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  2. BMI & Heart Disease

    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
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  4. Sweet potato chocolate brownies

    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 Cooking time: 50 min Ingredients: FOR THE BROWNIES 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 FOR THE ICING 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 2 tablespoons of almond butter 1 tablespoon of maple syrup 2 tablespoons of cacao powder Method: Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan). Peel the sweet potatoes, cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about twenty minutes, until they become really soft. Remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates. Remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well. 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. 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. Remove the brownies from the tray and leave to cool completely before icing. Spread the icing on top. Cut into desired pieces and enjoy! View the full article
  5. Let’s be honest. It is hard a hard job. Craving sugar is one of the most common cravings in pregnancy. Until like 30 weeks I felt I had things under the control. Last 9 weeks – not so much:) After every main meal I do feel now there is something missing and unless I have something sweet my taste buds are not fully satisfied. Here is the trick though…You don’t have to torture yourself by not giving your body what it craves. Just try to stick to as healthy treats as you can get. Combined with a healthy balanced diet rich in nutrients and topped with some exercise you don’t have to worry about having something sweet every day. I craved lot more sweets this pregnancy and certainly ate more of the sweet stuff and still put on only 10 kg and I am feeling strong and fit. My tips to satisfy your sweet tooth quickly ! Before you try any of the following have a big glass of water with squeezed half of lemon. Often your sweet tooth is just that you are thirsty. If that does’t help try these: table spoon of honey few squares of dark chocolate at least 70% in cocoa fresh fruit even those high in fructose like mangos, pineapples etc. dried fruit like dates, apricots or prunes kids biscuits with no sugar content:) or try any of the following recipes. Any of them take longer then 60 min and you can have your healthy treats supply for at least 4 days always handy waiting for you in your fridge or handbag whenever you have a “need:)” http://evalindsayhealth.com/super-easy-fruit-and-nut-energy-bar/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/easy-amaranth-biscuits/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/oats-and-sweet-potato-cake-bars/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/chocolate-zucchini-loaf/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/sweet-potato-and-almond-bliss-balls/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/banana-peanut-butter-icecream/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/chocolate-pecans-energy-bar/ http://evalindsayhealth.com/coconut-blueberry-muffins/ And sometimes there is just nothing really bad about having that big Starbucks chocolate cake or a regular ice-cream:) Just chill and enjoy it! Good luck! View the full article
  6. 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. Quick Navigation Comparison Table PUR Classic Water Filtration System Pitcher Top Features Model Overview Disadvantages Brita 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher Top Features Model Overview Disadvantages ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher Top Features Model Overview Disadvantages Clear2o CWS100AW Water Filtration Pitcher Top Features Model Overview Disadvantages Mavea 1005727 Elemaris XL 9 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher Top Features Model Overview Disadvantages Which One to Pick? Why Invest in a Water Filtration Pitcher? 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. Check Prices on the PUR Check Prices on the Brita Check Prices on the ZeroWater Check Prices on the Clear2o Check Prices on Mavea Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon! PUR Classic Water Filtration System Pitcher 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. Disadvantages 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. Check Prices on the PUR Check Prices on the Brita Check Prices on the ZeroWater Check Prices on the Clear2o Check Prices on Mavea Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon! Brita 10 Cup Everyday Water Pitcher 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. Disadvantages 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. Check Prices on the PUR Check Prices on the Brita Check Prices on the ZeroWater Check Prices on the Clear2o Check Prices on Mavea Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon! ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher 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. Disadvantages 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.​ Check Prices on the PUR Check Prices on the Brita Check Prices on the ZeroWater Check Prices on the Clear2o Check Prices on Mavea Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon! 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. Disadvantages 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. Check Prices on the PUR Check Prices on the Brita Check Prices on the ZeroWater Check Prices on the Clear2o Check Prices on Mavea Click any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon! Mavea 1005727 Elemaris XL 9 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher 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. Disadvantages 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. Check Prices on the PUR Check Prices on the Brita Check Prices on the ZeroWater Check Prices on the Clear2o Check Prices on Mavea 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. Check Prices on the PUR Check Prices on the Brita Check Prices on the ZeroWater Check Prices on the Clear2o Check Prices on Mavea 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. View the full article
  7. Dear Dads-to-be...

