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


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.

  1. DeNoon, Daniel. Study: smoking degrades sperm protein needed for fertility, embryo survival. Accessed 12/27/16 from:
  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:
  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:
  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:
  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:



Undercover Additives: What’s Hiding in Your Foods?


We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” But, do you really know what is in the foods you’re eating? With more than 10,000 additives in the foods we consume as a nation (many of which are banned in other parts of the world), it’s hard to know which additives are safe and which you should avoid.

We’re listing some of the most common additives you should ditch to help equip you and your family on your journey to becoming ToxicFree®.

Nitrates and Nitrites
Commonly Found In: cured meats, drinking water

You Should Know: Environmental Protection Agency refers to nitrates and nitrites as “chemicals used in fertilizers, in rodenticides (to kill rodents), and as food preservatives.” Although Nitrates are a normal part of the diet and can be naturally found in fruits and vegetables, sodium nitrate and potassium nitrite are added to cured meat to preserve its color, prevent fats from going rancid, and stop bacteria from growing.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to environmental nitrates and nitrites during pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy complications such as anemia, premature labor or preeclampsia. Excessive nitrate or nitrite exposure can result in acute acquired methemoglobinemia, a serious health condition.

To rid your diet of nitrates and nitrites, eat as many fresh-cooked meats as possible and read the labels of foods to make sure they do not contain these chemicals.

Artificial Dyes
Commonly Found In: candy, cereal, soda, ice cream, pudding, cakes, cookies, snacks and many other processed foods

You Should Know: On the ToxicFree® Blog, Healthy Home co-founder Brittany Glynn talks about the dangers of artificial dyes including FD&C Red #40 and Yellow #5 and #6. According to a study by The Center for Science in The Public Interest, common food dyes pose risks such as hyperactivity in children and allergies.

Many of the foods that contain these dyes are intentionally marketed toward kids, which can put our children at a greater risk for developing the harmful side effects associated with artificial dye. Avoiding “junk food” is a good way to remove artificial dyes from your family’s diet. Recently, Kraft made an announcement about removing artificial dyes from some of their mac and cheese products.

Potassium Bromate
Commonly Found In: bread, crackers, chips

You Should Know: Potassium bromate is illegal in the European Union, Canada, Brazil, China and elsewhere because it is a known carcinogen in rats.  Even though it has been banned all over the world, it is still widely used in the U.S. in breads, chips and other baked snacks to help dough rise while baking. Though it’s found in some foods, potassium bromate isn’t a necessary chemical. Make sure to check labels to find foods that don’t contain this chemical.

Commonly Found In: lard, butter, cereal, instant mashed potatoes, beer, potato chips, baked goods, dessert mixes, chewing gum and other foods

You Should Know: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is used as a food preservative as well as in food packaging, animal feed, cosmetics, rubber and petroleum products, and some medicines. It is also used as an antioxidant to preserve foods and keep them “fresh” longer.

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), the chemical cousin to BHA, has the same use. The two compounds are commonly used in conjunction.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest lists BHA as a chemical to avoid and states it is “unsafe in amounts consumed or is very poorly tested and not worth any risk,” and BHT as a chemical you should consume with caution because it “may pose a risk and needs to be better tested. Try to avoid.”

It may seem almost impossible to escape the over 10,000 additives that are in our foods, but you can do your part to remove the most dangerous chemicals. To find ways to avoid ingesting these additives, visit the Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores Database to help you and your family navigate these undercover additives.

Image and content courtesy of Healthy Home Company’s ToxicFree Blog

Perla Middleton
Founding Member
Healthy Home Company



Though this sale has ended, these still remain amazing products.  Drop by the site and become a member so you dont miss out on any more upcoming sales like this!dozen sale hhc me

Did you miss our 12 Days of Christmas Sale? We’re giving you an encore with two more days to save! This is your last chance to get 40% off select products before the New Year.


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Have a Healthy Home for the Holidays!

You don’t want to miss our Black Friday Deals—new products, big sales and gift sets—we’re bringing the holiday cheer to your door!

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There is nothing cheerful or healthy about depriving yourself of sleep in order to fight crowds or increase your blood pressure, and stress yourself out to find a parking space as you waste gasoline, only to find that the sales were not really that great? Why put your body in such a toxic environment and state? Wouldn’t you rather shop for items that are healthy for the whole family, right from the comfort of your own recliner after the nap (we know you will be taking, after Thanksgiving dinner?  

