10 Incredible Benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin)


Although turmeric has long been known simply as the main ingredient in many Indian curries, it has recently begun to gain prominence as a healthy powerhouse. Curcumin is the primary active component that provides the majority of the health benefits associated with turmeric. Recent studies indicate that turmeric can be a powerful tool for preventing cancer, inflammation, and diabetes.

10 Incredible Benefits of Turmeric

Although turmeric is most often praised for its anti-inflammatory properties, there are many other health benefits that are connected to the spice. In order to harness the power of turmeric, scientists have isolated curcumin. There are many benefits to incorporating turmeric or curcumin into your diet, including:

Taking Advantage of Turmeric

As a whole plant, turmeric is used as a powdered spice in food, but the isolated curcumin is available as a dietary supplement. So which should you choose? Turmeric is easy to incorporate naturally into your diet as a preventative measure, but Dr. Andrew Weil recommends using curcumin if you are seeking the benefit from the therapeutic possibilities.

If you choose to incorporate turmeric into your diet, it is easy to add the flavorful spice to many recipes. Soups and stews benefit from the flavor of turmeric. However, raw turmeric can be especially beneficial, so try sprinkling uncooked turmeric on steamed vegetables or mixing it into a fresh salad dressing. Some people dislike the taste of turmeric and therefore prefer to use supplements. Curcumin supplements are easily available and can offer a more concentrated dosage of the plant.

How do you like to incorporate turmeric into your diet?

Yes, It Really is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Morning Power Foods

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do we really believe it? Lots of busy people routinely skip breakfast or resort to a sugary pastry with their coffee. The truth is that your body desperately needs a healthy, hearty breakfast full of vitamins and nutrients, because your metabolism needs a kick-start before you begin your day. In addition, if you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to snack throughout the day and overeat at lunch and dinner.

Skip the Cereal Aisle

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Looking for a quick breakfast option? Don’t choose a bowl of cereal! Believe it or not, cereal is one of the worst breakfast options out there. All of those tantalizing boxes in the cereal aisle are filled with over-processed cereals that are essentially fake reconstructions of the original grains. Even if the box says “fortified,” you’re only getting synthetic vitamins that your body can’t process properly. Plus, processed cereal is full of sugar that will cause you to have an energy spike before your energy levels plummet.

Don’t use cost as an excuse for eating cereal every morning. Yes, boxes of cereal are cheaper than healthier breakfast options, but when your energy drops, your going to spend money on extra snacks anyway.

Morning Power Foods

Morning Power Foods

Instead of cereal, focus on incorporating whole foods into your breakfast routine in order to get plenty of protein and fiber. Protein and fiber work together to give you sustainable energy throughout the day, so choose whole grain bread or oats for fiber, and nuts, eggs, or yogurt for protein. It’s always a good idea to get plenty of variety in your diet, so make sure you have plenty of healthy options to mix together in the morning.

If you still crave a bowl of cereal, try making your own homemade granola. When you make it yourself, your can control what ingredients go into your breakfast. Use oats, nuts, and dried fruit to concoct a well-rounded cereal alternative. Oatmeal is another great option for a nutrient-rich breakfast. Choose steel-cut oats to make sure you’re getting as much fiber as possible. Add hearty toppings such as blueberries for antioxidants, nuts for healthy fats, and ground up flax seeds for extra fiber.

Tips For When You’re In a Time Crunch

Are you always in a hurry to get out the door in the morning? The key to making sure you still get a hearty breakfast is to plan ahead. Keep a selection of on-the-go options on hand at home so that you aren’t tempted to get a donut on the way to work. Try whole grain granola bars or yogurt with some nuts and berries on top.

Breakfast Smoothies

If you have a blender, why not make an easy and delicious breakfast smoothie? Throw in a mixture of whatever fruit you have on hand, such as bananas, oranges, apples, and frozen strawberries (even better, mix in some greens too!). Add some yogurt, almond milk or coconut milk for some extra protein, and you’ve got a well-rounded breakfast in a cup! Grab a piece of whole grain toast or add some flax to your smoothie to amp up your fiber intake.

Coca-Cola Life – Nice Try, but We’re Not Fooled


The Coca-Cola Company appears to be trying to respond to a growing market for healthy drinks and alternatives to chemical sweeteners like aspartame, with a new product they are calling Coca-Cola Life:


Nice try!

This product is only available in Argentina currently, however it’s our best guess that it will eventually make it’s way into more markets and we may see it on shelves in the US at some point.

They’ve gone to some effort to paint this version of Coke as being natural (which many people correlate with being healthy), but after doing some further digging we found that other than using a little stevia as a sweetener, it’s pretty much the same garbage as regular Coke:

Coca-Cola Life Ingredients List: Carbonated Water, Caramel Coloring, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Steviol Glycosides, Sodium Benzoate, Caffeine

Note that the new “natural” version still has phosphoric acid (which can lead to osteoporosis and kidney disease, even if you only consume one can a day) and sodium benzoate (a lab-synthesized preservative which can cause cancer).

