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24
JUN

4 Supplements to Improve Digestion

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B24Overeating is a common problem. Having digestive problems regularly should be so common. It may take time, and sometimes a visit to a doctor, for some people to realize the difference between just eating a little bit too much more than you should and feeling too full because your digestive system isn’t working properly. A few supplements can be helpful, so we present you 4 supplements to improve digestion.

1. Probiotics

Known as one of the best products to support the digestive system, probiotics contain living organics such as bacteria and yeast that can help improve gut flora composition. Some probiotic products can also provide relief from diarrhea as well as minimize symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

2. Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes can help in many different ways from speeding up digestion to alleviating constipation, from reducing the full feeling to minimizing bloating. These supplements contain a variety of ingredients known to enhance digestion and can also help with food absorption, increasing the amount of vitamins and minerals people get from food.

3. Fiber

Fiber is known to bulk up stools and relieve constipation but this natural product can also help digestion on a regular basis. An ingredient in laxatives, psyllium has high fiber content and it’s able to absorb water in the intestines. That makes the stool bulky and easier to pass. It’s important when treating constipation to drink plenty of fluids.

4. Betaine HCL

Betaine HCL is known to help alleviate heartburn and can be taken on a regular basis. Additionally, betaine HCL also has the ability to help the stomach break down fats and proteins from food, assisting in the general detoxification processes in the body. It is an essential component for metabolizing and absorbing food, and is particularly needed for assimilating proteins, vitamin B12, calcium, and iron.



23
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Superfoods by MRM

Filed Under: Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B23Lucky Vitamin is happy to present to our customers a new line of products of one of our best supplement brands: Superfoods by MRM.

Superfoods by MRM produces supplements created with unique superfoods. These nutrient rich foods found in nature have few calories, many nutrients and are reported to benefit the body. MRM’s scientific expertise, superior ingredients and ability to stay at the forefront of market trends and consumer needs has given the company a distinct advantage over other manufacturers.

The company’s organic powders have rapidly become a favorite cooking alternative for all MRM Ambassadors. This organic line contain exotic ingredients such as moringa and baobab as well as sacha inchi, red beet, and mesquite powders.

Superfoods by MRM is dedicated to the furthering of nutritional modalities in the arena of alternative healthcare. The company’s staff of highly trained professionals is committed and passionate about the development of innovative nutritional supplements that reflect sound, clinical and experimental data collection, interpretation and application.

You can save even more when you shop Superfoods by MRM supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.



22
JUN

How To Shop The Summer 2016 Health And Wellness Trends

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With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this summer.

BEETROOT

The beetroot movement is upon us, I repeat, the beetroot movement is upon us. Since 2009 beet products have quadrupled. Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease.  While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide (NO) availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.

NUTRICOSMETICS

Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it serves several important functions. Nutrition is a key factor for skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This might also be why nutricosmetics, or using supplements to help improve skin health, is now a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80-90 percent of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III. As we age, our natural ability to produce collagen and density of the dermis decreases leading to less structural support to the epidermis. The epidermis carries the blood vessels and supplies the skin with important nutrients for its functioning.  A growing body of evidence shows that collagen peptides can improve skin health by improving skin moisture and preventing the fragmentation of the dermal collagen network, thus counteracting one of the key components of skin aging. Shop some of our top rated collagen products from brands such as Reserveage Organics, Youtheory, NeoCell, and Bulletproof.

COLD BREW COFFEE

With the summer months upon us and temperatures rising, the days of warming up with a hot coffee or latte are behind us. Iced coffee sales continue to explode and with this trend comes the era of cold brew coffee. While the cold brew coffee craze isn’t completely new, it’s finally become a mainstream trend.  Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time to produce a smoother, less acidic coffee. This less acidic coffee enhances the many other flavors found in coffee beans and gets rid of the familiar ‘bite’.  Not ready to make your own pot of cold brew? Don’t worry!  LuckyVitamin carries a great selection of pre- packaged ready-to-drink cold brew coffees you’re sure to enjoy this summer. DIY extraordinaire don’t fret—we also have a selection of DIY cold brew kits for you to try.

