Live in the Now Health. Freedom. Knowledge Thu, 21 May 2015 20:13:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8 Ways to Say Thank You on Memorial Day Thu, 21 May 2015 17:45:53 +0000 MemorialDay_flag-300x200America is a bastion of freedom that has been the envy of the world for over two centuries. Many of the liberties we enjoy are unheard of in various parts of the world. We owe these blessings to Almighty God as well as to our veterans, whose valor and willingness to put their lives on the line have made our country safe and secure. As Memorial Day approaches, let’s find a way to express our gratitude to those to whom we are so indebted.

1. Fly Old Glory

Fly the flag in your yard, or display it in a prominent place where passersby can easily notice it. If veterans driving by your residence see the stars and stripes proudly waving in the breeze, they will be reminded of the patriotism that citizens harbor in their heart.

2. Say “Thank You”

If you personally know any veterans and want to make their day, call them on the phone and thank them for their service to our country. This simple action on your part will be long remembered, and hearing your appreciation can make all their sacrifices seem worthwhile.

3. Hire a Veteran

Perhaps one of the best ways a business owner can show gratitude is by giving preference to veterans when the need arises to hire a staff member. In addition to helping a former serviceperson, this can result in a significant tax savings for the business, as the IRS permits a tax credit for veteran employees.

4. Write a Letter to a Soldier

Any letter a soldier receives from their homeland is precious to them. Contacting organizations like Operation Gratitude, Soldiers’ Angels or A Million Thanks can help you in this endeavor. The whole family could get involved. If you have children, they could draw a picture to be enclosed in your letter.

5. Surprise a Veteran

You can surprise a veteran with a cup of gourmet coffee or sweet treat. If you want to go a step further, buy him or her tickets to a sporting event, concert or theatrical production.

6. Help the Family of a Serviceperson

The family of a serviceperson is often overlooked, but their loved one’s active duty in the military involves plenty of sacrifices on their part, too. Help them by offering to do yard work or make home repairs. Another idea would be to present them with a gift certificate to a local restaurant to commemorate the occasion.

7. Pray

Prayer for veterans and their families would undoubtedly be much coveted. You could petition God for the safety of military personnel in harm’s way, along with asking Him to comfort the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

8. Donate to Charities That Help Veterans

Make a monetary contribution to one of the charities that help veterans and their families. Look for organizations with high ratings based on accountability, financial health and reporting transparency. Here are some top recommended ones.

  • Thanks USA provides vocational school and college scholarships to spouses and children of active-duty military. To donate, visit their site.
  • Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust supports rehabilitation programs for ill or injured veterans. It’s an excellent cause that you can learn more about on their website.

A former president once referred to our incredible nation as, “a shining city on a hill.” Were it not for the work of our veterans down through history, America wouldn’t shine as brightly or perhaps would have ceased to shine at all. Because of them, the glow of democracy still beams out for all the world to see. Veterans, on behalf of Live in the Now, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your service.

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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6 Summer Foods That Keep You Hydrated (Plus Recipes!) Wed, 20 May 2015 16:00:05 +0000 Everyone knows that it’s important to stay well hydrated during the summer months. But what most people don’t know is that eating a few H2O-heavy foods every day can dramatically enhance their efforts rehydrate quickly. Here are six easy-to-find and easy-to-eat foods that can help you better maintain your body’s H2O levels.

6 Summer Foods That Keep You Hydrated (Plus Recipes!)

Cucumber: Cucumbers are more than 90% water and provide B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium. Many love adding cucumbers to water for a refreshing summer beverage, while others love to snack on cucumber slices to cool off on hot summer days. Try this cucumber lime cooler for a fabulous alcohol-free cocktail or this Late Summer Salad for a hydrating summer lunch outdoors.

Greens: Most greens are roughly 94% water while romaine and iceberg tends to be around 95% water.  We’ve had so many incredible salad recipes that it’s impossible for me to pick just one or two. Check out some of our most popular by clicking here.

Pineapple: Pineapples are a refreshingly sweet treat on hot summer days, to say the least. Just shy of being 90% water, pineapples provide the enzyme bromelain which can aid in digestion and may help prevent inflammation (a common woe of being in the heat too long).

