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FOODS THAT BOOST FERTILITY

If you are thinking of starting a new TTC (Trying To Conceive) Campaign or you already started one, you need to know certain facts about fertility.

You can get pregnant no matter what you eat or don’t eat. But research has shown that your fertility can be affected, negatively or positively by what you eat. Speaking of food, find the following as pre-natal vitamins that can boost conception. 

Dairy: Adding dairy products to your diet is good, not only for bone health but also potentially for your reproductive health. Sticking to low-fat dairy products is best to help maintain your weight or help lose weight as applicable.

Lean animal protein: Let’s talk about (lean) turkey, chicken and beef. These protein sources are iron-rich. In fact, studies show that women who increase their iron intake during the preconception period have a higher fertility rate than women who are iron-deficient.  

Fatty fish: These have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Including them in your diet allows for increased blood flow to reproductive organs and may help to regulate reproductive hormones.

Complex carbs: Take carbs of the complex kind (whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits) as opposed to the refined varieties (white bread, white rice, refined cereal, sugary treats). Complex carbs take longer to digest and don’t cause spikes in insulin levels they may also promote regular ovulation.

Oysters: The oyster, popularly known as nature’s answer to Viagra is a concentrated source of Zinc, a nutrient that’s crucial for conception. Zinc deficiency can disrupt the menstrual cycle and slow the production of good quality eggs. Not a fan of oysters? Find zinc in smaller amounts in other foods, including beef, poultry, dairy, nuts, eggs, whole grains, and legumes.

Berries: Think raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries. Packed with antioxidants, they protect your body from cell damage and cell aging and this includes your reproductive cells.

Foods To Avoid:

  • High Mercury Fish
  • Trans Fat
  • Caffeine Bottom line is; maintain a nutritious, balanced diet. Fueling your diet with junk or fast food will have no positive impact on your fertility when trying to conceive.

Fundamentals of Natural Medicine

 

GASTRITIS

Gastritis is the general term that refers to the inflammation of the stomach mucosa (lining). It may occur as a short episode or maybe of a long episode. Gastritis is believed to affect about half of world population. The disease becomes more common as people get older. 

Some Causes of gastritis include;
  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori
  • Excessive use of NSAIDS
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking 
  • ☯ Autoimmune problems
  • ♒ Radiation therapy 
  • ☣ Crohn disease
Symptoms
  • Many people with gastritis experience have no symptoms at all. Other symptoms are;
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Belching 
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Early satiety
  • Unexplained weight loss 
Treatment
  • If gastritis is caused by H. pylori a combination of antibiotics such as amoxicillin and clarithromycin. 
  • Medications such as antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors are also used in treatment. 
  • If gastritis is due to NSAIDs these may be stopped. 
  • Modification of dietary lifestyle 
Foods to avoid 
  • Citrus fruits
  • Milk
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Spicy foods
  • Trans fat, commonly found in refined foods . 
Foods allowed 
  • High antioxidant foods
  • Probiotic foods
  • Foods high in fiber and vitamin B 12
  • Food rich in omega 3 fatty acid .

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GLUTEN FREE DIET 

Raise your hands like ‍♀ if you ever thought gluten free means lower calories . If you raised your hands , now cover your face like this because it is not. You do not need to go on a gluten free diet to lose weight except you have celiac disease aka you are allergic to gluten OR you are gluten sensitive. 

Hope this makes sense ??? Yes ? Okay , keep reading

A gluten-free diet is a diet as its name imply is (are) food(s) that do not include gluten. Gluten is a type of protein found mostly in Wheat and some other whole grains, such as Barley, Rye and all their derivatives.

☝ Who needs a Gluten free diet ?

Individuals with Celiac disease and are Gluten sensitive will benefit greatly from a gluten free diet. 

Foods to avoid in Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease :
  • Breads
  • Wheat pastas/noodles
  • Biscuit (those made from wheat flours) 
  • ☕Beverages made from barley or rye
Foods allowed for some someone who is on a gluten free diet :
  • Fruits and vegetables 
  • Legumes
  • All animal protein
  • Diary products 
  • Healthy fats
  • Whole grains such as (Quinoa, Rice, Corn, Sorghum, Millet) Etc.

In conclusion, if you have not be diagnosed with any of the disease condition above, there’s no reason for you to go on a gluten free diet.

Basic Knowledge And Essentials In Human Nutrition

NUTRIENTS

There are 2 main types of nutrients: Macronutrients and Micronutrients 

Getting adequate nutrition is the cornerstone of good health .

Listed below are some symptoms that indicate you aren’t getting adequate nutrition.

