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Cancer Prevention: Learn How To Be Proactive

by June 18, 2019

Being Proactive Is Key To Cancer Prevention

Half of all men and one third of all women will develop cancer at some point in their lives. That’s pretty staggering. And research shows that the odds increase significantly after turning 50. In fact, half of all cancers are diagnosed in people 65 and older.

But… here’s the kicker… in most cases, the problem was set in motion much earlier. So, let’s look at the relationship between age and cancer. Then I’ll give you some proven strategies, no matter what your current age, that will support you to maintain a body that’s in good health.

As Time Marches On…

One of the reasons why age is a factor in cancer is that the older you are, the longer you’ve been exposed to carcinogens. Carcinogens are basically cancer-causing substances.

On top of that, the older you are, the more cell damage you have accumulated. As you get older, more of your cells can enter a state called ‘senescence’. This is where the normal cell cycle of dividing and producing new healthy cells actually stops. And this affects not just one cell that’s gone into that stage; it affects others as well. Once a cell begins this process, it encourages other cells to enter senescence. When you’re healthy, your immune system makes senescence cells self-destruct. But if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, as you get older these senescence cells start to stick around and build up in your tissues. When they sit in your tissues, they trigger inflammation, which ultimately leads to diseases like cancer.

Support Your Natural Killer Cells

Supporting your natural killer cells is the key to avoiding the problem of cell senescence. Your killer cells, that stop senescence getting out of control, are part of your immune system. Whatever your age, support your cells by getting regular exercise, by eating probiotic foods, and by taking a probiotic supplement. Even certain simple ingredients like black pepper and cardamom will support your natural killer cells.

Reduce Inflammation Through Your Diet

Inflammation is at the root of most chronic diseases, including most forms of cancer. There are certain lifestyle factors that cause your body to be continuously inflamed. For most people, it’s primarily diet. Related to that is toxic exposure which, in many cases, again comes back to diet. Unhealthy food contains so many toxins. Then comes inactivity as a big cause of inflammation.

How long you live and the quality of your years both depend, to a large extent, upon keeping your inflammation down and supporting the health of your mitochondria, which are the structures in your cells that produce energy. You can support your mitochondria through proper nutrition, as well as getting vigorous exercise and making healthy overall lifestyle choices.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

To keep inflammation down over the years, and thus to support your mitochondria and your cells, eat a diet that is organic, rich in healthy fats, and includes lots of vegetables. As for protein, a moderate amount is all you need. Keep things low in carbohydrates, which means avoiding refined sugar and grains.

This diet strategy is sometimes called a ketogenic diet. The goal is for your body to burn fat as its primary fuel, instead of sugar. This is really the best diet strategy for cancer prevention. It increases the number of energy-producing mitochondria in your cells, which will improve your energy level and mental clarity. Supporting your mitochondria through such a diet can help you heal from chronic disease. If you’re already pretty healthy, supporting your mitochondria with a ketogenic diet will help you stay that way.

Detoxification is also a key to avoiding cancer. Eat foods that support your body’s natural detoxification pathways, or follow specific detoxification protocols with high quality dietary supplements. This will help your body get rid of cancer-causing compounds, including heavy metals and phthalates – chemicals used in a lot of consumer products – that get lodged in our bodies and cause problems.

Antioxidant Awesomeness

The diet above is high in antioxidants, which will help to reduce one of the key drivers of cancer: DNA mutations. So get plenty of antioxidants through your food – mainly from vegetables along with some low glycemic fruits.

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Steps To Preventing Cancer Later In Life

Remember, most cancers show up after the age of 50. To have the best chance of avoiding cancer, make the right lifestyle choices as early in life as possible. The key things to focus on are:

  • Eliminate refined sugar from your diet.
  • Eliminate, or severely restrict, the amount of grains you eat you.
  • Eat a diet high in healthy fat along with plenty of vegetables and a moderate amount of protein.
  • Eat a small amount of low glycemic fruit, such as berries.
  • Drink filtered water. Get the best filter you can afford. Many chemicals are in both tap water and bottled water.
  • Exercise several times per week. This will help you to reduce your cancer risk by increasing antioxidant activity, balancing hormones, and strengthening your immune system. Exercise also reduces inflammation and helps you to get rid of any extra fat that you don’t need to carry.