    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: 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: 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: 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
  8. How to help your child settle in a new school

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Adjusting to a new normal You’ve made the move, unpacked, started your new job and your new life! It’s an ... Read More The post How to help your child settle in a new school appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
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  10. Approved by Emilia! Great for lunch boxes and good mummy snack too;) Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 0 min Ingredients: 50 g rolled oats 50g macadamia nuts 150g apricots or dates 100 g raisins 4 tbsp fresh orange juice or apple juice 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds 3 tbsp coconut flakes 1 tbsp chia seeds Method: Toast nuts and oats for several minutes on a dry frying pan on a medium heat until oats turn golden. Mix the dried fruit and the juice in a food processor until you achieve a smooth a paste. Place nuts, seeds and oats into food processor and bland until finely chopped. Combine the oats/ nut/ seeds mixture with the fruit paste. Line a baking paper, spread the mixture to 1 cm thickness. Place baking paper on the top as well and press to make the top nice and smooth. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour and then slice into bars. Keep it in the airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze. View the full article
  11. Why Buy a Cordless Lawn Mower

    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 .
  12. Select The Right Leaf Blower

    If your property has more than your share of trees, then your lawn will get a very good coverage of the leaves when the fall months come around. Most people use rakes to clean the lawn from the leaves. However, there is another alternative to consider - a leaf blower. A leaf blower is not only ideal for moving leaves; It can also be used to clean the lawn of other debris as well as snow.There are four types of leaf blowers from which to choose - electric hand, gas hand, gas backpack, and gas blowers on wheels. Handheld leaf blowers include a power cord. They usually weigh about 8 pounds or less and are intended to be cast-off with one pointer. if you want to read more details about leaf blower then go lawncarepal .This site you get about details a leaf blower. Boot function button and no exhaust emissions. In addition, they generate an equivalent amount of power that produces a hand gas blower. The power cord is only about 100 feet long and should be plugged into a power outlet. This will undoubtedly limit your mobility and can cause problems when you are blowing the leaves from under the trees and other obstructions. There are wireless electric blowers that feed on batteries, but they weigh more than cordless blowers. In addition, the batteries should be periodically recharged. So you may want to have spare batteries on hand if you use a wireless blower. There are cordless electric blowers that have nickel cadmium or lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter and smaller than the NiCad range. Manual gas blowers are designed to be used with one hand. Most generate more sweeping and loosening of power than electric blowers and most comply with noise limiting ordinances, although they make more noise than electric blowers. You start a starter cable to start the engine and the engine needs periodic adjustments. You may need to wear some type of hearing protection when using it. Gas blowers are heavier than electric blowers and weigh about 10 pounds. A 2 stroke engine commonly powers these blowers and requires a mixture of fuel and oil. There are also gas blowers that have 4 stroke engines, but are heavier than blowers with 2 stroke engines. Gas powered backpack blowers often offer more power than portable blowers. Most weigh about 17 pounds or more. Since the blower is actually in a backpack, it is your back and shoulders that carries the weight. This type of blower is also louder than the electric blower and some may not meet local noise ordinances. They can not suck or shred leaves and usually cost more than hand blowers. Gas powered wheel blowers provide sufficient power to sweep up a good area of leaf size. They use a 4-stroke engine that does not require fuel and oil mixing. However, these blowers can not grind or vacuum sheets. They are bulky and weigh about 100 pounds or more. So they are somewhat difficult to handle and need about eight square feet of storage space. Most are noisy and expensive. However, there are some models that are quiet enough to comply with local noise laws. Features offered with blowers include vacuum and mulch capabilities. The output power of the cordless blowers is rated in amps (A); The output power for a wireless blower is measured in volts (v); And the nominal output power of gasoline blowers are in cubic centimeters (cc). The MPH measures the speed at which air exits the unit and helps determine the power of the blower. The cubic feet per minute (CFM) measure the volume of air that the blower moves. The higher the rating, the more noise the blower can move. Reduction ratios including 10: 1 or 16: 1 refer to the number of leaf bags that a padded blower can reduce to a bag. Some blowers include chutes or tubes of larger diameter that help to collect the leaves. Fans also include speed settings that allow the user to control airflow and movement of debris. Some fans have a fixed setting or variable speed controls and some allow you to set and lock the speed. There are also fans that include a vibration reduction feature. Things to keep in mind when selecting a fan include: • The number of leaves that need to be removed from the lawn. The more sheets you have to deal with, the more powerful fan you should buy. information by: http://www.theechoedge.com/choosing-right-leaf-blower/
  13. Snow Blowes style