FACIAL MASKS

Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to helps to hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.

PULSES

The term superfood describes nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be beneficial for one’s health and well being.  There’s yet another superfood craze you may not have indulged in yet, but chances are after reading this you will! Pulses, which are another name for lentils, chickpeas, beans and dry peas, have become one of the most talked about superfoods in the health and wellness industry. Pulses provide protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. In fact, a ½ cup serving of black beans has one and half times the iron of a 3-ounce piece of steak. Pulses are also packed full of saponins and tannins, phytochemicals which may possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic benefits.  An article from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that inclusion of pulses in a diet may be a beneficial weight-loss strategy because it leads to a modest weight-loss effect, although further research & future studies are needed. This summer, shop LuckyVitamin to incorporate your favorite pulses into your diet.

PROBIOTICS

Most of us know about the buzz surrounding probiotics, live beneficial bacteria and yeasts for gut & immune health. Did you know that research shows that probiotics taken internally and applied topically may benefit the skin as well? Probiotics applied topically work in a variety of ways. First, they can provide a protective shield preventing the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause problems like inflammation. Secondly, probiotics have antimicrobial properties. Lastly, when probiotics come in contact with skin cells they calm parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of harmful bacteria. Common skin conditions that probiotics may be beneficial for include Atopic Dermatitis and Acne Rosacea. Some great sources of topical probiotics include Andalou Naturals, ACURE & Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s. 

MATCHA

Customarily used in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because matcha is rich in catechins, a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants.  In fact, one study found that matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin that may boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells, than regular green tea. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer. This summer try making a refreshing & energizing matcha green tea smoothie by mixing ½ tsp. matcha green tea powder in 2 ounces of hot water. Stir the mixture and then combine 3 teaspoons of sweetener or sweetener of your choice. Add in 4 ounces of milk or milk alternative of your choice. Combine the mixture along with ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. For a little added refreshment try mixing in some organic vanilla extract.

BONE BROTH

Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.

AVOCADO

When it comes to fruits with health benefits, avocados are at the top of the list. They’re packed full of fiber, potassium and vitamins such as vitamin B6, B5, C, E. One of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats, also known as monounsaturated fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which in turn can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.  One new and interesting use for avocado is avocado oil. Brands are using avocado oil to make all sorts of products, including cooking oil, avocado mayonnaise and avocado kettle chips. You can even find avocado oil in personal care products. Some great brands that use of avocado oil based beauty products include Peter Lamas, Giovanni, Now Foods and Baby Mantra.

DIY GARDEN

Love the idea of growing your own garden, but worried you don’t have the time or space to grow and maintain it? Let LuckyVitamin help you! LuckyVitamin has a large selection of DIY garden accessories that make growing a garden easy, fun, affordable and even space friendly. One of my favorite products is Garden-In-A Can from Back to the Roots. The Back to the Roots Garden-In-A-Can gives you access to organic herbs that you can grow right from your very own windowsill. Another great DIY gardening kit is from the brand Noted. With Noted plants you simply start growing the plant in a natural jute bag. Once the plant is established you transfer the entire bag to your garden and then watch it grow. Check out more of our DIY garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.

LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.



21
JUN

XLEAR: Is Sinus Rinse Right For You Webinar

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 11:56 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor

This webinar will offer insight into when and how to effectively use a neti pot or sinus rinse without damaging your sinuses and upper respiratory system. The dangers of overusing sinus rinse products will be discussed as will the many upper respiratory benefits offered by formulas containing xylitol over basic saline solutions.

