Live in the Now Health. Freedom. Knowledge Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:39:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 9 Foods That May Ward Off Breast Cancer Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:22:25 +0000 9 Foods That May Ward Off Breast Cancer

The sad statistic remains: one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. ONE in EIGHT. If you’re like me, the faces of eight close female friends just quickly flashed through your mind — and perhaps one of them has already battled the disease.

So what can women do to reduce breast cancer risk? While I wont dare claim that diet alone can impact one’s chances of developing or dodging this devastating disease — after all, we know that genetics, exposure to certain chemicals and other lifestyle choices play major roles — I will point to a few hopeful studies that indicate the nutrient compounds in certain foods have the power to prevent the development of and/or spread of breast cancer cells.

1. Walnuts

In a particularly fascinating study, researchers tested mice with an abnormally high genetic predisposition for developing breast cancer and found that mice fed walnuts daily were 50% less likely to develop the disease. Click here for the study details — quite impressive!

2. Mangos

A promising study out of Texas A&M University revealed a compound in mangos may help prevent a malignancy that is one of the top causes of cancer fatalities among women. The findings showed mangoes reduced the proliferation of cancerous breast cells by 90 percent and the proliferation of noncancerous breast cells by 20 percent. And as an added bonus, inflammation in both cancerous and non cancerous cells was reduced as well.

3, 4, 5 & 6. Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Dark leafy greens & Tomatoes

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women with higher circulating levels of the carotenoids α-carotene, β-carotene, lutein+zeaxanthin and lycopene may be at reduced risk for developing breast cancer. While most look to carrots and sweet potatoes for a carotenoid boost, many are surprised to learn that dark leafy greens are an excellent source of this these pigment antioxidants. And for a lift in circulating lycopene, look no further than the tomato, which tomato paste offer the up the greatest concentrations.

You can click here to read more about this study.


A study Molecular Cancer revealed that a unique compound in mangosteen — a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia — can promote kill off breast cancer cells, preventing their spread. This news came with surprise, however, as earlier investigations revealed mangosteen can stop the proliferation of malignant cells in a lab dish and even shrink the cancerous breast tumors of mice.

Interestingly, the process focused on fatty acid synthesis (FAS), which is known to be over expressed in human breast cancer cells. But as it turns out, the xanthone compounds in mangosteen effectively curb this over-expression. You can check out the study methods and details in this article.


Researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Temple University Health System found that omega-3 fatty acids from foods such as salmon effectively slowed or stopped cancerous cell growth in triple-negative breast cancer cells more effectively than cells from other types of the disease. You can read more on their findings here, but vegetarians fear not. Similar results were found when researchers tested the omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds. In this study, researchers compared the flax consumption of 2,999 women diagnosed with breast cancer with that of 3,370 healthy women. They found that regularly eating flaxseeds or flaxseed bread was linked to an 18 or 23 percent reduction in the risk of this disease.



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10 Different Ways to Use Your Fall Apples Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:00:12 +0000 fall-apples-stuffed-apples-e1351018529835

This time of year, many families and friends gather to partake in one of my favorite fall traditions: apple picking! Hitting the orchard makes for such a great Sunday outing. But, as much fun as it is, do you ever find you’re left with more apples than you know what to do with?

This year, though, I’m turning over a new leaf (pun, fully intended). I’ve researched hundreds of recipes and believe I’ve found enough to use up the many apples I’ll pick this coming weekend without getting tired of eating apples. One recipe I’m particularly excited about is this apple cider. Most cider recipes I’ve found call for apple juice as the base, rather than explaining how to make the favorite fall beverage from scratch–but this one has you covered from beginning to end and looks amazing.

If you’re interested in an afternoon of apple picking but not sure where to find the nearest orchard, The Orchard Trail offers a great state-by-state guide.

Homemade Apple Cider

Baked Apples Stuffed with Cranberries and Almonds

Apple Dumplings

Apple & Brie Panini

Sausage & Apple Stuffin’ Muffins

Fall Apple Mint Jam

Fall Apple Crisps

Baked Apple Streusel Pancake Bars

Apple Chicken Salad

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Two Studies That Are Sure to Make Every Chocolate Lover Smile Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:55:22 +0000 smaller choc

It may sound too good to be true that a sublimely delicious food like dark chocolate promotes heart health, but new research seems to further cement evidence of this fact. Two studies have found cocoa flavanols reduce arterial stiffness associated with aging, which improves blood vessel function and lessens the burden on the heart.

