Jake Berman

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Episode 24: What You Probably Do Not Know About Fertility, Infertility, and Abnormal Menstrual Cycles

(1:26): We discuss fertility, infertility, abnormal menstrual cycle and different auto-immune diseases.
(2:26): Jake and Jenni tried for 4 years to have their daughter Stella. They went through fertility treatments.
(2:39): They had 2 pregnancies, one made it to the 2nd trimester, a little boy, that they lost and another one they lost earlier on after a successful IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). ​
(3:56): There are many different causes for infertility and abnormal menstrual cycles – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, a Secondary Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, not getting your cycles regularly, simple inflammatory responses in the gut biome that lead to abnormal menstrual cycles.
(4:37): Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is commonly related to insulin resistance or pre-diabetes, with potentially overweight and commonly abnormal/missed cycles, as well as hair growth on chin or lower parts of the cheeks. Testosterone levels will also be higher as well.
(5:40): PCOS, most of the time related to abnormal blood sugar or insulin resistance. The body is storing food as sugar which increases the insulin. This can lead to people getting thick tissues in the endometrial lining, it can create abnormal menstrual cycles, as well as making pregnancy very difficult.
​(7:20): If you are sensitive to a food and have other inflammatory type symptoms, abnormal menstrual cycles or simple infertility, these can be related to gut-health & internal inflammation.
(8:00): Gut Microbiome – is the environment that makes up inside your gut lining. If you are sensitive to a food or your body does not metabolize food efficiently, or your storing food as sugar can cause inflammation.
(8:36): This inflammation can affect your hormone levels, so the progesterone and estrogen levels won’t be optimal for fertilization or implantation.
(9:10): Inflammation can affect the endometrial lining. The lining has to be a certain thickness in order for the egg to successfully implant.
(9:43): Stress is a big factor of infertility.
(10:48): Not exercising or over exercising can lead to infertility issues.
(11:42): Gut health is huge in infertility
(12:14): Leaky Gut – gut lining is not healthy and breaks down, which allows food particles to pass into the gut lining, then the body treats the particles as a foreign body and the immune system is on overdrive.
(13:16): Can affect the shaping of the egg and the sperm. Thus fertilization does not occur. Or it will occur but the shapes and abnormal environment can lead to birth defects.
(14:00): The inflammatory process is the number one cause of many infertility issues.
(14:20): First thing you can do is a food sensitivity test, to see which food is causing an inflammatory response in your body.
(15:03): L-glutamine is a gut healing supplement, a natural amino acid, used to help as a digestive enzyme and repair the gut lining. It is safe to use during pregnancy.
(16:05): Looking at vitamin levels, because the leaky guy or the inflammation can lead to vitamin deficiencies, which play a huge role in infertility.
(16:47): Look at the foods your body is sensitive to & create a meal plan with food elimination to help with the gut healing plan with vitamin and supplement optimization.
(17:45): If you aren’t looking to get pregnant but have a history of endometriosis or thyroids, this also can relate to you.
(18:17): This is still important if you are not looking to get pregnant or past the pregnant stage in your life, you can still help heal the gut and inflammation.



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Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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