Advances in our health and well-being do come from strength, but perseverance is the most important component. Doing little bits consistently will have great benefits.
Never underestimate the small steps you take toward optimal or better health. The one glass of water does count. The walk after dinner does count. Maybe you didn’t go to the gym 3 times this week, but you went once. It counts!
Hang in there, keep adding in more good things, and it will pay off. It’s so worth it. 🙂
The primary functions of the liver are: Bile production and excretion. Excretion of bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones, drugs and metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The liver is also the master filter used to disarm and detain harmful materials, screen and filter the blood, store glycogen for use as glucose in the body, and much much more!
However, today I want to touch on the role the liver plays in protein and fat synthesis. People tend to eat a lot of protein and most of that protein is also high in fat! Even nuts and seeds have fat content along with the protein. Although these protein sources might be healthier to some degree than animal protein for example, they, along with animal protein are high in fats.
When you combine large amounts of fats and proteins, in conjunction with the myriad of other issues our livers deal with everyday like pathogens, viruses, pesticides, herbicides, perfumes, scented candles, toxic cleaning products, stress, and the biggie heavy metals, our livers are overburdened and cannot keep up. This is why it is estimated that about 90% of the population in North America has a fatty liver or at least a sluggish liver.
This brings me to the point of my blog post today. I have found something that I love for helping with protein synthesis to help support the liver and overall health and well being. I am sure we have all heard of the enzyme bromelain? If you have not heard of that term, I am sure you know what a pineapple is? 🙂
Here is the best part about bromelain when it comes to the liver: Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme derived from the pineapple plant that has a centuries-long history of being used to treat medical ailments, primarily throughout Central and South America. It is currently categorized as a dietary supplement, and generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA
Enzymes like bromelain are so important and also help the body function properly, trigger the production of hormones and muscles and support a healthy metabolism (think weight management here).
When the liver is able to assimilate and break down the macro nutrients like proteins, carbs and fats, it functions better and burns fuel better. What this means is that we become healthier in every cell of our body, we can uptake the micro-nutrients likes vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and we burn fuel properly!
I truly believe that one of the keys to health, and perhaps the biggest key, is to support our liver and to help it function optimally. Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium has dedicated an entire book to liver health and it’s called “Liver Rescue”.
Here is a paragraph from one of Anthony’s blog posts on liver health:
“Your liver is an amazing, powerful and hardworking organ. When it’s not doing well—when you have sluggish liver or fatty liver or its bogged down by toxins or too much protein or fat in the diet—that’s a big part of the root of just about every condition and symptom under the sun, including: acne, adrenal problems, autoimmune disorders, brain fog, chemical food sensitivities, diabetes, constipation, dark circles under the eyes, emotional issues, fatigue, gallstones, gout, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hormone problems, IBS, inflammation, body pain, jaundice, aging, liver cancer, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, insomnia, cysts, methylation problems, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), SIBO, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, varicose veins and weight gain.”
There are many things one can do to support the liver and bromelain is one of my favorite go-to’s because of it being a Proteolytic enzyme, also called protease, proteinase, or peptidase, any of a group of enzymes that break the long chainlike molecules of proteins into shorter fragments (peptides) and eventually into their components, amino acids.
Other added benefits of the Bromelain Plus product I am referring to and use with my clients is:
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
Another reason I love this product is the delivery system. You actually get to drink this product! Yum. Yum! In fact I am drinking my morning dose right now. I usually shoot for twice a day with this supplement.
Isotonix – the World’s Most Advanced Nutraceuticals Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state.
Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.
And as it gets even better. There is also white willow bark in the supplement. Willow bark comes from the willow tree (Salix species). The bark contains salicin, a compound chemically similar to aspirin. Salicin is metabolized in the body to salicylic acid, which is a precursor to aspirin. The herbal extract became popular as a remedy to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever. More bonuses here!!! 🙂
Here is a link to the product for more information and to see the science behind it.
I highly recommend supporting your liver with things like lemon water, fruit intake to provide the liver with the natural sugars it needs to produce glycogen, lowering your use of toxic chemicals that the liver has to filter, juicing celery, movement and exercise, de-stressing, and using supportive supplements like Bromelain Plus.