The simple truth is this… Cancer has less to do with age and more to do with how well you maintain your body. So, regardless of your age, use this information to take control of your health. That way you can really enjoy the fruits of a healthy lifestyle.

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Natural Depression & Anxiety Relief – A Healthier Way To Happiness

by June 16, 2019

5-HTP For Natural Depression & Anxiety Relief

Although it may sound like it, 5-HTP has nothing to do with your computer. It’s a nutrient that can improve your mental health and function in a big way. 

5-HTP (short for 5-Hydroxytryptophan) is made from one of the essential amino acids: tryptophan. You’ve probably heard of tryptophan when talking about your Thanksgiving turkey and feeling sleepy afterwards. But tryptophan does much more than that and is found in other high-protein foods like beef, chicken, and fish – and in dairy products. Your body uses the tryptophan you ingest to make 5-HTP.

Of course, you can also take 5-HTP as a dietary supplement. It can be isolated from the seeds of an African plant called Griffonia simplicifolia.

How 5-HTP Acts On Your Brain

5-HTP’s small molecular size allows it to pass easily through the blood-brain barrier that basically separates your brain from the rest of your body to protect it. Once through, it quickly converts to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the nerves in your body communicate with each other. Serotonin affects your entire body, but has an especially strong influence on your brain.

Serotonin can elevate mood by contributing to feelings of happiness and well-being. It even helps regulate your appetite. Low serotonin levels are linked to many problematic conditions – migraines, weight gain, poor concentration, aggressive behavior, even fibromyalgia. So, getting more 5-HTP in your body can help alleviate the severity of these problems, or possibly get rid of them altogether.

Another important factor is how 5-HTP contributes to better quality sleep. And we all know how good sleep improves our mental and physical health. It does this by increasing the amount of time spent in two vital sleep stages: deep sleep and REM sleep. In a study, participants who took a 5-HTP supplement felt more rested and refreshed when they woke up.

5-HTP and Depression

Because of its ability to directly increase serotonin, 5-HTP supplementation may be an effective natural treatment for depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. That gives you two ways to attack depression with 5-HTP – because poor sleep is a big contributing factor to depression.

European doctors have been prescribing 5-HTP to treat depression and insomnia for the last 25 years or so. There are many reports of people actually recovering from depression with few to no side effects. When you compare this with the long list of side-effects of prescription antidepressants, it’s clear how important it is to try natural depression remedies first. One study showed that over 50% of people who had long-term depression showed no improvement from standard antidepressant drugs, but felt better after taking 5-HTP alone.

Increase Your 5-HTP Intake Through Your Diet

First, consume plenty of foods that are high in tryptophan. This will allow your body to make 5-HTP while simultaneously providing it with other amino acids that are essential for good health. Excellent food sources of tryptophan include:

  • pasture-raised meat
  • raw dairy
  • eggs
  • wild caught salmon
  • sesame seeds
  • cashews
  • walnuts

Just a note about sesame seeds. They are a cross-reactor with gluten, so if you’re sensitive to gluten, you might also be sensitive to sesame seeds, because your body sort of confuses them.

How To Use A 5-HTP Supplement

To boost serotonin levels directly and quickly, you can take a 5-HTP supplement in addition to getting tryptophan from your food.

Important: If you’re taking an antidepressant, you need to talk to your doctor before taking a 5-HTP supplement, because the 5-HTP is going to affect your serotonin levels.

It’s a good idea to start with a low dose and gradually increase it if you need to. The recommended dosage of 5-HTP for depression (and most of the other conditions I mentioned earlier) is somewhere between 50 to 100 milligrams, taken 3 times a day. So, that’s a total daily dosage of between 150 and 300 milligrams for an adult.