  • Fatigue: Protein energy, Iron and Some B vitamins.
  • Loss of appetite: This is mostly associated with deficiency in Zinc.
  • Pale Appearance: This is due to lack of Iron, Folate and (OR) vitamin B12 leading to anemia. 
  • Poor vision: A lack of vitamin A can cause the sharpness of sight to deteriorate over time.
  • ‍♀Skin disorder (dermatitis): This is caused by low level of Niacin (Vitamin B3). 
  • Delay in Healing: This may be due to lack of vitamin C which is responsible for tissue repair and vitamin K for blood clotting. 
  • Bone pain: Deficiency in vitamin D can be the reason you are feeling pains in the bones.
  • Dental Problems: Lack of vitamin C can result in gum bleeding and inflammation (gingivitis). 

The best way to prevent all these symptoms is with adequate diet. 

All symptoms listed above can be prevented with an adequate diet, that consist of fruits , vegetables , whole grains , lean protein , healthy oil, legumes and nuts will provide you with all the nutrients your body need.

Knowing how much energy or calorie you’re eating is important especially if weight loss is your aim . Food label is a panel found on a package of food which contains a variety of information about the food item. 

The importance of Food labels
  • ✔Help protect public health and safety by displaying information and warning statements.
  • ✔Tell you if the food contains an additive or allergen that you want to avoid.
  • ✔Allow you to compare similar products and choose the one that suits your needs.
  • ✔Advise when to use it by, how to store and prepare it, what it is made of, its size and weight, and the manufacturer’s contacts.
  • ✔Nutritional information of the food

An important part of the food label is the Nutritional information panel (NIP)

Nutritional Information Panel is a legal requirement on most packaged foods. Though most people don’t read them (or don’t fully understand them), these panels tell you everything you need to know about what you’re eating — so it’s worth becoming that Person who blocks the supermarket aisle poring over them.

Why read a panel ‍♀ ‍♀?

The nutrition information panel (NIP) tells you the quantity of various nutrients a food contains per serving size, as well as per 100 g or 100 ml. 

Standard Information on most NIP include :
  • Serving size
  • Number of calorie
  • Grams of fat (total fat,  saturated fat )
  • Included nutrients, 
  • A list of ingredients.

Many of us are eating almost twice the amount of calories, fat or salt (sodium) that we need for good health largely because it’s hidden in many of the foods we eat. Check out NIP

Basic knowledge on calorie counting

Basic Knowledge And Essentials In Human Nutrition

PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID)

Do you experience severe pain during sex, painful urination, pain in your upper and lower abdomen, foul smelling vaginal discharge ? These are all symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).

PID is an infection of the organs of a women’s reproductive system which includes the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. It’s usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI), like chlamydia or gonorrhea.

However, it’s symptoms aren’t limited to those stated above, irregular bleeding, high fevers , vomiting, fainting, sharp abdominal pain could also be related to PID .

Risk factors of PID include; 

  • Practicing unprotected sex
  • Having multiple sexual partners 
  • Being sexually active below the age of 25
  • Sexual engagements with someone who has multiple sexual partners 
  • Douching, this is washing or cleaning your vagina with a mixture of fluids 

In order to reduce the risk of PID, one is advised to; 

  • Practice safe sex 
  • Get tested 
  • Ask your partner to get tested also 
  • Talk to your doctor about contraception 
  • Avoid douching 

PID can cause serious problems if not treated, problems such as ectopic pregnancy , infertility, chronic pelvic pain and tubo-ovarian abscess. If you notice any of the symptoms above, please make sure to visit your doctor ‍⚕.

 

PRE-ECLAMPSIA

Ever heard of or experienced  pre-eclampsia ❓❓❓

PRE-ECLAMPSIA also known as “toxemia”  is a potentially dangerous❌ complication characterized by high blood pressure (the force❣ of blood  against the walls of your arteries) that occurs mostly during pregnancy .

Pre-eclampsia usually begins in  about 20 weeks of pregnancy such that the individual  have increased blood pressure which can stress the heart and  pose a threat to both mother and baby , but if well managed, some might have healthy babies eventually.

In this part of the world , it’s rare  as it occurs in less than 10% of pregnant women but we still need to pay attention to it.  Occurs between the age range of 18 to 60 years.

Some of the  symptoms may include ;

  • High blood pressure 
  • Protein in the urine 
  • Swelling in the legs  
  • Water retention.

This symptoms are closely related to normal pregnancy which makes it a bit difficult ‍♀to distinguish.

Other symptoms to look out for aside the above mentioned includes ; 

  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Consistent headache
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the right upper abdomen
  • Rapid weight gain caused by significant increase in body fluid

Some of the various ways to mange the condition includes ;

  • Pre-eclampsia can often be managed with oral or intravenous (IV) medication until the baby is sufficiently matured to be delivered. 
  • The use of medical procedure  such as labour induction.
  • Medications: The use of dietary supplement  to promote health.
  • Surgery: It can be a cesarean section to help deliver the baby through abdomen instead of  vagina delivery.
  • We also recommend  that seeing a specialist such as the maternal foetal medicine specialist (focuses on medical management of high risk pregnancies).

