The typical US diet has a ratio of 1:20 of omega-3′s versus omega-6′s. This ratio should be 1:1 to help prevent most of the degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, degenerative brain diseases and autoimmune disorders. Also depression and allergies can be greatly decreased by having the right ratio. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)has shown that by […]
Safe nutrition in pregnancy includes basic precautions and goes further by adding more safeguards. There are infections that are especially dangerous during pregnancy such as LM (listeriosis monocytogenes). Possible sources of contamination are unpasteurized milk products, soft cheeses, deli meats, salads,sandwich meats require special attention. Heat sandwich meats to steaming for safety.
Another infection dangerous during pregnancy […]
The significance of maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D is becoming clearer through emerging research. There is now mounting evidence that higher levels of vitamin can help prevent the following:
Additionally Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be associated with the following:
High Blood pressure
Type 1 Diabetes
Vitamin D3 […]
The importance of DHA intake during pregnancy is well established. DHA ( Docosahexaenoic Acid ) is different compared to its precursors ALA (alpha- linoleic acid) and EPA ( eicosapentaenoic acid) in terms of its effects on the developing fetus. DHA accumulates in the brain and retina of the developing fetus and provides several advantages:
1) DHA […]
The most important prenatal supplement is Folic acid and should be taken before the first prenatal visit. As soon as pregnancy is contemplated or suspected 600 micrograms of Folic acid daily is recommended. Additionally, calcium and iron are the two most important prenatal minerals. The over-the -counter supplements with the USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia) seals are […]
The IOM (Institute of Medicine) has issued new recommendations on nutrition during pregnancy in 2009.
BMI of 19.8 to 26 prior to pregnancy is considered normal. If it is below or above these numbers, efforts should be made to adjust weight gain during pregnancy to the pre-pregnancy BMI.
If the Pre-pregnancy BMI is below 18.5 a total […]
Preterm birth is an ongoing problem in the US. Babies who are born too early weigh less than five pounds and between 1980 and 2000 the number of low birth weight infants has increased by 11.8%. The number of very low-birth weight infants who weigh less than three pounds have increased even more, by 24.3%.
Mediterranean diet confers health benefits which are being studied. For instance Olive oil contains polyphenols that are shown to lower blood clot risks by decreasing the stickiness of platelets. These polyphenols also act as anti-inflammatory.
The Mediterranean diet which contains extra virgin olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids from fish confer anti-cancer, anti-heart disease, anti-diabetes, anti-osteopenic […]
Regular menses and normal weight is important before conception, indicating the need to have the proper nutrition for fertility. In cases of PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) either associated with obesity or obesity alone fertility is compromised and the chances of conception are decreased. Therefore weight control by means of exercise and diet are helpful in […]
Antioxidants counter the oxidative harm caused by reactive oxygen species which are damaging to the cells in your body. Oxidative stress is caused by normal oxidative metabolism by giving rise to free radicals which create the changes characteristic of aging. Some of this is natural and some of it is due to extrinsic factors such […]