If you want to use 5-HTP to get better sleep at night, you can try a single dose of 100 milligrams about 30 minutes before you go to bed.

I’ve included 5-HTP in my formulation for better sleep, which is called Vitamin Zzzz. It contains 16 nutrients to help you fall asleep faster and get a better night’s rest. Each serving includes 30 milligrams of 5-HTP, which you may notice is less than the 100 milligrams I just mentioned. That’s because the Vitamin Zzzz formulation has 250 milligrams of other nutrients that will also help you fall asleep. But if you’re just taking 5-HTP alone for sleep, 100 milligrams is a good place to start.

I hope this information is helpful for you, especially if you’re looking for non-pharmaceutical ways to improve your mental health and sleep quality. For more health tips, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and check out my other blogs.

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Bone Broth Benefits & How It Can Soup Up Your Health

by June 15, 2019

Soup Up Your Health With Bone Broth

Bone broth is a super-nutritious liquid made from the bones and connective tissue of your favorite meat. It dates back a long time, possibly 2,500 years ago or so. Our ancestors wanted to ensure that every part of an animal was used, so the last step was to throw the not-so-edible parts (hooves, knuckles, bones, and connective tissue) into a pot for boiling, so the last remaining bits of nutrition could be utilized.

Bone Broth Benefits

From the bones, you’ll get a lot of the same minerals that you need to build strong healthy bones in your own body. These include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.

Collagen Power 💥

Because bone broth includes connective tissue, it contains significant amounts of collagen, which is a protein you need to build the structure of your body. As you age, your body makes less collagen and you develop wrinkles, loose skin, and dry skin. Consuming bone broth can help supply your body with the nutrients it needs to maintain younger looking skin.

Aside from the parts that you can see, other invisible structures in your body become weak due to the loss of collagen. Collagen has been known to relieve joint pain, boost muscle and bone mass, and keep blood vessels strong, reducing the risk of heart disease. Collagen also supports brain function and gut health and is even used as an aid for weight loss.

How To Get Collagen From The Bone & Tissue

Collagen in the bones and connective tissues can be consumed in three ways.

  1. The first is not recommended: eat the collagen raw by gnawing on uncooked animal tendons and bones. Umm… Okay, next…
  2. Another way is to cook the bones and tendons in a broth. This creates gelatin, which is cooked collagen.
  3. For the third way… Some food processing techniques can break gelatin down even further into hydrolyzed collagen. In either this case or with a bone broth, what you’re eating is the collagen broken down into smaller proteins. Your digestive system would do the same – break it down into smaller proteins – if you ate raw bones and connective tissue.

No matter which way you consume the collagen from the bones and connective tissues, you get the same basic nutrients your body needs to build up its structure and have strong bones, healthy skin, and healthy blood vessels.

Amino Acids – The Building Blocks Of Life

Bone broth is full of amino acids like glutamine, proline, and glycine. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of the collagen protein. Glycine helps your body make its most powerful antioxidant, glutathione.

Marvelous Marrow

Some very important nutrition in bone broth comes from the marrow, the fatty substance inside the bones. If you watch a wild predator eat something that it killed, it usually breaks into the bones to get to the marrow. It does this because of the high nutrient content.

While it would be healthy to do so, many of us aren’t going to suck marrow out of cooked bones on our dinner plate (yuck), so bone broth is the next best way to get the marrow’s nutrition.


Say what? Another reason bone broth is so healthy is that the connective tissue provides your body with glycosaminoglycans, abbreviated as GAG. These are carbohydrates that are key to the health of your own connective tissue. One type you’ve probably heard of is keratin, a key protein for healthy skin. Keratin is also involved in the production of the master antioxidant glutathione.