Effects of Age on Blood Vessels

Aging causes blood vessels to become less flexible and less able to dilate, a term that means widen. These effects impede blood flow and circulation as well as increase the risk of high blood pressure. The arterial stiffness and impaired blood vessel function result in cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the world.

However, cocoa can brighten this dire scenario considerably. “We found that intake of flavanols significantly improves several of the hallmarks of cardiovascular health,” says researcher Malte Kelm.

Earlier research that shows cocoa flavanols improve blood vessel elasticity and reduce blood pressure have focused mainly on high-risk individuals who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. The two new studies published in Age and the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN) are the first to explore the effects of these botanical extracts on healthy individuals who have no signs of cardiovascular disorders.

Cocoa Flavanols Boost Blood Vessel Flexibility by 32 Percent

The study published in Age involved two groups of healthy men. The age of the 22 individuals in the younger group was under 35, while the age of the 20 individuals in the older group ranged between 50 and 80. All of the participants consumed either a flavanol drink or flavanol-free drink twice a day for two weeks. At the end of the experiment, measurements of hallmarks of cardiovascular health showed significant improvements, with a 33 percent increase in the younger men and a 32 percent increase in the older men.

Cocoa Flavanols Reduced 10-Year Risk of Heart Attack by 31 Percent

In the study published in BJN, the participants consisted of 100 healthy men and women whose age ranged between 35 and 60. They were randomly put into groups that consumed either a flavanol drink or flavanol-free drink twice a day for a month. The hallmarks of cardiovascular health measured included cholesterol levels, blood pressure, arterial stiffness and blood vessel dilation.

Once again, the results were significant. A measurement called “flow-mediated vasodilation” increased by 21 percent, which is a sign of better functioning of the blood vessel lining and may be linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Other improvements were noted in blood pressure and cholesterol profiles.

The researchers used the Framingham Risk Score to determine how the findings would translate into a reduced risk of disorders. Cocoa flavanols decreased the 10-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 22 percent and the 10-year risk of a heart attack by 31 percent, notes Kelm.


Findings from the two studies demonstrate cocoa flavanols reduce age-related blood vessel changes, a benefit critically important for health. The compounds used in the research are derived from the cacao bean, the plant used to make chocolate and cocoa powder. Dark chocolate contains a greater percentage of the health-promoting flavanols than the lighter varieties. It is much preferable over milk chocolate, which is higher in fat and sugar.

Here’s a fun infographic with even more interesting facts about one of our favorite [not-so] guilty pleasures.



Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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Here’s One Thing You Can Eat to Reduce Depression Risk Thu, 01 Oct 2015 21:30:43 +0000 SalmonSalmonEating fish, especially varieties that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, is associated with multiple health benefits. A new study finds yet another advantage of consumption of this food: it may help fight depression.For some time, scientists have explored the link between what people eat and their emotional well-being. They have discovered dark chocolate as well as antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables may enhance mood. Studies examining the effect of fish on psychological health have been inconclusive, but the latest research indicates a diet plentiful in fish might be another useful tool to add to the depression-fighting food arsenal.

The research in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health used a method called meta-analysis, which involved pooling data from 26 studies published between 2001 and 2014. After tabulating the data from more than 100,000 people, the scientists found those who ate the most fish had a 17 percent lower risk of depression than those who ate the least fish. Both sexes benefited, but the link was slightly stronger in men.

While the studies took place in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania; the reduction in depression was only noted in the ones from Europe. The scientists speculated the inconsistency could stem from differences in fish type, cooking styles and fish preservation. Methods used to measure fish consumption also varied among the studies, and some included seafood in the category of fish.

“Higher fish consumption may be beneficial in the primary prevention of depression,” the researchers conclude. “Future studies are needed to further investigate whether this association varies according to the type of fish.”

How Does Fish Improve Mood?

Although the exact mechanism of action isn’t known, the researchers suggest a plausible theory. The omega-3 fatty acids may change the structure of cell membranes, along with boost the activity of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, both of which play a role in emotional well-being. A contributing factor is that the vitamins, minerals and high quality protein found in fish may help prevent depression. On the other hand, instead of the risk reduction coming from the fish itself, it may be due to the likelihood that fish-eaters have a more nutritious diet.

