Vitamins for the Body

Miraculous Melons

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No need to be melancholy about melons. These super foods are often overlooked and we need to change that and eat more melons!

Melons are in fact very nutrient dense foods that are LOADED with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Melons are chock full of enzymes and are as close as you are going to get to a pre-digested food. Try playing with a ripe melon in your mouth. You will feel how easily it breaks down so it can be assimilated into life force nutrients that are healing medicines for the body!

According to Anthony Williams, Medical Medium, “The fructose in melons leaves the stomach in less than one minute, then the rest of the fruit drops directly into the intestinal track, immediately fortifying and replenishing the body. Eating melon is like intravenous nutrient therapy.”

Melons have an extremely high water content so they are a great way to help hydrate the body as well. They also help the body to become more alkaline! Being alkaline helps to neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism. Who would like more energy? Add that to all those nutrients and enzymes and you have a dynamic powerhouse of a super food.

Two ways we have started adding more melons into our diet is by adding them to our salads. I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this my whole life. Delicious!

Another thing we’ve done is instead of my hubby having a protein snack to recoup his afternoon energy when needed, he will eat a bowl of melon and it has worked wonders! When the body gets those nutrients and water in an almost instant and assimilable form, it peaks its energy powerhouse and BAM!

Here is another great thing amount melons. Due to their size and the growing conditions for melons, they tend to ‘soak up’ a lot of sun. The sun has miraculous healing properties and melons become containers for these rays of goodness. Consider them nature’s bowls of goodness for you! 🙂

Melons are a great food for anyone and everyone but they are also a good nutrient source for children and the elderly. Ripe melons can be easily chewed or even juiced if necessary.

Try incorporating more melons into your diet and watch your body respond with extreme gratitude and better health.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner who resides in Northwestern Ontario, Canada and enjoys empowering others to live with Joy and personal empowerment.

Digestive Health, Vitamins for the Body

Are you Missing this Key Ingredient in your Smoothies?

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Smoothies are a fast and easy way to pack nutrition into a convenient on the go snack or meal replacement. Personally, I use smoothies to enhance or supplement my current diet as a way to pack in extra nutrients and add in life-giving components for better health and wellness.

Whether fruit or veggie smoothies or a combination, smoothies are gaining in popularity and for good reason.

One of the challenges people face when making a smoothie is getting the right consistency and thickness or thinness depending on preference.

Some of the popular liquids people add to their smoothies are plant milks such as soy, almond, coconut, hemp or oats. Coconut water is a great choice as well. I myself often add Aloe Vera juice which is loaded with many phyto-nutrients and has many healing properties and is very soothing to the digestive system. When I am looking to add sweetness, I use a Strawberry Kiwi Aloe Vera Juice, that is popular with my clients as well.

However, with all that said, let’s get to the point of this blog post. One of the most overlooked wet ingredients in the world is water! Good old plain water. Adding a good quality source of pure, clean, alkaline water to your smoothies not only helps with consistency if you prefer a less thick smoothie, but it adds to your water intake and hydration. Both fruits and veggies contain water but by adding in water, you increase your intake even more. This is also really great for adding water to the diet for children who don’t take in enough water.

Best of all water is sugar free, healthy, has no flavor so it won’t alter your smoothie taste and has zero calories. How much better can it get?

Have fun with your smoothies and try to change them up. I love adding in anything I have on hand to change things up. It’s not unusual for me to have whole lemons, lime, cinnamon, mint leaves and more in my smoothies as these are itesm I usually have in my kitchen. 🙂

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certifed Life Coach, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Clinical Natural Nutritionn Practitioner who residens in Northwestern Ontario, Canada

Digestive Health, Vitamins for the Body

Spotlight on Digestion

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A healthy digestive system and the maintenance of it is one of the most important things we can do to both maintain and improve our health.  If we think about it, in common sense terms, the better our digestive system is, the better we will be able to assimilate the food we put into it and ultimately the nutrients from the food.

As a Nutritionist, the biggest area of inquiry from clients I get, usually pertains to their digestive system. Few people consider their digestive system until there is an apparent problem such as gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, irregularity or diarrhea. However these common occurrences can be indicative of a much larger problem and the sooner one nips them in the bud the better!

Modern lifestyles can severely compromise our digestive systems.  Many people lack enough dietary fiber that is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and that contribute to vital nutrients that are needed by the body. This type of dietary fiber also acts as a brush or broom to help sweep away digestive wastes for proper colon maintenance. Eating more fruits and vegetables is one of the number one best ways to improve digestive health. These types of foods provide nutrients, fiber and water, which is extremely important for digestive health and the processing of food and its breakdown.

Over time a diet lacking proper nutrients and fiber can cause undigested food to slow down in its transit through the colon. Toxins and bacteria from this can lead to diarrhea or constipation.  A point to note, is that one can have runny bowel movements and still be constipated. Constipation is not always as it appears.

Another point to consider for those on medication is that many prescription drugs can also interfere with the uptake of nutrients adding to nutrient deficiency.  When we have a nutrient deficiency not only is colon and digestive health comprised, but the entire body and all of its systems.

Poor digestive health can have a number of consequences, one of which is colon cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society “Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in men and the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in women in Canada.”

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/colorectal/statistics/?region=on#ixzz5Buo4oyNu

I highly recommend taking a look at your digestive health as a starting point for improving health all around.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach who resides in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Maggie helps individuals with wellness of body, mind, and spirit as a means to whole health.

 

 

inflammation, Vitamins for the Body

4 Easy Signs of Inflammation

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As promised I am continuing on with my posts regarding inflammation because it’s such a common problem in today’s world. Today I will be sharing four easy clues that may be indicative of inflammation in the body.

Inflammation is the number one reason that an individual might consult a health care practitioner.  If the doc’s diagnosis ends in the four letters “itis” by definition, inflammation is involved. Think arthritis, bursitis, colitis, dermatitis, nephritis, neuritis and others.

One of the big diseases that is considered to be directly associated with inflammation is heart disease, which is one of the number one killers in today’s society.  Inflammation is now considered to be a more important risk factor for heart disease than high cholesterol levels!

It appears that inflammation lies underneath most health conditions, even obesity, dementia, migraine headaches and Alzheimer’s, allergies, diabetes, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome and the list goes on!

I personally have taken measures to reduce inflammation in my own body and have seen dramatic positive results. I will be sharing more about that and what I did in future blog posts.

Here are 4 simple clues for checking in to see if you may be experiencing inflammation

Do you bruise easily?
Are you stiff when you get out of bed in the morning?
Do you have frequent backaches and/or muscle aches?
Do you suffer from a stuffy or runny nose a lot of the time or during certain seasons?

These are just 4 of many that we will cover in the future, but for now, how do you rank with those 4?

Please feel free to share this blog post with those you love. By opening up to the topic of inflammation and its dangers, perhaps we can encourage pro-active changes to enhance our health and the health of those we love and reducing inflammation is a GREAT place to start!

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and a Certified Life Coach who resides in Northwestern Ontario Canada where she enjoys time living and participating in preventative health care in her community, and also spending time at her seasonal cottage practising self care and working virtually to make a difference in the world.