Insight Magazine September 25, 2013 0

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 9.46.58 AMFrom day to day women, as well as men, are exposed to many different types of environmental chemicals that could harm their health. However, a new report is stating that these chemicals may be more dangerous for women and their reproductive systems. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stated that some chemicals may be linked to miscarriages, birth defects, and infertility.

Doctors are now urged to inquire about any possible chemical exposures that a woman in her first trimester may be exposed to. This is part of an effort to better educate women on the dangers they possibly face in their environment. Women with high on the job exposure to certain chemicals are at greatest risk. Research suggests that every woman who becomes pregnant is exposed to a minimum of 43 different types of chemicals. Mercury is commonly found in fish, and when consumed by pregnant women, can reach the baby and affect the evolving brain. The report also found that premature exposure to pesticides may increase the risk of cancer early on in life, as well as sterility and prostate cancer in older males.

The best way to try and over come these dangers is to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. Always wash produce as best as possible and avoid seafood with high mercury contents.

Chocolate Helping Older Adult Keep Brain Healthy and Sharp

Most of us have a sweet tooth, but it is a common misconception to think that chocolate is simply a good tasting treat that is mostly fattening. A new study is showing that older adults who drank two cups of cocoa a day for 30 days had an increase in blood flow to the brain and even scored higher on memory and thinking tests.

The benefits of chocolate are not limited to a better functioning brain! A daily dose of chocolate may be able to reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke in certain patients. According to a previous study, people who ate chocolate on a regular basis were found to be thinner than those who did not. Also, chocolate contains fiber, which is a natural appetite suppressant. So eating a piece of chocolate may actually end up with you eating fewer calories later on.

The key to healthy chocolate consumption is moderation and the selection of higher quality chocolate. For example, the darker the chocolate, the better it will be for your health. The dark chocolate will be higher in magnesium, antioxidants, and fiber. So grab some chocolate and enjoy its health benefits.

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