Children's Health, Kids, Kids Health

Back to School Health Tips

In many parts of the world it’s back to school time and that means more colds, flues and other nasty bugs.

Sniffles, sneezes, and gastrointestinal bugs creep into our kid’s lives and affect all of us. Many parents assume that colds, flu, and other common illnesses are simply part of the curriculum when they send their children off to school or daycare. That’s not surprising since some kids can “catch” 5 to 10 colds per year but yet there are others we get through with a lot less. Prevention is the key here.

What are some things you can do to help lessen the threat of these intruders?

There are many, but a few that are my top favorites are:

1) Sleep! Not getting enough sleep can suppress the immune system and increase the odds of catching a cold or the flu. People who are sleep deprived develop fewer antibodies and are more prone to chronic inflammation.

Set up a regular bedtime and stick to it! Routine is very helpful for children and sleep allows time for the body to clean up intercellular waste, rest, rejuvenate, heal, and restore resources. Sleep is absolutely vital for children’s health and ours!

2)Washing Hands Frequently!

Lathering up is one of the simplest ways to prevent sharing pathogens. Most upper respiratory viruses are spread by direct contact and something as simple as sneezing into your hand and then touching a doorknob, desk,computer keyboard, or phone could spread the bugs. In turn touching all of those things means kids need to wash their hands often to remove these pathogens. Supporting Article

What’s the best way to wash up? Just lathering up with good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick and most importantly doing it often. Teach your kids to wash their hands and to make it a habit. For example my daughter is now in the habit of not only washing her hands before meals but also when we come home from shopping or other events. As soon as we arrive home, we wash our hands.
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3. Nutrition

See food as medicine. We all know it is often tough to get kids to stay on course with health eating so if we see it like a game of trying to get more nutrition in than the negative nutrition we can work at tipping the scales in favor of our children’s health.

It it is also a good idea to teach our children to listen to their bodies and monitor how they feel after eating certain foods. In this way they can tap into what the body intuitively knows is beneficial for it or what foods burden it and make it sluggish.

Here is a former blog post I wrote on kids and dehydration but it applies to nutrition as well. There are lots of useful tips in here and I encourage you to enJOY this post as well. Link to Dehydration Post
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4. Stress
Lower your child’s stress load. Stress comes in many forms. For example video games can cause stress. Too much screen time and stimulation can cause stress. Arguing in front of your children causes them extreme stress!

Help your child to lower their stress levels by spending time in nature with them, unplugging, reading books, reassuring them that the world is a friendly place and that they are loved.

Another thing that helps lower your children’s stress load is by making sure YOU are happy in your life and that you are doing things to support yourself. In life we all want to see our loved ones content and children are no different. If they see their parents as resentful or burdened they feel it. Be sure to teach them that happiness is important and that it is a choice. Choose Happy always! 🙂

5. Supplementing

With all of the toxins we are exposed to, the lack of nutrients in our soils, the presence of heavy metals in our environment and in the world, and the inability to eat adequate amounts of plant based foods on a daily basis, it is mandatory in my opinion, that children supplement with a good multi vitamin as well as a good source of Vitamin C to keep them on top of their immune game. Other supplements that are important as well are Zinc, Selenium, Omega III’s and Probiotics.

As a Board Certified Nutritionist I work will many sources of supplements and I would be happy to make individual recommendations to anyone who reaches out to me. I will though share here for everyone, my favorite kid and adult friendly source of Vitamin C that is delivered in an Isotonic form.

Here is are the links for more info:

USA link for info on Isotonix Vitamin C *Science Based & Backed*

Canadian Info For Isotonix Vitamin C *Science Based & Backed*

I hope you have found this helpful and useful. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who also runs a Facebook Page to support Parents. If you would like to follow along there, here is the Moms For Kids FB

Health, Health Professionals

Shout out to Health Professionals in The Greater St. Louis Area

As a health professional who likes to make a difference in many lives, I am excited to be heading to St. Louis in a couple of weeks to attend a nutraMetrix Certification which covers customized health solutions, genetic testing, ancillary practice income, and better patient outcome.

If you are a health professional of any kind in the Greater St. Louis area and are interested in learning more, or you wish to attend as well, fill out the contact form below and I can forward you more information.

