There are plenty of alternatives for a healthy breakfast but some foods are often a reason for the endless debate: are they really healthy or not?
Muesli is one of them.
Muesli is often regarded as a healthy breakfast cereal but some people may beg to differ. Normally made up of oats, flakes, nuts, and dried fruit, muesli may also contain other ingredients such as wheat, rye flakes, honey, and spices. With a ton of varieties available, one must check the ingredients before claiming muesli is a healthy option or not.
Muesli typically has less sugar and calories than most breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves and is known for its high amount of fiber which can support the digestive system. Fiber also helps to regulate cholesterol levels and is essential to avoid digestive problems such as constipation. A potent source of antioxidants, muesli is also a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids as long as it contains nuts.
Additionally, muesli can aid in weight-loss as its high fiber content has the ability to make you feel full, which is ideal for a morning meal. Fiber absorbs water and swells up, filling up your stomach and making you feel less hungry during the day. On top of that, it contains B vitamins which help to break down fat in the body.
Most muesli products are more natural and contains less calories and sugar than granola, which usually has more added syrup to aid in the toasting but be careful: some muesli products may have very high sugar amounts. So, look for products with limited dry fruit which are high in sugar. Plus, aim for varieties containing under 20g of carbohydrates per serving.
Probiotics balance the spectrum of live organisms that naturally colonize the human GI tract. Probiotic bacteria is essential for healthy digestion, ensures the intestinal lining stays up to par and aids in the detoxification process.
Immune Support – Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located within your digestive system? Simply put: a healthy gut equals a healthy you! Without a good probiotic, your body cannot absorb fiber, sugars or starches. The good bacteria in your GI tract converts carbs into energy and nutrients for your body.
Childhood Allergies – A recent study found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.
Weight Control – Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than those whose weights fell in the “normal” range. Weight factors including metabolism, hormones and inflammation are all influenced by gut health andprobiotics can help restore this system back to balance.
Women’s Health – Probiotics play an important role in maintaining balance and preventing bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women. Also, L. acidophilius can not only help prevent infection but can help manage active ones.
Urinary Health – If you suffer from frequent UTI then you need a probiotic, stat! The good bacteria may help fight off bad bacteria that can invade your urinary tract.
Infant Health – Colicky babies can benefit from a probiotic. According to Italian researchers, infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic. And it can also help with constipation and acid reflux in babies.
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.
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NutraBio provides you the purest, safest, and most effective weight management and sport supplements that science can offer. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, these products will get you moving fast, jumping higher, and performing better.
This webinar covers natural ways to boost your metabolism through diet, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle modification and sleep. The good and bad of all these various lifestyle topics will be discussed to show how to maximize their effect for you.
This presentation will cover how to achieve weight loss with diet and/or exercise. The equation of weight loss is more than just your body weight. The webinar will help give you and understanding of how macronutrients help to achieve weight loss as well as an understanding of the harm that you cause to your metabolism from dramatic diets.
Warmer days are coming and you can finally get outdoors and start exercising. Well, some people workout outdoors even during the cold, winter months but if you just don’t like the cold weather, now it’s the time to start.
Running is one of the most common outdoor activities for many reasons. It can basically be done pretty much anywhere from parks to streets, beaches to sport fields. Plus, running is free, it has no cost and does not require much equipment, although proper running shoes and clothing are highly recommended. Additionally, running can be done in many different ways: high tempo, jogging, short-distance, long-distance, interval and many other alternative ways.
Some people may say running is a “boring” activity while some others feel they don’t have the motivation to go running on a regular basis. That is indeed one of the most common problems of starting runners but there are a few tips to help keeping up with your workout plan.
First, running alone can be difficult and perhaps a partner may be a great way to “push each other”. Ideally, you should find a running mate who is at the same level as you are and don’t forget to set up days, so both of you do not have time conflicts.
Second, setting up goals can be an excellent way to stay on track. For example, plan to run a 5K, or 10K at some point in the summer or in the fall and you can track and control your results preparing for this “special run”.
Lastly, don’t give up. If you missed a run or two, even a whole week, no problem. Get back on track and if you have to start from day one, no problem again. Running can be fun and the more you run, the easier it gets.
Time and time again we talk about the health benefits of coconut oil but some people still find it difficult to add this incredible product to their diet. We come up with a few suggestion and present you 5 ways to use coconut oil for cooking.