    Snow blowers come in all shapes and sizes, but which one is right for you? There are some basic types of snow blowers, each serving its own purpose. On the smaller side, you have electric and single stage gas models. Two- and three-stage snow blowers cover the largest options. Gas snow blowers are good for light and fluffy snowfalls and are easy to use and maneuver. They do not require gas or oil, just an elongated outer extension cable. New in the market are Joe snow wireless snow blowers, which are equipped with lithium-ion batteries and can run up to 40 minutes on a single charge. However, if you normally get snowfall of more than a few inches, or have heavy wet snow, you probably want to move up to a single-stage gas unit.If you buy a two stage snow blower then buy before read lawncarepal.com you must be get good information. A single-stage snow blower can handle heavier snowfalls than electric models, typically up to 6 inches. While not great at handling the really wet and heavy snow, they will be able to handle most medium, snowfalls. Toro snow blowers are very popular in the single-stage category, and boast a wide range of options to meet your needs, including electric starter, rapid ramp and Power Propel propulsion system. 2-stage snow blowers can handle heavy things. They have metal holes capable of pushing through heavy and wet snowfalls up to eighteen inches. Ariens Snow blowers are the leader in the two-stage category, and offer one of the largest selections on the bazaar. They cover all thing from basic model with only needs, to professional grade models with all bells and whistles. The 3-stage snow blowers are able to grind through the compacted snow and the ice that is left at the end of the road by the plows of the city. They have an additional endless screw to punch hard things. Cub Cadet Snow blowers are the only three-stage models on the market, and produce some different sizes that even include a track-pull model for 2014-2015. Information by:http://snowblowpro.blogspot.com/
  14. Wheelbarrows versus Garden Carts

    The garden cart or cart is an absolutely indispensable garden tool. There will always be things to carry. The more gardening you do, the more things there are to transport. Fertilizer, gardening tools, plants, weeds, heavy cement garden trim ... Without a wheelbarrow or garden cart many gardening tasks would not be possible. But which one is best for your needs? Trolleys have sloping sides and 1 to 2 front wheels. You walk behind the wheelbarrow, which facilitates control and maneuvering. They are especially useful for loose materials that can be discarded, such as compost, soil, weeds or gravel. Garden trolleys have flat bottoms and straight sides. Garden carts are designed to be pulled. They are most stable than garden cart and can normally handle long loads, but can also be more difficult to maneuver on non-smooth surfaces. If you want to know about details a garden cart then you can go lawncarepal.com here you get informative tips about garden cart Larger wagons are well suited for heavy loads and bulky loads such as stones, firewood and heavy cement garden ornaments. There are also some handy, small garden trolleys that come in handy for toting tools and plant plants. Smaller garden wagons often come with a cover, so they can do double duty as a place to sit. Many gardeners find they need both. If you just start out as a gardener and the size of your garden and property is not overwhelming, a tough plastic, 6 cu. Ft. The wheelbarrow would be a good choice as a multipurpose tool. Once you acquire some experience on the types of garden tasks you need a forklift or garden cart for, you can run through the following considerations, check the features that appeal to you and make a decision on what would be best for you in his garden . Landscape Garden Size: Bigger is not always better, as the larger wheelbarrows and garden carts can become very heavy and difficult to handle. But greater capacity can mean fewer trips. Topography (hills, rocks, uneven terrain ...): Garden trolleys are best handled on rough terrain, but can be driven on a slope. The tray should feel solid and sturdy. The handle (s) should be soft, with a comfortable grip. · Metal: It is strong and durable, but it oxidizes. May require annual paint for protection. · Wood: It can take a beating, but it is not very durable and can deform. · Plastic: proof of time. Make sure it is a thick, high density polypropylene, preferably UV resistant. Tire (full of air): Easy to push, but can go flat. However, they are easy to replace. Solid or full foam: they come in long size, which makes rough terrain easier to tackle. Capacity: Capacity is usually classified as weight and cubic quantity. Keep in mind that everyone tends to exceed capacity at one time or another, so do not skimp. The carts can range from a couple of cubic feet up. A wheelbarrow with a capacity of 6 cu. Ft. It is a good tool of general use. Larger sizes will require some strength to control. Ease of operation: The center of gravity is lower in a car, making it more stable. The trucks are touch from behind, giving more control and maneuverability. Height to load: Carts, which are lower than the ground, require less lifting. Ease of unloading: Trolleys can be tilted and unloaded. Many cars come with a removable panel for easy unloading. Maneuverability: Wheel forks spin easily and keep stains tight, but they can lose their balance with a heavy load. The 2-wheel front forks offer a better balance. Garden trolleys should be thrown, limiting maneuverability, but multiple wheels offer stability and larger wheels can travel on hard terrain. information by: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelbarrow
  15. Is my Immune System causing Infertility?