Cantaloupe: This varietal of melon is over 90 percent water, offering up 100% of your vitamin A and only 60 calories per cup. Try this Cantaloupe with Lime, Mint and Ginger recipe for a perfect afternoon snack in the sun.

Watermelon: The ultimate summertime staple, watermelon is 92% water and contains rehydrating electrolytes such as salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. This Thai Melon Salad recipe is an oldie but a goodie that remains one of my favorites. It’s a hit at every gathering.

Strawberries: Not just limited to strawberries, though. Most berries are more than 90% water and since they’re easy to pack up and carry anywhere, berries can serve as the perfect hydrating snack anytime. We did a Recipe Round-Up for strawberries a while back , but I think this salad remains my favorite.

Have any recipes for these hydrating foods? Please share in the comments!

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Can a Good Marinade Really Ward Off Cancer? Wed, 20 May 2015 15:31:18 +0000 marinated streakGrilling this weekend? While grilling can be an easy, healthy and fun way to cook your food, super-charred meats could pose a problem. But new research suggests a delicious marinade may be the answer to cancer-proofing your summer BBQ.

By now, you’ve probably heard about the potential link between grilled food and cancer. The main concern stems from a couple of compounds that form when meats get cooked at high temperatures. These compounds—heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) could cause changes in DNA, potentially increasing the risk of cancer.

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HCAs form when amino acids, creatine and other substances in meat react at high temperatures. PAHs, on the other hand, form when fat drips onto a heating element. The resulting flames contain PAHs, which adhere to the meat.

Animal and human studies have shown that HCAs and PAHs can cause cancer of the breast, colon, pancreas, prostate, and many other organs.

So that’s the bad news. The good news is that you can reduce the formation of, and your exposure to, these compounds by doing something as simple as marinating the meat prior to grilling. Marinades create a “barrier” between the meat and cancer-causing compounds. Researchers believe that this could be due to the high antioxidant content of various herbs and spices used in marinades. And from a nonscientific standpoint, marinades just make everything taste so much better!

One recent study found that the combination of white wine, garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary and red chili powder was the most powerful HCA-reducing combination, but wine alone, nonalcoholic wine with herbs, beer with herbs, and nonalcoholic beer and wine all showed similar (albeit less potent) anti-HCA properties.

Also read: Barbecuing This Weekend? Here’s 7 Ways to Reduce HCA Exposure

And another study examined the effect of three different commercial marinades—Caribbean, Southwest and an herbal blend—on the HCA content of grilled steak. All three decreased HCA formation, but the Caribbean marinade was the most potent (88% reduction), followed by the herb (72%) and Southwest (57%). Researchers stated that the marinades contained considerable amounts of antioxidants, with the Caribbean marinade having the highest.

Truth is, nothing says “summertime living” more than a backyard barbeque. When most people think back on summers past, they fondly remember playing in the backyard while mom or dad stood at the grill flipping burgers and chicken. And we don’t want to give that up! So, along with marinating meat for at least 30 minutes (preferably longer), here are few key tips to decrease HCA and PAH development while grilling:

  • Reduce drippings by trimming fat off of the meat prior to grilling. Or better yet, use the leanest cuts of meat available.
  • Avoid prolonged grilling times by partially cooking the meat in the microwave or a conventional oven before throwing it on the grill. Or, cut the meat into smaller or thinner pieces before grilling.
  • Continuously flip the meat to avoid charring.
  • Keep flames at bay by placing aluminum foil on the grates, then placing the meat on the foil.

Larissa LongLarissa Long has worked in the health care communications field for more than 13 years. She co-authored a self-care book titled Taking Care, has written countless tip sheets and e-letters on health topics, and contributed several articles to Natural Solutions magazine. She also served as managing editor of three alternative health and lifestyle newsletters — Dr. Susan Lark’s Women’s Wellness Today, Dr. David Williams’ Alternatives, and Janet Luhrs’ Simple Living.
For tips, tools and strategies to address your most pressing health concerns and make a positive difference in your life, visit Peak Health Advocate.