Coca-Cola Life is natural?  We think not!  We’ll stick to delicious and equally fizzy soda alternatives, thankyouverymuch.

Why It’s Ok to Skip the Sunscreen – 3 Tips for Healthy Sun Worship



During the summer, there are tons of news stories about the evils of UV rays, and the cancer risks associated with sun exposure.  But we believe that it’s not all doom and gloom and it is possible to enjoy the sun all summer long, by following a few easy, natural tips!

Skip the Sunscreen for 20 Minutes a Day

body-vitaminDWe need the sun to help us manufacture Vitamin D, an essential vitamin that plays a crucial role in our overall health.  In particular Vitamin D plays a huge role in our immune system function as well as with bone health.  While we can take Vitamin D supplements, the best way for our bodies to get Vitamin D is to make it ourselves.

Vitamin D is synthesized in the body through a combination of UVB rays and a form of cholesterol in the body – the combination converts the cholesterol into Vitamin D3, which is then carried to the liver and kidneys to make it available to the body.  So anytime you wear sunscreen, you not only block the cancer causing UVA rays, but you also block the Vitamin D producing UVB rays, thus denying your body a crucial component it needs for a healthy immune system!


  • Promote Healthy Lipid Levels
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Suppress Appetite
  • Burn Belly Fat
  • Lose Weight Naturally!



Thankfully you don’t have to risk a sunburn to get the amount of sun you need for your daily Vitamin D fix – all it takes is a good 20 minutes or so (depending on the person) in the sun with at least 40% of the skin exposed.  More is not better – there’s a maximum amount a person can absorb in a given day, so don’t go and bake all day long – you don’t want to burn!

Natural Protection from Burns

SunscreenObviously most of us want to stay out in the sun a lot longer than 20 minutes a day, and that’s where sunscreen comes in.  Unfortunately, most conventional sunscreens are laden with toxic chemicals and “nano particles” that go directly into the blood stream, delivering those toxins very efficiently.

But there are some more natural options, based on titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and thankfully they don’t leave you with white “lifeguard nose”!  One of our favorites is made by Badger (available on Amazon.com) and it zinc oxide based.  It takes a little more effort to rub it in but it works amazingly well, and the rest of the ingredients are all 100% natural oils.  Even better, since it is zinc oxide based, it actually helps your skin heal if you do burn (zinc is an excellent element for healing skin)!


Care for Your Skin from the Inside Out

4731436_origFinally, at the end of the day the best way to care for your tan (or heal from a burn) is to make sure you get the right nutrients, in order to care for your skin from the inside out.  Essential fats and the right antioxidants go a long way to making sure your skin has everything it needs.

Coconut Oil and Omega 3 fatty acids are great sources for essential fats, but our favorite is Krill Oil.  Not only is it the most effective way to get Omega 3s (the form in krill oil is the most readily absorbed by the body, of all Omega 3s), but it also has an amazing antioxidant called astaxanthin.  Astaxanthin is one of the most potent antioxidants on the planet and in addition to all the great health benefits antioxidants provide, it also provides the body with the elements it needs to heal damage from sunburn.


As you can see, it is possible to be safe and healthy and still be a sun-worshipper!  So get out there and enjoy the sun this summer!

Dr. Frank Lipman – Many Health Crises in America are Related to Digestive Problems


Excellent interview today over at Organic Authority with Dr. Frank Lipman, one of the leading physicians on blending “western” medicine with more “alternative” medicine to bring people to their optimum health.

As one of the co-founders of Nature’s Symbiotics as well as dealing with Crohn’s Disease my entire adult life, this article was especially interesting because Dr. Lipman really drives the point home about how so much of our health is linked to the gut.  Whether you have a condition like mine, or any kind of auto-immune or inflammatory disease, or are in generally good health but want to protect yourself from getting sick, this is great advice to take home.  Take care of your gut and your gut will take care of you! :)

Here’s the interview – definitely worth a read! http://www.organicauthority.com/foodie-buzz/healing-from-the-inside-out-dr-frank-lipman-on-americas-healthcare-and-feeling-great.html

3 Delicious, Healthy Fats that Keep You Lean


Even the healthiest diet needs to include a small amount of healthy fats! Believe it or not, fat actually has a number of health benefitsas long as you choose natural fats instead of man-made, processed ones!



A great source of good fat is fish. Fish, especially cold-water fish such as herring, tuna, salmon, trout, or mackerel, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. There’s a reason so many people take fish oil supplements! Incorporating these oily fishes into your diet can provide excellent health benefits, including better heart health with decreased risk of heart disease, increased cognition and brain development, and improved mood. They may also improve insulin and blood sugar levels, which is great news for people who have type 2 diabetes.



