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    Cervical Cancer IS Preventable

    By Maya.dxb

    , I would like to take this opportunity to give you some background on cervical cancer and its primary cause the Human PapillomaVirus. It is really important to know that "Cervical Cancer IS Preventable!" Cervical cancer is one of around 200 different types of cancer, a disease caused by the abnormal growth and division of cells that make up the cervix. Cervical cancer develops when abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix begin to multiply out of control in response to HPV infection. Abnormal cervical cells can gather to form a lump called a tumor. Benign (non-cancerous) tumors do not spread and usually are not harmful, malignant (cancerous) tumors, however, spread from their sources and grow into life-threatening cancer. Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by some type of human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that infects half of all people at some point in their lives. More than two-thirds of cervical cancer cases are attributed to high-risk HPV types 16 and 18. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common life-threatening cancer among women after breast cancer, with an incidence rate of 4.8 per 100,000 women per year in the Middle East and 9.9 per 100,000 women in UAE. It is also the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. The UAE

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    It is not just how much fat you have, or your weight, but rather, the distribution of fat in your body that plays an important role in the development of certain diseases.

    Latest scientific evidence has reported that waist-to-hip ratio may be another valuable marker, if not a greater indicator of some cardiovascular illnesses (ex. coronary heart disease, stroke) than the commonly-used measure of BMI. Elevated central or abdominal body fat (measured by waist-to-hip ratio), is significantly associated with higher risks of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It was also shown that abdominal obesity has a stronger effect on stroke risk than BMI.

    While it is difficult to disentangle the two measures, they should both be taken into account when estimating the impact of fat distribution on health and identifying patients at risk of cardiovascular diseases.

    By Ms. Ayla Coussa

    Clinical Dietitian

    Fakih IVF

  2. I loved loved loved loved loved this recipe!

    I have to be honest baking is not something I am good at or I enjoy. But for these amazingly yummy and healthy chocolate brownies I am quite happy to invest 70 min of my pressure time.

    Preparation time: 20-30 min    Sweet-potatoe-chocolate-brownie-225x300.

    Cooking time: 50 min



    • 500g of sweet potatoes (about 2 medium)
    • 12 medjool dates
    • 6 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
    • 100g of ground almonds
    • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
    • a pinch of salt
    • 100g of ground oats
    • 6 tablespoons of raw cacao powder


    • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
    • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
    • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder


    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan).
    2. Peel the sweet potatoes, cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about twenty minutes, until they become really soft.
    3. Remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates.
    4. Remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well.
    5. Place into a lined baking dish and cook for about forty-five to fifty minutes, until you can pierce the brownie with a fork and bring it out dry.
    6. While the brownies are cooking make the icing by simply melting all the ingredients together and stirring well, then place in a fridge for 15 to firm up a bit.
    7. Remove the brownies from the tray and leave to cool completely before icing. Spread the icing on top.
    8. Cut into desired pieces and enjoy!

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  3. There are several acts in place, such as the Clean Water Act, to help keep drinking water safe and clean. Unfortunately, not all water sources meet the federal requirements for water quality. Even if you have city water that is already treated, it can pick up several contaminants in the pipes on the way to your tap. Picking up a water filter pitcher is an easy way to reduce at least some of these contaminants and achieve better tasting water.

    Some of these contaminants are relatively harmless, while others are extremely dangerous and potentially deadly, such as lead. (source)

    The increasing problem of water contamination across the country has gave way to a new era of water filtration. There are tons of pitcher filters out there from various manufacturers, but they all work similarly. Most of them have a pour tray, which is an area on the top of the pitcher that hold water while it is waiting to be filtered. Once water drips down through the filter, it goes directly to the lower reservoir, where it is ready to be poured and drank.

    Among the most popular brands are PUR, Brita, ZeroWater, MAVEA, and Clear2o. We've taken some of their most popular models and compared them below.

    Comparison Table

    We've compiled all of the important features of each water filter pitcher in the following table.

    PUR Classic 11-Cup Brita Everyday 10-Cup ZeroWater ZP-010 MAVEA Elemaris 1005727 Clear2o CWS100AW 
    Capacity 11 cups 10 cups 10 cups 9 cups 9 cups
    Filter Capacity 40 gallons 40 gallons Varies Varies 50 gallons
    Corresponding Filter Pitcher Filter CRF-950Z Standard Brita replacment ZR-017 MAVEA 1001122 CWF101
    Contaminants Reduced 21 21 99.6% of all dissolved solids Unknown 53
    Filter Material Coconut Shells, carbon granules Carbon granules Carbon granules, micro cloth, & more Carbon granules Solid carbon block
    BPA Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Warranty 90 days 90 days 90 days Unknown 90 days
    Filter Indicator Mechanism LED light Sticker TDS meter MAVEA Smart meter Smart filter indicator

    Mobile users may have to rotate to horizontal to view the entire table

    As you can tell, the pitchers filters have their similarities and differences. Picking the best unit boils down to finding the one that suits your exact needs (countertop space, specific aesthetic preferences, output needed, and filter applications). We discuss more about their specific functions below.

    Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon!

    PUR Classic Water Filtration System Pitcher

    PUR Classic Water Filtration System 11-Cup Pitcher with Filter Change LED Indicator Light

    Top Features

    • Thumb activated lid
    • LED indicator light so its easy to know when the filter should be changed
    • Removes 96% of mercury and 95% of industrial pollutants
    • Holds 11 cups of water

    The thumb activated lid of this pitcher makes it super easy to refill. The lid also has a spout cover which helps prevent spills, a plus for anyone with children. The water does not come out too hard or fast like with some other pitchers. The spout cover also keeps out any odor and particulates, keeping your water fresher - which is great if you're keeping it in the refrigerator with other foods.

    PUR also included an LED indicator light. The light lets you know when it is time to change the filter by turning red. When it is almost time to change it, the light turns yellow. This is a useful feature because this gives you a little time to buy a new filter before it is actually time to replace it.

    If you know your water has mercury in it, or if you live close to an industrial site, this filter would be a good choice for you. It reduces mercury levels by up to 96% and industrial pollutants by up to 95%. Per NSF certification, this filter pitcher reduces 21 different water contaminants. This falls in the middle on our list in terms of filtration power.

    As the largest filter pitcher on this list, the PUR Classic holds up to 11 cups of water. This means you have to refill it less than you would have to refill the other pitchers. Although it is not a drastic difference from the other pitchers, it is still larger, so it would probably work better for a big family. If you've owned a water pitcher before, refilling it can oven be the most annoying part.

    Model Overview

    • Compact design
    • Carbon filters
    • Made from coconut shells
    • Ion exchange technology

    Measuring less than a foot tall, and weighing only around 2 pounds, this compact water filter pitcher is very simple to use and easy to store. To use it, you must first soak the filter for 15 minutes in cold water. Then, you install it in the pitcher and fill up the pour tray. The filter will then filter the water in the pour tray and move the clean, filtered water to the reservoir in the bottom of the pitcher.

    The carbon filters are made from coconut shells and utilize ion exchange technology. The filters are heat treated, which creates thousands of small nooks in the carbon granules. The tap water is then passed through, and with over 200,000 square feet of nooks, the contaminants in your water are trapped and absorbed.


    When you buy this pitcher, it comes with a less durable filter. Typically the filters last about 40 gallons, however, the initial filter sometimes can sometimes not last as long. It's almost like a trial run. However, refills are pretty inexpensive and they should all last for the full 40 gallons.

    Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon!

    Brita 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher

    Brita 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, BPA Free, White

    Top Features

    • Sticker filter indicator
    • Easy to pour and refill
    • 10-cup capacity
    • Sleek oval design

    Like most units on our list, the Brita Everyday Water Pitcher has some sort of mechanism to let you know when it is time to change the filter. However, unlike the other pitchers, the Everyday uses a sticker indicator which simply serves as a reminder that you place on the pitcher itself or on your fridge. If this isn't your thing, Brita does make other electronic models.