Main Takeaways About Bone Broth

  1. Bone broth is super nutritious and supports health in basically every part of your body.
  2. It’s easy to make at home. There are loads of recipes on the internet.
  3. Use pasture-raised animals. Your bone broth will only be as good as the bones and tissue that you make it with. You can typically get pasture-raised ingredients from local farms or from a butcher shop.
  4. Boost your broth’s flavor by including some of the skin and fat, if you can – along with tasty vegetables and herbs. Follow a recipe if you need ideas.
  5. Include some vinegar (most recipes call for vinegar to be added). It helps extract the nutrients out of the broth. I use unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
  6. If you prefer to purchase bone broth from a store, make sure it doesn’t contain chemicals like MSG. And look for a label that says “organic pasture-raised” or “wild caught”.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to my kitchen to make some delicious, nutritious bone broth. 

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Beta Carotene Benefits & What It Can For Your Whole Body

by June 12, 2019

Beta carotene is an amazing nutrient that protects your cells and lowers your risk for cancer. It’s part of a larger team of nutrients known as carotenoids, the yellow-orange pigments found in fruits and vegetables. Your body uses carotenoids to make the active form of vitamin A.

Amazing Vitamin A

Beta carotene is composed of two vitamin A molecules. Beta carotene is stored in your body, and when you need vitamin A, enzymes in your liver split apart the beta carotene, yielding those two vitamin A molecules. The great thing about this and the way it works is that you can consume lots of beta carotene without any sort of toxic effect. Your body will always make just the right amount of vitamin A at any given time.

But making vitamin A is not the whole story…

A Super-Powerful Antioxidant

Beta carotene serves as a powerful antioxidant and has the ability to prevent free radicals from forming and to neutralize existing free radicals. This makes beta carotene a critical anti-aging nutrient. Some antioxidants, like vitamin E, are used up quickly, but beta carotene stays in your system and continues performing its antioxidant magic over and over again.

Even better, research has shown that beta carotene can destroy carcinogens, the substances (chemicals or otherwise) that cause cancer.

It helps protect your skin from UV damage and inhibits the formation of tumors and cancerous cells. So, including vegetables and fruits in your diet is definitely important, because the carotenoids you get will help ward off cancer.

Eye Health

Beta carotene is vitally important for your eyes because it helps protect them from damage that could lead to cataracts and macular degeneration.

What If You Don’t Get Enough?

It shows up in the same way as a vitamin A deficiency would. Symptoms may include poor night vision, dry skin, dry eyes, throat and chest infections, slow wound healing, and infertility. In children, it could show as delayed growth.

Lack of beta carotene can also result in the formation of precancerous cells, which are abnormal cells that may or may not turn into cancer. It’s like the middle ground where you have dysfunctional cell formation, but not a situation where devastating health effects are inevitable. But it’s a sign that something is not right and beta carotene deficiency can contribute to that.

Getting More Beta Carotene

It’s important to know that beta carotene doesn’t work alone. It complements the activity of other carotenoids and antioxidants, like vitamin C and vitamin E.

It’s best to get lots of other carotenoids by eating plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits. Just consume the fruits in moderation since they contain fructose, and you should be limiting your sugar intake.

You can include eggs with your veggies, like on a salad, because eggs are a great source of two important carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin. Of course, be sure your eggs are organic and pasture-raised (I cover that in other videos).

One of my favorite sources is a blue-green algae called spirulina, which is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. I included it in the formulation of my protein shake called Plant Protein Complete. Spirulina not only provides lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also a great source of protein.

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5 Natural Ways to Combat Chronic Constipation

by June 9, 2019

Did you know that constipation, or difficulty emptying the bowels, is one of the most common problems? I’m going to explain to you some simple, natural ways to handle it.

Chronic constipation can do much more than just waste some of your time. The effects of constipation can range from being frustrating to affecting the quality of your life to being potentially life-threatening.

The good news is that making simple changes can bring fast relief.

First, Avoid Drugs and Chemical Laxatives

Over-the-counter and prescription drugs don’t generally address the root cause of chronic constipation – or of any problem – and almost always have side-effects. These side-effects can often be worse than the problem the drug is supposed to fix in the first place.

Just How Big A Deal Is Chronic Constipation?

