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Organic food and conception - A step towards healthier pregnancy!

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organic food in pregnancy

During pregnancy, women are usually kept off many types of medications. Hence, it is important to choose healthy and safe foods that boost immunity and minimise risks of infection and other conditions. Organic food is a safe option here because it is made without -

  • Pesticides
  • Sewage sludge
  • Synthetic fertilisers
  • Antibiotics or growth hormones 
  • And many more

 

Benefits of Organic Food

As mentioned above, organic foods are a safer choice for pregnancy because they don’t contain chemicals, pesticide, etc. Along with this, they are not processed or modified genetically. This implies that you have less of toxic residues you in your digestive tracts. As per researchers at Emory University, eating organic foods helped in reducing pesticides level in children drastically.

Choose organic food

How to Choose?

Pick foods that come with a 100% organic label and contains only organically processed additive.

At least 95 percent of the ingredients listed, apart from water and salt, should include organic materials. In total 70% ingredients in the product should be organic.

Anything that claims to contain less than 50% organic materials should be avoided.

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What can you eat?

You can choose from an array of fruits, vegetables, pulses, bread, confectionary items, milk, etc. which are produced organically. In particular, organic milk is ideal for pregnant women because it doesn't contain artificial hormones that cows are injected with for higher milk production. 

 

Caution to be exercised

However, not all organic products should be consumed blindly. Apart from fresh fruits and veggies, a lot of organically processed jams, pickles, etc. contain additive chemicals, which are harmful for pregnant women. So read the label carefully.

Also, organic products have a smaller shelf life so it is best to avoid storing them for too long.

 

Cooked or uncooked

During pregnancy, you should avoid all sorts of raw meats, fish and eggs - even if they are organic. There is a chance of bacteria contaminating them. So ensure that everything is washed properly and then cooked 

Organic products are expensive on the pocket but high on health. For women, who are trying to save up, costs could be a factor. However, by saving up coupons and opting for deals, you can afford organic. 

posted Feb 17, 2016 by anonymous

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Organic foods are the big thing right now, and for good reason. They're healthy, better for the environment, and they taste better. That being said, there are plenty of good reasons why some people simply haven't switched over to buying primarily organic ingredients. Let's consider some of the pros and cons of shopping organic.

Cons to Shopping and Eating Organic Food

It Can be Expensive

This is the big one. If you can't afford organic food, then you can't afford organic food. It's a little easier when it's just you, or when you don't have kids, but buying groceries for a whole family can get expensive. When you have a spouse and four kids, you're looking for bulk ingredients and great deals, and that's easier to find when you shop at those giant grocery stores with their artificially sweetened and flavored, genetically modified and bleached products.

It's Demanding

Shopping organic is something of a challenge. You need to be knowledgeable about a number of things in order to effectively shop for organic food. If you don't know how to cook, there aren't a lot of great organic TV dinners and canned items, it's mostly raw ingredients. Even if you do know how to cook, boiling whole wheat noodles is different than boiling white noodles. If you don't know the trusted brands, then you can easily get suckered into buying the same GMO, artificial foods that you'd buy at the supermarket, just at a higher price. If you want to shop organic, then you need to set aside some time to do the research and learn to cook.

Where to Buy?

Even if you have the income and the knowledge, you might not have the access. You can't find organic foods just anywhere. Mass-produced, industrial corn syrup sweetened cereals? Sure. Free range eggs? Maybe not. If you don't have a farmer's market or an organic grocery store within a comfortable distance, then your only option is to drive for several hours each grocery trip, and that's just not practical. This can be offset by farming and homesteading if you live in a rural area, but by and large, if you don't have access to organic markets, then you're not going to be eating organic food.

Spoilage

In an episode of The Simpsons, the family shops at an organic food market, and their food has spoiled between the time they've checked out with the clerk, and the conveyor belt has rolled the food over to the grocery bags. This is an exaggeration for the sake of humor, of course, but without artificial preservatives, organic food does tend to spoil more quickly, which, again, is a concern if you need to buy in bulk for any reason.

