Vitamins for the Body, Your Amazing Life

Stay Inspired to ‘Do The Little Things’

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Here I am in Honolulu enjoying 10 beautiful days, and not only did I bring my juicer with me to make celery juice, but I am making sure I am doing my warm lemon water in the morning too! It turns out my day planner is the perfect cutting board to cut up my slices of sunshine. πŸ™‚

I am staying “Inspired” to stay consistent in adding in small things that make a difference even while traveling. Little things do become big things when done consistently. Be persistent in little daily steps towards better health and vitality. It’s so worth it. We cannot enjoy life if we do not feel well in mind, body, and spirit so don’t forget to SMILE today also!! Smiling counts as a little thing that is a big thing when it comes to being a health hack πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

En-JOY the day and remember the little things do count! Stay inspired…..

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who is like everyone else on their journey… plugging away, having ups and downs, but trying to be consistent in small healthy changes that can make a big difference. She hopes you find inspiration to add in things into your daily routine that can help to increase your wellness of body, mind and spirit.

Happy Liver, liver health, Your Amazing Life

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Did you ever come to a point in your life or career when all the dots lined up and everything made sense and felt right? That’s how I feel after all my years of studying health and wellness and also pursuing my education in the field.

I have come to know that I really want to help my clients and future clients, when it comes to nutrition and wellness, with liver health. I truly believe the liver is the master organ that can make or break us. We need to think beyond the basic thoughts we have about liver. For example the effects of alcohol on the liver or having a fatty liver. Sure these things are important but the liver is way more complex than that and does WAY MORE than process alcohol. The good news is there are easy things we can do to improve our liver health, and they can make a HUGE difference and become catalysts in our overall health.

I have written several articles already on the liver and the powerful role it plays. Here is one You Liver Loves You and another is: All About The Liver

As a Board Certified Nutritionist building my practice all over the world via technology, I have never been more excited about a project. I invite you to join my on this quest of improving everyone’s liver health and in turn their health, including your own. How can you help? By following along and sharing these blog posts. By Liking the new Facebook Page that I have created just for Liver Health and having a Happy Liver. My new saying is “Happy Liver, Happy Life”. Here is the link to follow along Healthy & Happy Liver Facebook Page

The picture in this blog post was from yesterday as I was preparing my lemons for my Happy Lemon Water…. full of sunshine and goodness. I hope it makes you smile and reminds you that lemons are here to help us and they are super helpful for our livers. En-JOY them daily and as often as you can. I will be sharing more liver tips here on my blog and on the FB page.

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Liver Love Rock

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How many of you believe in divine signs? Well I certainly do and today I had a definite one that was very clear to me.

As a Board Certified Nutritionist, I have recently decided to focus my Nutritional practice on helping people to heal their livers. I found this liver shaped rock today and thought “Yes, I am going in the right direction”. As always, I was grateful for the confirmation from the Universe/God/Source/You Fill in The Blank πŸ™‚

I believe liver distress may lie under all ailments that we face today. Here is a quote from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, who just released his new book “Liver Rescue” yesterday. “If you have any chronic symptom or illness, whether it’s skin issues like eczema and acne, weight gain, digestive symptoms, gout, diabetes, fatigue, dark circles under the eyes, varicose veins, autoimmune disease, brain fog, bloating or any other, it means your liver is under duress.” Anthony Williams

I look forward to helping people to improve their health and vitality by improving liver health. Even small implementations can hugely improve liver function and lighten the burden that our livers face in today’s world full of toxic elements, heavy metals, poor diet, fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, perfumes, chemicals, stress, etc. If we love our livers, they will love us back. My new saying is “Happy Liver, Happy Life”. πŸ™‚

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and Certified Life Coach who helps people all over the world.

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The Critical Role of Selenium

Selenium is a trace mineral and although your body only needs small amounts, these are critical to your health and vitality. Selenium deficiency is quite common in this part of the world. For example, large areas of North America are deficient in soil selenium levels. For those of us living in Ontario, Canada, this includes large parts of Ontario. Soil deficiency usually translates into human deficiency.

