. If you find that the above information sounds a lot like you or a loved one, we would be honored to be your support team. Hope this finds you when you might need it most. Let it be your hope till you can see your own. 


By Mariela Amiri, Traditional Naturopath  & Patient Coordinator 

In my early twenties, I wanted to enhance the way I looked. Like so many young impressionable women, I was motivated by what I saw on magazines, ads, billboards, television and movies. It was a time when plastic surgery became highly acceptable and affordable. Without much hesitation and research, I decided I would have a breast augmentation procedure. At that time I never would have imagined that years later, my breast implants would eventually cause me many serious health issues. 

Today, breast implants are considered to be a major contributor to unexplained health problems to many women who have them. Breast Implant Illness is the term used by many clinicians and patients to describe these chronic symptoms. Breast implants have been loosely linked to many illnesses. Common systemic symptoms include autoimmune conditions, dry eyes, hair loss, skin issues,  brain fog, headaches, overgrowth of yeast, fatigue,  joint pain, high viral load, lowered immunity, capsular contraction, anxiety/depression, weight changes and other illnesses.  

Heavy metals are used in the manufacturing of ALL (saline & silicone) types of breast implants. Lead, mercury, aluminum, nickel, cadmium, are just some of the metals used. Heavy metals are considered neurotoxic, which means they affect the brain and the central nervous system.  These heavy metals get deposited in tissue and bones, displace minerals and disrupt metabolic functions. Toxic heavy metals can cause damage by interfering, blocking and depleting many aspects of the body.  Additionally, silicone leakage is a risk factor for women who have silicone implants.

A few years ago, after much thought and consideration, I decided to undergo breast implant removal surgery with total capsulectomy (the removal of the capsule that forms around the implant). Immediately after surgery, some of my most concerning symptoms such as shortness of breath and pain had disappeared. The healing process had begun. I partnered with my surgeon and Longevity to continue the process. 

Healing from explant surgery involves restoring equilibrium by reducing the toxic overload and supporting the organs and systems of the body that have been offset by the foreign interference. Reducing toxic interference in all forms is the basis for healing.  This is a time to re-establish a core of foundations of health: nutrition, water, rest, sunlight, movement body work and prayer/meditation. 

  1. Hydration – It is recommended to drink at least ½ your body weight in ounces of  clean water daily to aid in healing, support organs and help with detoxification. 
  2. Good nutrition – This is key and necessary for healing. Provide your body with whole, organic foods, non-GMO diet full of dark green vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and high fiber. These foods will support detoxification, lower inflammation, and boost up the immune system. Avoid gluten, dairy, soy, sugar as much as possible, as these foods contribute to inflammation. 
  3. Repair – Support the body with specific herbals, nutrients, high-quality supplements and homeopathic remedies that are best suited for the person.  Supporting the liver, kidneys, skin, bowels and gastrointestinal tract is key. These various systems need to be running smoothly before starting the detoxification process, this is so that the body can have the right environment to be able to detoxify.
  4. Recover – Sleep and rest is essential for healing. It is recommended to sleep 8 hours or more night.
  5. Detoxify – Cleanse the body of pathogens, viruses and heavy metals with herbals, homeopathic remedies, and supplements. We recommend going slow with the detox in order to prevent a strong detox reaction. This is a great time to add in a series of supporting therapies to help the body rid itself of toxins: 
  • Electro- Lymphatic Therapy: stimulates the flow of the lymph fluid throughout the body assisting in the elimination of waste. This therapy is non-invasive, safe and effective. It reduces pain, strengthens and simulates the immune system, devitalizes pathogens and eliminates blockages.
  • Ionic Footbaths: The ion foot bath is an energy-enhancing system that is designed to give the body the energy it needs for detoxification. It also helps to re-balance the body’s energy meridians by permeating and regulating each individual’s energy fields, which helps strengthen the immune system. It’s a full body detoxification without taxing the liver or kidneys. Helps with pain relief, removes heavy metals, neutralizes free radicals, boosts immune system, reduces fluid retention and increases joint movement.
  • Infrared Sauna: The far infrared sauna applies a specific frequency range of radiant heat that is absorbable deep within the body tissue. It is a highly effective way to detoxify the heavy metals we are all exposed to, and according to Dr. Rogers, is the only way for the body to rid itself of the phthalates (plastics) which most of our foods and beverages are packaged in. Some of the benefits of using an infrared sauna; it helps with brain fog, decreases joint, muscle and headache pain, improves skin appearance, increases joint mobility. 
  • HOCATT:  The use of ozone provides many benefits and works in conjunction with other HOCATT technology for optimal wellness and vitality. Ozone is known to inactivate viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi, parasites, stimulate the immune system, speed healing, reduce inflammation, reduce pain, scavenge free radicals. Other benefits of the HOCATT include increased blood flow, relaxes muscles, and neutralizes blood toxicity. 
  • Lymphatic Massage Therapy: Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
  • Other detox therapies include Epsom salt baths, rebounding and dry brushing.

