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20 Top Super Foods!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

20 Top Super Foods!

Add some colour to your diet!  Rich, brightly coloured foods are among the most nutrient dense and antioxidant rich.  Of course the fresher these foods are the better and organic is even better.  The skin of these foods is often the most nutrient rich part, so ideally just wash and enjoy!  Here’s a list of our Top 20 to include in your diet

Blue berries, goji berries, acai berries, raspberries, pomegranite, salmon, tomatoes, brocoli, eggplant, lentils, spinach, silverbeet, green beans, peas, sweet potato, oranges, natural yoghurt, pumpkin, tofu and our favorite dark chocolate!!

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Baby & Kids Market

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

The huge Baby & Kids Market will be held this Saturday 25th at Flemington Racecourse.  Find unique gifts for babies and children, enjoy free kids entertainment from Hey Dee Ho, Ready Steady Go Kids, Aardys Castles and a special Kidspot Corner.  Plus a FREE goody bag including a FREE bottle of Zycia Natal Nutrients!

For more information see the Baby & Kids Market website

Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo 2013

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

PBC_Expo_ticket_offerCome and join Zycia again at the Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Fri 25th, Sat 26th and Sunday 27th of October, Stand G51!  We’ll be there with plenty of Expo specials, giveaways and expert advice to support you and your precious bundle.  You’ll also be able to wander around the huge variety of stands offering everything from baby carriers to playgroups and more.

To download your FREE ticket to come and see us!

Active pregnancy = Happy pregnancy

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

New research, released online today in the journal of Psychology & Health shows that women who exercise during their pregnancy experience better mood and decreased fatigue compared to those who don’t.  In the study, 56 pregnant women where asked to include 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise into their day about 4 times a week.  All women were approximately 22 weeks pregnant and had been previously inactive during the first half of their pregnancy.  Results showed significant improvement in overall mood as well as reduced fatigue.

This further confirms current guidelines recommeding around 30 minutes exercise per day for pregnant women.  However it’s  important to check with your GP or Obstetrician before emarking on any exercise routine.

Read more from Daily News.com

My Fair Baby

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

My Fair Baby

Zycia is dedicated to providing premium nutritional support to nourish growth and development from fertility and conception to pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond and we’ve chosen to partner with My Fair Baby to continue to support the well being of families as their children grow.

The My Fair Baby organization was conceived from a desire to support families living in developing or third world nations by recognizing and embracing their unique artisan talents to help establish a reliable income stream.

My Fair Baby works directly with the makers, sourcing only fair trade and ethical products and handicrafts.  Not only do the artisan’s families and communities benefit directly from this support, but 10% percent of all My Fair Baby profits are donated to charity projects working towards creating better futures for all children.

You too can support this wonderful initiative by purchasing any of their beautiful artisan products for your friends and family, including quality organic baby clothes, handmade toys, gifts and more at www.myfairbaby.com.au.

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Due date or due month?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in News/Articles, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Due date or due month?

For years we’ve been given a ‘due date’ by our obstetrician and we begin planning for the exciting day.  However should perhaps ‘due dates’ should perhaps be changed to ‘due months’?  New research shows that due dates can vary by up to 5 weeks.

“We found that the average time from ovulation to birth was 268 days – 38 weeks and two days,” Dr. Anne Marie Jukic of the National Institutes for Health, said in a press release. “Even after we had excluded six pre-term births, we found that the length of the pregnancies varied by as much as 37 days.”

Due dates are calculated to be 280 days after the first day of your last menstrual period, but new research shows that this is only accurate in 4% of cases.

Researchers identified many reasons for the large variation in pregnancy timing including factors such as the embryo taking longer to develop from implantation to delivery, resulting in a longer pregnancy whereas a late rise in progesterone resulted in a significantly shorter pregnancy.  Other factors included mothers age and their own birth weight as well as the length of any previous pregnancies.

For more information see Discovery News

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Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased bone aging

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

Not only is vitamin D important for the deveoping bones of your baby during pregnancy, but deficiency will affect your bones too.

