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:



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Need to find the apples of your cheeks? Smile and you will see where the apples of your cheeks are for the perfect blush application! Brush it—sparingly—up along the cheekbone, using the center of your eye as a guide for your starting point. The upward sweep also gives the illusion of pulling your face upward, making it look slimmer.

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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!

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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!


Keep Calm & Neroli On

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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!


A Cream Come True

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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.


Add Some Zest to Your Daily Routine

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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.


Adventure is Waiting

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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!

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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!

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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
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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.

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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!
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
  1. Click on Join A Rewards Program and select one of the 2 options…
  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.



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Create a free account for a chance to win!

Create a Free account with a Go Beyond Natural Affiliate, by February 14th for a Chance to Win a Chaé Organics Household Collection Worth $75!

Hello from Linda Chaé and Brittany Glynn!

The Chaé Products you LOVE have a new home. Our new website GoBeyondNatural is live and we want to invite you to sign-up for one of our Rewards Program to earn FREE products or cash rewards just for sharing the ToxicFree® Mission with your friends and family.

To thank all of our early adopters who register for an account on our new website by February 14th we will be selecting one account holder at random to win a collection of our Household products that are safer than all-natural or non-toxic—they’re ToxicFree®!

To enter, simply register for an account before midnight Eastern time on February 14th, 2016. Our Member Account is completely FREE!

The Prize Package includes:

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To enter, simply register for an account before midnight Eastern time on February 14th, 2016. Our Member Account is completely FREE!

Winning this would be a great way to facilitate the process of converting your home into a ToxicFree® home in 21 Days with Brittany Glynn which starts Feb. 9th.  So don’t delay!  Even if you do not win, you can still have access to amazing products at below retail prices that are good for you and your family.

Hope to bump into you at the 21-day event and see your name come through my list of sign ups.




Granola Makeup that is really CRUNCHI!

You know how I am always harping on toxins and making that move to organic and becoming less dependent on chemicals… Well now that we got our ToxicFree® products back and are all situated, (if you want to know more on that subject check our other blogs or stop by our site), we can focus on what we lost during the shuffle.

The ONE thing that is the hardest to substitute or find in true ToxicFree®, organic, natural, completely safe form.  Sure, we can find soap and dishwasher detergent that meets all that criteria and use it confidently, but makeup, that is a whole other ballgame!  If we find some that may be remotely safe, it may not be organic, or it may be natural… but just because it is natural it does not mean it is good for you.

Tobacco and arsenic are both natural, but that does not make them good for us!  I am pretty certain neither are those funky mushrooms growing in the backyard…


My point is that because it is SO hard to find something that both works and meets all safety points, makeup is quite possibly the hardest part of making the full transition to ToxicFree® living.  So we find ourselves slipping back and grabbing that foundation because it covers better or using that eyeshadow because the color really pops.

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Have you stopped to really get to know the makeup of your make-up?
The US Food and Drug Administration permits cosmetic companies to use toxic chemicals known to be extremely harmful in their products. As a result, chemicals linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, immunotoxicity, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, and many other health concerns are hidden in the cosmetics women are using on their bodies every day. (Check out my post called Let’s not forget our tweens/teens…)

A very special individual, Melanie Lundin Petschke, and her best friend, Kelly Clothier Weston, have set out to see that there is an alternative to the chemical laden makeup we find in store shelves today and out of that labor of ♡ CRUNCHI was born.  CRUNCHI has set a new standard for cosmetic safety. Utilizing years of research and safety data, compiled by the Environmental Working Group and The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, they have thoughtfully selected ingredients that will not put your health at risk. CRUNCHI is a revolutionary line of high performance, safe, and toxin free cosmetics that are redefining beauty.


This unveiling could not have come at a better time for those of us who were left with a void in the makeup department when a previous company who had ToxicFree® household products, skin care, and makeup vanished.  We can now face the world once again looking refreshed and knowing that we are not endangering our bodies.

I tried some samples Melanie and Kelly sent me and was a bit skeptical of the great reviews others were posting on their facebook site, using words like “addicting” and “amazing”… But after trying it for a few days, I must say they were right.  Starting with the Smart Primer, which leaves your face soft as a baby’s bum, and ready for the smooth as silk foundation, it only gets better from there… The powder is unlike any other, a Translucent Finishing Powder, it does not settle on the creases of your fine lines (if you happen to have any).

I did something I swore I would never do, took a selfie without makeup, to prove a point, (this is when I break down and cry a little), I am doing something worse… Posting it online for everyone to see, but as they say, real beauty is in the inside, RIGHT?

The difference was like night and day; Too good to be true. Besides, a very courageous lady went before me on their facebook site, so I figured she needed company.

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EEEK!  not the best picture of me, but what can you do when you are doing a selfie on the mirror, I promise the 15 others I didn’t choose were far worse… Exactly where do you look when you are taking one of these pictures?  I have made up my mind, I need a selfie stick! But I digress.

As you can see I went from bland and pale to vibrant and nice color that was even and smooth.  One thing I wish I would have done was take a picture at the end of the day, so you could see that I looked exactly the same, my makeup was intact.

Melanie and Kelly along with their CRUNCHI line have struck gold! Please like their page on Facebook and check out the online catalog.  If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line as this is not a makeup line you will find in stores.  I will be happy to assist you.


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Perla Middleton
Wellness and Healthy Living Coach