    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: 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. Conclusion: 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.
  16. International child abduction: An overview

    This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Parental child abduction This article deals with the most common form of child abduction – parental child abduction. Parental child ... Read More The post International child abduction: An overview appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  17. Yes we all know that the heat in U.A.E during summer is sometimes unbearable and we all try to hide out in our apartments and offices with the AC on full blast, and head straight to our cars without even saying bye to our peers from the fear of melting. Well, now there is a bright side to all this for couples who are trying to conceive through IVF, getting that tan from JBR or Kite Beach could boost your chances for a successful IVF. Recent studies show that with the right amount of Vitamin D your chances of a successful IVF may be doubled. With this said, you now have a better reason to hit the mall & buy that swim suit you've been eyeing! Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin!! A dose of sunshine is the best natural source of Vitamin D and can also increase your chances of IVF success. We have always known how Vitamin D helps in pregnancy for a long time and helps in the development of the baby. But now, there is a growing body of research into its contribution to positive IVF treatment outcomes as well. Importance of Vitamin D in pregnancy: Your body needs vitamin D to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorus, which help build your baby's bones and teeth. Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine” vitamin, enhances and helps to regulate the intestinal absorption of essential minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc. These levels are maintained through either dietary ingestion or through the skin’s exposure to sunlight. What happens if your body doesn’t get enough Vitamin D? Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy. Inadequate vitamin D can lead to abnormal bone growth, fractures, or rickets in newborns. Some studies link vitamin D deficiency to a higher risk of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and low birth weight, but more research is needed to confirm these links. The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency can be subtle. They may include achy muscles, weakness, bone pain, and softened bones, which may lead to fractures. You can also have a vitamin D deficiency without any symptoms. And if that happens while you're pregnant, your baby can suffer a deficiency, too. Could Vitamin D also contribute to IVF Success? So getting a tan this summer might just boost your chances for a successful IVF treatment. Researchers followed 154 women who were vitamin D deficient and 181 women who had sufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood. The women who had sufficient vitamin D were nearly twice as likely to conceive through their IVF cycle as their deficient counterparts. Women who had vitamin D levels of at least 20 ng/ml in their blood were considered to have sufficient levels of the hormone. Levels of 30 ng/ml are recommended for general health. However this is not always the true, the result may vary based on a person’s race. Briana Rudick at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and her partners thought about vitamin D levels and IVF achievement rates in white Hispanic, white non-Hispanic, and Asian ladies from south-east Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Every one of the 188 ladies incorporated into the investigation was having IVF surprisingly. Of these ladies, just 42 percent had the suggested levels of vitamin D – a little more than a third had lacking levels, while a fifth was totally insufficient. The analysts found that white ladies who were vitamin D packed were four times more inclined to have a fruitful pregnancy when contrasted with ladies of a similar race who were insufficient in the vitamin. Out of the blue, the turnaround was valid for Asian ladies as those with the least vitamin D levels were destined to get pregnant What steps can you take to get Vitamin D? Research suggests sensible sun exposure (usually 5-10 min of exposure of the arms and legs or the hands, arms, and face, 2 or 3 times per week) can help as well. However, the best way to really ensure adequate vitamin D is through simple supplementation. When supplementing, your choices will be between two forms of vitamin D. Ergocalciferol is the vegetarian form of vitamin D and cholecalciferol is the animal-sourced form, usually derived from fish liver oil or lanolin from sheep. Practices that reduces Vitamin D: Sunscreen SPF 50 may prevent skin cancer, but it also blocks vitamin D production. Fat cells obese patients produce vitamin D less rapidly than patients of normal weight. Melanin Darker-skinned people produce vitamin D at a slower rate than those who have fair skin. The pigment in dark skin (melanin) doesn't absorb as much UV radiation. Age Older people also produce vitamin D more slowly. Among the population of reproductive age, however, the effect of age is minimal. Latitude Northern latitudes, with their longer winters and shorter summers, provide less opportunity for sun exposure. Note: More than 85% of U.A.E residents suffer from deficiency of Vitamin D and the condition seems to be extensive during summer- one reason for this could be due to lack of outdoor activities. It would be a good idea to involve yourself with some outdoor activities to help increase the Vitamin D that your body needs. Always remember to make sure you have all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function properly, is an important part of taking care of your overall health! Fakih IVF
  18. Stress and Male Fertility