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

This recipe is courtesy of Rachel Pattison of Little Chef Big Appetite.
Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

• ⅛ cup +2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons raw honey
• 1 tablespoons hoisin sauce
• 1 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
• 1 small clove garlic, minced
• ⅛ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
• ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice
• 2 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
• sesame seeds (optional)


1. Place the soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic in a medium small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes or until the sauce forms a glaze. Stir the mixture regularly to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice. Set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
3. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a broiler pan or a wire baking rack (on top of a baking sheet) coated with cooking spray. Baste the salmon with some of the glaze and let it sit for 15 minutes. Brush a bit more glaze on each salmon fillet and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
4. Place in the oven to bake for 6-8 minutes. Then, turn the oven to the BROIL setting and broil the salmon on the top rack until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with more glaze (if desired). Allow to cool for 2 minutes and serve.

Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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8 Vegetarian-Friendly Foods That Are Surprisingly High in Protein Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:11:28 +0000 It’s well documented that vegetarians have less heart disease and colorectal cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes and obesity, but many wonder if a vegetarian diet provides adequate protein. A new study, however, puts this question to rest, finding that vegetarians are typically not lacking in this nutrient. Why? Because, believe it or not, protein sources are more prevent than you think.

Although most plant foods do not contain all nine essential amino acids—often referred to as ‘protein building blocks’— in the ratios that satisfy the body’s protein needs, vegetarians can obtain these amino acids by incorporating a broad spectrum of foods into their diets. Looking for some meat-free protein or considering a more ‘flexitarian’ diet? The following unprocessed foods are loaded with nutrients and great sources of protein.

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1. Fruit and dried fruit

Fruit is another food category not commonly associated with protein, but it does contain some. Avocados are the highest fruit source of protein and are considered by some to be an extraordinary superfood.

Featured above: Surprise surprise! Raisins contain almost 5 grams of protein per cup!

2. Vegetables

Most people do not think of vegetables as good sources of protein, but one cup of spinach has over 5 grams of this nutrient and a 7 oz. baked potato can offer up almost 9 grams of protein! Other vegetables high in protein include Brussels sprouts and asparagus. Vegetables are also incredibly beneficial in other ways, being high in vitamins and minerals.

Featured above: Don’t be intimidated by the artichoke as it packs almost 6 grams of protein per cup! Artichokes are delicious vegetables that can be prepared in so many different ways and actually fill you up for hours. Need help cooking an artichoke? Check Pinterest for recipe and preparation ideas!

3. Beans and Peas

While all legumes contain protein, some are higher in starch than others. Lentils are an excellent choice, as they contain 18 grams of protein, which is almost equivalent to the amount in 3 ounces of steak. Black beans, peas and chickpeas are also good choices because they are less starchy than kidney, northern, navy and lima beans. Buy the dried beans and cook them yourself to avoid the BPA present in the linings of canned goods.

Featured above: Split peas contain 16 grams of protein per cup and it’s not had to meet your protein needs when making a fresh, homemade split pea soup!

4. Whole Grains

Other whole grains include foods such as brown rice, bulgur, and millet, along with oats, barley and whole-wheat products such as whole wheat pasta. Quinoa is, in fact, a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids. All grains are low in fat, high in fiber and contain key vitamins and minerals.

Featured above: Amaranth is a grain that packs 9 grams of protein per cup and can be used in place of millet or quinoa in any recipe. It’s often ground for use in cereals or flour but when prepared as a main entree it cooks quickly and tastes delicious. The leaves of the Amaranth plant are often available as well for fresh salads!

5. Nuts

Although nuts like almonds, pecans and walnuts are high in fat, it is mostly heart-healthy unsaturated fat. A good snack would be one-fourth cup of almonds, which has 8 grams of protein. It is best to eat them raw rather than roasted.

Featured above: One of the more fun and flavorful nuts, pistachios pack 6 grams of protein per 1/4 cup! They are excellent additions to salads and have been know to boost levels of lutein, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and gamma-tocopherol.

6. Seeds

Eat some sunflower, sesame or pumpkin seeds daily, as they are nutrition-dense powerhouses that contain protein along with other important nutrients. These are best eaten raw as well.

