Probiotics are the living bacteria in our bodies (the good kind!) that help keep the bad bacteria in check. In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf explains how probiotics contribute to digestive health, and the other ways they function in the body.
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Spring is here and that’s the best time of the year for one great outdoor activity: gardening.
Many people love gardening and can’t wait for warmer days to start growing and cultivating plants. Gardening can be done in two different ways: ornamental plants and useful plants.
Ornamental gardening involves a variety of plants grown for their flowers foliage and a much nicer overall appearance. That’s the case of beautiful gardens with colorful flowers, combined with a neat, well-maintained lawn to make your front yard or your backyard looking great.
On the other hand, useful gardening includes plants grown for consumption and that’s the case of fruits, vegetables, roots and herbs. Some people prefer to grow their own veggies whenever possible, (weather permitting of course) making gardening a year-round practice.
Considered by many as one of the best relaxing activities, gardening also requires a few tool and perhaps a handful of accessories. You don’t have to live in a house to enjoy gardening as this fun activity does not require a lot of space and it can be done on a patio or even be located on a roof or balcony.
It’s hard to say what are the most popular plants in gardening but many people like to grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs, sprouts, onions, and berries are they are relatively easy to grow. It’s also important to remember to keep it green and grow all plants without pesticides and, if needed, only using organic fertilizers. This way, flowers, veggies, and fruits produced will not adversely affect people’s health as well as the environment.
Organic protein continues to gain popularity across the country. Every day, more people are switching to the most natural version of protein products for several good reasons.
First, protein products are one of the best examples of how the organic version can be much better than the conventional, non-organic ones. Organic protein, particularly whey protein, is by far the best form of protein powder you can possibly buy and consume as these products are hormone-free. Non-organic foods are often made from milk from cows that are given hormones to help boost milk production. However, these hormones stay present in the milk and its products, eventually ending in the consumers’ system. Organic whey protein comes from cows which are fed organically pesticide-free grown feed and never treated with hormones.
Additionally, a lot of organic protein products come from vegetarian sources and are perhaps the most natural form available. Vegan products are not only great sources of protein but also ensure that you are getting a product from a company/brand that uses ingredients with zero exposure to pesticides and toxins, as well as helping to promote sustainable and ecologically-friendly agricultural practices.
If that’s not enough reasons to choose organic protein, here’s another one. Some of the dairy non-organic protein products are made with milk from cows treated with antibiotics. This is also important because antibiotics can be passed through milk into individuals. This is especially dangerous if a person has an antibiotic allergy which could be potentially deadly. Organic certified protein comes from cows which are not treated with unnecessary antibiotics.
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Okay, we say “protein powder” and you think of a smoothie, shake or blender bottle. Did you know you can make amazing desserts, breads and baked goods with your protein powder? Why YES you can. Check out some of our favorite recipes below:
Easy, fast and HEALTHY. Now that’s what we are talking about. These brownies are oh so good and only leave you with two dishes to wash. Did we mention you make them in the blender…this is a whole new level of easy baking!
Following a Paleo lifestyle can be an exceptional way to maintain a lean, powerful physique that’s ready for action, and avoid or lessen the occurrence of many modern-day ailments that are not associated with our early human ancestors’ lives. The Paleo lifestyle presumes that the human genome is most well-adapted for the hunter-gatherer life practiced for millions of years—rather than for the changes brought on by farming and the fairly recent Industrial Revolution of only about 200 years ago. In short, optimize wellness and longevity by living in a way similar to Paleolithic man.
The basic Paleo diet consists of whole foods – vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats – and generally avoids any type of food that grows underground, dairy, grains, legumes and processed foods. Paleo-based fitness incorporates natural and functional movements plus intense bursts of activity. Compare our ancestors’ lives of hunting, gathering, running, and surviving vs. modern man’s life of smart phones, cubicles, and rigid gym equipment. The Paleo lifestyle lies therein as a decision to eat and move as naturally as possible in the modern world.
A Few Fitness Regimes Well-Suited for a Paleo Lifestyle:
Running – Dates back to persistence hunting when ancient man needed to run for hundreds of miles while tracking prey
Dancing – Prehistoric humans recorded dance in their cave-paintings as an important element of their rituals, entertainment, and celebrations
Movement Culture – Free-flowing movement, timing, & mindfulness training to better understand the body, health, and physical artistic expression
Functional Fitness – Training focused on the body’s interconnectedness of parts through movements such as squatting and pushing
CrossFit – Strength training & body conditioning focused on functional movements like lifting and pulling
We reached out to Primal Kitchen, one of LuckyVitamin’s best-selling Paleo brands, to ask a few questions about the Paleo lifestyle and fitness. Daniel Rinck, Digital Content Strategist & Publisher for Primal Nutrition, Inc. (makers of Primal Kitchen) helps us further understand…
LV: What types of fitness regimes will benefit from eating Paleo?
