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How Moms-To-Be Can Exercise Their Way To A Healthier Heart For Their Unborn Child - HER Week In Health

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Bailey Mosier Highlights A Few Of The Health Events For The Week Of April 15, 2011.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER.com Week In Health.

According to research conducted at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, moms-to-be can exercise their way to a healthier heart for their unborn child.

Research shows that mothers who exercise at least 30 minutes, three times a week throughout their pregnancy can improve a child’s cardiovascular health.

While this group’s findings aren’t the first to suggest pre-natal exercise is good for a baby’s health, the team’s findings do indicate longer standing effects – that babies’ cardiovascular health is consistently maintained one month after pregnancy.

Research has shown that children whose mothers exercise during pregnancy weigh less and have less body fat through the age of five and beyond.

Blueberries have long been considered a “super” food…having already been shown to mitigate health conditions like cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome….and now researchers from Texas Women’s University are finding blueberries may also inhibit the development of fat cells.

The team is looking at one molecular component of blueberries and the role it plays in suppressing lipids and fat cells. This research is ongoing, but it may soon be determined that blueberries can play an active role in the fight against obesity.

Professor and researcher at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen, recently found that Green tea and tai chi enhance bone health and reduce inflammation in postmenopausal women.

The experiment involved 171 postmenopausal women who had weak bones but not full-fledged osteoporosis.

The results show that consumption of about 4 to 6 cups of green tea daily and participation in tai chi independently enhanced markers of bone health.

Dr. Shen’s most remarkable discovery, however, was the substantial effect that both green tea and tai chi had on biological markers of what causes inflammation. Thus, this finding suggests that green tea and tai chi may help reduce the underlying etiology of not only osteoporosis, but other inflammatory diseases as well.

That wraps up your EmpowHER Week In Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the week in women’s health.

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Great article! What are your thoughts on the Pregnancy Fit Kit? Their website is http://www.PregnancyFitKit.com I was thinking about getting one because a friend just loves hers. Thanks for sharing your insight.

April 16, 2011 - 2:26pm
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