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22
JUL

New Brands Showcase: Just Bee Cosmetics

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Beeswax has been one of the most popular ingredients for cosmetics in recent years due to its various health benefits. Lucky Vitamin offers an extensive selection of beeswax products but continues to add new brands for our customers. The latest addition is Just Bee Cosmetics, a premium brand of natural beeswax lip balm products.

Just Bee produces 100% natural beeswax lip balms that provide a layer of protection unlike any other. Thoughtfully crafted in small batches, Just Bee only uses carefully chosen ingredients and natural subtle flavoring that adds an extra dimension of interest and quality that cannot be found in any other product. This small cosmetics company has specialized in creating quality products using only natural ingredients including their own naturally harvested beeswax and honey as well as organic, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. If specific items are not available, the company ensures that substitute ingredients come from partners that share the same vision of quality and a commitment to natural products.

Just Bee Cosmetics chooses to use only bee-friendly hive management techniques and only work with ingredients from suppliers that share this vision. The result is a unique line of lip balm products in harmony with nature that customers can feel good about using them.

You can save even more when you shop Just Bee Cosmetics products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% off on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 7/31/2016.



21
JUL

Why We Need Magnesium

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Vitamins and Minerals at 3:19 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Jeremy Wolf breaks down the important supplement that is commonly missing from our diets: Magnesium.

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21
JUL

The 3 Berries

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Blue, red and black. Three berries, three different colors. One thing in common: these berries contain important nutrients that are needed for a well-balanced and healthy diet.

Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are packed with numerous plant nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fibers that are essential for optimum health. Plus, these three berries are very low in calories and fat, and can be a helpful addition to weight-loss diets.

Blueberries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods and contain high amounts of antioxidants proven to have anti-aging properties and reverse inflammation. Additionally, blueberries provide other nutrients including resveratrol, lutein, zeaxanthin, gallic acid, vitamin C and K, manganese and fiber. Known as “neuro-protective agents”, blueberries can help in weight-loss, improve skin condition, maintain healthy eyes, lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure naturally.

Despite not getting as much attention as the blue guys, raspberries contain important nutrients such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. However, it’s the amount of vitamin C that gets the highlights. Raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, as 100g provides about 26g or about 47% of the daily requirement intake. Rounding up the health benefits, raspberry has an extremely low-fat content but high fiber that keeps you feeling full for longer.

Another great addition to weight-loss diets, blackberries are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber and very low in calories, 100 g provide just 43 calories. Blackberries contain high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals as these antioxidant compounds are known to have health benefits against aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases. In addition, these delicious berries are an excellent sources of vitamin C, contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K as well as minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries (particularly the black raspberry variety) have high ORAC and are all classified as one of the highest antioxidant foods.



20
JUL

Feeding the Littles: First Foods

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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“So, when are you starting him/her on solids?” is a question posed (over and over…) to most new parents. For many, it’s a question that can conjure some unexpectedly anxious feelings. After all, where do you begin? We know how overwhelming these early decisions are during the first introduction to solid foods and that’s why we’re here to help.

Below you’ll find the top three foods to get you and your little one started.  Renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears (so renowned that he doesn’t even need a first name!), explains that a child’s taste buds fully develop over the first three years of their lives. Seize the opportunity to instill in your child a lifetime of adventurous and healthy eating habits. Let‘s get started!

Best First Foods:

Banana – Being soft and easy to digest make bananas a perfect first food for baby. Not to mention, they require little to no prep. Just peel and mash. You can add creaminess to a mashed ‘nana by adding a little breast milk and spoon feeding it. This tasty fruit contains essentials for your baby’s developing body including potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Avocado – Like banana, avocado is a great first food. With a smooth and creamy texture it’s soft for baby to chew and swallow. Avocados are packed with fiber and vitamin E and are an excellent source of “good fats.” This sodium- and cholesterol-free fruit has the full recommended daily value for folate along with 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats vital for baby’s nervous system and brain.

Soft boiled egg yolk – Around eight months, you can give your baby a soft boiled egg. Make sure to only give the yolk, however, since egg whites are known as a top allergen in children. We suggest using organic, pastured eggs from a local farm whenever possible, as eggs harvested from grass-fed chicks contain higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Egg yolks provide essentials for brain development including choline, good cholesterol and iron.

 



18
JUL

New Brands Showcase: Hey Honey

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Personal Care at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Hey Honey.

Hey Honey creates fast-acting, skin and body care products infused with honey and propolis. The company has created and developed a line of products crafted for today’s “no time” lifestyle and ensures minimal steps and lasting results to balance problematic skin. The foundation of Hey Honey’s products is honey and propolis, considered by many as nature’s most potent antiseptics and antibacterial. It is the core base of the brand as the healing and nutritive properties of honey are widely accepted in the natural skin care world.

Propolis is nature’s best kept secret from the beehive and has been used in other parts of the world for its healing antiseptic and restorative capabilities. In facial skin care, the results are amazing. Propolis has the ability of regulating problematic skin as well as accelerating the rate of cell growth to keep your skin strong and toned. It can also help to decongest pores while soothing and healing. Hey Honey skincare and body products combine all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer, all with minimal steps to use and fast-acting results.