In today’s world, we are constantly reminded of what beauty should look like. Beauty truly starts from within, a healthy body, a strong immune system and a happy heart. If you are experiencing Breast Implant Illness, planning an explant surgery, or in the midst of recovering from this procedure, our knowledgeable and experienced staff is here to help! 

By Cristina McMullen, ND, Certified Wellness Coach, Bio-Energetic Practitioner


Infertility has been and remains to be one of the most significant medical and even social problems of our modern times. It is a phenomenon that affects around 50-80 million people worldwide, classifying 8-10% of couples as infertile. In the United States alone, 19% of women aged between 15-49 years old are unable to get pregnant after a solid year of trying to conceive. 


And this statistic is sadly on a steady incline. So much so that the use of assisted reproductive technology by infertile couples is increasing by about 5-10% per year! Yes, in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapy has come a long, long way and has a much better success rate, but the drastic increase for its need makes you wonder why infertility rates are increasing so rapidly, and if there are more holistic measures couples could try before resorting to IVF and other fertility treatments. 


Let’s break down some of the most common causes of infertility as well as some nutritional, herbal, and therapeutic options that can help someone improve endocrine function and make it more likely for couples to be able to conceive naturally.


What Exactly is Infertility and What Causes It?


Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after intentionally trying to for at least one full year. This inability to conceive can be caused by a whole host of underlying conditions that can be affecting either the woman or the man. In fact, roughly 30% of infertility is attributed solely to the female, another 30% is attributed solely to the male, 30% can be attributed to a combination of both partners, and another 10% seems to have an unknown cause. So, infertility indeed is a two-way street, but for today’s purposes, we are going to be focusing on female infertility.


Some of the more common causes of infertility in women include Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, diminished or low ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, thin endometrial lining,inflammatory disease of the uterus, and uterine fibroids. 


Endometriosis is a very complex disease that is becoming a major cause of infertility in women. Up to 30-50% of women with endometriosis suffer from infertility and a whopping 30-50% of infertile women have endometriosis. Though the medical community is not quite sure exactly what causes this disease, women who suffer from it usually have higher levels of estrogen than other women and is most likely at least part of what causes endometrial tissue to grow outside of the uterus and in the abdominal cavity. This build up of tissue outside of the uterus can cause a distorted anatomy of the pelvis, adhesions, scarred fallopian tubes, inflammation of the pelvic structures, changes to the hormonal environment of the eggs and altered egg quality, as well as impaired implantation of pregnancy. 


PCOS is another major cause of infertility, affecting roughly 5- 10% of women. It is caused by an overproduction of estrogen and increased testosterone levels that can affect egg quality and inhibit proper ovulation. Most, if not all, of the other causes of infertility also have some form of hormonal imbalance that may not be quite as severe but still affect the reproductive organs enough to inhibit a woman’s ability to conceive.


While hormonal imbalances are the major player in female infertility, there are still other factors that can play a rather significant role. Blood sugar imbalances, poor dietary choices, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to toxic environmental chemicals, chronic infections, and even extremely high levels of stress can all affect a woman’s body in a way that would inhibit her from being able to become pregnant.


