Embracing Traditional Diets for Fertility and Overall Health

Agnes Ryu

At Dr. Ryu’s Natural Fertility Clinic, we believe in a holistic approach to fertility and overall wellness. This philosophy extends to our nutritional advice, which is grounded in a unique blend of ancestral diets, high-quality scientific research, and personal/ patients experiences/outcomes. A significant part of this approach is inspired by the pioneering work of Weston Price, whose research offers invaluable insights into the impact of diet on dental and overall health.

The Wisdom of Ancestral Diets

Weston Price, a revered researcher in the early 20th century, explored the link between traditional diets and health. His findings were groundbreaking: communities consuming diets rich in animal fats exhibited remarkable health, including robust dental wellness, and strong immunity to diseases such as tuberculosis, cancer, and heart disease. Interestingly, mental health issues were noticeably absent in these populations.

These ancestral diets, embraced for centuries, were rich in nutrients that are essential for human development and wellbeing. They provided a blueprint for what a wholesome diet should look like, especially for those seeking to improve fertility and overall health.

The Downfall of Modern Diets

Contrasting sharply with these traditional diets is the modern dietary landscape, dominated by ultra-processed foods. These products are primarily built upon a foundation of refined flour, sugar, and vegetable oils – a combination that has been linked to a myriad of health issues. The rise in consumption of these foods correlates with increased incidences of tooth decay, reduced fertility, and a susceptibility to a range of diseases.

At our clinic, we emphasize the importance of understanding the detrimental impact of these modern dietary choices on both fertility and general health.

The Role of Animal Fats in Human Evolution

A pivotal aspect of our dietary recommendations at Dr. Ryu’s Natural Fertility Clinic is the inclusion of animal fats. This is not a random preference but is deeply rooted in human evolutionary history. Animal foods have been a constant in human diets throughout evolution, playing a critical role in our development, especially brain and nervous system health, which contain a high percentage of fat.

Animal fats are rich in fat-soluble vitamins essential for various bodily functions, including reproductive health. These fats exhibit a high affinity with human biology, being integral components of cell and tissue structures and crucial for metabolic energy.

Why Include Animal Fat in Your Diet?

  1. Source of Vital Nutrients: Animal fats are packed with fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K, which are crucial for overall health and particularly vital for those trying to conceive.
  2. Enhanced Nutrient Absorption: Including animal fats in the diet enhances the absorption of these fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, ensuring that the body receives the full benefit of the nutrients consumed.
  3. Alignment with Human Biology: The composition of animal fats is in harmony with human cellular and tissue structures, making them an optimal source of nourishment.
  4. Mental Health Benefits: Given the link between diet and mental health, as observed in Price’s studies, incorporating animal fats can contribute to better mental wellbeing, an essential factor for fertility.
  5. Energy Metabolism: Animal fats provide a sustained source of energy, crucial for the body’s daily functions and especially important for those undergoing fertility treatments.

Personalized Nutritional Guidance

Recognizing the harmful effects of ultra-processed foods, our clinic advises a gradual shift towards more natural, whole-food-based diets. This transition involves reducing the intake of foods high in refined sugars, flours, and vegetable oils, which are known to contribute to health decline and fertility issues. Understanding that each individual is unique, we offer personalized nutritional counselling at Dr. Ryu’s Natural Fertility Clinic. Our approach is not a one-size-fits-all; instead, we tailor dietary recommendations to suit your personal health history, body composition, fertility goals, and lifestyle.

Agnes Ryu

Agnes Ryu

Dr. Ryu is a clinician and biochemist specializing in integrative medicine. Her clinical interests include fertility, hormones, metabolism, healthy ageing, menopause, and natural breast cancer care. As an integrative practitioner, Dr. Ryu aims to uncover the root causes of health issues and strives to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to take charge of their own health.

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