    With a comfort grip handle and a removable lid, the reservoir is easy to pour and refill. The comfort grip handle reduces strain while picking up and pouring. This can be useful with kids, and even just clumsy adults. Instead of a thumb activated lid, the lid will come completely off and you can fill up the pour tray with ease.

    Although it is not the largest pitcher on our list, it is a very close second. With enough room to hold 10 cups of water, this and the ZeroWater pitcher are great choices for people who require large capacity pitchers. The 40-gallon filter allows you to get about 60 refills on a single use. Typically, this will last you about 2 months before a refill is needed.

    The oval design of this pitcher makes it easy to store in almost any refrigerator. The oval design of this unit allows the pitcher to hold a lot of water while taking up minimal space. The oval design also makes it easy to hold and support while you are pouring.

    Model Overview

    • Carbon Filters
    • Can be used in any Brita pitcher

    The first time you use the filter that is included with the pitcher, you will have to pre soak it. To do so, run it under cold tap water for 15 seconds, then it is ready to install. The replacement filters do not have to be pre soaked and can be installed immediately. Unlike the PUR Classic, and others on this list, the initial soak time is considerably less, 15 seconds versus 15 minutes.

    This Brita uses a carbon filter and works similarly to the one the PUR Classic uses. As water passes through the filter, carbon granules trap and absorb various contaminants. However, it is recommended you discard 3 pitchers of water after you put in a new filter. Carbon dust can commonly be found in the first 3 pitchers, so it is best to throw them out or use them as gray water for watering plants. This is typical with many water filtration systems.


    Well, this may not be a disadvantage for everyone, but the sticker filter mechanism could be easy to ignore. Rather than having a light that tells you when the change is needed. For some, this is difficult to manage as the sticker has to either go on your fridge or on the pitcher itself.

    Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon!

    ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher

    ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher with Free TDS Meter (Total Dissolved Solids) - ZP-010

    Top Features

    • Reduces lead and chromium
    • One handed design - can get water without pouring
    • Digital TDS meter

    What sets this pitcher apart from others on the list is its 5 stage filtration system. This 5 stage filtration system can remove up to 99.6% of dissolved solids, which will be discussed more in-depth shortly . The comprehensive filtration system is what makes ZeroWater the only filtration system that meets the FDAs requirements for bottled water. And unlike reverse osmosis, which a lot of other filtration systems use, the ZeroWater system uses gravity, so it won't waste any water or electricity.

    The ZeroWater filtration system is also the only one certified by the NSF to reduce lead and chromium. Chromium-6 can cause a myriad of health problems, including cramps, intestinal bleeding, and liver and kidney problems. Lead is also extremely dangerous, it can build up in your system over time and is unsafe at any level. While some of the other filters will reduce the presence of lead, the ZeroWater pitcher is the only one to be NSF certified to do so.

    The one handed, push to dispense design makes this pitcher easy to use. You don’t have to worry about spilling it, since the spout is only open when you push the button on the handle.

    You won't have to use two hands to steady the pitcher, either. It has a small plastic spigot towards the bottom of the reservoir. This makes it easy to get water directly from the pitcher without every taking it out of your fridge. It is easy to open and close and does not leak between uses.

    This is one of the top recommendations for families with small children since the spigot is easy to use. Instead of having them pick up the entire pitcher, and probably spill it at least once, they can just open the spigot and get themselves a glass of water.

    As mentioned earlier, this 5 stage filtration system on this unit can remove 99.6% of TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). The pitcher also comes with a free TDS meter. A TDS meter measures the amount of dissolved substances that can negatively affect your water. If the TDS is too high, above 006, that means it is time to change the filter, which is also easy to do.

    Model Overview

    • 5 stage filtration
    • Ion exchange technology
    • Gravity powered

    Instead of relying solely carbon or reverse osmosis, ZeroWater allows gravity to do all of the work. The first step in the filtration process is passing the water through activated carbon infused micro cloth. Next, the water passes through a multi-layer system to reduce alloys, by using carbon and oxidation. Next comes the distributor, which maximizes the contact time of the water, which allows a high percentage of contaminants to be trapped and absorbed.

    The water then goes through a comprehensive ion exchange array and finishes by passing through a non-woven membrane, designed to remove fine particles. At the end of the filtering process, you have perfectly clean, great tasting water.


    Compared to the Brita Everyday and the Mavea 1005727, this pitcher is less sleek. The design is somewhat boxy and clunky, definitely not as smooth and balanced as some of the others. However, it is still easy to store, so if aesthetics are not the most important thing to you, this pitcher would be an amazing addition for your kitchen. 

    Also given the functionality of the spigot, aesthetics may not be an issue.​

    Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon!

    Clear2o CWS100AW Water Filtration Pitcher

    Clear2o CWS100AW Water Filtration Pitcher

    Top Features

    • Intelligent filter indicator
    • Adapts to faucet
    • Reduces up to 53 contaminants
    • Filter lasts for 50 gallons

    Although not unique to this pitcher, its intelligent filter indicator is a very useful feature. The indicator, like the others, is green when the filter is in good condition, and red when it is no longer working correctly and needs to be replaced. Unlike the PUR, there is no yellow "warning light" to warn you when the filter has almost reached its capacity. So, once the light turns red, it is important that you change it as soon as possible.

    The Clear2o pitcher attaches to your sink's faucet and utilizes the pressure from it to provide maximum filtration. This obviously makes it easy to fill. But, on top of that, it is also easy to install. Although it is not recommended on spraying faucets, many conventional faucets will work great with this unit. Some people would see this as an inconvenience, but it actually has a host of benefits. By utilizing your faucet's water pressure, this filter has superior filtering capability and will filter all the water you run through it. It is less prone to spills during filling and the pressure allows for quicker filtration.

    This is perhaps the most broadly effective filter on our list, filtering out 53 different contaminants. However, the water may not be as pure as the ZeroWater. The EPA has designated 80 various possible contaminants that could adversely affect your health. Most tap water, especially if it was already treated by the city, will not have 53+ contaminants, but this is a great choice if you do not know specifically what is in your water and you want to cover all your bases.

    Beating every other pitcher filter on this list, the Clear2o can last up to 50 gallons per filter. that may not sound like a huge difference, but it is 25% more than the other pitcher's filters. Over time, this can save time on replacements. The filter can be easily installed in just a matter of minutes.

    Model Overview

    The pitcher comes with an adapter kit that you must use to install and connect the pitcher to your faucet. Once the pitcher is attached, the pressure from your faucet forces the water through the solid carbon block filter.

    A solid carbon block filter is similar to the other carbon filters that some of the other pitchers use, but instead of small granules of carbon that the water can easily pass through, this is a solid block of carbon that requires pressure to force the water through. Solid carbon is actually more effective than carbon granules and will remove more contaminants. As the water is forced through the carbon block, the carbon traps and absorbs the 53 different contaminants. Once the filter has reached the end of its life and it is time to replace it, you can easily remove the old filter and install the new one.


    What really sets this pitcher apart, and not in the best way, is the fact that you must attach it to your faucet to fill. This isn’t especially hard to do, but it is one extra step that you wouldn’t have to take with any of the other pitcher filters. Also, if you have a sprayer style faucet, unfortunately, you will not be able to use this unit. Be sure to check your faucet against the required specs before buying.

    Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon!

    Mavea 1005727 Elemaris XL 9 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher

    MAVEA 1005727 Elemaris XL 9-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher, Eggplant

    Top Features

    • Pour through lid
    • Mavea smart meter
    • Rubber feet and handle
    • No pre-soaking of filters needed

    Unlike any of the other pitchers, the Elemaris features a unique pour through lid. This means you can just turn on the sink and hold the pitcher underneath it. The lid opens when you put it under the running water, and when the reservoir is full, the lid shuts by itself. It is pretty much impossible to overfill, making it considerably cleaner than the other pitchers as well.

