Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The Top 10 Things to enhance your egg quality & fertility with Susana Kennedy on 2oceansvibe


Watch the interview on YouTube https://youtu.be/5XManZK4WEU and read more below.

Deciding you want to have children is a huge decision and in today's day and age where we think  we have so many more options, many ladies and gentlemen are not fully aware of what is really needed to bring a healthy happy baby into this world. Whether you have decided to fall pregnant and are going to go the natural route or are about to undergo the process of freezing your eggs for IVF or even if you are thinking of freezing your eggs because you know you want to become a parent in the future but aren't quite ready now. This article will give you the Top 10 things that you can start doing now to ensure that your egg quality is the best it can be. I recently invited a friend of mine Brittany Hawkins from the US and her partner Catherine Hendy from the UK to join me in studio. This dynamic duo have created a company called ELANZA Wellness, a company focussed on the importance of optimizing your fertility by improving your egg quality. Egg quality is the crucial factor when it comes to making sure you have a healthy, happy baby and optimising your fertility. This is extremely important to understand because our eggs naturally reduce in quality as we age, but the really exciting thing is, we can actually do something about the quality of our eggs making it entirely possible to have a healthy happy baby, even if you have decided to embark on parenthood later on in life.




The two ladies are about to launch their first book which will be available in the Kindle store very soon and if you sign up on their website now, they are going to be giving you readers early access! https://www.ELANZAwellness.com/

It always interests me why someone starts something that ends up assisting so many others and I find it incredible that it almost always begins with the need to fill a gap in their own lives. Brittany  and Catherine are no different, when asked they responded:
"When we were looking into freezing our eggs we realized how little we know about our own fertility and that there were key lifestyle changes that we needed to make before the procedure in order to ensure the optimum outcome. The problem was that we couldn’t find a trusted, comprehensive resource which laid everything out in one place. And we decided to start analysing and collating all of the information we could get our hands on, analysing over a thousand of the best, most current research studies and working with fertility doctors and other specialists to find out exactly what we should be doing to boost our egg quality. "

Some of the important information they discovered was: 

Egg quality matters because:
  1. The egg is the foundation of female fertility: it doesn’t so much matter how old the womb is, for instance, the rise in problems getting pregnant and staying pregnant when you’re older are often down to the egg being lower quality.
  2. Egg quality is something you have a degree of control over.  This is known to happen during the 3 months before ovulation, when the egg is maturing rapidly.
  3. This especially important as women are starting families later and later - as egg quality is linked to age. In fact, the world over ….

Rise of infertility
There has been a global rise of infertility for both men and women. World Health Organization classifies infertility as a “disease” and says it is a “global public health issue” status.

Scientists believe this is due to two key factors.
  1. Around the world, both men and women are waiting later in life to become parents, particularly educated professionals and because fertility declines rapidly for women and men, starting in the 30s, this is a massive problem. It is well known that for women the decline between ages 30-35 is by a massive third and then yet another third when women hit 40. For Men the quality of their sperm also starts to decrease in their 30th, it is a misconception that this does not happen. And while men are able to produce sperm pretty much their whole lives, it is the quality that determines the health and wellbeing of the baby. This is not common knowledge but this is one of the main reasons why miscarriage rates go up as you age.
  2. The environment around us has changed: nutrition, chemicals and modern life all contribute to fertility issues as they have an affect on our reproductive health. But all is not lost, we have a few things that you can do to maximise the quality of your eggs



Here are the Top 10 things you can do to enhance your egg quality:



In no particular order, let’s start with the environmental exposure ones:

1. Minimize plastic in your kitchen (you can do this by switching to glass where possible)

Explanation: We hear a lot about plastics being bad for health in general and that includes reproductive health. Chemicals in plastics have been shown in many, many studies around the world to disrupt your hormones. Hormone balance is important for the proper maturation of your eggs as well as well as other reproductive functions. BPA is just one you might have heard of (it’s known as the “gender bending” chemical as it’s linked to man boobs and even genital malformation), but even their replacements like BPE can be just as bad.

Examples:
  • Plastic chemicals leach into food and drinks, especially microwaved Tupperware or in those plastic takeaway containers.
  • Same goes with water. Switch to glass bottles where possible.
  • This even goes for some sex toys made of plastic!

