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! 🙂

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.