In an ideal world healthy food would be available en masse no matter your geographic region or socio economic class. Of course, reality falls quite short of that lofty ideal. It’s well known that many of the highest quality health and wellness items do come at a premium, but would you rather pay the cost up front at the grocery store or kick those payments down the road to your medical practitioner’s office?
Let’s face it – unless you can afford your own personal shopper (in which case you probably don’t care much about clipping coupons anyway), most people are too busy to shop around four or five different grocery and health stores to get the best prices. As a new mom, those days of hanging out in health food aisles reading labels are but a fond, distant-seeming memory. However, thanks to technology and the ease of online shopping, saving on health and wellness items doesn’t have to be such a drain on the little free time you have left. Below you’ll find some of my tricks for living the healthy life, frugally.
Do Your Homework – This is numero uno for a reason. You need to do some initial research to figure out where you can get the best price on a favorite herb or mushroom growing kit. How anyone was able to do this pre-Google, I have no idea. But now, all you have to do is punch in what you’re interested in and viola! You’ll be able to scan multiple sites that carry that item and compare to see who’s offering the best deal. Three out of four times you’ll find the best prices are here.
Be a Saavy Shopper – Companies realize that there is a booming market for health and wellness items. The competition is fiercer than ever, with many brands now offering their proprietary blends of your favorite products at a cheaper price in order to undercut the competition. Just check the labels. If the ingredients in the “generic” line are the same as those in your fancy brand name offering, you’re essentially getting the same exact product for a fraction of the price.
DIY Baby! – This is probably my favorite way to save because you save money, learn something new and get the pride and satisfaction of knowing that YOU made something with your own two hands. You just gotta know where to get supplies. Whether you’re canning, making personal care products, dabbling in aromatherapy or brewing some booch (kombucha, that is), Lucky has got you covered.
Pay Attention to Holidays – You can rest assured that during major holidays like Independence Day, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Labor Day, online health suppliers offer some pretty sweet site-wide sales. Take advantage of these times to order big ticket items that you’ve been eyeing up but have yet to take the plunge on. I saved big on what I call the “mother of all yoga mats” by waiting until Memorial Day to order.
Check Your Inbox – Online health and wellness sites offer weekly and monthly sales constantly. It’s hard to keep up with the constant blitz of promotional emails, but it does pay to open them from time to time. You could be missing out on saving an extra 10% off your favorite brands or getting the newest products to hit the health scene for an extra 15% off. I know my mom friends were totally in awe of my Calm-A-Mama drops formulated to eliminate tension and promote positive vibes (even during teething.)
AlwaysAutoship’n – As a working mom, my brain cannot remember how much protein powder I have left, but my prayers have been answered with this Autoship program. Not only does my favorite protein powder come monthly with no effort on my part, but I get an extra 10% off!
Pink – it’s either Spring or it’s October! In this case, we’re talking about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us are aware we should be checking for breast cancer, but do you? And have you read up on some of the latest news and findings?
Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,600 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.
First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breasts? Young boys and girls both have breast tissue that includes ducts. Once puberty begins, while girls will continue to develop, male hormones such as Testosterone suppress the growth of breast tissue, however, it still exists. Male breast cancer has the same causes as for women, higher levels of estrogen, family history, genetics, lifestyle or other exposures.
Although a large percentage of breast cancers for women and men are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background. Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene). BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for approximately 20-25 of hereditary breast cancers. Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast (including male or female) and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. If you’re concerned, seek a genetic counselor to find out more. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated. Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms or breast MRIs (yes, men can have these and should do self exams!). These are important tools for early detection.
There are many new types of hormone therapy used to prevent estrogen from binding to estrogen receptor positive cancer. New studies discuss remaining on treatment from 5 to now 10 years. Learning more about your type of cancer, the Oncotype DX and MammaPrint, help to determine the risk of recurrence or spread of the disease. This is important information for the plan of treatment. PARP inhibitors have recently been studied to be helpful against some cancers especially that are caused from BRCA mutations.
Lifestyle, the foods we eat (organic, hormone free, etc), less meat, more cruciferous vegetables, the products we put on our body and use around our home (less chemicals) the amount of exercise we get and alcohol intake all may make a difference to our health. It’s important to feel that even though our genetic background may say one thing, we can make certain choices that are in our control.