2. Avoid household and personal care products with unnatural fragrances (often listed as “parfum” on the label).


Explanation:
These often include another group of chemicals called “phthalates.” Phthalates also mimic hormones like estrogen in our bodies such that they can actually HALT the maturation of your eggs.

Examples: They can be found in everything from detergent, cleaning products, lotions, shampoos, and nail polish. Avoid items that say fragrance or perfume on the label, and look for "phthalate-free" or "no synthetic fragrance" instead.

3. Switch to “paraben free” cosmetics

Explanation: Parabens are a class of chemicals used as a preservatives (basically they stop mold and bacteria from growing in your foundation etc.), Studies have shown parabens can actually penetrate your skin and be absorbed in tissues where they disrupt your hormones - again, having a negative effect on your eggs.  
Examples: the key is to always read the label/packaging: avoid buying makeup and other cosmetics with any ingredients the have the word ‘parabens’ at the end of them. The most common names to look out for are butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. So you’ve got to look for paraben within a larger word on the label.

4. Replace folic acid supplements with its other more active form, 5-MTHF

Explanation: You’ve probably heard about folic acid being an important supplement for pregnancy, but it has also shown to help in the creation of quality eggs.
Examples: 5-MTHF is what your body converts folic acid to anyway, but taking it in this active form has been shown to make it more effective. It is also commonly known as methyl-folate and is sold under the brand names Metafolin and Deplin.

5. Take a Coenzyme Q10 supplement, but also in its active form: Ubiquinol

Explanation: Coenzyme Q10 fuels something called mitochondria, which are the power banks of the cells in your ovaries. It takes a huge amount of energy to mature eggs and mitochondria supply this energy. In fact, your eggs have 3 times the amount of mitochondria than any other cell in your body for this exact reason.
Examples: The problem is that as we age, the mitochondria loses steam, like a battery that loses power over time. By supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 we can give our eggs an extra charge that will help them reach the final stages of maturation.  Just make sure you’re buying a bottle of CoQ10 in its ACTIVE form: Ubiquinol.

6. Take a prenatal vitamin

Explanation: This can provide you with a cocktail of helpful antioxidants for your eggs that will protect them during the fragile months of maturation.
Examples: Look for a high quality prenatal that includes vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, and iodine.


7. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday

Explanation: Sleep is a bit of a zeitgeisty topic - but we tend to talk about getting ENOUGH of it. But scientists have found the RHYTHM of it is also really important. We now know not just getting sufficient sleep, but getting good quality sleep translates to good quality eggs, as reproductive hormones are produced while you sleep. Illustrating this, studies have shown women who work shifts (like nurses or cabin crew) and have irregular sleep/wake times tend to have more reproductive problems.
Examples:  By going to bed and waking up at the same time every day you aren’t fighting your circadian rhythm, which can do a lot to help you get great quality sleep.

8. Think about adding more into your meals than taking away

Explanation: There are an endless amount of nutrients and antioxidants in a wide range of healthy foods that can both nourish and protect your eggs. Most often, food is the best and only way you can effectively absorb these crucial nutrients, opposed to supplements. This also means that people with restrictive diets like being a vegetarian (Susanna) or keto will need to be more aware of any potential deficiencies.
Examples: This also means that you might need to change up your dietary routine so you don’t get too much of one nutrient and not enough of another.  For example, if you eat eggs for breakfast everyday, try adding a side of avo or mixing it up with spinach. Salads are also a great way to pack in a bunch of different ingredients like nuts, berries, sprouts and crunchy veggies.

9. Eat like a diabetic

Explanation: By this, we mean you don’t want big fluctuations of the hormone insulin. Insulin has a cascading effect on the function of other hormones - including estrogen. You want to keep it balanced, and for women especially, a diet containing excessive sugar – which includes all refined carbohydrates, as well as the white granules – can lead to insulin imbalance. A sugary diet is especially problematic for women with PCOS - or polycystic ovarian syndrome, a common reproductive health issue.
Examples: It really does pay to switch those white carbs to brown. You want to  avoid foods that wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels.

10. Don’t over exercise

Explanation: Being from London and the States, we’ve noticed how extraordinarily fit most Capetonians are, which is why we thought this was an important one to include. In essence, a moderate amount of exercise reduces oxidative stress, but beyond a certain point extreme exercise can actually INCREASE it, which can damage your maturing eggs.
Examples: So now is probably not the time to start a new aggressive fitness routine.