    We always hear that stress shows up in every part of your body. That's true for a male too, even if they are masters at masking their mental tension, a man's swimmers will likely take a hit when he is stressed! But then, nowadays, how can someone not be stressed? If they are not then they are not modern and not going with the flow!! Sounds funny but, sadly, realistic and true! Let’s look at some facts related to male fertility and stress: Stressed-out men tend to have a lower concentration of sperm, more abnormally shaped swimmers, and a smaller percentage of sperm that are motile (ie, active). Stress might influence the hormones needed to produce healthy sperm and it may also damage the cells that produce them. Another theory says that excessive anxiety may increase the levels of reactive oxygen species in semen, leading to oxidative stress, which has been shown to affect semen quality and fertility. Stress can also put a dampener on his sex life. If a male partner is feeling under pressure, he's less likely to have the mental and physical energy to perform in bed when his partner is planning and ready to make a baby. A man's mood may play a role in the production of sperm. The theory is that in response to stress, the body reserves its resources for vital functions. A man's body won't waste energy in making sperm at a time of stress, as it is a non-essential bodily function. To sum up, unfortunately, if a man is suffering from stress, it can reduce the quality of his semen in total. Let’s have a look for some simple solutions: One of the best things you can do for your relationship, and for your stress, is to keep in mind what can be so good about sex. It's fun, pleasurable, and can bring the two of you closer together. Don’t just have sex to have kids; have it with mental love and connection and most of the time (if you don’t have any medical issues) it works! Take a holiday, if both of you are mentally disconnected and lost, to prove yourselves in this high-tech, multi-tasking modern era. Talk to your partner about the reasons for your stress. Then look for ways to ease it. Try to fit in activities that you enjoy and that help you to relax. Stress management through yoga, meditation or counseling can help. Try to think positively and understand that challenges in life are normal and expected. Let go of the need for control. We can't control everything. Slow down!! Try and focus on one thing at a time, this you need to specially focus on when you feel your stress levels is rising. Stay active, maintain healthy friendships, and don’t forget to make time for fun activities. Don't keep your problems bottled up inside. It can be really helpful to talk about your feelings with a friend, partner, or mental health professional. It may be impossible to eliminate stress entirely from your life, but you can learn to manage your stressors as they arise. Eating healthily, exercising, reducing alcohol and smoking and meditation-type relaxations can all help to reduce stress. Consider yoga, acupuncture, massage, and other mind-body therapies to help you relax. And again to sum up -try to be mentally happy and positive and spread that positive energy around :) Swimmers will be happy and relaxed and will perform better! By Dr. Varsha Anand Specialist OB/GYN Fakih IVF
  19. So last two days I really felt like pregnant ladies are meant to feel sick and not allowed to do anything other then sit, feel heavy, uncomfortable and must be excluded from fun and feeling normal! Yesterday I went with Emilia to water park and the guard told me me off to stand ” too deep” in a kids wave pool in exactly 1.2 m. Even for me that meant the water was barely touching my shoulders. Explanation was that the rule here is ” pregnant women are not allowed to go that deep!” And today I was almost not allowed to go to soft play (i had to argue my way in) with my 3 years old- I was recommended to sit down!!!! Well I would prefer to put my feet up and sip a cup of coffee really! But explain it to my 3 years old who has got so much energy that can distribute to many. What is wrong with the world!!!????First and foremost every pregnant woman knows the best her current fitness level and what is appropriate for her and what is not anymore. Secondly when did pregnant women became so weak and sick like? Our great grandmas would still work on the field throughout their whole pregnancy and give a birth to their children straight on the field and then in few hours go back to work. Being pregnant and if cleared out by your doctor you can stay fit throughout your whole pregnancy and you certainly don’t have to feel like you can’t possibly do 1 hour in soft play or a pool! And it doesn’t require a lot of effort. Here is me 31 weeks pregnant doing my favourite 10 min! (no excuses – everybody can find 10 min) upper body work out. All you need is just dumb bells based on your fitness level- I was using 4 kg one. here (normally when not pregnant I would do 5-10kg). View the full article