Know Your Ingredients – Health junkies read labels in the same way that lit fans devour classic novels.By doing your own research you know EXACTLY what is in a product to make sure that every ingredient is clean and pronounceable — no Googling required. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy a lavender Epsom salt soak (that you made yourself, obviously.)
Save Money – This is a no-brainer. In almost all cases, making your own products (think household cleaners, soy candles, dryer balls, etc.) is a lot cheaper than buying someone else’s. Plus, mastering a skill – like brewing your own kombucha — may even lead to a new source of revenue if you’re willing to hone your craft. Sell what you make or teach classes on how to be as awesome as you are!
Gratitude – There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making something out of scratch with your own two hands. Putting in all that time and effort fosters a greater feeling of fulfillment knowing that it was YOU who crafted something out of nothing. That feeling you get when the first tomato of the season begins to ripen on the vine? Priceless.
Hand-Ons – Instead of busying your hands texting, scrolling or swiping right, put them to good use by learning a valuable new “hands-on” skill. One of our favorites is bread baking…yum!
Brain Health – Work. Commute. Eat. TV. Bed. Repeat. Sound familiar? Break out of the classic work-week rut by feeding your brain’s thirst to learn by tackling a new project. You’re not only learning something new but you’re keeping your brain as sharp as if you drank a cup of your own cold-brewed coffee.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a premium brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Lawless Jerky.
Lawless Jerky offers 100% grass-fed beef snacks created for the inspired “snacker” who values quality. Handcrafted with top-quality ingredients and without artificial additives or preservatives, Lawless Jerky is loaded with more intense flavors with a soft texture and contain no sugary coatings.
Lawless Jerky offers seven world-inspired flavors, including Sweet Sriracha (beef), Aloha Teriyaki (beef), BBQ Spare Rib (pork), Pho (beef), and Japanese Curry (beef). All flavors are thoughtfully handmade with consciously raised meats, including 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork. With all jerky products created by hand in micro batches, the company uses spices, herbs, and ingredients that are completely unique to jerky-making.
Unlike gas station jerky and gimmicky upstarts, Lawless Jerky jerky tastes like carefully flavored meat with no added nitrates and nitrites, no added MSG, and no corn syrup. This unique grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in heart healthy omega-3s and antioxidants and lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
PiperWai is a natural deodorant that was featured on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank that aired Friday, December 11th. This awesome product was created when owners Jess and Sarah wanted a deodorant that was natural, effective and without yucky stuff like aluminum compounds, parabens, triclosan, and phthalates.
So, the PiperWai entrepreneurs came to Shark Tank seeking $50,000 for 10 percent stake in the company and, after a ton of negotiations, they were able to seal a deal. The brand gained a name for itself when the PiperWai women contacted online writers and bloggers, sending folks free samples and gaining buzz on the web.
PiperWai Natural Deodorant contains super absorbent activated charcoal and is gentle on the most sensitive skin, even after shaving. With a fresh, gender-neutral scent, PiperWai rubs in clear and won’t discolor your clothes, plus this deodorant’s unique skin-conditioning qualities make it great for your hands too.
Natural deodorant gets a bad rap for letting you sweat, even if it neutralizes odor at the same time. The ingredients in PiperWai can absorb 1,000x its own weight in moisture and form an invisible absorbent shield between your skin and your shirt, protecting it from wet stains. On top of that, its magnesium content in the form of magnesium hydroxide appears to significantly curb the offensiveness of underarm sweat.
You can shop this exclusive PiperWai natural deodorant at LuckyVitamin.com at our always discounted prices. Click here to check out the product’s page.
Today is Cyber Monday and as you get ready for some online shopping, we present you a little bit about the history of this recent and real great day for shopping.
Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. It was first used by online retailers in the United States but today the term is used in many countries around the world. Since its debut back in 2005, Cyber Monday online sales have been growing year after year. The deals are online-only and generally offers great prices plus the great advantage of home delivery.
The term “Cyber Monday” was first used within the ecommerce e community during the 2005 holiday season. It was coined based on 2004 research showing “one of the biggest online shopping days of the year” was the Monday after Thanksgiving. Retailers also noted the biggest period was December 5 through 15 of the previous year. Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked.
Stock up on popular health and wellness products such as vitamins, supplements, diet, personal care, sports nutrition, teas, housewares, natural foods, pet products and much more. Treat yourself to healthy savings with an extra 10% off your order SITEWIDE. But hurry, sale ends 12/1/2015 at 9:00 AM ET, 6:00 AM PT. Just enter the promo code “CBRM1115” at checkout for additionally savings.
Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Some offers are limited. Promotional code-based offers cannot be combined. Cyber Monday and promotional code ‘CBRM1115’ expire 12/1/2015 at 9:00 AM ET, 6:00 AM PT. Not eligible for bulk/wholesale purchases over $1,000. See site for further details and expiration dates where applicable. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this message was sent; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the site.
Solgar has taken the world of children’s multivitamins and minerals gummies to a whole new level and Lucky Vitamin has these fantastic products for you. We are happy to introduce Solgar U-Cubes, a new line of children’s nutritional supplements.
Solgar U-Cubes Children’s are available in two top-quality products: multi-vitamin and mineral gummies and calcium with vitamin D3 gummies.
Solgar U-Cubes Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Gummies is a unique product developed with all the science and knowledge behind Solgar’s name. These tapioca and pectin-based gummies provide 100% DV (400 IU) of vitamin D3 for children 4 years and older, and 50% DV (200 IU) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Best of all, U-Cubes are 100% natural, non-GMO, contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and are manufactured in small batches ensuring the highest quality product. Every single product is gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy free, and rigorously tested for safety and potency, but never animal tested. A delicious way to give your children the nutrients they need for proper development, Solgar U-Cubes are available in three great flavors: grape, orange, and cherry, and two sizes: 60 and 120 gummies. A great tasting multivitamin that U can be sure is great for your children.
Additionally, Solgar is introducing the new U-Cubes Children’s Calcium with D3. These beneficial gummies can be taken alone or in combination with the multivitamin gummies. Each serving of tapioca-based U-Cubes Calcium with D3 provides the pediatrician-recommended dosage of Vitamin D3, 600 IU (per 4 gummies), offers 150% DV of Vitamin D3 for children 4 years and up, and 75% DV (300 IU, per 2 gummies) for children 2 and 3 years of age. Vitamin D3 assists in the absorption of calcium to promote healthy bones and teeth, and supports immune-system health.
Over the last three and a half decades, Nature’s Way has been at the cutting edge of more than just herbal and nutritional science. They’ve also established themselves as true innovators of the supplement industry with their simple desire to help people enhance their health through a product line that features over 500 high quality nutritional and dietary supplements. Here are some of the newest additions to Nature’s Way already stacked line-up or products!
Nature’s Way – Sambucus Elderberry helps supports healthy immune function. This formula boats Vitamin C, Zinc, and a little black elderberry extract for just the right touch of sweetness. This is a must-have for back-to school.
Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima Women’s Probiotic formula contains eight probiotic strains for women’s balance with 50 billion (!!!) active probiotics. This probiotic not only supports your digestion but promotes healthy yeast balance, vaginal pH, urinary tract health and immunity.
Keep UTIs at bay with Nature’s Way CranRx Gummies. It’s unique formula combines 100% Whole Cranberry, Vitamin C and D-Mannose to support urinary health.
Whether you’re trying to conceive, currently pregnant or in the post-partum stage, Nature’s Way Alive! Prenatal is a complete multi-vitamin that includes full B-complex, 14 vitamins/minerals, DHA, choline and boron. Alive! Prenatal also contains plant-sourced DHA to help support healthy eye and brain development.
Nature’s Way Alive! B-Complex pectin gummies are naturally sweetened and are designed to convert food into energy, helping support daily metabolism. Bonus: they’re gelatin-free!
Nature’s Way Alive Calcium Gummieshelp provide 1,000 mg of Calcium and 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 which helps supports bone immunity, breast health and muscle function.
Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima Intensive 200 Billion is a probiotic supplement that contains six HDS (Human Digestive Strains) that ensure your intestinal tract receives the diversity of probiotics that it needs. These vegetarian capsules have a delayed release which helps resist stomach acid to deliver active probiotics to the intestine where you need it most.
During the month of August, you can get Nature’s Way new items and their other top sellers on sale here.
What an incredible journey we’ve been on! What started as a small extension of my family’s neighborhood health store has grown beyond our wildest expectations. As we embark on our second decade (we turn 10 this year!) we felt it was time to take another huge step forward.
You’ll notice some big changes when visiting LuckyVitamin.com – a new logo, an updated slogan, design that we feel better represents who we are. But rest assured, this is more than just a spiffy new outfit. This was a thoughtful process of reflecting on our values as we heard your health and wellness stories.
