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THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

The lymphatic system, what is it and what does it? Let’s look more at that today, because it’s actually very important for your health and well-being! 🌿🌿

In our bodies we have several different systems. We have the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and the lymphatic system.

Majority of these systems runs all by themselves, without you having to “actually” do anything.

However, the lymphatic system is depending on YOU to activate it. And it’s actually quiet important that you do so. Because the lymphatic system is part of the immune system. it consists of a network of lymph vessels and ducts that collect excess fluid from your tissue and transport the fluid to the bloodstream. The lymphatic system helps to move toxins from your body, and it is therefore very good for your health to get this system activated, so that you can eliminate these toxins and get them out of your system.

How do you activate the lymphatic system?

You can activate the lymphatic system in several different ways:

  • Walking / exercising
  • Rebounding (fx jumping on a trampoline/rope)
  • Yoga
  • Gua sha & face rolling
  • Deep belly breathing
  • Dry brushing
  • Lymph drainage massage

Read also: 3 Things you can do to Improve the Health of Your Skin

Health Holistic & Spiritual living

THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION

Can you change your mood by changing the food you eat? I would argue; yes! Because the gut-brain connection is incredibly strong! 🌿

One of the things that fascinates me the most about holistic health, is how it’s all connected! Your entire body – body and mind – is connected, and one thing affects the other, and the other way around, it’s incredibly fascinating!

As much as 90(!!)% of serotonin is made in your gut! Serotonin is the “happy hormone”/neurotransmitter, that is responsible for making you happy.

Let me just say that again – 90%!

What can we derive from that fact? That the food you eat and digest literally affect your mood!

You can thereby INCREASE your emotional well-being and happiness by eating more “gut friendly” food, such as whole foods, vegetables, fruits, fermented foods, probiotics etc. – the things that makes your gut health better! And by improving your gut health you will thereby – in the long run, also be able to improve your overall well-being!

Isn’t that just amazing?

Not to mention that eating “gut friendly food”, can also help if you have digestive problems or skin issues – because, it’s all connected! 🌿

Read also: 5 Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

Health Holistic & Spiritual living

6 WAYS TO GET BACK INTO BALANCE

Do you know the feeling of feeling out of balance? I know for sure. It usually happens when I have too much going on and when I haven’t been sticking to the usual things that makes my life go smooth. So here is a list of 6 things that might help to bring you back into balance again 🌿🙏

Drink Water

This is such a simple, yet so important tip. Water and staying hydrated is absolutely essential for our bodies to function properly, and for your skin to feel hydrated as well! So ask yourself; have you been drinking enough water recently? Otherwise, try to have focus on drinking more water

Daily Smoothies with Good Quality Oils

I love to make either a good green smoothie or a delicious berry smoothie! It’s such an easy way to get extra vitamins and antioxidants, which is so good for your body and your skin! + add some good quality oil to your smoothie, this is so good for dry skin!

Move Your Body

Again, a simple, yet so important thing for our health and well-being – moving your body. When you don’t move, things get stagnant in your body, so move and breathe and make things flow!

Relax & Recharge

When did you last stop to pause, rest, relax and recharge? If you’re like me, you’re very good at finishing one thing and then going straight to the next! I constantly have to remind myself to take time to just be, rest and relax. Because it’s vital for our well-being, to remember to rest and just be and not always do. Take a nap, watch a good movie, go for a lovely walk in nature or read a good book!

Eat Whole Foods

Finding ways to get back into balance, can also be because you’ve gotten out of balance in terms of what you eat – perhaps you’ve been eating out too much recently? Going to many birthdays and eaten a lot of delicious, but not as healthy, whole foods? Perhaps it’s time to get back to more whole foods – vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds.

Clean up, Tidy & Organise your Place

One of the things that can make me feel out of balance, is if I’ve been letting things pile up in my apartment and it has gotten too messy. A messy apartment for me also equals a more “messy mind”, which makes me feel incredibly uninspired and out of balance. Cleaning up, tidying and organising my place can also give me renewed energy and inspiration!