Daniel: “Once you become fat adapted like our ancestors, there’s typically no fitness regime that couldn’t benefit from a Paleo eating plan. Sure, there are examples of endurance athletes who swear that in order to fuel a race you’d need to take on loads more carbs than the Paleo/Primal eating plan recommends. But there’s an evolving perspective on that front. Mark Sisson, a former top endurance athlete, just wrote a book called Primal Endurance, which discusses how endurance athletes can benefit from a primal/ancestral eating plan and training regimen.”
LV: Is a Paleo diet sustainable for those who are already very lean and active?
Daniel: “Yes. In fact, it’s something that, when practiced well, maintains lean body mass and encourages healthy physical activity (because it fuels your body with the nutrients our bodies have evolved to expect).”
LV: Can a person benefit from eating Paleo without a full commitment? It sounds pretty hardcore.
Daniel: “Absolutely. The more whole, natural, non-processed foods that you get into your diet, the better—even if it’s part time. The same goes for Paleo/Primal lifestyle practices, like intense bursts of physical activity, finding more time for leisure activity, cutting out screen time, etc.”
The Paleo diet has been making some noise lately but some people are still unfamiliar with this trendy diet. Lucky Vitamin is helping out with a Paleo Diet 101, a quick beginner’s guide to this natural food diet.
What is Paleo Diet?
Paleo is a diet based on eating natural, non-processed foods. The idea of this diet is to eat food like we ate thousands of years ago, fresh from the nature with no additives, and no processing. The Paleo diet contains mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and nuts and does not include ingredients such as grains, sugars, preservatives, and other non-natural ingredients.
What is on the menu of the Paleo Diet?
Vegetables are all in. Fish such as salmon, bass, tilapia, herring are also part of the diet. Green light for seafood and eggs. Only lean meats are in the Paleo including beef, veal, and chicken. Plus some fruits, particularly the less sugary fruits such as berries. Legumes are not Paleo. Most nuts are also acceptable but peanuts are not. No grains, no dairy, and definitely no processed foods. Look up “foods allowed on the paleo diet” to ensure you are eating it correctly.
What are the benefits of the Paleo Diet?
Paleo diet is great for losing fat as it changes your body from primarily burning carbs to basically just burning fat. The human body preferred source of energy is fats, a slow burning and more efficient fuel for your body to use. Since we consume a lot of carbohydrates, our bodies tend to burn carbohydrates rather than fat, consequently storing these fats aside causing people to gain weight over time. The paleo diet alter this process by removing a lot of the simple carbohydrates from your diet and, as a result, your body can no longer use carbs for energy producing and is forced to use and burn fat stores.
Bee Panacea offers a unique mix of raw, organic honey, infused with a unique combination of natural herbs and superfoods. The company develops these potent formulas to be mixed with a delicious 100% raw royal honey base, creating products to promote energy, mental clarity and vitality. Bee Panacea uncompromising hand-made production standards maintain the highest level of purity. Nothing in Bee Panacea is ever pasteurized or modified and each ingredient is backed by a Certification of Analysis, which eliminates any possibility of toxins, chemicals and bacteria.
Bee Panacea products provide sustained energy and can be useful to elevate mood, manage weight, strengthen immunity, aid digestion and much more as it contain detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.
The company combines super-foods, such as spirulina, chlorella and maca root, with Chinese and Ayurveda (Indian) herbs such as shilajit and reishi mushrooms. These combo is then infused with the complex flavors of raw, organic royal honey, bee pollen, propolis (rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory) and royal jelly (rich in proteins and collagen). Working in harmony, these ingredients allow your energy to feel balanced and may help you achieve a sense of balance and well-being.
D-Ribose supplements have been known to offer a variety of health benefits but did you know that cardiologists and exercise physiologists are increasingly turning to D-Ribose as a means of “rejuvenating” their patients’ cardiac and skeletal muscles?
That’s right. You can add one more benefit to the list. Studies have shown that D-Ribose supplementation may boost heart muscle function following heart attacks and can improve blood pumping in people with congestive heart failure.
As a result, better heart muscle function after D-Ribose supplementation can lead to better delivery of energy-rich blood to skeletal muscles, revving them up for increased activity.
