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

f1541848

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

my-toxicfreeclub-round

Advertisements

ToxicFree May Madness Sale! Ends 5/31

Though this sale is over, we rotate new specials along with standard LOW prices on effective, ToxicFree, certified organic products at the beginning of each month! So bookmark the site!

may madness sale

Get FREE Products When You Shop Our May Madness Sale!

The countdown to summer is officially on! Don’t miss this chance to stock up and save on some of our customer favorites: Neroli Mist, Vanilla Cream Body Lotion, Lemon Verbena Body Moisturizer and Travel Kit. For a limited time only, you’ll get a free product when you shop these deals. But be quick—the May Madness sale ends May 31st!

SHOP NOW!

Keep Calm & Neroli On

neroli sale

Neroli Mist is a dual-action toner whose formula is derived from orange blossoms. Spray the mist to help lift the mind and body or apply topically to help balance skin—it’s fantastic for all skin types!

SHOP NOW!

A Cream Come True

body lotion sale

Vanilla Cream is an all-over body lotion that revitalizes, rejuvenates and hydrates all day long. Its unique blend of organic, Ecocert and ToxicFree® ingredients will help improve your overall skin health, leaving your skin looking and feeling younger. Vanilla Cream is emulsifier-free, non-greasy, and infused with naturally occurring beta-carotene and essential fatty acids. All over body lotion that revitalizes rejuvenates and hydrates all day long. Its unique blend of organic, Ecocert and ToxicFree® ingredients will help improve your overall skin health, leaving your skin looking and feeling younger. Vanilla Cream is emulsifier-free, non-greasy, and infused with naturally occurring beta-carotene and essential fatty acids.

SHOP NOW!

Add Some Zest to Your Daily Routine

lemon body lotion sale

Lemon Verbena Body Moisturizer is a light, super-moisturizing lotion that’s easy to apply and absorbs quickly, making it ideal as an all-over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long, all over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long.all over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long..all over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long.

SHOP NOW!

Adventure is Waiting

travel kit sale

A must-have collection of Chaéssentials crafted with all natural, organic and ToxicFree® ingredients. Products found in the travel kit are the perfect size to take on family vacations, summer camps, camping trips or for people who live on the go!

Travel Kit Includes:

Tooth Polish 10 packets
Vanilla Cream Body Lotion 2oz
Sanitize On the Go 1oz
Wild Thing Shower Gel 2oz
D-Odor Spray 1oz
Bugz Spray 1oz
Perfection Serum .25oz sample pot .25oz sample pot .25oz sample pot
Lip Balm – Everyone’s Favorite!
SHOP NOW!

MyToxicFreee new ad

Show us your SPRING Clean!

Springtime is synonymous with beauty, flowers, and renewal. I associate those things with cleaning because I find beauty in clean things and typically decorate my home with fresh flowers after I organize a have everything sparkling. While it might be tempting to spray your whole place with bleach or disinfectant spray (that make things “clean,” right?), a lot of common household cleaning products are actually pretty toxic to our health. Luckily, there are ways to keep things fresh and sanitary. Read on for the low-down when selecting better and safer products for you, your family and your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top environmental dangers, and much of this pollution comes from common cleaning products (or what we’ll call “indoor pollutants”). Immediate effects of exposure to indoor pollutants can include headaches, foggy thinking, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as exacerbated symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Long-term effects (following long or repeated exposure to indoor pollutants) include respiratory diseases, autism spectrum disorder, heart disease, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer, infertility, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, obesity, early puberty, immune system diseases and even cancer. Small particles of dust and toxins can infest your home. Be sure to stay informed about your house and learn about any contaminants that could affect your health. For example, asbestos is a mineral that was used in housing materials. Left alone, it is harmless, but damaged it could pose a serious health concern such as mesothelioma cancer. The indoor pollutants that can cause these reactions are so common that the EPA strongly recommends everyone improve the air quality of their home, regardless of whether symptoms are currently present. (See tips throughout infographic).