If you don’t experience this condition, you might easily ask, “how big of a problem could it really be?” Well, constipation accounts for two and a half million doctor visits each year in the U.S. alone. Nearly one in five Americans and one-third of people over 60 experience chronic constipation. That means not just “once in a while”; it’s more often than not – or at least very frequently.

Surely, if it’s not you dealing with constipation, it’s someone in your home, or somebody you work with.

Why It’s More Than Just The ‘Butt’ Of A Potty Joke

Getting rid of the waste in your colon is vital to the health of your colon and your entire body. If you don’t have bowel movements with regularity and with ease, you’re at risk for pain and weight gain, as well as colon and rectal cancer.

5 Dietary Strategies to Relieve Chronic Constipation

  1. Stay hydrated while keeping up electrolytes and fiber.
    • These are all one package. Fiber needs water to form stool and pass through your colon, so consume enough dietary fiber and drink enough water. You also need the proper balance of electrolytes in your body.
    • Consume water and fiber in balance. If you increase fiber without drinking more water, your constipation will probably get worse. A good guideline is to drink a minimum of 12 ounces of water every couple of hours – although the color of your urine and your level of thirst really are your best guides.
    • Some good sources of dietary fiber include leafy greens, almonds, pumpkin, coconut, Chia and sunflower seeds, as well as some cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Other good fiber sources are berries, avocado, apples, and sweet potato. Many of these foods contain magnesium, which draws water into the intestines and creates a laxative effect.
    • A good source of electrolytes is Himalayan sea salt. In fact, it’s a good idea to include sea salt in your daily diet – especially if you’re experiencing constipation. Sprinkle some on your food, or mix a teaspoon into a glass of water and drink it, or put it under your tongue for a minute before rinsing it down with water.
    • Another good option is to use a dietary supplement that supplies electrolytes, like my carefully formulated product called Super Hydration Boost. On the web page, I’ve listed the 14 ingredients in that product and how each one contributes to hydration.
  2. Consume probiotic foods and eliminate processed, fried, and sugary foods.
    • Sorry, no pizza, chips, baked goods, soda, and cereals. They simply have no real health value and they promote harmful bacterial overgrowth in your gut.
    • Add a high-quality probiotic supplement to your daily routine. It’s a supplement that really everyone should take. Check out some of my other blogs and videos about probiotics.
    • Prunes and figs should be a last resort. I know people traditionally turn to these for constipation relief, but they’re high in sugar and you really want to limit your sugar intake.
  3. Add apple cider vinegar and aloe vera juice to your diet.
    • Use organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. The fermented juice from the apples contains pectin, which is a type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut and improves overall digestion. Try adding two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and the juice from half a lemon to twelve ounces of hot water. It makes a pretty good tea.
    • Aloe vera juice offers a ton of health benefits including helping to get intestinal inflammation under control and, of course, relieving constipation. Look on the label to see that it includes aloe latex – the layer between the aloe gel in the plant and the skin – and compounds called anthraquinones, which have a mild laxative effect.
  4. Eat lots of healthy fats.
    • Get healthy fats from foods like salmon, sardines, avocado, and olive and coconut oil.
    • You can put olive oil on your salad and you can add coconut and avocado to smoothies. Drizzle olive oil or avocado oil on vegetables and cook with coconut oil.
    • Eat an avocado each day. It’s really the perfect fruit.
    • You can also get healthy fat by taking an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement and using MCT oil in your morning coffee or in your smoothie. The MCT oil is the healthy fatty acid sourced from coconut and palm trees.
  5. Increase the amount of magnesium in your diet.
    • Consume more leafy green vegetables, as well as more nuts and seeds.
    • There’s lots of magnesium in your daily avocado.
    • A supplement that handles constipation for most people is my magnesium supplement called Natural Calm, which can be sent to you with free shipping. As its label recommends, start with the recommended dose and only increase the dosage until your stool is loose. Since most people are deficient in magnesium, it’s a good idea to include a magnesium supplement in your daily routine, whether constipated or not.

