Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit

Pathways to Health

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As a person who has been studying health and wellness for most of my adult life and having attained the title of Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, one of the things that really fires me up and excites me, is that there are indeed many pathways to health.

Oftentimes people feel overwhelmed when they think of making health and lifestyle changes. However, realizing that there are many pathways means that there are truly many things that can make a difference and even small things! This truly is exciting.  At least to me 🙂

As a Life Coach of many years I have come to realize that everyone, including myself is and has been at different stages in our lives when it comes to health and wellness and what we do to improve that area.  Sometimes we are more pro-active then others and sometimes not so much. The good news is that at anytime we can add in more good and it WILL make a difference. All steps start with the first.

For example, I am currently working with someone to help them improve their daily diet in an effort to add in more nourishment. We are working on adding in two servings of fruit per day. Now some of you may eat lots of fruit and others, like my client, not so much. So for her two servings of fruit is going to be a big catalyst in her wellness protocol. It will also be a launching pad to more good things. A new pathway perhaps! 🙂

Just like every body is different and every health challenge is different  so are the roads to wellness. I encourage everyone to just start on the path. Jump on the road to adding more nourishment and vibrancy into your life. Look for ways to add in more…. more goodness, more nutrients, more water, more joy, more walks, more nature, more love, more fruits, more peace…. just MORE! And before you know it you will have created a new pathway to better Health! 🙂

MaggieHolbik.com is a Life Coach and Nutritionist who resides in Northwestern Ontario Canada and did yoga outside in her back yard today for the first time! 🙂  First time outside, that is. See she’s adding in more… more yoga, peace, sunlight, listening to the birds…. What will you add more of?

 

Digestive Health, Vitamins for the Body

Are you Missing this Key Ingredient in your Smoothies?

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Smoothies are a fast and easy way to pack nutrition into a convenient on the go snack or meal replacement. Personally, I use smoothies to enhance or supplement my current diet as a way to pack in extra nutrients and add in life-giving components for better health and wellness.

Whether fruit or veggie smoothies or a combination, smoothies are gaining in popularity and for good reason.

One of the challenges people face when making a smoothie is getting the right consistency and thickness or thinness depending on preference.

Some of the popular liquids people add to their smoothies are plant milks such as soy, almond, coconut, hemp or oats. Coconut water is a great choice as well. I myself often add Aloe Vera juice which is loaded with many phyto-nutrients and has many healing properties and is very soothing to the digestive system. When I am looking to add sweetness, I use a Strawberry Kiwi Aloe Vera Juice, that is popular with my clients as well.

However, with all that said, let’s get to the point of this blog post. One of the most overlooked wet ingredients in the world is water! Good old plain water. Adding a good quality source of pure, clean, alkaline water to your smoothies not only helps with consistency if you prefer a less thick smoothie, but it adds to your water intake and hydration. Both fruits and veggies contain water but by adding in water, you increase your intake even more. This is also really great for adding water to the diet for children who don’t take in enough water.

Best of all water is sugar free, healthy, has no flavor so it won’t alter your smoothie taste and has zero calories. How much better can it get?

Have fun with your smoothies and try to change them up. I love adding in anything I have on hand to change things up. It’s not unusual for me to have whole lemons, lime, cinnamon, mint leaves and more in my smoothies as these are itesm I usually have in my kitchen. 🙂

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certifed Life Coach, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Clinical Natural Nutritionn Practitioner who residens in Northwestern Ontario, Canada

Digestive Health, Vitamins for the Body

Spotlight on Digestion

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A healthy digestive system and the maintenance of it is one of the most important things we can do to both maintain and improve our health.  If we think about it, in common sense terms, the better our digestive system is, the better we will be able to assimilate the food we put into it and ultimately the nutrients from the food.

As a Nutritionist, the biggest area of inquiry from clients I get, usually pertains to their digestive system. Few people consider their digestive system until there is an apparent problem such as gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, irregularity or diarrhea. However these common occurrences can be indicative of a much larger problem and the sooner one nips them in the bud the better!

Modern lifestyles can severely compromise our digestive systems.  Many people lack enough dietary fiber that is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and that contribute to vital nutrients that are needed by the body. This type of dietary fiber also acts as a brush or broom to help sweep away digestive wastes for proper colon maintenance. Eating more fruits and vegetables is one of the number one best ways to improve digestive health. These types of foods provide nutrients, fiber and water, which is extremely important for digestive health and the processing of food and its breakdown.

Over time a diet lacking proper nutrients and fiber can cause undigested food to slow down in its transit through the colon. Toxins and bacteria from this can lead to diarrhea or constipation.  A point to note, is that one can have runny bowel movements and still be constipated. Constipation is not always as it appears.

Another point to consider for those on medication is that many prescription drugs can also interfere with the uptake of nutrients adding to nutrient deficiency.  When we have a nutrient deficiency not only is colon and digestive health comprised, but the entire body and all of its systems.

Poor digestive health can have a number of consequences, one of which is colon cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society “Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in men and the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in women in Canada.”

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/colorectal/statistics/?region=on#ixzz5Buo4oyNu

I highly recommend taking a look at your digestive health as a starting point for improving health all around.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach who resides in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Maggie helps individuals with wellness of body, mind, and spirit as a means to whole health.

