There are some things we all know we should be doing, but common knowledge isn’t always common practice. Eating more vegetables is one of those things most people struggle with. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables. With statistics like this, it comes as no surprise that many chronic health conditions are on the rise, especially in young children who are growing up eating so differently from our ancestors.
How many hours per week do you spend at the gym working out?
When I was younger, I spent a lot of my time at the gym because I thought I had to in order to be in good shape. Fast forward to completing school, starting a career, and having more responsibilities, and I found myself not being able to exercise as much as I used to.
I went from spending too much time exercising to not enough time exercising.
My solution came when I was introduced to kettlebells.
Summer is the time most of us travel, and it makes it the easiest time for us to blow our diets. The vast majority of us do. While it's important to relax, enjoy ourselves, and have fun on vacation, there are a few simple tricks I have to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid coming home feeling like I have fallen off track.
I have tried A LOT of different cleansing programs over the years, but there is nothing quite like a coffee enema. I was introduced to coffee enemas by my best friend after she experienced such positive results doing one at home. I listened to her describe the process with excitement but all I could think about was "you put coffee.....in your butt." Fast forward a year later, and I was putting coffee in my butt.
Salt is one of the most controversial topics in nutrition. You've likely heard that salt raises your blood pressure, puts you at risk for heart disease, and makes you puffy and retain water. You've also likely been told to limit your salt intake and choose low salt options. Most people are shocked when I actually recommend consuming salt, especially during pregnancy.
Most people think undereating means not eating enough calories or depriving the body of food, accidentally or intentionally, but it goes beyond calories. Yes in some cases women aren't eating enough macronutrients/calories but in many cases, women are eating enough calories but not eating enough micronutrients. In other words, women are eating enough food, but the food they are eating is void of important vitamins and minerals.
Our environment today can easily disrupt our hormone system and cause us to come up against difficulties conceiving. A recent study showed that 11.5% to 15.7% of Canadian couples struggle with infertility, which is close to 1 in 6 couples. That number has more than doubled since 1984, where the estimated percentage was 5.4%.
Searching for the right exercise routine can feel as difficult as finding the right diet to be a healthy woman. Just as the research and headlines about nutrition are contradicting, we are also receiving mixed information about how to exercise. We are constantly being told that we need to exercise more to be healthy and live longer, but then we are also being told that too much exercise or the wrong kind of exercise is bad for us. How is a lady to know what to do?
During the time I spent working at a health food and supplement store, I noticed certain questions I would get asked over and over. One of those questions was "what should I do if I have low iron?" Another was "is there something I can take to boost my iron levels that won't give me awful side effects?"
Mineral imbalances are an epidemic today. We aren't able to make our own minerals so all minerals must be obtained through adequate consumption in the diet. However, consumption alone is not enough. We must produce enough stomach acid to pull minerals from the food we eat, and we also need good fats in our diet in order to utilize them. If the pH of the stomach is not acidic enough, the pancreas will not release digestive enzymes and the minerals will pass right through the digestive tract without being absorbed. Any undigested food showing up in the stool is a sign that minerals are likely not being absorbed. With todays multi-tasking, high stress society and low fat diets, it's very common for people to be under too much stress while eating to secrete enough stomach acid or not eating enough healthy fats at meals to properly digest and utilize minerals from their food.
Infrared saunas are something I came across when learning about detoxification, especially when it comes to things that accumulate over time and are very difficult to get rid of, like chemicals and heavy metals. Getting toxins out of our bodies on a regular basis before they attach to fat cells, or when fat cells release them during exercise, is really important for optimal health and improved quality of life.
A warm smile is contagious. Not only does it make others around us feel good, but it can help us feel good about ourselves too. Try making the biggest, brightest smile you can make for 10 seconds. Even though you might feel silly, it works, right?!
However, often times we feel insecure about our smile if our teeth aren't straight enough or our teeth aren't white enough. First let me tell you, if you are smiling, you are so beautiful! Second, let me teach you a few natural tricks to help give you a whiter smile without filling your mouth with toxic chemicals, spending a fortune, or damaging enamel and creating sensitive teeth.
Adrenal fatigue is something that has affected me, my close friends and family members, as well as my clients, and is often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Living in today's society of uncertainty, hustle, and overwhelm causes a lot of stress which is not easy on the adrenal glands. When the adrenals are tired, our bodies may experience a number of different symptoms.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals in the body, yet it is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults today. It is estimated that 80% of North Americans are deficient in this vital mineral. It's used in over 300 reactions in the body and is essential for cellular health, yet is often overlooked and underutilized.