What is Estrogen Dominance?

PMS_headerDid you know that there are at least two dozen identified estrogens in the human body, and they have a wide variety of functions?

These estrogens are uniquely responsible for the growth and development of female sexual characteristics and reproduction.  Estrogen controls the growth of the uterine lining during the first part of the menstrual cycle, causes changes in the breasts during adolescence and pregnancy, and regulates various other metabolic processes, including bone growth and cholesterol levels.  Estrogen balance is also essential for achieving and maintaining fat loss!

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Protect Against Enviro-Toxins: DIY Beauty Products

Image: Aral Tasher

Image: Aral Tasher

I’ve been sharing some of the rather unfortunate details about beauty products this month, in honour of women’s health month. As much as a bummer as it is to find out how full of environmental toxins the cosmetics industry is, there are always alternatives.

DIY cosmetics are probably way easier to make than you realize!

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What's in that Nail Polish?! The Unfortunate Truth About the Cosmetics Industry

Image: Freestocks.org

Image: Freestocks.org

In honour of Women’s Health Month I thought I’d explore an issue that affects us all, but can be particularly damaging for women: how environmental toxins affect our hormones (and how hormone disruption can have a massive impact on our health).

Environmental toxins are chemicals and pollution that show up everywhere, from our food to our cleaning supplies. Many of them are Xenoestrogens, which means they mimic estrogen in the body (both the male, and female body), and cause some pretty nasty health problems like Estrogen Dominance, and possibly even cancer.

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On May 24, 2017, posted in: Blog , Detoxification , Environmental toxins , Hormones , Women's Health

The Healthiest Mother's Day Brunch Yet!

Image: Ken Tomita

Image: Ken Tomita

I have a breakfast confession: I can’t pick a side!

On the one hand, sweet breakfast choices – pancakes, waffles, smoothie bowls – get me pretty excited to get out of bed.

On the other hand, however… bacon. Enough said.

So when it comes time for me to put together a mother’s day brunch, I always feel a bit stuck. Throw in my strong desire to make a meal that will fuel my family, and leave us feeling better than we did before we started eating, and I’m often in a bit of a pickle.

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Supporting the Gut-Brain Connection

Image: Brooke Cagle

Image: Brooke Cagle

After following along with my previous posts, The Brain-Gut Connection and What Causes Poor Gut Health?, are you a little freaked out by how your gut may be affecting your mental and physical health?

Try not to let it stress you out – there’s a lot we can do to boost our gut health and get things back into good working order. Here are my top 5 options.

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On April 24, 2017, posted in: Blog , Gut Health , Mental Health , Nutrition