Aloe Vera is an amazing plant for healing and nutrition. I am grateful to have this huge aloe vera plant that has recently given me 4 babies or pups as they are called. The babies are bigger than most aloe plants that I have seen in the past lol. You can see the one pup that I have left in the pot with its Mom.
Aloe is good for both internal use and external and you can find a lot of information on the internet about it and ways to use it.
With summer here in these parts of the world, if you don’t have an aloe plant handy for using you might want an alternative. I love this aloe vera gel for having on hand for things like sunburns, fly bites and even swimmer’s itch, which we get sometimes here in my neck of the woods.
Here is the link for the gel and if you are interested in getting some for your summer tool kit, I would love to give you a discount. Use 15OFFMA and you will get 15% off.
Every day I start my day with this drink. After drinking this delightful concoction, that I fondly call “My Sunshine Drink”, 🌞 I drink my straight celery juice and then my Isotonix Vitamins, that I have been taking faithfully for 23 years now.
I love starting the day with my Sunshine Drink 🌞. It started off as warm lemon water but now I have evolved it to a threesome of citrus fruits along with honey.
I have made a short video to show you exactly how I make my Sunshine 🌞 Drink.
Here it is, just click on the arrow and enJOY.
I hope you find this helpful and if you want more info on how to make celery juice and why it is beneficial you can learn more here:
This morning I was messaging with one of my entrepreneurial team members about a virtual presentation for this afternoon. She is to present a short piece of information that she has been preparing for our upcoming meeting today. This person told me that she would do her best but that she did not feel well prepared.
I said to her something to the effect that it was all good and that there were no worries. AND that if she did not feel that today was the best day to present her contribution, she could do it another day and that it was all ok. It was all okay.
I really believe that lowering or removing pressures in our life, is hugely helpful for our health and well-being. Even in business, I think we can make things work with less stress on ourselves. I am all about being in JOY, and it is no different in business.
The more we can lower stress and expectations that we feel pressured by, the better it is for our health and well-being. It is so important, especially at this time in history, to move away from stress and fear and to move toward peace of mind and comfort. ♥ By lowering stress we also show love and support to our immune system. ♥
What about you?
Do you find that you put too much pressure on yourself? Or that you have too many expectations or demands put on you? Do you put these on yourself?
Even letting go of one small expectation or thing that you feel you ‘must do’, can bring a huge relief to your mind and may even be beneficial for your physical health when it comes to the body’s stress response.
When I learned about adrenaline and how it can be very toxic to our bodies, especially when it is continually running rampant, it helped me to become more conscious of lowering my stress bit by bit, and now I go through my day more aware of little ways to de-stress and to lower expectations of myself that cause me stress.
I hope you found this helpful and I wish for you less stress and more JOY in your day to day living.
And please never forget that you can and should reach out if your are feeling that you need help with your mental health. It is mental health week here in Canada and there are lots of supports and people that are always available to help.
This is from Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Canada and I think that it is worth sharing here and a that it is a great reminder and it may inspire you or offer hope. 🙂
I often think of how amazing the sun is and if you could package its energy in a little bottle of Sunshine, it would be so cool wouldn’t it? MMM MMM just think about the beautiful sun and be sure to soak up some of its glorious frequency when you can. 🙂
You here a lot of buzz these days about Vitamin C and for good reason.
Scurvy was among many diseases suffered due to malnutrition. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered the ascorbic acid —also known as Vitamin C. Vitamin C enables the body to efficiently use carbohydrates, fats, and protein. His discovery was among the foundations of modern nutrition.
Vitamin C, is a water-soluble vitamin and essential micro-nutrient. As humans, we cannot produce vitamin C in the body, so it must be obtained from dietary sources, primarily fruits and vegetables.
So Many Benefits!
Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin C is beneficial when it comes to heart disease. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce monocyte adherence to the endothelium, improve endothelium-dependent nitric oxide production and vasodilation, and reduce vascular smooth-muscle-cell apoptosis, which prevents plaque instability in atherosclerosis [1,2]
When it comes to eyesight, a population-based cohort study in the Netherlands found that adults aged 55 years or older who had high dietary intakes of vitamin C as well as beta-carotene, zinc, and vitamin E had a reduced risk of Age-Related Macular Degenerat .
