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23
SEP

New Brand Showcase: MealEnders

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing MealEnders, a great tasting, low-calorie, stimulant-free signaling lozenge that help you avoid overeating and master portion control using a combination of behavioral psychology and sensory science.

This revolutionary product addresses the psychology of eating and helps breaking the behavioral cycle of overeating and snacking, but how does it work?

MealEnders uses a duo-sensory taste system as its active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First, the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert, a signal typically associated with the end of a meal. Then, the Inner Core’s Active Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.

Unlike other diets or diet aids that focus solely on your stomach, MealEnders cue the cessation of eating by targeting the mind’s attention and the body’s reaction to sensations.  By engaging your trigeminal nerve, MealEnders keep your mind occupied for up to 20 minutes, the so-called overeating zone, giving your natural satiety process time to kick in and catch up.  When the MealEnders experience dissipates, your body’s natural signaling process of satiation will have begun.

MealEnders fit easily into your existing routine, helping you learn healthy portion control. A straightforward, common-sense way to assist you in reducing the amount of food you eat, MealEnders naturally transition you away from your desire to eat too much and help train the mind and body to eat healthy, right-sized portions.

You can save even more when you shop MealEnders products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.




29
AUG

4 Benefits of CLA Supplementation

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CLA, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, has been an effective and safe weight-loss supplement for many years. A naturally occurring form of the essential fatty acid linoleic, CLA helps block cells from filling up with fat by interfering with a fat-storing enzyme known as lipoprotein lipase. Additionally, the vast majority of CLA supplements are caffeine-free or contain small amounts of caffeine in their formulas, unlike most fat-burners which tend to have a lot of caffeine and may not be suitable to many people.

Often classified as a natural fat burner, CLA offers additional benefits that are not known to many users. Let’s have a quick look at 4 benefits of CLA supplements.

1. Speed Up Metabolic Rate

The most known benefit is that CLA is able to increase metabolic rate, resulting in greater amounts of fat burning, particularly after exercising. This would obviously be a positive benefit for anyone trying to lose weight and improve body composition.

2. Boost Immune System

Staying healthy is key to any weight-loss program and CLA can help boost the immune system. CLA has been known to improve the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria as well as enhance the immune system’s ability to function properly.

3. Enhance Muscle Growth

Studies have shown CLA supplements are known to build up lean muscle and lose extra body fat. For many users, continue CLA supplementation can help accelerate muscle growth.

4. Lower Cholesterol

Since many people these days have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, CLA products may have a positive impact on any person who has high cholesterol, regulating to healthy levels and significantly helping with weight-loss diets.




27
AUG

New Brands Showcase: Faktrition

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of sport nutrition supplements to our customers: Faktrition.

Faktrition is a sports supplement brand offering high-quality products to motivate and empower athletes of all kinds. The company ensures all supplements are 100% transparent, contain no proprietary blends and have complete and effective dosages. Developed by IFBB pro Fakhri Mubarak who has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Mubarak’s credentials range from being a professional athlete to being one of the top nutritional coaches in the world. The company was created to provide a unique brand which creates and develops products based on integrity and trust. All labels display full transparency, as the company say “Labels Don’t Lie”.

One of Faktrition best-selling items is F.Burner Cmplx, a premium weight-loss supplements created with selected ingredients working synergistically to burn fat, increase metabolic rate, and enhance thermogenesis throughout the body. Other popular products include BCAA Cmplx, a 2:1:1 ratio to reduce recovery time, stimulate protein synthesis, and limit muscle breakdown, and PRE Cmplx, a fully clinically dosed stand-alone ingredients to increase blood flow, enhance power and strength, maximize stamina, and reduce fatigue.

You can save even more when you shop Faktrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.




8
AUG

4 Reasons to Incorporate Plant-Based Foods into Your Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PBEvery day, more people are switching to plant-based diets for many different reasons. Some people make the switch to ensure they are eating healthier, more natural foods. Others want to stop or reduce the amount of animal foods they eat on a daily basis. If you would like to see a few more reasons before making the change, we present you 4 good reasons to incorporate plant-based foods into your diet.

1. Heart Health

Eating plant-based foods can significantly lower the risk of developing heart disease. Researchers have concluded that people who eat fruits and vegetables are 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The amount recommended is around eight servings a day, so be sure to add fruits and veggies to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

2. Weight Loss

Everybody knows adding plant-based foods can help with weight-loss but keep in mind you don’t necessary have to completely eliminate meats from your diet. If you find it difficult to stop eating meats, try reducing to two or three times per week first and, then, gradually phasing them out of your menu. Plant-based protein supplements can also be helpful for the majority of weight-loss diets.

3. Skin Care

Smooth and beautiful skin can be achieved from plant-based foods. Some fruits contain pigments and phytochemicals which, along vitamins and minerals, can contribute to healthy skin. For example, citrus fruit contains vitamin C, known to help smooth wrinkles and boost collagen production.

4. Hypertension

Eating a diet with plant-based foods can help lower blood pressure and control hypertension. Studies have shown that high-level consumption of fruits and veggies, particularly vitamin C and potassium, are associated with a significantly lower risk of hypertension.




21
JUL

3 Berries For A Healthy Diet

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

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

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

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

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

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




14
JUN

5 Benefits of Moringa

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Superfoods at 10:14 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Close-up of Maringa green powder Moringaceae the superfood

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.




28
MAY

Muesli: Healthy or Not?

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Aids,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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.




3
MAY

The Benefits of a Probiotic

probioticsProbiotics 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.

 




27
APR

Understanding Paleo Diet & Fitness

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Nutrition at 12:00 pm | By: Mary Nason, Contributing Author
iStock_000085254241_MediumFollowing 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.”

By: Mary Nason




27
APR

Paleo Diet 101

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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.




9
APR

New Brands Showcase: NutraBio

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Amino Main Web Banner(no sale)Lucky Vitamin offers hundreds of top-quality sport supplements but that doesn’t stop us from adding more premium products. The latest addition is NutraBio, an ultra-pure supplement brand.

NutraBio was created to maximize the quality of your life by providing nutrition products based on the latest science and health research. All supplements are manufactured to the highest level of pharmaceutical standards. Since 1996, NutraBio has developed products with only the purest and highest quality ingredients hand-picked by a team of expert chemists from around the world. The company has taken sports nutrition to a whole new level. The idea of an ultra-pure supplement brand is fully enforced by have all products manufactured in a FDA registered and inspected GMP facility exceeding FDA 21 CFR Part 111 c-GMP Regulations.

Every single raw ingredient undergoes state-of-the-art analysis to ensure zero tolerance for impurities and make sure they meet 100% of their label claim.  NutraBio supplements contain absolutely no fillers, excipients or additives. Every ingredient is in its full therapeutic dosage which is listed on the label.

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.

Check this out. Double saving on all NutraBio products. You can save an extra 15% off all NutraBio supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout. Offer expires 4/30/16. Plus, you earn 5X LuckyReward points on all items of this new brand. Click here for more information about LuckyRewards.




5
APR

How To Boost Your Metabolism Naturally Webinar

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 2:37 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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.

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5
APR

Understanding Weight Loss Webinar

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 2:33 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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.

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30
MAR

Spring Season: Time to Start Running!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B30Warmer 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.




25
MAR

5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Cooking

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B25Time 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.

1. 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.

2. Baking

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.

4. Frying

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.

5. Popcorn

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.