As a side note, if you would like more information on assessing your toxic load and the presence of potential heavy metals in your body, as well as determining nutritional deficiencies, here is a link to information on Hair Mineral Analysis that I am pleased to be able to offer my clients, using an accredited lab here in Canada.
You can just click on the picture or any of the pictures in this post to get to the correlated site and then if you wish, to return to this blog post, you can hit the back button or back arrow, to get back. Easy Peasy. 🙂
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Contact Maggie if you have any questions about anything discussed in this blog post or if you would like to inquire about life or nutrition coaching. Maggie also has a monthly newsletter that goes out on the 3rd of the month, if you would like to be added to that list.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Life Coach and good standing member of the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners.
This morning I was preparing my space before I started my blog writing for the day. I have 3 current blogs so I try to write at least one or two, sometimes three posts in a day. Anyhow, while I was getting ready I thought that I would share a part of what I do for my morning health routine and things I do throughout the entire day to remind myself to add in more of the things that add to my health regime in a positive way.
In the picture above is my morning warm lemon water with honey which is in one of my favorite little glass pots from the thrift store. And behind it is a carafe of water I drink from when I need water . I like to drink it from this stainless steel wine glass (also a thrift store find) because it makes the act or art of drinking it almost sacred to me and is a great visual reminder when I walk by.
I do think of any act that I do for the betterment of my health overall as sacred. My body is my temple and I am learning that the more sacred I make it, the more by body and soul both appreciates and receives it.
This morning, as part of my health routine, I listened to positive youtube videos and this one from Robin Sharma
called “How To 100x Your Productivity In A World Of Distraction” where he talks about our addiction to distraction. It seemed fitting for me today and I also was able to tie it into my thoughts around this blog post.
Where do we get distracted around doing things for our health? Maybe we were going to go for a walk after dinner but we started checking Facebook and then it got too late. Or maybe, we had great intentions of making that new healthy recipe for dinner, but we got distracted with texting someone and ran out of time so we just threw something together healthy or not.
So to bring this in for a landing the point I am trying to make with the water carafes, glasses, and teapot, is that it sets a definite intention for me. It reminds me to focus and to bring about, and to actually implement some healthy actions and to make them ‘sacred’.
My sister told me a story once of where, at her work, when it’s lunch time, she puts on her desk a little teapot that signifies to her that it is indeed time to break for lunch and to en-JOY the time and to en-JOY her lunch break. The teapot is the sacred piece that sets the intention for her to focus on the moment.
I have never forgotten her story and have implemented that philosophy in my own life.
I hope this blog post inspires you to find ways to help add intention and focus to your healthy daily additions. 🙂
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who loves focusing on and finding the beauty in each day and to bring more of that into her reality and she plugs along day by day and moment by moment.
We live in a world where focus is even more important than your intelligence.
Contact me for any reason. 🙂 I’d love to hear how you help yourself to focus on healthy additions to your day. Or perhaps you would like to be added to my inspirational newsletter that goes out on the 3rd of the month. Or you have questions about what supplements are good for what. Any question or comment is a good one in my books. 🙂 Feel free to shoot me a message and be sure to have an AMAZING day in the meantime!
I know some of you will read this and say “Really Maggie?” But maybe there will be other people, like me, who had no idea about this hack.
This morning I was out of papers towels but I wanted to clean my bathroom mirror, so I just grabbed an old terry cloth wash cloth and used it. Wow! I used it with a little window cleaner I had and it was like magic. I was like why have I been using paper towels which A) are not enviro friendly and B) cost money and they are not necessary!
Now I know there are a lot of great cleaning clothes out there now and some made specifically for this purpose and that’s great, but who knew a simple terry cloth (and rougher the better I’m thinking) would do a miraculous job like that.
I then tried using the cloth to clean my cell phone and voila same thing and I didn’t use any cleaner, just the cloth.
I have been using pieces of flannel with my makeup remover for awhile now and this will be a nice addition to my enviro movement in the house.
I have used non-toxic cleaning products many, many years now and I do have a favorite one for windows which also works well for cutting grease, cleaning ovens and more! For windows and mirrors plain old vinegar and water works great but I like the cleaner too especially when it is so versatile, and concentrated so it last a long time and I can use it for multiple things.