Replacing other cooking oils such as canola oil or any other vegetable oil with virgin organic coconut oil is a great way to start. Coconut oil is perfect for cooking at high heat, particularly since some oils are unsafe for cooking at high temperatures.
Coconut oil is a great replacement for butter and vegetable oils since it can tolerate high temperatures. An excellent dairy-free option, baking with coconut oil also adds an additional flavor to muffins, scones, cookies, brownies and pies.
3. Salad Dressings
Coconut oil is a perfect fit for a delicious salad dressing. This addition is ideal for anyone trying to increase energy levels and lose weight as coconut oil is known to enhance the metabolism and help weight-loss.
Frying can be healthier if you use coconut oil instead of conventional oil. It works really well to fry eggs as well as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and chicken. The additional health benefits combined with the delicious hint of coconut makes this a perfect choice.
This fun part of cooking can also be made with coconut oil. A spoonful of extra virgin organic coconut oil works just perfectly for making popcorn but you can also use it as a topping, drizzling melted coconut oil over popcorn for a sweet taste.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a revolutionary product to our customers: Training Mask.
Training Mask offers a new “Resistance Training Device” product that helps condition the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance and strengthening the diaphragm, making your workout seem like it is being held high in the mountains.
Training Mask works by making your lungs work harder. When that happens, the surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased, thus increasing your stamina and ability to go harder at your sport or simply have increased energy for daily living. The secret of truly elite athletes isn’t the amount of time spent working out, but the intensity of the workout or the determination to push one’s body to the limits.
The effects of high-altitude training can really make a difference to get the most out of a workout. When the air is thinner, your body works harder, increasing your ability to process oxygen. When you return to lower elevations, your performance will show substantial increases in strength, endurance and speed. It’s as if you were wearing a suit of armor while working out and then removed it for the competition.
Training Mask can simulate the benefits of high-altitude training without heading to a mountaintop. Continue use of this revolutionary product will increase your performance in running, swimming, martial arts, yoga, and sports such as soccer, football, hockey, and basketball. Training Mask will make your workout so efficient, you can actually cut the amount of time spent in training. Simply strap it on and begin your normal workout.
Do you known when you need to get fired up for your workout but seems to have a difficult time finding different ways to do it? Yes, we all know that feeling but a few tips can be helpful to keep your exercise routine going. Some people opt to avoid hardcore energy boosters and strong pre-workout supplements and that’s absolutely no problem, as we present you a few natural ways to boost energy before your workout.
First, we tend to think about caffeine when planning a quick way to increase energy prior to a workout and there is a good reason for this way of thinking. Caffeine acts fast to promote mental alertness but only for a temporary period of time. Remember: caffeine doesn’t have to come from coffee or energy drinks as teas (hot and cold) and natural juices, such as acai, contain this popular energy enhancer.
Additionally, vitamins are essential for energy levels particularly B vitamins. Why not taking a B-Complex tablet or a multivitamin before your workout? The results may surprise you as B vitamins have the ability to disperse the energy from food throughout the bloodstream. Keep in mind that being deficient or at low levels of either vitamins or minerals has a direct impact to the inability to function at maximal efficiency.
Rounding up our natural ways to get fired up for a workout is a pretty easy one: rest. Working out when feeling tired is one of the most common mistakes people make on a regular basis. For example, after a long day, many people hit the gym directly after work, without proper nutrition and adequate rest. Don’t do that. Eat a well-balanced, not-heavy meal, ideally with carbs, take a power-nap, 15 to 30 minutes and then start your workout. These two simple tips can give you a rush of new energy for your workout.
Changing your diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple, small changes can really make the difference in the way you eat. If you are looking for ways to make your diet a little healthier, but don’t want to follow any strict regiments, we present you 3 simple ways to make your diet a little heathier.
Instead of crackers with cream cheese, or instead of ice-cream, try popcorn. This whole grain easy-to-make snack contains fiber and, surprisingly, antioxidants. Considered by many nutritionist as the healthiest food snack (particularly organic products), popcorn is very filling, delivering long-lasting crunchy satisfaction.