    Another feature setting the Elemaris apart is its MAVEA Smart meter. The Smart meter measures hardness of the water, water volume, and how long the filter has been used. The Smart meter also lets you know when to replace the filter, taking the guesswork out of getting clean water. Although other pitchers on this list have some sort of meter or indicator, this is the only one that measures hardness and volume. So if water hardness is a concern for you, this is the best choice.

    On top of the already sleek design, this pitcher also has rubber feet and a rubber handle. The rubber feet make it less likely to slip or slide around in the fridge. It also makes it less likely to be tipped over. In addition, the rubber feet help to prevent surface scratches. So, if you have nice countertops that you need to take special care of, buying the Elemaris is a good way to get some extra piece of mind.

    The rubber handle makes it easy to hold and makes it harder to drop. Not that it is impossible to drop, but the rubber handle allows you to get a better grip and keeps you from holding onto slippery plastic.

    If you have had a water pitcher filter before, then you know it is standard practice to have to rinse or presoak the filters before you actually use them. With the exception of the Brita replacement filters, the filters for the other pitchers must be pre-soaked. This can be a tedious and annoying step, and one that can be easily forgotten. And unfortunately, if you forget to pre-soak the filter, it can drastically affect its performance. Luckily, the filter for the MAVEA Elemaris XL does not have to be pre-soaked at all. This can save you lots of time and is a plus if you’re a bit lazy about changing filters. Not only will this save you time, it also means you don’t have to worry about the initial performance of the filter.

    Model Overview

    The MAVEA Elemaris utilizes a familiar, but unique filtration system. The filter uses carbon granules to reduce water contaminants. As you can tell, carbon granules are a very popular option when it comes to water filtering, because they are so effective. However, the major drawback of carbon granule filters is that some of the small, black, carbon flecks leak out of the filter and into the water. Thankfully, the filter on the Elemaris contains a micro screen, which catches any flecks before they can find their way to your water.

    The Elemaris filter is also treated with silver. At first, this sounds strange because usually water filters filter out silver, but none of the silver gets into the filtered water. The silver is there to inhibit the growth of bacteria and provide antimicrobial protection, which extends the life-cycle of the filter. Replacing the filter less often means you will be saving time and money.

    The Elemaris is incredibly sleek, and unsurprisingly, European designed. It has a very distinct, oval design that perfectly balances performance and aesthetics. The unique design shape also allows for a consistent flow rate over the filter. It is manufactured in 6 unique and vibrant colors. The colors include eggplant, ruby red, tangerine, black, and white. This means there is one for everyone, no matter what your style is, or how your kitchen is already decorated.


    Unfortunately, this pitcher filter from MAVEA is tied for last in water capacity, alongside the Clear2o. The pitcher can only hold 9 cups at a time, which is fine for individuals or small families, but bigger families might want to opt for a bigger unit. Although there is not a huge difference between 9 and 10 cups, once you start comparing the MAVEA to the 11 cup pitchers, the difference starts adding up. If you have a large family or just drink a lot of water, a bigger capacity pitcher would simply be less of a hassle.

    Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon!

    Which One to Pick?

    In the end, each pitcher filter is good for a specific type of person. For example, if looks are important to you, you probably would not want the ZeroWater pitcher, but the Brita Everyday or MAVEA Elemaris might be good options. Alternatively, if you are most concerned with how many contaminants are filtered out, the ZeroWater or Clear2o are the ones that would be best for you.

    If you are having trouble picking one, start by eliminating 2 or 3 pitcher filters you definitely don’t want. Once you have it narrowed down to a couple of pitchers, compare all the features, including aesthetics and price, until you can choose one that makes the most sense.

    All of the pitcher filters on this list are best-selling models and are known to perform well, so if you really can't choose one, picking one at random will still get you a high quality pitcher filter. They are all capable of significantly reducing water contaminants to keep you and your children healthy.

    Why Invest in a Water Filtration Pitcher?

    • Reduces plastic bottle waste
    • Saves money
    • Better tasting & cleaner water

    One of the most alluring aspects of water filters is the possibility of saving lots of money. Instead of having to buy bottled water over and over, you can simply use a filter and reusable bottle. Over time, the savings add up, and although you will still have to pay for the water you use a your house, it is considerably cheaper than buying the same amount bottled at the supermarket.

    Of course, one person buying a water filter won't save the world. However, the Earth has finite resources and landfills continue to grow, so it important you vote with your dollar and be as mindful as possible.

    Water filters are a great way to reduce plastic consumption and help save the planet. A single 40 gallon filter can keep 300 plastic bottles out of landfills. Considering a 40 gallon filter typically lasts about 2 months, that means each year you are saving 1,800 plastic water bottles. Most models on this list have a 40 gallon filter, so after 40 gallons you must replace it. But, the Clear2o CWS100AW's filter lasts for 50 gallons.

    Some contaminants leave a foul taste in your water, such as chlorine. Others leave only a small taste that may have never noticed until trying quality filtered water. Filtered water simply has a cleaner, fresher taste than tap water or some bottled brands. Every filter pitcher on our list will provide you with better tasting H2O than you could get from your faucet.

    Perhaps best of all, using one of the filter pitchers on this list will actually make your water healthier. Water filters can filter out various contaminants, some filter out more than others, but they all significantly improve water quality. Prolonged exposure to contaminants in your water can cause long term health problems such as bladder, liver, kidney, and prostate cancer, kidney and liver problems and/or failure, and vision impairment.

    According to the Water Quality Association, some of the most common contaminants that can be found in your tap include lead, copper, nitrates and nitrites, chromium, cadmium, mercury, and bacteria and viruses. A telltale sign of poor water is obviously discoloration and any kind of odor. However, many water contaminants can be present in perfectly odorless, clear water.

    The contaminants in your water will vary depending on where you live. No matter your location, it is important to remove these compounds before you and your family feel the effects. (source

    Some filters, such as the Brita Everyday and the Pur Classic, specialize in reducing mercury. Other filters, like the Clear2o, remove and reduce over 50 contaminants found in water. This is options are idea if you’re looking to cover the most bases possible.

    We recommend getting a test done of your water supply and then picking an appropriate filter accordingly if you're overly concerned about your water supply.

    However, the only filter pitcher to be certified by the NSF to reduce both lead and chromium, is the ZeroWater 10 cup pitcher.

    Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon!

    The post Best Water Filter Pitcher Comparison: PUR vs Brita vs. ZeroWater vs. MAVEA vs. Clear2o appeared first on Thrive Cuisine.

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  4. you do not have to eat less; you just have to eat right!


    We often talk about women’s fertility diet, but what we should know is that 35% of infertility cases are attributed to male infertility. A man’s diet is equally as important as a woman’s diet during the pre-conception stage, especially if the couple is facing any kind of fertility issues.

    Important Nutrients for healthy Male fertility:

    Folic Acid: A recent study recommends that folic acid can benefit sperm health. Men with low levels of folate were at a high risk for sperm that contains too little or excessively numerous chromosomes. If an egg is fertilized with one of these abnormal sperm it could result in a birth defect such as Down Syndrome, or an increase risk of miscarriage. The following foods can help you obtain your recommended amount of folic acid intake and one serving a day of any of these foods provides approximately 50-90% of your daily needs.

    • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach

    • Citrus fruits, such as orange juice

    • Beans

    • Breads

    • Cereals

    • Rice

    • Pastas

    Vitamin C:

    Vitamin C (2,000 to 6,000 milligrams daily) helps prevent sperm from clumping or sticking together, improving the chances of fertility and helps sperm from Oxidative Damage. Some of the foods that are rich in Vitamin C, should be eaten raw examples include papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, strawberries, oranges, kiwifruit, cauliflower, kale.

    Remember, drinking store-bought orange juice will not help increase your Vitamin C levels as it’s been pasteurized at high levels and lost its entire DNA protecting abilities; orange juice should be consumed fresh pressed only.