As a Health Coach who utilizes Hair Mineral Analysis testing, I almost always see low levels of selenium in my client’s lab results. It is the very reason that has prompted me to write this blog post!

Selenium acts also as a very powerful antioxidant helping to combat free radicals in the body and reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer, as well as premature aging and the risk of stroke. Selenium is an essential component of glutathione peroxidase, which protects the body from a vast array of toxins including free radicals and heavy metals, particularly Mercury. Selenium and glutathione peroxidase levels are often low in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis and may be low in most inflammatory conditions.

Selenium also helps to maintain normal liver function and protein synthesis. The liver is critical to ‘life’ and it is probably the most important area of the body to support overall health and wellbeing.

Selenium in necessary for the health of the heart and other muscles. It has been reported to improve the function of the mitochondria (the energy producing units of cells) by protecting them from lack of oxygen. This may account for the fact that selenium supplementation has been found to be effective in the treatment of chest pains associated with heart disease (angina pectoris). Selenium is also required for the production of a specific type of hormone-like substance called prostaglandin, which, among other things, helps regulate blood pressure.

Selenium is important for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. In fact, thyroid tissue contains a higher amount of selenium than any other organ in the human body.

This powerful mineral helps protect the thyroid against oxidative damage and also plays an essential role in the production of thyroid hormones.

Selenium may also protect the body against contaminants such as mercury, cadmium, and silver. Source: 1. Yoon SO, Kim MM, Chung AS. Inhibitory effect of selenite on invasion of ht1080 tumor cells. J Biol Chem. 2001;276:20085-20092.

In populations at higher risk for prostate cancer, selenium supplements decreased risk and growth rate of tumors. Source:
3. Costello AJ. A randomized, controlled chemoprevention trial of selenium in familial prostate cancer

Selenium supplements may also be able to halt the growth of polyps in the colon and reduce the risk of lung and liver cancers. Source: 4. Chigbrow M, Nelson M. Inhibition of mitotic cyclin B and cdc2 kinase activity by selenomethionine in synchronized colon cancer cells. Anticancer Drugs. 2001;12:43-50.

There are many studies that have shown that the lower the intake of selenium, the higher the incidence of cancer of the colon, breast, pancreas, ovary, bladder, prostate, rectum, skin and lungs. In a recent study (Environ Health Prev Med, 14,261,2009) Selenium has an inverse correlation with cancer (higher levels of selenium – lower levels of cancer). Other conditions that have been reported to respond to supplementation with selenium include AIDS, allergies, arteriosclerosis, cataracts, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

I have really only skimmed the surface here on the importance of selenium, but I encourage each and everyone of you to explore the role of selenium in your daily life. I just stopped typing to go and take my selenium supplements right now!

If you need help with a good quality supplement choice, please reach out to me and I can help you with that. You may also desire to have a Hair Mineral Analysis test done. This test checks for the presence of heavy metals and mineral deficiencies like selenium. For more info here is a link to my website for that Hair Mineral Analysis Info

One of the best food sources for selenium are brazil nuts. Try adding at least 3 a day into your diet.
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Some other food sources grains, some vegetables, lentils, meats, dairy products, canned tuna. Unfortunately foods like canned tuna can add to the heavy metal load in the body and brain. Also, meats and dairy products can feed pathogens in the body like Ebstein-Barr Virus which is now being linked to many diseases such as MS, Fibro, RA, and more, so choose your foods carefully for various reasons. I highly recommend supplementing with selenium to ensure adequate levels.

Here is a link to more info about Mystery Illness and EBV My EBV & Mystery Illness Blog Post

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who works with clients all over the world. She is an avid researcher and studies consistently on the latest research and information available on both heavy metals and nutrition as well as the implications of nutritional deficiencies when it comes to the body and brain.

Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit

Healing Though Your Story

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β€œIf you own the story you get to write the ending.”
Brene Brown

When it comes to our health, a big key, to personal healthy empowerment is in realizing
1) there is always HOPE and
2) WE are a key proponent in our own health care

As Brene Brown’s quote states ‘you get to write the ending’. As a Life Coach and Nutritionist, I hear often people telling a story about their health that would be better left untold, if truth be told. πŸ™‚ It is easy when in pain or suffering, to lose hope and to tell a story that stems from the pain and hopelessness.

If you are suffering, I encourage you to start sharing a new story and envisioning your own happy ending. Some useful phrases might be:

. Everyday my body is getting stronger
. Everyday new research is happening and helping with healing
. In the past I was very sick, but now I am getting better and stronger everyday!
. I believe in miracles and know that I am deserving of one
. I love my body and am showing my body through supporting it to support me!
. My body is always working for my highest good even though I don’t understand it all

These are just a few ideas to add to you daily ‘story’. I would love to hear the ones that you come up with.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Nutritionist who focuses on helping people to have more JOY in their lives. She also works with the physical body and brain to assist in determining toxic heavy metal loads and safe removal as well as liver health which can be an underlying culprit in many health areas such as weight gain, blood pressure issues, digestive health, brain fog, and more.

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Your Liver Loves YOU!

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Our livers love us! Unfortunately like any love relationship, sometimes one side gives more than the other and that is what is happening with people and their livers. Our livers are bombarded with much more than it can keep up with these days and we all need to do our part in the relationship by taking off some of the burden.

There are many, many things that are contributing to this toxic overload but today I going to focus on one area that is a HUGE player in overworking our livers and making us sick. What I am referring to are chemicals that are involved in scents, paints, sprays, perfumes, colognes, air fresheners, candles etc… the list is endless.

I have found a new way to view my liver when it comes to these very nasty invaders. I see my liver as a sponge! Because it is a sponge. Our livers filter everything… everything! It filters all our blood and sends it back out through the circulatory system. The filtering from the liver includes scents and air borne chemicals that are around us! They must be filtered too! The skin is the largest organ and both the skin and lungs deal with these airborne nasties.

Have you ever walked into a greasy restaurant? Maybe a fried chicken place?
When I was in my twenties, I had a roomie who worked at KFC and she would come home wreaking of grease. That smell never came out. It stuck and absorbed into her clothes and then everything that she was around, including our apartment. Now think about that. Just let that ‘sink in’, no pun intended. πŸ™‚

Here is another example. I had someone 3 years ago walk into one of my rooms in my home and they were wearing strong cologne. That smell is still in the room. Every so often it overwhelms me when I walk into the room. Wow. We can see how powerful these chemicals are. And if this chemical compound can do that to a room and it’s contents years later, imagine a lifetime buildup of these and other toxins that are livers are dealing with. Chemical compounds used in perfumes and colognes have the same chemical compound construction as particular pesticides and herbicides. Also, everytime we pump gas we are exposed to toxins.

The list is unfortunately endless, but I will keep it short for today. I am sure you get the message here.

As a side note, it is a beautiful cool, sunny and windy day where I am. So I am airing out my bedding and also washing my new flannel sheets multiple times to remove the chemicals involved in their making. They too will head out to be line dried and aired to protect my most important organ, my liver. πŸ™‚ I often think another great reason to buy second hand also. πŸ™‚

I encourage everyone to rethink the use of many of these invaders. Not only do they hurt us but those around us. Life is precious. Let’s preserve that gift.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who resides in Ontario, Canada. She has been an advocate of environmentally safe cleaning products for close to 30 years now. She shares freely tips and tricks to lower toxicity in the home and the body.

Your Amazing Life

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This morning I made a jar of celery juice for a certain someone to take with them on their way to work. This certain someone is usually really proactive about their health but this morning they had a different schedule and said it would be inconvenient to take the celery juice. I reminded this person that it’s not convenient to be sick either…… It fact it is quite inconvenient also. πŸ™‚

They took the celery juice. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