Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Planning a pregnancy? Be sure you start the prenatal before trying to conceive.

Taking a prenatal multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce the risk of losing the baby by 55%, compared to not taking a multivitamin, says a new study. 

When a woman is on the prenatal before she conceives, that is every single day of the pregnancy, the risk reduction climbs to 79%.

This is just too important a benefit to ignore. It is simple and very inexpensive to take a high quality multi-vitamin or prenatal multi-vitamin. Women of childbearing age who would welcome a pregnancy would be well advised to select a multi that provides not just the typical nutrients including folic acid, but that includes the omega-3 DHA as well. Here are two of my favorites.

One more thing the study found, limit coffee. The risk of miscarriage increases when a woman drinks more than two cups of coffee per day.

Source: Fertility and Sterility
Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.03.009
“Lifestyle and pregnancy loss in a contemporary cohort of women recruited before conception: The LIFE Study”
Authors: G.M. Buck Louis, et al.