Here is a brief overview of what is going on:

There will be an overview on why we as health professionals might want to incorporate “Nutrametrix Customized Health Solutions” into our practices, including why nutritional supplementation is necessary for patients’ optimal health, why it makes sense for Health Professionals to incorporate wellness programs and services into our treatment protocols, and why the customizable solutions offered by nutraMetrix add value to both the patient and the practice. We will also learn the basics of how to get started with nutraMetrix, what resources and tools are available to us, and how the financial piece behind the nutraMetrix business model works. 🙂

The event will be held in St. Charles, MO, on Sunday, July 14, 2019, with two consecutive sessions from 10-1 and 2-5. Here is the contact form. Just let me know the best way to get you more info, ie. phone, email, text. etc. It would be my pleasure to share with you.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practioner, and Registered Nutritional Therapist who works with individuals and medical professionals to implement wellness solutions to enhance the health of individuals.

Your Amazing Life

Dream…..

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Dreams, Hope and the promise of the future are very important keys to a healthy and happy life.

One of my favorite sayings is “Where there is breath, there is Hope.” I wrote a blog post over at my main blog today all about Hope. Here is the link if you would like to enJOY that post Blog Post on HOPE

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, and Nutritionist who believes in the beauty of life and is always grateful to once again seen the sunrise with the promise of a new day delivered. 🙂

Anxiety, Stress

Stress, Stress, Stress

Stress is a hot topic and for good reason. Stress is behind everything we face in life whether it’s mental, physical or emotional. Learning to manage our stress is one of the best things we can do.

If we look at this infographic we can see some of the ways that stress can impact our health. Everything from teeth grinding to digestive issues. Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies, our minds, and our emotions

Credit for Infographic thanks to McLean DDS

Link to more info…

Stress is something that we should create a game plan for dealing with so we don’t resort to coping mechanisms like drugs, alcohol abuse, and overeating. By having an active strategy in place, we are better able to handle stress when it appears.

There are many ways to actively work at coping with stress and here are a few popular ones:

Exercise

Exercise is one of the best ways to help with stress.  And the good news is that any form of exercise helps, even plain old walking. Exercise helps to raise the feel good neurotransmitters called endorphins. Quite simply any form of exercise helps to calm the mind and alleviate stress.

Meditation

Meditation is a great way to calm the mind, decompress the nervous system, and to alleviate stress. And meditation does not have to be complicated. There are many great apps out there now like “Calm”, “Insight Timer” and even YouTube has thousands of meditations you can access. I find a good pair of headphones and a meditation even if it is only for 5 minutes can be hugely helpful.

Our brains like to run in patterns and when we are stressed we can run negative thought patterns. Doing things like meditating can help to disrupt these thought patterns at the same time as lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Pubmed Study Stress

Many people find that walking is meditative so it’s a win/win as it is exercise and also a calming technique.

Nutrition

When the body has the proper vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes in order to function properly, it can have a HUGE benefit on both preventing and alleviating stress! One simple nutrient deficiency can impact the body in a big way. Common nutrient deficiencies associated with stress and anxiety are  B Vitamins, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Iron and Selenium … to name a few. Any nutrient deficiency can cause stress on the body.

I have written prior blog posts on stress and you may find this link helpful as it contains more ideas for coping with stress and links to stress hacks:

Link to more on Coping with Stress

Here is a freebie list of affirmations that can help to shift your life away from anxiety and into a place of personal empowerment which helps to alleviate stress and anxiety as well. This is also a great guide on how to start using affirmations Free Resource for Affirmations

If you find your thoughts run on a negative track, you may find this helpful and it’s kind of a fun way to look at it A Recipe for Thoughts

And here is one of my very favorites on working with your thoughts so that they better serve you From Worry to Peace

I hope you have found this information useful and I highly recommend having your ‘stress strategy’ in place so you can feel more empowered when it comes to dealing with stress.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Life Coach, & Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach who believes one of the best ways to cope with stress is to strive for JOY! Maggie loves to impact the world through Joyous sharings and interaction.

You may enJOY Maggie’s blog for inspiration at Maggie’s Main Blog for Inspiration

Affirmations, Your Amazing Life

Free Resource!

my butterflyAffirmations are powerful, yet many people do not take advantage of using them.

I have prepared an easy guide for you to use and it includes 33 of some of my favorite affirmations. 33 because 3’s are my favorite number if you did not know this yet.

Anyway, here you go. You can download your free guide here. My gift to YOU!

Link to Maggie’s Free Guide to 33 Powerful Affirmations

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutrition, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, Advanced Psych-K Facilitator, and Reconnective Healing Practitioner who enJOYs life and helping others.

Cancer, Cancer Prevention, Detoxing, Stress

Cancer Prevention & Best Practices

We all know cancer is an epidemic and is running rampant in our world. I bet we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Whether ourselves personally, our loved ones, friends, or even our connections through social media and the world at large. It used to be a scary “C” word that was rarer to hear about, but now it is very common.

