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...
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.