heavy metals, Lead

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals are a huge issue in our world today. Even the elementary schools in Ontario, where I reside, have recently been studied and revealed unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water.

Link to article re: Ontario Schools and Lead

Heavy Metals are no small matter.

I found this in Anthony Williams book “Medical Medium Celery Juice”

“Heavy metals and heavy metal oxidation are undiscovered leading causes of brain fog, memory loss, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism as well as sever mental and physical deterioration such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinsons.”

High levels of toxic metals like  lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum, inhibit the bodies ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health. ” Anthony Williams

Heavy metals are just plain nasty and the problems from them are getting worse. One of the best ways to determine your heavy metal load as well as nutrient deficiency is through Hair Mineral Analysis. Here is a link to more info on that:

Link to all posts about Heavy Metals

Anxiety, Stress

Stress, Stress, Stress

Stress is a hot topic and for good reason. Stress is behind everything we face in life whether it’s mental, physical or emotional. Learning to manage our stress is one of the best things we can do.

If we look at this infographic we can see some of the ways that stress can impact our health. Everything from teeth grinding to digestive issues. Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies, our minds, and our emotions

Credit for Infographic thanks to McLean DDS

Link to more info…

Stress is something that we should create a game plan for dealing with so we don’t resort to coping mechanisms like drugs, alcohol abuse, and overeating. By having an active strategy in place, we are better able to handle stress when it appears.

There are many ways to actively work at coping with stress and here are a few popular ones:

Exercise

Exercise is one of the best ways to help with stress.  And the good news is that any form of exercise helps, even plain old walking. Exercise helps to raise the feel good neurotransmitters called endorphins. Quite simply any form of exercise helps to calm the mind and alleviate stress.

Meditation

Meditation is a great way to calm the mind, decompress the nervous system, and to alleviate stress. And meditation does not have to be complicated. There are many great apps out there now like “Calm”, “Insight Timer” and even YouTube has thousands of meditations you can access. I find a good pair of headphones and a meditation even if it is only for 5 minutes can be hugely helpful.

Our brains like to run in patterns and when we are stressed we can run negative thought patterns. Doing things like meditating can help to disrupt these thought patterns at the same time as lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Pubmed Study Stress

Many people find that walking is meditative so it’s a win/win as it is exercise and also a calming technique.

Nutrition

When the body has the proper vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes in order to function properly, it can have a HUGE benefit on both preventing and alleviating stress! One simple nutrient deficiency can impact the body in a big way. Common nutrient deficiencies associated with stress and anxiety are  B Vitamins, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Iron and Selenium … to name a few. Any nutrient deficiency can cause stress on the body.

I have written prior blog posts on stress and you may find this link helpful as it contains more ideas for coping with stress and links to stress hacks:

Link to more on Coping with Stress

Here is a freebie list of affirmations that can help to shift your life away from anxiety and into a place of personal empowerment which helps to alleviate stress and anxiety as well. This is also a great guide on how to start using affirmations Free Resource for Affirmations

If you find your thoughts run on a negative track, you may find this helpful and it’s kind of a fun way to look at it A Recipe for Thoughts

And here is one of my very favorites on working with your thoughts so that they better serve you From Worry to Peace

I hope you have found this information useful and I highly recommend having your ‘stress strategy’ in place so you can feel more empowered when it comes to dealing with stress.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Life Coach, & Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach who believes one of the best ways to cope with stress is to strive for JOY! Maggie loves to impact the world through Joyous sharings and interaction.

You may enJOY Maggie’s blog for inspiration at Maggie’s Main Blog for Inspiration

Depression & Anxiety, Healthy Aging, Pets, Your Amazing Life

Pets Boost Happiness

It’s no surprise that pets help to boost happiness. Not only can they be cute, cuddly, and affectionate, but they love us unconditionally!

As of late, I am delighted to hear from friends and colleagues who have recently opened their mind up to the gift of having a pet. It’s a gift for both the animal and the pet owner. Truly a win-win for all when a pet is welcomed into a loving, caring, and healthy home.

A new trend is emerging where pets are even allowed in some workplaces. I work mostly from home and just this morning, while writing, I was so grateful to have my cat Bella cuddled up in my lap while I tapped away at the keyboard. In between petting her of course. 🙂 So I think the workplace idea, when it is able to be both conducive to the work environment and adaptable, is a great idea!

My Bella trying to nap with that “Don’t bug me look….” lol

Animals can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase social interaction and physical activity. They are also really good companions for the elderly. They provide a loving and interactive presence for those who can no longer get out and interact with others due to age and mobility. They also don’t worry about tomorrow, which can be a very scary concept for an older person.

Pets can also have an astounding effect on symptoms of depression and feelings of loneliness.  When one has someone else to care for and to love, a person’s entire world and viewpoint can shift from that of lack and loneliness to one of compassion and purpose.

Finding ways to have more compassion for people and animals is a huge catalyst to having more peace and love in life. I have recently written a blog post on Compassion over at my main blog. Here is the link if you would like to read it:

For those that already have a pet or pets, it’s no surprise that 98% of pet owners consider their pet to be a member of the family. Both pets and therapy animals can help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, lack of purpose, and feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Interactions with animals can help people manage long-term mental health conditions, as well as boost happiness and JOY through day to day interactions with these adorable creatures.

