A lot of changes occur during pregnancy and a woman’s body puts in an amazing amount of effort to support a developing baby during gestation as well as trying to maintain a balance for mom. There is no doubt that this involves a lot of hormonal changes. One group of hormones that can be affected after pregnancy are the thyroid hormones.
Getting to know the thyroid
Your thyroid is best described as a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. In the body, the thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system. This system uses hormones to communicate to other glands throughout your body. The thyroid plays a large role in maintaining many vital functions by regulating your metabolic rate (aka your metabolism), body temperature, it controls growth, bone metabolism and central nervous system development.
Did you know that by the 10th week of gestation, the thyroid gland has already developed and has begun secreting small amounts of hormones because of its vital role in metabolism a...
This is the final installment of the Beautifying Foods Series - Foods for your Nails. If you missed the first two parts of the series, Beautifying Foods - Foods for your Skin and Beautifying Foods - Foods for your Hair, be sure to check them out! As mentioned in the first two posts in this series, the intention behind Beautifying Foods is to emphasis that all these external features (hair, skin and nails) are windows to how things are on the inside.
Today I am discussing foods that will help keep your nails healthy and strong. Did you know that nails only grow about 3.5 mm per month and this is considered rapid growth(1)! This means that it may take some time before you start noticing improvements in your nails, so come up with a plan of action and stick with it!
Nails are actually made out of a hard protein called Keratin (yup, the same protein that makes up our hair!). Since nails are also made up of keratin, protein is a key nutrient to keeping your nails nice and strong. Other nutrie...
This is the second installment of the Beautifying Foods Series - Foods for your Hair. If you missed the first part of the three part series, Beatifying Foods - Foods for your Skin, you can read it here. I just want to make it clear, that this series is not about physical beauty or vanity, rather, it is about understanding that these physical features give us insight on what is going on inside.
Today’s post is about foods that help keep your hair healthy, strong and full of shine! Did you know that the only hair that is “living” is the portion that is attached at the scalp, the remainder of the length is considered “dead”. This means that hair care truly starts from within and the foods you choose to nourish your body with.
There are a few nutrients to add into your daily routine that will give you healthy looking hair: protein, healthy fats, a handful of vitamins and minerals.
In the body, the proteins we eat are broken down into amino acids and reassembled into different types...
I want to introduce a new three part series - Beautifying Foods. Let me start off by expressing that beauty is obviously much more than what is on the surface, and there is definitely no one definition or measure of beauty. This series isn’t about vanity, but it is about highlighting how external beauty is a reflection of our health. I mean who doesn’t like to feel radiant, both on the inside and outside?
Today’s post is all about skin and foods that will help keep your skin glowing. Do you know that our skin is actually our largest organ! It’s true! Our skin cells actually renew themselves every 28 days(1). This means that by adding skin loving foods into your diet, you can see a difference in as little as 28 days!
Here are three key things to add to your day that will keep your skin healthy:
The first skin loving food I recommend, isn’t actually a food, its WATER! Water is such an important and simple thing that everyone can add to their beauty routine and is important for...
It’s March! Can you believe how quickly these three months have passed by?! Today I want to touch base with you and see how you are doing with your goals thus far. It’s common to welcome the new year with a resolution, intention or a goal for the upcoming year, but sometimes our enthusiasm doesn’t last long and we fall off track. If new year resolutions are not something you do, there is no better time to improve something in your life than the present.
The first step is setting the goal. I know you are thinking that this is obvious, but there is a difference between “I want to eat more fruits and vegetables” and “I want to eat more fruits and vegetables by trying 1 new fruit or vegetable every week in 2017”. Although both goals have the intention of increasing how much fruit and vegetable you eat, the second goal is more specific and is a basic plan of how you will achieve the goal. Writing your goals this way helps you ensure you stay on track with your goal!
While walking down the juice aisle, have you ever stopped for a moment to read the labels of your family’s favorite juices? It can quickly become confusing – from concentrate, not from concentrate, 100% fruit juice, cranberry cocktail, fruit beverage. This edition of “Simple Swaps” will help you better understand juice labels.
After fruits have been juiced, the freshly pressed juice has two fates:
1. The fresh juice can be heated and condensed to make a final concentrated product. This is what you see in the frozen juice section, but it can also be reconstituted with water to make juices that are from concentrate found in the juice aisle. These fall within the "from concentrate" category.
2. On the other hand, juice that is "not from concentrate" has only been pasteurized and packaged. These can also be labelled as 100% fruit juice. This means that things such as added sugars, water or flavourings have not been added to the final products.