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Be Fruitful

The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child

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From an internationally recognized integrative physician, a thorough guide to fertility that encompasses all aspects of female well-being to help women prepare their bodies for easy conception, pregnancy, and the delivery of healthy babies.

The increase in environmental toxins, processed foods, and stress, as well as the advancing ages at which couples seek to have children, have made it more difficult for women to conceive. In Be Fruitful, Dr. Victoria Maizes, an expert on women’s health and the executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, delivers all the information women and their partners need in order to conceive with ease and confidence, and to bear healthy children.

Warm, friendly, and hands-on, Be Fruitful offers a comprehensive self-assessment to help identify any potential physical, emotional, and practical roadblocks that may interfere with conception, as well as clear and easy-to-follow dietary, supplemental, and exercise recommendations proven to increase optimal fertility. Dr. Maizes details how nutrition, mind-body practices, elimination of environmental toxins, and traditional Chinese medicine can all contribute to a successful pregnancy.

Unique in its integrative approach, Be Fruitful acknowledges that wellness comes from caring for the entire person—not just the physical body—a crucial factor for the countless women trying to conceive and committed to transforming their overall health.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 19, 2012 – Maizes, a physician and executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, approaches fertility from the perspective of integrative medicine, synthesizing advances in medical science and the wisdom of ancient healing traditions. Maizes devotes an opening chapter to defining how integrative medicine works to address the whole person and the needs of body, mind, and spirit, and then moves on to individual chapters on such topics as lifestyle, nutrition, supplements, and environment. There are also separate chapters on mind-body medicine (including stress management), conventional medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, and spirituality. Throughout, the author offers practical suggestions to help women prepare their bodies for fertility and a healthy pregnancy. For instance, she offers a fertility enhancing anti-inflammatory diet, reveals what supplements and foods (including herbs) will promote fertility, and helps readers reduce exposure to environmental toxins. While noting that for various reasons it may be more difficult for women to get pregnant now (e.g., new birth control methods, cultural pressure to be thin, hormone-disrupting stress, fast-food diets), Maizes presents a hopeful and encouraging map mothers-to-be can follow to increase the likelihood of achieving optimum health in body, mind, and spirit before conception and beyond. This straightforward resource clearly explains the fertility benefits of combining the best of conventional and alternative methods.

Customer Reviews

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This book offers incredibly insightful yet accessible information for all women hoping to conceive. It gives great direction in preparing your body, mind, and spirit for conception. I highly recommend it and have already shared it with women in my life that are preparing to grow their families.

A must-have book for the family

Did you know that most babies in the US are born contaminated with over 200 chemicals? what should you personally do about it? How does nutrition affect fertility? What are the important things everyone should know _before_ conceiving a child?

This long-expected book from the world's leading Integrative Medicine expert, Dr Victoria Maizes, is based on the latest authoritative research data, is very easy to read, will deeply satisfy any curious individual, and is a must-have resource for the whole family (not just women).

It is relevant whether you are thinking about having a baby, want to help your children have healthy babies, or just want to start the conversation to lead a healthier lifestyle as a family.

Smart, timely book for women and families.

Dr Maizes offers a smart, approachable book on fertility. The advice is not only great for women but for their partners. Covering nutrition, integrative medicine approaches, Chinese medicine, environmental effects and so much more, Dr Maizes gives families as simple way to make life changes to increase not only their fertility but their health.

Be Fruitful
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Published: Feb 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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