Be sure to change your air filter on the recommended schedule to reduce pet dander, dust, and other pollutants from circulating through your home. While cleaning may be more economical than replacing the shower liner in your home, if it is old, you may just need to replace it. Look carefully at the materials the new liner is made of so that you do not bring more hazardous chemicals to your home.  Beware of PVC-containing shower curtains which can emit 108 chemicals in the air according to studies by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, CHEJ. Avoid their cousins made from PEVA or EVA, though less harmful, recent studies have proven them to be harmful nonetheless. Other PVC based products such as flooring can create further issues, so it considering a remodel be sure to consult an expert. Especially if your home was built prior to 1970, as it can contain asbestos. If you are still inclined to be a DIYer, be sure to wear protective masks, gloves and ventilate your home.

For those of us who do not want to spend money on an air purifier, NASA has provided us with great insight to plants, such as:

  • Garden Mum
  • Spider Plant
  • Dracaena
  • Ficus/Weeping Fig
  • Peace Lily
  • Boston Fern
  • Snake Plant
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Aloe Vera

All of whom will purify the air of the following pollutants, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. (Thanks to the greatist.com for this fantastic list!)

Don’t rely on the government to protect you when it comes to hazardous chemicals in cleaning products, DO YOUR RESEARCH! They don’t regulate or assess the safety (or even labeling) of the vast majority of cleaning products on the market. The EPA, meanwhile, only regulates cleaners that contain registered pesticides. This means that consumers are basically on their own when it comes to choosing safe cleaning products — a task that’s way easier said than done. (For reviews of the toxicity of household cleaners and even personal care products, check out the Environmental Working Group’s database at www.EWG.com).

Here are some facts about cleaning and cleaners that you may not be aware of:

  • There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, over 11,000 of which are banned overseas.
  • Manufacturers of cleaning products and laundry detergents we use every day (unlike food, beverage and other personal care products) are not regulated by federal law to list their ingredients.
  • It takes approximately 26 seconds for any substance to be absorbed through your skin and enter your bloodstream or inhaled and entered into your lungs.
  • We are the first generation ever exposed to an unprecedented amount of toxic chemicals on a daily basis, a number which is on the rise.
  • Luckily, chemical-laden cleaning products aren’t the only means to keep a home sparkly. Before you purchase anything, arm yourself with information and research on the products you currently use.

Beware of the words Non-Toxic vs Toxic-Free, they mean two different things. While we may use them interchangeably, there is no regulation regarding the Non-Toxic term, even after passing the cut off where something could be considered Non-Toxic does not make it safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, who created The Federal Hazardous Substance Act, deems a product toxic if it can produce personal injury or illness to humans when it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. In other words, if a substance kills ONLY 49% of the test subjects, could be legally labeled non-toxic. Makes you feel really safe, right? However, Toxic-Free cannot produce any reaction or harm their subjects in any way shape or form. The solution is to minimize what you can control and prevent exposure in the first place. The first place to start is in your home.

If you are looking for the best of the best, be on the lookout for products that have the Certified Toxic Free seal, like the ones found at www.MyToxicFreeClub.com, next look for EcoCert, Certified Organic, and USDA Certified Biobased. These certifications will insure that the products were produced by conscientious companies and guarantee that all ingredients have been researched, tested and do not cause negative health effects. A lot of us have made homemade cleaning products at some point thinking they are better for us or that they can help save us money and protect the environment; this may not necessarily be true. Research the ingredients first and make sure you will not end up with a worse product in comparison to a store-bought one.

MAA_spring_clean_v02 (1)

If you are still unsure of how to get started down the path to a healthier toxic-free lifestyle this spring season, feel free to drop me an email at dnp1515@gmail.com and I will answer your more specific questions. Thank you to the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center for this amazing infographic.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Perla Middleton
*I was not compensated by maacenter.org for writing this article, however they gave me the rights to utilize this amazing infographic.

