07 May 2012

VITAMIN B12 IN PREGNANCY COULD LEAD TO QUIETER BABIES

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 Vitamin B12 in pregnancy could lead to quieter babies: Study
Women who eat a diet rich in vitamin B-12, during the first three months of their pregnancy are up to eight times more likely to have babies who cry less, according to a new study published in the journal Early Human Development. The babies of mothers whose blood contained the least amount of B12 at the three-month test were up to eight times more likely to cry for prolonged periods than those with the highest levels.The sleep hormone melatoninmay not be released fully causing longer crying episodes than exhibited by babies whose mothers had high levels of B12. Also a lack of B12 may reduce the brain’s production of myelin, which protects nerve cells, leading to more sleeplessness.Occurring naturally in red meat, fish and dairy products, vitamin B12 is known to help the development of the brain and nervous system in unborn children. In later life, the vitamin also helps prevent dementia, heart disease and fertility problems.

 

KILL OFF VIRUSES WITH EXERCISE

  • If you  have enough energy to tolerate it, increasing your body temperature by sweating from exercise will help to kill many viruses. Carefully listen to your body, and avoid doing your full, normal exercise routine as overdoing  it could stress your immune system and prolong your illness
  • Regular,  moderate exercise has also been shown to reduce the risk of colds in postmenopausal women by half
  • Studies  have clearly shown that regular exercise will help prevent catching colds in the first place. In one 2002 study, those who exercised regularly suffered 20-30 percent fewer colds compared to the non-exercisers
  • According to the research, exercising with a cold may be well advised. At the end of one 10-day trial, those who exercised 40 minutes every-other day, at 70 percent of their maximum heart rate, felt better than those who remained sedentary—even though the clinical severity and duration of their symptoms were virtually identical

 

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