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3 Surprising Ways to Strengthen Your Bones Wed, 20 May 2015 15:21:53 +0000 bone healthAs people age, their bones become more brittle, a malady that increases the risk of a life-threatening bone fracture in falls. The good news is that you can be proactive in reducing this threat by engaging in bone-strengthening practices. Discover what type of exercising is best, which foods offer the most protection and which oft ignored nutrient may help.

Which Exercises Increase Bone Density?

When it comes to bone health, not all exercise methods are equally beneficial. While all exercise builds muscle and cardiovascular fitness, weight-bearing activities are better for the bones than those that are non-weight-bearing. This involves any endeavor that works against gravity, such as jogging, walking and jumping as well as climbing stairs, tennis and dancing. Surprisingly, weight training is only moderately effective in building bones. Non-weight-bearing exercising includes activities like swimming and bicycling.

Each time you hit the ground in weight-bearing exercises, the force stimulates your bones, causing their density to increase. These movements produce strong muscular contractions that tug at the attached bones, actions that intensify the stimulating effect of the exercise. Hard pounding isn’t required. Walking may produce a sufficient benefit if it is brisk.

Moving in a direction other than straight ahead can strengthen the hip bone and spine in older people. Standing on a whole-body vibration platform, equipment available at health clubs, may be helpful as well.

Reach for These 8 Foods to Strengthen Bones

Certain foods are rich in nutrients that promote bone health. The Community Voice provides the following recommendations of what to include in your diet:

1. Kale – A source of calcium and vitamin K, this green leafy vegetable would make a tasty addition to your salad.

2. Collard Greens – Since a half cup of this vegetable contains 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, add the raw leaves to your salad or eat it cooked.

3. Dandelions – A great source of boron and calcium, dandelions would be another beneficial ingredient to put in salads.

4. Cabbage – This vegetable is particularly helpful for women because it raises the level of estrogen, an important factor in bone health.

5. Yogurt – While this dairy food is a good source of calcium, it also contains probiotics, which studies show may alleviate an array of health maladies.

6. Cottage Cheese – Containing up to 300 mg of calcium, this food also is a source of probiotics.

7. Broccoli – A rich source of calcium and vitamin K, this vegetable also contains fiber and compounds that help fight cancer.

8. White Beans – This legume contains calcium, potassium and magnesium, nutrients that are all valuable for bone health.

This Nutrient Is Vital for Bone Strength

In a fascinating article on Live in the Now, Dr. Kevin Passero discusses how bisphosphonate drugs, a traditional pharmaceutical approach to strengthening bones, can actually make them more brittle and lead to atypical fractures of the hip. This happens because the medications inhibit the normal building up and breaking down of bones, a process essential for bone strength. Although bisphosphonates increase the mineralization of bones and make them appear dense, they are actually very brittle.

More and more, nutritional therapies are proving superior to drugs for treating disorders. According to Passero, vitamin K2 can play a vital role in strengthening bones properly. The vitamin activates osteocalcin, a protein hormone that binds calcium to the matrix of bones.

Interestingly, vitamin K2 has an added benefit of lowering the risk of heart disease by reducing the formation of plaque in the arteries. Scientists speculate the activation of osteocalcin removes calcium from arterial plaque and deposits it into the bones. Without enough vitamin K2, excess calcium can line the walls of the arteries and be deposited in organs.

Before taking vitamin K2 supplements check with your doctor, as they may reduce the effectiveness of blood thinners. In addition, although the supplements are generally tolerated well, they may not be recommended for those with liver or kidney disease.


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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This Spice Boosts Activity of Other Nutrients Mon, 18 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000

Several studies have found that curcumin (a component of the yellow spice turmeric) can synergistically boost the health benefits of two other natural compounds. On its own, curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to help reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, prevent the kidney damage associated with diabetes, help regulate blood sugar and even reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness. Now, researchers have found that curcumin improves the performance of some other powerful natural healers.