Ribose is an all-natural five-carbon sugar that helps facilitate the production of ATP – Adenosine Triphospate. ATP is a molecule that is the primary source of energy for all our cellular processes. As a key component of the ATP process, D-Ribose has been known to faster ATP levels return to normal and can also help injured or heavily used muscle as they are particularly vulnerable to low ATP supply and is slow to recover those levels. Fatigue and exhaustion often occur as a result of depletion of the vital molecule called ATP in human muscle and taking D-Ribose supplements is one of the best ways to maintain healthy levels.
Increased ATP levels in skeletal muscle following D-Ribose supplementation can help reduce muscle pain and fatigue that prevent people from keeping up their vital exercise regimens. D-Ribose supplements provide the real energy boost for intense exercise activity.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of sport nutrition products to our customers: Mauer.
Mauer offers a premium line of supplements that are organic, clean, and serve as an honest, nutritious alternative for people who are not only athletes, but everyday people who just want to lead a healthier lifestyle. As a strong brand, Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to create strong families as well.
Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to provide a healthy alternative to today’s energy bar, drink and shot market. The company realizes there is currently an abundance of these products, however Mauer intends to offer an alternative that will not only taste amazing but contains no refined sugar, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and is non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), and gluten-free. The company’s goal is to take sport and energy alternative market to a new level of nutrition, by providing the protein and energy boost needed to sustain a healthy body while helping the everyday person enjoy a better lifestyle.
Coconuts are known to provide a ton of health benefits in many different ways. Coconuts are used in everything these days from creams and lotions to shampoos and conditioners, sunscreens, candles, soaps, baking products, ice cream, coconut milk, and much more. With so many options, we choose 4 great coconut products to present to you.
1. Coconut Water
One of the most known products, coconut water has become one of the best-selling sports drinks because of its health benefits. A single (100ml) serving of coconut water contain only 19 calories and is considered a natural isotonic beverage, helping replace fluids and salts that are lost during exercise. Plus, coconut water contains more potassium than bananas.
2. Coconut Oil
Another popular product, coconut oil has been trending in the past few years. Commonly used in cooking, especially for frying, coconut oil can be used in liquid form as a replacement for vegetable oils. Coconut oil doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils and it doesn’t go rancid easily. The sweet, nutty taste and the creamy texture make it a great addition to smoothies and other drinks. Coconut oil is often used in raw, vegan kitchen for desserts.
3. Coconut Butter
Coconut is a type of butter with an extra touch. The delicious, sweet, exotic taste of the coconut can be a great addition to your diet or a replacement for regular butter or margarine. Great for cooking, coconut butter can also be used as a replacement for peanut butter.
4. Coconut Vinegar
Coconut vinegar is certainly the less known product on this list but perhaps it’s time to give this one a try. Coconut vinegar is produced from fermented coconut water and has not only a unique, different taste but is surprisingly nutritious. For example, coconut vinegar is more nutritious than apple cider vinegar and it has the same alkalizing effect in the body.
This webinar will focus on defining what genetically modified organisms are, how to avoid them and how they might be found in foods and supplements you consume each day. You will also learn about the Non-GMO Project’s practices for GMO avoidance.
The health benefits of strength training are well-known to many people but yet some questions may come up when talking about weightlifting and resistance training. Are these all the same? Yes, these synonymous also refer to exercise that uses resistance to strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system, improving tone and endurance. In other words, your exercise the body in order to gain muscle size and tone as well as conditioning tendon, bone, ligament strength and increasing overall muscular strength and resistance.
These can be called the well-known benefits of strength training but this incredible activity provides a variety of other benefits for the body too.
Did you know that strength training helps improve digestion and regulate bowel movement? That’s right, this type of activity can improve your body’s natural elimination process which is vital for maintaining healthy eating habits.
Additionally, regular strength training can lead to protection from heart diseases as it helps decrease body fat and increase lean tissue. This combination is essential for cardiovascular health as it helps increase circulation capacity and can also help to lower blood pressure.
Lastly, strength building may lead to increased mental and physical stamina to better endure the stresses of daily living and can be a fun and social activity as well.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Olly.
Olly offers a superior line of products created to fit your changing needs. Every blend is formulated to be super effective by pairing nutrients in powerful combinations that are designed to meet specific health benefits. Olly products are sourced from nature and contain only natural colors and flavors. Lightly sweetened, Olly products use the power of phytonutrients and antioxidants.
The company’s main goal is to make nutrition simple. Olly is proud to say the company has a bunch of vitamin geeks, who have been studying nutrition for decades and learning the right blend of nutrients to help make us stronger, faster, more balanced and more energetic.
Olly gummies and softgels containuniquely delicious flavors and vibrant colors from all natural sources. Additionally, the company includes powerful natural bioactives like plant-based phytonutrients and antioxidant extracts from hard-working ingredients like cacao and green tea. The result is a superior line of effective and delicious supplements for you and your family.