by Debra Langley
Debra Langley is a professional pharmacist, wholefood plant-based nutritionist, DNA consultant, author and keynote speaker with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of health and wellness. Debra has hosted talks for the PSSA (Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa), the Gauteng General Practitioners Association, Equilibria School of Life, Geneway, She is the face behind the popular Instagram feed @plantbased2go.
After a personal experience with her third baby that created quite an upset in her life she chose to dedicate more time, research and understanding into learning more about fertility and DNA and how simple dietary and lifestyle changes can help solve fertility issues.
Debra is now a consultant for Supreme Fertility, passionate about understanding DNA and helping people through the right dietary and lifestyle changes to make healthy babies
Heard any of these fertility tips and tricks?
“Try getting pretzelled into specific mystical yoga poses for improved fecundity.” Then there’s “stand on your head for 20 minutes after sex.” How about a website advertising special fertility-inducing furniture or bespoke breathable cotton underwear designed for virility - shipped worldwide!.
This is just some of the stuff that Google spews out at anyone searching for information on how to conceive. Scary.
As you already know as a health expert, science is a safer bet.
My passionate team of medical practitioners and dietitians have worked specifically with fertility and DNA testing for many years. We have authored a book on how genes affect fertility and have presented at countless expos, shows and conferences. A few of us have had our own personal experiences of struggling to conceive and know how challenging and emotionally taxing this situation can be to endure.
This is why we are so dedicated to assisting healthcare practitioners like you, to help them realise their much-wanted dream of conceiving.
When assessing the potential for successful conception, one of the most powerful tools
anyone can have is knowledge of their genetic makeup.
A couple may be ticking many boxes.
Eating healthy fruits and vegetables, exercising and minimising stress but if their DNA is not currently equipped to create a fertile environment, then their efforts are likely to be fruitless.
A genetic predisposition towards inflammation or anaemia or another that results in frequent hormonal imbalance or acidity, could all be unforeseen obstacles on the road to bringing a baby into the world.
With DNA testing know-how the fertility stakes can sway dramatically in your favour.
A health practitioner with a track record for helping anyone ‘unhappily infertile’ to change this label to ‘pregnant and healthy’, ends up being a very sought after practitioner.
One person’s DNA may present with oxidative stress tendencies or thyroid imbalance. Whereas another may be likely to suffer from calcium deficiency or Omega 3 and 6 imbalances.
An inflammation-prone genetic makeup can be assisted by dietary and lifestyle advice with anti-inflammatory characteristics. But only if you know what that makeup is.
Genetic predispositions towards nutrient deficiencies can be addressed and rectified and lifestyle and behaviour choices can be made to improve the chances of becoming fertile. DNA is like a map you study to reach your destination.
Nutrition and Supplements
It’s not just about staying away from the sweets and eating your beetroot. The complex micronutrient requirements of the human body are impossible to simplify and reduce to a one-size-fits-all dietary guide. Each of us has our own unique requirements. And supplements? Don’t get me started…
Well, I’m guessing that you already know that it’s a minefield out there. People are blindly popping pills and potions without a clear understanding as to what their bodies need or really shouldn’t be given at all. And even a glass of tap water might compromise your fertility these days if it’s not properly filtered of oestrogens.
In this case, ignorance is not bliss. Some people have DNA that allows them to maintain high levels of iron, whilst others become anaemic when they sneeze.
If the latter takes an iron supplement it will be beneficial. However, if the former does the same thing they may be in danger of iron toxicity.
Women are throwing back those folic acid capsules as they have been told to do for decades when folate would be a much better solution. As for men, some are still swallowing cheap “silver bullet” pills from THAT section of the pharmacy when zinc tablets might be far more effective.
Knowledge is power. When we know better we do better. Unfortunately, when what we know is what Google told us, we’re likely to find ourselves in big trouble.
A physical exam, blood tests, sperm analysis, ultrasound, hormone treatment, IUI, IVF, GIFT and ZIFT… all of these things are powerful strategies and tools to address the inability to have a baby.
However, as powerful as they are, they could always use a bit of help. Especially if that help is cost-effective and may lead to improved health and wellbeing for everyone concerned long after the birth of the wanted child.
Having the DNA details, nutrition knowledge and supplement savvy can drastically improve the chances of sparking that tiny being into existence.
Costs - Effective
Look, times are tough. Fewer people have massive amounts of money available to put
towards treating their infertility.
No matter how much they want to have a baby. Ideally, treating infertility should not be something that only the wealthy can afford.
Some treatments like artificial insemination are roughly R8500 or more per session. IVF can escalate to between R40,000 and R80,000 per treatment and buying and using ALL the supplements (because you’re not sure what will work) can easily go into the thousands too.
Contact us for a comprehensive fertility-boosting starter kit including DNA testing, that’s far below the price of a single artificial insemination session.