In conclusion, don’t sit there and strain. Don’t be in pain. If you need constipation relief, follow these tips and everything should start moving along just fine.

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Iron Levels & Your Brain – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

by June 5, 2019

You might have heard iron referred to as the “Goldilocks mineral”. Getting just the right amount of iron is critical for mental function. However, more is not necessarily better. Too much iron can have the opposite effect and lead to cognitive disease and accelerated aging.

Iron Levels and Energy

The best-known role of iron in your body is in supplying energy to your cells. It does this by helping your blood deliver oxygen. Iron is needed by your body to make hemoglobin, which helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your brain. In fact, two-thirds of the iron in your body is in your red blood cells.

So, if you lack iron, you won’t be able to make enough hemoglobin, which can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, chest pain, swelling in your hands or feet, pale skin, and fatigue, including mental fatigue or just dull mental performance. Even a mild deficiency can affect memory, learning, and attention span.

Iron’s Other Vital Roles

Iron is involved in oxidative metabolism, which is the process where oxygen is used to make energy from carbohydrates. It’s also involved in the function of neurotransmitters and is super-critical for building and maintaining myelin, the protective coating around your nerves. Myelin allows nerve cells to communicate efficiently.

Iron and Kids

Iron is especially critical for babies in utero, infants, and children, because deficiency during those periods can cause irreversible cognitive damage, affecting behavior and learning. Having enough iron during early childhood will help dictate brain health in adulthood. Even ADHD has been improved in some children through iron supplementation. Sufficient iron during childhood and adolescence creates better myelin integrity and sets the foundation for strong cognitive skills as an adult.

Even subtle variations in iron levels matter. Studies have shown a correlation between low iron levels in children and poor math and language skills.

Iron and Adults

Adults will also experience neurological consequences of insufficient iron. This can show up as fatigue, brain fog, restless leg syndrome, depression, and anxiety.

When Too Much Is Too Much

While iron deficiency is bad for everyone, on the other hand, too much iron can be toxic, especially in the brain. As a component of hemoglobin, iron helps carry oxygen. But when iron isn’t bound to another molecule, excess iron can accelerate free radical production in your body, increasing oxidative stress, overall aging, and risk for disease. An overload of oxidative stress in the brain has been linked to cell death and degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Excess iron in your body gets stored in your liver, which could lead to cirrhosis, the condition where your liver becomes scarred and tough.

Too much iron can also cause joint and hormonal problems and increase your risk for diabetes.

Where the Risk of Iron Overload is Highest

The highest risk is in those with a hereditary disease called hemochromatosis, as well as in people who are at an advanced age (iron levels tend to increase as you get older). The other category where iron toxicity tends to be a problem is in men who supplement with too much iron.

Dealing With Excess Iron

If you’re a woman, your natural menstrual cycle helps shed excess iron and places you at a much lower risk of having too much – although some women can experience iron deficiency.

For anyone with too much iron, donating blood is a very easy way to lower your level.

As For Iron Deficiency

A lack of iron can be caused by low dietary intake, a lack of absorption due to digestive disorders, or heavy blood loss. Iron deficiency can also be caused by certain medications or by consuming too much calcium. (Excessive calcium can interfere with iron absorption.)

How To Get More Iron

Good sources are red meat, liver and other organ meats, turkey, and shellfish such as oysters, mussels and clams. Other good dietary sources include spinach, broccoli, and pumpkin seeds.

If your iron levels are low, you can also use a supplement to help. Concentrated iron supplements are frequently needed by pregnant women, regular blood donors, dialysis patients, or people who are on a medication that depletes their iron levels. If you’re not in one of those categories, don’t take an iron supplement unless you know your iron level is low. Remember Goldilocks – you don’t want to have too little, but you don’t want to have too much. You want your iron levels juuuuuust right.

I hope this helps you better understand the importance of iron to your brain and overall health. Feel free to share this info with a friend and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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