Although they may appear to be a solid structure, bones are alive!  Our bones are continuously renewing themselves as new bone replaces old bone.  When we’re young, this renewal process is in a growth phase as the replacement of new bone is more rapid than the breakdown of old bone.  When we reach our 30’s, this bone renewal process becomes balanced as new bone is renewed at the same rate old bone is broken down.  As we reach our 40’s and beyond our bones begin to breakdown faster than new bone is rebuilt.  Vitamin D has been shown to play a key role in this process.

Vitamin D is required to transport calcium into bones where it is required to support bone renewal.  However the role of vitamin D in the maintenance of our bones may extend further than this with a new study showing that vitamin D is also involved in supporting the health of existing bone mass.  “The assumption has been that the main problem with vitamin D deficiency is reduced mineralization for the creation of new bone mass, but we’ve shown that low levels of vitamin D also induces premature aging of existing bone,” says Robert Ritchie, who led the U.S. portion of this collaboration. Ritchie holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and the University of California (UC) Berkeley’s Materials Science and Engineering Department.

So keeping up healthy vitamin D levels should be a focus not only to support fetility, conception and pregnancy but should also be continued for the longer term.

Read more about this study in News Medical

We have a winner!!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

Thanks to all those who entered our ‘new label’ competition, your feedback and comments were much appreciated.  We’re pleased to say there was an overwhelming postive response to one label in particular which you will soon see on Pharmacy shelves!  Below is the winning design, a slighly modified (according to your feedback) version of design number 2.

The lucky winner of the 3 months FREE supply of Zycia Natal Nutrients goes to Dominique and her beautiful 5 month old son Cailin.  Congratulations Dominique!

We hope you all love the new design and you’ll be pleased to know we’ve also been able to make the new tablets slightly smaller for easier swallowing!  We aim to please and love to hear your feedback so keep it coming!

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New recommendations from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

In response to much debate surrounding the use of chemicals in foods and other cosmetic and household products, and their potential effects during pregnancy, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have released a document to address the issue.  Titled Scientific Impact Paper 37 – Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy, dealing with potential, but unproven risks to child health, has been slammed in the media for it’s vagueness.  The paper addresses many key issues surrounding commmonly used chemicals but does not list specific chemicals women should be aware of.  For example

“Current legislation means that manufacturers are not required to name all potentially harmful chemicals in the ingredients list if they are not considered as an active ingredient. The use of the terms ‘natural’, ‘non–toxic’ and ‘green’ on packaging is unregulated.  Examination of 43 ‘alternative’ products bearing labels that indicated they were free of chemicals, reported the presence of 5 different phthalates despite no mention of phthalates in their ingredients.”

“It is impossible to compile a list of such hidden ingredients because these are known only to the manufacturer of a specific product.”

However, the document does alert women to the prevalance of chemicals within our environment which we may otherwise be unaware of and is best summed up in the list of key points it highlights at the end of the document.

  • use fresh food rather than processed foods whenever possible
  • reduce use of foods/beverages in cans/plastic containers, including their use for food storage
  • minimise the use of personal care products such as moisturisers, cosmetics, shower gels and
  • fragrances
  • minimise the purchase of newly produced household furniture, fabrics, non–stick frying pans
  • and cars whilst pregnant/nursing
  • avoid the use of garden/household/pet pesticides or fungicides (such as fly sprays or strips,
  • rose sprays, flea powders)
  • avoid paint fumes
  • only take over–the–counter analgesics or painkillers when necessary
  • do not assume safety of products based on the absence of ‘harmful’ chemicals in their
  • ingredients list, or the tag ‘natural’ (herbal or otherwise).

What will the Royal Baby look like? Check out technology’s prediction!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in News/Articles | 0 comments

A Royal baby is always a much anticipated event, will it be a boy or a girl?  What will they name him or her?  But with today’s technology, we’re also asking, what will the baby look like?  Watch below to have a sneak peak at what technology is predicting!