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The importance of magnesium and calcium for good health

  Calcium and magnesium are two particularly important minerals that are often lacking in our diet. Both are vital for healthy bone development and growth, keeping bones strong and dense. The role of calcium Of all the essential minerals found in your body, calcium is the most abundant, and nearly all of it is stored …

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How to Boost Your Fertility Through Diet

National Nutrition Week October 11 to October 17   This week is National Nutrition Week and a good reminder how important a nutritionally balanced diet is for both men and women. Tryfor5 is an annual campaign powered by Nutrition Australia encouraging Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to the recommended five serves per day, launching …

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Top 10 Tips to Reduce Stress

  We can be pretty certain that in 2020 people have experienced stress in a way they may never have experienced it before. Stress is certainly something that I’m familiar with myself.  As a single mum of 2 kids, I have juggled full time study to earn a degree and 2 diploma’s and started two …

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The Benefits of taking Preconception Men’s Multivitamins with added Calcium and Magnesium

Research shows how important it is for both women and men to follow a preconception care plan.  For men this includes taking a comprehensive preconception multivitamin for men.  Calcium is important for male fertility so a high potency calcium and magnesium may help as well. There are a number of factors that contribute to the …

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How To Treat Thyroid Disorders Naturally

Feeling fatigued?  Poor memory and concentration?  Cold hands and feet?  Weight gain?  Struggling to conceive? These are common symptoms of hypothyroidism or subclinical hypothyroidism.  Commonly, a doctor will request a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. If that is within the normal range of 0.4 – 4.00 mU/L, you are usually told there is nothing wrong. So …

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Basal Body Temperature – How to Know When You’re Fertile

Guest post by Dr Danielle Maguire, Integrative Chinese Medicine Practitioner   Q: What’s one thing that can help your fertility, is basically free and takes less than 1 min per day?? A: Fertility Temperature Charting, otherwise known as Basal Body Temperature Charting (BBT) Fertility can feel like such a mystery sometimes! When we were younger, we …

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Prepare for a Healthy Pregnancy (Preconception Health for Women)

Most women want to do everything possible to prepare for a healthy pregnancy. When you fall pregnant, it’s reassuring knowing that you and your partner have put in the effort to ditch poor lifestyle habits and improve your nutrient intake. You now have the confidence of a good outcome – a healthy pregnancy and ultimately …

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Preconception Health for Men

Research highlights how important it is for men to follow a preconception care plan.  It takes 74 days to make a new batch of sperm cells from scratch and during this time they are vulnerable to toxicity and nutrient deficiencies. Infertility due to a male factor is 40%.  Studies have shown that damage to sperm …

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Men’s Preconception Health Care in Australian General Practice

Preconception care involves both partners improving their diet, changing unhealthy lifestyle behaviours and taking nutritional supplements to help reduce the risk of birth defects and optimise the health of their baby. The first health care professional a couple usually consults with is their general practitioner.  However, this research demonstrated that men rarely receive fertility or …

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Boosting Immunity During Pregnancy: What To Do If You Get Coronavirus

With the Coronavirus outbreak, pregnant women around the world are wondering how they can safely boost their immunity during pregnancy. Let’s consider the most commonly prescribed immune-boosting nutrients and herbs.  More importantly, are they safe to take during pregnancy? Vitamin A Increases our resistance to infection, boosts antibody production and enhances the activity of our …

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How To Reduce Morning Sickness [Vlog]

Quatrefolic Reduces Homocysteine

More research on the benefits of Quatrefolic®!  This study set out to determine if Quatrefolic® was effective at reducing homocysteine levels in people with a polymorphism at MTHFR C677T. Homocysteine is an amino acid that can build up in the blood and hyperhomocysteinaemia (high homocysteine levels) is the most common thrombophilia (a tendency towards blood …

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Cannabis Use in Pregnancy & Neonatal Outcomes

Shockingly, cannabis use in pregnancy is on the rise. Perhaps there is a misperception that if cannabis is good for some health issues, then it must be good for us in general. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We should also remember that medicinal cannabis is completely different to recreational cannabis. This retrospective cohort …

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Fertility Awareness Method: When am I Most Fertile?

The fertility awareness method is so important it’s probably something we should learn at school. I’m amazed when women who have had a few children told me they had no idea about their cycle or when they were ovulating. When they wanted to conceive, they stopped using contraception and left it up to luck and …

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How Sleep Duration Affects Sperm Quality

It is well known that lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor diet and recreational drug use affect sperm quality.  What isn’t widely known is how sleep habits can affect sperm health. However, this study set out to determine exactly how the duration of sleep and the quality of sleep affects sperm health. 1487 men aged …

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Morning Sickness: Symptoms & Relief

You’re pregnant, yay!  Congratulations!  Unfortunately, around week 6 of pregnancy, the symptoms of morning sickness can start.  It usually subsides around week 14-16 of pregnancy.  Here are a few tips that may help you find relief. Any woman who has suffered from morning sickness knows that it is absolutely debilitating.  It affects a woman’s ability to …

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Preconception vs Prenatal Vitamins: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between preconception vitamins and prenatal vitamins?   Preconception During the 4-month preconception period, the aim for women is boosting nutrient levels.  In particular, folate, vitamin B12, choline, iodine, iron and zinc which are crucial nutrients to a healthy conception and pregnancy.  It is possible that you may need additional supplements than …

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Eat Walnuts to Boost Fertility & Baby’s Brain

I love the power of food as medicine!  When it comes to walnuts you get a double whammy when it comes to fertility and the health of your baby.   Sperm Health This study investigated whether adding walnuts to the diet of men eating a Western style diet would improve sperm health. What they discovered …

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How To Choose The Best Prenatal Vitamin

With so many prenatal vitamin supplements on the market, how on earth is a health-conscious mama supposed to choose the best one for her and her bub? The foundation for a healthy conception and pregnancy is for both partners to follow a preconception care plan which includes eating a healthy (preferably organic) diet, leading a …

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How Long Should I Wait To Conceive After Miscarriage?