The answer is easy, YES!  I would rather shop from The Club in the comfort of my own home- we do all the work for you by bringing you the store to your door!

Giving the gift of ToxicFree® is easier than ever, and we’re sure you’re going to have plenty of cheer this holiday season. Stay tuned tomorrow for our full list of sale items—you don’t want to miss these deals!

Sale begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, December 1st! Best part is that Black Friday lasts 4 days…

CLICK HERE to shop, but you better act fast these healthy deals only last for 4 days!

And ICYMI (in case you missed it), Brittany Glynn’s video from the latest Toxic Free Tuesday Webcast is now live on the Healthy Home YouTube Channel! Watch the video below to learn how to have a ToxicFree® Thanksgiving and how to avoid toxins all season long! 


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Black Friday Sale available TODAY! SPECTACULAR!!!

Because we are a company built on faith, we want to offer our associates time with their families and because we are a people first business we want to offer you our BLACK FRIDAY sales TODAY!  

Look through the fantastic bundles we have prepared for you and when you see one you like, click shop… then click Bundles and Gift Sets and find the one you want.  If you have not become a member yet (in order to avoid paying retail), do so before November 30th.  The Membership fee waiver is rumored to end, not to be seen again for a loooong time, so do not miss that extra savings 🙂

Chaé Nourish Gift Set – under $25

The Nourish Gift Set brings together two great Chaé products for one amazing gift. Perfect for those on your list who want soft, smooth skin—without the harsh chemicals—even in the middle of winter!


Bundle Includes:

  • Body Butter Vanilla Dreamer 8oz
  • 2oz Total Body Scrub

Retail Price: $37.95 | Member Price: $24.95 |SHOP NOW! 

Chaé Enrich Gift Set – $50 

Our new Chaé Enrich Gift Set gives those you love a tranquil way to start their day. This gift set features three brand-new Chaé products (Women’s Shampoo, Conditioner and Bamboo Body Wash) and includes two 2oz Total Body Scrub—perfect for sharing or on the go!


Bundle Includes:

  • Women’s Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bamboo Body Wash
  • 2oz Total Body Scrub
  • 2 oz Total Body Scrub (complimentary gift)

Retail Price: $80.85 |Member Price: $50.00 | SHOP NOW! 

Chaé Indulge Gift Set – under $75

The Indulge Gift Set is a great way to feel good about what you give this holiday season. Featuring three Chaé products made with organic, Ecocert and ToxicFree® ingredients, this gift set will help your loved one’s skin stay hydrated and healthy!


Bundle Includes:

  • Body Butter Cloud Walk 8oz
  • Argan Gold Moisturizer
  • Neroli Mist (complimentary gift)

Retail Price: $112.95 | Member Price: $73.95 | SHOP NOW! 

Chaé Pamper Gift Set – $125 

Help those you love relax and unwind with the Chaé Pamper Gift Set. Featuring seven of our best-selling Chaé products in one extraordinary gift set—you’ll be hearing thank you all season long!


Bundle Includes:

  • Clarifying Cleanser
  • Charcoal mask
  • Vital Eyes
  • Women’s Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bamboo Body Wash
  • 2oz Total Body Scrub (complimentary gift)

Retail Price: $170.85 | Member Price: $125.00 | SHOP NOW! 

As always, feel free to drop me a line, and ask me any questions.  If you are local and want to get with me to check out the products, just let me know… I will be happy to.  We will be attending a few events in the next week, so come out and see us. The first will be in Statesboro on December 2nd and the second will be in Atlanta on December 6th.  If you live in those areas, be on the look out for more information or click here to follow us on Facebook for more information on location and times.
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Healthy Home Company

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Help Us Change 1,000 Lives This Week!


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!

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:
1. Invite your team and as many guests as possible to your home meeting for tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET
2. Film your audience learning to Trash the Toxins
3. Send the video to

Win Big!—Submit your video by Tuesday, October 28th for a chance to win Healthy Home prizes and giveaways!

Perla Middleton
Founding Member
Healthy Home Company

Are you ready to become a ToxicFree® Coach?

You are a ToxicFree™ crusader, you are already making your home a better place by minimizing the chemicals you allow in your home, you make your own recipes to clean with….  YOU are the perfect candidate to become a ToxicFree™ coach!  Join the club, share the cause!

Join Healthy Home CEO Bill Glynn and member of the Core Four Mike Hernandez tonight at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT as they host a live webcast! Learn what it means to be a ToxicFree™ Coach and how you can join the Cause!


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