Boost Fertility With a Healthy Diet

Infertility has doubled in the last 20 years and although it may be because women are trying to conceive at an older age, even younger women are having problems. Although each situation is very unique, a healthy lifestyle can improve your chances of conceiving.

A healthy diet plays an important role in preparing your body for pregnancy. Weight, the right food choices, caffeine and alcohol can all factor in. Being overweight or even underweight can affect your reproductive hormones. Researchers have found that it can take four times as long to get pregnant if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is under 19, while having a BMI over 25 can double the time. For those women with a BMI over 25, losing 5 to 10% of body weight improved ovulation and pregnancy rates.  Continue reading “Boost Fertility With a Healthy Diet”

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5 Reasons to Love Coffee!

I don’t know about you, but I need my caffeine fix first thing in the morning. There is nothing I love more than sitting with a hot cup of coffee and enjoying the quiet before the storm (that is, before the kids and the hubby get up).

There have been many studies lately that have been touting the benefits of coffee. Here are just some reasons why coffee may be a good thing:

· Decreases depression

· Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

· Reduces the symptoms of asthma, protects against liver disease and prevents the formation of gallstones.

· Reduces prostate cancer in men

· Increases productiveness and wakefulness

Now, keep in mind that if you are adding cream and sugar to your coffee, then you are adding extra calories that you don’t need. So try and drink your coffee black for the most benefit. Also, if you are prone to insomnia do not consume more than 2 cups of coffee per day and do not consume it later in the day.

 

 

 

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The Harmful Effects of Energy Drinks on Teens

A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics warns against the amount of caffeine and other stimulants being consumed by teens. Researchers looked at brands like Red Bull, Spike Shooter and Redline, and found cases of seizures, delusions, heart problems, and kidney or liver damage. These drinks can be particularly harmful to children and teens who have cardiovascular or diabetic conditions.

Here are some possible risks associated with consumption of energy drinks among children and teens:

  • Cardiovascular events (high doses of caffeine may have an adverse effect on heart conditions that prohibit the use of stimulants)
  • Effects on children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or eating disorders
  • Effects on calorie intake and diabetes
  • Effects on bone mineralization

The researchers also said that, although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the amount of caffeine in soft drinks such as colas, it does not regulate the amount in energy drinks. The researchers found that several countries and states have debated or restricted the sales and advertising of these drinks. For example, they reported that the UK’s Committee on Toxicity investigated Red Bull and determined that it was safe for the general public, but that children younger than 16 years old or people sensitive to caffeine should avoid drinks with high caffeine content.

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