Featured above: With 9 grams of protein per 1/4 quarter cup, Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect snack for vegetarians who wish to up their protein intake with a delicious and low-fat food.

7. Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese

Greek yogurt contains much less sugar but up to twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt. Depending on the brand, it contains between 13 to 18 grams of protein. Fat free cottage cheese is one of the best sources of protein for vegetarians as it boosts 31 g of protein per cup as well as vitamin B12.

Since Vitamin B-12 is an essential nutrient found only in meat and dairy products, it may be a good idea for vegetarians to drink organic milk or eat Greek yogurt to boost their B12 levels.

8. The Incredible Egg

This formerly maligned food is a great source of protein, along with other key nutrients like carotenoids and choline. Even the American Heart Association now permits one egg per day for healthy adults. However, like dairy foods, it is best to buy the organic variety.

Looking for some vitamin B12 from your eggs? Don’t skip the yolk!! While egg whites are a valuable source of protein for vegetarians, the yolk contains much-needed micronutrients.

Millions of people around the world are enjoying the health benefits of the vegetarian diet. The critical point to reiterate for those on this diet is to eat a variety of foods to ensure the body takes in all the essential amino acids.

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Healthy Cookware 101: What’s Safe, and What to Avoid at All Costs Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:54:20 +0000 cookware11

Non-stick cookware continues to grow in popularity, but are the potential dangers worth the risk? And are there safer options that offer the same convenience?  I had the same questions, so I set out to get the facts.

The first non-stick pans coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), better known as Teflon, were introduced in the 1960s by DuPont, who marketed this convenient, easy-to-clean cookware as a revolution for the American kitchen. But now, 50 years later, experts are sounding major alarms about the potential dangers of cooking food in non-stick cookware.

It’s no secret that studies have linked perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used in non-stick PTFE coatings, to countless health problems including cancer, infertility, thyroid problems and ADHD in children.

The news of these findings came as a shock to health-minded cooks, many of whom had opted for non-stick cookware for health reasons in the first place — it allowed them to prepare meals with less oil. They had no idea that they were infusing their meals with toxins at the same time.

PFOA has become so incredibly prevalent in our environment that an estimated 98% of the U.S. population is thought to have detectable levels of the chemical in their bodies.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DuPont has been aware of the hazards associated with Teflon since the 1980s, yet intentionally withheld this knowledge from the public. The EPA has called for a manufacturing ban on PFOA and has forced DuPont to pay millions of dollars in fines for hiding evidence about its dangers. Yet for reasons untold, the chemical remains unregulated.

The EPA is sending mixed messages to consumers. Per the EPA website: “Given the scientific uncertainties, EPA has not yet made a determination as to whether PFOA poses an unreasonable risk to the public, and there are no steps that EPA recommends that consumers take to reduce exposures to PFOA.” Huh? Is this the same agency that is calling for a ban on what it has called a “likely carcinogen?”

Rather than wait on the EPA to make an official recommendation, many people have trashed their non-stick cookware and have gone back to using stainless steel, aluminum, copper or cast iron in the meantime. However, research has shown that many of these types of cookware may pose a threat as well. For example, abrasive cleaning can cause stainless steel to release small amounts of nickel and chromium, which are considered toxic heavy metals.

Confused yet? So what kind of cookware is truly safe?

I know how frustrating it can be trying to sort through the various warnings and marketing hype, which is why I thought this quick guide to choosing healthy cookware might come in handy.

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The 6 Safest Types of Cookware

SAFEST OPTIONS: Inert, non-reactive materials like ceramic, enamel-coated cast iron, glass or silicone

1. Ceramic: The healthiest ceramic cookware I’ve come across is the Xtrema brand, which is made by Ceramcor. They offer a full line of moderately priced cookware and bakeware made out of a unique ceramic material that is all natural, 100% non-toxic and completely non-leaching.

Ceramic is breakable, so you do need to exercise care when using it. The Xtrema products, however, are extremely durable — the cooking surface cannot be scratched, even by metal utensils and steel wool, and they can endure temperatures of up to 2,700 degrees F! Additionally, they come with a 50 year warranty that covers all thermal shock breakage.

2. Enamel-coated cast iron: Le Creuset makes high quality enamel coated cast iron. With proper care, good ceramic or enamel-coated cookware will last a lifetime. It is entirely non-leaching. The main drawbacks with this type of cookware are that it is expensive, requires thorough hand washing and is breakable.