If you'd like to get hold of the girls you can jump onto their website https://www.elanzawellness.com or find them on social media, they are both incredibly cool humans that are super passionate about helping women around the world by sharing their knowledge.

To all of you ladies out there, I hope you found this blog helpful and I wish you all healthy, happy babies!

Thanks for reading, if you found this article interesting please share it with your friends and please send me your feedback. Also, subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on social media so that you don't miss a thing!

Sending you all love, light and abundant blessings

xox

Susana


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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Be Inspired and Empowered with the TOP 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs and Colin don Schouw's TOP 10 Achievements

I Believe in celebrating individuals that make an effort to make this world a better place. Whether they are taking grate strides to change their own circumstances or their communities, or even society at large, they should be celebrated and so I am going to be writing a series of blogs on the incredible men and women who take action to change this world for the better. First up Colin Don Schouw!

Colin and Me
This week I’d like to celebrate my colleague, but also a dear friend, Colin Don Schouw. Colin is a business owner, a successful Entrepreneurs, a media personality, seen and followed on Radio, Television, Social Media and more, plus he is about to become a published author. Besides all his incredible accomplishments, Colin who is genuinely one of the most awake people I know. His open heart and determination make him such an astoundingly brilliant human being to work with and to be friends with. I deeply want to see him success in all areas of life and to his greatest potential. Colin is a shining example of somebody who is in the entertainment industry and takes strides to make a difference in other people's lives.



I asked Colin for his TOP 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs and what he felt his TOP 10 Achievements were, both personally and professionally because I believe this information will both inspire you and empower you, so here we go!

TOP 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs


1) You are enough. Too often the game changer is simply a greater belief in yourself, in your abilities. 

2) Be prepared to work harder than everybody else and learn  to guard your heart. 

3) Always, always make your word your honor. Integrity is the secret weapon. Even if it costs you a deal or an opportunity.


TOP 10 Achievements


1. I had the honor of raising my younger siblings after losing my father in a tragic car crash when I was 18 years old. Though young and ready to take on the world, I dedicated my youth to this responsibility and today they’re parents, raising the most remarkable children who I get to call my nephews and nieces. Few know this. 

2. In 2014 I was selected as one of 40 South African specialists to study the German infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany. we might have our very own South African electric car on the road soon. Wink Wink!

3. At age 16 I was featured in the South African Grade 9 Arts and Culture text book. My dance partner and I (our story) was an entire four page comprehension. 

4. At 17 I was selected to represent South Africa in the Zimbabwe National dance Championships. I WON MY CATEGORY.

5. I co-owned a business at 19 which is where my drive for business was nurtured and developed. 

6. At 25 I graduated with a postgrad in Business. I immediately launched my business, packed my bags and moved to Johannesburg to build. Today (4 years later) the business is thriving and continues to touch and impact the lives of many. 

7. I currently (together with my business partner) Jimi Ogunlaja run the #1 dedicated fashion and beauty lifestyle TV Channel in South Africa. This is a big deal and we have big plans! 


Colin and his business partner Jimi
8. I am the international host and moderator for Africa's largest fintech leadership event where we travel the continent bringing together world leaders who are passionate about Africas growth. 80% of Africans are underbanked (do not have access to financial services). We will be the change needed to pioneer this movement.

9. My book Unmasking Ego - The Naked Entrepreneur will be published in 2019. South African entrepreneurs are struggling, failing and losing hope. We need to talk openly and honestly about these challenges. 

10. I am the proud father to the cutest four legged fury friend anyone could have!



Colin, may you keep your incredible untainted caring beautiful spirit alive and your successes be plentiful and soar you the greatest of heights, I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

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If you'd like to be celebrated or know someone who should be, 
write to me at susana@susanakennedy.com

Love to you all

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Here are a few more picture's, just because I like them ☺️












Friday, 21 July 2017

Be Pampered and Empowered with Susana Kennedy

I know, it sounds too good to be true, right? But seriously, don't you think you deserve to be Pampered and Empowered? August is woman's month and because it is my life's mission is to assist people in becoming the best they can be, I am doing something really special this year. Do you want to find out a little bit more about why I do what I do and how? Watch this ;-)




In this video I reveal WHY I am so excited about "The Success Portal" 

It is being held at Hyatt Regency​ hotel in jhb from the 11-13th August with celebrity guest PJ Powers - Thandeka​ πŸ’₯ participants will be receiving goodie bags with treats from Amani Spas​, CaRRoL BoYeS Functional Art​, Jenna Clifford​ and more - She is extremely excited about Empowering Women to take themselves to the next level of success both personally and professionally. For more information go to http://www.thesuccessportal.org πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’«

I deeply appreciate all of your support, please like and share this blog with your friends - Thank you so much in advance - love, joy and success to your all!