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20
JUN

Recipe: Snickerdoodle Bites

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 9:33 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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If you haven’t heard of xylitol yet, you’re in for a sweet surprise! It has fewer calories than sugar and makes a great alternative sweetener in baked goods for those trying to lose weight or avoid the overuse of sugar in their diet. Xylitol doesn’t compromise on taste or texture and is metabolized without insulin, so it creates a significantly lower glycemic effect when eaten.

Now let’s get rolling…these snickerdoodle bites are an easy, one bowl recipe that can be made in no time. Did we mention they’re delicious too!

INGREDIENTS

Sugar Topping

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl
  2. Mix well until combined
  3. Use your hands to roll into bite-sized balls
  4. Roll balls in the sugar topping mixture
  5.  in refrigerator and enjoy



20
JUN

Health Benefits from Tomatoes, Lycopene

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you like tomatoes and eat them regularly, you should know that you are getting plenty of a very important natural substance called lycopene.

Part of the carotenoid group, lycopene is responsible for the deep red color in many fruits and vegetables, most particularly in tomatoes. High amounts of lycopene are found not only in fresh tomatoes but also in tomato products as nearly 85% of dietary lycopene comes from products such as tomato juice or paste. In average, one cup (240 mL) of tomato juice provides about 23 mg of lycopene. Processing raw tomatoes using heat, such as in the making of tomato juice, tomato paste or ketchup, can actually change the lycopene from the raw product into a form that is easier for the body to use.

Lycopene is also found in other fruits such as watermelons, pink grapefruits, apricots, and pink guavas. The lycopene in supplements is about as easy for the body to use as lycopene found in food.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage. It has been proven to be a cancer fighting agent and it can also provide other health benefits.

Lycopene is well known to help prevent heart diseases as it stops LDL cholesterol from being oxidized by free radicals and in turn cannot be deposited in the plaques which narrows and hardens the arteries. Research has shown that lycopene can also help prevent diabetes as well as osteoporosis. Additionally, lycopene can reduce age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and prevent the aging of skin and keeps it younger looking.

Click here to check Lucky Vitamin’s selection of Lycopene supplements.



19
JUN

Sunflower vs. Safflower

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18 SVSSunflower and safflower. Similar names but they are not the same thing. They do have one thing in common: both oils offer excellent health benefits. Used as cooking oils in cultures around the world, both are polyunsaturated oils, rich in essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, and considered healthier options than many other oils such as corn, and soybean. If you don’t know which one you should try, here’s a quick overview about sunflower and safflower.

Sunflower

Sunflower oil normally comes from the seed using steam extraction. Light in taste and color, this natural cooking oil is great for frying and baking and has a higher content of vitamin E than any other vegetable oil, including safflower oil. It contains a combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with low saturated fat levels but since sunflower oil is available in three varieties, the actual fat profile is determined by the specific type of sunflower oil.

Linoleic sunflower oil is the original version and has high levels of polyunsaturated fat, low levels of saturated fat, as well as good amounts of vitamin E and the essential fatty acid omega-6. High oleic sunflower oil is rich in monounsaturated acid and can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. NuSun sunflower oil is a new variety which has been created by the National Sunflower Association to meet the growing needs of the food industry. This variety has lower saturated fat levels than linoleic sunflower and higher oleic levels, making it slightly healthier.

Safflower

Safflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the safflower plant, a relative of the sunflower plant. Safflower oil is available in two different varieties: linoleic and oleic. The linoleic variety is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acid and is used as a cold oil for salad dressings and marinades. The oleic variety is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid, and just like the linoleic version, is very low in saturated fats.



18
JUN

How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

Filed Under: Ask The ND at 7:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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Lifestyle Tips

  • Cover Up – with long-sleeved shirts and pants when weather permits.
  • Keep The Bugs Out –by using screens on open windows and doors.
  • Use Nets Or Fans – over outdoor eating areas.
  • Use Air Conditioning – over opening windows and doors.
  • Maintain The Outside Of Your Home
    • Once a week empty, scrub, turn over, or throw away any items that may hold water such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers or trash containers
    • Repair cracks or gaps on septic tanks if you have one.
  • Avoid Active Times – for mosquitoes such as sunrise, sunset and early in the evening.
  • Use A Mosquito Bed Net – when camping or traveling to disease endemic areas.
  • Wear Insect Repellent ­– whenever possible.