3. Glass: Glass is inert and affordable, but highly breakable and does not conduct heat evenly. Glass containers are great for storing food, however.

4. Silicone: Silicone is a synthetic rubber that is now being made into bakeware, spatulas, molds and more. It is the only non-reactive, synthetic non-stick material. It is considered safe up to 428 degrees F. When heated above its safe range, silicone melts, but doesn’t outgas toxic vapors. It also conducts heat less efficiently, therefore, using silicone may require you to increase cooking time.

GOOD OPTIONS: Moderately reactive materials such as stainless steel and cast iron

5. Stainless steel: Stainless steel is the least reactive metal, and many people consider it the most versatile and affordable healthy cookware option. However, research has shown that once stainless steel has been scratched, as a result of normal scrubbing, small amounts of nickel and chromium may begin to leach.

6. Cast iron: Cast iron is extremely durable and great to use for sautés, pancakes and quick breads. However, cooking liquids or acidic foods in cast iron can leach iron from the pot, which is undesirable in most cases. The other drawback of cast iron is that it requires special care.

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Now for the Cookware to Avoid at All Costs…

4 Types of Cookware You Should Avoid

Non-stick cookware The coating used on synthetic non-stick cookware (even the newer types marketed as “greener” or “healthier”) contains plastic polymers, which when heated, emit noxious fumes that contain chemicals that have been proven to be carcinogenic in humans. I urge you to avoid non-stick pans and utensils at all costs.

Aluminum: Studies have linked aluminum exposure to Alzheimer’s and other cognitive problems. Most experts advise avoiding aluminum cookware, including the newer anondized aluminum cookware, as well as aluminum foil completely.

Copper: Copper cookware has a coating that is supposed to prevent copper from coming into contact with food. However, this coating can wear away over time, allowing the copper itself to come into direct contact with food, which can lead to copper toxicity.

If you still have non-stick cookware in your home, I think it’s a good idea to think about investing in healthier alternatives. There are affordable healthy cookware options out there, and considering that it’s something you probably use almost daily, and that it lasts for years, you can’t really go wrong.

What are your thoughts on non-stick cookware? What kind of cookware do you use in your home? Please leave a comment below.


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Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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7 Things Everyone Should Know if They Add Cream to Their Coffee Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:22:35 +0000 COFFEE MATE CREAMER

What exactly is coffee creamer? Well, unless it’s your standard, organic half and half or milk, it might be an unwholesome mix of trans fats, processed sugar, corn syrup and harmful chemicals. When coffee creamers entered the marketplace during the 1950s, they were simply a mixture of cream and sugar. However, today’s creamers bear no resemblance to cream. Like all products designed to be substitutions for a real food, they are full of processed and synthetic ingredients that pose health risks. Here is what you are putting in your body when you use creamers.

1. It Likely Contains Partially Hydrogenated Oils

After you ingest the high levels of trans fats contained within partially hydrogenated oils, they are incorporated into the cells. But instead of performing the normal cell functions of fat that include allowing in nutrients and keeping out foreign material, the hydrogenated cells do just the opposite — they keep out nutrients and allow in foreign material. This malfunction leads to many ills such as impaired immunity and sexual dysfunction along with increased risk of heart attack, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cancer.

2. Most Creamers Come Full of Processed Sugar

Scientists are finding more and more that sugar produces an array of adverse health effects. It feeds cancer cells, depletes minerals and damages the heart as well as boosts weight gain and fosters premature aging.

3. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is Likely in the Mix

Contrary to claims that HFCS is no more harmful that sugar, it is actually worse because it is mainly metabolized by the liver. In fact, large quantities of it strain and damage the organ just like alcohol does. The liver metabolizes HFCS into fat, and fat storage leads to obesity and obesity-related diseases.

4. Sodium Aluminosilicate is Added to Most Brands

Sodium aluminosilicate is added to creamers to prevent them from caking, but it can become flammable when dispersed. While the small amount in a teaspoon of creamer won’t ignite a fire inside the body, it can cause other problems. When the chemical combines with the flavoring agent maltol, it can easily get through the blood brain barrier. Other effects of this combination include renal failure, liver disease and constipation.

