Inflammation Is a Contributor To Many Diseases Including Infertility

Inflammation Is a Contributor To Many Diseases Including Infertility

Inflammation is a contributor to many diseases including infertility, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis), insulin resistance, PCOS and obesity. It may also have a hand in preeclampsia and preterm labor. Inflammation is a symptom, as well as, a disease whose exact root cause is unknown. Some of the inflammation that we see in reproduction is manifest […]

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Which Fish Are Safe to Eat When Trying to Conceive

Which Fish Are Safe to Eat When Trying to Conceive

This past weekend, the FDA and EPA issued new advice regarding eating fish for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. This was released to help women make informed choices about which fish are safe to eat when trying to conceive or are pregnant. The guidelines also emphasize the importance and the health benefits of […]

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How Does Nutrition Directly Relate to Reproduction?

How Does Nutrition Directly Relate to Reproduction?

We are what we eat and do and probably, and most importantly, we are what we don’t eat and don’t do. But how does nutrition directly relate to reproduction, particularly in our current environment? Benefits from the diet are seen in nutritive forms – folic acid, vitamin D. Also, we must think of the classes […]

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Women Who Consume High Amounts of Fast Food May Take Longer to Conceive

Women Who Consume High Amounts of Fast Food May Take Longer to Conceive

A recent study published in Human Reproduction suggests that women who consume high amounts of fast food may take longer to conceive, while women who eat more fruit conceive more quickly. This study was the result of a multi-center pregnancy-based cohort of over 5,000 women interviewed during their first pregnancy. Participants who reported high fast […]

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Hunger Neurons and Fertility

low estrogen and fertility

New information on hunger neurons and fertility just released in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine shows how the body’s nutritional status is communicated to the endocrine system. It has long been known that during times of nutritional […]

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Advance Glycation End-Products (AGE) Affects IVF

inflammation and infertility

Age supposedly affords us wisdom. It most certainly affords us the byproducts of aging. In particular, toxic-end products accumulate after metabolism and in our cells and tissues. These Advance Glycation End (AGE) products increase with impaired glucose metabolism (pre and diabetic) and with the use of high-heat in preparation of foods (for instance, grilling). We […]

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The Maternal-Fetal Bond

maternal fetal attachment

The maternal-fetal bond begins at conception with implantation of the embryo. The embryo embeds itself into the maternal endometrium and then begins the process of establishing a data network. The mode in which the fetal signals are transferred to the maternal side, and vice versa, are through newly developed blood vessels. Because the maternal and […]

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What is the Best Option for Long-Term Weight Loss?

Weight Loss Strategies

A healthy life-style including optimum weight is important in reproductive health as infertility and complications of pregnancy including miscarriage are associated with excess weight. Weight loss for most of us is a difficult task and maintaining optimum weight is even more difficult. What is the best option for long-term weight loss? Many diets are promulgated […]

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When Food Temptations Are Too Much

avoiding food temptations

People often feel the need to be all-or-none when it comes to their diet. Sometimes when food temptations are too much it is better to give in rather than to always deprive yourself of the foods you love. If you constantly say no to the food you love this can backfire and lead to binge […]

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Benefits of Folic Acid in Pregnancy

January 6-12 was Folic Acid Awareness week. Folic Acid is an essential B-Vitamin that everyone needs to build DNA for cell growth and development. Enriched grains and fortified cereals contain Folic Acid. However, the best method of ensuring that you are receiving enough of this important water-soluble vitamin is to take 400 micrograms of Folic […]

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