    Zinc was shown to increase testosterone levels, sperm count and sperm motility. Zinc deficiencies are commonly found in both men and women. The reason behind this is that when food is cooked or processed, the zinc content in it can be damaged so we should eat at least 50% raw foods like sesame seeds, raw pumpkin seeds and green peas as we cannot have meat, beef, lamb ,oysters, shrimp raw.


    B12 is one such vitamin that can influence male reproductive health. B12 is an important nutrient that needs to be supplemented to make sure you are getting enough regardless of the state of your digestive system. Some of the best natural sources of B12 include fish, shellfish, beef, fortified cereals and soy products, low-fat dairy, cheese, poultry, and eggs. There are plenty of multivitamins including the B-group vitamin complex that can help ensure that the body has sufficient access to these important compounds.


    L-Carnitine is an important nutrient for men to support their energy, stamina and sperm health. L-Carnitine has been reported to increase sperm health by providing the protection the body needs to counteract free radical damage. Foods rich in L-Carnitine include nuts, seeds, and many vegetables, including artichokes, asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, garlic, mustard greens, okra, and parsley.


    Here are some fertility diet tips for healthy male fertility:

    • Snack nuts and seeds daily

    • Eat at least one large green salad per day

    • Add more green vegetables to your meal

    • Get enough zinc

    • Stick to fresh juices rather than packed one

    • Cut down on Alcohol

    • Eat plenty of foods higher in Vitamin C and anti-oxidants


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  5. So, you need to mow your lawn? It can be pretty therapeutic, but it’s a chore that most of us would rather not have to do, so why not make it as easy as possible by spending a little extra on a cordless lawn mower that takes the hassle out of keeping your lawn tidy? OK, they may be a bit more expensive, but that extra investment can more than makeup for itself in saved time and improved safety from choosing a cordless lawn mower and you about details information  Cordless Lawn Mowers then you go http://www.lawncarepal.com/

    Cordless lawn mowers are an update on the old electric models that required you to chain extension cords together just to reach the edges of your garden. No more do you need to remain tethered to a wall socket! Cordless lawn mowers add a rechargeable lead-acid battery that gives you the freedom of a gas powered lawn mower with the advantages of an electric mower.


    The Advantages

    Cordless Lawn Mower Safety

    Sure, cordless lawn mowers are convenient, but more important in my opinion is the additional safety they offer. Compared with a traditional electric mower, you no longer have to trail an electric cable across your garden risking electric shock from accidentally running over it and slicing into the cord with your mower blade. OK, you can use a circuit breaker, but would you really want to trust your life to one?

    OK, gas powered mowers don’t have this problem, but they give you the issue of having to transport, store and fill the mower with highly volatile gasoline and all the inherent risks of fire this could create.

    All mowers need some maintenance, but with electric mowers, that’s pretty much limited to sharpening the blades once or twice a season. With a gas powered mower, you’ll also need to factor in changing its oil, air filter and spark plug each year and draining or stabilising the fuel at the end of the season.

    If you’re limited on space, it’s worth considering that you’ll need about four square feet to store a gas powered mower. Most cordless mowers, however, can be hung on the wall if necessary. Gas powered mowers also tend to be heavier, which could be an important consideration if you’re not spending every morning lifting weights down the gym!

    Another important consideration is the noise factor! If you’re using a gas powered mower for any length of time, you’ll probably need to invest in a pair of ear defenders. Electric mowers are certainly not silent, but they’re a lot quieter than a gas powered equivalent, so you can give your ears – and your neighbors – a break!

    Of course in this day and age, you’ll also probably be thinking of the environment, and all of those nasty fumes that a gas powered lawn mower will be pumping into the air above your garden. Of course, a cordless lawn mower has no emissions so is clearly the best option (other than a push-wheel of course, which I’d only recommend if you have a very small lawn or are a masochist).

    information by: https://www.consumerreports.org


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    Unexplained and intermittent loss of pregnancies is a sad and baffling condition. There are various non-embryologic components that can be in charge of fizzled IVF. Your immune system secures you against irresistible organisms and different things that could trigger sickness.

    The main protector of your body is the white platelets that target the attacking creatures and demolish them. When a foreign substance is discovered, a portion of the white platelets creates a neutralizer, which bolts on to the gatecrasher. Other white platelets, called T cells, destroy the intruders that are labeled with antibodies.

    Once that happens, your body produces antibodies, so if a similar intruder restores sometime in the future, the antibodies which are within you now are ready to fight back. This is the main reason you do not get infectious diseases such as chicken pox, more than once.

    Immune testing is a diagnostic test that may help uncover the cause of your infertility or recurring pregnancy loss and increase your chance of a successful pregnancy. You may hear about two types of immune tests:


    The Anti-sperm Antibody Test:

    Sometimes the female immune system sees sperm as a foreign substance and produces antibodies against it and this rarely causes infertility in women. However, if a man's immune system reacts to his semen as a foreign substance, his antibodies can harm or kill the sperm and make it troublesome for them to fertilize an egg. These anti-sperm antibodies are usually caused by contamination, damage, or surgery. About 35% of infertility cases are attributed to male fertility problems, usually because the man cannot produce or deliver fully-functioning sperm. If no other cause for infertility can be found, the male partner may be asked to take an anti-sperm antibody test. The greater the quantity of sperm found with antibodies in the semen, the less likely the chances of the female becoming pregnant.

    Killer Cells:

    Sometimes when individuals have an organ transplant, similar to another kidney or heart, their immune system sees the transplant as a foreign body and rejects it. A similar thing can happen when you are pregnant. If your immune system does not legitimately modify for pregnancy, some T cells called killer cells may see the fetus as a foreign invader and attack it.

    A biopsy of the endometrial covering of your uterus can decide whether you have a higher than normal level of killer cells. Large amounts of these cells may lead to pregnancy loss.




    There are various biological factors contributing to autoimmune infertility. These include a multitude of cellular and inflammatory changes, some of the most common factors are discussed below.


    Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining (endometrium) grows on pelvic structures outside the uterine cavity. In early-stage endometriosis there is usually little, if any, visible evidence of anatomical distortion sufficient to compromise the release of an egg (ovulation) or its transportation from the ovary to the fallopian tube. In contrast, advanced endometriosis is characterized by the presence of pelvic adhesions sufficient to distort normal pelvic anatomy and interfere with fertilization as well as egg/embryo transportation mechanisms. Women who have this condition are much more likely to experience infertility.

    Autoimmune thyroid disease and infertility:

    Thyroid diseases involving anti-thyroid antibodies have been correlated to infertility and increased pregnancy loss. Autoimmune thyroid disease, even in the absence of hypothyroidism has been associated with infertility and reduced response to fertility treatment. It has also been associated with gluten related autoimmunity. Autoimmune thyroid disease can lead to hypo or hyperthyroidism which can impact fertility and cause miscarriage.

    Who is in Need of Fertility Testing?

    People with the following indications may want to consider getting testing by a Reproductive Immunologist. A Reproductive Immunologist differs from a Reproductive Endocrinologist, which most couples are referred to when facing infertility issues. Reproductive Immunologists have the training and skills to determine if there is in fact an immunological response gone awry that is causing difficulty in getting pregnant or carrying to full term.

    • 2 or more miscarriages after the age of 35

    • 2 IVF failures after the age of 35

    • 3 miscarriages before the age of 35

    • 1 failed IVF before the age of 35

    • Poor egg production from a stimulated cycle (6 eggs or less)

    • Blighted ovum

    • Pre-existing immune problems (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS)

    • Unexplained Infertility diagnosis

    • Previous pregnancies showing retarded fetal growth

    • 1 healthy pregnancy with all subsequent pregnancies ending in miscarriage

    • Endometriosis, especially stage 1 & 2

    • Cold and flu-like symptoms, sore throat noted regularly after ovulation, IUI, or IVF transfer

    • Family history of immune disorders, on either side of the family



    The immune system is vital for the human body, it safeguards it against diseases and cancer. In pregnancy, immune cells help the uterus tolerate and nurture the embryo in spite of it carrying foreign genes from the father. Immune cells likewise support vein changes that stimulate advancement of the placenta.