 

Chemical Repellents

  • DEET
    • DEET is the most common mosquito and tick repellent on the market. According to the EWG, “if used as directed, DEET is considered safe by many public health organizations; however they urge users to use DEET with caution as it is known to irritate the eyes and intense doses may induce neurological damage and in rare cases impair the nervous system.According to the EPA, “it is used to control biting flies, biting midges, black flies, chiggers, deer flies, fleas, gnats, horse flies, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, sand flies, small flying insects, stable flies, and ticks.” In general DEET at a concentration of less than 10% can provide roughly 1-2 hours of protection, while a 20-30% concentration may give you all day protection.
  • Picaridin
    • Picaridin is a synthetic compound first made in the 1980s and was approved for sale in the US in 2005. In efficacy testing,picaridin has been shown to be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes. According the EWG, “picaridin may have a safer risk profile than DEET, is odorless, does not melt plastic and is non-irritating.”According to the EPA,“target pests for this repellent include biting flies, mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks and fleas.”In general, a 5-10% concentration of picaridin can provide short term (1-4 hours) protection while 20% picardin may provide all-day protection.
  • IR3535
    • Developed by Merk and Co in the mid 1970’s, IR3535 became registered for use in the U.S. in 1999. According to the EPA, “this active ingredient may be used to repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, body lice and biting flies.” It has been used in Europe for the last 20 years with no substantial adverse effects; however, it may be a serious eye irritant. In general, a 20% concentration can provide 8 hours of mosquito protection and 6 to 12 hours of tick protection.

 

Natural/Botanical Based Repellents

These repellents may be worth trying if bug borne diseases are not known to be a problem in the area you are traveling or exploring.

  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD)
    • This is the common name of one of the natural oils extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented eucalyptus plant. This is the only botanically-derived ingredient the CDC recommends for use as a pesticide. It is important to note that PMD is very different than unprocessed eucalyptus tree oil which has not been studied for protection against mosquitoes. Some studies have concluded that 26% oil of lemon eucalyptus has greater protection than 10% DEET and as well as 15-20% DEET.
  • Soybean Oil
    • Soybean oil is a non-EPA registered repellent that may have low toxicity. A comparative study of insect repellents found that a soybean-oil based repellents protected against mosquito bites for an average of 94.6 minutes, similar to the lowest concentration of DEET tested.
  • Citronella
    • Citronella is one of the most commonly used natural repellents on the market today. There have been relatively few studies that have shown products containing citronella to have any significant repellent effect. While generally considered safe, higher concentrations can cause skin sensitivity. In general, a concentration of 4.2% provides around 1 hour of mosquito and tick protection.
  • Other Botanicals
    • There has been limited research conducted on other botanicals formulas commonly seen on the market and the effectiveness of these formulas vary. For instance, select geranium oil and soy bean oil mixtures have shown to provide some lasting bug protection while neem oil research has shown contrasting findings. Because of the contrasting findings, neem oil is not recommended as an effective repellent for individuals who are traveling to disease endemic areas. Commonly used essential oils such as peppermint, lemongrass, geraniol, pine, pennyroyal, cedar, thyme and patchouli, may have some repellent activity, but their results are variable. Other plant based oils that have shown limited repellent efficacy include coconut oil, palm nut oil and andiroba oil.