Many people ask me what non-toxic products I use and more and more people are making the healthy switch to these types of products and that is fantastic! I will share the link here for those interested.
The product is called Snap Heavy Duty Concentrate and see below to see all of the things it can be used for.
Snap Heavy-Duty Concentrate’s formula provides a wide variety of uses for the product.
Grills, stoves, ovens, pots and pans
Removes grease, oil and rust from carpet
Steam cleaning carpets
Steam cleaning walls and woodwork
Windows and screens
Bathroom tile, grout and Formica ®
Spot and stain remover
Vinyl, leather and tires
Outdoor plastic furniture
Removes grease, oil and grime from driveways, garage floors
Use in power washer for awning, siding and decks
Here is the link for more info. You can read all of the great testimonials there too. I love reading reviews and testimonials because they give me ideas for other ways to use the product.
I am often asked the question, what type or kind of vitamins should I be taking on a daily basis?
There are several applicable answers but some of the most important are:
A good quality one
One that targets a broad spectrum
And the most important one is one that is easy to take so that you will take it 🙂
As a Natural Health Professional, I do have access to thousands of high quality supplements, but the one I am going to write about today is my favorite daily supplement of choice that answers the question of what to take on a daily basis. It’s easy to use, high quality and has the best delivery system to make the nutrients bio-available to the body! And please note, I will be offering a discount at the end of this post.
My product of choice is the Isotonix Daily Essentials Packets that come in easy to use packets. The isotonix formulation allows you to add this powder to water for a delightful daily dose of nutrients. The Isotonix delivery system is like no other!
These packets contain Isotonix OPC-3 known for its strong antioxidant properties due to the plant-based ingredients like Pycnogenol® and Grape Seed Extract. The second product is Isotonix Multivitamin to give you the full nutritional supplementation as this formula contains 100% or more of most of the essential vitamins and minerals we need to consume daily. Isotonix Advanced B-Complex gives you the boost of essential B-Vitamins to help with our overall health. Lastly, it contains Isotonix Calcium Plus which provides the body with an optimal blend of calcium, vitamin D3, magnesium and vitamin C in an efficient isotonic solution that is readily absorbed by the body for building and maintaining strong bones.
Convenient, easy-to-use packets that provide the nutrition you need on-the-go
Contains the top four essential supplements in one convenient serving
Packets are ideal to promote long-term health and optimal nutrition
Contains 100 percent or more of most of the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of vitamins and minerals
Contains key phytonutrients like Grape Seed, Red Wine, Pine Bark (Pycnogenol®) , Bilberry, and Citrus Extracts
Contains essential vitamins including 8 B-Vitamins, various minerals like Calcium and nutrients
Isotonix formulas are more effective than standard supplements for maximum and faster delivery of ingredients
Suitable for Vegetarians
Product is Gluten-Free and Tested NO Detectable GMO
prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies
maintain immune function
normal growth and development
maintain healthy skin
maintain eyesight, skin, membranes and immune function
form red blood cells and helps in their proper function
maintain proper muscle function
the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
produce and repair connective tissue
the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
the function of the thyroid gland
the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus
the development and maintenance of night vision
An antioxidant for the maintenance of good health
Provides support for healthy glucose metabolism
This product contains Calcium. Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
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These packets are what I recommend to my clients who are looking for that daily dose to add to their wellness protocol. The daily cost of these packets is less than the price of a specialty coffee and has benefits that are tremendous.
If you have any questions about these packets or other supplements, please reach out to me. Also, if you would like a discount coupon code, let me know and it would be my pleasure to send one to you. Below is a link to get more detailed information on these science based nutrients.
When you find a hack you love, sometimes you just have to share it!
Most people are deficient in the mineral magnesium. Magnesium is important for so many things. They call magnesium, “the calming mineral”. I feel much calmer since discovering my hack that I share in this post.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and supports more than 300 enzyme systems. It supports normal energy release, regulation of the body temperature, nerve function, adaptation to stress, metabolism and much more. One of the main mechanisms of magnesium in the body is its support of normal protein synthesis. Normal protein synthesis relies on optimal magnesium concentrations, as magnesium supports the normal delivery to the building blocks of life – our DNA – of signals that triggering the expression of amino acids. In other words, this process supports the body’s normal ability to “make” proteins.