    We must support our bodies not only nutritionally, but with daily exercise as well so that if our body faces problems in functioning, the rest of the body is ready to handle the stress.

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    A couple of days ago I shared with you my 5 favorite services in the UAE that help cut down on the things that eat away at your time as a mom. One of those (and a definite life saver during the holidays when I’m even lazier) is @oscarandjemimas They offer subscription meal plans for dinner, breakfast, parties (yes you read right) AND kids’ lunch boxes!

    I’ve signed up and we’re getting a week’s worth of dinner recipes mailed to me every Thursday with a super simple shopping list to boot. With the “thinking” part out of the way, I have more time (and am therefore more inclined) to prepare healthy meals and actually enjoy doing it!

    The team at Oscar & Jemima’s are offering one lucky reader a one-month subscription or you to try out and to fall in love with cooking. This is an Instagram based competition, that is open everyone, regardless of postal code!

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    Summer can be a particularly challenging time as many often tend to travel for summer vacations, where you come across baby reminders almost everywhere. Most couples often announce about their new pregnancies during family reunions and then they start inquiring about your baby plans. Summer months can surely be tricky and for couples going through infertility. We know it could be quite depressing and frustrating when you are in this situation.

    To help couples dealing with infertility issues during summer months, below are the 5 key points to avoid facing such situations.

    Tip 1: There are a few family members who will constantly be asking you that same inevitable question, “when are you going to have a baby?” - be prepared in advance to answer them by saying politely ,”not yet but we are planning to expand our family soon.”

    Tip 2: If any parties or events full of kids makes you feel depressed, then avoid going to such parties. It is always better to be at home within your comfort zone rather than visiting such places which may make you feel low.

    Tip 3: A supportive spouse is key to your happiness. Talk to your partner about your feelings and spend more time together. Do things together which make you happy. Remember your partner needs to stop focusing on infertility worries as well so include him or her in some of your summer time activities to keep your relationship strong during this stressful time.

    Tip 4: Select a great beach location that emphasizes relaxation and tranquility, to distract you and your spouse from infertility stress, look for an adults-only all-inclusive beach resort that has multiple activities included to provide plenty of fun. Even though your wallet may be stretched thin by infertility treatments, with a little bit of research you can often find great off-peak deals.

    Tip 5: A woman’s chances of becoming pregnant with IVF treatment are twice as high in the summer, researchers have found. So get ready for fertility treatment by relaxing and recharging emotionally and physically. Doctors have discovered that the hormone melatonin, which affects sleep patterns, could also make women more fertile during lighter months. Dr. Simon Wood, who led the study, released details at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in Montreal, said that “melatonin played a part in priming the fertility of women and not just in determining their sleeping and waking patterns. The hormone may act directly on reproductive tissues to make women more fertile during the lighter summer months. This means babies born in the spring will have six to eight months to develop before facing their first winter.”

    So start your fertility treatment this summer and enjoy parenthood by the next.


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  12. My kids cannot get enough of these strawberry fruit roll-ups! I've made this recipe so many times since I've seen it on @weelicious . My kids can eat the whole batch in few minutes and they always ask for more!

    There are only 2 ingredients in it; lots of strawberries and a little bit of honey.

    I blend about 6 cups  of strawberries with 2 tablespoons of honey. This will result in about 800-900 ml of strawberry juice. I use 2 round pizza oven trays (13 inches) and line them with baking paper. I divide the juice in half (about 400-450 ml in each tray) and spread it evenly with the back of a spatula.

    I use the lowest temperature in the #oven, mine is a gas oven so the lowest is 1. I leave the 2 trays between 2-3 hours until it's not sticky anymore (it's different every time because it depends on the juiciness of the strawberries). I prefer to leave it outside the oven overnight then cut it into strips using scissors in the morning. I roll them up and put them in my kids lunchboxes. They really enjoy peeling the paper off and chewing them!

    since strawberries are in season now I like to blend lots of strawberries and freeze each 450 ml in a zip bag. This way I can have strawberry juice ready whenever I need to make roll-ups! 

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    Fasting during pregnancy is a delicate balance. Some research has shown that abstaining from eating for any length of time when you're expecting can cause the production of ketone bodies, molecules produced by the liver during periods of low food intake that may have a negative impact on the fetus.

    Before considering whether or not it’s safe for you and your baby-to-be if you fast. It may depend on certain factors:

    1. Trimester the best time is between 14 and 28 weeks 

    2. Any underlying medical conditions you and your baby might have.

    Staying hydrated is key. Water plays an important role in the development of your baby-to-be, so at no point should you stop drinking water. 

    Dehydration can lead to low amniotic fluid, preterm labor and birth defects. If you and your doctor decide that fasting is safe for a short period of time, make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and avoid any strenuous activity that may cause a loss of fluids.


    Eat at least two meals the second should have a lot of proteins also eating fruit high in potassium like bananas help to decrease dehydration

    By Dr. Samer Cheaib

    Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center


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    Dr. Sandesh Kade, Specialist OB/GYN at Bareen Hospital, Abu Dhabi was part of a team which performed successful Laparoscopic Uterus transplant surgeries in India on 18 & 19, May 2017. These surgeries took place in Pune, India and were the first of its kind. Dr. Kade along with his peers Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and Dr. Neeta Warty have been preparing for these surgeries for the past 2 years, regular discussions, planning and cadaveric dissection were key in this preparation.

    The team consisted of 12 doctors, the Uterus retrievers, the uterus receivers, vascular surgeons, anesthesia experts, post operation team and infertility experts. The main aim was to successfully complete the surgery in minimal time to reduce any threat imposed on the patient. Yes, Uterus transplant surgery has been done before, a total of 30 attempts but never by laparoscopy. It would normally take 12 hours to remove the Uterus whereas in this case, it took Dr. Kade and his team only 4 hours and a total of 9 hours and 30 minutes for the entire surgery.

    Edwin H. Chapin said it best “No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s Love” and in this case, you will understand the quote. A rather astonishing story of a mother and daughter bond. Mrs. Swati is a 22-year-old newlywed bride from India, for 22 years Mrs. Swati never went through a mensuration cycle and it was assumed to be a case of delayed mensuration. Shortly after getting married, she noticed that something is not right given that she and her husband were trying to conceive but with no luck. Soon after they made a visit to the doctor and realized that Mrs. Swati was born without a Uterus. Her mother, a 45-year-old woman who has had her share of motherhood comes to the rescue and decides to donate her uterus to her baby girl so that her daughter can experience childbirth one day. How amazing is it? The same uterus that gave her life is now about to give life to her children.

    The retrieval of the Uterus took 4 hours in total and was successfully transplanted to Mrs. Swati. The surgeries for both mother and daughter were completed with great success and Mrs. Swati will finally experience mensuration. She would then have to wait for a year before trying to get pregnant, so that her body has enough time to heal and adjust to the new uterus.

    There is more, just 24 hours after Swati’s surgery another surgery of the same kind was conducted by Dr. Sandesh Kade, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and his team. Also, in this case, the donor was the patient’s mother, having a relative donate their Uterus reduces the risks of the body rejecting the organ. Mrs. Rupal, the 26-year-old has had several miscarriages and lost 2 of her babies after full-term pregnancies. Mrs. Rupal’s Uterus was extremely damaged, absent of periods and was completely an irreparable Uterus which therefore led to a Uterus transplant from her 44-year-old mother. Once again this was a successful surgery and both mother and daughter are recovering well.

    We are really proud that one of Bareen’s finest doctor, Dr. Sandesh Kade was part of these historical surgeries and we hope to continue to bring you the best in medical care.


  15. Water, water, everywhere – I did wonder if yesterday was April Fool’s Day when someone told me that there are plans to transport an iceberg to the UAE and melt it in order to provide fresh, clean drinking water. But apparently not, http://gulfnews.com/…/firm-to-tow-icebergs-from-antarctica-… as I frequently say, only in the UAE.