You can save even more when you shop Hey Honey products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 7/31/2016.

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18
JUL

Living Naturally With a 9-Month Old

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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I started living a green lifestyle a little over a decade ago after both my parents were diagnosed with cancer. I started making healthy changes here and there — some seemed more than a little daunting at first — but after a while, I couldn’t help but notice that I hadn’t felt this energetic and focused in years. Once challenging tasks became a normal part of my day-to-day. As time went on I realized that there could be no turning back on my wellness journey. When I realized that even my hand soap HAD TO be organic, I knew that I was in this for life. But not just MY life…

How do you make living green and healthy part of a baby’s life, too? If you are like me and my nine-month old son Sammy, you start by adding little things to your pre-existing routine and making small, incremental changes as you begin to figure out what works and doesn’t work in your new familial arrangement. Along the way you’ll discover that you’re helping to raise a child who understands and appreciates the importance of green living and good nutrition.

Here’s a list  of some of our favorite products to get you and your little one started.

Bedding – Cotton muslin is amazing for babies. The open weave and lightweight fabric of muslin allows for enhanced airflow, reducing the risk of overheating. It’s gentle on a baby’s delicate skin yet durable enough to survive multiple washings. For the mattress pad, try this favorite made with organic cotton.

Feeding – Once solid foods are added to the mix you’re playing on a whole other, higher level. If you’re committing to using only fresh, organic fruits and vegetables I’ll be straight with you – you’re going to be putting in a lot of meal prep time so it’s important to find any product that will help extend the life of the food. These snack cups are perfect for holding the little portions and keeping baby’s meals fresh. As a natural mama, I love the fact they are made from plant-based materials.  You can stack the cubes for easy storage and make perfect portions for use on-the-go.

Teething – Oh man, this is not a fun topic, but luckily there are some natural remedies to get you and your little one sleeping through the night. I don’t know what I would do without this homeopathic remedy.  The soft tablets dissolve instantly to provide relief and comfort when you babe is cutting teeth.

Toys – In our household overstimulation is the enemy. We limit Sammy to just a few “passive” toys that encourage active engagement and experimentation, rather than toys that merely entertain through sound or light. This brand makes beautiful wooden toys using sustainable American hardwoods. Handcrafted in the USA, their line of products are earth-friendly, safe, and most importantly, fun!

Bath time – Sammy has very sensitive skin, so we must use products that are unscented. Plus, since I only use natural and organic personal care products for myself, it only makes sense to use the same for him. He uses the baby scent version of the castile soap that I use. This shampoo is my favorite because it’s free of fragrance, scent-masking agents, clear formula chemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and DEA.



15
JUL

The Aloe Factor

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Sunburn happens. Safe the say most people have experience, at least once in their lifetime, the uncomfortable sensation of sunburn. Every now and then even the most careful people forget to apply sunblock or miss a certain spot, resulting is the painful, redness of sunburn.

One of the best ways to reduce blistering and redness is to treat sunburn immediately. Apply a cold, damp towel on your skin for 15 minutes to help take some of the heat out of your skin. Another great way to start treatment is to take a cold shower and try not to dry yourself, leaving water on the skin to minimize dryness.

Then, look for Aloe Vera, a natural moisturizing product known to stop burning sensations and prevent swelling. This incredible plant-product can help treat sunburn and is also an excellent choice to prevent more serious long-term skin problems such as scarring, wrinkles, dark spots, and melanoma.

Aloe Vera contains 150 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, including zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, manganese, potassium, amino acids, and selenium. The glycoproteins and the lidocaine in Aloe Vera relieve pain and inflammation as the polysaccharides help repair damaged skin cells and trigger the formation of new ones.

Aloe Vera juice forms a protective layer over burned and peeling skin, hydrating it and holding moisture in. It penetrates deep into the damaged skin layers and reduces the pain and swelling associated with it. The best of Aloe Vera is that it has no side effects as it contains no harmful ingredients and is safe to use for children as well.



14
JUL

Benefits Of Antioxidant Defenders Webinar

Filed Under: Personal Care at 1:55 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Kiss My Face has been feeding your skin with naturally nourishing antioxidants for over 30 years. Watch and learn about the benefits of these antioxidant defenders.

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13
JUL

Feeding the Littles: Are They Ready?

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Congratulations, you’re a new parent! From their first smile to their first time sleeping through the night, nothing is more gratifying than watching your child begin to check off those all-important first milestones. Another huge step in your baby’s development is the introduction of solid foods. But how do you know when they are ready to make that crucial next step? Fortunately, there are some specific developmental signs that indicate when your little one is ready raise his culinary game.

Signs That Your Baby Is Ready:

Ability to Sit Up – This is a no-brainer because if a baby cannot sit up unassisted, eating food becomes a serious choking hazard. To be safe, make sure that they can hold their head up steady and sit up on their own.