In one study, researchers from UCLA found that a combination of curcumin and vitamin D worked well to clear harmful amyloid plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin helped immune cells, called macrophages, to bind better with the plaque, which allows these cells to engulf and “digest” the plaque. Vitamin D, in turn, activated genes that revved up macrophage activity. The combination “may offer new preventive and treatment possibilities for Alzheimer’s disease,” the researchers say.[1]

In another study, curcumin combined with green tea extract worked better than either alone in reducing number of abnormal cells in the colons of animals exposed to a cancer-inducing agent.[2]

Researchers say that curcumin acts like a “biochemical disciplinarian.” Molecules of curcumin insert themselves into cell membranes and make the membranes more stable and orderly. This protects the cells from damage and limits uncontrolled cell proliferation, a feature of cancer. It also helps immune cells like macrophages function better, helping the body resist infection.

You can increase your intake of curcumin by eating more curried dishes, but know this: there is only 3% to 6% curcumin in turmeric. Luckily, curcumin is also available in supplemental form, which can help people benefit from this spice using therapeutic doses.


1. Hripsime, A, et al. J Neuroimmunol, 210 (2009) 67-72.

2. Xu G, et al, Food Chem Toxicol, 2009 Oct 24; Epub ahead of print.

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The Sinister Secret of CoQ10 and Statin Drugs Mon, 18 May 2015 11:34:07 +0000 pills hero imageYou’ve probably heard about the many amazing ways that taking a Coenzyme Q10 supplement can benefit your health, from increased energy and mental clarity to significantly improved heart health. In fact, the effects of CoQ10 are so well established that it has become one of the most popular supplements, and many doctors, even conservative ones, are starting to recommend it.

However, what many people don’t realize is that many CoQ10 supplements — even some expensive ones — are made with a form of CoQ10 that is so poorly absorbed, it may as well be an empty pill. This is why many people take CoQ10 for years without ever experiencing noticeable benefits, and then unfortunately are led to believe that CoQ10 is more marketing hype than a health miracle.

There’s actually a shocking secret about the way most CoQ10 is manufactured that many companies don’t want you to find out about. And if you fall victim to this ploy, you’ll certainly miss out on CoQ10’s incredible ability to invigorate your health with its unparalleled antioxidant benefits.

Please keep reading, because taking the right kind of CoQ10 can have a significant positive impact on your life, but you need to know what to look for so you don’t waste your money and miss out on the opportunity to vastly improve your heart and overall health.

CoQ10 Is Fuel for Your Heart

Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day to get its job done and is fueled by CoQ10, which is why so many scientific studies[1] have shown that it confers powerful support for your entire cardiovascular system. When your heart has the high levels of CoQ10 it needs, it works like a charm. You see, your mitochondria (the cells energy factories) need CoQ10 to generate ATP energy to keep your heart cells functioning and healthy.

But when levels get too low, your heart strains to do its job, and ultimately your entire body suffers.[2]

Suboptimal heart function can play a role in a variety of health problems that plague us as we get older. That’s why taking the right CoQ10 can play a major role in making sure your body has the cellular energy you need to maintain a strong, healthy heart to live an active, healthy lifestyle as you age.

By Age 50, Your CoQ10 Levels May Be Critically Low

According to leading experts on the cutting edge of natural health, it’s critical to supplement with CoQ10 as you age. After the age of 30, natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 50, this depletion of CoQ10 continues to accelerate and by age 70, your natural CoQ10 levels may be 50% lower than they were when you were a young adult![3]

We all know that as we age, our bodies do not perform as well in certain areas. But in many of these cases, there’s little we can do about it. That’s why I get so excited about CoQ10. It’s one tool that enables us to fight back against aging, and provide our bodies with a nourishing antioxidant that it is struggling to produce!

However, age isn’t the only factor that accelerates the loss of CoQ10. You may be shocked to learn that one of the worst culprits is pharmaceutical drugs, especially statins.

Statins and Other Drugs Can Quickly Deplete CoQ10 Levels

If you are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug such as Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor or Pravachol, then you’re probably trying your best to stay on top of your cardiovascular health. However, I have important news to share with you today.

While statins aren’t for everyone (due to some well-established side effects), there is a hidden side effect that is not detailed on the warning label. And your doctors, in their rush to see the next patient, may have simply neglected to warn you, or even worse don’t even know about it in the first place.

