Do you feel a little bummed out in the winter? The two of us definitely favor the warm, sunny summer months and Tammy even named her daughter Summer, since we love the season so much. And in the winter we tend to feel less happy. It turns out, theres actually a reason why! When were exposed to sunlight our brains produce endorphins, our bodys feel good chemicals. In the winter time, with less sun, we make fewer endorphins and were less content.
Getting pregnant is not always as easy as we think it should be. One common problem is a low sperm count, but the good news is that there are foods that are not only super tasty, but super good for sperm. The best part? Some of these foods are also aphrodisiacs… so if you’ve gotten a little bored with getting it on to get prego, whip up a menu based on these sexy foods.
Food allergies present the risk of potentially serious reactions based on your child’s specific allergies. Processed or prepared foods make it more difficult to control exactly what your child eats. Birthday parties and other social settings leave your child exposed to even more risks of encountering ingredients that cause allergic reactions. Learning to cook for your child with food allergies increases the safety of her diet.
Before you head to the grocery store to fill your cart with foods that will boost your metabolic rate, you have to first understand what metabolism is and does. Laurie Hedlund, L.P.N., of the Consumer Affairs website, explains that metabolism is the series of physical and chemical processes that takes place within the body to convert food to energy. Three factors determine metabolic rate–basal metabolic rate, metabolic rate during physical activity and metabolic rate during food digestion.
Vitamin A, which aids the body’s immune system, eyes, mucus membranes and cell reproduction, is really two kinds of vitamins: retinol and the provitamin-A carotenoids. Natural retinol comes from animals, while the carotenoids, of which the most well-known is beta carotene, come from vegetable sources. When you eat the animal sources of retinol vitamin A, you absorb the retinol the most directly and efficiently, while the vegetable carotenoids get converted into retinol inside the body less efficiently. The hype you might have heard about beta carotene, which is present in many vividly colored vegetables and fruits, is well-deserved and stems from the fact that it’s the most efficiently absorbed of all the carotenoids. How much vitamin A should you take during pregnancy? In supplement form, take no more than the right amount of vitamin-A retinol for your age—to be safe, consult the chart from the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and speak with your physician. As for foods to take or not take that are high in vitamin A during pregnancy, see the recommendations below.