    Summer is on its way – it’s a fairly mild 37degC outside at the minute (it is only 11am) but the mercury is rapidly rising and there are a few signs that summer is round the corner:
    1. The water in the toilet cistern is hot, which is quite odd at the best of time but even more peculiar when you use it straight after someone else and the bowl is steaming.
    2. Similarly, you have to fill the bath from the cold tap and if you forget there’s a half hour wait while it cools down as there’s no cold water anywhere.
    3. You have to put your jumper on when you enter a building, and take it off to go outside. The AC is my classroom is, to put it kindly, temperamental and sounds like an aeroplane taking off. It’s also extremely cold, even when set at the maximum 22degC, meaning we spend the whole day turning it on and off and alternatively sweating and shivering.
    4. You can wash your bedding and put it out to dry at 8am and it’s dried, ironed and back on the bed by 9.30am.
    5. The ants come inside to cool down, although we are now getting to the point where they stay outside regardless as the temperature in the house during the day can reach 30degC.
    6. You never open the curtains for fear of letting the sun in and can’t wash the windows as the water has evaporated before you’ve had a chance to wipe it over.
    7. The pool is empty, except for visitors, until 6pm when it’s suddenly full of people trying to cool down and freshen up.
    8. The roads are very quiet and people are already talking about their summer ‘escape’. Us? We’re staying til the end of July! See you all in August.

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    It's the time of the year to get out there and get a gorgeous tan but what many people do not know are the hazards awaiting for them from our beloved warm sunrays.

    The most dangerous hours are the mid-day hours where the sun is high in the sky so it's better to go out early or late in the day.

    Snow, water and sand can reflect light onto your skin so even sitting in a shaded area for long hours can get you burned, so minimize the time of exposure.

    Thick clouds can reduce UV radiation, but thin clouds do not provide much protection.

    Sunburn, too much sun and tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma and children are at higher risk than adults.

    It is better to get a tan by exposing your skin for limited times over a period of 2 weeks than exposing your skin to UV radiation for many hours in one day.  In very fair-skinned people, UV radiation starts becoming harmful after about 5 to 10 minutes. While in dark skinned people it's about 30 minutes.

    The following can help you determine what type of skin you have:

    Skin type I:

    Pale skin, freckles, burns very easily, hardly tans

    Skin type II:

    Pale skin tends to burn, only tans a little

    Skin type III:

    Occasional sunburn tans well

    Skin type IV:

    Rare sunburn, naturally dark skin


    By Dr. Alya Al Shahbander

    Specialist Dermatology

    Bareen Hospital

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    Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse (for couples over age 35, the time is reduced to 6 months).   Dealing with the challenges of infertility can be very difficult for couples to face.  Infertility can cause significant stress and anxiety in a relationship.  The cause of infertility in a couple can be due to either the male partner, the female partner or it may never be identified.   Regardless of the underlying cause, it is an issue that the couple faces together.    Fortunately, with surgery, medications and assisted reproductive technologies many couples are able to overcome this obstacle and are able to become pregnant and realize their dreams of becoming parents.

    Often while couples go thru the journey of fertility treatments they are plagued with the concern that the fertility drugs with all of the benefits will also cause cancer.  Fertility drugs are often used in three ways:  To suppress ovulation, to stimulate the ovaries to produce many eggs and to mature the eggs.  The class of drug used to perform these actions are hormones.  These hormones also have an effect on tissues in the breast and other tissues in the female genital tract.  These effects may be noted clinically by the patient in many ways including breast tenderness, pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge.  It is important to note that these systemic effects do not mean that these drugs are causing long-term negative effects or cancers.

    A large body of research has been conducted to identify whether there is a causative relationship between fertility medications and breast/gynecologic cancers.  In 2016, after reviewing all of the current data, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a statement providing a guideline for patients.  They reiterated that infertility is a known risk factor for developing breast, invasive ovarian and endometrial cancer.  However, based on current data, there is no indication that the baseline risk of cancer with infertility is increased in those who undergo fertility treatment.  There is some data to indicate that there may be an association with borderline tumors of the ovary and fertility drugs, but to date, there has been no specific drug identified. 


    Based on these findings patients can feel less anxious and proceed with their treatments without worrying about developing cancer.  Due to their history of infertility, they should be counseled prior to undergoing fertility treatment that they should undergo cancer screenings.  These evaluations should take into account all risk factors including age, family and personal history. The goal would be to identify any existing cancers prior to hormonal stimulation, which would possibly worsen undiagnosed cancer. In addition, diagnose disease prior to pregnancy to avoid having to undergo cancer treatment while pregnancy.   After completing fertility treatment and childbearing, due to their increased risk of developing cancer, they should continue to undergo age-specific cancer screenings for a lifetime.

    By Dr. Marcia Schmidt

    Specialist OB/GYN

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center


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    The prevalence of obesity has increased at an alarming rate during the last two decades, and this appears to be more pronounced in women. UAE has an obesity rate that is double the world average, according to a disease study report. More than 36 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are overweight, with 11.9 per cent people being obese, a health survey has reported.

    The prevalence of obesity increased with industrial development, which in the Arabian Gulf is related to the significant growths in incomes resulting from the rich deposits of oil reserves and the resultant impact of rapid urbanization and improved living conditions.

    World Health Organization in its report indicates that gulf countries have the highest rate of obesity. Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are on the list of top ten countries worldwide in term of obesity. Kuwait is affected the worst with 42.8 percent obese population, this places Kuwait in top 10 most obese countries in the world. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not behind, with 35.2 percent and 33.1 percent obesity rate respectively.

    Forty percent of 11-to-16-year-olds and 20 percent of children under the age of 11 in the UAE are obese, according to a report by clinical Nutrition Department at Dubai Health Authority. And an obese child grows into an obese adult.

    A report entitled the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, more than 66 percent of men and 60 percent of women in the UAE are already overweight or obese. This is a substantial economic issue in the UAE and evidence suggests it is getting worse. The economic burden of obesity in UAE is US$6 billion [Dh22bn] annually. The study found that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion a year, nearly as expensive as armed conflict and smoking, the study found.

    Obesity and women 

    From a societal viewpoint,  because obese women survive longer than obese men, they are responsible for well over three-quarters of the extra direct healthcare costs due to obesity and over three-fold that of men.

    Obesity and Reproduction-related risks

     1. Obesity decreases successful pregnancy rates in both natural and assisted conception cycles, with fertility being partially restored if weight loss can be achieved. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance are common mediators of those effects. Obesity is also a prominent aggravating factor in the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which causes significant effects on fertility.

    Elevated levels of leptin and low levels of adiponectin which are obesity markers in these women have also been implicated in the mechanism by which obesity reduces conception rates.

    2. Obesity also increases the rate of miscarriage, thus further decreasing successful pregnancy rates among obese women. Potential mechanisms include poorer quality eggs and/or a defect in endometrium’s (lining of the womb) ability to implant – with insulin resistance again implicated in the latter event.

    3. It is not surprising that success rates of assisted reproductive technologies are lower in obese individuals.

    4. Once-obese women are pregnant, their risk of pregnancy complications is significantly greater than their lean counterparts.  Many of the adverse outcomes of obesity (including gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia) occur as a result of increased insulin resistance. Obesity is a proinflammatory state with added complications during pregnancy.

    5. There is increased risk of premature labor, stillbirth, need for operative delivery (caesarean section), and other complications such as wound infection and thromboembolism (clots in the legs and can migrate to lungs).

    Risking the next generation

    This means there is a risk to offspring of developing the disease later in life. Children of obese mothers are more likely to develop obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease as adults. This is due to the biological processes which switch genes on and off.


