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Is your Brain asleep?

Is your Brain asleep?

New studies in rat have shown that sleep deprivation lead to parts of the brain actually “going to sleep” while the rats were ostensibly awake and responsive. It has long been known that neurons (brain/nerve cells) exist in two states – essentially ‘switched on’/awake or ‘switched off’/asleep/unresponsive. Whilst we are in non-dreaming (non-REM) sleep, large groups of our neurons flick between the two states, causing the slow oscillations that occur

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Nutrition in Preganancy – Iron

Nutrition in Preganancy – Iron

Iron is a funny one. Some people are very wary of taking iron, and often for good reason! Conventional supplements can play havoc with the digestive tract, and taking too much can be quite dangerous. However, this mineral is a vital one, especially in pregnancy. Iron plays a large role in carrying oxygen around the body in the blood, which helps to energise you, as cells need this to function!

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B12 reduces Infant Crying

B12 reduces Infant Crying

Interesting new research shows that when women increase their intake of B12 in the first 3 months of pregnancy, their babies are likely to be calmer and to cry less. Researchers suggest that this is due to the major role that the vitamin plays in the development of the brain and nervous system of the fetus. In the study of over 3000 pregnant women, those who had higher B12 levels

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Nutrition in Pregnancy – So why all the fuss about folate?

Nutrition in Pregnancy – So why all the fuss about folate?

Most of you will be aware (and have surely been told by your doctor) that you need extra folate in Pregnancy. But why? What does it do? Has anyone ever explained? Folate is one of the B-complex group of vitamins. It is known as folate in its naturally occurring form in food, or folic acid when in synthetic supplemental form. In the body it is essential for the building and

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Zinc and Pregnancy

Zinc and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an amazing time of growth and change. In this process, Zinc is an essential nutrient to support both mum and the growing bub. It is integral for proper growth of the foetus, and to promote the immunity. Zinc also helps to form the organs, skeleton, nerves and circulatory system of the growing baby. A mother’s blood contains around 30% less Zinc during pregnancy, due to the increased demands

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