Bromelain, inflammation, Osteoarthritis

Bromelain

We hear a lot about the amazing benefits of Bromelain lately, and for good reason!  Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme which is an enzyme that breaks down protein. It is found naturally in the stems of pineapples.

Inside our bodies, many unhealthy cells “disguise”themselves from the immune system using a protective protein shield. 

Proteolytic enzymes like bromelain can blast this protective layer, promoting the removal of cellular debris and allowing the immune system to do its job.

Bromelain also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and other unhealthy cells, thereby helping the body HEAL normally.

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A noteworthy fact is that  Glioma tumor cells studied displayed reduced adhesive, migratory and invasive properties following bromelain treatment. Glioma is a type of tumor that occurs in the brain and spinal cord.  Results showed a 43% difference in tumor migration in brain tissue between bromelain-treated group compared to the control group. 

Source: Berit B Tysnes, H Rainer Maurer, Torsten Porwol, Beatrice Probst, Rolf Bjerkvig, and Frank Hoover.
Bromelain Reversibly Inhibits Invasive Properties of Glioma Cells. Neoplasia. 2001 November; 3(6): 469–479.

A super interesting fact is that when it comes to osteoarthritis, treatment with bromelain (540 mg/day over a three-week period) reduced osteoarthritis symptoms by up to 80 percent!

Source: Klein G, Kullich W. Short-term treatment of painful osteoarthritis of the knee with oral enzymes: a randomised, double-blind study versus Diclofenac. Clin Drug Invest. 2000;19:15–23

Another great benefit of Bromelain is  that it helps the body to produce enzymes that PROTECT against illness.   In fact, bromelain has been studied for its ability to enhance the effect of the antibiotics. In a study of people with urinary tract infections, 100%
of participants given antibiotics in combination with bromelain were cured of their infection,
compared to just 46% who received antibiotics alone.

 Source: Mori S, Ojima Y, Hirose T, Sasaki T, Hashimoto Y. The clinical effect of proteolytic enzyme containing bromelain and trypsin on urinary tract infection evaluated by double blind method. Acta Obstet Gynaecol Jpn.
1972;19(3):147-153.

In a nutshell some of the amazing benefits of Bromelain are:

  • Supports the body’s normal healing process
  • Promotes optimal cell health
  • Supports the body’s normal inflammatory response
  • Supports the body’s normal tissue and recovery repair process
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Supports healthy joint function
  • Promotes healthy blood circulation
  • May help support normal blood viscosity and blood platelet aggregation

Eating more pineapple is a great way to get more Bromelain but I highly recommend a quality supplement that is delivered in a therapeutic and bioavailable way.  This is my preferred supplement of choice that I use with my clients.  This link provides a lot of useful information as well as FAQ and the science behind Bromelain. If you have any questions about Bromelain or any other supplements please feel free to reach out to me. Here is the link https://www.isotonix.com/maggies/product/isotonix-bromelain-plus/?id=5195954&idType=product

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and Certified Life Coach. Maggie offers guidance on supplement choices and diet recommendations to increase nutrient density and maximize benefit. 

 

Anxiety, Stress, Your Amazing Life

Stress Less

Just about everybody has stress these days and chronic stress is an epidemic! Studies have shown that chronic stress is associated with a variety of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, and even brain aging concerns.

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Stress is also closely associated with hormone imbalance and weight gain.

Whether stress comes from outside sources or internal banter, all stressors place stress on the body and mind and is something that should be a top priority when it comes to wellness management.

A few ways to help with stress are:

  1. Spend time in nature. Nature is a great way to de-stress naturally. Let the earth soak up some of your stressful vibes and clear the way for more peace of mind and stillness.
  2. Breathe. Just breathe. Take time to slow down your breathing and connect with your breath. Just the act of doing this, helps to interrupt stress patterns.
  3. Listen to calming music. Gentle piano music is a great example of a calming type of music that can help to shift your stressful sensations to more a more peaceful flow or feeling within the body and mind. For example click here: 
  4. Take time to be still throughout the day. Just stop for a moment. Even if this means you have a potty break at your workplace and take a minute or two, to consciously sit there and connect with your breathe. Many of us are creatures of go-go-go and we forget to just ‘stop’ now and then.
  5.  Make your desires a priority. One of the ways we experience stress is by not living in a way that matches our life’s purpose or passions. Make sure you both acknowledge and honor the desires of your soul. The more you do this, the more you will find peace and the more your life will flow with balance and grace.

