About a year ago I had a massive flare-up of my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition where my immune system seeks to destroy my thyroid gland. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's when I was around 12 years old and things had been well controlled for many years until a series of intensely stressful events over the course of a 5 year period triggered an increase in my thyroid antibodies. After working closely with my naturopathic doctor and implementing a number of strategies that I learned about in my schooling for holistic nutrition, things weren't shifting in the direction I needed them to in order to feel back to my regular, energetic self. In July 2017, after my yearly blood test results came in, it turned out that my antibodies were the highest they had ever been and I needed to make the final BIG change that I had been putting off for almost a year.
Our skin is our largest organ. If you were to take the skin of the average adult person and lay it out flat, it would cover anywhere between 18 and 22 square feet. Our skin protects us from the outside world, cushions and protects the tissues that are deeper within our body, excretes waste (it is one of the body's main detoxification organs!) and helps regulate our body's temperature. We also have sensory receptors in our skin which provide the sensations of touch, pressure, temperature and pain. One might say that the skin is a pretty big deal. A big deal that communicates with us daily and whose messages often go ignored.
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!