Nutrition For Pregnancy
Jan 22nd, 2014 by Aldouspi

Nutrition For Pregnancy

How do you make sure that you have a healthy nutrition pregnancy and that you are on the right track?

Making sure that you truly have nutrition for a healthy pregnancy is one of the most important things. Not following a proper nutrition and specific pregnancy exercise is something that can cause not only a lot of harm to your own body but also that of the child growing inside of you.

It is very important that you are following all of your doctor's orders and having yourself all the vitamins and nutrients so that you can have a pregnancy with little complications.

Skipping meals, eating poorly, and trying to diet while pregnant can be serious threats to the development of the baby. After the first trimester, in fact, a woman should add around 300 calories a day of healthy and nutritional foods. She should expect to gain an average of 25-30 pounds during her pregnancy.

Below is a list of special nutritional needs during pregnancy.
(If you are not sure if she is meeting these needs should consult her doctor)

Iron supports the growth of the fetus and helps a woman produce more blood. If the mother does not get enough iron, the fetus will take the iron it needs from her blood. Pregnant women should get about 30 milligrams (mg) of iron a day. Most women do not start pregnancy with enough iron in their blood. The doctor may prescribe an iron supplement to prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Foods that contain iron include meat, poultry, fish, legumes such as beans, and whole-grain and enriched grain products. Iron from animal products is better absorbed by the body than that from plant sources. Eating good sources of vitamin C, such as citrus fruit, broccoli, and tomatoes, can help the body absorb more iron.

Folic acid is key to the development of the spinal cord.

It helps make new cells and genetic material. Its most important job is helping to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.

During pregnancy, the recommended daily amount of folic acid rises to 600 mcg. Based on the woman's medical history and test results, the doctor may recommend 400-800 mcg of folic acid a day. Many foods are fortified with folic acid, including those made with enriched flour or grain products, such as bread and rice. This makes it easier for a woman to get all the folic acid she needs before and during pregnancy. Other food sources include green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, dark yellow vegetables, and fruits such as mangoes, papaya, peaches and pumpkin, beans, and nuts.

Calcium and phosphorus help to form the bones of the fetus. The RDA for calcium is 1,000 mg for most pregnant women over age 18, and 1,300 mg for pregnant women under age 18. If a pregnant woman does not get enough calcium, the fetus will take what it needs from calcium stored in her bones. Milk, yogurt, and other dairy products are the best sources of calcium. Other sources include tofu with added calcium, calcium-fortified orange juice, sardines, salmon with bones, and dark green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, kale, and mustard greens. Vitamin D works to help the body use calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D is found in fortified milk and sunshine.

If you want to learn more, visit: Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy for everything you ever wanted to know about pregnancy healthy eating.

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Hair Loss and Diet
Dec 29th, 2013 by Aldouspi

Hair Loss and Diet

You think diet has nothing to do with hair loss or improving hair growth? Well think again. Hippocrates said, "Your remedies shall be your food, and your food shall be your remedies", many years ago in ancient Greece.

With that said, it is important to look at what you eat to help strengthen, promote hair growth and in some cases, if taken with an herbal supplement, stop hair loss. To help drive the point on the importance of diet, in promoting healthy hair, here is the result of a study done in Japan. Normally in Japan, hair loss was not normal, but recently it was found that more and more Japanese men were beginning to lose their hair. The study found that the main reason for this is that the Japanese men are turning to a more western diet, rather than the traditional Japanese diet.

So what should I change in my diet to promote healthy hair? Having lived in Japan for four years, I am very much aware of the eating habits of the Japanese. Their traditional diet consists of large amounts of fish and poultry dishes. It also consists of lots of fruits and vegetables and very little red meat. They also eat a lot of soy products and seaweed. I never got into eating seaweed, and you do not need to get into it either.

The diet that many of the specialists recommend to stop hair loss and promote hair growth is:

* Complex Carbohydrates: These come from fruits, vegetables and beans.
* Monounsaturated Fats: These are obtained from olive oil and nut oils. Some specific oils recommended are extra virgin olive, cashew oil, avocado oil, etc.
* Lean Protein: This means cutting out red meat and eating more poultry such as chicken and turkey.

Also include more fish. Especially fish that is high in Omega - 3. It is all right to have one serving of lean red meat a week.
* Soy Products: There are lots of products now made with soybeans. I especially enjoy the soy burger found in the freezer section of your grocery store and other soy products. I do not eat tofu I do draw a line...

If you follow a diet like this, to improve your hair, you my want to also take a herbal supplement that specially targets the hair to prevent hair loss, and promote hair growth. These supplements have specific ingredients that target the hair and scalp, to prevent hair loss and encourage hair growth.

Jimmy Chase started losing his hair when he turned 50. He has done lots of studies on loss of hair, in both men and women, to determine what works and what doesn't. He has successfully stopped his hair loss and has even re-grown some of his hair. He wants to help other people learn what he has learned, on stopping hair loss and re-growing hair.

Visit his web site No Longer Balding to learn the way he was able to conquer his hair loss.

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