    The loss of as little as 5% of body weight is accompanied by an increase in ovulation rates and reduces biochemical abnormalities. Thus weight loss is the first step towards a successful fertility treatment. It is recommended that women who are obese must initiate a weight reduction program and those severely overweight (defined as having a BMI of 36 or more) should not receive treatment until their weight has reduced.  

    Popular misconception about weight loss

    The two most popular misconceptions about weight loss are:

    [1] MYTH that exercises alone can significantly lead to weight loss

    TRUTH - Exercise alone (and here is meant vigorous exercise) results in minimal weight loss (2%–4% over a year) and is often associated with weight gain or maintenance due to caloric replacement after exercise. Exercise may be most useful in the context of maintaining weight loss after caloric restriction.

     [2] MYTH - That restricting caloric intake by 500 kcal a day will result in the loss of a pound per week (that is, a weekly 3,500 kcal deficit = 1 pound), ad infinitum.

    TRUTH   - This views the relationship between caloric restriction and weight loss as a straight never bending line when in reality does not happen. Thus while caloric restriction can result in progressive weight loss, weight loss will slow over time due to both counter-regulatory effects to maintain weight and the need to reduce absolute caloric intake as body weight decreases.

    Obesity and Male fertility

    Male obesity is a significant problem that has grown to epidemic proportions. Obese men are more likely to be infertile. Although the cause is not exactly known, it is likely a combination of obesity-induced hormone derangements and its damaging effects on spermatogenesis. 

    Overweight and obese men are at higher risk of oligozoospermia (count <20 × 106/mL). Obesity affects not only count but also total progressive motile count ie the counts of sperm that move forward.  DNA fragmentation index (DFI) in obese men ranges from 21.9% to 27% compared with 15%–19.9% in men with normal body weight.  This tells us about the DNA damage of the sperm and high DFi leads to poor embryos and high risk of miscarriages.

    Time to make a difference

    Addressing weight issues is never easy. Many folks may have already tried weight loss in the past with mixed results. However, the potential benefits for reproductive health are significant. Now is the time to make changes for a healthier you and a healthier pregnancy!

    By Dr. Monikaa Chawla

    Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    When I was overeating, I ate for many reason. I ate because I was sad, I ate because I was angry, I ate because I was happy. I ate because I was bored. I ate Because I was fat. I ate because I was skinny. I ate because I was terrified of being fat again. I ate in reaction to the pressures put on me by the society that had objectified me and reduced me to only a body, without feelings, wants, and desires. I ate because I couldn’t feel my own feelings other than to eat over them. I had spent most of my life running from them and I did not know how to stop running
    — Laurelee excerpt from "It's not about food".

    Do  you relate ?

    We live in society where emotions are dangerous, and everyone is always supposed to be fine. It is considered terribly weak not to be fine. I remember while growing up, my aunt shushing her daughter whenever she has an urge to feel something, my aunt would go 'what would the neighbors say '? In my family, it is was not accepted to be sad, 'show me your smile Ghada'.

    How many times do we hear from our family members and friends words of advice 'don't feel bad', 'don't cry', 'it will be okay'. How many times we try to sooth our children's feelings by rushing to make them feel better, without actually listening and acknowledging their feelings?

    It took me some 20 years to understand that Feelings aren't something to fear, to be ashamed of, embarrassed about, or simply denied. Feelings are a sign that we are alive and we trying to figure it out . Feelings are messages if we do not express them, they go underneath and pop out in different ways and we act out in different forms of numbness and addiction: illness, alcoholism, rape, war, gambling, theft and of course eating disorders, overearting, undereating.

    What do you think would happen If children were taught how their anger and sadness sometimes signaled that their boundaries were being violated ? If children were taught to stand up for their themselves in healthy ways, would many of them would have learned that they have to stuff down anger with food ?

    Emotional Eating is often triggered by some underlying and unexpressed emotions. Emotional triggers could be something as simple as " I am bored at work", "I am procrastinating " or something really traumatic. Identifying these emotional triggers may certainly address your hidden deep 'needs' (I call them true hungers) and certainly the process of decoding emotional triggers and feeding your true hungers would alleviate emotional eating. In this case, You may need to stop and ask the following steps when decoding your emotional eating:

    1. What am I feeling right now? Am I Angry? Sad, Uncomfortable, Anxious, Frustrated, Joyful, Disgusted, Shocked, Ashamed, Lonely?

    2. What do I need right now? Distraction, Fun, Hugs, Support, Connection, Journaling Water, workout, Meditation, Relaxation, Sleep, Alone time, A walk, New perspective, Music

    This type of emotional Eating "eating over feelings" is certainly harmful and require our attentive inquiry and support from others and professionals.

    Howeverthere is a whole other side of the spectrum of Emotional Eating. Eating for comfort and eating for sensory pleasure. Food is biologically designed for pleasure, and we are conditioned since infancy to use food to connect to our emotions (enjoyment, self-soothing, celebrations, anniversaries…).

    Most people tend to think of emotional eating as a bad thing, but there are times when it is completely normal and even okay. Finding comfort and pleasure in certain food is absolutely a part of healthier way of eating, actually satisfaction and pleasure are the driving forces that keep us eating intuitively and healthier only- when we make emotional eating "wrong", feel guilty about it, and when not turing to food as your primary or sole coping mechanism. When we make emotional eating wrong and fear potential weight gain, we often turn it into a full-blown binge. When we "make it wrong" research shows we get into restrictive mindset and behavior which triggers a full cycle of binge eating.

    So where do you fall on this emotional eating spectrum?


    Do you have a positive emotional relationship with food?


    What are your dominant emotional triggers that sets off on an emotional Eating cycle ?


    You can absolutely find ways to cope with the emotional triggers other than food, and really discover a new world of what you are truly hungry for , but you have to be able to take pleasure and satisfaction in food you choose without guilt in order to stop another cycle of binge eating; and to have a truly healthy relationship with food.

    If you would like more support, I 'd love to invite you to sign up at bottom of page for weekly free coaching emails, and for bonus breakthrough chat to learn more about 'from dieter to intuitive eater' program  and see if it's a good fit for you.

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    Ghada is an Eating Transformation Coach and anti-diet Nutritionist who helps purpose -driven people to transform their relationship with food without dieting, and fulfill their true hungers to feast on their life.

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  20. 1) PLAN AHEAD

    "Start getting healthy even before you are pregnant," On your must-do-first list should be taking a daily multivitamin, with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid, a B group vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects; quit smoking, alcohol and/or recreational drugs.

    Schedule a pre-conception checkup, let your doctor review your medications for pregnancy safety; get a check for sexually transmitted infections; make sure your immunizations are up to date; and have your medical problems properly treated, if there are any.


    Practical and emotional support can be crucial in helping you stay healthy, avoid anxiety and depression. Your circle could include your partner, family members, friends, coworkers or your doctor.



    "Choose someone who respects you and sees birth as a healthy process and not a disease," An OB-GYN who also respects your opinions and choices, explains things in detail, gives you time and availability, can glide you through pregnancy smoothly.


    During pregnancy, seemingly mild symptoms may signal something serious; so if you experience dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, uterine cramping, gripping backache, leaking amniotic fluid, vaginal bleeding, urinary pain /burning, blurry vision, pronounced swelling or decreased fetal activity you need to contact your doctor immediately.


    Pregnancy is the time to make every calorie count. Foods rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, folate and iron will nourish you and your baby. High-fiber foods and drinking plenty of water can help prevent constipation. Eating four or five mini-meals a day can help prevent heartburn and keep your blood-sugar levels steady and prevent binging.

    Avoid foods that can be dangerous during pregnancy; undercooked meats, cold cuts; raw seafood; raw /undercooked eggs; unpasteurized soft cheeses; and large fish. Also, limit your caffeine consumption to about 12 ounces.


    According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day, six or seven days a week, unless they have medical reasons not to do so. Regular stretching and exercise can relieve backaches, constipation and morning sickness. Plus, having a strong heart and lungs will help you get through your upcoming marathon: giving birth.

