hair mineral analysis, heavy metals, liver health

Hair Analysis Review

I wanted to share this feedback I got from my friend Helen. Helen recently had a hair mineral analysis test done through me and the accredited lab that I use for this.

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This is what Helen had to say:

Dear Maggie,

I am compelled to write you this note of gratitude for suggesting and walking me through the hair analysis. It has helped me tremendously in weeding through what I need to do moving forward, to assist my health. As we all know there are so many companies out there promising health, but what do I really need? I have seen through hair analysis that I need specific minerals, and my liver needs help. I am starting my journey in the right direction.  Thank you so much again.

Sincerely,

Helen Liba

For those that don’t know Helen Liba, Helen is a Certified Raw Foods Chef and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to healing foods and nutrition, so I did not take this review lightly. 🙂 I was very honoured that I could help Helen take her health to the next level by uncovering some clues to help enhance her daily protocols for better health and wellness.

Hair Mineral Analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a complete metabolic profile of the human body.

If you would like more information about Hair Mineral Analysis or have questions, feel free to reach out to me.  The link for more info is Link for Info on Hair Mineral Analysis     

I can be reached directly by phone or text at 807-627-1831 or email MaggieHolbik@gmail.com  Feel free to ask any questions that may come up around hair analysis, heavy metals, or whatever comes up for you as a good question. I am all ears.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and a Certified Life Coach who uses hair mineral analysis as one of the tools to ascertain individual nutritional deficiencies and the presence of heavy metals in the body and brain.  Heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, toxins, petroleum products and plastics are all disruptors to the human body and mind. By understanding your toxic load, you are better able to address many health issues.

Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit, Your Amazing Life

Are you Withering Away?

I am sure most of us can relate to this. Perhaps you yourself  have cared for a house plant that was struggling or you have seen a withering plant somewhere along the way. Many plants naturally wither and/or close themselves up at night in order to preserve energy, rest, or to protect themselves from predators.  Other times we see plants withering because they lack water or nutrients or even sunlight.  On houseplants you might see spider mites, bugs or other parasites.

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When the plant is in this state it becomes lifeless (lacks energy) and is limp and deprived of nutrients, sunlight etc.

We are very much like plants. When our bodies lack nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, sunlight, water etc., we lose our energy, we become lifeless, pale in color and perhaps we are even a host to parasites, bugs and viruses! We become weak and our immune systems become compromised.

There is hope though! When we start to add in nutrition in the way of nutrients that the body so desperately needs, and we start to remove toxins and invaders, we can start to rebound just like plants do! And if you have ever watched a thirsty herb for example, the simple act of watering can make their leaves bounce back in a very short amount of time.

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So the minute we start adding in things that are healing for us, they start to work. Even little bits of nutrition, water, sunlight, positive thoughts, can and do make a huge difference and immediately.

When some people think of making health changes, they get overwhelmed and shut down. But just know, that even small kindnesses given to your body, can and do have a huge impact and can help you feel better.  Even just adding in a few more glasses of water in a day, can make a tremendous difference. Who doesn’t want more energy, brighter skin and a happier life? 🙂

As the saying goes, everything starts with baby steps.  Just start taking the steps! You won’t regret it, that’s for certain.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Life Coach & Certified Nutritionist who helps people to start to shift their lives to improve wellness of body, mind and spirit. She believes in helping others to find Joy and Beauty in their lives and work.

Vitamins for the Body

Miraculous Melons

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No need to be melancholy about melons. These super foods are often overlooked and we need to change that and eat more melons!

Melons are in fact very nutrient dense foods that are LOADED with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Melons are chock full of enzymes and are as close as you are going to get to a pre-digested food. Try playing with a ripe melon in your mouth. You will feel how easily it breaks down so it can be assimilated into life force nutrients that are healing medicines for the body!

According to Anthony Williams, Medical Medium, “The fructose in melons leaves the stomach in less than one minute, then the rest of the fruit drops directly into the intestinal track, immediately fortifying and replenishing the body. Eating melon is like intravenous nutrient therapy.”

Melons have an extremely high water content so they are a great way to help hydrate the body as well. They also help the body to become more alkaline! Being alkaline helps to neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism. Who would like more energy? Add that to all those nutrients and enzymes and you have a dynamic powerhouse of a super food.

Two ways we have started adding more melons into our diet is by adding them to our salads. I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this my whole life. Delicious!

Another thing we’ve done is instead of my hubby having a protein snack to recoup his afternoon energy when needed, he will eat a bowl of melon and it has worked wonders! When the body gets those nutrients and water in an almost instant and assimilable form, it peaks its energy powerhouse and BAM!

Here is another great thing amount melons. Due to their size and the growing conditions for melons, they tend to ‘soak up’ a lot of sun. The sun has miraculous healing properties and melons become containers for these rays of goodness. Consider them nature’s bowls of goodness for you! 🙂

Melons are a great food for anyone and everyone but they are also a good nutrient source for children and the elderly. Ripe melons can be easily chewed or even juiced if necessary.

Try incorporating more melons into your diet and watch your body respond with extreme gratitude and better health.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner who resides in Northwestern Ontario, Canada and enjoys empowering others to live with Joy and personal empowerment.

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

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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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Are You Stressed Out?

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Stress is so hard on our bodies, mind and our spirit. It is hard to have a zest for life when you are stressed. One of the best things we can do is to lessen stress!

Are your stressed? Here are some indicators.

Do you try to do more than one thing at a time?
Do you rush through your meals?
Are you compulsive about punctuality?
Do you find it difficult to relax?
Do you interrupt others while they are talking?
Do you frequently lose your patience?
Are you accident prone?
Does life appear to be a constant struggle/battle?

Here are some symptoms of stress:

Tense Muscles
Anger Outbursts
Irritability
Racing/Irregular Heartbeat
Increased use of stimulants like drugs and alcohol
Crying
Loss of Self Confidence
Fluttery Stomach
Racing Mind
Increased Perspiration
Lack of Concentration
Excessive Sighing
Forgetfulness
Nail Biting
Teeth Grinding
Tense Shoulders
Back or Neck Aches
Heartburn
Cold Hands or Feet
Twitching
Decline in Productivity
Feelings of Being Overwhelmed

Foods to Help with Stress

Fresh Raw Fruits & Veggies
Fresh Raw & Steamed Veggies
Quality sources of Protein like Lean Meats, Fish & Whole Eggs or Vegetarian Sources
Raw Nuts & Seeds
Legumes (Split Peas, Lentils, Beans etc.)
Whole Grains
Good sources of Omega III’s like Salmon, Flax Seeds, Walnuts, Navy or Kidney Beans
Good food sources of Vitamin B

Or a Quality B Complex Supplement

Good Oils like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

Ways to Reduce Stress

Regular Walking for at least 1/2 hour 3 days or more a week
Deep Breathing Exercises
Gardening
Spending Time in Nature
Take up a Hobby
Playing Games
Relaxing Music
Meditation
Power Naps to Rejuvenate
Getting a Pet
Massage
Reflexology
Star Gazing