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Friday, December 24, 2010

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Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ALKALINE AND ACIDIC FOODS: Do They Affect Fertility and Getting Pregnant?

Your Ability To Conceive and Get Pregnant May Be Affected By The Foods You Eat and Your Stress Levels

I found an interesting site which discusses, among other things how certain foods are either "acidic" or "alkaline".   If your body tips one way or the other, it could affect your fertility

See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for an entire series on foods for fertility and preventing miscarriage by regulating hormones

 According to the author Karen Reynolds, R.N., M.S., L.Ac., acidic foods should be avoided and alkaline foods should be eaten to enhance female fertility. Read more:


From the article

Alkaline Fruits
Apples
Apricots
Bananas
Berries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Raisins
Dates
Figs
Grapes
Mango
Nectarine
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Melon

Acidic Fruits
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lime
Orange
Tangerine
Cranberry
Plum
Prune
Cooked fruits

Alkaline Vegetables
Avocado
Artichoke
Asparagus
Green beans
String beans
Beets
Carrots
Lettuce
Broccoli
Cabbage
Celery
Cauliflower
Chard
Cucumber
Corn
Endive
Garlic
Jerusalem artichoke
Kale
Leeks
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Parsnips
Bell Peppers
Potatoes (red)
Pumpkin
Soybeans
Spinach
Squash

Acidic Vegetables
Dried beans
Brussels sprouts
Tomatoes

Miscellaneous Alkaline Foods
Carob
Olives (ripe)
Agar
Kelp
Almonds

Miscellaneous Acidic Foods
Dairy (all)
Alcohol
Cocoa
Coffee
Condiments
Vinegar
Teas

Alkaline Grains
Quinoa
Millet
Amaranth

Acidic Grains
ALL grains except quinoa, millet, amaranth

from: 
www.balancedrestored.com



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Friday, December 10, 2010

Interpreting Pregnancy Tests

I know I have some "pregnancy test addicts" out there like I was. Not only do some of you buy them in "bulk", but you're probably so anxious, that your doing them too early. I was surprised when I read this article that some pregnancies don't even implant until after the day of your missed period. Read more:


livestrong.com

From the article:

Step 4

Take another test in a few days if you receive negative results, but think that you may be pregnant. Ovulation and the implantation of a fertilized egg occurs during different periods of the month for different women. According to the National Women's Health Information Center, 10 percent of women don't experience implantation until a day after their missed period. HCG levels do not increase until after implantation.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Men's Fertility Impaired By Antidepressants


If you're trying to conceive, and the man in your life is on antidepressants, he may want to talk to his doctor about some alternatives. According to the article below, serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can greatly reduce sperm counts.

Men's' fertility at risk from antidepressants


From the article:

The study revealed that both men suffered from a drop in sperm count to almost zero after taking the medicines. The sperm count recovered to normal levels after the same medicines were discontinued. Cornell Medical Centre found the same occurrence with 12 more men at the clinic though the impact of the medicines was less severe in them.

While Cornell Medical Centre has issued a warning, doctors have advised men to consult their GPs before taking any decision about discontinuing anti-depressants. Leading people in the medical fraternity have also appreciated the importance of the findings made by Cornell Medical Centre. "There are only two patients, so you have to be careful, but this is very interesting work," said Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at Sheffield University.

"It's a well designed study, with sequential measurements of sperm count and quality in the same people. These were measured while the men were on the drug and off the drug, and there seems to be a major correlation. This is something we should go out and look at in a lot more detail. Maybe this is an unknown side effect of this drug that is only just coming to light."

Prof Schlegel who led the study conducted on the two men observed “It's a dramatic effect and it has never been described before. We believe that while it has had a profound effect on these two men, it could be having a significant but more subtle effect on many more." More importantly, this could be adversely impacting couples who plan to have children.

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