 

Some Guidelines To Follow

  • Don’t use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD on children younger than 3 years of age
  • Avoid using bug repellent on children under 6 months of age.
  • Don’t apply near eyes and mouth, and apply sparingly around ears.
  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin, not under clothing.
  • Don’t spray in enclosed areas.
  • Avoid using over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

           

Other Important Information To Consider

  • Follow basic guidelines to limit overexposure to chemical repellents and use as instructed.
  • In general, a repellent with a higher concentration of active ingredients does not mean that the product will work better,it means that it will be effective for a longer period of time.
  • When applying sunscreen and repellents together, it is generally recommended to apply sunscreen beforethe repellent.
  • DEET may decrease the sun protection factor (SPF) of your sunscreen so you may need to reapply more often.
  • It is not recommended to use sunscreen that is combined with repellent as sunscreens may need to be reapplied more often and in larger amounts than needed for the repellent.
  • No one repellents works against every insect so you should research the diseases carried by mosquitoes and other insects where you spend your time.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin and clothes with soap and water.
  • Consult a physician or your health care provider if you are traveling outside of the U.S. or if you have any questions.



16
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Mg12

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16 MgLucky Vitamin continues to add top-quality products to our customers. The latest addition is Mg12 supplements, a premium brand specialized in magnesium products.

Mg12 supplements are 100% pure magnesium with the addition of 20 essential mineral salts straight from the North Basin of the Dead Sea. The company’s main goal is to bring all-natural magnesium-rich supplements into the homes of all that are deficient.

Mg12 produces the purest and most effective magnesium oil on the market. The most important aspect for magnesium supplements is the source of the magnesium oil. There are numerous salt water sources available for the magnesium chloride needed to manufacture magnesium oil but very few are considered to be clean and effective. Only two sources have been found to be virtually free of both: the Dead Sea and deep underground basins.

Mg12 has chosen the Dead Sea as the source of magnesium oil because along with its unsurpassed purity, it also contains a unique combination of trace elements that have been known for providing health benefits for thousands of years.

Dead Sea salt products produced by Mg12 provide a host of healing properties such as slowing the aging of the skin, combating daily stress, reducing fluid retention, increasing circulation, strengthening nails and bones, relaxing muscles, and much more.

You can save even more when you shop Mg12 supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.



14
JUN

5 Benefits of Moringa

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Superfoods at 10:14 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Native to India, the Moringa tree – also known as the “miracle tree” — sure packs a powerful nutritional punch. This potent super food is a natural source for over 90 vitamins and minerals and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a vast array of diseases including anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity just to name a few.

Boost Energy & Mental Well-being

Moringa normalizes the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which play key roles in memory and mood as well as how we respond to stimulus such as stress, pleasure and mental health.

Improve Cholesterol

Moringa has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. In a recent study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.

Boost Antioxidants

Moringa oleifera is rich in nearly 90 nutrients and nearly 50 antioxidants, including quercetin and cholorogenic acid. Try adding a scoop of Moringa powder to a green smoothie to turbocharge your antioxidant intake.

Promote Weight Loss

Moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, which can help prevent obesity. It’ also a great source of fiber, which helps curb appetites by making you feel fuller, longer.

Lower Blood Sugar

Moringa prevents spikes in blood sugar by slowing the rate in which your body absorbs food. The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition revealed that adding 50 grams of Moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21% among diabetic patients.



14
JUN

Why Choose A Radius Toothbrush!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Aids,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Technology has improved personal care products throughout the years and if you haven’t heard of Radius toothbrush, it might be a good time to learn about this innovative product. Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce this revolutionary toothbrush to our customers.

Radius offers one of the most uniquely shaped brushes, which featured a wide handle designed for an easier grasp and a large, shoe-brush shaped head packed with bristles. The company is fully committed to develop revolutionary, elegant and eco-friendly personal care products, designed to make you smile.

Radius unique and different design is the result of years of research to develop a functional and enjoyable toothbrush. Research indicates that the major problem in oral hygiene is that people don’t use toothbrushes for long enough and tend to keep their toothbrush for too long. Dentists believe that with diligence, teeth and gums could be perfectly maintained for a lifetime. The average brushing time is from 31 to 65 seconds, and the average toothbrush is thrown away after 10 months.

