Detoxing, Fatty Liver, Heart Health, liver health, Saunas, Self-Care

Saunas For Detox & Relaxation

Have you ever had a sauna or a sauna bath as it is often called? If not, you might want to add this to your list of self-care ideas for 2020.

After having a sauna you feel both amazingly clean and cleansed. Sometimes I go to my gym just to enJOY a nice hot sauna that I don’t have to chop wood and light the fire for :-)….. especially on a 𝕔𝕠𝕝𝕕 π•¨π•šπ•Ÿπ•₯𝕖𝕣’𝕀 𝕕𝕒π•ͺ. In fact I just might go have one this afternoon!

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Saunas have been around for 1000’s of years. Saunas are a great way to get a deep cleanse of the body and to sweat out toxins and impurities and the best part is that they are so relaxing and enjoyable!

The Finnish culture is well known for their saunas pronounced ‘sownaas’ or something like that. πŸ™‚

There are different types of saunas. The first saunas were holes in the ground, with a fire pit in the center and a roof to cover the fire, keep the heat inside and protect everything from the outside elements such as rain and snow. Today saunas usually consist of a small building or room in a house made of wood, usually cedar which smells amazing, and a stove of some sort; either wood or electric. There are also infrared saunas which are well known and used by advocates for personal health and wellness. And let’s not forget steam rooms. You see these often at gyms and spas.

Staying in a sauna not only helps to detoxify through sweat but using a sauna helps to promote blood flow, open nasal passages and drain sinuses, provide more oxygen to tissues and organs and even for some provide relief from aches and pains from arthritis and inflammation. Suffers of asthma sometimes find benefit too. The secret is to customize the usage to both your pleasure factor and health conditions.

And of course if you have any health issues please research how to safely use a sauna in appropriate amounts of time for your particular health condition. Many people can feel light headed while using a sauna so it is important to start off very gradual in the amount of time you spend in a sauna and it is very important to stay hydrated and to rehydrate by drinking lots of good quality water. Eating plenty of fruits after is also a great way to rehydrate and also to add micronutrients into the body such as vitamins and minerals.

Those with blood pressure issues need to be extra careful but keep in mind saunas are known for their role in helping with cardiovascular health so be sure to do your research and to discuss with your health care provider.

One of the things I really like about saunas is they help the liver a lot by removing toxins and getting the blood flowing throughout the body. These are two jobs that our livers handle out of many. Liver health is so important these days as we are seeing an epidemic of ailments such as viral overload, fatty liver, congested liver, sluggish liver and the list goes on.

Here is a link to my past blog posts on Liver Health.

Saunas are also very good for aiding in the removal of heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals are a huge issue that are affecting all of us. If you would like more info on handling and learning about heavy metals you can check out these posts.

In conclusion saunas not only offer natural detoxification, they are also relaxing and enjoyable. They help to relieve pain, stress and anxiety so why not pamper yourself more by adding in regular ‘sauna baths’ into your self-care routine going forward in 2020. Your body, mind and spirit with thank you. πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

 

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.Β  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! πŸ™‚

Loving allows for heart expansion and for streams of gratitude and grace.Β  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. πŸ™‚

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.Β  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:Β 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.Β  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.Β  If for any reason, one cannot move easily there are alternatives.Β  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.Β  Another great alternative is to use a Whole Body Vibe Machine.Β  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:Β 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.Β  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.Β  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:Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  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 theΒ heart.”Β  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? πŸ™‚

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Are You Suffering from Toxic & Thick Sluggish πŸ…±πŸ…»πŸ…ΎπŸ…ΎπŸ…³?

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Slow, sluggish and toxic blood is a big problem that correlates to how healthy we are.

What causes this type of blood?

Dehydration

There are several contributing factors one of which is dehydration! Most of us are severely dehydrated and it makes our blood thick. We do NOT want thick blood! Thick πŸ…±πŸ…»πŸ…ΎπŸ…ΎπŸ…³ is not only dangerous (think stroke) but thick sluggish blood, is unable to safely move toxins and pathogens out of the liver.

I often reflect on the example Dr. Jim Morris, The Quit Smoking Coach, uses with people. He shows them a ketchup packet and has them feel how thick and goopy the ketchup appears inside and then proceeds to tell them that this is what their blood is like after they smoke a cigarette. It certainly is a great visual and I now use it for myself with the thought of not being hydrated enough.

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We can all relate to a lack of energy that correlates to dehydration whether we have been aware of its cause or not.

Other causes of thick blood are what Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, calls Liver Troublemakers. Some of these are pathogens such as viruses like Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, herpes simplex, and HHV6, and bacteria like streptococcus, e. Coli, and more.

Heavy Metals/Solvents/Pesticides/Perfumes Etc.

There are also heavy metals involved, solvents, petro-chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and more. Some of the really dangerous ones especially to the liver, thus causing toxic blood, are colognes, perfumes, scented candles, air fresheners etc.!!!! These are a huge, huge, detriment to the body’s master filter, the liver and contribute to toxic blood. In fact, people who are especially sensitive or who have sluggish livers, react almost immediately to these scents, my own daughter included.

When we visualize the circulatory system, we need to realize everything recycles so when there are toxins running through the body, they affect the liver and organs and then they are recirculated back into the blood stream and into the brain and through all organs! Heavy metals also wreak havoc by circulating this way.

I highly recommend reading Anthony’s indepth article on Toxic Blood here:
Anthony William, Medical Medium Toxic Blood Blog Post

One of the most important tasks at hand we can do right now, each and everyone of us, is to lower our toxic load, and work at supporting and healing our liver. Liver is LIFE… ie. Liv..er…. Here is a link to my past posts about the liver and liver health that you might find useful.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who specializes in heavy metals and heavy metal detox as an adjunct to her nutritional and lifestyle coaching that she does worldwide.