The recommended daily value for adults is 400 mg of magnesium. However, average daily intakes are much less. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that most U.S. adults – especially those over the age of 30 – were receiving, on average, approximately 290 mg of magnesium daily. That study also showed that dietary intake is particularly low among women. Unfortunately, inadequate levels of magnesium have been linked to poorer concentration, memory and cognitive function and muscle discomfort. Sleep quality is associated with higher levels of magnesium and when these levels are low, sleep quality may suffer.
Here are 10 Key Roles of Magnesium in a Nutshell:
1) Magnesium helps to maintain normal muscle function.
2) Magnesium helps to maintain normal nerve function.
3) Magnesium helps to keep heart rhythm steady.
4) Magnesium supports a healthy immune system.
5) Magnesium helps to keep bones strong.
6) Magnesium helps regulate blood sugar levels.
7) Magnesium helps to promote normal blood pressure.
8) Magnesium is involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
9) Magnesium serves as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis.
10) Magnesium is a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin.
It is estimated that 80% of the North American population is deficient in Magnesium.
So with that said, I personally have taken a hair mineral analysis to find out that I too, am magnesium deficient even though I take supplementation! There are many factors that can affect mineral absorption and uptake in the body and heavy metals can play a key role in mineral deficiency.
Heavy metals are very toxic and they can interrupt the absorption, metabolism, and use of essential minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc. This leads to a deficiency of some minerals, which can cause health issues. There are several ways metals and minerals interact with one another that impact your susceptibility to toxic metals and increase your risk of experiencing negative health effects, including serious health issues and deficiencies like magnesium deficiency. For more info on hair mineral analysis which checks for the presence of heavy metals in the body and mineral deficiencies go to www.SuperiorHairAnalysis.com.
So onto my hack. I have found something that I have been using which is an easy way to add in more magnesium. I find that both for myself and my clients, nothing works unless you use it and that is why I love this product, I find I am very good at adding it into my daily routine so it is helping me increase my magnesium levels on a daily basis and it is enjoyable to use!
It is a magnesium lotion with great ingredients like organic coconut oil, shea butter and has no scent! I love it. It is my new go-to hand lotion and I smile everytime I use it because I love it on my hands and I know it has added benefits that have a huge impact on my health.
This lotion contains 185 mg of elemental magnesium per teaspoon so I use it a few times a day to add in the extra magnesium I need. And as an added bonus it even has the added benefit of containing Lactobacillus ferment, a potent probiotic, which I love.
The product description
Formulated for even the most sensitive individuals, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is designed to deliver magnesium through the skin, direct to the cells.
Ideal for children and sensitive individuals
Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
Significant for massage applications
Effective at encouraging healthy skin tissue
Here is the link for Canada only for more info.
Let me know if you have any questions about this product or anything else.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who has been assisting individuals with enhancing their health through diet and supplementation for over 20 years and has a vast knowledge of supplements, supplemental delivery systems, and also specializes in the role of heavy metal toxicity in regard to wellness protocols.
Learning to love our livers is truly a life saving practise. The liver, until recently, with the surge of the Fatty Liver epidemic, has been far under appreciated in its role in our heath and in our life force.
In chinese medicine, the liver is associated with anger. Anger being the “seat of the emotions” resides in the Liver, which is often described as the “Immature Child”. When one denies their feelings especially anger, it causes stagnation…. hence an angry person may have a red face and suffers from headaches. The liver is home to many deep seated emotions and by improving our liver health both physically and emotionally, it can have dramatic positive effects.
I have written a few articles about the liver and its role and function in our bodies and I will include them below. But for today I will share a few things you can do to be kind to your liver.
Forgive Yourself. Let go of any negative self talk and forgive yourself for anything that you feel you need to. If you need to get help to do this, get it! Do whatever you need to do to become your own loving best friend. Nothing eats away at the liver more than self hatred or lack of compassion for oneself. You liver LOVES YOU and is always working for you best and highest good 24/7. It needs you on board. 🙂
Deal with Anger. If you find you are irritable or tend to become angry a lot, you may want to pay extra attention to working at supporting your liver. Anger and irritability can be a BIG clue that you have a liver that is not functioning at an optimal level and don’t feel bad, most people are dealing with compromised livers in this day and age. We have way too much stress, toxic exposure, dealing with heavy metals, poor diet choices, exposure to chemicals in fragrances and products, etc. Clean up your liver (see articles below) and get help to support your emotional health.