There are many more ways to work on balancing the stress in your life, but these are just a few that I hope you find helpful.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who works with clients all over the world to help them unleash their desires and live with intention and passion.

 

Keep calm and sing a song…………..

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Cooking, Lemons, Your Amazing Life

A Little Inspiration

I must say I personally have been inspired by the new Canada Food Guide to work more at cooking from scratch. I have written a blog post recently about the new Canada Food Guide and if you like, you can read it here: Link to Previous Canada Food Guide Blog Post about En-JOY-ing our Food

Today I picked up these adorable measuring nesting bowls with lemons on them. Lately I am in love with lemons, especially starting my day with warm lemon water. I find now that I am creating more food and new recipes of my own, I can never have enough measuring cups, especially when it comes to preparing my mise en place.

Mise en place (French pronunciation: ​[mi zɑ̃ ˈplas]) is a French culinary term which means “putting in place” or “everything in its place.” It refers to the set up required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients ex. chopped veggies, sauces, cuts of meat, spices, herbs etc. Basically it’s getting your ingredients and utensils ready before you cook.  

I first learned of mise en place last year while taking my Forks Over Knives plant based cooking school, of which, I am a proud graduate.

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I am finding that I am getting more JOY from preparing my food and having things like these bowls that make me smile while I am doing it. 🙂

I also love how these bowls ‘nest’ making for easy storage.

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I would love to hear what inspires you in your kitchen?

And I will be sharing my recipe creations in my monthly newsletter so if you would like to be on that list, you can subscribe over at my home page on my website Maggie’s Website Homepage or pop me a request to be added in the contact form below.

For inspiration on life and musings about life, follow me over at my other Blog too! Link to my Main Blog

Burnout, Happiness, Inspiration, Your Amazing Life

Avoiding Burnout & Living with Vitality

Burnout can take on many forms and affect us emotionally, mentally, and physically as well as spiritually. Sometimes it feels like our soul is zapped and we have nothing left to give.

What are some ways that we can avoid these feelings of burnout and lack of vitality?

On a physical level, one might want to look at adrenal burnout. Some symptoms of adrenal burnout are aches and pains, sweet cravings, exhaustion, low blood sugar, trouble getting to sleep and waking up, a reliance on stimulants,  a pain in the neck and more.  There are lots of great articles and info on supporting the adrenals and I will be sharing some here at this blog as well, but today I want to talk more about the spiritual side of burnout…..

Inspiration or  ‘in spirit’ is a force all on its own and when we feel overwhelmed, over burdened or afraid, our inspiration hides itself from us. We become disconnected from our own inspiration and life force.

How do we connect to this inspirational life force?  There are many ways but today I will cover a few key ones.

  1. You must honor your wants and desires. YOU are important in YOUR life and you need to accept this. Please don’t live your life for others only. It’s great to appreciate  the people in your life, like your kids and your significant other etc., but please don’t lose yourself. YOUR life is a gift and you need to open your gift and share your gifts with the world. Your kids are here to experience and en-JOY their journey and you are here to en-JOY yours too! One of the best things you can do is to lead by example and pave the wave for your kids and those in your life to appreciate their lives, by appreciating yours and honoring your desires and wants!
  2. Let go of the things than don’t serve you, including the past.  As a Life Coach the biggest pain body I see in people, that is affecting their health today, is hanging on to pain from the past. There are many ways to let this go, life coaching, counselling and pyshcotherapy for example, but I would offer to you it really does not have to be as hard as we think and the sooner you release it, the faster  your inspiration and vitality will improve. Do whatever you need to do to let go of yesterday.
  3.  Support your body, mind and soul by adding in more… more nutrients, more calm, more meditation, more nature, more LOVE, more JOY, more HAPPY.  The biggest key here is to ALLOW yourself to have these things. Most people, because of running old programs, love to sabotage themselves  and ‘punish’ themselves because they don’t feel worthy. Recognize what it is you are doing and change it 🙂

I am going to wrap up for today and let these three ideas or concepts sit with you. I hope you find them helpful and remember you need to adapt and do what works for YOU. It is my only wish that you do for YOU that which brings you JOY and helps you to have more vitality  and inspiration in your life.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Nutritionist who loves to help people ‘remember who they are’ and to help them to create lives that fulfill their inner desires and their soul’s callings.

Heart Health, Your Amazing Life

Tips for a Healthy & Happy Heart

February is heart health month so I thought I’d share a few ideas for supporting a healthy and happy heart.

