This morning I was reading from Anthony Williams book “Liver Rescue” and was once again both reminded and inspired to take small steps in my day to enhance my health.
I think sometimes we lose ground and fall backward and then think why bother? Or we shame ourselves for not being as disciplined as we maybe once were in the past. Or we’ve gained weight and we shun ourselves about it, and in turn become immobilized about doing anything to balance this out.
This is what I read today that inspired me:
“People don’t get enough credit for taking care of their health. They’re taught to put so much ahead of their own well-being, which means that when they take steps to heal, they can feel almost guilty about it, like it’s not real work. They can feel like taking time to go to the farmers’ market, or to make juice or cut up fruit or order their supplements, isn’t as productive or important as if they were using that time to send emails or pay bills or check off other boxes on their to-do lists. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of thinking that caring for yourself doesn’t matter. Know that every step you take to heal has great meaning.”
I hope you found this inspiring and well for me I am off to make my cucumber juice 🙂
Today I will share some more in-depth information about fevers that you may find interesting and hopefully useful.
A fever (pyrexia) can be a response to:
. endogenous pyrogens which are fever causing chemicals produced in the body
. exercise (a fever is a normal reaction)
. dehydration (a fever indicates this is a serious problem)
Basically it is an immune response.
Yesterday I wrote about the miracle of fevers and for good reason. The fever helps to heal you. However, the inability to strike a fever in response to an infection is a sign of weakness and debility. People with serious illnesses like AIDS or Cancer often do not have enough bodily strength to strike a fever. This is also common with the elderly and makes diagnosing serious illnesses in the elderly more difficult.
As for children and fevers according to a report published in the journal Pediatrics:
“Fever retards the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses, enhances neutrophil production and T-lymphocyte proliferation, and aids in the body’s acute-phase reaction… Most fevers are of short duration, are benign, and may actually protect the host. Data show beneficial effects on certain components of the immune system in fever, and limited data have revealed that fever actually helps the body recover more quickly from viral infections…”
A very interesting thing about the body when it comes to fevers is that digestion slows dramatically when the body spikes a fever. Food tends to ferment and putrefy so the best protocol is to fast, rest and drink plenty of fluids.And of course, monitor, monitor, monitor. You want the fever to run its course and do its job but if it starts to spike too high, it needs to be addressed immediately.
The optimal range for a fever to do its job is between 99 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Always seek proper medical attention if a fever starts to spike higher than this. For more guidelines around this here is a good and informative link:
In closing I cannot stress enough the power of rest. Whether you are fighting a cold, fever, or the flu, rest, rest, rest! Support your body in supporting you. 🙂
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Practitioner, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and Certifed Life Coach who loves sharing information about wellness of body, mind and spirit.
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
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 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 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.
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:
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.
We all know cancer is an epidemic and is running rampant in our world. I bet we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Whether ourselves personally, our loved ones, friends, or even our connections through social media and the world at large. It used to be a scary “C” word that was rarer to hear about, but now it is very common.
We are living in a toxic world with many variables and at times it can feel overwhelming when it comes to cancer prevention and the overall betterment of our health in general, but the good news is that there are things that we can do! Here are a few ideas that are easy to incorporate into our lives. And these are things we can do whether we have cancer or we are looking to prevent cancer.
Reduce our exposure to toxic products. We live in a world full of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, toxic air fresheners, toxic cleaners, colognes, fragrances, heavy metals, toxic food, and more. The more we can sub out these types of products and threats and eliminate using them or being exposed to them the better.
2. Stay Hydrated One of the biggest health challenges is that most people are very dehydrated, all the way from young children to the elderly and in between. This is a very serious health challenge. Dehydration means that we are not moving out the toxins as easily and that we are getting thick blood. We do NOT want thick blood. No, No, No! I have written about thick blood in a prior blog post that you can read here:
There are so many reasons to increase our fruit and veggies intake and hydration is one of them. Fruits especially help to both hydrate and nourish the cells and organs as well as providing the natural sugars our livers and brains need to function. Think of your liver in particular. The fruits help it to function better and to be able to filter out toxins and get them out of the body. And don’t forget about the amazing micro-nutrients fruits and veggies provide like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more!
If you are interested in more details on the best foods and why for cancer prevention, here is a link to a detailed article by Marni Clark. Marni is a breast cancer expert and coach, and I enjoy her work immensely. Here is the link:
I really believe that there are 3 cornerstones to good health
. Eating functional and whole foods
. Exercise and
. Lowering Stress
Lowering stress means lowering the stress on the body as in toxic exposure, overwork, tiredness, abuse, as well as all of the mental stress we often refer to. Stress is much more complicated than we think of usually. When you think of stress, think of it like a rope. When too much stress is put on a rope, or the rope becomes frail and weak, it breaks!!! That is about as simple as it gets, so do whatever you can do reduce stress. I have written blogs posts on dealing with stress. You can find them here:
Try and find ways to incorporate more peace of mind in your life. This may involve things like forgiving yourself and others, letting go of the little things, releasing judgments, taking walks in nature and just anything that allows you to ‘feel’ better from moment to moment. If you need to get some help, never be afraid of stepping up to the plate when it comes to getting counseling, therapy, life coaching, or something of that nature. There are people who are there just for that purpose… to help. A great resource that I have come across is called “Life Coach Library” and it is a service online where clients and coaches can find a match for each other. Here is the link for that service if you are interested.