MyToxicFreee new ad

 

Hit the farmers market for better health!

Spring is here and the heat will soon set in and before the Summer begins, I want to make sure that I take full advantage of the light, fluffy and seasonal fruits and veggies into my recipes and have them as part of my restorative and nutritive repertoire. What should you do to make sure that you get the best bang for your buck and get the juiciest and tastiest, but most importantly healthiest fruits and veggies this season?
Start by visiting your local farmers market; our local market is open every Saturday.
If you can’t make it to the farmers market and must get it from a grocery store, get your fruits and veggies early, doing so ensures that you get the best pick. It also means you will get the most nutrition out of your food because it did not have to sit in a truck or warehouse for long periods of time. Download FoodScores from EWG.org to ensure you get the best-rated food.

farmers-market-local-produce-520

Look for seasonal foods. They vary from region to region, but your local farmers can let you in on the secret. Here are some of my favorites:

Strawberries– I LOVE strawberries, they are such a versatile fruit! You can make smoothies, you can decorate cakes, you can make jelly, or you can eat them as is… Believe it or not, they are also a great source of Vitamin C and act as a fast-working antioxidant. You have heard that carrots help with your vision, but I bet you have not heard that strawberries also promote eye health. It is that same vitamin C that helps protect our eyes from cataracts and damage to our eyes. One thing to keep in mind is that strawberries tend to be treated heavily with pesticides because of its propensity to go bad so fast or for it to be attacked by bugs, so get some good toxicfree fruit and veggie cleaner and soak/wash your strawberries well before eating.

Oranges– though thought as of a winter fruit by some, I think of it as an all year round fruit. The benefits of Oranges and their Vitamin C are fantastic. One medium size orange can contain up to 70% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system and during spring time, while allergy season is in full swing, this is especially important. It accomplishes this task by eliminating free-radicals that damage things like your skin. It also helps with brain development, the folic acid or Vitamin B9 in oranges helps keep your brain in working order. One added benefit that most of us do not normally practice is eating the orange peel. Orange peels have over 60 types of flavonoids and over 170 different types of phytonutrients and lots of fiber and these compounds are vital to roles carried out by various systems in your body.

Broccoli– Broccoli aids in the reduction of cholesterol because of all the fiber it contains, which binds to the nasty cholesterol in your blood and helps it exit your body much faster. Broccoli contains high levels of calcium and vitamin K and both are needed to have strong bones and ward off osteoporosis. It also helps with other types of heart health, surprise, surprise… it also helps with eye health and digestion in general. Did you know that broccoli has as much protein as a cup or rice or corn but half the calories? I didn’t and probably none of the GMO (well when it comes to corn that is).

There are many other fruits and vegies I could talk about like asparagus, artichokes, greens, mangoes (though not native to this area), peaches, and so on…. But I am almost out of space!

So… how about I end with my favorite smoothie recipe….

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Fresh strawberries (hulled and diced)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk (not Silk, because it contains soy)
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 1/2 tbsp Honey (get some from the local farmers market, if you suffer from allergies, wildflower honey from your particular region is supposed to help and this is a great way to incorporate it into your diet)

Instructions:
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.
2. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency.
3. Adjust honey to taste.
4. Serve immediately.

Until next time, stay healthy, stay toxicfree! And enjoy the yummy recipe!

As published in Moments August 2015

mytoxicfreeclub vcard

The most amazing toxin-free makeup line! CRUNCHI!

