February is here and February is heart health month, so I couldn't think of a better way to start the month than with a post on how to nourish the most important muscle in the body with the foods that will help keep it ticking like a Timex.
The hormone that controls a woman's monthly cycle, estrogen, gets a lot of attention in women's lives, but it is actually a hormone that affects both men and women. We all need estrogen, but we need it in the right amounts in order to maintain hormone harmony within the body. Unfortunately, we live in a time when toxins and other environmental hazards can throw estrogen levels out of balance. More often than not, we see estrogen levels become excessive and overpowering other important hormones such as progesterone and testosterone leading to a condition called Estrogen Dominance. When this happens, we can see a number of unpleasant health conditions come along, some of which are potentially life threatening.
Here we are in the first week of 2017 and we are officially entering "Detox Season". The new year always brings resolutions or new intentions for healthier living and this is a good thing! Detoxification and cleansing programs are a critical part of disease prevention and health maintenance and it is something we all must be doing a couple of times a year to keep our cells "purring like kitten" so to speak. But here's the thing...we can do cleansing and detox programs for our body all we want, but if we're not cleaning up our environment we will never truly make any progress in cleaning up our bodies. One of the most toxic environments in our lives is our bathroom and the personal care products that we pump, lather, smear and brush over our bodies each and every day. That's right, we take in and pump out a heck of a lot of pollutants in the name of looking and feeling good, and it's causing a host of health problems.
Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!