Whatever the cause of infertility, at the root of all cases there is an imbalance or disruption in the body that needs to be corrected. According to the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), infertility occurs because of a disrupted vital balance and blockage of Qi energy. In other words, a woman’s natural balanced state, from the time she begins menstruating to the time she begins menopause, is a state of “potentially conceiving” and any deviation from that state does not necessarily imply “infertility,” but means a shift from one’s optimum reproductive health. 


So the answer to infertility does not always have to rely on medical interventions like IVF, but rather can be resolved by figuring out what is causing her body to be out of balance and bringing it back into homeostasis.


Disruptions in the Body


There is no denying that in today’s world we are constantly being bombarded by chemicals and other environmental toxins. These chemicals build up in our bodies and can cause a whole slew of health issues. When it

comes to women and their reproductive health, a category of chemicals called endocrine disruptors are

of major concern. When these specific types of chemicals enter the bloodstream, they have the ability to mimic the body’s natural hormones and end up blocking or binding to hormone receptors. 


A specific subcategory of endocrine disrupting chemicals, called xenoestrogens, specifically have an estrogen-like effect. When these chemicals are in a woman’s body, they increase total estrogen, causing estrogen dominance. Since these chemicals are not biodegradable, they are also stored in fat cells and contribute to a host of endocrine disorders like endometriosis and PCOS, making them major underlying factors in infertility. Some of the more common xenoestrogens in our environment include parabens found in skincare products, BPA, phthalates, and PCBs found in plastics, and others found in insecticides, herbicides, glues, paints, and grocery store receipt paper. Certain foods that we eat even contain xenoestrogens from either the chemicals that were sprayed on them while growing or the fact that they are heavily processed and full of chemicals themselves.


Genetics and mutations to certain genes can also play a major role in a woman’s fertility. MTHFR mutations are alterations to certain genes that affect the body’s methylation pathways. Now,methylation is very intricate and complex, but in the case of infertility, you just need to know that methylation is involved in the breakdown of hormones and is also important for tissue growth and cellular development. This includes the growth of the endometrium and egg during the menstrual cycle. Since endometrial growth prepares a fertilized egg to implant into its lining, a disruption in methylation may affect early stages of pregnancy and even lead to miscarriages. 


Certain mutations can also cause follicles in women to make less estrogen, which then makes the ovaries less responsive to follicle stimulating hormones and can affect overall egg health and ovulation. High homocysteine levels are also associated with MTHFR mutations and high homocysteine levels have been correlated with a

lack of ovulation both in healthy women and those with PCOS. Homocysteine can also increase a woman’s risk of blood clots because it irritates blood vessels. In terms of pregnancy, this can interfere with implantation and embryonic development and can explain why some women end up needing to take blood thinners in order to successfully conceive.


Underlying chronic microbial infections can also put such a burden on the body that it is unable to conceive. For example, chronic yeast or fungal infections within the body can lead to a poor vaginal microbiome and can dramatically impact a woman’s ability to get pregnant. Other underlying viral infections such as Epstein Barr Virus and a heavy metal burden can tax the thyroid and affect its ability to produce other hormones needed for fertility. 


High levels of stress can exhaust the adrenal glands and also have a major impact on hormone production and overall fertility. There is a reason why we hear stories of couples who tried for years to get pregnant, only to finally find themselves pregnant after they gave up and stopped stressing out about the intricacies of the process. The body can become too stressed to take on anything else and once that main stressor was removed, it can finally prioritize conception. 


What Holistic Steps Can Be Taken To Improve Fertility Chances? 


Like the famous saying goes, “knowledge is power.” And now that we have a better understanding about some of the things that can cause imbalances in a woman’s body, we can figure out how bring the body back into harmony.