  20. 5 Must-try services in the UAE that make Mom-ing far more fun! I hate being a Mom… I hate being a Wife… I hate being a Grown-up… Ok, maybe that’s a bit dramatic but I really hate all the chores and routine rubbish that seems to fill up my day leaving me with precious little time for the fun parts. Menu planning, laundry, dishes, school runs, grocery shopping and car washes are probably my worst nightmare. I’m sure the same holds true for most people but I reckon that being a Mom with your free-time already at an absolute low why not look for the short cut and clever hacks for dealing with the mundane (without breaking the bank, because seriously, what help is having no chores if you’re also too broke to do anything in your ample spare time)! These are my 5 favourite ways to Mom smarter in the UAE: 1.Urban Energy Gym I shared my love for Urban Energy Gym classes at Kids HQ a while ago as a way to survive the long Dubai summer holidays with the kids at home and at the moment this is a true life saver for me! The classes are so reasonably priced, AED60 per class which includes your kiddies running amok in Kids HQ and to me it’s the epitome of two birds with one stone; mums get to vent out the stress and boost those endorphins and the kids do too! www.urbanenergyfitness.com 2. Oscar & Jemima’s This website I only recently discovered and I’m so happy that I have! Oscar & Jemima’s is the brain child of Georgie and Karl who have set out to get us all back in the kitchen cooking healthy meals for our families and falling in love with cooking. They take away the stress of figuring out what’s for dinner, by sending you a weekly meal plan of easy recipes for your family. Seriously, it is dead simple. You sign-up for a meal plan and every Thursday like clockwork, you receive your 5 meal inspirations for the following week. We’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and even Mr Fussy Eater Joshua is licking his plate. Have a look at their website below, if you sign-up for their newsletter you’ll get 3 sample recipes to try out or have a look at this delicious meal the boys cooked on their own! www.Oscarandjemimas.com 3. Instashop This goes hand-in-hand with the one above because it really is so easy to just order your recipe ingredients through Instashop however, this is my saving grace for all those times when a quick trip to the store is not an option because let’s be honest, is there such a thing as a quick trip to the store when you have kids? Unlike other online grocery delivery services, these guys deliver in under an hour which is perfect when you suddenly realise there is nothing in the cupboard for tomorrow’s lunchboxes….or dinner…or it’s been a really long day and chocolate is required in large quantities! www.instashop.ae 4. Washmen Living in the UAE means that when it comes to laundry, you’re either using the tumble drier the entire day or trying to drape sheets throughout your house to get them dry because you know dust…apartments…community rules…howling winds…and did I mention dust? There are a couple of laundry services available but of those I’ve tried, I am happiest with Washmen simply because not only do they fit in my budget but the app is incredibly user-friendly, completely cash-free and their customer service is impeccable. They’ve now also introduced two great new features which make life even easier. Firstly, they have an all you can wash bag for AED79 they will wash, dry and fold everything you can fit in their bag, and trust me you can get a lot in. We fit all our towels and bath sheets in one bag and they come back so fluffy and smelling amazing. Their second new feature is the Insta-Order option where you pre-select all your settings and can place future orders with one button! They collect within an hour and a half and deliver 2 days later. There is currently a 30% discount on the Insta-Order feature so go try it out! www.washmen.com 5. Fun City 100 Days of Play The Fun City Membership card still remains one of my favourite smart mum moves especially now that the boys are a bit older and able to enter the soft play on their own and will happily entertain each other for at least an hour. That means I have an hour for me, just me or to actually have an uninterrupted adult conversation! The branches are located throughout the UAE and your membership card is valid at all of them so it is incredibly easy to align your errands with a Fun City location and get them done in peace, without having to suffer through bribery and threats to get the kids to behave! www.funcity.ae Have you discovered any amazing service or app that make your life as a mom more fun? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to check them out! View the full article
  21. Oscar & Jemima’s Giveaway!