Avocados are an excellent source of good fat, especially omega-9 monounsaturated fat – not to mention that they’re chock-full of antioxidants as well! Monounsaturated fats are a great way to help your heart, as they reduce the risk of heart disease. These fats are also memory enhancers. Avocados are one of our favorite fast foods – they are practically a meal on their own, and a healthy, satisfying snack!



Nuts are also a great source of good fats. Different nuts provide different benefits as well! Walnuts, like fish, are an excellent source of omega-3s. Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, and pistachios are all great sources of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which are other great fats for help with heart health, blood sugar and cholesterol maintenance. A bonus is that nuts are an excellent source of protein!

Announcing our New, All-Natural, Ultra Lean Green Coffee Bean Extract with GCA

GCAUL Front largeExciting news!  We’re pleased to announce our new Ultra Lean Green Coffee Bean Extract, now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

We know that with all the information (and unfortunately mis-information) out there, that it can be confusing to figure out what’s best for your health.  That’s why we did months of research to make sure that this weight loss supplement is the highest quality, and one that you can trust (want to see all the nitty gritty details?  Click here to read more).

At Nature’s Symbiotics we are all about achieving optimum health, and we’re proud that our Ultra Lean Green Coffee Bean Extract will not only help lose weight naturally, it also has some great additional health benefits:

  • Improves Circulation
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar
  • Slows the Aging Process

In celebration of our launch, we are taking pre-orders on this great new supplement at a special limited-time-only intro price that is over 70% off retail.  Click here to pre-order today on Amazon.com!

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The French Paradox: 5 Tips To Live Slimmer and Healthier


If you are looking to develop a healthier lifestyle, draw some inspiration from the “French Paradox.” The French have much lower rates of heart disease and obesity than Americans do – despite the fact that their diet is full of butter, cheese, chocolate, and wine. Why is it that the French are thinner with a much lower incidence of heart disease than Americans, despite the fact that they eat three times as much fat as we do? Let’s talk about how to follow that example.

Eat Less Food at Once


 Even though French foods are typically fattier and much richer than American foods, the French stay healthier by eating smaller portions, according to this article from Psychology Today. Did you know that even pre-packaged single serving food items, such as chocolate bars and yogurt cups, are much larger in the United States than in France? This is also very true for fast food restaurants, where American serving sizes are 25% larger portions than their French counterparts.

In the American food system, many selling points are based around bargains. Americans love all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants or “two for one” specials. In France, no matter what the restaurant, the mindset is about the quality of the food, rather than the quantity.

How can we control our portion sizes in restaurants? It’s not as hard as it may seem. Ordering for two? Get one entrée and maybe a small side dish to share evenly between the two of you. Ordering for a large group? Get a few entrées and maybe some smaller appetizers. And never underestimate the power of bringing home your leftovers – there’s no reason to eat what you can’t eat now if you can still have it later!

Enjoy Your Food More


For the French, eating is something to be enjoyed – every time. Dining takes time, and this is all a question of enjoying what you eat.

This is a simple exercise in taking care to enjoy your food more. Eat slowly and intentionally. If you chew each bite with full attention to what you’re eating, with a pause between bites to relish in the flavors, you’ll find that you’ll be satisfied much quicker. Pay attention to your food: don’t eat in front of the TV or while reading.

This is simple science: it takes about 20 minutes for food to pass through your stomach and reach your small intestine – which means it takes just as much time for your brain to receive the message that it’s time to stop eating. If you eat too quickly, you’re much more likely to overeat as a result!

Make It Yourself

female chopping food ingredients

In this Morning News article, several French women are interviewed as to how they do it. Other than portion sizes, one consensus is that processed foods are a bad way to go. For many French people, processed foods are simply unsatisfying and much less enjoyable than foods that you make yourself. For the French, this means buying good quality ingredients. In France, many people still buy their produce right from the source. They go to a cheese shop for cheese or a butcher’s for meats. When it comes to baked goods? The French are, as always, much more interested in high-quality foods. A box of Oreos is simply not as interesting as a homemade croissant.

When you make your own food, you know exactly what goes into it. In France, TV dinners and instant pre-made foods are something of a foreign concept. If they don’t have time to cook, the French would much rather make do with something quick, like pasta.

High in Fat – But What Kind of Fat?

woman choosing between pizza and orange

American food is extremely high in fat, but so is French food. So what’s the difference? According to this AskMen article, the key is the type of fat. In France, the fats are not processed (think: hydrogenated oils); rather, they come from natural sources like dairy and vegetables. Dairy is a surprisingly healthy form of fat, especially because dairy products make you feel full more quickly – so you’ll be more inclined to eat less.

Don’t Forget Exercise


Diet is not the only aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and any doctor can confirm this. Whatever you eat, it’s important to get out and exercise. In France, much of the culture is such that people walk everywhere, even when the option to drive or use public transportation is available. If you’re spending your leisure time lounging around being a couch potato, then it doesn’t matter what you eat; it’s simply not a healthy way to live!