5. The Sodium Caseinate Found in Most Creamers Can Compromise Nutrient Absorption

A whitening agent used in paints and plastics, sodium caseinate is linked to autoimmune disorders, neurological conditions and allergies. In addition, it is usually treated with sodium hydroxate, an agent that suppresses nutrient absorption.

6. It’s Possible the Dipotassium Phosphate in Most Creamers is Causing Your Tummy Trouble

Added to prevent coagulation, dipotassium phosphate is also used in cosmetics and fertilizers. It can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, weakness, pneumonia and acute renal failure.

7. The “Natural Flavors” are Hardly Natural

Not all flavors labeled as “natural” are necessarily wholesome. Monosodium glutamate can be labeled that way, but it causes brain dysfunction, which can produce or worsen conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and learning disabilities. Another natural additive is castoreum, an agent that imparts a vanilla-like flavor, but it is extracted from the anal gland secretions of beavers.

Studies show a link between coffee and many health benefits, but the harmful actions of creamers and artificial sweeteners limit its therapeutic value. Natural health proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola advocates drinking the beverage black, as milk may hinder the bioavailability of the antioxidants and sugar produces a spike in insulin. He suggests adding a little coconut milk to coffee if you don’t care for it black.


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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The #1 Overlooked Cause of Most Digestive Issues Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:56:30 +0000 iStock_000017779835SmallAccording to leading experts, roughly 80% of your body’s available energy is spent digesting food.[1] That leaves only 20% for every other function your body must perform! So when you experience drowsiness or digestive symptoms like gas, bloating or heartburn after eating, it could be your body’s way of telling you it’s working WAY too hard to digest your meal.

And in addition to being uncomfortable, these common digestive issues are often early indications of far more serious health problems. Yet they typically share a simple underlying cause that most people — including most doctors — overlook: an enzyme deficiency.

Enzymes are essential to healthy digestion and elimination. Your body relies on them to break down the foods you eat into the nutrients you need to stay strong and healthy. Some enzymes exist in raw, unprocessed foods, and some are produced naturally within your body.

As you age, however, your body’s production of enzymes steadily declines.[2] And when you factor in stress, exposure to environmental toxins and the way many of us rush through meals, it’s no small wonder so many people struggle with digestive problems and related health issues.


Is an Enzyme Deficiency Making You Age Faster?

According to Dr. Edward Howell, an early pioneer in the field of human nutrition who spent his entire professional life studying enzymes, if you don’t have enough enzymes to digest your food, great strain is placed on your entire body to “pick up the slack.” This in turn reduces the supply of metabolic enzymes available for normal cellular functions and is a root cause of many health problems associated with aging.[3]

Dr. Howell believed that we are all born with a finite capacity for producing enzymes, which he called “enzyme potential.” He concluded that as your ability to produce and utilize enzymes diminishes, so too does your capacity for health, vitality and longevity.

Is a Raw Food Diet the Solution?

One way to preserve your enzyme potential is to decrease the enzyme production demands on your body by opting for fresh, raw, enzyme-rich foods. The heavy processing and high-heat cooking methods that are common in the Standard American Diet destroy many of the enzymes naturally present in raw foods before they have a chance to enhance our digestion and health.
Increasing the amount of raw foods in your diet may be a good idea, but eating an all-raw diet is by no means a viable option for most people — or one that I would recommend, especially if you are already suffering from digestive issues. If your digestive system is already over-burdened, simply switching to a raw food diet won’t solve the problem and could even make matters worse.

Why Healthy Digestion Is So Important

As you get older, your stomach secretes less and less of the hydrochloric acid that is crucial to activating your digestive enzymes. And digestive issues, including sensitivity to gluten, dairy and other allergens — as well as health problems that can be directly traced to a lack of adequate nutrition — also become increasingly common. You may be eating plenty of fresh, nutrient-rich food, but your body just is no longer able to adequately absorb the nutrients you need for optimal health.

And there’s another problem: If your digestion isn’t working properly, partially digested food can make its way into your bloodstream, triggering inflammation and wreaking havoc on your immune system.[4] (If you’ve heard the term “leaky gut,” that’s what I’m talking about.)

If you have digestive issues — even if they seem mild — I urge you to take these symptoms seriously. The good news is that most enzyme deficiencies can be fixed quickly and easily. And you will be amazed at how much better you feel and how much more energy you have to attack the day when your enzymes are functioning properly!