The heart is a muscle and like all muscles, the more we use and work it, the bigger it gets. So with that being said, one of the number one ways to increase your heart’s capacity for love is to use it to love! The more love you can put out, the more you will get back.  First and foremost, we need to love ourselves. I write about this often and over and over again and I will never stop until everyone in the world has their own love cup spilling over and oozing out onto the entire planet and through the entire cosmos! 🙂

Loving allows for heart expansion and for streams of gratitude and grace.  Practicing gratitude is the fastest way to opening your heart to more self-love and appreciation, and in turn you will have the capacity to love others and to love your life. As the saying goes, it all starts at home, so to speak. 🙂

On the physical side of things, here are a few supportive ideas to keep your heart healthy:

  1. Limit your fat intake, especially saturated fats that come in the form of fried foods, and unhealthy oils. Actually it’s good to limit your fats all around and focus more on plant based foods that are chock full of micro-nutrients, fiber, enzymes and phyto-nutrients. Make these types of foods the focal point of your diet. man veg rs.jpg
  2. Stay hydrated.  Thick and sluggish blood that lacks oxygen and good mitochondrial production, is not the place you want to be when it comes to heart health! I have written about that here: Are You Suffering from Toxic & Thick Blood?
  3. Movement. Exercise and movement are crucial for heart health. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the greatest risk factors for heart disease. Aerobic exercise and any type of exercise can be beneficial for strengthening your heart and cardiovascular system, improving your circulation and helping your body to use oxygen better, increasing energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath, as well as a host of other benefits such as improved joint health.  Any way you look at it, movement is beneficial when it comes to health period! Movement also helps to move the lymphatic system, which in turn helps to detoxify the body, which in turn helps to lessen the load on the circulatory system. Exercise and movement can also improve sleep and sleep heals the body and restores the body’s vitality.
  4. Alternative Movement.  If for any reason, one cannot move easily there are alternatives.  Chair yoga is something that might be of benefit and one can do at home. You can find free chair yoga that you can do at home on YouTube.  Another great alternative is to use a Whole Body Vibe Machine.  These machines provide a one hour workout in 10 minutes and can be adapted if a person needs to sit. You can read about the benefits here: Link to Benefits of a Whole Body Vibe Session
  5. Peace of Mind. As mentioned earlier, work at loving yourself more and make time for practicing peace of mind and stillness.  Yoga, sitting in nature, meditation and listening to calming music are but a few ways to foster calm within the body and mind. Get creative and listen to your heart on ways that will work for you….
  6. Listen to your heart!!!! One of the best medicines for heart health, is honoring your wants, desires and needs. Get clear on what is important to you in life. What brings you JOY? Do more of it! Own YOUR life. Make your life a priority.  Life goes by in the blink of an eye, make sure you make the moments count and make moments that matter!
  7. Supplement. Supplements are enhancements and can truly be catalysts when it comes to improving heart health. There are countless nutrients and supplements that can be supportive in heart health but a few major ones are:                                                  Co-Enzyme Q-10, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium, OPC’s and other anti-oxidants, Curcumin, Omega III’s. Astaxanthin, and more. Feel free to reach out to me to discuss supplement choices in detail. I am also available to offer suggestions based on individual situations and with your particular health goals in mind.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”  Helen Keller

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who believes in Love and in Loving Life! She helps her clients to love themselves more and in turn they en-JOY their life more! What’s not to love about that? 🙂

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celery juice, medical medium, Your Amazing Life

Celery Juice Prepping!

I am prepping celery as I sip on celery juice 🙂

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Tomorrow I am doing my first public talk on the benefits of celery juice! It will be fun to get out in the community and share the celery juice love! So many people are getting on the celery juice train and it’s awesome!

Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t reach out to me about celery juicing, asking questions about celery juicing, juicers and more! 🙂

I have written many times about everything one needs to know about celery juicing and you can get all the info you need here: Link to Everything Celery Juice – Celery Juice 101 🙂

I can’t wait to meet some new folks tomorrow at a local community center and spread the word on this healing juice. It truly is medicine!

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach, Board Certified Nutritionist, Blogger, Speaker and Healer who is spreading the word about celery juice and is grateful to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, for his bringing this to the world. Thank you Anthony and Spirit! 🙂

Life Coaching, Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit, Your Amazing Life

Vitamin ‘S’ The Most Important Vitamin of All Time!!!!!!