It is widely known that statins severely deplete your body’s natural levels of CoQ10, which can be very dangerous. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days, your levels of CoQ10 can be decreased by half![4]

Statin drugs aren’t the only culprit. In fact, there is a long list of pharmaceutical drugs that rob your body of CoQ10. And since nearly 50% of American adults take at least one prescription drug daily, it’s more important than ever to supplement with CoQ10 so you can be sure your body has the necessary levels needed for proper cellular energy function and a strong cardiovascular system.

Why You Need the Right CoQ10 Right Now

I can tell you firsthand that once you start taking the right kind of CoQ10, you’ll know it without a shred of doubt.

You’ll experience a noticeable boost in your energy levels as you feed your mitochondria the fuel it craves. This increased energy production will, in turn, improve your heart health since an active, healthy heart has such high energy demands. And the benefits don’t stop there. CoQ10 may in fact support both optimal brain and skin health.

As I explained above, the older you get, the more likely you are to have reduced levels of CoQ10. This is why I recommend a high-quality CoQ10 supplement to help slow the signs of aging. But please don’t grab the first CoQ10 bottle you see on the shelf believing it will provide these incredible health benefits.


The Supplement Industry’s DIRTY Secret

You can find CoQ10 supplements virtually everywhere. And unfortunately, most people are tricked into thinking all CoQ10 is the same. But there’s a dirty little secret that they won’t tell you on the label. Most of the major studies supporting the benefits of CoQ10 have been conducted with natural CoQ10. But many supplements are made with synthetic CoQ10.

Worse yet, guess what synthetic CoQ10 is synthesized from? Believe it or not, tobacco leaves are the primary source! This synthetic junk is called the “cis” form, and there is absolutely no good data out there proving its effectiveness or safety. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to put anything in my body that’s used to make cigarettes.

You might be surprised, but 100% natural CoQ10, known as the “trans” form, is usually no more expensive than synthetic CoQ10 — you just need to know how to look for it. It’s easy if you follow my simple “cheat sheet.”

How to “Read Between the Lines”

Discount brands, such as those found in drugstores or big-box retailers, take advantage of labeling requirement loopholes, and do a great job hiding the source of their CoQ10. Don’t fall victim to their cost-cutting.

Here’s my foolproof guide that will prevent you from being scammed:

  • Look for the words “trans-form” on the label. Trans-form CoQ10 is identical to the CoQ10 produced naturally within the body, and if you read the studies on CoQ10 like I have, you’ll notice that most research is conducted using trans-form CoQ10.
  • Also check to see if the CoQ10 is made using yeast fermentation, which yields by far the most natural form. This is a patented process used by only the most reputable, higher quality producers of CoQ10.
  • Seek out a supplement that contains piperine, an extract of black pepper. One problem with CoQ10 is that it’s not always well absorbed within the body. However, research shows that piperine significantly increases CoQ10 absorption by over 30%![5]
  • Finally, make sure it says “Made in the USA” right on the bottle. Who needs CoQ10 bottled overseas in facilities of questionable integrity? It’s just not worth the risk.

CoQ10 May Be The Solution Your Doctor Overlooked

I’ve read hundreds of CoQ10 studies from around the world, and it’s been confirmed time and time again that CoQ10 is amazingly safe and well tolerated by the human body. There appears to be no toxicity whatsoever, even at very high levels, and it has virtually no side effects.[6, 7] Also, it doesn’t make you jittery or upset your stomach, and it doesn’t conflict with any other medications or supplements.

What it does is nothing short of a health miracle:

  • Energizes your heart and keeps it pumping strong[7]
  • Supports brain health and mental clarity[8]
  • Increases cellular energy and effectively combats fatigue[9]
  • Fights off harmful free radicals that accumulate in your body[10]
  • Supports optimal skin health
  • Helps to keep your eyes healthy[11]
  • Promotes optimal gum and oral health[12]

The CoQ10 That I Personally Recommend

I invite you to shop around and do your own research, but the CoQ10 formula that I personally recommend is called MAX-Q10™. In addition to my work with Live in the Now, I’m the CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been proudly making premium-grade supplements for over 20 years. I developed MAX-Q10 working with my Scientific Advisory Board as a way of fighting back against all the “DIRTY” CoQ10 out there on the market.

