Immune Empowering Diet for Fertility: Part I
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…
The change of season is a perfect time to take a closer look at the foods we tend to eat and not eat. One reason to do so is in the name of your immune system. Acupuncture is a powerful tool to help support the immune system and decrease levels of inflammation in the body and so are certain food sources. Your diet can have a profound impact on your immune system, endocrine system (i.e. fertility), energy levels, and how efficiently your body functions. The right diet can help your body reduce inflammation, cope with stress, survive cold and flu season, and be an important tool in coping with a myriad of health issues. The following recommendations are based on the idea that the one thousand plus meals you eat each year can be a powerful form of medicine. We'll discuss fats today as well as other macro and micro nutrients throughout the rest of the week.
Good fats affect mood, behavior, and levels of inflammation in the body. High, chronic levels of inflammation in the body burdens the immune system. We know through research that supplementing with essential fatty acids can also decrease depression in women postpartum and decrease pain due to osteoarthritis. What are essential fatty acids (EFAs)? They are essential because the body does not produce them, therefore, we need to include them in our diet. The two essential fatty acids are known as linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). Sources include: salmon, herring, mackerel, cod, olive oil, flax oil, seeds and other nuts such as almonds or walnuts, and avocados.
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Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery and discovered the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Jessica is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a specialty certification held by fewer than 500 acupuncturists in the United States.
Jessica currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. If you are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please visit the acupuncture + fertility page. New patients can book online to schedule any acupuncture service including a complimentary consult. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for a number of integrative medical institutes. Her clients include IVF and infertility centers, functional medicine offices, orthopedic facilities, concierge practices, and green spas. Please contact OMBE for more information about these services.
Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. During its ten-year tenure, the center provided services including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, naturopathy, nutritional counseling, personal training, Pilates, and yoga. Studio offerings included mom and baby programming, Mongan Method Hypnobirthing, natural childbirth education and the Holistic Moms Network. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.