Pros to Shopping and Eating Organic Food

All of this being said, there are a lot of upsides, as well:

Your Health

If you have access to organic food, it really is worth the extra time, money and effort, because you're going to feel better and live longer. Consider how fiber differs between organic and mass-produced products. Instant oatmeal grinds oats down into near-powder form, so that the resulting meal is a thin paste, the fiber broken down to the point where it's really of little use to your body anymore. Steel cut oats, like you'll find in an organic store, are bigger, crunchier, and coarser, providing real, useful fiber that will keep your body energized.

The Flavor

Organic food just tastes better. It's not loaded with chemicals, dyes, flavors and sweeteners that affect the flavor. The whole wheat is actually whole wheat. It's not bleached, bland white bread and pasta. If you're tired of chalky, bitter canned coffee, try some fresh-roasted beans from the organic food market. Once you try eating organic foods, you’ll likely find it hard to go back to the bland sameness of supermarket foods.

The Planet

Simply by nature of not supporting GMO-producing mega conglomerates, you're earning a lot of positive karma. Maybe one shopper can't make a huge difference, but as more and more people turn to organic and away from mass-produced junk, the demand will be made clear.

Taking care of yourself and the planet is a big part of what makes the organic food movement so popular, but if we can ignore the moral and ethical implications, let's just consider that organic food really does taste better. Mass-produced foods have convenience and cost benefits over organic foods, but their advantages really do end there. If you have the access and the income, there's little reason not to choose organic

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Lifestyle, the most vital factor everyone in the race is for. With the growing day to day needs and the objective of achieving more than what 24 hours has to offer, we are left behind with sedentary habits. Lack of physical activity, increased levels of stress and exposure to a not-so-healthy diet has led to problems ranging from small to big.

Fertility is one important aspect greatly influenced by the lifestyle, to which stress is the major contributor. Anxiety, depression, guilt can significantly reduce fertility as well. Yoga, with not only its proven positive effects since time immemorial, also plays an important role in elevating fertility levels. This does not mean, one can completely rely upon yoga to overcome the major issues and replace the artificial reproductive technologies, but can simply practice it to make the body ‘conception-ready’.

Below are some of the benefits why one should consider yoga as a means to enhance fertility:

  • Stress :

                                                    

Cortisol is the adrenal hormone essential to regulate and maintain the levels of stress in the body, there by establishing homeostasis. The levels fluctuate whole day depending upon the levels of stress involved. A consistent increase in this level leads to a cascade of problems like impaired cognitive functions, thyroid issues, infertility etc.  Yoga is a great way to beat stress and achieve peace of mind. Since yoga not only involves bodily movements, but also directs the breathing regime.  The breathing techniques help reduce the levels of cortisol, thereby enhancing the chances of conception.

 

  • Detoxification:

                                                

Detoxification is process by which body removes toxins to maintain the normal metabolism. When this does not occur at specified intervals, the body might feel tired and sluggish which greatly affects the sexual drive. Practicing yoga helps detoxify the body since it helps relax the connective tissues and muscles. 

  • Boosts immune system:

                                               

 

Immune system is the defense mechanism of the body, through which it keeps various diseases at bay. Impairment in this system affects fertility to some extent. Since yoga helps you find the inner solace it helps increase the number of white blood cells which fight against the bacteria and viruses.

  • Circulation enhancement:

                                          

Sometimes the sole reason for pregnancy hindrance could be sufficient blood not reaching the reproductive organs. Certain yoga postures pay great emphasis on blood circulation around the reproductive organs, thus creating a feasible environment for conception

 

  • Healthy ovaries and better hormones:

                                            

 

Some yoga poses reroute the blood flow to reach the ovaries increasing oxygenation, which in-turn plays a vital in easy conception. Also, if the woman is already undergoing ARTs followed by hormonal therapy, practicing yoga can elevate the effect of the hormones, thus aiding conception.

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Testosterone is the hormone required for normal development and functioning of male reproductive organs and promoting secondary sexual characters like, elevating the muscle mass, increasing the bone mass and growth of body hair. A deficiency in the levels of this hormone in men results in a condition called hypogonadism. In late 1930s, a class of drugs was developed to overcome this condition, which would aid in treating - impotency, delayed puberty and effects of HIV infection. The drugs were also helpful in treating several forms of anemia, osteoporosis, burns and wounds.  These drugs were called ‘Anabolic Androgenic Steroids’ or just ‘Anabolic Steroids’ colloquially. These can be administered orally, topically or as a shot in the muscles.

