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...
The Ramadan Suhoor and Iftar Meal Planners are simple, practical tools you can use to help make meal planning and staying healthy during Ramadan a million times easier! This calendar-like tool can be printed out and placed on your fridge for you to fill out throughout the week and always have in front of you for reference as you prepare your suhoor and iftar for the week.
Here’s how to use it to make the best out of this helpful planner!
The first is protein and the examples shown are eggs, Greek yogurt, beans, meat and poultry. These examples are diverse enough to accommodate whether you prefer breakfast type or dinner type suhoor foods, and are all there so you wont forget to mark it down!
2. Whole Grains
The second category is whole grains. This is slightly different from the iftar planner as rather than having a general “carbohydrate” category, this ensures you’re planning your meals with the best kind...
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...