My goal in creating this formula was to offer a CoQ10 product of superior quality at an amazingly affordable price, so that no one has to suffer the consequences of declining CoQ10.

I take MAX-Q10 every single day without fail. Here’s why you should consider doing the same:

  • MAX-Q10 is made in the USA with highly bioavailable trans-form CoQ10 that is cultivated and produced in Texas under the strictest quality control measures.
  • The CoQ10 found in MAX-Q10 is bio-identical to that produced naturally within the body and has been used in the vast majority of clinical trials over the past 30 years.
  • MAX-Q10 is made using the superior yeast fermentation method, which provides the most natural form and is what many top researchers use when conducting their studies.
  • Just one easy-to-swallow softgel per day contains 200 mg of pure CoQ10 with no unnecessary fillers or byproducts.
  • It’s enhanced with BioPerine® black pepper extract standardized to 95% piperine. This is the brand used in the research that shows piperine increases CoQ10 absorption by over 30%!
  • Guess what? MAX-Q10 costs as low as $14.95 per bottle, which is the same or even less than those discount, low-quality brands. Plus, it ships to you for free and is tax-free.
  • MAX-Q10 comes with an “any reason” 365-day guarantee. That’s right, take it for up to one year, and return it for a full refund if you don’t like it.

I Personally Guarantee the Quality

I personally guarantee MAX-Q10. I take it every day. So do my wife, my parents and many of my friends. I also personally inspect the manufacturing facility where MAX-Q10 is made on a regular basis to make sure my rigorous quality standards are being met to a tee. Lastly, I stand by this product 100%. If you don’t like it, you may return your purchase any time within one year for a full, no questions asked refund. That way, you risk nothing.

Order Now and Feel Better Within 7 Days!

The great news about MAX-Q10 is that it is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, and you’ll start feeling better faster than you may have thought possible.

MAX-Q10 helps support:

  • More energy and stamina
  • Optimal brain health
  • Reduced signs of aging
  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Skin, eye and oral health
  • And so much more!

Whether you’re concerned about protecting your heart, aging well or simply feeling more youthful, MAX-Q10 is a smart investment.

Click here to learn more and take advantage of this special offer.

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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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3 Food Companies That are Finally Removing Dangerous Ingredients Fri, 15 May 2015 21:48:12 +0000 Untitled-2

Three companies have announced that they will be removing harmful ingredients from their products.

The reasons cited for the modifications were to accommodate consumer safety concerns and changing family preferences. Unspoken motivations that may have factored into the equation are declining sales, as well as strong competition from companies that manufacture natural or more healthful products.

Diet Pepsi Dumps Aspartame

Don’t get too excited about the new Diet Pepsi formula because it involves changing one poison for another. Instead of aspartame, the new recipe will contain sucralose and ace-K, both of which are linked to health problems. The company’s senior vice president told USA

Today that the decision to change sweeteners was made because of consumer fears about aspartame’s adverse effects. However, he didn’t acknowledge the validity of their worries, claiming that the sweetener is perfectly safe.

Another fact PepsiCo failed to mention is that Diet Pepsi sales fell 5.2% last year. As the saying goes, “Money talks.” Declining profits are an effective driving force for change.

Kraft Removes Artificial Colors from Mac & Cheese

Kraft announced that effective January 2016 the synthetic colors and artificial preservatives will be removed from its Mac & Cheese. The new recipe will have colors from “natural sources like paprika, annatto and turmeric.” In a press release, Kraft attributed the change to a switch in consumer preferences “including everything from improved nutrition to simpler ingredients.”

The company is facing tough competition from the growing natural food sector. Annie’s, a firm that sells organic macaroni and cheese, reported $204 million in sales last year. As the interest in natural foods has surged, mainstream companies are more likely to alter their products to cash in on this lucrative market.