What are your favourite ways to get back into balance again? 🙏

Health

QUICK, EASY & DELICIOUS BANANA OAT COOKIES

Do you know that feeling when you just need something to snack on? Like, right now! But you don’t want to do like a big effort into making it? Then these quick, easy & delicious banana oat cookies are for you! 🌿

I’ve used this recipe for yeaaaars, and it’s just such a quick and easy snack to make, and you can make it in 15 minutes! It takes no time. But little disclaimer, you do have to like banana, otherwise this probably ain’t for you.

These “healthy cookies” are also delicious to make more of and bring with you for snacks at school, uni or work.

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
4 cups of oats
1-2 tsp of cacao powder
Some dark chocolate

Recipe

Turn on the oven to 200 degrees (celsius), and find yourself a big bowl. Mash 2 ripe bananas very well, put it in the bowl, and then add around 4 cups of oats, 1-2 tsp of cacao powder and put in a few roughly sliced dark chocolate pieces.

Form them into as big or as small cookies as you want, I usually make 4-5 out of this amount of ingredients. Put them on a baking tray with parchment paper. Then put them into the oven at the 200 degrees for about 9-10 minutes. Take them out and let them cool down for just a few minutes, and then eat with a nice cup of tea – so good!

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THE BENEFITS OF MAGNESIUM

You’ve probably heard about magnesium before, but do you know how important it is for your body to function properly? In this blogpost I will share about the benefits of magnesium & how you can take it 🌿🌿

Magnesium is a supplement you need to know about, especially if you suffer from migraines, headaches, muscle cramps or have problems with your sleep . As you might know, I work in a health store, and I have so many customers who swear by magnesium – especially for muscle cramps.

But no wonder why, magnesium is such an important mineral for your body! Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in your bones, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues and fluids, including your blood. Every cell in your body contains it and needs it to function properly.

Magnesium is actually involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, such as: energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements and nervous system regulation.

Benefits of Magnesium

As magnesium helps calm your nervous system and relax your body, it can be very beneficial to help with headaches, migraines or muscle cramps of any kinds.

If you feel like you’re about to get a headache, you can fx try to take a magnesium supplement (and of course, drink plenty of water!). Many people also find that it helps with reducing muscle cramps or that it’s good to take after exercising.

Because it helps to calm down your nervous system, many people also find that it helps to improve their sleep, as their body relaxes more.

Different ways to take magnesium

  • You can take a magnesium supplement, either in capsules or in powder form where you mix it with water and drink it
  • You can use an magnesium oil or spray to put on your body or feet
  • You can take an epsom salt footbath
  • You can of course also get magnesium through your diet. Foods that are high in magnesium are fx dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, avocados, legumes and whole grains. Magnesium is found in almost all foods, but especially foods that are high in fibre

Read also: The Benefits of Flaxseeds

Health Self-development

BIND YOUR NEW HABIT TO AN ALREADY EXISTING ONE

Establishing new habits can be difficult, as we are such creatures of habit who are just living on auto-pilot most of the time. So a trick to implementing new habits, is to bind your new habit to an already existing one 🌿✨

Perhaps you know the feeling – you want to start that new healthy habit! You’re all excited, and ready to just DO it! You remember to do it for the first week, then wupsi, you forget one day. Then two more, and suddenly you’ve forgotten about that new habit you wanted to implement, because it’s not a natural part of your daily routines.

So how exactly do you implement these new habits, and remind yourself of them?

First tip – write it down! Things are way more likely to happen if you write them down, and set an actual goal.

But second of all – bind your new habit, to an already existing one.

What does that mean?

It means that if you fx want to start using positive affirmations in your daily life, that you then tie that new habit to an already existing one – like brushing your teeth. You could fx put a post-it with positive affirmations on your bathroom mirror, and then when you brush your teeth, you could read them to yourself.

Or perhaps you want to start to start meditating, then tie that habit to your existing habit of making a cup of tea: after I make my morning tea, I will go meditate for 5 minutes.

This method is also known as “Habit stacking”, which says that one of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day, and then stack your new behaviour on top. This method I got directly from James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits”, which I will highly recommend you to read!

So tell me, what new habit do you want to implement in your life? And which existing habit can you then tie it to? 🌿

Do you want to make changes in your life? Real lifestyle changes? It can be the hardest thing sometimes to do it all by yourself, therefore it can be so beneficial to have someone to support you and keep you accountable.

