Functional Nutrition


What you eat and drink, and what your partner eats and drinks, are a key ingredient in creating a healthy baby. Many people understand basic prenatal nutrition requirements, such as getting enough folic acid. But too few understand the huge effect that nutrition has on overall reproductive health and fertility.

We are now coming to understand more and more that what we put into our bodies, not just during pregnancy but throughout our lives, can directly affect the future health of our children — and this applies to both sexes. This is why we recommend putting a big focus on nutrition from preconception all the way through nursing.

Nutritional imbalances can play a huge role in infertility. Proper hormone production and development of healthy sex cells in both parents rely on certain nutrients. This requires the kind of nutritional support that is beyond the scope of the usual daily multivitamin. Correcting nutritional imbalances is often a vital step in treating infertility — and in ensuring that your child is set up for optimal development.

Then during pregnancy and postpartum, a woman’s body has a whole new set of nutritional needs to support both her and the baby. She needs to heal from the work and possibly trauma of pregnancy and delivery as well as have plenty of energy to care for her child, and the baby is busy growing the bodily systems that he or she will depend on for a lifetime.

George Mandler’s approach combines functional nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine to address physiologic nutritional imbalances. During a nutrition consultation, you and he will discuss your health history and current state of health. He uses a nutritional assessment form, diet history, lab testing, and Chinese medicine diagnosis along with in-depth discussion to assess your health and come up with a treatment plan.

At the end of your initial consultation, you will receive dietary recommendations and possibly supplement or lifestyle recommendations that will best support your individual health.

 

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