A recent study has found babies who have solid foods introduced earlier sleep an average of 16 minutes longer per night than those who are not fed solids. Experts say not to feed babies solid foods before 4 months. See the full article by Laurel Ives for specific food recommendations.
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Researchers at Stony Brook University in New York conducted a study involving stress and fertility treatment success.
They found no evidence that emotional stress levels compromise a couple’s chances of a successful fertility treatment.
Factors such as a genetic disorders, polluted environment, everyday habits, among others affect male and female fertility. In the past several years, “[experts] blamed sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating habits, and environment which is highly polluted, for increasing infertility rates.” – Quote by Times Now Digital (timesnownews.com)
Six things that can impact a couple’s ability to have a child:
1) Household chemicals
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Approximately 40% of fertility problems are male, 40% female, and 20% undetermined or both male and female. However, we live in a world where a lot of the times practitioners and technologies used to treat fertility are aimed at treating women, and men sometimes get left out of the equation.
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According to a new study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), a daily yoga routine can help male fertility by improving sperm quality.
A major cause of defective sperm function is DNA damage. “The quality of genetic components in the sperm are vital for the birth of healthy offspring,” said Dr Rima Dada.” – Quote by Soma Das of Hindustan Times
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A recent study showed that organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) found in yoga mats can get into your system by just merely touching a yoga mat. Exposure to PFRs can negatively impact male and female fertility.
Here is a link to a list of 5 eco friendly yoga mats that do not contain harmful PFRs – 5 safe yoga mats
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Obesity negatively impacts fertility. Obesity is on the rise, and with that, reproductive health issues associated with obesity are also on the rise.
“Obesity has detrimental influences on all systems, including reproductive health. It is a complex disorder and its related comorbidities impair fertility, maternal health during pregnancy, maternal outcomes of pregnancy, fetal outcomes and long-term health of the offspring, menstrual dysfunction, PCOS, Type 2 diabetes, joint pain, gastroesophageal reflux and sleep disorders.”
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Air pollution in urban areas may lead to lower sperm count, lower sperm quality, lower egg count, and lower egg quality. Air pollution may also lead to low birth and miscarriage.
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A recent study has found that women with vitamin D deficiency take longer to get pregnant. Women with vitamin D deficiency also have a greater chance of a miscarriage.
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“The research found that men who had two or more four-ounce (113 gram) servings of fish a week, had a 47 per cent reduction in pregnancy time, and women by 60 per cent, as opposed to the couples who consumed one or fewer servings a week.” – Quote by Juna Xu
Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon (and other fish) can improve embryo quality and ovulation for females. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids improve sperm quality for men.
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Microwaving Your Food In Plastic Containers? It May Increase Risk of Diabetes, Obesity and Infertility
Many plastic containers contain harmful chemicals that may include, but are not limited to, phthalate, bisphenol A (commonly known as BPA), styrene, PVC, and dioxin. These chemicals have been linked to cancer.
“The disturbing truth is that heat transfers the chemicals in plastic very effectively into your food. When the food is heated, the food touching the plastic receives the chemicals leaching out. Eating those chemicals can increase risks of cancer, infertility[,] and havoc on the normal functioning of reproductive systems and your brain[.]” – Quote by Dr Nitasha Gupta, an IVF expert
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