The Power of Your Emotions with Susana Kennedy

I have had a challenging year and I am finally moving into a better place and so I wanted to share with you how our emotions create our reality and how to make your emotions work for you. 



Please feel free to share with friends and loved ones, hope it helps  Love to you all, Namaste friends 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Change is inevitable, progress is optional with Susana Kennedy

Dearest Friends

There is a very true saying which states that the only thing that we can count on is change. For many people this is a petrifying thought, they find deep comfort and even attachment to how things are and dread the thought of anything changing, but the reality is that no matter what you do, change will happen. Whether change is something that comes from a deep desire to grow or whether it is trust upon you, there are ways of making the most of navigating your way through change and so my next video will be about some of what I have learnt about change, idea's and understandings that have helped me immensely, I am sharing them in the hopes that they too will assist you.

(I recorded the video two weeks ago, apologies for the delay in sending it to you all, I just still feel it is helpful so had to share) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esJk5OyoSAE

I am also very excited to be launching my next course called "The Success Portal" I have teamed up with Catherine van Heerden and we will be joined by celebrity guest speakers, the lovely Kamini Pather and the incredible PJ Powers! It is a three day program specifically for woman, which will take you to the next level of both business and personal success.
To read more about it or to book go to: http://www.thesuccessportal.org/

If you'd like to know about C the Change, it will be launching at the end of June and you can lean more at http://www.catherinevanheerden.com/c-the-change/

So loads of wonderful things going on! Thank you again my friends, for all of the incredible feedback and continued support, it is so deeply appreciated - keep it coming!

Sending you all loads of love, light and happiness with wishes for an abundant and joyful week ahead, bye for now!

Love
xox

Susana




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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

3 Steps to Getting Back on Track with Susana Kennedy

Dearest Friends
 
Wow, it has been a crazy challenging week... death has a way of reminding us to take stock of what's important and to get back on track with what needs to be done in order to achieve your dreams and goals. So today I am going to keep things short and sweet; this weeks video will give you my three steps to getting back on track.
                                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDLXjXGYpkY

I hope that by watching this video and applying the suggested steps to achieving your goals, you feel inspired and motivated to create the life you want to live.
Remember, every minute of everyday is a precious gift, life is fleeting and we never know what lies ahead, so make every moment count, strive for your highest purpose and tell the people you care about what they mean to you, because tomorrow is uncertain and all we truly have is here and now.

I am so deeply grateful to all of you for your continued support and feedback and send you love, light and comfort for your week ahead.


Love 
xox

Susana



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Monday, 24 April 2017

Outcome vs journey, what is more important and why?

Dearest Friends

In today's day and age we spend so much time focused on the end goal, stressing ourselves out about the outcome that we wish to achieve, that we often forget to focus on what is really important. While going about my research I came across some information that grapples with exactly this subject and I found the content so useful in shifting the pressure and re-prioritising the way I look at things, 
it is also a portion of what sparked some of the content for "Liberated, Lovely & Loaded" so of course I had to share :-)

This is what I learnt...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WclJnOre2U&feature=youtu.be
I hope you found this content helpful, I would love to hear your thoughts, so drop me an email so that I can 

Thank you to those of you who have chosen to invest in themselves and purchase "Liberated, Lovely & Loaded" and thank you for your beautiful feedback, I am humbled and delighted! ( If anyone would like to invest in themselves enrol in "Liberated, Lovely & Loaded" go to http://www.liberatedlovelyandloaded.com/ )

I also want to send out a huge thank you for all of the incredible feedback and continued support, it is so deeply appreciated. Please keep it coming and if you would like me to do a post on something you are battling with please feel free to write to me, I am always open to helping if I can.

Sending you all loads of love, light and happiness with wishes for an abundant and joyful week ahead, bye for now!

Love
xox

Susana



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