hair mineral analysis, heavy metals, minerals

The Critical Role of Selenium

Selenium is a trace mineral and although your body only needs small amounts, these are critical to your health and vitality. Selenium deficiency is quite common in this part of the world. For example, large areas of North America are deficient in soil selenium levels. For those of us living in Ontario, Canada, this includes large parts of Ontario. Soil deficiency usually translates into human deficiency.

As a Health Coach who utilizes Hair Mineral Analysis testing, I almost always see low levels of selenium in my client’s lab results. It is the very reason that has prompted me to write this blog post!

Selenium acts also as a very powerful antioxidant helping to combat free radicals in the body and reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer, as well as premature aging and the risk of stroke. Selenium is an essential component of glutathione peroxidase, which protects the body from a vast array of toxins including free radicals and heavy metals, particularly Mercury. Selenium and glutathione peroxidase levels are often low in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis and may be low in most inflammatory conditions.

Selenium also helps to maintain normal liver function and protein synthesis. The liver is critical to ‘life’ and it is probably the most important area of the body to support overall health and wellbeing.

Selenium in necessary for the health of the heart and other muscles. It has been reported to improve the function of the mitochondria (the energy producing units of cells) by protecting them from lack of oxygen. This may account for the fact that selenium supplementation has been found to be effective in the treatment of chest pains associated with heart disease (angina pectoris). Selenium is also required for the production of a specific type of hormone-like substance called prostaglandin, which, among other things, helps regulate blood pressure.

Selenium is important for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. In fact, thyroid tissue contains a higher amount of selenium than any other organ in the human body.

This powerful mineral helps protect the thyroid against oxidative damage and also plays an essential role in the production of thyroid hormones.

Selenium may also protect the body against contaminants such as mercury, cadmium, and silver. Source: 1. Yoon SO, Kim MM, Chung AS. Inhibitory effect of selenite on invasion of ht1080 tumor cells. J Biol Chem. 2001;276:20085-20092.

In populations at higher risk for prostate cancer, selenium supplements decreased risk and growth rate of tumors. Source:
3. Costello AJ. A randomized, controlled chemoprevention trial of selenium in familial prostate cancer

Selenium supplements may also be able to halt the growth of polyps in the colon and reduce the risk of lung and liver cancers. Source: 4. Chigbrow M, Nelson M. Inhibition of mitotic cyclin B and cdc2 kinase activity by selenomethionine in synchronized colon cancer cells. Anticancer Drugs. 2001;12:43-50.

There are many studies that have shown that the lower the intake of selenium, the higher the incidence of cancer of the colon, breast, pancreas, ovary, bladder, prostate, rectum, skin and lungs. In a recent study (Environ Health Prev Med, 14,261,2009) Selenium has an inverse correlation with cancer (higher levels of selenium – lower levels of cancer). Other conditions that have been reported to respond to supplementation with selenium include AIDS, allergies, arteriosclerosis, cataracts, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

I have really only skimmed the surface here on the importance of selenium, but I encourage each and everyone of you to explore the role of selenium in your daily life. I just stopped typing to go and take my selenium supplements right now!

If you need help with a good quality supplement choice, please reach out to me and I can help you with that. You may also desire to have a Hair Mineral Analysis test done. This test checks for the presence of heavy metals and mineral deficiencies like selenium. For more info here is a link to my website for that Hair Mineral Analysis Info

One of the best food sources for selenium are brazil nuts. Try adding at least 3 a day into your diet.
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Some other food sources grains, some vegetables, lentils, meats, dairy products, canned tuna. Unfortunately foods like canned tuna can add to the heavy metal load in the body and brain. Also, meats and dairy products can feed pathogens in the body like Ebstein-Barr Virus which is now being linked to many diseases such as MS, Fibro, RA, and more, so choose your foods carefully for various reasons. I highly recommend supplementing with selenium to ensure adequate levels.

Here is a link to more info about Mystery Illness and EBV My EBV & Mystery Illness Blog Post

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who works with clients all over the world. She is an avid researcher and studies consistently on the latest research and information available on both heavy metals and nutrition as well as the implications of nutritional deficiencies when it comes to the body and brain.

Mystery Illness, Your Amazing Life

Thyroid Cure – The Cat’s Out of the Bag!!!!

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As most of you know I am an avid follower of Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, and the latest issue of FIRST FOR WOMEN has hit the newsstands with the article, “The New Thyroid Cure” featuring @medicalmedium Anthony William!

Anthony is behind the explosion of celery juice and its benefits. I have written several blog posts about the EBV that Anthony talks about in his articles but now the cat is really out of the bag and hitting newsstands. Thousands of people are healing from mystery illness because of his work. Here is an excerpt from Anthony’s Instagram post today where I first learned of this hitting the newsstands! I can’t wait to get a copy. This will be a sell-out for sure 🙂
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“As scientists work to develop the latest “miracle drug” to help the millions of us battling thyroid issues, women from coast to coast are reporting their own miracle – a plan that has freed them from tiredness and stubborn pounds. It doesn’t come from a medical doctor. Yet thousands of women and their doctors swear by it. The man behind the plan: Anthony William, author of the wildly popular book series Medical Medium (including his latest installment, Thyroid Healing), who says a voice (which he calls the “spirit of compassion”) tells him cutting-edge health information.
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The Epstein-Barr virus, as first reported by Anthony William decades ago, is what’s behind nearly all thyroid problems and the medical establishment underestimates how damaging EBV is.
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The good news: Women all over the world who have battled health issues for years are reporting that the plan Anthony William outlines in Thyroid Healing is like “an answered prayer.” First for Women interviewed a number of these women. *You may know some of them
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Read the article in First for Women for these women’s insights, and for the easy how-to that’s “working wonders.” It outlines the 90-Day Thyroid Rehab in the book Thyroid Healing, including the incredible benefits of:
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Celery Juice – a “secret weapon” against chronic illness
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Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
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Lemon Water
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Cucumber Juice
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Thyroid-Healing Smoothie
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Healing Broth
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7 Superfoods that energize and slim
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Available on newsstands now!

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Here is the link to my blog post about the heavy metal detox smoothie. I have been using this for myself and clients to remove those nasty heavy metals!
Maggie’s Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Blog Post Link

Maggie Holbik.com is s Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who highly advocates the work of Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium. She is using the information that Anthony freely shares in her own nutritional coaching practice and she has Happy, Happy, clients! She is sipping on celery juice right now!