Chipotle Has Stopped Using GMO Ingredients

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. stated it is using virtually no GMO ingredients and asserted that it is the first restaurant chain to implement this policy. The only exception to this on its menu is its tortillas, an item for which it is still trying to find a GMO-free source. It is also attempting to phase out dairy products and meat that come from animals that consume “at least some GMO feed.”

In contrast with PepsiCo and Kraft, who didn’t admit the safety concerns about their products have merit, Chipotle appears to recognize that GMOs are harmful. “The food we serve should be made with ingredients raised with care for animals, farmers, and the environment,” according to its website. “We’re doubtful that the GMO ingredients that used to be in our food meet these criteria.”

One of the trends reshaping the food industry is a shift to more healthful eating. The awareness of the hazards of artificial sweeteners, synthetic colors and GMOs is growing; and the demand for organic foods, once considered “fringe,” has exploded. In response, some companies will remove harmful ingredients from their products because they share the public’s concerns, while others will do so because they know sales are dependent upon consumer demand.



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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Can Melatonin Help Protect the Brain From Memory-Robbing Diseases? Thu, 14 May 2015 14:45:36 +0000

Alzheimer’s dementia is a devastating disease characterized by loss of normal thoughts parameters and memory that will strike one in ten over the age of 65 and nearly half by the time they reach 85. These scary statistics mean that virtually everyone will be touched in some way by this insidious illness at some point in their lives. A rapidly growing library of scientific evidence continues to emerge that demonstrates there are a number of lifestyle changes that we can make as young and middle aged adults that can significantly lower our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from the Barcelona Biomedical Research Institute in Spain publishing in the journal Neurobiology of Aging have found that the combination of two neuroprotective therapies, voluntary physical exercise, and the daily intake of melatonin have been shown to have a synergistic effect against brain deterioration in several common variants of Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercise and Melatonin Significantly Lower the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

The study authors found that regular voluntary exercise and daily intake of melatonin, both of which are known for the effects they have in regulating circadian rhythm, show a synergistic effect against brain deterioration that leads to the memory-robbing disease in a mouse model predisposed to develop the illness. Lead author, Dr. Coral Sanfeliu commented “For years we have known that the combination of different anti-aging therapies such as physical exercise, a Mediterranean diet, and not smoking adds years to one’s life… now it seems that melatonin, the sleep hormone, also has important anti-aging effects.”

To determine the effect of physical activity and melatonin supplementation on developing Alzheimer’s dementia, researchers divided the genetically-predisposed mice into three control groups, and compared them to animals that had no known inclination to develop dementia. The animals were designated to undergo different treatment protocols including exercise by allowing unrestricted use of a running wheel, melatonin supplementation with a dose equivalent to 10 mg per kg of body weight, and a combination of melatonin and voluntary physical exercise.

Walking Daily and Taking Melatonin Each Night Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Dementia

After a period of six months the study authors concluded “The state of the mice undergoing treatment was closer to that of the mice with no mutations than to their own initial pathological state. From this we can say that the disease has significantly regressed.” The genetically predisposed mice demonstrated a general improvement in behavior, learning, and memory with the three treatments. It should be noted that mice are commonly used for this type of research as they share similar neurobiology characteristics with humans.

Numerous prior studies have highlighted the importance of supplementation with melatonin (1 to 5 mg, 30 minutes before bedtime) to encourage natural sleep rhythms, and to help lower risks from cancer and cardiovascular disease. We can now add the combination of regular physical activity and melatonin supplementation to the growing list of health benefits, as the therapy is shown to provide another potent tool in the battle to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.


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Why Curcumin is Officially the “King of All Spices” Thu, 14 May 2015 14:38:31 +0000 curcumin 2

To the many traditional cultures around the world that have long utilized the spice in cooking and medicine, curcumin’s amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no secret. But modern, Western cultures are only just now beginning to learn of the incredible healing powers of curcumin, which in more recent days have earned it the appropriate title of “king of all spices.” And as more scientific evidence continues to emerge, curcumin is quickly becoming recognized as a fountain of youth “superspice” with near-miraculous potential in modern medicine.