    Win a one month subscription to Oscar & Jemima's! 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! All you have to is… Follow @oscarandjemimas 2. Follow @and_then_there_were_2_ 3. Tag a friend! Each tag gets you an entry into the lucky draw on the 2nd August 2017 View the full article
  22. It is well established that gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy is as important as the quality of the diet. The diet of pregnant women is strongly associated with children’s health and predisposition to medical conditions. Recent studies have shown that women who had non-diet sodas (or sugar-sweetened beverages) during pregnancy are more likely to have kids who carry extra body fat by age 7. However, a higher BMI in kids was surprisingly NOT reported with maternal consumption of juices and diet sodas. This association was found independently of mothers' weight, race or ethnicity, the child's gender or the amount of soda children themselves drank. Protect your kids by aiming for a healthier diet during your pregnancy... By Ms. Ayla Coussa Clinical Dietitian Fakih IVF
  23. I am 35 weeks pregnant! Last 2 weeks were tough. I developed bad piles from the pressure of the baby and I literally could’t move or sit or simply enjoy myself. Joys of pregnancy yay! Not being able to be active drove me absolutely crazy! It is all fine and healed now. (combination of hot sitz baths, cold compresses, ointments, suppositories, Aloe vera gel 99,9% gel worked wonders!!!) Today first time since we came back from Slovakia I went to gym and did short arms and legs work out and stretched with few sun salutations. I felt so good to be back to exercising! Exercise for me is not only about the physical results it is about mental health, feeling good in my own skin and brain. When I was in the gym I could see how surprised people were watching this hugely pregnant woman lifting weights, do squats and downward dogs:) There was one lady who even asked me if that is ok for a woman to be this active at this stage of pregnancy??? So again back to the same rules First and foremost you need to get a green light from your health caregiver that you and your baby are all healthy and you have low risk pregnancy. You need to adjust your exercise to be pregnancy friendly. Lower the weights, avoid core work outs, no extreme jumping, holding breath, slow down the cardio and just simply listen to your body. Take into the consideration what was your activity level before you got pregnant After that there is no reason why you should stop moving. Staying active while being pregnant has so many benefits not just for you but for your baby as well. Benefits of staying active while you pregnant 1. Increase of energy level Growing a baby is a hard job resulting in increased fatigue. Form my own experience being pregnant twice exercise kept me full of energy throughout all trimesters. 2. Lower your risk of certain pregnancy-related complications Studies suggest that exercising during pregnancy can lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. 3. Reduce pregnancy discomfort Pregnancy comes with all sort of joys. Ligaments cramps, swollen legs, weight gain, back pain…I experienced all of this but thanks to the regular exercise I kept it under a control. 4. Help you to relax and stay positive For me this is one of the most significant reasons why with both of my pregnancies I was determined to stay active. With all the hormonal changes going on in your body it is so easy to fall in the vicious circle of bad mood swings. Thanks to regular exercise I stayed reasonably happy and positive:) View the full article
  24. If you've stumbled upon this article, then you're probably looking for a new pan or piece of cookware made by Copper Chef or Red Copper. Both of their infomercials are all over the airwaves making rather bold claims about their products. In this article, we will answer two important questions: Should you believe the hype about the Copper Chef or Red Copper cookware? Which one is the better choice to pick up? Check Prices on the Red Copper Pan Ceramic Set Check Prices on Copper Chef XL with Induction Cooktop Quick Navigation What's the Hype About? What's Great About this Cookware What's the Difference Copper Chef and Red Copper Pans? What's Similar? What's Different? Most Common Complaints and How to Avoid Them What About the Warranties? Our Conclusion? What's the Hype About? Infomercials have a way of making everything seem awesome. The Copper Chef and Red Copper pans are no exception. It shows people doing things that you probably shouldn't do to any piece of cookware you own (unless it is cast iron of course). Things such as using a hand mixer in a nonstick pan probably isn't a great idea if you want the surface to stay intact, yet it is still part of one of the demonstrations that we've seen. If you think that using the pan is going to be as magic as it looks on TV, then you're in for a big let down. However, if you're interesting in getting some solid nonstick pans that you plan on taking good care of, then it might be worth considering.