We are living in a toxic world with many variables and at times it can feel overwhelming when it comes to cancer prevention and the overall betterment of our health in general, but the good news is that there are things that we can do! Here are a few ideas that are easy to incorporate into our lives. And these are things we can do whether we have cancer or we are looking to prevent cancer.

  1. Reduce our exposure to toxic products. We live in a world full of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, toxic air fresheners, toxic cleaners, colognes, fragrances, heavy metals, toxic food, and more. The more we can sub out these types of products and threats and eliminate using them or being exposed to them the better.

2. Stay Hydrated One of the biggest health challenges is that most people are very dehydrated, all the way from young children to the elderly and in between. This is a very serious health challenge. Dehydration means that we are not moving out the toxins as easily and that we are getting thick blood. We do NOT want thick blood. No, No, No! I have written about thick blood in a prior blog post that you can read here: 

Blog Post on Toxic Blood 

3. Increase Our intake of Fruits & Veggies

There are so many reasons to increase our fruit and veggies intake and hydration is one of them. Fruits especially help to both hydrate and nourish the cells and organs as well as providing the natural sugars our livers and brains need to function. Think of your liver in particular. The fruits help it to function better and to be able to filter out toxins and get them out of the body. And don’t forget about the amazing micro-nutrients fruits and veggies provide like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more!

If you are interested in more details on the best foods and why for cancer prevention, here is a link to a detailed article by Marni Clark. Marni is a breast cancer expert and coach, and I enjoy her work immensely. Here is the link:

Marnie Clark Article

4. Lower Your Stress

I really believe that there are 3 cornerstones to good health

. Eating functional and whole foods

. Exercise and

. Lowering Stress

Lowering stress means lowering the stress on the body as in toxic exposure, overwork, tiredness, abuse, as well as all of the mental stress we often refer to. Stress is much more complicated than we think of usually. When you think of stress, think of it like a rope. When too much stress is put on a rope, or the rope becomes frail and weak, it breaks!!! That is about as simple as it gets, so do whatever you can do reduce stress. I have written blogs posts on dealing with stress. You can find them here:

Stress Hack

Easy Ways to Lower Stress 

5. Peace of Mind

Try and find ways to incorporate more peace of mind in your life. This may involve things like forgiving yourself and others, letting go of the little things, releasing judgments, taking walks in nature and just anything that allows you to ‘feel’ better from moment to moment. If you need to get some help, never be afraid of stepping up to the plate when it comes to getting counseling, therapy, life coaching, or something of that nature. There are people who are there just for that purpose… to help. A great resource that I have come across is called “Life Coach Library” and it is a service online where clients and coaches can find a match for each other. Here is the link for that service if you are interested.

If you need help forgiving yourself and/or others you may find this helpful:

6. Exercise & Movement

We all know that exercise and movement are hugely important to our health but when it comes to prevention of illnesses like cancer, exercise really helps to move the lymphatic system, which helps the body to clean up intercellular waste and remove toxins. This is very, very important, especially for prevention and in the case of a cancer patient having lymph nodes removed. It is then even more important to assist the body in moving the lymphatic fluid to encourage drainage of the intercellular waste.

At our wellness centre “Superior Shores Wellness” in Thunder Bay we offer a service to help with lymphatic drainage and movement. It is especially beneficial for those who don’t get a lot of movement for whatever reason or for those who have had lymph nodes removed as in the case of breast cancer. The service we provide is ‘Whole Body Vibration’ where the client stands on a base plate and using the vibration technology to vibrate the entire body. Wherever you live, if you can take advantage of a service like this, I highly recommend it.

 
Just walking also helps to move the lymphatics and helps to calm the mind as well as a host of other health benefits. A walk every day can have huge benefits!!!!
 

I hope you find these ideas helpful. As I write about often, when it comes to health, try not to think in terms of deprivation ie. what you can’t have or do, but turn it around to simply “What can I add in more of today that is good for my health?”. Just try to keep adding in more and more until eventually the scales themselves shift and you have naturally shifted to more good things. Keep it simple. Simple works.

 

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, and member in good standing of the Canadian Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP). Maggie loves to help people to improve their wellness of body, mind and spirit. Simple strategies can have huge impacts. Contact Maggie below to inquire about any of her services or with any questions you may have or to sign up to her email list for her monthly newsletter. Also feel free to en-JOY Maggie’s other blogs.

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Your Amazing Life

Minding for What You Want! — MaggieHolbik.com

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Albert einstein A picture in your mind is worth its weight in gold. When my daughter was little she naturally new the power of imagination and using her mind. She used to call it “minding”. She would say “I will just mind it Mom”, […]

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Heart Health, Self-Care, Your Amazing Life

Give & Get

Look for opportunities to make people feel GOOD. Support others. Be kind. Be helpful and show them you care.

