Constantly losing your keys? Forgetting your words in the middle of a sentence (or someone’s name (so embarrassing!)?
Or finding it impossible to concentrate and focus, let alone solve a problem!
It can be scary – we’ve all seen films like Still Alice. Or we might know or be caring for elderly relatives with Alzheimers or dementia. But more often than not, it’s common and garden BRAIN FOG that’s driving us crazy.
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Are you looking after your liver? That doesn’t just mean watching how many glasses of wine you’re drinking.
Of course that’s important, but did you know that as well as detoxing the alcohol, your liver also regulates your hormones? And deals with all the chemicals you are exposed to (that includes the perfume you spray on, the chlorine in your tap water, the pills you take and the pesticides on your fruit & veg?).
Your liver is working harder than ever. Over the last few decades, it is having to deal with thousands of new chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use and the water we drink. And clear up that nightly glass or two of wine!
Ahhh…summer has finally arrived in the UK! The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and the holidays are upon us, and we need some healthy summer recipes that we can whip up easily. We want to ensure we’re eating light and hydrating foods to make us feel great!
There are so many delicious and versatile fruits and vegetables in season over the summer that can be whipped up into a healthy meal in no time – I like to make them the star of the show and eat my meals alfresco at every opportunity (this helps us get an extra boost of Vitamin D too!)
Below are my top 3 healthy summer recipes; they are bursting with nutrients and taste and have seasonal vegetables at their core. Eating seasonally usually means more locally sourced foods, less travel time from soil to plate, more nutrients and a lower carbon footprint! Your body and the planet will thank you for it!
Try one of these summery meals tonight!
Nicki Williams3 easy and delicious healthy summer recipes
I’m going off piste a bit with this blog. It’s not about hormones and it’s a little self indulgent too, but I hope you’ll find it interesting none the less!
I have been lucky enough to be able to come out to California with the kids for the summer 3 times now as my hubby is the editor of a TV showcalled Episodes and he has to come to Santa Barbara to do the editing (it’s a tough gig….!). We are here again this summer but it’s very probably our last time, as this is the last series (:
These trips have been amazing for us all as we have had the chance to sample life as tourists and as locals.
And for me, it’s been especially interesting from a health and nutrition perspective, which each time has struck me as such a double edged sword. The extremes on both sides of the spectrum are much more pronounced than in the UK, especially in California, where you can find super healthy right next to the worst kind of ‘food’ on every corner.
Here are my pro’s and con’s of life in the sunshine state vs life in the UK;
Physical activity – we all need it, about 30% of the world doesn’t get any, and some of us do too much. Exercise is vital for hormone balance, as it has been shown to reduce stress levels and also increase our insulin function.
But there are a lot of myths out there about exercise. Especially for women over 40.
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Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin after a long winter is amazing isn’t it? I think it’s your body drinking in the Vitamin D that it’s been lacking for such a long time.
We know Vitamin D is the ‘sunshine vitamin’ but did you know, it is actually a hormone? And it’s absolutely vital to keep us in optimal health.
Here in Europe we are coming out of our winter hibernation, and seeing some long-awaited sunshine. Not just important for boosting our mood (how many more smiles do you see when the sun’s out?), but incredibly important for topping up our Vitamin D stores that have been depleted over the winter.
Are you deficient? Probably!
According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, 90% of the general population in the United Kingdom have insufficient blood levels of vitamin D, and 5%-20% of the population are in a state of severe deficiency.
Nicki WilliamsVitamin D – the most important hormone of all?
As you know by now if you read my blogs, I am passionate about hormone balance! That’s because it’s one of the main ways to truly stay happy and healthy as we get older, especially as we go through the peri-menopausal years (from 35 onwards!).
To truly balance your hormones, you need to start seeing food differently. Not as calories, but as INFORMATION. Food has the power to change how you look, feel, think and perform. It does this by sending messenger signals to your cells and hormones. It can literally tell your body to burn or store fat, to increase or decrease your energy levels, to alter your mood, to change how your brain functions or to switch on genes that cause disease.
Pretty powerful right? So if we use food in that way, it can have a hugely positive impact on our health.
As a nutritionist I have to keep on top of the latest natural and organic health products out there. Obviously I want to be recommending the best products to support your health and hormones, but secondly I’m genuinely interested in new products and companies that are really trying to make a difference in the world.
This show is one of my favourite events of the year. It’s packed full of amazing products – from the big supplement and food companies to the tiny new fledgling companies that are trying to break through.
As it’s a trade show, there is also plenty of sampling to do – delicious raw chocolate bars and the latest healthy sugar free snacks – I’m a sucker for it all!
SO, here are my top 10 favourite products (old and new) from this year’s show;
Nicki WilliamsMy top picks from this year’s Natural Organic Products Show!
Did you know there are over 100 identified hormones in the body? No wonder hormone balancing can get a bit tricky as we get older!
However after years of study and my own personal hormone journey, I have decided that there are 4 main ones that pretty much seem to control the important things for us women over 40 – energy, weight, metabolism, mood, brain function, sleep, stress, sex drive and skin/hair/nail quality.