 However if you feel unusually different from normal , or experience the above mentioned during pregnancy especially around that stage, kindly see a doctor.

Please note that pre-eclampsia can be treated or can go away if properly managed.

Nutrition and Disease

REASONS FOR HAIR LOSS

Have you recently noticed your hair falling off while combing? Has your once healthy hair become a shadow of itself ?

This might be due to some of these reasons; 

  • ‍♀ Physical stress: Any kind of physical trauma—, a car accident, or a severe illness, can cause temporary hair loss. This can trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium.
  • ‍♀ Pregnancy: At this time in a woman’s life, due to hormonal changes, it is not unusual for a woman to experience hair loss which is a common postpartum issue. 
  • ‍♀ Overstyling: Vigorous styling and hair treatments can cause your hair to fall out. These styling methods include tight braids, hair weaves or corn rows as well as chemical relaxers to straighten your hair, hot-oil treatments or any kind of harsh chemical or high heat.
  • ‍♀ Lack of protein: Studies have shown that if you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth.
  • ‍♀ Chemotherapy: Some of the drugs used to combat cancer can unfortunately, also cause your hair to fall out.
  • ‍♀ Heredity and aging: If you come from a family where women started having hair loss at a particular age, then you are prone to it. Also it isn’t uncommon for women to lose hair when between ages of 50 and 60.

All hope is not lost, in order to grow your hair back there are few steps you can take to achieve success such as improving your diet, moisturizing with essential oils, monitor stress levels and also taking a break from over-styling.

REASONS YOUR PERIOD SHOWS UP EARLIER

Who else hates the word MENSES AND MENSTRUATION? I do !!!! But anyway lets talk about that time of the month called a PERIOD (nobody should call it menses please ).

It’s important  you pay attention to your period timing and occurrence so it doesn’t throw you off balance, nervous  or leave you asking questions like; 

  “Did I take something contrary?”

” Did I break something?”

” Am I pregnant?

When it comes to your reproductive system, it is very unpredictable.  Lifestyle changes, diet illness  and even stress can affect when your period arrives. 

SOME OF THE REASONS YOUR PERIOD CAN COME EARLIER
EXTREME CHANGE IN YOUR DIET

Changing your eating habits   can impact the frequency and regularity of your period hence seeing your period early.

IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION

Missing a dose or two of a birth control pills   can cause your period to come early.

IF YOU TOOK THE MORNING AFTER PILL

It’s not true for all though , but depending on which was used, taking  these pills three or more days to ovulation is likely to make your period come earlier.

IF YOU ARE APPROACHING  MENOPAUSE 

At about this time, your period becomes unpredictable and can definitely  cause your period to come earlier.

IF YOU ARE STRESSED

If you are constantly stressed, don’t be surprised to see the red light earlier than expected. Mental stress can alter the regular activities of your hormones hence altering your cycle.

IF YOU HAVE AN UNDIAGNOSED CONDITION/ILLNESS

Health Conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), endometriosis can interfere with your reproductive hormones, causing the early arrival of your period.

WEIGHT FLUCTUATIONS  

Major weight changes such as weight gain or weight loss in terms of extreme dieting or eating disorders can  be a reason for early period.

Most importantly,  if you notice any drastic change in your menstrual  cycle and you are not very sure of the cause, we advise you speak to a doctor ‍⚕so they can guide you through.

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SMOKING

Did you know ‍♀ that one hour of smoking Shisha is the same as inhaling more than 100 cigarettes?

Shisha pipes use tobacco, sweetened with fruit or molasses sugar, which makes the smoke more aromatic than cigarette .

Sometimes people assume smoking shisha  is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. The truth is shisha is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes and causes similar diseases.

Effects of smoking Shisha on Health

1. Cardiovascular effects: Many studies report that a mean increase in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate of shisha smokers is observed after shisha smoking.

2. Antioxidant and vitamin C: In another study conducted, antioxidant capacity was evaluated  and it was indicated that total antioxidant capacity and vitamin C levels were lower in smokers than in non smokers.

3. Metabolic syndrome: Shisha smokers are found to be significantly more likely to have hypertryglycedemia, Hyperglycemia, Hypertension and abdominal obesity. 

4. Effect on pregnancy outcome: It has been evaluated that smoking one or more shisha per day during pregnancy is associated with the risk of low birth weight infant compared with non smoking mothers and increased pulmonary  problems at birth.

5. Shisha smoking has negative effects on mouth including staining of teeth and reduces ability of smell and taste. 

6. Shisha smoke is often laced with carcinogens or cancer causing substances. Regular smoking of shisha may lead to cancer of the lungs, mouth, stomach and oesophagus. 

7. Shisha is one of the notable risk factors for periodontal bone loss and dry sockets. 

Lastly, 

Do not be deceived, shisha smoking is as dangerous as cigarette smoking.

Nutrition and Disease