21. Functional Medicine for Infertility – with Sarah Clark

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Sarah Clark, a life, health, and fertility coach that specializes in helping people get pregnant through functional lab testing and support in diet and lifestyle changes. She shares her own journey through premature ovarian failure, IVF, and how she came to realize that her diet and lifestyle were the root cause of her fertility issues and how she now helps couples to get pregnant naturally.

Sarah talks about all of the testing, dietary, and lifestyle changes she helps her couples go through on their journey to natural pregnancy (and how these can support the couple, even if they ultimately end up using IVF or a surrogate). They discuss everything from the decline in nutritional density of food over the last 50 years to the decline in sperm counts, what supplements most people should be on when trying to conceive, and even how spirituality and religion can help people get pregnant.

“I didn’t take any time to grieve. I did not get a second opinion, and I went straight to the IVF clinic.” – Sarah Clark

“We start both couples off by doing an elimination diet. And really, that’s the gold standard to figure out if you have a food sensitivity.” – Sarah Clark

“100% of the people [who come to me] DO have a food sensitivity.” – Sarah Clark

“The whole idea of this is to reduce inflammation in the body, and if your body is sensitive to a food that you’re putting in, you know, eating every day, it can cause inflammation in your body. If your body is under attack, it wants to survive, not procreate.” – Sarah Clark

“We’re doing the food, the hormone, the stool, and the hair [testing], and then we’re looking at your health history as well. So all this tells a story.” – Sarah Clark

“Our whole thing is to look for healing opportunities.” – Sarah Clark

“I think we underestimate how many people have dietary sensitivities.” – Elle Kennedy

“Getting both of you in the best shape – there’s no negative side effects to working on your health. It sets you up for healthy pregnancy, healthy baby, and healthy future generations.” – Sarah Clark

Listen to the episode here.

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Today’s guest: Sarah Clark

When Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. She accepted the diagnosis and had both her children through in vitro fertilization. Years later she realized the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. 

She is a certified life coach with accreditation from the International Coaches Federation and a health coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

She is the author of Fabulously Fertile – Supercharge Your Fertility Naturally, Fabulously Fertile Cookbook and Fertility Preparation Program. Her fertility coaching program, which includes functional lab testing, supports couples to make diet and lifestyle changes that dramatically improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby!  

On her Get Pregnant Naturally Podcast she shares that with functional medicine and natural fertility solutions we can eventually reverse infertility.  Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.

Resources related to today’s episode:

Sarah’s 3-Day Fertility Diet Challenge

Nutrient Loss in Food from 1950 to 1999

Sperm Count Decline

What Does “Normal” Mean re: Sperm

Infertility (CDC)

Dr. Zach Bush

Who are Elle and Taylor?

Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.

Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

Contact Elle:

Instagram: @elle.kennedy.photography

Website: ellekennedyphotography.com

Facebook: Elle Kennedy Photography

Contact Taylor:

Website: birthandbeyondchiro.com

Email: taylorjgarcia@att.net

Facebook: Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC

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