Find Peace. It can’t be stressed enough that peace and lowered stress levels are integral to your health when it comes to body, mind and spirit! Find ways in your day to decompress (in a healthy way :-)) and to back off the adrenaline. Adrenaline can act like a poison in the body and creates more toxicity and burden on the liver. Actively work at finding peaceful moments in your day. It is extremely important to do this!
Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Start your day with warm lemon water with honey and incorporate lemons into your day anytime you can! Lemons and limes are God’s gifts for the liver! Here is a quote from Anthony Williams, Medical Medium who is an advocate of lemon water: “Lemon water is the perfect way to hydrate, purify, and revitalize your body each morning. Water coming straight from the tap or a bottle has lost its vitality and its innate living structure. By adding fresh squeezed lemon juice, you “wake up” the water and bring it back to life. This allows it to travel more deeply into your tissues & cells and carry the essential nutrients and compounds you need in order to thrive. Lemon water is a good source of vitamins C & B and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Lemon water is excellent for weight loss, the immune system, alkalinizing the body, controlling high blood pressure, anti-aging, detoxification, purifying the blood, and regulating body temperature. Lemon water is particularly beneficial for the digestive tract and can help relieve constipation, nausea, and even parasites. Lemon water is also good for the cardiovascular and muscular system making it an ideal drink before and after exercise. Consider an early morning ritual of squeezing half a lemon into 16oz of your best quality water upon waking. This deep form of hydration will awaken your mind and energize your body for the day.” ***************** I am sure you can see why I recommend lemons in any way shape or form. 🙂 Squeeze them on salads, in water, and on different foods. They really bring out the flavors in foods. Get creative with them.
Move Your Lymphatic System. Find ways to incorporate movement that helps with lymphatic drainage. Your lymph system, unlike the circulatory system, does not have its own pump, so it needs us to help move it along. The more it is helped, the less the burden on your liver! There are many ways to move lymph but some easy ones are walking, exercise, rebounding, using a whole body vibration machine, massage therapy, dancing and more! Find something that works for you and make sure you do it everyday.
I hope you found this helpful and that you also take advantage and take a peek at the articles below. I wish you all the best.
For all of us on the celery juice train or movement, I am sure we have all experienced this or thought about this, especially in the beginning. What do I do with this pulp I have leftover after juicing my celery?
I can always tell now when people are new to celery juicing because this topic comes up. After awhile most of just get to the point where we toss it. Day after day of juicing kind of makes you detach from the pulp. lol
However, there can be good uses for the pulp so I thought I would share some here. And I will let you know that I got some of these from a thread on a group post. I love how people are so willing to share information and how we can all help each other. And I am sure no one minds me sharing these because these ideas just help everyone so why not 🙂 I am inspired to try some of these and I am going to juice my celery now so I can take a pulp picture for this blog post! lol
So here we go on with some ideas…..
First I will start with a few things I have done. I have put it in a soup that I made with potatoes, onions and carrots, etc. And then turned it into a creamy soup by blending it. Very yummy. Use garlic too and you increase the health benefits. It’s a very soothing soup.
I have also added it into hummus ie. mixed it with blended chickpeas 🙂
Here are some other ideas:
I’m saving the pulp for veggie broth plus onion skins, a bag of carrot pulp, and other veggies I froze. Gonna boil them up and can into quarts.
I usually juice my celery, then make a separate juice either for myself or my hubby with carrots, apples, cucumber, parsley and put all the pulp together, throw it in a food processor with some garbanzos, salt and pepper, dried herbs and any other seasoning I find fun, I blend it, adding a little bit of juice I just made or water… then lay it out flat on a tray lined with parchment paper, and put in the oven at a low temp to dehydrate and make crackers. They’re actually pretty tasty! You can have the crackers with avocado or hummus or salsa
Sometimes mix it into pet food….or I make muffins out of it …my friends love them .