Attention fellow health conscious mamas and friends! Guess what???! My incredible friends Kelly and Melanie have just launched the most amazing toxin-free makeup line! CRUNCHI! This makeup collection will blow you away. CRUNCHI products not only boast the safest ingredients on the market, but they are also (and equally as importantly) beautifully effective. Each one will rival your beloved (toxic) department store brands all day long. People are freaking out about it! As many of you know, cosmetics are an absolute hotbed for toxic chemicals and it’s one of the things that women are using daily! CRUNCHI COLLECTION is made with a combination of safe, certified organic, Eco Cert, gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, cruelty-free and toxin-free ingredients. CRUNCHI is literally changing the face of safe cosmetics, showing us that you don’t have to sacrifice your health for long lasting beautiful, effective, quality cosmetics. I’m so proud to be representing this incredible company and excited to share CRUNCHI with all of you… so many of you have been waiting for this!

Check out this line at http://Crunchi.com/perlamiddleton 
View our latest videos at http://bit.ly/CrunchiYouTube
Contact me with questions at perlamiddleton@iamcrunchi.com

from My Toxic Free Club http://ift.tt/1nBMeTD

via IFTTT

FINAL Week of ToxicFree in 21 Days!

Join us Tuesday, February 23rd at 9PM ET / 8PM CT / 7 PM MT / 6PM PT for the third installment of ToxicFree in 21 Days with Brittany Glynn.

Call-in Number: 605-562-3140
Pin: 147081#

Make sure you invite a friend to this week’s call because Brittany will be sharing details on how you and a friend can each enjoy a FREE bottle of 2oz Thera-P Lotion and 4oz D-Odor Spray, compliments of Brittany.

final week in ToxicFree in 21 days

This special offer will only be available to people who attend the call. (Brittany’s gifts from Week 1 and Week 2 were gone in 5 minutes and the complimentary Cleanz for new customers were gone in four days!)

Use this link to read more about this event! http://bit.ly/ToxicFreein21Days
Here is a super tip. It will ask you for register for a free membership on the site, (again it is free… so no harm no foul), what I suggest on the posts is to go ahead and follow the link http://www.MyToxicFreeClub.com
  1. Click on Join A Rewards Program and select one of the 2 options…
  2. JOIN AS TELL-A-FRIEND or JOIN AS AFFILIATE.
  3. You can read up on each and make your selection.
  4. This way you already have a free membership and it is easier and faster when you are on the calls to enter your information once they release the link for the free product.

If you missed one of the other calls, no need to worry, connect with me and I will be happy to share them with you.

Shoot me any questions you may have.

Cheers!

Perla

mytoxicfreeclub vcard

Week 2 of ToxicFree® Living in 21 Days TONIGHT

Don’t Miss Week 2 of ToxicFree in 21 Days! Join us tonight at 9PM ET / 8PM CT / 7 PM MT / 6PM PT for the second installment of ToxicFree in 21 Days with Brittany Glynn.

Make sure you invite a friend to this week’s call, because Brittany will be sharing details on how you and a friend can each enjoy a FREE bottle of Chaé Lavender Essential Oil, compliments of Brittany. This special offer will only be available to people who attend the call. (Brittany’s gifts from Week 1 were gone in 5 minutes and the complimentary Cleanz for new customers we gone in four
days!)

image

Chaé Essential Oils are among the purest and most potent in the world. That’s because Chaé oils come straight from the farm to the bottle without middlemen.
•    PURE: Chaé only harvests the blossoms of the plants used for essential oils at the optimal harvest time.
•    POTENT: Chaé never accepts the stalk or stem of plants (unlike many companies selling cheaper oils).
•    PREMIUM: Chaé manufactures its own ToxicFree oils and never uses a mass production facility (or chemicals!) to cut corners.
Use this link to share the event! http://bit.ly/ToxicFreein21Days
Call-in Number: 605-562-3140
Pin: 147081#

PS. It helps if you are already signed up as a free member of the club, as it will as you for that information when signing up to receive your free gift. Rather than missing out because tou have to fill out all this i recommend you visit  www.MyToxicFreeClub.com  and click on “Join a Rewards Program”, select “Tell A Friend” or if you are really passionate pick “Affiliate” and complete the free process PRIOR to the call. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

ToxicFree® cheer!
Perla

image