What about you? Have you always wanted a pet? Or are you en-JOYing the ones you have? Please drop a comment in the comment area and let’s share our JOY of pets and support the idea of providing loving homes to these gifts of pure unconditional and unbridled love! If you have ever come home to a dog so happy to see you, you will know what the term ‘unbridled love’ really means. 🙂

Unbridled: uncontrolled; unconstrained.”a moment of unbridled ambition”

synonyms:unrestrained, unconstrained, uncontrolled, uninhibited, unrestricted, unchecked, uncurbed, rampant, runaway, irrepressible, unstoppable, uncontainable, unquenchable

While writing this blog post I reached out to my friends on FB for some of their best pet pics and below are a few of these adorable pics for us to En-JOY! 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach, Board Certified Nutritionist and lover of life and anything living like plants and animals. She believes in love and love between all creatures and living things.

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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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.

Anxiety, Children's Health, Kids, Kids 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. Let’s start the conversation…..

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinitie Possibilities Trainer, 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

Depression & Anxiety, inflammation, Vitamins for the Mind

Inflammation & Depression

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Depression is a hot topic in the world today and so is inflammation. If you suffer from either of these or both, you are not alone.

Although there are many contributing underlying factors that contribute to depression, science now confirms that inflammation can be correlated to depression.

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry supports the premise that increased inflammation may play a role in depression. The large study examined data from 14,275 people who were interviewed between 2007 and 2012 using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) to screen for depression and had blood samples drawn. They found that people who had depression had 46% higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammatory disease, in their blood samples. The study was only able to establish an association between depression and inflammation but not causation, though it confirms the association of depression with high levels of inflammation as measured through CRP.

Finding ways to reduce inflammation in the body is helpful in a myriad of ways and in this case beneficial specifically for depression.

Here are some simple ways to become pro-active in reducing inflammation in general.

  1. Choose anti-inflammatory foods and avoid foods that trigger inflammation. Here is a good resource by Dr. Axe https://draxe.com/anti-inflammatory-foods/
  2. Exercise is a an excellent way to help with inflammation. Exercise keeps muscles active, moves the lymphatic system and improves circulation as well. It’s an overall win-win when it comes to maintaining your health. A study found that just 20 minutes of exercise a day reduced inflammation. Exercise increases your your serotonin level (that’s the “feel good” neurotransmitter), which helps decrease negative emotions and increase positive ones also. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315255.php
  3. Try taking up yoga and/or meditation. Both of these practices have numerous benefits and help with inflammation and are especially beneficial to help with anxiety and depression. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/yoga-could-slow-the-harmful-effects-of-stress-and-inflammation-2017101912588

There are numerous things one can do to combat inflammatory responses in the body including supplementation which I will discuss in specifics in a future blog post.

Finding out the underlying cause or pathogen that is contributing to the inflammation is most beneficial also, but in the theme of keeping things simple for this blog post, a recap is to work on your diet, incorporate exercise into your daily life, and take up a new practice of yoga, meditation or even walking in nature. All of these things will help with inflammation that may contribute to depression and a host of other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and more.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist who resides in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Maggie offers complimentary 15 minute discovery chats via phone, Skype, or Zoom to see if Life or Holistic Nutrition coaching might be a fit for you.

Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit

Do you Suffer from E.S.?

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Today one of the biggest types of stress, is emotional stress. Emotional stress plays on our body, mind and soul.  Have you ever felt emotionally drained? Or have your spirits been dampened to the point that you give up on something that you loved or enjoyed doing?

It’s easy to ignore emotional stress and we usually wait until it’s too late . We lead busy, hectic lives and we often put the needs of others first before our own self-care. We are the first to hop to the aid of whoever needs our help, children, spouse, neighbor, friend, school fundraiser, pet, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on.

When we go on and on and on giving and creating an energetic output without allowing for an energetic input or re-charge, to put it simply our batteries get drained and sometimes to the point that ‘we stop working’. We don’t want to let that happen. The best thing we can do for others IS to take care of ourselves.

Think about what happens when we don’t. Often we will feel grudeful, resentful, and even bitter toward those that we love most.  Yet the answer is so simple. When we are happy, those around us tend to be happier so we are doing a DISSERVICE to ourselves and everyone when we do not take time for self-care and self-love.

If we look at self-care as mandatory instead of optional, it frees us to do more for ourselves and to enjoy it! When we enjoy we are in-Joy! I firmly believe we are here on earth to experience Joy. We are very good at experiencing many other emotions such as lack, fear, disappointment, grief, and more, but when it comes to Joy people often feel they are not deserving of it. This is so far from the truth. The truth is that we are meant to be joyous and loving beings and it starts with loving and delighting in the things that brings us joy.

What are some ways you could work on relieving some of your emotional stress by taking time for yourself?

Here is a short video I did awhile back about finding Joy and following your heart by using your Joy Meter. Perhaps you will be inspired by this. https://www.facebook.com/holbik/videos/10154969367120479/

I would love to hear from you ways that you take time for self-care and self-love. For me as an example, I finally got to that sought after place, where I felt I loved my body and had gratitude for it, but now I SHOW my body that I love it and that has made a huge difference in my self-care. I now enjoy yoga, meditation, walks, trying new recipes and more. All of these acts are acts of self-love and self-care and bring me Joy.

What about you? What is good for you?

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Holistic Nutritionist who resides in Northern Ontario, Canada and enjoys time in the city as well as spending time at her seasonal cottage where she refreshes her soul and practices joyous self-care.