    7) STAY SAFE

    Buy yourself a good pair of shoes to prevent falls. Pregnancy makes you susceptible to infections, so it’s best to avoid extremely crowded and unhygienic places. Get a flu shot done to prevent flu.

    8) GO GREEN

    Minimize your exposure to chemicals, including household cleaners, solvents, paints and beauty products. Avoid lead dust generated during renovations in older homes.

    Avoid secondhand smoke, cat litter, gardening soil, be sure to wash fruits, vegetables before eating: prenatal exposure to chemicals is linked to increased risk of attention deficit disorders and cognitive problems in children.


    Women of normal weight can gain upto 12-13 kg, underweight women upto 18 kg but overweight and obese women should restrict their weight gain to 7 - 9 kg.

    Overweight moms are at greater risk for pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and preeclampsia. They're also more likely to give birth to larger babies, go through more complicated labors and have Cesarean sections.


    "One out of 10 women experiences depression during pregnancy," "Many suffer without seeking the treatment that could help."

    Intimacy is a great stress reliever, and unless you have risk factors for premature labor or other complications, you can enjoy a healthy sex life (Just use barrier contraceptives to avoid catching infections) until you give birth.

    3 Things Not to Worry About!!

    1) The drink/medicine you had before you missed your period!! 

    It takes about seven days for the fertilized egg to implant in your uterus. The placenta begins to develop about 12 days after conception, which is just before your period is due. Before then, there's no exchange of blood between mother and baby.

    2) That morning sickness will rob your baby of nutrients!! 

    Generally, nausea and vomiting taper off by the end of the first trimester. During that time, the embryo, and later the fetus will leech what it needs (which isn't a lot) like a parasite from your body. Be sure to take a prenatal vitamin.

    3) That something you do will cause a miscarriage!! 

    Most early miscarriages are the result of chromosomal abnormalities within the developing embryo or medical problems. Smoking, alcohol and drug use may increase miscarriage risk, but normal everyday activities, including exercise and sexual intercourse, do not.

    By Dr. Tejashree Singh

    Specialist OB/GYN

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    Activated charcoal also called activated carbon is a very fine black powder that has absolutely no taste. Unlike charcoal used for BBQs activated charcoal is not toxic and has no smell. Recently activated charcoal has become very popular, it's widely available sold in face masks, toothpaste and even at restaurants in lemonade and ice-cream.

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  22. Each month, the German Veterinary Clinic takes cases of abused or abandoned cats under their wings and treats, re-habilitates and re-homes these cats all at their own cost.

    This month, we have been able to help 3 fantastic cats and here are their stories !



    Simba was found wondering the streets of Al Ain and is, we think, an abandoned pet.

    Simba’s jaw is badly misaligned and it looks like his lower jaw was broken and healed back together again crookedly. This affected the position of his teeth and he needed extensive dental work to make him comfortable again.

    In addition, Simba had quite bad flu symptoms from which he is recovering very well now.

    Simba is FIV negative, neutered and microchipped and we will vaccinate him as soon as he has fully recovered from the flu.

    Simba is such a loving and cuddly ball of fluff and has such a funny, quirky personality!

    We are delighted that we were able to help him and we hope he finds the wonderful home he deserves!



    This beautiful girl was abandoned in Khalifa City A. When we found her, she was covered in ringworm, a fungal skin condition, which can easily be treated.

    She has been on medication for about 2 weeks now and the ringworm has almost completely disappeared.

    Glitter has stolen the heart of Joanna, GVC’s Pet Transport Manager, and I think she will be on her way home with Joanna very soon!



    Pickles is a lovely boy who was also abandoned in Khalifa City A.

    Pickles is about 10 weeks old, super playful and very loving. When we found him, he had diarrhea. We tested him for Giardia and it turns out that it was this nasty parasite that was causing the diarrhea. He has been on treatment for Giardia for a few days now and has been vaccinated and de-wormed. As soon as he has made a full recovery, he will be neutered and microchipped.


    We can only help these cats with some support from our community.

    If you would like to help the GVC Cat Guardian Angel Scheme, please get in touch with



  23. Before our little boy came along...I was resistant to using 'baby talk.' I am lover of the English language. Dense, rich and so much fun to be had in a really good sentence. Also much frivolous joy in pronouncing something in an unorthodox fashion. I really enjoyed typing those sentences!

    Such a fan am I of language, literature and education; I was practically determined not to use silly noises, or bastardised words with little G, fearing he'd grow up well thick! I'm not saying I was going to read him scriptures to accelerate his celebral cortex development...but I just didn't see the point of bringing a 'Harro' instead of 'Hello', 'Hooda handome boi' etc. etc. to the conversational table.

    My wife was into baby talk straightaway...and it was adorable of course. As any new parents know - the joy of having a new little thing that is all yours' and created by you; is insurmountable...but do we need to speak to our's like we have a swollen tongue!!

    It turns out 'Yes...yes we do.' Now I am fluent - I can think of three reasons why Baby Talk takes over:

    Its quite easy to learn
    Now, I love English, although sometimes my delivery is mangled by my often harsh Northern Irish accent. But I do love speaking it, writing it, reading it, and if delivered properly...listening to it. But during my time at big school (as in first instance when I was a student, nowadays I am a teacher), Modern Languages were obligatory. French was compulsory, then a choice of Spanish was offered (Latin was the other alternative, nuff said!) and I suffered terribly in both. The solitary Grade C on my GCSE results form in French still burns. I just could not get my head nor tongue around it! Of course I know English is probably the most difficult language to learn and a lot of people have been blessed by having it as their Mother Tongue. But French, and Spanish later, caused much confusion, anxiety and frustration. So much so; all Spanish material I learned has been stripped from my brain and I speak French by speaking English with a French accent.

    But Baby Talk...talk like your falling asleep drunk - easy!

    We think babies understand it!
    Hmmmm. They've heard us speak when they were in the womb. Yes it was all muffles of course but there were adult conversations going on in our normal voices. I actually used to read movie news to my wife's tummy in the lead up. So, baby inside = normal voices and conversation; baby outside = silly voice and nonsense. But it seems the higher the pitch, the gobbledier-gookier the choice of words, the sillier and squeakier the voice, delivered with eyes as wide as possible - the more we think our baby knows EXACTLY what we mean while at the same time finding us hilarious yet informative.

    It's fun
    Most of us Dads are just big kids. Some other dads take themselves seriously...I do not. I am a boy in my 30s - I love Star Wars and The Avengers. I haven't had a 'career' - I've had had a number of jobs that have had the odd similar word in their titles. Yes I'm technically an adult - I am responsible and can be mature when the need arises. But my love of doing fun things outweigh any possible need/want to do work/not-fun stuff.

    As a teacher; I have to professionally 'talk' all day. But wait, it gets more 'exciting' as I am a teacher of Business, Finance and Economics!! So of course at any opportunity if I get the chance to talk crap I WILL! By day I discuss break-even analyses, product life cycles, adding value concepts, tertiary production sectors...all nonsensical - but Baby Talk is fun nonsense.

    So Baby Talk is awesome! And I'm fluent and its fun.


    What if my little boy knows more than hes letting on and thinks we're all mad?? Mummy and Daddy are having fun and we love you! We wipe your cr*p...let us talk it for a few months!

  24. ·    Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework starting at a young age. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study. 

    ·    Schedule ample time for homework; build this time into choices about participation in after school activities. 

    ·    Establish a household rule that the TV and other electronic distractions stay off during homework time. Limit TV/iPad time to one to two hours per day. 

    ·    Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child's homework for her. 

    ·    Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue and neck fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically.

    ·    If your child is struggling with a particular subject, speak with your child's teacher for recommendations on how you or a tutor can help your child at home or at school. 

    ·    Some children need help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems. 

    ·    Work with your child and their teacher to develop an appropriate way to keep track of their assignments – such as an assignment notebook. 

    ·    Establish a good sleep routine. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents (13-18 year of age) is in the range of 8-10 hours per night