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Robert Johnston – Exercises for Pregnancy

Robert Johnston – Exercises for Pregnancy

We’d like to introduce to you, our resident expert on physical exercise and training. Robert Johnston. The following is a transcript for a Q & A session that we recently did: (H3 = Healthy3, RJ = Robert Johnston) (H3) How did you get involved in personal training? (RJ) Coming from New Zealand I have always been interested in sports as a child, but...

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High Fat Diet Increases Breast Cancer Risk

High Fat Diet Increases Breast Cancer Risk

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is worth noting that diet can have a big impact on this illness. Women who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer are strongly encouraged to cut out high fat dairy foods such as cheese, cream, whole milk and full fat yoghurt. So does a high fat diet affect the risk of breast cancer? A study of 1,893 breast cancer...

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Homeopathic remedies for morning sickness

Homeopathic remedies for morning sickness

Morning sickness is a condition that affects more than half of pregnant women. The nausea can be mild or lead to vomiting. This can often be the first sign of pregnancy as it usually starts from the 6th week of pregnancy and lasts until the 12th week. It can affect some women throughout the whole pregnancy. There are several homeopathic remedies that are extremely...

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Breast Milk Boosts Children’s Immunity

Breast Milk Boosts Children’s Immunity

As this week is officially World Breastfeeding Week, an annual event, endorsed by WHO and UNICEF, this article highlights some of the benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk has been found to contain more than 700 species of beneficial bacteria. Spanish scientists have used a technique based on DNA sequencing to identify a set of bacteria in breast milk called...

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Can Grape Seed Extract Protect Against Norovirus?

A recent study has found that grape seed extract can reduce the severity and potentially provide as good a protection as Norovirus vaccines, which are being lined up as part of a mass vaccination programme to prevent this illness in babies. Scientists from Ghent University in Belgium have discovered that grape seed extract may be a genuine alternative to the...

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Safe Exercises during Pregnancy

Safe Exercises during Pregnancy

Being pregnant does not mean you have to totally stop exercising but you do need to avoid doing high impact exercises. It is hard to find out which exercises are safe for during pregnancy so I have made a list of a few exercises that can be useful if you are expecting a baby. Have a Swim Swimming is a good form of exercise as it works on the whole of your body by...

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Homeopathic treatment for heartburn in pregnancy

Heartburn in pregnancy can be quite distressing and cause a lot of discomfort for women at this time. It is caused by the pregnancy maintaining hormone, Progesterone, which causes the valve at the top of the stomach to relax, which allows small amounts of acid to rise up into the oesophagus. This results in a burning sensation and usually affects 50% of all pregnant...

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Is iodine essential during pregnancy?

Is iodine essential during pregnancy?

Pregnant women need to ensure that they eat foods that contain iodine, but is iodine essential during pregnancy? Researchers have discovered that a lack of this mineral can result in children having lower IQ and reading ability. A study of more than 1,000 pregnant women found that two thirds were found to be deficient in iodine. The results found that the lower the...

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Is it safe to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

People are always asking “Is it safe to take antidepressants during pregnancy” and there is a lot of confusing information, but recent research has given some clear results. Researchers have found that women who take antidepressant medications such as Prozac and Seroxat during pregnancy are at a higher risk of giving birth to children with life...

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Homeopathy for Childrens Sleep Problems

Homeopathy for Childrens Sleep Problems

Most young children (newborns through to toddlers) will unfortunately suffer with sleep problems at some part of their lives. Babies,under 6 months, will generally wake up during the night due to hunger, so feeding patterns may need to be looked at. Persistent sleep problems will have an impact on parents and the child. Your child may also be suffering with colic or...

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Is stress in pregnancy transmitted to babies?

Is stress in pregnancy transmitted to babies?

A pregnant woman can pass on her stress to her unborn child through the placenta. According to researchers, this can lead to disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, which are more common and serious in male offspring. Read on to learn more about stress in pregnancy… Dr Tracy Bale, lead researcher from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary...

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Can Fish Oils During Pregnancy Prevent Baby Eczema

Fish oils have been found to protect unborn babies from eczema. The Australian scientists have discovered that mothers who took omega 3 supplements were less likely to have babies with eczema. Studies have found that taking omega 3 supplements during pregnancy also resulted in a 50 per cent less chance of developing intolerance to eggs. Researchers at Adelaide...

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