Over the past year we’ve engaged in learning more about YOU. We knew you had a passion for healthy living and were excited to learn about your eagerness to share what works with others. We call this “Spreading The Wellness.” We were inspired by your amazing desire to Spread The Wellness within yourself, your family, friends and community. We learned that making healthy choices wasn’t always easy and sometimes involved making sacrifices and braving roads less traveled. Our admiration only grew.
Freshly inspired, we’ve updated the LuckyVitamin vision to reflect our shared aspirations to Spread The Wellness and make the world a healthier place:
From my family to yours, thank you for your support and partnering with us on this journey. I invite you to take a behind-the-scenes look at the LuckyVitamin story and how it all began:
Lucky Vitamin is excited to introduce a new professional brand to our extensive selection of professional grade supplements. Ortho Molecular research manufactures quality products beyond what is expected from a supplement company. The focus on high quality formulations, which they manufacture in their own dedicated tableting and encapsulating rooms, and control every step of the process. One of the many processing steps that they take to ensure product quality is post manufacturing product identity. This includes testing the formula to make sure it contains the ingredients at the potencies listed, checking to make sure it contains the correct ingredients, checking for purities, as well as 6-month post stability testing to make sure the products meet the label expiration dates.
One of their many formulas that we are particularly excited to add is their all-natural D-Hist for adults and D-Hist Jr for children. This product contains a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, enzymes, and herbs, which are designed to support the body through symptoms and changes associated with common environmental allergens. D-Hist includes a blend of stinging nettles, N-Acetyl Cysteine, bromelain, and quercetin which work together to promote healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.
Another popular formula to check out is Ortho Molecular’s VesselMax. This blend of nutrients supports the integrity of healthy veins and promotes efficient vessel function. The benefits of adding this supplement to your regimen is healthy circulation, normal tone and flexibility of veins, proper vessel strength and supporting cardiovascular health. Vesselmax is a blend of bioflavonoid Troxerutin, and herbs like Horse chestnut Seed Extract, Gotu Kola, and Butcher’s Broom. Other added benefits of this supplements incudlue free of yeast, gluten, corn, artificial colors and flavors.
Check out the entire line of Ortho Molecular Research products and formulations on our LuckyVitamin site here. Free shipping on all Ortho Molecular Products is now being offered.
Looking for Arnica pellets that are lactose-free & vegan? Now, it’s possible thanks to OLLOÏS®.
Since 2012, OLLOÏS® has created a line of 45 homeopathic remedies, including the latest innovation in homeopathic medicines — lactose-free homeopathic sublingual pellets. This revolutionary advancement of a 200-year old medical practice meets the increasing demand for natural and lactose-free products for those with dietary restrictions or who choose to refrain from consuming animal products.
Homeopathy is a medical practice based on the Law of Similars: that is, if a natural substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. Homeopathic medicines enhance the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process.
To provide the most effective product, OLLOÏS® is committed to sustainable practices in the preparation of its medicines. Made in France and frequently lab-tested to ensure safety, quality, and efficacy of OLLOÏS® natural remedies, their line is manufactured according to the highest Good Manufacturing Practices.
Lactose-free OLLOÏS® is the Natural Way to Better Health.
Vitamin K2 deficiency is on the rise and linked to many age-related health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This common neurodegenerative disorder adversely affects the central nervous system, targeting the part of the brain associated with critical functions such as vision, hearing and movement.
Though there may not be a definitive cause for PD many believe it is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, some PD cases are being attributed to mutations of specific genes, which have a negative impact on protein function. One such gene is PINK1, which functions as the powerhouse of the cell (mitochondria) and plays a crucial role in the process of neuron differentiation.
A recent study in Science revealed an exciting discovery that vitamin K2 alleviates the negative effects of the Parkinson’s-specific PINK1 mutations in fruit flies. Flies are used most in genetic and biological studies because their inner workings and cellular activities closely reflect what occurs within our very own cells. Amazingly, PINK1-deficient flies fed vitamin K2 exhibited significantly improved flight, energy levels and survival rates compared with flies that were not supplemented with the vitamin.
Furthermore, the research revealed that vitamin K2 could transport electrons, a vital step in energy production. Overall the results from this study show a significant leap in our scientific understanding of the potential of vitamin K2, and were a welcome development for those suffering from, not only Parkinson’s, but from a variety of other diseases and disorders.