Detoxification and Supplementation

Before even considering pregnancy, a woman needs to make sure that the microbial and environmental toxins that are burdening her body are removed from her system. While there are some general suggestions on how to go about this, the toxic slew within each person is unique to them and is best handled on an individual basis so that supplements and protocols can be customized to each person. 


Bioenergetic testing can help pinpoint exactly what needs to be detoxed from the body and a knowledgeable practitioner can find the best remedies to do the job.  After individual burdens have been eliminated from the body, I believe that any couple that wants to get pregnant should do a general total body cleanse together. Like stated before, our environment is full of toxins these days that can not only affect our ability to get pregnant, but once pregnant these chemicals can cross the placental wall and enter the baby’s bloodstream. Studies have shown up to 287 different chemicals in the blood of umbilical cords, many of which are carcinogenic. It is very wise for both partners to eliminate as many of these harmful toxins from their bodies before they try to conceive. 


My personal favorite cleanse that we carry is called the Core Restore Kit by Ortho Molecular. It is a comprehensive cleanse that lasts either 7 or 14 days (you can choose) and focuses on maximizing liver detoxification. It also follows more of a paleo/whole 30 diet so the elimination of sugar and caffeine will nourish the adrenal glands and help to kill off any yeast or fungal overgrowth.


Now that each partner’s bodies are cleansed from environmental and microbial toxins, it is time to address nutritional support and potential genetic mutations. The standard recommendations include a prenatal multivitamin and fish oil supplement. Folate in particular is a major focus when it comes to supplements as studies have shown that folate helps to prevent neural tube birth defects. 


When it comes to the matter of MTHFR mutations, however, not every form of folate is created equal. Folate is actually a collective term that refers to all types of B9, including folic acid and methylfolate. Folic acid is the synthetic, inactive form that has to be made active (methylated) by enzymes in the methylation pathway. Methylfolate, however, is already in its active form. Those with MTHFR mutations need to make sure their prenatal multivitamin contains methylfolate and not folic acid. This is because those with the gene mutation

cannot properly convert folic acid into methylfolate. Instead, they need to take the form of B9 that does not need to run through the methylation pathways in order to become usable by the body. The general recommendation for folate is 400-600 mcg daily. If someone has suffered multiple miscarriages, OBGYNs may recommend up to 4 mg (4,000 mcg) daily. The main prenatal multivitamin we carry in our Nutrition Shop is a complete multivitamin and fish oil combo that contains 1,700 mcg of methylfolate.


Remember also that people with MTHFR mutations also tend to have higher histamine levels. Trimethylglycine (TMG) is another nutrient that can significantly help bring down high homocysteine levels in the body. While we have some B complex vitamins that contain TMG, I usually recommend adding a product called Homocysteine Supreme by Designs for Health. This product contains a hefty dose of TMG (900 mg) along with extra B vitamins, including an extra 3,400 mcg of methylfolate. But don’t worry about combining the prenatal with the Homocysteine Supreme. Higher serum folate levels are associated with higher luteal phase progesterone levels, which is ideal for fertility and even pregnancy.


Another supplement that I find to be very important both while trying to conceive and during pregnancy is a probiotic. The one I recommend to these women, however, is not your run of the mill probiotic. My favorite for conception and pregnancy is Ortho Biotic Women’s. This is because it contains only strains of bacteria that are found to colonize a healthy vaginal microbiome. 


Why is this important? Well, the microbiome of any part of our bodies impacts the pH of that part of the body. When it comes to trying to conceive, an imbalanced pH level of the cervix or vagina can damage sperm enough to prevent it from fertilizing an egg. By making sure the vaginal microbiome is what it should be will ensure an ideal pH for sperm to start their journey. Pregnant women should also stay on this probiotic, or at least get back on it towards the end of the pregnancy, so that the vaginal microbiome is again ideal for when the baby makes his or her way down the birthing canal and gets covered in all those immune boosting, jumpstarting bacteria.


Women who suffer from PCOS, endometriosis and other hormonal imbalances should also be taking a few other supplements to target the estrogen dominance and potential blood sugar irregularities. DIM is a phytoestrogen that actually binds to the xenoestrogens in the bloodstream and flushes them out of the body. We have a few different DIM products that you and your practitioner can choose from and decide which is the best for you. 