  "How long should I wait after a miscarriage before conceiving again?"  This is a common question following a miscarriage or therapeutic abortion. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends waiting at least 6 months after miscarriage or abortion before attempting to conceive again.  The reason for this is to reduce the risk of adverse birth …

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Pregnancy = Eating For Two Right?

If you’re creating another human it makes sense that you will need extra nutrition to help your little bundle develop some arms, legs, a brain, etc, etc! Who hasn’t heard the old wives tale that you're 'eating for two' when pregnant?  Well actually, research shows improving your lifestyle and eating habits is much more beneficial. …

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Morning Sickness Relief

So now you get to grow this baby, you pregnant mama!  Not sure if you know, but pregnancy isn’t always a smooth ride.  Wait, what?  I thought it was all about the GLOW and long pretty mermaid hair? You may be experiencing some not so fun pregnancy symptoms, here are some tips and tricks of the …

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How Men Can Enhance Their Sperm Health Prior to Conception [Vlog]

 

Immune System Support: Conception Through To Pregnancy

Who wants to support their immune system naturally while they are pregnant which will also support their baby in the womb?  Where do I sign up I hear you say!! Pregnancy is obviously a time you don’t want to get bogged down with a cold or flu because you’re building a baby and well… ain’t …

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Becoming Supplement Savvy [Vlog]

Do you feel like you need a chemistry degree just to make sense of all the ingredients on your supplement bottle? Watch this video to learn more about becoming supplement savvy and decipher those supplement ingredient labels.

Do I Need Supplements for Breastfeeding? [Vlog]

When you’re so busy looking after a newborn, it’s sometimes hard to look after yourself as well. So it’s important to ensure you’re well nourished whilst breastfeeding, so you can be nourishing your baby.

Why You Need to Increase Nutrient Intake in the Last Half of Pregnancy [Vlog]

In this video, Nikki shares more about the importance of increasing nutrient intake in the later stages of your pregnancy.

Choosing the Right Pregnancy Multivitamin For You [Vlog]

Did you know that the brand of multivitamin your choose to use during your pregnancy makes a big difference? They’re certainly not all the same. In this video Nikki Warren, fertility naturopath breaks down the differences.

How to Enhance Your Health Prior to Conception [Vlog]

If you’re planning on getting pregnant you need to be considering what you can do right now to prepare your body. So, how ready are you?

Planning a Healthy Pregnancy [Vlog]

What can you do right now, before you’re pregnant, to ensure you give you future baby the best start on life?

In this video, Nikki Warren, fertility naturopath shares the one thing she wishes she knew before having her first baby…

What is the Fertility Awareness Method [Vlog]

Are you wondering about the Fertility Awareness Method? Or how to calculate when ovulation is occurring to ensure the best time to conceive?

Watch this short video from Nikki for more.

Why Both Partners Should Follow a Preconception Care Plan [Vlog]

It takes two to tango!!

In this video Nikki discusses the importance for both the man and the women to follow a preconception care plan to lead to a healthy and successful pregnancy and birth.

How Lifestyle and Stress Affects Your Fertility [Vlog]

Did you know that poor lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking can have a significant impact on your fertility? (yep – both the guys and the girls!)

In this video, Nikki looks at how your health habits affect your chance for a healthy and successful pregnancy.

Pantry Flip! For a Clear and Calm Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most important times in life to look at your foods in your life and assess if it is best for you and your future kiddies. This will help your future baby but also your whole family if they are keen to get on board the pregnancy nutrition bandwagon, which straight …

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Preconception Bucket List

Here is an idea that we absolutely love....  Make a preconception bucket list! Lists are a great way to help tick off fun things to do before the craziness of parenthood begins. When you're organised you can focus on the small things in life, and create a beautiful foundation for a happy family. Aside from …

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Thinking About Preconception? Here Are Some Lifestyle Changes To Consider.

Want to know about the small lifestyle changes you can make when planning your preconception journey? Maybe cold-pressing your own juice or attempting downward dog yoga pose is low on your priority list?  I feel you! Follow these simple tips to achieve optimal health for your journey.   Not all of us have enough time …

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Should I Eat Organic Food During Pregnancy?

  So what about better nutrition for pregnancy?  Can’t I just get the extra nutrients I need for a healthy pregnancy through my pregnancy multivitamins?  Yes, you may be able to.  But the foods you are eating may be responsible for a lot more than the average baby brain may think!  We are talking about …

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Preconception Nutrition | Pre-Pregnancy Diet

So you have made the big decision to plan for a baby and think about preconception and pregnancy nutrition, congratulations! While some pregnant women may paint the total blissful picture of pregnancy the whole way through – haaaahaha – I hear second-time mum’s out there.  It may not be this way for others.  Blissful may …

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