Innerzyme offers one of the highest potency formulas of Vitamin K2, MK-7 on the market. Each vegetarian capsule – derived from non-GMO soybeans – is loaded with 300mcg of Vitamin K2, MK-7 as menaquinone-7. Research indicates Vitamin K2, MK-7 may have a positive impact on cardiovascular, bone and soft tissue health. For a limited time, you can save 15% off Innerzyme products with promo code “JAN15NEW15” at checkout. Hurry, offer expires 2/1/15!
Each new year brings new food trends in the nutrition world. Whether it be advances in technology and the discovery of new culinary techniques or the revival of popular, healing foods from the past, what’s old is new and what’s new is, well…really interesting. That’s the wonderful thing about food — it’s completely a matter of taste, and there’s no shortage of trends to explore.
Sip on This: In major metropolitan areas people are trading in their Starbucks for coffee cups of bone broth. This nutritiously packed food contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals that can help with everything from joint pain to cellulite. Its soothing, warming – not to mention healing – qualities make bone broth the perfect comfort food this winter.
Get Smart, Be “Bulletproof”: By adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee it becomes Bulletproof Coffee. This combo of ingredients is said to trigger weight loss, decrease brain fog and boost cognitive function.
Insect Invasion – Cricket Flour. Yes you read correctly. It’s popping up in everything from protein bars to baked goods and is being promoted as the most sustainable protein on the planet. Edible insects provide protein, fats and essential amino acids without consuming as many resources or emitting anywhere near the level of greenhouse gases that are associated with the production of animal proteins.
Savory Yogurt – The Stone Barns at Blue Hill in Tarrytown, New York is known as a farm to table mecca amongst the region’s foodie locavores. Recently, they have branched out to add veggies such as beets and squash to their yogurts to rave reviews and predictably delicious results. It shouldn’t be long before other eateries hop on the bandwagon.
Millet, The New Grain – This gluten-free grain has been a staple in Eastern Europe and Asian for thousands of years. It’s delicious, mildly sweet and fluffy when cooked. We recommend toasting millet prior to cooking to bring out its earthy flavor.
A New Superfood: Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Superfruits”,baobab originated in Africa and is loaded with vitamins, fiber and twice the antioxidants of acai fruit. Eat it raw or sprinkle in some baobab power to supercharge your smoothies.
The Future of Food – Molecular gastronomy has been around for a while now, but new techniques are being used to create sustainable foods utilizing plants as an alternative to animal-based foods.
Crazy for Cruciferous: Sometimes genetically modifying vegetable can be good thing, like when it results in an amazing hybrid species such as kalettes. This sweet and nutty union of brussel sprouts and kale burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2014 and is sure to be a new, featured player on the foodie scene in the new year.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of natural cleaning products to our customers: Nellie’s.
Nellie’s is a company developed from honesty and simplicity and, from those beliefs, a line of cleaning products was created. From fragrance sticks to laundry nuggets, every single product is free of irritating toxins and phosphates, creating a hypoallergenic experience. In addition, all items are biodegradable, helping to keep the environment as spotless as your clothes.
Nellie’s all-natural products provide more than an exception clean as they can help your family go green, stripping away toxins and chemicals not only from your clothes and your house but from your life. The company’s products work efficiently in your clothes and soften fabrics without leaving behind that dreaded residue that can absorb into your skin. From dryerballs to laundry soda and everything in between, Nellie’s all-natural has your covered.
Nellie’s all-natural products are biodegradable, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, gluten-free, chlorine-free, phosphate-free, and septic-safe. All products contain no SLS or SLES, GMO’s, parabens, ammonia, and other synthetic fragrances. The company is also Leaping Bunny Certified, ensuring that no animal testing is even done.
One of the company’s top-selling products is Nellie’s All-Natural Laundry Soda. Available in an adorable 100 load tin, this product is perfect for every household as its highly-concentrated formula will leave your clothes soft and fresh, rinsing residue free. Additionally, you can shop the specially designed Nellie’s All-Natural Baby Laundry Soda. This top-quality product is specially formulated to deal with baby’s unavoidable mishaps, with a concentration of sodium percarbonate for natural brightening as well as the addition of pure vegetable soap. There is no needed to add any additional whiteners or brighteners.