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December 8, 2016

The average person needs 1g of protein for every kilo of body mass.

This isn't much.

It translates to a person of average weight, about 150lbs, only needing about 70g of protein. 

Good quality protein is vital for many functions in our bodies from keeping our immune system functioning to transmitting signals from cell to cell to rebuilding new cells to the obvious muscle strength. 

In the western world, when we think of protein, usual suspects come to mind first: eggs, poultry, fish, tofu and red meats. 

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November 10, 2016

There is a quote, "If we are each unique, aren't we all the same?"

No idea who wrote it, but for some reason it speaks to me. 

While the quote itself is flawed, the underlying message is clear:

Each of us is different in our own way, and that unifies us because we each have unique qualities to share with the world. 

But to those who look at the world through scientific eyes, this meaning goes even deeper.

Each of us is biologically unique. 

Genetically this means we each have a unique combination of g...

November 7, 2016

Winter is coming.

Cold wind. Snow. Ice. 

The flu.

There are a lot of reasons why the flu becomes so prevalent during these dark, cold months.

The amount of vitamin D and melatonin both decrease, resulting in a decrease in our immune system.

Halloween and Christmas overload us with debilitating sugar which weakens our immune system.

And the environment that is so difficult for us to live in actually helps the influenza virus thrive. 

Cold,dry climates actually help stabilize the virus, allowing it to live fo...

November 3, 2016

Last year I finally convinced my husband to try yoga with me. 

While I wasn't a regular, I loved it and knew he would too. 

As we sat up from Savasana at the end of class, I eagerly looked over and asked him how he liked it.

"It's just a bunch of breathing and stretching" he said, looking a bit confused.

"But how do you feel?" I asked.

"Good" he replied with a shrug. 

While I may have been expecting rainbows and fireworks, I was happy with good because it meant he would be a willing participant for future...

November 1, 2016

Hypothyroidism is a crappy disease that has far too many negative downstream effects.

Since it is a hormone that effects every cell in your body and controls everything from metabolism to nervous, muscular and skeletal systems, is it any wonder we feel so off when this amazing hormone is out of range?

Thank goodness for medication.

Unfortunately, like every medication, there are side effects that we have to watch for and do our best to counteract.

Despite best efforts, there is an ongoing concern with bo...

October 27, 2016

January 2008 was a life changing month for me. 

It was when I finally discovered why I was so extremely exhausted.

With a three year old and a brand new baby at home, there were more days than not that I wasn't able to get off the couch to do more than feed and change my kids. 

It was not normal. 

Everything came into focus after I discovered I had severe hypothyroidism.

My TSH levels were so high they were undetectable by the lab. 

No wonder I could barely move. 

And so began my life long relationship with...

October 24, 2016

 When you get right down to it, stress is a pretty amazing thing. 

It was developed thousands of years ago as a way to save ourselves.

Lets think this through: an average day of walking around, suddenly we spy something dangerous.

Our body has milliseconds to respond.

The brain sends out a signal to kick things up so cortisol is released.

In response, our blood sugar increased so we have extra energy; our pulse picks up so we can get that energy to our muscles, and a few other key things happen to...

October 20, 2016

Falling asleep at your desk is usually a sign that something if off.

Unfortunately it is far too common.

There can be many sources of fatigue: low iron, low blood sugar, dehydration just to name a few.

But for those with hypothyroidism or autoimmune conditions, a very common source of exhaustion is low B12.

There are a few reasons why.

Vitamin B12 is essential to the metabolism of nerve tissue and critical to the overall health of your nervous system.

Vitamin B12 is an important to the formation of red blo...

October 17, 2016

Eating right is about so much more than just eating the right foods.

It's about eating foods that have the nutrients we need to fuel our body.

It's about eating foods that have the nutrients we need to keep our cells running they way they should.

It's also about eating the foods that have the nutrients we need to protect our body.

Let me explain.

Our body, specifically our cells, stay very busy all day long. 

It is hard to calculate how many reactions, but scientists estimate between hundreds of millions t...

October 14, 2016

 I love colour.

My house is bright. My hair is red. My plate is loaded with a produce rainbow. 

And my spice cupboard is full of healing curry.

This amazing spice is a combination of wonderful things like coriander, cumin, ginger, coriander, mustard, cinnamon.

And Tumeric. 

All of these spices are fantastic healers in their own right.

For great health, these should be regulars in everyone's diet. 

But Tumeric outshines them all with its ability to help those with osteoarthritis.

The main component of tumeric...

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