Well here we are well into the second week of Spring and, I don't know about you, but I'm getting antsy for the pending arrival of warmer days and the shedding of the 50 layers of clothes that I live in from the months of October to May. Rumour has it that this Spring is going to be a lot warmer than usual so I say why wait to get our skin all pretty-a-tized! Get a head start on a healthy glow with this sweet smelling, ultra-moisturizing and wonderfully brightening body scrub that you can make from items already in your pantry!
Honey bees are wondrous little insects. Not only are they responsible for the pollination of more than 75% of the fruits and vegetables that we eat every day, they are the producers of some of nature's most perfect and therapeutic foods for the human body. In today's issue of the Blissful Blog, we're going to explore all of the un-bee-lievable gifts that our bee buddies so generously provide that help keep us healthy and full of vibrant energy.
BIG BAD CHOLESTEROL. For over 50 years we have been taught to think of it as the evil demon who is out to send us to an early grave. While elevated levels of cholesterol in the blood are linked to heart attacks and strokes, cholesterol is a vital part of our physiology and without it we'd be in deep do-do. In this edition of the Blissful Blog, we're going to take a look at the important roles cholesterol has in our bodies, the reasons why things can go amiss and the simple things we can do to keep our cholesterol in check without harmful medications.
Stressed? Tired all the time? Have to peel yourself off the ceiling every time you hear a loud noise that catches you off guard? Can't pull yourself out of bed in the morning? Crave salty food or sugar like it's nobody's business? Carrying some extra "sumthin sumthin" around your midsection that just won't go away? Have you been to the doctor to try and figure out why you just don't have any "get up and go" yet all tests have come back negative and there are just no answers for you? You could be suffering from what I call the "silent epidemic" that is sweeping the modern world thanks to our ever increasing levels of stress. That silent epidemic is ADRENAL FATIGUE.
As each and every year goes by, and as technology has made modern-day life and commerce a 24-7 requirement, there are more demands on us and our time than ever before and we are paying the price with our health. Adrenal Fatigue (aka Hypoandrenia or Hypoadrenalism) has been one of the most widespread health issues for the past half a century, yet also one of the most under-diagnosed. Despite being described in medical text books back in the 1800's, and despite the development of the first effective treatments in the 1930's, most Western trained medical doctors simply just don't believe that the problem exists. Heck, when I was diagnosed by my naturopathic doctor back in 2010, I mentioned it to my family doctor at a routine visit and he literally laughed out loud and smacked his leg saying "there is no such thing". Yes there is. And while adrenal fatigue may make you feel like you're constantly on an uphill battle to feeling well, it can be treated and you can feel like your blissful and energetic self again.
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!