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pregnant250I think most would agree that maintaining a healthy body is an important goal in life.  But, when getting ready and trying to conceive, a healthy body is of the utmost importance.

A zinc deficiency by itself will not make your infertile, but it is an important mineral that nourishes parts of the reproductive system and it is often overlooked.  Zinc works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep things working properly.  When zinc is in short supply, your cells cannot divide correctly and your balance of estrogen to progesterone can become imbalanced.

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A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that children of obese mothers have increased risks for developing serious cardiovascular disease and early death. Yikes!

The study is based on the health records of more than 37,000 people born in Scotland between 1950 and 1976. It does not try to explain why a mother’s weight would affect the health of an adult child decades later. Genes may play a role, and so too might family lifestyle. There is abundant evidence that adult eating habits are often originally defined during childhood, so family lifestyle may play a significant … Read the rest

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It turns out that healthy eating can start paying dividends for children even before conception. A study led by doctors at Stanford University School of Medicine, along with others, found that women who eat a low fat, fiber-rich diet in the year before becoming pregnant had a significantly lower risk of certain birth defects.

The study showed that women who ate healthy diets, both during pregnancy and in the year before becoming pregnant, gave birth to fewer infants with two of the most common birth defects – neural tube defects (defects of the brain and spinal cord) and orofacial … Read the rest

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