Inositol improves insulin resistance and is recommended for those with PCOS in particular. Sensitol is the product we carry and it contains two forms of insositol (myo- and d-chiro-) along with alpha lipoic acid to support normal insulin function and cellular metabolism. If your blood sugars are extremely high, and bordering diabetes, berberine is an herb that has actually been shown to be just as effective as metformin in regulating blood sugar levels. Women with PCOS who have very high testosterone levels need to also get that balanced out before conceiving. This is where a product by Douglas Labs called TestoQuench for Women would come into play because it moderate androgen activity in the body.


Last, but not least, is probably my favorite fertility product. I love to recommend this one whenever we have done all of the detoxifying and supporting nutritionally, and are yet to get a positive pregnancy test. Fertile Garden by Health Concerns is a Chinese Herbal blend that helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and nourishes the reproductive system. In TCM terms it does this by replenishing yin and regulating the flow of Qi and blood. It is also especially helpful for women trying to conceive in their mid-30s and 40s,  and can even help men with normal erectile function and sperm count.


Supporting Therapies


Acupuncture is probably most well-known to help increase fertility. It has proven itself so much so that a lot of fertility clinics work with acupuncturists in order to increase their client’s chances of a successful embryo transfer. It does this by bringing the body back into balance, which increases the chances of conception. What is it balancing mainly? In more TCM lingo, acupuncture mainly works to balance a woman’s “kidney essence” or “heavenly qi” when it comes to fertility.


The other supporting therapy that we have seen amazing results with is vaginal ozone therapy. Ozone is O3 and

stimulates the production of immunoglobulins in the blood, increases resistance of microorganisms to

microbes, improves oxygen transport mechanisms, and destroys viruses. When administered vaginally, it stimulates hormone balance (which is great for PCOS, endometriosis, and fibroids), helps balance vaginal pH, boost womb health, and eliminate inflammation. All of this makes it much easier for sperm to make it to the fallopian tubes and pass through them. Our HOCATT therapy contains ozone that can be personally administered through a vaginal catheter.


Nutrition Matters


Nutrition is also vital for optimum fertility. If you have ever heard me talk, you know I am a huge advocate for using food as medicine, and this is especially important in terms of our reproductive system health.  While trying to conceive, you want to focus on real food. Load up on foods from the perimeter of the grocery store and

avoid as many packaged, processed foods as possible. Since conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are heavily sprayed with xenoestrogen containing pesticides and herbicides, buy organic whenever possible. 


You can also visit and look up their Dirty Dozen list. This lets you know the 12 common produce items that contain the highest pesticide/herbicide residual on them that you want to fork up the extra money to buy organic. And that goes for the products that are made from these ingredients too (think ketchup and tomato sauce since tomatoes are on the list). 


Since we want high levels of folate in the bloodstream, try to get at least one green leafy vegetable in each day. This includes broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Other sources of folate include legumes, meat, and

nut butters. The leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables pack an extra punch because they are full of

the phytochemicals that flush out xenoestrogens from the body. So, feel free to go over that one serving a day. 


Fruits, though we want to watch the kinds we eat to regulate blood sugar levels, such as cantaloupe, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits will give you a natural source of inositol. Lastly, a big forkful of sauerkraut or some other fermented vegetable will help balance pH and nourish the microbiome.


In our many years of practice at Longevity, we’ve seen so many couples who were labeled as infertile find hope and healing, and to finally see their prayer for a baby be answered! Before jumping right to expensive fertility treatments, we urge you to do some detective work to get to the root cause of the issue. And remember that only 30% of infertility is the sole cause of the female. Don’t carry that burden without first making sure your husband’s health isn’t also playing a role in your inability to conceive. Wherever you are in your fertility journey, our knowledgeable practitioners and staff are here to partner with  you to find answers, and support your body every step of the way. 

