Avocados, which are sometimes also called butter fruit or alligator pears, are a popular stone fruit that grows in warm climates, and is often a feature of Mexican and South American cuisine.
We all know that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is one of the best decisions you can make for long-term health benefits, and adding avocados into the mix can give you an added boost because they are one of the few fruits out there that contain healthy fats! (more…)
The thyroid is a very important organ in our bodies. It is a butterfly shaped gland positioned at the front of our neck, just below the center. Here, it regulates our metabolism by releasing hormones. When the thyroid operates at a less than optimal state, we can experience symptoms such as tiredness, weight gain, headaches, constipation and muscle tightness.
Two of the currently most common thyroid disorders are hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid that produces excess hormones and hypothyroidism, which is an under-active thyroid that produces abnormally low amounts of hormones. Each condition can present it’s own set of difficulties in maintaining a healthy weight, general health and overall vitality.
Here are some simple steps to improve or optimize thyroid function: (more…)
Even though most people are becoming much more conscious about eating organic, avoiding harmful chemicals, and generally making healthier choices, without realizing it we are exposed to a barrage of harmful toxins on a daily basis. More than 3000 chemicals are added to our food supply in North America with another 10,000 chemicals added in the processing, packaging, and preserving process. And even for those that are making an effort to avoid daily toxins, an average of 400-800 different chemical residues were found stored in our fat cells (1,2).
Think of your daily morning routine for a moment.
The average person will sleep in bedding washed with laundry detergents containing toxins. Wake up and use soaps and shampoos containing additives, surfactants (SLS/SLES) and other irritants. Unknowingly add a handful more of toxins when applying make up that will be absorbed through your skin all day. From there, possibly you spend time on your commute breathing exhaust and automobile fumes. At work, are there any cleaning or industrial chemicals that you come into contact with? Perhaps after a long day you light a scented candle to relax, unknowingly releasing carcinogenic chemicals throughout your home. (more…)