You can read more about my 3- & 6-month Holistic Health Coaching Programs right here 🌿🌿


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THE BENEFITS OF FLAXSEEDS

Flax seeds have so many health benefits, it’s truly a wonderful seed! If you do not already use it in your diet, then I bet you want to incorporate them into your diet more after reading about the benefits of flax seeds! 🌿

Flax seeds are full of Nutrients

Just one tablespoon of flax seeds provides you with a good amount of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind of fat!), and is also a rich source of some vitamins and minerals.

Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 Fats

Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fats, the good kind of fat that we do want to get! Good fats, omega-3 helps reduce inflammation, can help with lower risk of heart disease and stroke and helps with better heart health.

Flax seeds are rich in Dietary Fiber

Flax seeds are rich in dietary fiber, and not only does this help with slowing down your digestion, which helps to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. It also allows more water to bind to the stools, which increases their bulk and results in softer stools. This can help prevent constipation, and can be especially helpful for those suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Flax seeds might help to Balance Hormones

If you are experiencing that your hormones are out of balance, it could perhaps also be that you aren’t eating enough healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids). As flax seeds are high in these, it’s such a good thing to add to your diet! Especially if you’re a vegan/vegetarian and don’t eat fish, then it’s important to add enough healthy fats to your diet for optimal brain health and balance of your hormones.

Tips for adding Flax Seeds to your Diet

  • You can use flax seed oil in your smoothies or on salads
  • You can sprinkle grounded flax seeds on your oatmeal
  • You can sprinkle grounded flax seeds on your yoghurt
  • You can bake bread, cakes etc. with whole flax seeds



*Nutrition tip! 🌿🌿
It’s best to ground the flax seeds before ingestion, as they are easier digested in this way. Whole flax seeds can still be good to use when fx baking, but you won’t reap as many health benefits from the whole flax seeds, as your intestines cannot break down the tough outer shell of the seeds. The best is to ground them in a coffee grinder and use the grounded flax seeds.

Flax seed oil is very sensitive to heat and light, so once opened a bottle of it, it usually only lasts for 4-6 weeks. And you should store it in the fridge in a dark bottle, to keep it preserved as good as possible. I personally love to use it in my smoothies – after I’ve blended the smoothie I put it in afterwards and just mix it around with a spoon.

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

THE BEST NATURAL DEODORANT

I’ve tried so many different natural deodorants that’s free from aluminium, and it’s certainly not all that does the job. But this is the best natural deodorant I’ve tried so far for sure 🌿🌿

Years ago I saw the documentary “The Aluminium Age“, which talked about how the aluminium found in many products today affects us and our health negatively. Most deodorants on the market contain aluminium, as this is what “blocks” the sweating.

However, some research have shown a connection between aluminium and alzheimers, breast cancer and the reason why so many people today have reproductive problems. That really terrified me, and even though many might say that there is “lack of evidence” between the connection between these things – I’ve probably always been more to the skeptical side, so I’ve personally chosen to go for a deodorant without aluminium for the past many years.

However, I’ll be very honest to say that I’ve tried my fair share of natural deodorants that did clearly not work for me. But now I’ve found one that definitely does the job! I’m still trying new deodorants, as I want to explore the market, but this one definitely does the job.

Another thing that really isn’t good about the conventional antiperspirant deodorants with aluminium, is that they block the sweat. Sweating is our bodies natural way of getting rid of excess heat and toxins. So when you go in and block your pores, you essentially “keep” the toxins and excess heat in your body – which does no good to your health!

So when you buy a natural deodorant without aluminium, you can still sweat, but it just prevents the odor that might come when you sweat. Sweating is natural, and is one of your bodies elimination systems – which is a good thing.

The natural deodorant that I’m absolutely loving is the “Real Purity” deodorant, which just works wonders, not just for me, but certainly also what I hear about from many customers in the health store that I work in

Do you use natural deodorants? Do you have one which you just love and swear by? I would love to get new recommendations and try others as well! 🌿

Food Health

MY FAVOURITE DHAL RECIPE

Dhal is one of my absolutely favourite dishes! Not only is it super delicious, healthy and comforting – but it’s also so easy to make 🌿

So today I want to share my all-time favourite dhal recipe with you all – because this is just so delicious, and I keep coming back to this recipe!

