Soft Drink Consumption Linked to Low Fertility

At Restore we offer fertility support for our patients with not only acupuncture and osteopathy, but also good advice and understanding of what can assist or be detrimental to fertility.

A new research study has shown that soft drinks in your diet significantly reduce your chances of conception.

Researchers at Boston University School of Public Health have identified links between lowered fertility and the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. This American study, published in Epidemiology, found that among couples trying to conceive, those who consumed one or more sugar-sweetened drinks per day (by either partner) decreased their likelihood of successful conception by an average of 20 percent.

The study involved 3,828 women in the USA and Canada and 1,045 of their male partners, all of whom were aged between 21 and 45 years of age. An extensive questionnaire into their medical history, diet and other lifestyle factors was undertaken, with follow-up surveys every two months for up to 12 months, or until they became pregnant.

After taking into account other elements affecting fertility, such as smoking, diet, caffeine and alcohol consumption, and obesity, the researchers found that both female and male intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with reduced fecundability (i.e., the average monthly probability of conception).

The findings suggest that consumption of one soft drink per day can reduce fecundability by 33 percent in males, and by 25 percent in females. What’s more, energy drinks were found to be linked to even higher decreases in fecundability, although these findings were based on a small sample size, so may require more indepth investigation to be conclusive.

Just another example of how important a role diet has in fertility in both men and women.  



Time to Detox the Liver

“The physician who knows how to harmonize the liver knows how to treat the hundred diseases.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb.

We all tend to over-indulge during the festive season as summertime usually involves catching up with friends and family.  Social events commonly result in overeating, excessive sugar and processed food and high alcohol consumption.  This puts our liver under enormous strain, trying to clean the body and detox nasties from the blood.

Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body.  It helps to purify the blood by removing toxins such as alcohol and drugs from the body.  It also helps to regulate hormone levels, which effect everything from sleep to mood, metabolism, reproduction and immunity.  When it is compromised it is impossible to have a properly working metabolism, healthy circulation, balanced hormones, clean blood and strong digestion.

So perhaps it is time to give your liver a rest by cutting the alcohol and nasties.  And it is also time to give it some love and care with Chinese and Japanese acupuncture.   Acupuncture gently assists the liver to detox, allowing your body to restore healthy function and recover a sense of balance and wellness.

Restore has acupuncturists available 6 days per week including early and late appointments so stop making excuses and start taking care of the most important organ in your body today!

Changes to Private Health Insurance

The government has recently legislated changes to the private health extras cover that will be introduced in April 2019.  These changes mean that alternative health care that they do not consider to be “evidence based” will no longer be covered by private health extras cover.

These forms of alternative health will include naturopathy, yoga, pilates, kinesiology among 15 other forms of care.

At Restore we provide what is referred to as allied health, in the same category as dental and physiotherapy.  That means that osteopathy, acupuncture and remedial massage will continue to be covered by your private health extras cover into the future.

If you have any questions of concerns about the upcoming changes, have a chat with your private health provider and they will be able to offer you more insight into how these changes will affect your personal cover.


Christmas Opening Hours

Its that time of year again where we relax, celebrate and spend time with family and friends.

Restore will continue to trade during the festive season and will only close for the public holidays.  

Although some practitioners will be taking holidays during this period, there will always be an osteopath, massage therapist or acupuncturists on deck to help look after you.

If you have been too busy to come in and see us all year, now is a great time to give yourself a little TLC.

Our receptionists will be on holidays from the 23rd December until the 10th January, so please book online or leave a message at the clinic and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Acupuncture and Period Pain

New research once again supports the efficacy of acupuncture in supporting womens health.  Results of a new study conducted into the use of acupuncture to treat period pain have shown dramatic improvements in the duration and severity of pain.  Among the study subjects the majority of women experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms and many felt that the improvements continued on 12 months later.  

This is good news for the four out of five women who suffer from menstrual pain at some stage during their reproductive years, usually lasting for 2 to 3 days per cycle.  In many it is so debilitating it necessitates bedrest, resulting in days off school or work.

The pilot study involved 74 women aged 18-45 years with suspected or confirmed period pain.  The participants kept a menstrual diary and were given individualised acupuncture treatments, with twelve treatments being performed over three menstrual cycles.  Dr Mike Armour, from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) in Australia, who led the study, said the results are promising and that further larger trials may lead to the development of evidence-based guidelines for acupuncture in the treatment of period pain. 

At Restore our practitioners frequently use acupuncture to assist in the regulation of menstrual cycles and to reduce the duration and intensity of period pain for our patients.  If you are suffering with menstrual pain, we would encourage you to make an appointment with one of our acupuncturists as they may be able to offer you some significant and lasting relief!