​ We've recommended these new types of nonstick pans in the past, but want to stress that it is critical that you follow the actual instructions that come with the cookware, not just what you see on TV. What's Great About this Cookware From our research, both of these products tend to provide the user the ability to cook most things without any additional oil - which is a great thing. There are many similar pans like these on the market (despite the marketing messages saying they are "one of a kind"). If you follow the instructions fully and don't abuse the cookware, you should have something that's going to last a long time and perform great. Copper cookware will most likely be an upgrade to any traditional nonstick Teflon pans you may have used in the past. What's the Difference Copper Chef and Red Copper Pans? It's hard to fully evaluate which one is going to be better for you, as both brands have a wide range of different products and bundles available. For the sake of evaluation, let's compare one large casserole pan from Copper Chef and Red Copper. What's Similar? Both pans when used properly are going to provide you the ability to cook without any oil or fat - when used correctly. Both pans are oven safe which is good for keeping things warm or putting a final roast on veggies after they've been sauteed. Both have similar type coatings that are at least partially ceramic. Our experience with ceramic cookware has been great (so long as you don't abuse it). Both are likely to damage or scratch if you don't use nonmetal utensils or aren't careful about how you stack your cookware. What's Different? The Copper Chef claims to be heat resistant up to 850F, while the Red Copper claims to be oven safe up to 500F. The Red Copper Pan needs to be seasoned according to the instruction manual. They have different sets of bonus packages of accessories available, but there's almost too many to keep track of. Copper Chef products are often bundled with their induction cook tops. Check Prices on the Red Copper Pan Copper Chef XL with Induction Cooktop Most Common Complaints and How to Avoid Them During our research, the found two most common complaints for the Copper Chef and Red Copper are the same: The coating doesn't hold up or peels off or that things actually stick to the pan. The problem with most negative reviews is that they rarely take into account how they used the pan. For example, according to the instruction manual of the Red Copper and the FAQ of the Copper Chef both recommend non-metal utensils. Many people fail to follow this (along with other good nonstick maintenance practices) and end up with a damaged pan. That being said, some other practices are likely to damage these pan as well. This includes throwing them in the sink with other sharp utensils, stacking them improperly with other pots, etc. If you're careless about the use of these pans and don't follow the manufacturer recommendations that come with the products to a T, you're likely going to have some trouble.​ In addition, the Red Copper Pan and instructions say that you should season the pan before you use it. This means rubbing it down with vegetable oil and sticking it into the oven. Users who fail to do this step are likely to find themselves with food stuck to their pan right away! Another thing that people might overlook from the Copper Chef instruction manual ​is that you cannot use EVOO or cooking sprays - same with the Red Copper. Cleaning these pans (or any nonstick pans) with abrasive materials is also risky - so be sure to read the manual and see what the brand recommends for whichever unit you end up getting.It's a vicious cycle of stuck food and scrubbing once the nonstick surface gets worn down. However, if you keep their nonstick coating intact, they should be very easy to clean. This is by no means a comprehensive overview of the instructions for each pan or cookware piece, but we just wanted to give people an idea of what they can expect and the care that they should take while using them.​ Not doing so will likely lead to ruined pans and a lot more disappointment. Check Prices on the Red Copper Pan Copper Chef XL with Induction Cooktop What About the Warranties? The problem with warranties on products like these is in the fine print. Looking at the instruction manuals for both products both warranties require that you ship the product back at your expense as well as a "processing fee" of some sort. That being said, don't expect to get a new pan without a hassle if something goes wrong. For this reason, we always recommend buying products like this from Authorized Retailers with solid return policies. It will be much easier to return a piece of cookware to a retailer than to the manufacturer directly. Our Conclusion Based on the amount of people happy with their pans and the relatively low cost (compared to some other kitchen appliances), we would recommend that you check either of these out. We love cooking with ceramic coated pans, but don't like over-promises and hype. Neither one of these brands are superior to the other, so pick the offer you like the best and go for it! The post Copper Chef vs. Red Copper | In-Depth Comparison appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  25. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Legal considerations before moving abroad Expatriate Law Ltd is an English law firm specialising in divorce and family law advice for British expatriates. In this article, Byron James, barrister at Expatriate Law examines the legal implications for British expatriates considering a move abroad with their children. There is something very ... Read More The post I’m a British Expat; will I be protected by English law? appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  26. Summer Tips for Couples battling Infertility

    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.
  27. Family day trip to Sharjah.

    When the summer holidays are 11 weeks long and for all intents and purposes you’re staying in the UAE for the duration, you start to look for alternatives to soft plays and malls. The attractions in Dubai are amazing and aplenty, but they are also costly and as the kiddies start to get older, they… Continue reading Family day trip to Sharjah. View the full article
  28. Downtown Rotana | Manama, Bahrain

    Our first international media trip brought us to the Kingdom of Bahrain thanks to our friends at Rotana Hotels. Now, Bahrain has long been on our list of must visit places, especially due to its close proximity to the UAE. … View the full article
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