We all know that exercise and movement are hugely important to our health but when it comes to prevention of illnesses like cancer, exercise really helps to move the lymphatic system, which helps the body to clean up intercellular waste and remove toxins. This is very, very important, especially for prevention and in the case of a cancer patient having lymph nodes removed. It is then even more important to assist the body in moving the lymphatic fluid to encourage drainage of the intercellular waste.
At our wellness centre “Superior Shores Wellness” in Thunder Bay we offer a service to help with lymphatic drainage and movement. It is especially beneficial for those who don’t get a lot of movement for whatever reason or for those who have had lymph nodes removed as in the case of breast cancer. The service we provide is ‘Whole Body Vibration’ where the client stands on a base plate and using the vibration technology to vibrate the entire body. Wherever you live, if you can take advantage of a service like this, I highly recommend it.
Just walking also helps to move the lymphatics and helps to calm the mind as well as a host of other health benefits. A walk every day can have huge benefits!!!!
I hope you find these ideas helpful. As I write about often, when it comes to health, try not to think in terms of deprivation ie. what you can’t have or do, but turn it around to simply “What can I add in more of today that is good for my health?”. Just try to keep adding in more and more until eventually the scales themselves shift and you have naturally shifted to more good things. Keep it simple. Simple works.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, and member in good standing of the Canadian Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP). Maggie loves to help people to improve their wellness of body, mind and spirit. Simple strategies can have huge impacts. Contact Maggie below to inquire about any of her services or with any questions you may have or to sign up to her email list for her monthly newsletter. Also feel free to en-JOY Maggie’s other blogs.
One of my favorite self-care modalities is going for regular Reflexology sessions. Not only do I find it so beneficial for my health and wellness, but it’s so relaxing! And I am one of those people who love having my feet touched, rubbed, and given attention :-), so this works for me.
In reflexology, pressure is placed on areas of the hands and feet in order to improve healing and reduce pain. The idea is that there are points in the hands and feet that correlate and are connected to other areas throughout the body. These points are called reflex areas.
You may have seen a reflexology chart before that shows these areas of connection. For example, the ball of the foot is connected to the heart and chest while the lower back and intestines are connected to the heel of the foot. Reflexology dates back to at least ancient Egypt. Illustrations on tomb walls show physicians using the foot to heal the entire body. Over
time, this practice has evolved, and today modern research backs up the premise
that these points exist. (http://reflexology-usa.net/history.htm)
Reflexology and massage often go hand in hand, but
they aren’t the same thing. Massage can
take place all over the body and focuses on the soft tissue in the body such as
muscles and fascia. Reflexology is a
specialized practice that focuses on the reflex points in the hands, feet, and
ears, whereas massage often takes place over the entire body.
Acupressure is another similar healing art, but it is
also different from reflexology.
Acupressure addresses energy lines called meridians. With this practice there are 14 long lines of
energy that run the length of the body and there are hundreds of pressure
points along these lines.
Some of these pressure points are found along the
feet, hands, and ears. However, there
are relatively few compared to pressure points found throughout the entire
body. Again, reflexology focuses only on
the feet, hands, and ears.
Reflexology may be combined with massage or
acupressure, but it can stand alone as well.
Some reflexologists choose to get certified in multiple therapies while
others work only in reflexology.
Reflexology has been known to have health benefits for
thousands of years. It can help to
improve physical and mental health by reducing the effects of stress and
anxiety. It can provide relief from
headaches and other forms of pain. It
can improve blood pressure, circulation, and can be used to combat the symptoms
from cancer and cancer treatment.
This healing art can improve your sleep, increase your energy, and assist with improving your mood. If you suffer from mental health issues, arthritis, diabetes or a neurological condition you’ll find that reflexology is complementary therapy.
As far as side effects go, reflexology has relatively few. Some people report having sensitivity in their feet after a session. You might also experience fatigue, a runny nose, or coughing afterward. This is because the practice of reflexology can release toxins and your body will work to rid itself of those. Side effects usually last less than a day and are rarely serious.
I highly recommend this wonderful modality as part of your regular self-care. Taking care of yourself is a very high form of self-love and is so, so important. Reflexology is an excellent way to practice self-love, healing, and improving your overall well being.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who loves to both encourage and see people do more things to show their body that they indeed love it. She believes the more you love and show your body you love it, the more it will love you back! 🙂
“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” ― Diane Von Furstenberg
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. 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Those that know me, know that I love, love, love, celery juice and that I tell everybody about it.
Yesterday, I ran across this short video with some awesome testimonials from some people who have had tremendous benefits from drinking straight celery juice. Many of them completely off of all of their medications!
I am so grateful to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium for getting the world on the celery juice train. If you have joined the celery juice movement, please share with me, your success story. I’d love to hear it! 🙂
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach who loves empowering people to make simple lifestyle changes that create BIG results.