Radius aims to make the toothbrush comfortable, enjoyable and effective. With a mass of very soft bristles, a large head area for low pressure, Radius toothbrushes have a wide oval brush head designed to improve gum health and reduce the risk of gum disease by massaging the whole mouth, leaving you with that tingly-fresh feeling. The first revolutionary Radius product is now displayed at the Smithsonian Institute National Design Museum.

Smile and take advantage of Lucky Vitamin’s Radius sale and get an extra 10% on all items of this amazing brand. No code needed.



14
JUN

Dr. Colbert’s Story: My Amazing Journey to Renewed Health & Wellness

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 12:15 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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For many years, I suffered from Chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome also known as IBS. I was faced with bouts of diarrhea and constipation, day in and day out. At the same time, I suffered from Psoriasis and spent much time trying to cover up sores on my body.

For more than ten years, I tried many different treatment methods including prescriptions, topical applications, and other conventional means. In my determination to be healed of these conditions, I decided to search for alternative means which would soon bring me renewed health and enhanced wellness in life.

Dietary Modifications

In my diet, I began to make changes which included removing specific “inflammatory” foods. I added natural probiotics routinely to my regime. Fermented foods were added to my diet on a regular basis as well. After a very short amount of time, the results were truly amazing. The sores I suffered from began to disappear. I started to have days where IBS did not control my life.  I was totally full of energy and vitality.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are a special type of food which holds wonderful benefits for the body. Some examples of fermented foods include kombucha, cultured vegetables, tempeh, kefir, miso, rejuvelac, pickled beets, and sauerkraut. These foods are “cultured,” or “fermented” to contain friendly bacteria which improve digestive health; they are tremendously beneficial to living a healthy life.

Fermented foods are easily digested by the body, as they are in a “partially digested” form. Beneficial bacteria are also introduced into the gut by these foods, which further aids digestion. These foods also help the body to absorb more nutrients and support the process of enzyme creation.

History of Fermented Foods

Fermented foods have been celebrated around the world throughout history. Originally, foods were fermented as a preservation method. Earliest records of using fermentation for foods date as far back as 6000 B.C.  Nearly every civilization known includes some form of culturing foods within their history.

Korean cultures create kimchi as well as banchan while Indian cultures use the fermentation process to create yogurts, cheeses, and sauerkrauts. African countries create garri using this special fermenting method. Tanzania ferments togwa while the Japanese create natto out of fermented soybeans. In many areas of the world, fermented foods are used for medicinal purposes to improve health. These foods are a part of the ordinary “culture” of the world.

Why I Created Green Supremefood

After an amazing recovery in my health, I searched to learn more about these types of foods. The more I studied about fermented foods and their health benefits; I desired to create a product which would provide renewed health and wellness for others. I knew first-hand the change in health I had experienced and knew others would definitely benefit.

Green Supremefood contains ten organic vegetables in every serving along with fermented grasses, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and natural herbs. My specially created product does not use any GMO ingredients. The supreme formula is also soy free, dairy free, and gluten free.

Organic fiber is essential for satiety, and it also provides support for healthy glucose levels within the body which is included in this special formula. Digestive enzymes provide the body with wonderful quantities of natural energy. Organic antioxidants in this high-quality supplement help the body to neutralize free radicals which are harmful. Green Supremefood also provides the body with a healthy alkaline environment.

To Live a Truly Healthy Life

I continue to make fermented foods a part of the daily routine, to live a truly healthy life. Green Supremefood helps provide the proper balance of daily nutrients to keep the digestive tract and body functioning exceptionally. This product will provide you with increased vitality, strength, and wellness. I encourage you to see the results I have seen in my own life!



13
JUN

Have Fun Outdoors, Naturally!