Interest in food – When you sit at the table to eat a meal does your baby stare at you intently, watch your mouth, or maybe even mimic your chewing action? This could be their way of showing interest in what you are eating. Some experts consider reaching for food a sign, too. However, keep in mind that four- to six-month olds are teething and usually putting everything in their mouth, including nonfood items.

Loss of tongue thrust reflex – This reflex allows babies to drink and swallow liquids without choking. Not sure what to look for?  Simply place a piece of banana in your child’s mouth and if they push it back out with their tongue, you have just witnessed the thrust reflex in action. It’s usually gone by six months, but in some cases breastfed babies can hang onto this reflex a little longer, meaning their forays into the world of solid foods might take a little longer than formula babies.

Always remember that all babies are different and progress at varying rates. Even though they may have some of the signs mentioned above, they might not be interested in food. Some babies may start as early as four months while others may not start until as late as nine months. Watch for your child’s hunger cues and don’t try to force it. They’ll eat when they are ready.



12
JUL

The Benefits Of Probiotic Supplements

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Immunity,Supplements at 3:53 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Probiotics are the living bacteria in our bodies (the good kind!) that help keep the bad bacteria in check. In this episode, Dr. Wolf explains how probiotics contribute to digestive health, and the other ways they function in the body.

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12
JUL

Acai Antioxidant Bowl

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:27 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This acai bowl is packed with antioxidants, healthy omegas, fiber, amino acids and delicious superfoods.

Recipe:

1/2 cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 Sambazon Original Blend Acai Berry Packet

Toppings:

1/4 cup blueberries

1/2 cup halved strawberries

1 TBS Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds

1/2 TBS hemp seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 oz goji berries

1 TBS Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flakes

Enjoy!



12
JUL

5 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Few products fit the label of “superfood” as well as Chia seeds do. These incredible seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica are a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants and are known to provide energy, vitality and much more. Let’s understand a little more about this wonderful food with 5 health benefits of Chia seeds.

1. Antioxidants

Chia seeds are known for its high antioxidant content which helps protect the body by inhibiting the oxidation of molecules. This oxidation can produce free radicals and lead reactions that may damage cells.

2. Omega -3 Fatty Acids

A great source of polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, Chia seeds lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids, particularly ALA alpha-linolenic acid. Chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance, and reduce high cholesterol.

3. Fiber

With 11 grams of fiber per one ounce (28 grams), Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber. This amount is about one-third of daily recommended intake of fiber per day and can help several health issues such as reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and regulating bowel function.

4. Protein

Chia seeds contain a decent amount of quality protein that helps reduce appetite and cravings. By weight, they are about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants. They also contain a good balance of essential amino acids which help to maximize the use of protein. Chia seeds are an excellent protein source, especially for people who eat little or no animal products.

5. Minerals

Chia seeds can be considered a multi-mineral product as these powerful seeds contain 18% of the daily recommended intake for calcium, 30% for magnesium, 35% for phosphorus, and 50% for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and DNA synthesis. Plus, Chia contains a decent amount of zinc, potassium, and vitamin B3 (Niacin).



11
JUL

Picking A Multivitamin

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Vitamins and Minerals at 3:55 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Even if you keep to a healthy diet, there factors that influence your body’s ability to absorb key nutrients. In this episode, Dr. Wolf delves into the different types of multivitamins, and how they interact with the body.

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11
JUL

DIY Golden Superfood Face Mask

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Go from dull to radiant skin with this DIY Turmeric face mask! The three main components that work wonders on your skin are bee pollen, honey and turmeric. Bee pollen is loaded is free-radical fighting antioxidants that can help fight against aging and stimulate the growth of new skin tissue. Honey has been used to heal skin irritations, sun burns and acne with its anti-bacterial properties. And lastly turmeric, an anti-inflammatory, reduces the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands giving you a glow that will have people take notice.

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon turmeric

3 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon raw organic honey

1 tablespoon bee pollen

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Wait until the bee pollen has dissolved.
  • Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove by washing off using warm water.
  • Repeat this 1-2 times a week for best results.



10
JUL

New Brands Showcase: NooTrees

Filed Under: Green Living,Natural Cleaning Aids,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a sustainable brand that brings new eco-friendly products to our customers: NooTrees.

NooTrees offers world class bamboo-based, 100% sustainable, 100% biodegradable products that are also supremely hypoallergenic. Made with 100% virgin bamboo pulp, this revolutionary tissue paper is soft, strong, highly absorbent, and BPA-free. It’s the perfect combination: the highest quality of feel and performance with little to none impact on the environment.

Did you know that more than 27,000 trees are cut down just to make toilet paper each day? NooTrees believes this needs to stop. Not only because of the environmental impact it has caused but for the long term sustainability of the earth for the future. The company aims to have every single customer join this battle to save the planet.

NooTrees offers not only bathroom tissue products but also top-quality baby wipes, anti-age wipes, spa skin cleanser wipes and much more. All products are made with 100% bamboo, a naturally hypoallergenic that is better than other materials for use in contact with your skin.

You can save even more when you shop NooTrees products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 7/31/2016. Plus, take advantage of the Stay Lucky Autoship Bonus Brand and get 10% off future deliveries when choosing autoship to purchase NooTrees products.