By Megan Rempel, Registered Nurse & Health Coach 


We’ve all had those weeks where we’re on top of our game; we feel amazing, sexy, energetic, creative.  We feel like we can do ALL the things, eating healthy feels easy, exercising is something we want to do…..


And then, BOOM. You suddenly don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. You second guess yourself, you question your goals, you don’t want to be social, you want to eat ALL THE THINGS.  Working out is the last thing you feel like doing.  And then of course, the negative self talk starts. 


“I suck.”

“I’m a failure”

“I can’t stick to anything”

“Who do I think I am anyways?”


Been there?  My guess is yes.

Now let me just tell you – YOU ARE NORMAL.

BUT – there is a way to FEEL a whole lot better, ALL MONTH LONG.  But it’s going to require you to understand the energies of your cycle.  Yes, your monthly cycle.

Ever heard of cycle syncing?


Cycle syncing is when you adapt your diet, workout calendar, social calendar, and to-do lists to the 4 different phases of your monthly cycle! This way you are able to optimize what your body needs instead of pushing it to perform at the same level all the time. 


As a woman with a cycle, you are going through four very unique phases every 28’ish days.  Most women are familiar with their menstrual phase (aka their period) and most also know there is a time of the month where they are most fertile (aka their ovulatory phase).


But there is so much more to understand! And when you sync your nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle to your monthly cycle, not only will you balance your hormones and prevent painful periods (PMS is NOT normal btw!), but you will also tap into the superpowers that each phase of our cycle has.

Let’s take a look at each of the four phases, starting with the day your bleed ends, and how you can begin to tap into these superpowers.


Follicular Phase

Your energy is on the rise and you’re feeling refreshed and ready to get out there and socialize. Your brain is wired to create – start working on new projects, brainstorm ideas, push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new. You’re open to new experiences and stepping out of your comfort zone will feel exciting. Incorporate cardio and any type of energizing forms of movement to your workout routine.


Ovulatory Phase

Your energy is at its highest and you’re magnetic! Use this energy to your advantage and go after what you want. This is also a great time to schedule an interview, speaking gig, or have an important conversation since you are able to communicate your thoughts and feelings more clearly. For your workout routine, do all the high intensity interval training that you want. Your body and energy levels will love it.


Luteal Phase 

This is the phase that will lead up to your bleed.  Your energy levels are starting to dwindle, and this is when you may feel more introverted. Use this time to organize your house, get your chores done, pay your bills and wrap up tasks and projects. You can also consider doing some meal prepping for your menstrual phase. Slow down your social engagements and enjoy some me-time. As far as movement goes, try Pilates, barre, yoga or walks, depending on your energy.

Menstrual Phase

This is the time to slow down, rest, and make self-care a high priority. Especially during the first couple of days of your bleed. Remove as much off your plate as possible and get cozy. Use this opportunity to reflect back on the past month, journal, adjust the course if needed. Since you’re highly intuitive, listen to the messages and signals from within. Do some gentle movement like yin or restorative yoga, go for a walk or stretch if you feel like it. 

By allowing your monthly cycle to be a roadmap for a more effortless way of living, you’ll discover that you can decrease unnecessary stress in your life, feel less overwhelmed, and instead, feel more powerful, energized, and confident.  You deserve to feel good ALL month long.  And it IS possible. 


For more information on how to begin living in alignment with your cycle, you can download this free PDF on simple tips to get started with Cycle Syncing today. Also, be sure to subscribe to Megan’s podcast, Fit to be a Mama.  

Megan Rempel is a Registered Nurse with a certificate in Women’s Hormonal Health, a health coach, and a cycle syncing expert. Her mission is to help other women discover that life can actually be easier, IF they tap into the magic that we’ve had inside us all along – our monthly cycle. Her own journey from overwhelmed and exhausted mom of 4 to gaining back control of her life through simple and effective things like cycle syncing is what fuels her passion to help women get out of survival mode and find ease and joy in their lives. Follow Megan on Instagram @itsmeganrempel4.