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What we give out we get back. Give more Love, more JOY…. and more of your HEART!.

Have an amazing day everyone and I give to you many Blessings from my heart to yours!

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer and Coach who loves to empower others! 🙂

 

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Dehydration, Kids, Kids Health

Dehydration in Kids

Children are very prone to dehydration. We often work hard at making sure our kids eat their meals and snacks but hydration often gets overlooked.

Children are even more prone to dehydration because of their size, activity level, often lack of interest in drinking fluids, as well as dealing with sensitive taste buds.

If you notice that your child is not urinating frequently and/or their urine is of a darker color and has a strong smell, your child is probably dehydrated. Dehydration can show itself as constipation, low energy, crankiness, nausea, dry mouth, dry skin, lack of tears, skin that does not bounce back when pinched, sunken eyes, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and even headaches, to name a few!

One of the best ways to help with hydrating the body is to encourage the consumption of vegetables and fruit, especially fruit. Fruits are jam-packed with micro-nutrients and lots of water.

Easy ways to encourage fruit eating, is to:

. Lead by example! Eat fruits often and find creative ways to eat more fruits and to try new fruits

. Incorporate fruits into meals as salsas, in salads, as toppings on desserts etc.

. One of my favorite ways and it works very well. Leave cut up pieces of fruit in the reach of children. When my daughter has friends over for a sleepover for example, in the morning I knock on the bedroom door and say something fun like “Room Service” and deliver a plate of various fruits cut up. They always eat it! They may not eat the whole plate but they always eat quite a bit.

. Make fruit bowls. Take a banana and chop it up in small pieces or even mash it and then add any other chopped fruit that you like. I change it up all the time and add things like chopped apples, berries, pears, melon and whatever I feel like. I even sometimes drizzle maple syrup or honey on top for added nutrients and for more deliciousness. I have not met a person yet, child or adult, who can resist my fruit bowls. When you make them into bowls like this it is like eating something substantial and the taste is incredible!

. Make fruit smoothies and homemade fruit juices. There are tonnes of recipes if you search Pinterest or Google. I saw one the other day where you put frozen pineapple and orange juice and it looked amazing!

. And on that note, keep bags of frozen fruits in your freezer and let the kids go at it. My daughter loves to make smoothie concoctions with her friends and they have a lot of fun doing it. Frozen fruits make it really easy.

. Lemon water is a GREAT way to hydrate the body. In the morning juice a half of a lemon, add hot water and a bit of honey in a large cup or tea pot and let it sit for a minute. This is the BEST way to start the day. It wakes up and energizes the liver, provides micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals, and hydrates the body big time! It is a great source of Vitamin C too. Anytime you can add lemons or the juice of lemons to your child’s diet, it’s a big win! Squeeze lemons on salads and even vegetables and other foods. Lemon helps to kill bacteria and also enhances the flavors in food. You can’t go wrong with lemons ever!

Lemon and honey water

As a side note, as a Nutritionist who is also a forever learner and education seeker, I can say with complete confidence that I NEVER worry about the sugar in fruit, if that is something that comes to mind. The natural sugars in fruit are necessary for the brain and the liver to function properly. People are suffering out there because a lack of this natural sugar!!!! And let’s face it, it is almost impossible to have our kids overeat the healthy stuff, so I just work at ‘more’… getting in more of the good stuff.

I hope you found this post on hydration helpful and happy fruit chopping! 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and Certified Life Coach who loves being a Mom to her daughter Sivanna Roses… as a side note Sivanna is working on a presentation for school called “Healthy Eating” and her mom is quite proud of this. 🙂 Oh ya!

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Kindness, Self-Care, Self-Love, Your Amazing Life

Tenderness & Kindness

Tenderness is a quality that will take you a long way in life.

When I saw this picture of the three hands, all I could think and feel was ‘tenderness’.


The synonyms of tenderness which are also beautiful:
affection, fondness, love, devotion, lovingkindness, emotion, 
sentiment, sentimentality,

I think my favorite synonym is the ‘lovingkindness’ one. Tenderness and loving-kindness are two beautiful gifts that we can give to both ourselves and others. If we treat all people through these two attributes, the world will be a much kinder and more peaceful world where love can shine through.

Be Kind

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Be kind to animals. Be kind to plants. Be kind to the earth. The list of ways to practice kindness and tenderness are endless but it starts with tenderness for oneself. When one can feel the frequency of kindness toward oneself and experience its effects, one can project kindness out into the world. It’s kind of like a flashlight. When you charge your own kindness batteries you are able to project your light of kindness onto others. 🙂

Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.

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A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

Victor Hugo