Vitamin C also does so much more. It is available in many food sources
Vitamin C is abundant in several fruit and vegetables, including:
Citrus fruits (e.g., orange, grapefruit)
Tomatoes and tomato juice
Vitamin C is a vitamin that we want to make sure that we are getting enough and because it is water soluble, too much vitamin is unlikely to be harmful. In the case of mega dosing for example, a worst case scenario would be nausea and diarrhea which is referred to as reaching ‘bowel tolerance’.
I am sharing a link here to more information on vitamin C and supplementation. Here I also share my most favorite type of Vitamin C to get this micro-nutrient delivered to your body in the best way to make it the most bio-available.
Those that know me, know that I am an advocate of celery juice! It must be apparent because I often get tagged on Facebook or private messaged the price of celery at the local grocery stores, especially when it is on special. LOL! I love it.
This infographic from the Medical Medium, has 10 great benefits of celery juice:
. helps to restore the Adrenals
. critical for Acid Reflux
. neutralizes and flushes toxins out of the liver
. kills Epstein-Barr & Shingles Virus
. raises hydro-chloric acid and helps the liver produce bile
. powerful weapon against SIBO and bloating
. fights autoimmune disease
. contains undiscovered sodium cluster salts that are critical for the brain
. helps eradicate Strep bacteria
. brings down toxic liver heat
Please note that that this list of benefits is directly from the Medical Medium’s Info Graphic.
Amazing Benefits of Celery Juice
Sounds pretty amazing right? This is why I continue to drink celery juice as often as I can. I shoot for every day but you know how it goes, sometimes that does not happen so I just do the best that I can.
One of the things I love about celery juice, is how it supports liver health. I often hear people express to me their concerns over their livers. Some have been diagnosed with Fatty Liver and others tell me they can feel their liver and it is painful or uncomfortable. Supporting our livers is super important.
I hear or read about stories almost daily about the beneficial results people have had and are having from drinking celery juice. I would love to hear yours too!
And here is a link to all my past post about celery juice.
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“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind”. Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I don’t know about you, but I find myself experiencing anger lately. Last night, in particular, I started feeling anger. I am sure this is happening more than normal for some of us due to the pandemic we are in.
I am normally a positive and JOYful person, but I found myself getting angry. I would think about something and then add to the pot, and my anger started to grow larger.
But by this morning I had a break through and was able to shift it…..
I woke up feeling the feelings from the night before and I realized that I no longer wanted to experience them. They did not feel good to me, and in that instant I knew I wanted to pivot out of that situation. So here is what I did.
5 Things That I Did To Move Through My Anger
I ACKNOWLEDGED and recognized that I indeed felt anger. In fact my daughter and I discussed this openly just a few minutes ago. I told her how I had gotten caught up in anger but that I now realize that the anger is not serving me and that I don’t like it. She then shared some feelings of anger she had yesterday and we each talked out our feelings. And then we smiled, felt relieved and carried on to our new day.
I DECIDED that anger does not serve me. It only keeps me in fear and pain and that I do not like. No. No. No. I choose JOY on this road trip of life. 🙂
I FELT it, but I did not hang on to it. I experienced it (energy in motion) but I did not stay in the experience. I MOVED through it to the other side.
I used AWARENESS to realize what was going on and I accepted it, but I also made a conscious choice to pivot to a new experience and a new outcome.
I did not JUDGE myself for feeling this way. I observed and I made choices to alter the experience and move through to a more positive place.
So I turned the angle on my anger and turned it into an angel 🙂
And it is interesting to note that the moment I shifted and cleared my anger the sun came out. 🙂
If you are feeling anger or other feelings that are not making you feel good at this time, I hope you find these 5 pivot points helpful. I know many people are suffering right now. Stay strong, know that you are loved and keep the faith that there are new and better days awaiting us.
When your mind is continuously focused on negative thoughts or when you spend all day under stress or in worry and fret, it influences how you think, feel, and act.
When you are happy and have JOY in your life, this also influences how you think, feel, and act.
One of the biggest reasons to shoot for happiness and JOY when it comes to your health, is that you will protect and support your emotional health and well-being. When we feel supported in life, it can make a huge difference, even if that support is coming from ourselves!