 

 

Your Amazing Life

Why I Cried Leaving The Doctor’s Office

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Today I left my nurse practitioner’s office with tears in my eyes. Upon leaving, I took a moment to realize and recognize that my recent efforts have paid off. My nurse practitioner was very impressed with my results and we high fived! She said it is not often you get to see such dramatic improvements in such a short time frame, proving that lifestyle changes can make a huge difference, and she herself was both encouraged and inspired by the results. In fact, she gasped when we compared numbers from current to past!

At the end of October, I shared about my appointment where I no longer needed a biopsy for swollen lymph nodes which I was ecstatic about that news and now even more good news!

I have gone from very high blood pressure to perfect blood pressure and my resting heart rate to “that of a teenager”, without the use of any medication.

One of the most exciting things today as well was a normal C-Reactive Protein test result. C-Reactive Protein in an indication of inflammation in the body and I have had high results for several years. Today it was normal and I know it is because I can once again wear the rings that were too tight on my fingers. In fact, they are slipping off now!

I have done simple things to enhance my lifestyle one of which is saying, feeling, and believing that “I am getting younger and younger” all while supporting my body with healthy additions. I am not buying into the opposite phrase of getting older, and it is working for me!

I am so grateful to be writing this and if you are reading this, thank you for taking the time to do so and in celebrating this success story with me. Why do I share this? I share this to offer hope and encouragement. I share this to prove that small enhancements can make a HUGE difference.

I have been studying nutrition and wellness for most of my adult life and I will soon be sharing some simple things that I believe can be very effective in addressing many of the current health issues we face. I will also be sharing some of the recipes and foods that I have found to be super helpful in, for example, reducing inflammation in the body. Many of you have seen my post about my anti-inflammatory drink I make with lemons, turmeric, ginger, garlic and more. I have recently learned so much more as to what is helpful for healing and re-setting the body into healing mode and it is available to anyone. I can’t wait to share!

Today is a day of extra gratitude for me and I want to thank you for stopping by today to help me celebrate. Namaste.

To follow along with my continued journey, here are some health related links:

www.facebook.com/maggiesvitamins

www.facebook.com/wellnesscollaboration

www.facebook.com/superiorshoreswellness

Your Amazing Life

Dementia Doubling! Now that’s Troubling!!

While wearing my digitial marketing hat today, I ran across this article about creating web based content geared to the growing population of people suffering from Dementia.

There are some staggering statistics in this article. “At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people living with dementia will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030, and 131.5 million in 2050. There are 3.3 billion internet users worldwide, and as the number of people with dementia continues to rise, so too will the proportion of internet users living with the condition.”

The me wearing my “wellness hat” was quite disturbed by this. My first reaction was that I need to help these people.  These numbers are off the charts and way too high. Aging should be beautiful and graceful, and yet too many people are suffering from this debilitating disease that comes in many forms.

Dementia is a term that has a broad spectrum attached to it.  A person may have dementia and it could be linked to something as simple as a Vitamin B 12 Deficiency.   In a Harvard Health Publication they discuss:

“ More than 50 conditions can cause or mimic the symptoms of dementia.

A small percentage of dementias are reversible. Symptoms subside when the underlying problem is treated.

Two common examples are dementia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).”

http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/whats-causing-your-memory-loss.htm

Some of the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency in regard to both mental and neurological changes are as follows:  http://www.maggieholbik.com/vitaminb12.html

Mental Changes

. irritability

. apathy

. sleepiness

. personality changes

. depression (including postpartum depression)

. memory loss

. dementia, intellectual deterioration

. hallucinations

. violent behavior

. in children, developmental delay and/or autistic behavior

Neurological Signs & Symptoms

. abnormal sensations (pain, tingling and/or numbness of legs, arms, trunk, or other area)

. diminished sense of touch, pain, and/or temperature

. loss of position sense (awareness of body position)

. weakness (legs, arms, trunk or other area)

. clumsiness (stiff or awkward movements)

. tremor

. symptoms mimicking Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis

. spasticity of muscles

. incontinence (urine and/or stool)

. paralysis

. vision changes (decreased vision or loss of vision)

. damage to optic nerve (optic, neuritis, inflammation, or atrophy of the optic nerve)

Another big player in the prevention and treatment of Dementia are Omega 3 EFA’s.

From an article at Medscape:

Schaefer concluded that 3 or more fish servings per week or at least 1 fish oil capsule per day (greater than 180 mg DHA/day) to raise DHA levels and supplementing or consuming adequate amounts of vitamins B6, B12, and folate (to decrease homocystine levels) could decrease the incidence of dementia.

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/514322_7

For information on both Vitamin B12 and Omega 3 EFA’s visit www.MaggiesVitamins.com

MaggieHolbik.com is a Life & Business Coach and believes whole heartedly in wellness of body, mind and spirit.

Your Amazing Life

Nutrition and Mental Health

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Clinical Psychologist, Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

This video is excellent for everyone to watch. People dealing with ADD, ADHD, bipolar, and other mental illnesses or any illness period, will find this both fascinating and encouraging! For example one study shows people with PTSD went from 65% down to 18% symptomatic within one month of micro-nutrient intervention. This is very encoruaging!

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Vitamins for the Body, Your Amazing Life

Lemon Aid :-) Fruit Aid :-)

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It is so easy to make nutrient rich flavored water. You can virtually throw in any fruits or berries that you like, optional herbs, add some fresh filtered or distilled water and a little sweetener if you like. I use honey but stevia would be another alternative. The longer it sits the better it gets! I find the kids love these drinks and they are so pretty too!They are called “Aids” because they aid in both add hydration and providing nutrition for the body.