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Help With Inflammation

March is Pain and Inflammation Month

Inflammation is a nasty problem to have and it is something that can rob us from the things that we would like to do and enJOY in life. Keeping inflammation in check is always a good idea when it comes to Health and Wellness.

Let’s Take a Look at Inflammation

Acute or short-term inflammation is a normal immune response triggered by factors such as tissue injury or pathogens. Long-term, chronic inflammation, however, is associated with pain and chronic conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Chronic inflammation may result from infections, accumulation of environmental toxins, obesity, stress, sleep disorders, and excessive intake of certain dietary factors (e.g., saturated fats, trans fats, refined sugar). Addressing these lifestyle factors and incorporating certain dietary supplements and foods can help manage pain and inflammation.

Diet

Diet plays an important role in inflammation. Eating more anti-inflammatory foods can be hugely helpful.

Foods that contribute to inflammation should be avoided as much as possible. These include too much protein, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, white sugar, soda pop, and any so called ‘food’ that does not come from a natural source or Mother Earth. Less of 🍩 these kinds of foods. Think of foods that come in a box. It is always a better choice to choose your foods that come from as close to nature’s source as possible. Another way to think of this, is to work the outside isle of the grocery store where the fruits and vegetables are . 🙂

So avoid the inflammatory foods and choose more non-inflammatory foods that help to lessen the burden on the body that adds to inflammation, and choose foods that also have the benefit of lowering the toxic levels in the body and that do not ‘feed’ the pathogens.

A beautiful salad and a great example of anti-inflammatory foods as well as luscious nutrient dense offerings for you body. 🙂

Keeping this post simple, I would advise eating more plant based, lowering your proteins and fats that come from animal sources, avoiding refined sugar and instead using natural sources such as raw honey and maple syrup, and focusing on the natural foods or whole foods.

Supplements to Help

When it comes to supplements there are several that are super helpful when it comes to inflammation. If you would ever like any guidance as to best choices for you, I would be more than happy to help. Just shoot me a message and we can make a plan to have a conversation. I love to help.

Oh and I also want to mention that heavy metals play a role in increasing the toxic load in the body and brain and are contributing factors to inflammation as well. These buggers are nasty and they are playing a bigger and bigger role in our health challenges every day. This is something to keep in mind. I often recommend to my clients a hair mineral analysis test to determine the presence of heavy metals.

Hair analysis also helps us to see what nutrient deficiencies are present as well…. and often these imbalances of nutrients are because of the heavy metals and displacement of such things as minerals in the body. So many clues! 🙂

Anyhow, I will wrap this post up for today. I try to keep my blog posts simple and not so overwhelming. We deal with way too much information these days and it can be overwhelming which is not conducive to our health and well-being.

And don’t forget any questions, please ask. Have an amazing day everyone!



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4 Easy Signs of Inflammation

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As promised I am continuing on with my posts regarding inflammation because it’s such a common problem in today’s world. Today I will be sharing four easy clues that may be indicative of inflammation in the body.

Inflammation is the number one reason that an individual might consult a health care practitioner.  If the doc’s diagnosis ends in the four letters “itis” by definition, inflammation is involved. Think arthritis, bursitis, colitis, dermatitis, nephritis, neuritis and others.

One of the big diseases that is considered to be directly associated with inflammation is heart disease, which is one of the number one killers in today’s society.  Inflammation is now considered to be a more important risk factor for heart disease than high cholesterol levels!

It appears that inflammation lies underneath most health conditions, even obesity, dementia, migraine headaches and Alzheimer’s, allergies, diabetes, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome and the list goes on!

I personally have taken measures to reduce inflammation in my own body and have seen dramatic positive results. I will be sharing more about that and what I did in future blog posts.

Here are 4 simple clues for checking in to see if you may be experiencing inflammation

Do you bruise easily?
Are you stiff when you get out of bed in the morning?
Do you have frequent backaches and/or muscle aches?
Do you suffer from a stuffy or runny nose a lot of the time or during certain seasons?

These are just 4 of many that we will cover in the future, but for now, how do you rank with those 4?

Please feel free to share this blog post with those you love. By opening up to the topic of inflammation and its dangers, perhaps we can encourage pro-active changes to enhance our health and the health of those we love and reducing inflammation is a GREAT place to start!

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and a Certified Life Coach who resides in Northwestern Ontario Canada where she enjoys time living and participating in preventative health care in her community, and also spending time at her seasonal cottage practising self care and working virtually to make a difference in the world.