I use it to make my own celery spice. Just dry it in the oven on the lowest for like 7-10 hours, depending on how much it is and how dry it is. Then I mix it in the blender. Use with everything! 😍
My horse loves it more than any other food
Feed it to my chickens!🐔
I add it to my smoothies.
My favorite one: You can dry it and crush it, and use it as salt 🙂
I use it to thicken soups or chili’s
Well there you go folks a few ideas to get us started. Please share with me any ideas your have or ways that you use your pulp. Let’s keep this list of ideas going. I am so glad to see more people following the work of Anthony Williams, Medical Medium. Every day I am witness to lives improving because of this information. 🙂
There are many factors that affect brain health. How a person manages stress, how well they socialize, how well they sleep, how much they exercise, and what they drink and eat all are crucial to brain health.
So how does one achieve brain health? Here are seven pillars that can help you achieve optimal brain health, even into old age.
Exercise. Exercise can improve both your memory and your blood flow. It also causes chemical changes in the brain that can boost your mood. Exercise is very beneficial for brain health. Exercise can prolong your life, reduce the risk of heart disease, maximize sleep, help you lose weight, and improve your mood. The mind is closely linked to the body so the more exercise you get, the better your mind functions. Try regular exercise to develop a strong memory and improved brain vitality.
Reducing Stress We cannot always avoid mental stress but there are things we can do to offset stress and to reduce our stress levels in general. High stress levels can also lead to depression and anxiety so it is very important to diminish stress in our lives. Find ways to have more peace in your life. Yoga, meditation, spending time in nature, listening to peaceful and relaxing music, and power napping, are all great ways to help lower stress. Find ways that bring you JOY and do those.
Food and nutrition There is a lot truth in the old adage “you are what you eat.” By making good food choices every day, you can improve the health of your brain. As we age our brains are affected by many factors and nutrition plays a huge role in brain health. Brains are affected by “oxidation” which results from free radical damage. Foods and supplements that are antioxidants can be very beneficial in reversing the effects of oxidation. Choosing foods that are natural and not processed help to provide the body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and natural antioxidants. Choose foods that do not come in a package and/or are processed. Learn to question the foods that you put into your body. For example, ask yourself: Is this food helping my body and brain or is it a detriment?
Lower Your Risk Factors Things like smoking, high cholesterol, head trauma, depression, obesity, and diabetes all increase a person’s chances of developing dementia. The good news is that we have a lot of control over many of these risks factors. Again question your habits and ask yourself is the habit or behavior you are participating in beneficial to your health and longevity or is it having a negative impact?
Sleep and relaxation Your brain functions better when you are well rested. Sleep is energizing, improves your immune system, enhances your mood, and restarts the brain. It may also decrease the development of beta-amyloid plaque, which is linked to Alzheimer’s dementia. Anyone who has had to stay awake for an extended period of time, or has gotten a bad night’s sleep knows how much of an impact this has on mental functioning, focus and concentration. If you have trouble with sleeping well, try meditation to manage your stress levels, which may also help to decrease the age-related decline of brain health. There are few things that help a person feel better than getting enough sleep. It sharpens the brain and helps maximize the brain.
Mental fitness Brain health depends on using your mind to its maximum ability. Those who spend much of the their time in front of a television are not really stimulating the brain and exercising it in a way that promotes its growth and power, something that is similar to muscle atrophy from lack of movement. Getting enough mental exercise is just as critical as physical exercise is to brain health. Mental exercise can maximize a person’s ability promote brain cell growth and improve the functioning of their brain. It can decrease the chances of developing Alzheimer’s dementia as well. Just as a person exercises their muscles, they need to exercise their brain. People who persist in developing new interests and skills, engage in things that are interesting, partake in new activities, and continue to learn new things, will maximize their brain functioning.
Social Interaction. People who maintain social interaction and remain connected with others have better brain health. Try to engage in conversation with others, spend time with others, and stay in touch with loved ones. Those people who have the most social interaction enjoy better brain health. The wonderful benefit of technology in today’s modern world allows easier connection with others right from your own home. There are many Facebook groups, for example, and you can find people with a kindred mindset for gardening, cooking, art, health topics, etc. There are so many to choose from.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and Certified Life Coach who loves to share information that make a positive difference in the lives of others.
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.
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.