With the increased understanding of the positive effects of this drug, abuse of this drug was a much expected outcome. Abuse is usually referred when the quantity consumed is way too higher than the prescribed limits. Athletes, body-builders and weight-lifters, used anabolic steroids to add appeal to their fitness and appearance.

Why are these steroids so enticing?

  • They promote development of muscle mass and skeletal mass by reducing body fat. An hour glass silhouette or a well built up body, who wouldn’t dream of it?
  • It propels performance exponentially in athletes and sportsmen, since the dosage is usually 10-100 times more than the prescribed limits.
  • The urge to take risks in adolescence, similar to alcoholism or other illicit drugs.

What are the side effects?

  • In men, anabolic steroids can cause reversible or irreversible changes to the hormonal system, leading to:

    • Reduced sperm count
    • Shrinkage of the testicles, both of which lead to impotency
    • Gynecomastia, which is development of breasts in men
  • Similarly, in women too it can cause both reversible and irreversible changes to hormonal system, leading to:
    • Enlargement of clitoris
    • Coarseness of skin
    • Increase in the volume of body hair
    • Decreased breast size
    • Deepening of  voice

Apart of these, the overdose can also effect the cardiovascular system, liver functioning, behavioral changes etc.

Treatment:

  • Counseling
  • Quitting the usage, where medications are given to overcome withdrawal symptoms
  • Teaching the adolescents about both the positive and negative effects can help
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Alcohol is known to reduce fertility in both men and women. Though a light dose of drink on and off won’t hurt your health, but too much of drinking is always a problem. Even if you are not trying to conceive now, it could affect your fertility health later. Here is an insight on the same-

Lower fertility levels

lower fertility levels

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Both men and women are known to suffer from lower fertility levels when they are drinking heavily. In women, it is known to reduce reproductive systems along with creating acute hormonal imbalance. This imbalance causes irregular menstrual cycles, changes in ovulation dates, etc. For men it results in reduced sperm count and lower sperm quality as it has an adverse effect on hormones and overall health too.

Risk of Miscarriage

risks of miscarriage

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Women are more prone to risks of miscarriage too because of their drinking habits. It has been seen that women who drink heavily right up to conception are known to have higher miscarriage risks as compared to those who don’t. The first three months pose a higher risk of miscarriage for such mothers.

Lower chances of conception

lower chances of conception

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Drinking about 1-5 drinks every week means that you are lowering your chances at conception. If you drink more than 10 glasses of alcohol in a a week, it takes a toll for the worse. Here is why-

  • Binge drinking is known to make you fatter. And this leads to obesity, which is known as the biggest hindrance for conception. Most alcohol drinks are known to contain high amounts of sugar too, which in turn again leads to weight gain and hampers your fertility.
  • Chances of having unprotected sex during a drunk state is much higher. Contrary to popular beliefs that it could mean unwanted pregnancy it also means unwanted diseases like Chlamydia, which are responsible for causing infertility.
  • Alcohol drinking also means that there is a lower chance of conceiving at later stages. Women are known to reduce their fertility rates and get earlier menopause because of heavy drinking.

The sperm and fertility

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Along with reduced levels of sperm, alcohol is also known to reduce testosterone levels, which means loss of libido. Furthermore, it is known for metabolising vitamin A, which is essential for development of healthy sperm. On another note, alcohol is known as a toxic for the testes because it reduces production of the sperms too.

What you can do?

say no to alcohol

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One of the best options here is to reduce drinking or start drinking less while there is time. You should remember that reducing alcohol would act as a booster to conceive. You should restrain your drinking to 1-2 units of alcohol, which is about a 175 ml glass of wine in a week.

Risks for baby

risks for baby

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You are putting your child at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) because this alcohol goes directly to the baby through your placenta. For the unborn child, this is more of a threat for survival along with risks for the liver. Overall growth and development of the baby is impacted because of heavy drinking.

So quit drinking today if you are planning to start a healthy family in the near future.
   

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