When you dive back into a busy fall schedule, your immune system automatically weakens. Chalk it up to stress, which leads to lost sleep, which throws hormones out of balance and compromises your body’s ability to fight off infection.

By boosting your immunity naturally with certain nutrients, you can restore your strength and keep infectious invaders at bay.

#1 Magnesium

Magnesium has been linked to the immune system, finding that the nutrient impacts inflammation response and may help ward off asthma symptoms. Stash portions of magnesium drink mix, such as Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm, in your gym bag to mix with water after a workout, and you’ll increase your chances of returning to the treadmill tomorrow. I’m loving the different flavors too, such as cherry and raspberry-lemon. $34.45 for a 16 oz. bottle of powder

#2 Give Your Body a Round-the-Clock Dose of Vitamin C

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide might be classifi...

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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

10/21/2016 6:00 AM

Today is National PUMPKIN Cheesecake Day!  Adding pumpkin to one of America’s favorite desserts allows it the honor to have its own special day.This amazing vegan pumpkin cheesecake recipe is made with just 10 ingredients!  It's creamy, rich, perfectly sweet, and a hit with Fall and holiday gatherings!

Serves: 8



1 cup packed medjool dates, pitted (about 20 dates or 275g | pitted before measuring)

1 ½ cups (180 g) raw walnuts

Pinch sea salt


1½ cups (180 g) raw cashews (soaked in very hot water for 1 hour)

1 lemon, juiced (2 Tbsp or 30 ml )

¼ cup + 1 Tbsp (73 ml) light or full fat coconut milk (or sub unsweetened almond milk)

3 Tbsp (45 ml) olive oil (or sub melted coconut oil, though it will add coconut flavor)

½ cup (120 ml) grade A maple syrup* or light agave nectar, plus more to taste

¼ cup + 1 Tbsp (63 g) pumpkin puree

Pinch sea salt

3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract

optional: ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 

Serve with coconut whipped cream or brown sugar peca...

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Cashews are basically vegan dairy. Blend them with a little liquid and you've got a smooth cream, similar to half-and-half. Mixed with broth, nutritional yeast, miso and seasonings along with the macaroni and you've got delish mac 'n cheese. Enjoy!


1 cup unroasted cashews

1 cup vegetable broth (If you like your mac a little saucier, add an extra ½ cup broth.)

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons white miso

2 teaspoons onion powder

½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

black pepper to taste

8 ounces small shell pasta or macaroni (whole wheat, gluten free, or any type you like)

1½ cups arugula (optional)


1. Blend cashews, broth, yeast, lemon juice, miso, and onion powder in a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix), scraping down sides with a spatula to make sure you get everything, until completely smooth. If your blender's on the weaker side, no problem. Just soften the cashews first. Either soak them in water for 2 hours or boil them for...

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Eat To Beat Breast Cancer

10/14/2016 6:00 AM

About one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime—more than 246,000 women (and about 2,600 men) are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 alone. Studies have identified cancer-fighting compounds in certain foods, particularly carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables like carrots and tomatoes. However, experts increasingly believe it’s the overall diet pattern that counts the most.  

Here are some promising eating strategies to lower your risk of breast cancer.


It’s not just good for your heart. Women following a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish and extra-virgin olive oil were 68% less likely to develop breast cancer than women put on a low-fat diet, Spanish researchers found. Previous research has shown the Mediterranean diet is associated with lower cancer rates in general, but this is the first study to show a benefit for breast cancer specifically.


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6 Reasons To Take A Hike

10/11/2016 6:00 AM

Depending on where you live, there may still be time to get in some hiking, and you don’t have to go hard-core to net the many benefits of it. Think of hiking as simply taking a longer walk in nature; you can hike at any pace, at any elevation, and for any number of miles, hours, or even days.

Major bonus: it doesn’t take a lot to get started. Unlike other outdoor sports that are gear heavy and often require travel and lessons, such as rock climbing and waterskiing, the barrier to entry-level hiking is low. You really need only two key items: proper footwear and a day bag. Find a trail near you at Hiking Project (hikingproject.com), which features GPS and elevation data and user-generated tips for almost 14,000 beginner to advanced trails.

#1 reason to take a hike

Your Legs Will Never Look Better

Most hikes involve climbing up a big hill or mountain, then coming back down, a combo that’s a great work-out for your legs. Trekking up a mountain is a lot like climbing the stairclimber or doing...

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You’ve noticed pets and owners start to look alike over time, but did you know Fluffy’s physical condition can mirror yours too?

A pet’s illness can be a reflection of our own health, especially when a disease process is heavily influenced by lifestyle choices. In most cases, recognizing what is going on is enough to help both pet and owner.

Here’s what you can learn from three common animal symptoms.

If he’s anxious…

Check your stress-o-meter

People’s level of anxiety can dictate to some degree the anxiety level of their pets. Domestic dogs actually have the ability to combine facial and vocal cues to perceive human emotions—which can make them attuned to your moods. Likewise, specific phobias can carry over to your dog. For example, if you’re constantly wincing during storms, it could cause Fido to develop a fear of thunder. Try easing tension in both yourself and your pet by doing something calming, such as listening to soothing music.

If her grooming habits have changed…

See whether you’v...

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