Leafy Greens, medical medium, Micronutrients

Leafy 🅶🆁🅴🅴🅽🆂 to The Rescue!

While scrolling emails this morning, one caught my eye from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, and it was about leafy greens. Wow. What a great reminder to self, I thought. Then I thought, maybe I should write a blog post about this to help others know the power of these babies!

Here is a jaw dropping reminder and quote from Anthony:

“If you’re not getting enough leafy greens, the future of your health is in jeopardy. That might seem like a strong statement, but it’s the truth. If you’re not consuming enough raw leafy greens regularly, you will eventually experience some health challenges. Raw leafy greens, such as lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, mâche, watercress, collard greens, purslane and kale, are that critical for our wellbeing.” Anthony Williams

I for one will be picking some up today! I do tend to overlook these for some reason. So now it is time to change that.

Anthony also talks about the microorganisms in these leafy greens and how they are responsible for producing the ultimate methylated form of B12 that absorbs into the channels of our body and finds its way back to our liver when called for. Here is what he says about that: “this B12 is the liver’s number-one most important mortar to hold together all the bricks that build the castle of your health. When there’s enough of it, the liver stores ample amounts to send into the bloodstream as an assistant to almost every vitamin, mineral, and other nutrient that it releases to aid your body in any way. It’s the B12 that makes everything go right”.

Wow Go B12! I for one have been studying the effects of Vitamin B12 Deficiency for years and am allows encouraging people to get their B12 levels checked, so this hit home with me. B12 is CRUCIAL to our health and is synergistic in the uptake of all nutrients.

Sweeping The Intestinal Walls

Anthony also hits home on this powerful point:

“Additionally, raw leafy greens sweep the walls of the intestines, gently massaging your duodenum, small intestine, and colon, clearing away bad bacteria and rancid fats and proteins that have gone undigested for years. This build up is part of the reason someone can experience bloating or gastritis—and simply taking a probiotic isn’t going to fix it. Probiotics don’t kill bad bacteria. They don’t kill streptococcus or E.coli. A high quality probiotic definitely has a place in health, but they don’t do even a fraction of the healing work that elevated biotics do. The trace minerals found in leafy greens are prebiotics that feed good bacteria and kill off bad bacteria.”

Well like I said, I know what I am getting at the grocery store today. 🙂 Oh and Anthony says it is best to eat these raw…..

Quote from Anthony: Oftentimes people like to cook leafy greens, such as collard greens, spinach, bok choy, swiss chard, and kale. While these greens are incredibly healing in their raw form, it’s best to avoid cooking them. When leafy greens are steamed, sautéed, fried, roasted or cooked in any other way, it alters the naturally occurring oxalic acid (which is not at all harmful when leafy greens are raw) and makes it into a form that becomes less usable by the body. This is one reason leafy greens are best consumed raw.

Okay I hope this info inspired you as much as it inspired me to add in another powerful health enhancing idea to my day. This is how I see building on health… I try to add in more of the good stuff. It seems easier that way, than looking at everything from the point of ‘taking away’. 🙂

Have a great day everyone! And go get your GREEN on! 🙂

Nutrient Deficiencies, Vitamin B12, Vitamins, Women's Health

Vitamin B12 Benefits for Women

Energy:

Women often juggle a lot in life. There are so many things competing for our time in an average day, it’s no wonder, women often experience low vitality and a lack of energy. However, this can also come from a deficiency in Vitamin B12. If you’re feeling sluggish and you’re not sure why, a lack of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) may be to blame. 

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that aids in red blood cell formation, which prevents against a type of anemia that can often make people feel weak and tired.

Heart Health


Heart disease and stroke kill 31,000 women in Canada annually. When it comes to heart health, Vitamin B12 along with B6, and folic acid work together help to reduce homocysteine, which is a protein that can build up in blood and damage arterial walls. Therefore, B12 plays an important role in heart health.

Your Smile

A lack of B12 can affect your oral health. If you are experiencing tongue inflammation also knows as ‘glossitis’, you may have a deficiency in Vitamin B12. You may notice that your tongue may be red and swollen or it might look smooth. The inflammation can cause the tiny bumps along your tongue that contain your taste buds to stretch out and disappear.

Pins & Needles

If you experience “pins and needles” sensations in your extremities and/or numbness or tingling in the hands, legs, or feet, you may be deficient in B12. Vitamin B12 helps produce the fatty sheath (myelin) that surrounds and protects your nerves. When you are deficient in B12, your nerve cells can’t function properly and you will surely notice. This is often seen in elderly people who are low in B12.

Mobility Issues

A deficiency in B12 can affect a person’s balance by producing an unsteady gait and balance (ataxia). You may experience difficulty walking, staggering and/or balance problems.

Thinning or Abnormal Hair

To keep it simple, B12 promotes healthy hair growth by assisting in the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells, which feed hair follicles. If you notice a change in the constituency of your hair, you may want to search for other clues that tie in as well and lead you to B12 deficiency as a possible underlying it all.

A Healthy Glow

People with a B12 deficiency often look pale or have a slight yellow tinge to their skin (jaundice).

Jaundice develops when a person’s body is not able to produce enough red blood cells. Red blood cells circulating under the skin provide it with its normal color. Without enough of these cells, the skin may look pale.

Vitamin B12 plays a role in the production of red blood cells. A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a lack of red blood cells, or megaloblastic anemia, which has an association with jaundice.

This type of anemia can also weaken the red blood cells, which the body then breaks down more quickly. When the liver breaks down red blood cells, it releases bilirubin. Bilirubin is a brownish substance that gives the skin the yellowish tone that is characteristic of jaundice, and thus explains the lack of a healthy glow.

These are only a few of the conditions caused by a deficiency of Vitamin B12. I will be writing more blog posts on this in the future, but I highly recommend getting your B12 serum levels checked the next time you are getting routine blood work. I personally obtain a copy of my blood work to keep in my own file so I can follow along and monitor my levels of this vitamin as well as others vitamins and other results from my lab work. I believe we should all be a proactive component of our own health care.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and a Certified Life Coach who has had an interest in Vitamin B12 Deficiency for many years.

Maggie can help you find the best source of Vitamin B12 based on your needs. Just drop her a request to chat or know more in the comments section below and she will get you information based on your current situation.