There are conflicting reports of whether cannabis smoking harms male fertility. While studies looking at human and animal cannabis abuse confirm adverse effects to sperm health, data on moderate consumption is scarce. A recent study using Male fertility patients looked at subfertile men who had ever smoked cannabis. The results indicated that both past and present smokers of marijuana actually had higher levels of sperm concentrations compared to men who had never smoked. More research on marijuana use and fertility is still needed.
Berries are rich in antioxidants that are crucial for anyone, especially those who exercise. During exercising, whether it be weightlifting, spinning, or running, free radicals are created in the body. Free radicals are created due to the stress that is being put on the body during exercise.
Collagen is the main protein in the vaginal canal and is a thin lining that separates the internal and external surfaces of the vagina. Collagen plays a role in supporting vaginal elasticity, and strengthening the pelvic floor and reproductive tract, which is important for birth. Collagen is not only needed during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks, but should be supplemented post pregnancy to replenish lost collagen during birth.
While the ketogenic diet is more focused on keeping carbs below a certain range, those following a low-carb diet will also need to limit their daily carb intake. The three macronutrients are protein, fat and carbs. Coming from a standard diet you’re greatly reducing your carb intake, and unless you track, it can be easy to over eat carbohydrates in the beginning.
Fats that are solid at room temperature can give food a crumbly texture. They are called shorteners as they break down gluten into shorter strands hindering the formation of gluten (which would make the dough more stretchy) by preventing the flour from absorbing water.
Touted for its weight loss benefits, the Keto or Ketogenic diet has been in the spotlight again after a long hiatus. It is a diet that has been used for many different things over the years as this article will explore. There are many questions around how to execute this way of eating, how to stay on track, how to overcome the introduction phase as you enter ketosis, as well as the sustainability of such a diet.
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Metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) is a cluster of physiological symptoms that contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease. Some signs of MetSyn are a large waistline, obesity, high LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and high fasting glucose. Some other symptoms that may be associated with MetSyn are gout and kidney stones.
Risk factors for MetSyn include a high glycemic diet, a sedentary lifestyle and a family history of diabetes. Controllable factors are diet and lifestyle. There are many ways to support a person with a familial tendency to MetSyn naturally. Health reform should always start in the kitchen. Foods that are linked to MetSyn are fast and junk food, high carbohydrate and glycemic foods. Foods that are high glycemic are white flour, white rice, white sugar, found in pasta, bread, crackers, cookies, dates etc.
When you walk into a ‘health food store’ you can be pretty sure to find something that is beneficial to take for what ails you - anything from a cold to cancer. Is there an advantage to seeing a naturopathic doctor prior to purchasing that vitamin or herb? You bet there is!
Consider this - you are an individual. You may have more than one health concern happening at the same time. You may also be on prescription medication. Walking into a store and purchasing something to address one symptom might help, but there might be something better suited to your specific needs. You want what you take to be effective for your concern. And sometimes what’s