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Natural Health for Fertility Newsletter, Issue #003 -- Meditation, Stress and Reproduction
May 01, 2009

Mind and Body Connection Helps You Achieve Your Health Goals

Welcome to the Natural Health for Fertility Newsletter!

My name is Maria Gioia Atzori and I am the editor of the Natural Health for Fertility web site.

This month I would like to talk about the importance of Mind and Body connection in achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Many of you are already aware of the importance of daily meditation and affirmations, but do you know why?

Studies have shown that meditation increases the mind and body connection so that you can use your thoughts to direct healing physiological processes to occur within your body. These type of processes are activated by a variety of meditation techniques like deep state relaxation and guided imagery.

Meditation can help to bring the body and mind into a state of harmony, so that your body's internal process can be activated. When you reach a state of deep relaxation the body switches to a "healing" state because it does not perceive the exterior world as being a constant treat and can finally allow internal processes that involve healing, creation and balance to take place.

When you are truly relaxed there are stages of change in the brainwave patter, until the alpha state is reached. Within this state, the brain triggers chemical called endorphins, which are substances that produces feelings of well being. These continue to be produced by some time after the meditation session has ended. So the positive effects of relaxation are present longer than just the time you take to meditate.

There are also very real physical benefits because endorphins boost the immune system, helping the body fight infections and disease.

Here is a list of physical benefits of meditation:

1. Decreased metabolic rate and lower heart rate.

2. Lowered levels of cortisol and lactate, two chemicals associated with stress.

3. Reduction of free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage, aging and chronic disease.

4. Decreased high blood pressure.

5. Drop in cholesterol levels.

6. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.

7. Younger biological age.

8. Higher levels of DHEAS.

9. Decreased symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome.

10. Increased ovarian function.

Endorphins are the hormones that make you feel good and at the same time they turn off stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol, which are produced to help the body to "fight or flee." They prepare the body for action. If they are not used up in physical movement they can remain in the body tissues causing health problems. If you are under chronic stress, you are constantly in this state and your body never switches back to its normal state meant for building, repair and regulation of metabolic function.

You have probably heard that stress can affect fertility. As a matter of fact, you may have heard it so much that you may have dismissed it as one of those things that you tend to say "tell me something I do not already know", but in fact, your stress levels are still very high and you cannot relax. Well, here is your chance to make a change, please listen!

Scientists know now that stress increases cortisol, which in turn decreases progesterone an important hormone in fertility and pregnancy. The body utilizes stores of progesterone to make cortisol when under stress. The result is decreased production of dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA, which is called the anti-aging hormone because it is known to increase lean muscle tissue, burn stored body fat, balance blood sugar, improve memory and support immune function. This hormone is also associated with ovarian function; low levels of DHEA are associated with ovarian failure.

Infertility and miscarriages are closely associated with low progesterone. Progesterone is needed for gestation, growth of the embryo, but how can the body support an embryo if all the progesterone is being used to make cortisol?

If you trying to conceive, exception a child or breastfeeding you need to find moments during you busy daily schedule to power down, meditate and regenerate. Allow 20 minutes a day to create healing within your body. Within yourself there is a place of peace which you need to visit daily to find power, healing, strength and guidance.

Inner Place of Peace Meditation

The following meditation is great and you can practice it easily anytime:

1. Gently close you eyes.

2. Imagine a beautiful place of peace, it can be a temple or a sacred place.

3. As you relax, try to visualize how beautiful and peaceful this place is.

4. Enter this sacred place, find a place to sit down and relax.

5. Here you can meet your inner guidance, which can be that part of you refer to as you "higher" self.

6. Ask a question about something that you feel it is important to you in this very moment.

7. Listen closely to the answer.

8. If the answer does not come promptly, wait patiently and it may come in another moment in the next couple of days.

9. Breathe deeply and relax.

10. Visualize yourself surrounded by a group of "angelic beings."

11. Their purpose is to assist, heal, guide and protect you.

12. Allow their presence into your life.

13. Stay in this state as long as possible.

14. When you feel like it, open your eyes and continue with your daily activities as usual.

For more meditations, visit:

Fertility Meditations

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Remember to take care of yourself to make every day memorable!

Maria Atzori

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