Iodine Can’t Be An I-Owe-You. Give Your Body What It Craves.

Many articles and experts discuss iodine. It’s a mineral your body needs for your thyroid gland, but one that your body doesn’t produce. But what does an iodine deficiency look and feel like? Why should you care whether or not your body has this essential mineral?

The Face of Iodine Deficiency

Healthline shares the following 10 signs and symptoms of an iodine deficiency:

  1. Swelling in the Neck
    • “Swelling in the front of the neck, or a goiter is a common symptom of an iodine deficiency. It occurs when your thyroid gland is forced to make thyroid hormones when there is a low supply of iodine in the body.”
  2. Unexpected Weight Gain
    • “Low iodine levels may slow your metabolism and encourage food to be stored as fat, rather than be burned as energy. This may lead to weight gain.”
  3. Fatigue and Weakness
    • “Low iodine levels may leave you feeling tired, sluggish, and weak. This is because your body needs the mineral to make energy.”
  4. Hair Loss
    • “An iodine deficiency may prevent hair follicles from regenerating.



Diets, Filters, & Tossing Out the Scale: Beauty Redefined

“This May 6, put away your scale and form a new relationship with the person in the mirror for International No Diet Day. For so many people, and especially women, unattainable body standards and pressure have prompted eating disorders, low self-esteem, bullying, and unhealthily restrictive diets.” 

The previous quote from National Today isn’t about eating Cheetos on May 6th until your fingers are an inch deep with cheese dust. It’s about taking a moment to evaluate whether your idea of health and beauty is sound and healthy.



Iodine: You need it. You don’t produce it. So go get it.

Attention: “The salt used in processed foods, which is the major source of salt for most Americans, typically does not contain iodine.” 

Why is it important to consume iodine?

Why should you care about iodine, you ask? Simply put, iodine is an essential mineral, and your body doesn’t produce it. Since your body doesn’t make iodine, you must consume it; otherwise, your thyroid gland won’t function correctly. Since the thyroid gland “plays a major role in the metabolism,



You Are What Stands Between Youth & the Nutrients They Need

April 26th through April 30th of 2021 is Every Kid Healthy Week.

  • Monday, April 26th– Mindful Monday
    • Social. Emotional. Health.
  • Tuesday, April 27th– Tasty Tuesday
    • Nutrition and Food Access
  • Wednesday, April 28th– Wellness Wednesday
    • Self-care Strategies
  • Thursday, April 29th– Thoughtful Thursday
    • Connectedness.



Chronic Stress: Admit It Exists & Disarm It With Consistency

April is Stress Awareness Month. According to Healthline and other health experts, “stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences” that “can be beneficial to your health” for immediate, short-term situations. The issue, Healthline points out, is “if your stress response doesn’t stop firing, and these stress levels stay elevated far longer than is necessary for survival.”

Symptoms & Consequences of Chronic Stress

What are the symptoms and consequences of chronic stress,


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Olive Oil vs. Olive Leaf Extract: Only One Reigns Supreme

Your vocabulary and your diet need to include the F-word: Fat.

Rethink what you thought you knew. Your body will not perform at its highest level without monosaturated fats, also called healthy fats, so do your body a favor and take a crash course in one of the most revered healthy fats, olive oil, now.

Why are monosaturated fats healthy?

Consider these facts about monosaturated fat:

  • “It helps your body absorb certain nutrients and is itself a source of the antioxidant vitamin E.”
  • “Monosaturated fat also supports many bodily functions.”

Given that olive oil is a healthy fat because it is a monosaturated fat and monosaturated fats help your body absorb nutrients,



What’s So Great About Olive Leaf Extract?

Three words continue to hold the spotlight in the health arena: Olive Leaf Extract. But why? What is it about olive leaf extract that causes Prevention and others to refer to it as “liquid gold?” The following are what the experts say:

  • “Olive leaf extract is a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties that are:
    • Gastroprotective (protects digestive system)
    • Neuroprotective (protects central nervous system)
    • Antimicrobial (inhibits microorganism growth)
    • Anticancer (reduces risk of cancer)
    • Anti-inflammatory (reduces risk of inflammation)
    • Antinociceptive (reduces pain stimuli)
    • Antioxidant (prevents oxidation or cell damage).”


  • “Research shows oleuropein,



Osteoporosis: “Childhood Disease with Old-Age Consequences”

Osteoporosis is “a childhood disease with old-age consequences.” 

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases adds that “the health habits your kids are forming now can make, or literally break, their bones as they age.” How is this possible, you ask? Mayo Clinic reminds you that “your bones are in a constant state of renewal– new bone is made, and old bone is broken down. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone,



Osteoporosis: ‘The Silent Killer’ Creeps

Low bone density or osteoporosis victimizes 54 million Americans. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says, “one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.” 

Bones Create, Breakdown, & Replace But Not At the Same Rate

Mayo Clinic sums up osteoporosis succinctly, stating that “bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the loss of old bone.” Referring to bones as ‘living’ is both a truth and a call for a mind shift.



Food. It’s What’s for Life.

Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” is arguably one of the most successful food-specific advertising slogans and campaigns to launch in the 1990s and, perhaps, ever. Odds are, this slogan still pops up in your mind from time-to-time. 

The existence of one of beef’s most famous slogans in your brain almost 30 years after its launch is powerful, and it’s what the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hopes happens with their decision to designate March as National Nutrition Month.