Research Reveals the Importance of Nutrition for Fathers-to-Be

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PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – January 03, 2017) – While the importance of nutrition to a pregnant woman is widely known, the fathers’ choices receive far less attention. However, according to nutraceutical company Kirkman®, research is making it clear that environmental exposures and nutritional choices of a father-to-be can have profound effects on reproductive outcomes, from failure to conceive to birth defects.

Smoking and excessive drinking are likely the most common (and most commonly recognized) reproductive hazards and both can lead to reduced sperm counts.1 But there are other common exposures, including many encountered in workplaces, that can have detrimental effects on fertility.2

Millions of chemicals are commonly in commercial use. According to the CDC, more than 1,000 of these have reproductive effects on animals, but few have been studied in humans. Several of those that have been studied have been shown to lower sperm count and/or deform sperm shape (which can reduce the ability of the sperm to “swim” effectively).

Lead, for instance, has been linked to both of these negative outcomes. Exposure to other heavy metals has also been linked to negative effects on sperm production. Potentially damaging chemicals used in workplaces include bromides (used in dyes, disinfectants, and insecticides), styrene (used in plastic production) and tetrachloroethylene (used in dry cleaning).

Body weight has been linked to low sperm counts, both oligozoospermia, which simply means a lower-than-average count, and azoospermia, which indicates a sperm count so low that sperm is actually undetectable. For both underweight and overweight men, there is a slightly increased chance of azoospermia or oligozoospermia. Those deemed “morbidly obese,” however, have twice the odds of low sperm counts.3

Research on the impact of diet on male fertility is still at an early stage. Some studies have merely confirmed that generally nutritious diets lead to better outcomes, but others have narrowed their focus to look at specific nutrients. One found that vitamin E and selenium supplementation both increased motility and reduced the concentration of malformed sperm.4 Another found significant count and motility improvements following regular, high-dose intake of vitamin C.5 High doses of vitamin B-12 were found to increase sperm counts for both humans6 and rats.7

Moral of the story, limit your exposure, replace products and take care of you if you want future generations to be happy and healthy.

References:
  1. DeNoon, Daniel. Study: smoking degrades sperm protein needed for fertility, embryo survival. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20100910/smokers-sperm-less-fertile
  2. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The effects of workplace hazards on male reproductive health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 96-132. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-132/
  3. Sermondade, N. BMI in relation to sperm count: an updated systematic review and collaborative meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, Jun;19 (3): 221-31. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dms050.
  4. Moslemi MK, Tavanbakhsh S. Selenium–vitamin E supplementation in infertile men: effects on semen parameters and pregnancy rate. International Journal of General Medicine. 2011;4:99-104. doi:10.2147/IJGM.S16275.
  5. Akmal M, Qadri JQ, Al-Waili NS, Thangal S, Haq A, Saloom KY. Improvement in human semen quality after oral supplementation of vitamin C. J Med Food. 2006 Fall;9(3):440-2. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17004914
  6. Moriyama H, Nakamura K, Sanda N, Fujiwara E, Seko S, Yamazaki A, Mizutani M, Sagami K, Kitano T, [Studies on the usefulness of a long-term, high-dose treatment of methylcobalamin in patients with oligozoospermia]. Hinyokika Kiyo. 1987 Jan;33(1):151-6. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3107356
  7. Watanabe T, Ohkawa K, Kasai S, Ebara S, Nakano Y, Watanabe Y. The effects of dietary vitamin B12 deficiency on sperm maturation in developing and growing male rats. Congenit Anom (Kyoto). 2003 Mar;43(1):57-64. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12692404
Source: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/research-reveals-the-importance-of-nutrition-for-fathers-to-be-2185988.htm

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Let’s not forget our tweens/teens…

When thinking of products that are safe for the family most often we immediately think of babies and toddlers, but we often forget that our tweens/teens have needs and are at risk from not only ingredients in products that are made for younger audiences but those they experiment with that are made for adult ones too. Below is a prime example of a perfectly beautiful face made up (obviously for a photo shoot), but nowadays not far from what teens are starting to look like every day. Alarming to say the least.

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Here are some tips for teens and tweens from The Environmental Working Group (EWG):

Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye makeup, body wash and lotions. And then some! Knowing which ones are healthy — and which ones aren’t — is important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption. (Then we wonder why our girls are reaching puberty sometimes at the tender age of 8-9).

To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.

Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, always checking the ingredients for toxins (a good lifelong habit!), and following EWG guidelines to select safer products:

Acne products Avoid:

  • Triclosan
  • Parabens
  • PEG/cetearetj/polyethylene

 

Perfume, cologne, and body spray Avoid:

  • Diethyl phthalate
  • “Fragrance” (listed as an ingredients

 

Make-up Avoid:

  • Loose powders
  • Vitamin A (listed as: retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate) in skin and lip products

Choose:

Safer make-up using Skin Deep.  Sun protection Be sun smart! Sunburns in children and teens increase your risk of the most deadly form of skin cancer–melanoma.  Avoid tanning beds. Tanning booths expose the skin to 15 times more UV sun. The use of tanning beds before age 30 can cause a 75 percent increase in melanoma.

 

Unsure of what you are bringing into your home and how it compares to some safer alternatives?  Download the SkinDeep App to your iPhone or Android and scan or type products you currently use and see how they rate and then click on the link that says look for safer alternatives.

You can always shop at MyToxicFreeClub.com for organic, ToxicFree, cruelty-free, vegan and amazingly safe products.  You can even save 30% instantly on every purchase by joining the rewards program (not even the stand-alone chains do that… they give you points towards a coupon).  And even get an extra 10% by referring your friends.

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All these resources are free of charge and are available to your benefit.  I know that there is at least, one of these things your tween or the tween of someone you know who is struggling with one of these issues.

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Help Us Change 1,000 Lives This Week!

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Join Healthy Home co-founders Bill and Brittany Glynn tomorrow, October 23rd at 9PM ET/ 6PM PT, as they welcome you into their home for a Trash the Toxins live demonstration and filming.

This webcast demo will show you firsthand how to go home-to-home hosting Trash the Toxins meetings to light a fire in your community.

Join the Club Share the Cause – Register NOW to join the event! 

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What do we Want You to do Tomorrow Night?

We want you to host a home meeting along with us tomorrow, so get your team together and film your audience for a chance to win. We want to have the largest group of people hosting simultaneous meetings across the country with Bill and Brittany. Let’s get the ball rolling together to take on the Toxic Titans. You will become part of changing the nation— we will share your video with the government and advocacy groups to show how America is Trashing the Toxins and making homes healthier places to raise our families!

How to Enter:
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