My Favourite Dhal Recipe

This makes for a giant portion (just so you know, which also makes it ideal for meal-prepping)

  • 4 cups of red lentils
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 can of sliced tomatoes
  • 1/2 a cabbage, sliced roghly
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 vegetables bouillon cubes
  • 2 tbs of mild curry powder
  • 1 tbs of chili powder

How to do it:

Pour all the ingredients into a big pot. Turn up the heat, bring it to a boil. Put a lid on it and bring down the heat a bit, and let it boil for around 30 minutes. Stir in it from time to time, to make sure it doesn’t burn to the bottom.

Extra:

You can choose to eat the dhal just as it is, which tastes delicious, or you can also make some rice to it (fx basmati rice taste delicious with this), and you can top it with spinach, kale, sesame seeds, peanuts or whatever kind of garnish you prefer

Read also: Delicious Veggie Curry Recipe

Health Self-development

HOW IS A HOLISTIC HEALTH COACHING PROGRAM WITH ME LIKE?

I’ve been getting some questions about how a coaching program with me is like, so I thought I would tell a bit about it here today! ✨🌿

In the coaching program we’re working on a health problem you might have, my main focus are within skin health and gut health, but if you have any other, feel free to contact me and ask if that is something I can help you with.

A Holistic view point

In my coaching program we’re looking at your life through a holistic view-point. Meaning, we won’t just look at what you eat and the nutrition side of things, we’ll look at your life as a whole. Because I believe that there are so many more factors that play a role in our health and well-being, other than just what we eat.

It’s therefore beneficial if you’re already open to the idea, that your health issues might come from deeper things, rather than just whether or not you “eat healthy”.

In the beginning of our program I’ll ask you to fill out The Circle of Life, which you can read more about in this blogpost. Here we’re going to look at which aspects of your life you feel satisfied in, and which you would like to work on. Then we’ll begin working on improving those areas of your life where you feel the least satisfied in.

From there on I’ll give you some advice and some action-steps to take until we meet again.

The benefits of working with a coach is of course that I’m able to give you advice on your health issue – but it’s even more about having support, and having someone there to help keep you accountable towards actually taking action and doing the necessary things you need to in order to really change your life.

“Knowing doesn’t change your life. Taking action and really implementing the things you learn is what will change your life”

The Practical Aspect

I offer 3- and 6-months 1:1 programs. I for sure recommend the 6-month program, as I know how long it can take to really change your habits and thereby your life – I know this both personally, but also from those that I have been working with, changing habits and your lifestyle really does take time, as the habits we live by today are so deeply ingrained in us.

By choosing a 6 month program, we’ll also be able to cover more things and dive even deeper into what might really be the root cause of your issues, and we’ll have time to uncover and change beliefs that might have kept you stuck for a long time.

We will meet 2 x month (every other week) for around 40 minutes per session. The sessions are done over Skype, so you can do them from the comfort of your home. I want to make it as cozy and comfortable as possible for you – so make a nice cup of tea and just relax while we’re having the sessions. Remember, this is something you do for YOU.

In these sessions we’ll cover how it’s been going since our last sessions, and we’ll cover what’s happening in your life. Because life goes up and down, and perhaps your lack of motivation one week is due to stress at work, or something else, and then we’ll of course take that into account when setting new goals for you.

At the end of each sessions I’ll give you some recommendations for new action-steps that you can take. I’ll also provide any resources that I find relevant to you specifically along the way, whether that be a book, article or something else that I feel with resonate with you and help your journey.

Between our sessions, you are free to send me an e-mail or DM on Instagram and ask me any questions, and I’ll also happily ask you to send a picture every time you’ve done one of our tasks, if that can motivate you even more to do it! I love being there as a support and to help keep you motivated and inspired towards becoming the best version of yourself!

If this is something you would be interested in, then I can offer you a free 30 minutes Health History session! Here we’ll go through your health history, your main health concerns and you get a change to “meet me” and feel whether you would like to work with me or not 🌿

If you would like a free Health History session, then either send me a DM on Instagram @camillatromborg, or send me a mail at: camilla.tromborg@hotmail.com, and we’ll find a time that works