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Water Purification and Storage at 9:18 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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The frigid cold has subsided and the sun is a shining! Now’s the time to unplug, get outside and find oneness with Mother Nature. But before you do so, make sure you are prepared to handle the elements with eco-friendly and natural gear for the outdoors. It’s safe for you, your family and the planet.

Bug Spray

Steer well clear off repellents that use high concentrations of DEET, which the EPA reports to be toxic to birds, fish and aquatic invertebrates. When selecting a product that contains DEET, look for a low dose – around 30% will do the job — or check out some of our DEET-free alternatives here to safely repel bothersome bugs without toxic chemicals or the noxious stink of synthetic sprays.

Sunscreen

When spending longs periods of time in the sun, you’ll need a sunscreen that’s safe and gentle for the entire family. Many of Lucky’s sunscreens contain ingredients that effectively protect against UV exposure while soothing and hydrating the skin. Make sure to apply 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure so that it can fully absorb.

Food Storage

Fans of the great outdoors will no doubt be familiar with the adage: “take nothing with you, leave nothing behind.” Doing so has never been easier, thanks to modern reusable storage options. Most of our storage products are BPA-free, phthalate-free and eco-friendly. Packing food for the kids? Then you’ll want to try these re-usable pouches — perfect for chia puddings, oatmeal and yogurts. Looking for a more durable reusable storage solution? Try storing snacks in these plastic- free, stainless steel bento-style containers.

Water bottles

Unfortunately, the days of dipping a canteen into the cool running waters of a babbling brook or stream are pretty much a thing of the past, making some variation of the “water bottle” a modern day outdoor necessity. This insulated water bottle will keep any nature lover hydrated all day with refreshing, cold H2O, while larger groups are sure to love these reusable gallon water bottles.

 



13
JUN

What to Look For In Green Powder Supplements

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Green powder supplements have been hot-selling items for quite some time now. The reason for its success is pretty simple: a lot of nutrients in a simple drink.

Green powders provide vitamins and minerals but also contain additional ingredients you may not find on a regular multivitamin product. For example, many green powder supplements have added nutrients such as probiotics, antioxidants, prebiotics, enzymes (including the coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10) detoxification nutrients as well as energy booster ingredients.

Studies have shown that a few ingredients from green powder supplements can have a positive effect on health. That’s the case of superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella, and wheat grass.

Additionally, look for products which contain vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, beetroot, chard, collard greens, and kale, as well as aquatic plants such as algae, and kelp.

If you don’t like the consistency of green shakes, you do have a few other options. A good number of these green powder supplements are also available in tablets and capsules and some of them are also sold as nutritional bars.

It’s important to remember that green powders should be added to enhance your diet and not to be used as substitute for greens and veggies. These powder products can make delicious drinks when mixed with water, juice or milk. Get creative and make tasty and healthy smoothies or energy booster drinks, such as pre-workout smoothies.

Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s greens formulas and bars sales.



11
JUN

New Brands Showcase: UpSpring

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B11 UpSpringLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of baby and child health products to our customers: UpSpring.

UpSpring offers a unique line of products to help make life better and easier for mom and baby. The company works with the best, brightest, and most experienced product development teams to bring you things that will change your lives or at least make them a whole lot better. UpSpring works with scientists, microbiologists, chemists, and other dedicated professionals whose goal it is to advance motherhood.

The end-result is a top-quality line of products that fit today’s modern family. One of the company’s best-selling product is Milkscreen, an at-home alcohol detection kit for breast milk. Additionally, the company offers UpSpring Walking Wings, a unique tool for babies learning to take their first steps.

UpSpring wants to bring its products to as many mothers as possible and, in order to achieve this, the company has partnered with other mom inventors and medical experts to expand focus to include just-for-mom products like Shrinkx Hips, the first postpartum compression belt for the hips, and C-Panty, after C-section recovery and slimming underwear.

You can save even more when you shop UpSpring products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.