A cohort of scientific studies published in recent years have shown that taking curcumin on a regular basis can actually lengthen lifespan and improve overall quality of life. A study conducted on roundworms, for instance, found that small amounts of curcumin, the primary active ingredient in curcumin, increased average lifespan by about 39 percent. A similar study involving fruit flies revealed a 25 percent lifespan increase as a result of curcumin intake.

In the first study, researchers found that curcumin helped reduce the number of reactive oxygen species in roundworms, as well as reduce the amount of cellular damage that normally occurs during aging. Curcumin was also observed to improve roundworms’ resistance to heat stress compared to those not taking the spice. And in fruit flies, curcumin appeared to trigger increased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant compound that protects cells against oxidative damage.

“Given the long and established history of curcumin as a spice and herbal medicine, its demonstrated chemopreventive and therapeutic potential, and its pharmacological safety in model system, curcumin, the bioactive extract of curcumin, promises a great future in human clinical studies designed to prevent and/or delay age-related diseases,” explained the authors of a review on these and other animal studies involving curcumin.

Improve the quality of your life with therapeutic doses of curcumin

Even with all the data showing that it can help boost energy levels, cleanse the blood, heal digestive disorders, dissolve gallstones, treat infections, and prevent cancer, some health experts have been reluctant to recommend taking curcumin in medicinal doses until human clinical trials have been conducted. But unlike pharmaceutical drugs, taking curcumin is not dangerous, and civilizations have been consuming large amounts of it for centuries as part of their normal diets.

According to consumption data collected back in the 1980s and 1990s, the average Asian person consumes up to 1,000 milligrams of curcumin a day, or as much as 440 grams per year, which equates to roughly 90 milligrams of active curcuminoids per day at higher end of the concentration spectrum. And these figures, of course, primarily cover just the amount of curcumin consumed as food in curries and other traditional dishes, which means supplements with similar concentrations are perfectly safe and effective.

But the truth of the matter is that you can safely take much higher doses of both turmeric and curcumin, and doing so will provide even more benefits. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (OSU) has compiled a thorough list of curcumin’s benefits with detailed information about the doses used to achieve such benefits. You can access this list here:


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How a Chemical Banned 40 Years Ago is Still Threatening Heart Health Tue, 12 May 2015 18:20:09 +0000  

144456962Can a chemical that was discontinued 40 years ago pose a risk to your health today? The answer is yes, as research on one group of women finds exposure to polychlorinated pesticides like DDT contributes to their risk of heart disease. Although banned, DDT continues to be widely prevalent in the environment and food supply.

In the study, scientists assessed the fat tissue concentrations and blood concentrations of these pesticides in a group of 121 obese women, 48 of whom were postmenopausal and 73 of whom were premenopausal. Glucose and cholesterol levels were also tested. Using the data they collected, the researchers calculated the women’s 10-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The results showed that premenopausal women with greater amounts of the pesticides in their fat tissue had an increased risk of elevated glucose levels. In addition, premenopausal women with greater amounts of the pesticides in their blood had more inflammation, along with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. No significant correlations were found in postmenopausal women.

Researcher Diana Teixeira, Ph.D. concludes, “Our findings show that endocrine-disrupting chemicals tend to aggravate complications of obesity, including inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk, in premenopausal women.” The study was published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

How Is DDT Harmful?

DDT and related pesticides cause harm by mimicking the action and hindering the function of the human hormone estrogen. Studies have linked these chemicals to birth defects, a higher risk of diabetes and decreased fertility.

“After the body breaks down DDT along with similar pesticides, chemical remnants called metabolites accumulate in women’s fat tissue,” says Teixeira. “When higher amounts of these environmental estrogens collect in the fat tissue, it can compromise the protective effect the body’s natural estrogen has on a premenopausal woman’s heart health. This leaves women at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and inflammation.”

How Can You Reduce Your Exposure?

Teixeira tells Daily RX News that environmental estrogens are found in many things we encounter every day, including detergents, plastic food wrappers, canned goods, cosmetics, hair dyes, auto exhaust and cigarette smoke. She recommends the following lifestyle changes to reduce exposure.

• Choose organic foods over-processed or refined food.
• Avoid plastic food storage containers.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Read labels of health and beauty products to avoid products containing these chemicals.
• Use nontoxic household cleaners.


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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