How to Fix an Enzyme Deficiency

If you suspect you have an enzyme deficiency, there are three things I recommend you do: 1) Take the time to chew thoroughly and enjoy your meals at an unhurried pace; 2) Gradually increase the percentage of raw foods in your diet; 3) Start taking a high-quality digestive enzyme supplement with your meals.
There are hundreds of digestive enzyme formulas on the market, so how do you choose a good one? Here’s a quick rundown of what to look for:

• Multiple Enzymes: It should contain a mixture of different types of enzymes, to help digest all of the different components of your diet (At a minimum, look for the inclusion of proteases (which break down proteins), lipases (which break down fats) and carbohydrases (such as amylase and invertase, which break down carbohydrates).

• Listed Potency: The enzymatic strength of each ingredient should be labeled, in addition to the total amounts in weight. The numbers beside each enzyme represent their capacity for breaking down specific types of food molecules.

• Extra Support for Dairy and Gluten: Look for the inclusion of lactase, which supports digestion of lactose, the milk sugar that causes some individuals discomfort when they consume dairy products. Another cutting-edge ingredient to look for is BioCore® DPP-IV, which helps to break down the peptides found in wheat gluten, helping to support the digestion of hidden gluten in food.[5]

• Made by a Reputable Company: As with all supplements, only purchase from a company with a long-standing reputation and rigorous quality control and potency testing measures in place. I recommend steering clear of discount brands and products made overseas.

• A Clean Formula: As with all supplements, but of special importance if your digestion is subpar, you want to see a list of ingredients that are not in the product. If the label doesn’t say that it’s free of potential allergens like wheat, milk, tree nuts, egg, shellfish or soy, keep looking. Also check to make sure there are no artificial colors or preservatives in the product.

If you aren’t taking a digestive enzyme formula that meets the above criteria, I have a fantastic option for you! Working with the Scientific Advisory Board at my company, Stop Aging Now, which has been making premium grade dietary supplements for over 20 years, I developed a full spectrum, high potency enzyme blend called CoreZyme XTS® that optimizes the breakdown of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and fibers from your meals.

Since I started taking CoreZyme XTS regularly, it has dramatically improved by digestion, and I have more energy throughout the day. I encourage you to shop around and make the choice that’s best for you, but I think you’ll be pleased with the results, should you give CoreZyme XTS a try.

Here’s an overview of the ingredients that make CoreZyme XTS unique:

Multiple Proteases: CoreZyme XTS provides proteolytic activity across a broad pH range that ensures that protein digestion occurs throughout the digestive tract both in the stomach and through the small intestine.

• Three Different Lipases: CoreZyme XTS contains three different lipases to support fat digestion for enhanced breakdown of essential fatty acids.

• Amylase and Glucoamylase: These starch-breaking carbohydrase enzymes give CoreZyme XTS the power to support the digestion of fibers and carbohydrates.

• Invertase and Acid Maltase: These vital carbohydrate-digesting enzymes help to break down complex sugars, providing glucose that the body can use as fuel for energy production.

• Lactase: CoreZyme XTS includes lactase, which supports digestion of lactose, the milk sugar that causes dairy intolerance for many individuals. Supplemental lactase can help these people reap the benefits of dairy food.

• Alpha-Galactosidase: This carbohydrase breaks down the certain carbohydrates found in grains, legumes and certain vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage often associated with the production of intestinal gas.

• BioCore® DPP-IV: If you’re sensitive to gluten, CoreZyme XTS can help! BioCore® DPP-IV, which stands for dipeptidyl peptidase IV, is the only ingredient of its kind shown to survive the harsh environment of the stomach and go to work where it’s needed, helping support the digestion of gluten in food.

• Ox Bile Extract: Bile acids are produced from cholesterol in your liver and then flow into your gallbladder where they are stored and concentrated. As your body moves fats from the stomach to the small intestine, the gallbladder releases the bile to emulsify the fat, making it easier to absorb. Supplemental bile optimizes this process.