 

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Magnesium: The Relaxation Mineral

Minerals are essential for nutrition and nutrition assimilation for our bodies. Minerals work in similar ways to vitamins, as helper’s for the body’s enzymes. They are needed to make our bones (calcium) and our blood (iron) and for our nervous system. One of the key players is Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is a common condition. If you are wondering if you could be deficient, check to see if any of the following apply to you:

. I have depression

. I fell irritable and often “fly off the handle”

. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

. I am often anxious

. I have Autism

. I have insomnia or trouble falling asleep

. I have muscle twitching

. Or my favorite “I have wiggly toes”… the feeling that I must wiggle them

. I have premenstrual syndrome

. I have heart flutters, skipped beats, or palpitations

. I get frequent headaches or migraines

. I have leg or hand cramps

. I have restless leg syndrome

. I have heart flutters, skipped beats or palpitations

. I have trouble swallowing

. I have acid reflux

. I am sensitive to loud noises

. I feel fatigued

. I have asthma

. I have constipation (fewer than 2 bowel movements per day)

. I have a lot of stress

. I have kidney stones

. I have heart disease or heart failure

. I have mitral valve prolapse

. I have diabetes

. I have cluster headaches

. I drink a lot of sodas

. I have Parkinson’s Disease

. I have Osteoporosis

According to  a report by the World Health Organization three quarters of all Americans eat a diet that is deficient in magnesium

World Health Organization. Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water: Public health significance. Geneva: World Health Organization Press; 2009.

One of the most bio-available sources of magnesium supplementation that we have found is an Isotonix form.

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 trigger 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. Isotonix Magnesium provides the body with 100 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium in a highly-bioavailable formula. Thanks to its unique formula, which includes two different types of magnesium to increase its absorption by the body, Isotonix Magnesium helps maintain normal blood pressure and supports bone health and sleep quality, while promoting head comfort and optimal muscle health.

BENEFITS of Isotonix Magnesium

  • Promotes head comfort
  • Promotes optimal muscle health and comfort
  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Supports a healthy sleep quality
  • Helps maintain normal blood pressure
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Promotes cognitive health
  • Supports bone health
  • Helps the body maintain a healthy (or sufficient or proper) level of magnesium, combating magnesium deficiency

INGREDIENTS

Magnesium (Citrate & Glycinate) (400 mg)
Magnesium is a component of the mineralized part of bone and supports the normal metabolism of potassium and calcium in adults. It helps maintain normal levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, adrenaline and insulin. It also promotes the normal mobilization of calcium, transporting it inside the cell for further utilization. It plays a key role in supporting the normal functioning of muscle and nervous tissue. Magnesium promotes the normal synthesis of all proteins, nucleic acids, nucleotides, cyclic adenosine monophosphate, lipids and carbohydrates.

 

Magnesium works together with calcium to help maintain the normal regulation of the heart and blood pressure. Importantly, magnesium also supports the body’s ability to build healthy bones and teeth, and promotes proper muscle development. It works together with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong. Magnesium also promotes cardiovascular health by supporting normal platelet activity and helping to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

 

Potassium (Bicarbonate) (150 mg)
Potassium is an electrolyte stored in the muscles. Foods rich in potassium include bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, avocado, raw spinach, cabbage and celery. Potassium is an essential macromineral that helps maintain fluid balance in the body. It also supports a wide variety of biochemical and physiological processes. Among other things, potassium supports the normal transmission of nerve impulses, contraction of cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle, synthesis of nucleic acids, maintenance of intracellular tonicity and maintenance of normal blood pressure. In 1928, it was first suggested that high potassium intake could help maintain cardiovascular health. Potassium supports normal muscle relaxation and insulin release. It also promotes glycogen and protein synthesis. Potassium is an electrolyte that promotes normal heartbeat. Potassium supports the body’s ability to regulate water balance, recover from exercise and eliminate wastes.

WHERE TO BUY:

MaggiesVitamins http://www.shop.com/THESHOPCONSULTANT/Isotonix+reg+Magnesium-792868342-p+.xhtml?credituser=R1159126

 

 

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Amazing Mineral – Magnesium!

magnesiumAmazing Mineral – Magnesium!

Do you know the amazing benefits of Magnesium? Magnesium helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function and  helps to keep heart rhythm steady. It supports a healthy immune system and keeps bones strong. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, it’s involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is also an increased interest in the role of magnesium and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines and excreted through the kidneys; therefore the status of the digestive system and kidneys significantly impacts the uptake of magnesium into the body. Magnesium also comes in as a superstar in improving sleep quality! There are many sources of magnesium in our foods. Some great sources are Wheat Bran, Almonds, Spinach, Cashews, Pinto Beans, and Brown Rice. There are also many supplements available on the market if you choose that route. Due to the fact that the Digestive System places such a key role in the efficiency of magnesium uptake, I am partial to an Isotonic delivery system.