Vitamin S is the most important vitamin and nutrient for the body, mind and soul, and yet many people do not get enough of it.

I thought with February being heart month, this would be a good time to discuss this important nutrient.

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In my years of coaching I have found that so many people suffer from a deficiency of this vitamin.

What is this key nutrient?

It is Self-Love! Self-Love is the most important nutrient for us and it is the one we struggle with the most.

Since February is all about the heart, why don’t we all commit to being our own Valentine? To working at loving ourselves more and judging less?

Just think we could save so much precious time and energy doing things we en-JOY and feeling good instead of wasting our precious time by using it up in self criticism and judgement. You all know what I am talking about here. 🙂

I have  written before on self-love so to keep this simple, here is the link:

Maggie’s Blog Post on Self-Love & Tips to Help 

I hope you have found this helpful and that you work at getting in your Vitamin S everyday! 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is  a Certified Life Coach, Business Coach, and Board Certified Nutritionist who believes in Love, Self-Love, Loving Others and just Love, Love, Love! 🙂 For more blog posts on life’s inspiration visit Maggie’s other Blog at www.MaggieHolbikBlog.com … thanks for stopping by~

Anxiety, Children's Health

Sore Tummy – 6 Ways to Help Your Child with Anxiety

As a parent, how often have you heard the words “I have a sore tummy” or “My tummy’s sore”? I’m sure most parents have heard these words but some more than others.

I have taught my own daughter, who gets a sore stomach, to tap into and listen to the clues that her body offers. Sivanna is 12 and she has been listening to her tummy talk for several years now. She is learning what foods make her feel a certain way and she also knows that when she is experiencing anxiety it shows up in her gut.

There are many forms of anxiety that children feel. Some of which, but are not limited to, separation anxiety, fear, dread, uncertainty, worry, feelings of inadequacy, and the list goes on.

The stomach is often called the second brain, is referred to as ‘gut instinct’, and is home to the enteric nervous system, and is also linked to the solar plexus chakra.

The solar plexus or third chakra is a control center for will, personal power, personal responsibility, mental capabilities, the intellect, forming personal beliefs, decision making, self-confidence, independence, personal identity and personality, so it seems very fitting that as children grow and evolve, the tummy is a barometer for anxiety and angst.

How can we help our young children with anxiety?

  1.  First and foremost we can help by discussing and creating conversations around what they are feeling in their body and what it means to them. Sivanna and I mutually came to the conclusion that some of her tummy strains, were anxiety and we openly discussed it. Now, when she feels this particular type of angst, we peel back the onion layer, so to speak, to see what is underlying there.
  2. Listening to your child. This is something I have to work on myself. I know I never truly listen enough. Let’s face it, we all want to be heard and listened to. While the conversation may not seem important to us, it is extremely important to them. Try listening with an open heart and a non-judgmental mind to make room for clearer communication and your child’s willingness to share.
  3. Let you child know that they are ‘safe’. Let them know that they can openly discuss anything with you at anytime. Let them know that there is NO-thing that they cannot share with you. They need to feel safe and that  they will be worthy of your love and support NO MATTER WHAT!!!! This is indeed what unconditional love means. We all need to feel safe, heard, and supported.
  4. Ask your child for their input on what they are feeling, what they think might be underlying in this particular way of feeling, and really probe them for input. Children love to be heard, love to share, and love to feel that they are worthy of providing input.  It is also a good idea to ask them for possible solutions to help relieve the angst or anxiety. Ask them what ideas do they have to alleviate this feeling they are having?
  5. Sleep! Make sure your child gets enough sleep! We all know what it feels like to be tired and worn out. It’s hard to cope with life. Make sure you support your children in a routine that provides adequate sleep, rest and downtime.
  6. Proper nutrition and nutritional deficiencies play a BIG role in children’s anxiety. Children don’t always eat optimally for many different reasons and they may suffer from common digestive and assimilation issues, just like adults, so making sure your child gets the proper micro-nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes etc. is hugely important to help with both anxiety and overall health.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I really believe the more we openly discuss the issue of anxiety and teach our children to tap into what their body and mind is saying to them, the more we can help them and help others who are suffering too. Let’s start the conversation…..

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Life Coach, Mom, Step Mom, Gramma, Great Gramma, Mom by Heart and often referred to as Momma Maggie 🙂  She runs a facebook page for parenting support and it can be found at Link to follow Maggie’s Parenting FB Page

Cooking, Family, Healthy Eating, Your Amazing Life

Canada’s Food Guide Says to En-JOY our Food! Yipee!