Hard-boiled eggs are a great addition to your diet as the boiling process removes heart-clogging saturated fats found in eggs when you fry them. Try a boiled egg on a whole-grain English muffin for breakfast instead of fried eggs, sausage and cheese on a bagel.
Chicken Breast and Whole Grain Bread
One of the most popular sandwich consists of a choice of meat, cheese on a white roll with mayo. You can make some small changes and have a much healthier product. For example, chicken breast instead of meat, no cheese, add lettuce or tomatoes (good source of phytonutrients and fiber), use mustard instead of mayo, and use whole grain bread, trimming down carbs and adding fiber. The result is a delicious meal with much less calories than the traditional one.
Superfoods are an excellent choice for your diet but with so many options to choose from, it might be challenging to choose just one or two of these amazing products. If you are unsure about what superfood to choose, we present you a great, yet not so popular choice for your super source of nutrition.
Moringa is a superfood known for its high nutritional value. Originally from the Himalayas in India but also cultivated in Central and South America, Moringa contains 92 nutrients, 46 types of antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, and a multitude of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and much more. It also contain 18 amino acids, including all essential amino acids.
Nicknamed “The Miracle Tree” and “The Elixir of Long Life”, Moringa Oleifera superfood is a complete product that will not only provide you with the vitamins you need, but also improve your overall health as well. Moringa supplements are known to boost energy levels and improve mood but this exotic superfood may help to treat a variety of health issues too. Studies have shown that moringa may help improve digestion, enhance the immune system, lower blood pressure, and treat stomach ulcers.
Moringa Oleifera was featured in the Dr. Oz talk show as he pointed out its energy enhancing properties. Many people have reported a boost in their energy levels after taking Moringa supplements.
The old saying has an updated version. No pain, no gain is a thing of the past as many supplements can help you gain muscle and support muscle recovery at the same time. BCAA supplements are one of these great products known to help increase muscle mass, speed up recovery, and enhance athletic performance.
Short for Branched-Chain Amino Acids, BCAA are known as the building blocks of muscle mass. Research suggests that continue use of BCAA can help individuals not only to build muscle, but also burn fat, and increase athletic performance.
Considered one of the best post workout recovery products, BCAA supplements contain three essential amino acids which play an important role in protein synthesis: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. By taking BCAA’s, the breakdown of muscle, known as muscle catabolism, can be prevented quickly, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.
The perfect supplement for endurance and strength training, BCAA has also the ability to prevent muscle loss at high altitudes and prolong endurance performance in the heat, a common condition for marathon or triathlon runners. A popular supplement in the bodybuilding and fitness community, BCAAs are useful for gaining mass and maintaining muscle mass even while on a calorie-deficit diet. BCAAs not only increase the rate of protein synthesis, but they also increase the cell’s capacity for protein synthesis.
Additionally, BCAAs might also help improve workout intensity as it competes with the amino acid tryptophan for entry into the brain, where Tryptophan can be converted to the neurotransmitter serotonin. During exercise, serotonin levels rise and can increase fatigue. BCAA supplementation reduces the amount of tryptophan that enters the brain, and therefore reduces the amount of serotonin produced.
The beginning of the year brings up a lot of questions regarding nutrition. Some people struggle to find a way to eat less calories without dropping the nutrition intake. Eating less food may lead to less nutrients including vitamins and minerals but how can you have a successful weight-loss diet without reducing your daily intake of vitamins and minerals?
Of course, the answer to this question depends a lot on your diet but one beverage can be very helpful during this very challenging time of the year.
Yerba Mate is a great source of not only vitamins but also minerals and other nutrients. This traditional South American beverage contains vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B5, niacin (B3) as well as important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, selenium, potassium, and phosphorus. All these important nutrients are necessary to sustain a healthy life and vital to promote energy, a key element for any diet.
Native to subtropical South America in northeastern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, Yerba Mate leaves contain caffeine and can promote a boost of energy as well as a variety of other health benefits. Research suggests that yerba mate can help regulate cholesterol levels, increasing HDL and reducing LDL. Researchers also believe that drinking yerba mate infusions may also reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Yerba Mate can be considered one of the healthiest herbs as researchers have concluded that it’s difficult to find a plant which can match mate’s nutritional value. Mate is more nutritious than green tea and studies have shown that mate can edge all the commonly used stimulants such as coffee, green tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, as it delivers more energy and nutrition.