“Can’t I just eat a good diet? Do I really need to take supplements?” This is an excellent question to ask, and an important question to answer; especially for those trying to conceive, currently pregnant and postpartum!
People often say, “you are what you eat” but the truth is “you are what you absorb.” Meaning, you can have the healthiest diet of properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods but you must also be able to adequately break down the nutrients you’re consuming. Here’s the good news: with a few small lifestyle adjustments, many people can experience a huge shift in the health of their gut.
Intermittent fasting has been trending for quite some time now. Is it simply hype or is there science to back up the grandiose claims of weight loss and improved overall health?
4 pillars for healthy blood sugar to keep you feeling happy, balanced, and craving-free
When discussing the concept of blood sugar regulation, we’re simply describing the process by which the levels of sugar in our blood are maintained by the body. This sugar is called glucose, which is created by breaking down the food we eat and is the form that the body can use for energy. When we eat excessive amounts of sugar and carbohydrates and lower amounts of fat and protein, our glucose levels spike and this can result in unstable blood sugar levels. It often also results in cravings for more sugar and can also trigger cravings for other stimulants, such as caffeine 1. Today we’re going to break down 4 pillars for healthy blood sugar to keep you feeling happy, balanced, and craving-free.
Are you still using vegetable oil? Here’s how to choose the healthiest option.
Vegetable oils. Found in recipes from baking to stir-fry and listed on labels from granola bars to body lotion. What are these oils? Which should you include in your diet and which should you avoid? Let’s separate fact from fiction.
We think of bones as solid and unchanging. The truth is that they are constantly changing and adapting to the many needs our bodies have. The biggest mineral need in body is calcium. Our bones are like a calcium “bank” storing and releasing calcium as needed. Why is calcium so important? The body needs calcium for almost every function! The most important function of calcium is to provide the electrical energy for the nervous system and muscular system. Calcium is essential for blood clotting, insulin production, not to mention maintaining a strong skeletal system. Calcium is a co-factor in over 500 enzyme reactions. Without these enzymes, life would cease to exist. Without calcium our heart would not even take another beat.
We should spend as much time and thought preparing for pregnancy, as we do preparing for, and thinking about, our wedding! You are making a complete tiny human. Stop and ponder this for just one minute. Whether you are a man or a woman, what you put into your body, and what you leave out, especially for the 3-6 months before conception, matters.