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  • Fertility - Should You Freeze Your Eggs?

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    Freezing your eggs could be the solution – if you find yourself nudging 35 and still searching for that elusive life partner. If you are over 35, perhaps you’ve considered this, the question is though if this is really necessary. There are always two sides to every story – and in this case, it is best to know both.
     
    Let’s look at the benefits first:
    Freezing eggs preserves them for later use. What this means is that when you finally find the person you want to spend your life with, you’ll have eggs that can still be used, even if you are older than the common age of conception. The age as referred to used to viewed as around 40, however some women are still getting pregnant well after. A later pregnancy is considered high risk, the younger you are, the better. When you are past the usual conceiving age, frozen eggs still can give you options.


     
    The older you are, getting pregnant in the traditional manner is more difficult
    Several eggs are frozen, so you’ll have several chances to conceive, as a general rule. If you are over 35, freezing your eggs allows you enough freedom to find your life-partner and still have a few years before having children
     
    Freezing your eggs also enables you to decide just when you begin trying to get pregnant
    You can continue using whatever birth control means you wish until making the decision to have them implanted. Many working women view this as a great way to plan parenthood carefully. 
     
    Now, let’s look at the disadvantages:
    Not being married by 35 isn’t so unusual these days – women are having children later and later in their lives – therefore it is not impossible to marry after the age of 35 and also to still produce the natural way.
    Frozen eggs needs to be implanted – this requires quite a procedure, which is not always successful and can be quite expensive. If you need to repeat this procedure several times – it is going to be costly. And there is no guarantee that this will be successful. Some medical aid policies do not cover this type of procedure or will only cover the first.

    Whether to freeze your eggs or not is an important decision to make – it requires a lot of thought.
    Make sure you have consulted your GP, Gynecologist or an obstetrician to have all the facts.

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  • What To Eat To Improve Your Mood

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    Have you ever heard the term “you are what you eat?” I am starting to believe this more and more... 

    Don't banish carbs
Just choose 'smart' carbs. The connection between carbohydrates and mood is all about serotonin, which is a mood regulator, and is produced in the brain as a result of B vitamins. Foods thought to increase serotonin levels include fish and vitamin D; and smart carbohydrate choices like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. 

    Get more Omega-3 fatty acids. 
Recently, researchers have noted that omega-3 fats may help protect against depression. Foods like fatty fish, flaxseed and walnuts are found to affect neurotransmitter pathways in the brain.

    Eat a balanced breakfast. 
Eating breakfast regularly helps to improve your mood, and according to some researchers, benefits also include a better memory, more energy throughout the day, and feelings of calmness.

    Keep exercising and lose weight. 
After looking at data from 4 641 women ages 40-65, researchers from the Center for Health Studies in Seattle found a strong link between depression and obesity, lower physical activity levels, and a higher calorie intake. Even without obesity as a factor, depression was associated with lower amounts of moderate or vigorous physical activity.

    A healthy diet guarantees infinite energy and a tranquil mind. 
Incorporate as many of these suggestions as possible, because, regardless of their effects on mood, most of these changes offer other health benefits as well.

    Outside of healthy eating, regular exercise is essential for healthy muscle activity and mental wellness.
    Jon Gordon, a Florida based consultant who advises corporations and athletes on how to keep fit, says “Walking is an energizer, even a 10-minute walk can help you overcome snacking out of boredom. Also walking works better at fighting fatigue than a sugar infusion, and has shown to increase energy for at least two hours, whilst sugary snacks have shown to leave people feeling restless and lethargic in just an hour!”

    Founder and Chairman of Weigh-Less, Mary Holroyd, is an avid believer that each and every person is in control of what they weigh; she says “I want to say to each person that YOU hold the power to renovate your body and mind through a few simple life adjustments. This year turn your focus from only trying to lose those unwanted kilos to looking forward to being healthy overall.
    Aim for health and you are guaranteed to be happy!

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  • Meditation

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    Did you know that there are two types of meditation: - active and passive? Activities of everyday life such as walking, working, eating etc relates to active meditation. The aim of yoga is to experience a meditative state in everyday life which has the effect of increasing performance as the work is done with more efficiency and energy. In order to achieve active meditation, passive meditation is required. Passive meditation involves taking time out to be seated and perform meditation techniques or practices. Passive meditation involves withdrawing ourselves in calm, sitting postures to achieve a meditative state that can help us in our active life. The aim of all passive meditation techniques is to still the mind from wavering and distracting thoughts and gradually make it one pointed.

    Stage 1: 
    Introversion: Involves seating postures and awareness on an object. This has the effect of calming the mind and making it 'receptive' to see what's inside.
    Stage 2: 
    Introversion leads to the free flow of thoughts, visions, complexes, memories, etc., from the lower mind. Our passions, fears, doubts and desires arise and we are now in a position to observe these and remove the undesirable content from our minds forever.
    Stage 3: 
    Having observed the lower mind, we are now in a position to explore the subconscious realms. It is here that real meditation begins. Our limitless storehouse of energy and knowledge starts manifesting itself.
    Stage 4: 
    Self realization: As these stages are transcended, supreme bliss is attained.

    There are many mediation methods known today. Here is a starting point:

    1. Choose a time when you are not likely to be disturbed.
    2. Settle down in a place which has fresh air.
    3. If you so desire, having some incense around you will relax you.
    4. You may sit in any of the meditative poses depending on your comfort level, and to stay in that pose for a desired duration of time.
    5. Begin by learning to focus on something non-threatening.
    6. This will relax you, break your stress response.
    7. Concentrate on a subject that appeals to you - it could be a flower, a word, or the flame of a candle.
    8. Notice how your thoughts wander.
    9. Don't attempt to control them.
    10. Observe them with detachment.

    Within a few weeks, you will notice a marked difference in your capacity to focus. This is the stepping stone to awareness.

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