Happiness is an indicator that things are going well for you and that your emotional health is stable. Your emotions not only affect how you feel and your behaviors, but they also influence your physical health. So, if you are unhappy and your emotional health is low, then your physical health will suffer, too.
Your emotions can influence your blood pressure, your blood sugar level, your heart rate, your immune system, and much more. When you allow your emotions to control your choices, you might end up making unhealthy choices in what you eat or drink as well as other lifestyle decisions that influence your health. Allowing negative feelings or stress to dominate your emotional health can lead to a lack of self-care and influences everything in your life, including your well-being.
This can also affect all of those around you and it can become very emotionally stressful for everyone as a by-product. The happier and more JOYful we can be, helps not only us to feel, act, and think better, but it helps everyone around us as well… even our pets, believe it or not 🙂
Find ways everyday to cultivate more happiness in your life. Here are a few tips:
Allow yourself to be happy. Many people, because they are feeling low or blue, believe that they are not worthy of happiness. Command and declare out loud to yourself that you indeed deserve and are worthy of happiness.
Work on building your self-esteem. The more confident you are in yourself, the more likely you are to be happy and make positive choices for your health and well-being.
Be flexible and adaptable to change. When you resist change, you will find yourself frustrated and unhappy and still having to deal with your new reality. Choosing to go with the flow helps you accept change and move forward. This one is especially important at this time.
Live in the present. Thinking too much about past mistakes or worrying about the future will not improve your happiness and will only lower your sense of well-being. Learn to appreciate what is currently going well in your life.
Learn to cope with stress. Finding ways to reduce or minimize stress is excellent, but stressful things will inevitably happen. Be sure you have strategies for dealing with stress in your life.
Maintain relationships. Having a support system and people you care about will help increase your happiness and improve your well-being. And remember YOU can be a support system to yourself. Never forget that. It starts at home 😉
Get outside. Your body needs sunlight for Vitamin D, which helps with your mood, and spending time outside lowers stress and improves your outlook. I have written many posts about the healing power of the sun and you can read those here: https://maggieholbik.blog/category/sunshine/
Get regular exercise. Exercise not only improves your physical health but helps you reduce stress and allows you to feel emotionally more balanced. And it always just ‘feels good’ to move your body and to clear your mind.
Learn to recognize and process your emotions. Neglecting your feelings can lead to extremely negative consequences for your health, so be sure you are paying attention to how you feel. The secret is to acknowledge your feelings or the feeling you are feeling, but to not stay ‘stuck’ in it. Feel it, address it and move through it. In my many years of my Life Coaching practice this one tip has been monumental in helping people when working with their emotions.
Just engaging in these simple, daily routines and habits can help improve your outlook and allow you to feel happier in life, which will enhance your emotional health immensely. And always remember to be kind to yourself. If you need help practicing kindness for yourself and others, I have some posts on that too. Here is the link to those.
Bloating can happen for a number of reasons but when it comes to kids, they often don’t know how to tell you that they are in fact ‘bloated’.
Definition of Bloating
a swollen state caused by retention of fluid or gas.”she suffered from abdominal bloating”
There are a variety of causes for bloating:
. Extra intake of air due to nervousness or the holding of breath
. Food sensitivities or allergies
. Lactose Intolerance
. Not enough water
. Insufficient beneficial bacteria
. Eating too quickly and poor food choices
One of the best things you can do with your children to help, is to have open and natural conversations. Children should be taught to ‘listen to their bodies’ and to observe how they feel after they eat certain foods, for example.
Another excellent topic is the “Poop”topic. Make this a natural subject in your house. Learning about how often and what is deemed irregular is very important for kids to learn. Help them to identify if they are having changes in their bowel movements or if they are indeed constipated. Constipation is a huge issue with kids these days. Sometimes it helps to celebrate ‘good poops’ because it encourages the naturalness of having bowel movements.
Another helpful idea for kids that is beneficial all around and that also helps with gut and bowel health, is to encourage and implement lots of fruits into their diet. Here is a link to past posts that I have done on fruit and recipes etc. https://maggiesvitamins.blog/category/fruit/
One of my favorite products for kids and gut health is Aloe Vera Juice. I have found one that I use with kids and I have yet to meet one who did not love it. The Strawberry Kiwi flavor seems to be a hit with kids. 🍓🍓🍓🍓