Like all Stop Aging Now products, CoreZyme XTS is made in the USA with the utmost care in a state-of-the-art FDA inspected US facility to meet the stringent standards of US Pharmacopeia (USP) for quality, purity and potency. It also comes with our 365-day “any reason” guarantee.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get CoreZyme XTS for as low as $14.95 a bottle — with free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

Scientific References:

1. Fuller, Dicqie. The Healing Power of Enzymes, Forbes Custom Publishing (1998)
2. Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 1998;27(2):309-324.
3. Howell, Edward. Enzyme Nutrition, Avery Publishing Group (1985)
4. Clin Rev Allerg Immunol. 2012;42(1):71-78.
5. PLoS One. 2009 Jul 21;4(7):e6313. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006313.

Josh CornJoshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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17 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Morning Cup of Coffee Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:19:23 +0000 coffee Happy National Coffee Day! We frequently discuss studies that demonstrate the health benefits of coffee, as if we need some morally-charged logic to validate our addiction. So, we were thrilled to find this infographic that offers up a fun, curated way to feel good about your morning cup of joe.

Here are 17 random facts about America’s favorite morning beverage. Fact #17 is prompting me to browse around for an espresso machine right now!



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Study: The Best Place to Relax Your Mind is Not At All Where You’d Think Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:44:41 +0000 woman smelling flowers

Looking to get a little peace of mind? While many retreat to the bedroom or a back porch for quiet time, a new study indicates the best place to find your calm place is not at all where (oh how) you’d think.

New research has found that the best place to calm the mind may be through intentional, calm-inducing mental practices …while at work. And while some remain skeptical of “meditation” due to its affiliation with the New Age movement (and the fact that it’s actually really hard to do), the mind-focusing practice dates back to Biblical times, with meditation receiving more than 65 mentions in the Bible.(ESV)

Today, millions of people meditate on a daily basis in order to focus their thoughts, relax their minds, relieve stress, and generally improve their overall quality of life. And the practice has become increasingly popular in recent years, as the pace of life seems to be quickening and more things compete for our attention.

The Value of Meditation, Mental Relaxation

If you’re already someone who meditates, prays for long periods of time or takes time to set intentions through deep thought, then you’re probably quite familiar with all the positives of these exercises. But if these forms of meditation are new to you or perhaps even seems a bit strange, consider the wonderful benefits that they has to offer. Arguably the most recognized benefits are their ability to help one to focus and to think more clearly, and of course they offer usefulness in relieving stress and anxiety.

But there are other advantages to meditating regularly, including its ability to boost energy levels, increase one’s resilience and determination, improve mental stability, and generally promote better thinking as well. In fact, meditation has even been linked to increasing brain function, boosting the immune system, and lowering blood pressure. Since meditation is free, costs only a few minutes of your time, and anyone can do it from a variety of different settings, there’s really no reason not to give it a try. What do you have to lose?

Why Seek This Unique Peace in the Office?

People who regularly meditate, and those who are looking to begin, realize that perhaps the greatest hurdle to the exercise is simply finding the time to do it. But while all of the benefits of meditation are personally valuable by nature, they are also extremely useful in an office setting, making the office an ideal place to practice.

Employees who are more relaxed, have better energy levels and determination, and are thinking more clearly are going to be both happier and more productive. Plus, with less stress and anxiety, meditators will be able to interact with their coworkers more clearly and effectively, potentially boosting the overall productivity of the entire office.

Additionally, employees who have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure tend to miss less time in the office on account of illness. They also work more effectively while they’re on the job thanks to better health. Lastly, the office marks a great place for meditation simply because it can be such a stressful and hectic environment—what better way to combat these forces than by taking some time to meditate amidst them?

Ready to Give It a Try? Here’s What You Need to Know

Sure, you may be thinking that your boss or office manager might not like the idea of you meditating at work, or if that’s not an issue, that you simply might not have enough time to do it. But given the benefits of clarity, less stress and anxiety, and higher energy levels, meditating from the office may actually grant you more time in the long run, as you become more productive and sharper in your work. So if you’re interested in meditating, or simply looking for a better way to fit your regular meditation practice into your schedule, consider meditating at work, it may just boost your health and your productivity.

Read more for tips on how to get started meditating, or to improve your current practice.

Derek is a technical writer and editor with 10 years of experience in the health care field, having first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Delaware. He is a contributing author on a number of textbooks in the medical field, ran a nuclear cardiology licensing course, and has written a variety of other pieces from online training courses to medical software manuals. Derek pursues his personal interest in health and wellness by playing multiple sports and running marathons. An insatiable traveler, he spent 16 months working and living abroad while traveling through South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

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