The new Canada Food Guide was just recently updated and released. It has a lot of great things in it.

Toward the bottom of this post I will share their eating recommendations with links right to the official Government of Canada site, but what I am really en-JOY-ing are these recommendations:

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I love that they are encouraging us to be mindful and present and aware of our food, what we put into our bodies, and to really connect with that. 🙂

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This is also so encouraging. I know that we are all busy but cooking and preparing our food should be of the utmost priority if we want to have a healthy and balanced life. And it can be so much fun. I myself, finally started using my Instant Pot and am eager to dig in and try new things. In fact, I am doing so, while I am writing this blog post…. I take a little break and prep a few ingredients. In this case I am chopping some veggies for a tomato sauce I am going to make.

I have written articles in the past about getting our kids involved and making it fun. In my community they now have programs where they are teaching kids to cook from scratch and I love that.

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Let’s commit to doing this in the home more too. It’s a great way to get the kids off of screen and available to share conversation with you so you can find out how they are feeling and what is going on in their life, at the same time as teaching valuable skills.  And if you feel you are lacking in your cooking skills, why not watch a Youtube video or cooking show together with the kids or other family members or friends, and try out a recipe with guidance.  The Canada Food Guide website has great recipes also.  You can sign up here to get recipes too! Sign up for Recipes from Canada Food Guide

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Well we’ve talked about cooking together, but even more fun is eating together. Try to make time to have sit down meals with your family, even if it’s just a night or two a week, if your schedule is hectic.  And better yet, why not make it special too. At our house we put out placemats and often I like to use a pretty plate or special serving dish to enhance the whole experience. The more sacred and special we make mealtimes, the more beneficial they are to our health all around.

If you live alone, why not reach out and suggest to another person, who is in your same shoes, to get together and cook a meal or to prep a few meals for your upcoming week? This can be a great way to offset loneliness and foster a sense of community and being connected. Food has been a catalyst, since the beginning of time, to connect people. It is a common thread that is woven into everyday of our lives.

I hope you en-JOY-ed today’s thoughts on the new Canada Food Guide. And please feel share this blog post so that we can inspire others to eat healthier and cook more often and together. 🙂 And as promised here are the links for more detailed information about the new Canada food guide here:

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often. 

Limit highly processed foods. If you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts.

Make water your drink of choice

Use food labels

Be aware that food marketing can influence your choices

Maggie Holbik.com is  a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who goes on and off with her spurts of cooking and developing recipes. However, she’s learned not to judge herself so much anymore, because that does not make her feel good, :-), so she just keeps plugging away and always looks for ways to add in more JOY in her life, and food is one of her favorites! 🙂

And if you want to follow Maggie’s personal blog where she shares inspiration and uplifting life’s musings, here is the link: Maggie’s Blog – Follow Along 🙂

acid reflux, celery juice, Digestive Health, Happy Liver, healing, Health, Heartburn, medical medium

My Client’s Success with Celery Juice!!!

Celery Juice is the latest health hack and for good reason. People everywhere are drinking their daily 16 oz of celery juice and seeing tremendous benefits especially with digestion.

One of my clients started on the celery juice some time back and has had great results with acid reflux! She messaged me yesterday and it made me very happy!  I will share her message below and her NP is her Nurse Practitioner by the way…

Client: “Omg !!! I totally forgot to tell you about my NP visit !! I know you’ll be excited by it too. I don’t have to take my acid reflux medication daily any more. I told her how I was about to go a few days at a time now. She said ok. Now don’t take it until you have a heart burn attack. Then only take it til the heart burn is gone. Then stop until you have another attack again.”

I am very happy for my client. She was a little apprehensive about trying the celery juice at first, but now she is addicted! 🙂 We often keep each other posted about which grocery stores in town have the best celery in stock, with the best price, etc.

If you would like to learn more about juicing celery and its many benefits, you can access my earlier blog post with everything you need to know here: Celery Juice 101Celery Juice 101

I thank Anthony Williams, Medical Medium, every day for introducing the world to this natural medicine that is helping people every day all over the world. There are countless stories and pictures on Instagram, Facebook, and all over the web.

Happy Juicing!

Maggie Holbik.com is  a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who loves to think outside of the box and is open to the many gifts that nature offers us to support our wellness of body, mind and spirit.