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17
OCT

7 Foods You Need to Give Up to Avoid GMOs

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 12:05 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Everyone should be aware of the dangers of GMOs, genetically modified organisms. These organisms whose genetic material has been altered by use of genetic engineering techniques are quite often used in food products. Studies have shown that food derived from GMO crops poses greater risk to health than food from natural, organic sources. Here is a list of 7 foods you need to give up to avoid GMOs.

1. Prepackaged Meals

Prepackaged foods often contain a variety of GMOs in their ingredients. Unless the product is labeled organic, pre-made foods, particularly frozen foods, are made with low-cost food ingredients which usually contain GMOs.

2. Conventional Corn

Conventional corn is the staple of GMO food. By far the largest crop grown in the United States, corn providers have altered the process of growing corn to collect better, more efficient results. GMO corn has been engineered with chemicals that will ward off insects and battle back against herbicides. Corn is used to make High Fructose Corn Syrup, which should be a priority ingredient to be eliminated from your diet.

3. Conventional Milk

Conventional milking cows are fed a steady diet of GMO-laced feed, as well as antibiotics and other drugs to try to keep them healthy. Buy organic milk or use another natural, organic source of milk such as soy or almond.

4. Conventional Tomatoes

Conventional tomatoes most likely contain high amounts of GMOs as the majority of the farms across the nation do not grown organic tomatoes. Regular tomatoes contain herbicides and pesticides built right into it. Remember to avoid other products made from conventional tomatoes such as catchup, sauces, and salsa.

5. Farmed Salmon

Farm-raised salmon is one of the most dangerous food products and definitely one to be avoided.  Farmed fish often live in small tanks in their own feces, and are given fish pellets with all sorts of medicine and growth vitamins to help the fish grow faster so they can be harvested more quickly. Look for wild-caught Alaskan or Norwegian salmon to avoid GMOs and other toxic additives found in farm raised salmon.

6. Conventional Potatoes

Potatoes are used by fast food companies and prepared food companies to make French fries, chips, hash browns, snacks, soups, and many other foods. Regular potatoes have GMO chemicals which are placed right into the seed itself. You can shop organically grown potatoes as well as products made from organic potatoes.

7. Soybeans

Soybeans are the second-largest crop grown in America and, unfortunately, the use of GMOs in soybeans is greater than in other crops. Soybean oil and other soy-derived products are likely to contain GMOs. Search for organic alternatives or non-GMO labels before buying any soy product.

 

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15
OCT

What’s New? Para’Kito

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living at 12:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to announce the introduction of an innovative brand of natural prevention against mosquito bites: Para’Kito.

Para’Kito has created and developed new products to help in the prevention of mosquito bites. Using a revolutionary system, the company offers refillable wristbands and clips based on a proprietary technology of impregnation of essential oils into polymers. These products have become the reference in natural prevention against mosquito bites effects in France and Spain where Para’Kito holds the number one position. The company has quickly expanded from its initial footprint in Western Europe into an international brand present in the five continents.

Para’Kito’s fun, fashionable wristbands come in a range of bold colors including blue, fuchsia, yellow, orange, black and white. New for this year, the company is now offering a collection of cool graphic bands bring your wardrobe to life. Designed to make a difference, the graphic band is available in Love, Camo, Flower, Paw, Heart and Lizard graphics.

How it works? Para’Kito bands can be worn on the wrist or ankle, day and night to prevent from the effects of mosquito bites. Long lasting, the Para’Kito pellets last for fifteen days and are waterproof, meaning that swimming, heavy rain or any contact with water does not affect the product’s efficacy. Clips are also available in a range of six colors and can be attached to clothing or hand luggage for a convenient and smart way to guard against the mosquito bites effects.

Para’Kito is a natural product. The Para’Kito pellet does not come in contact with the skin and, therefore, is suitable for pregnant women and young children and recommended for individuals susceptible to skin allergies and irritations.

You can save even more on when you shop these amazing Para’Kito items at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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7
OCT

Add to Your Diet: Five Super Berries to Improve Your Health

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Super berries are among the hottest, most popular super-foods in the market and for good reasons. These nutrient-rich foods have high concentrations of anthocyanin, a super antioxidant that may help lower blood pressure and improve blood vessel function, among other health benefits. If you are not sure which one(s) should you add to your diet, here’s a great list for five super berries that can help improve your health.

1. Açai berry

Perhaps the most popular of the miracle, super-food variety, açai berries are harvested from açai palm trees native to the rain forests of South America. Among its health benefits, açai has been known to help with weight loss and high cholesterol, give a boost to erectile dysfunction, support arthritis, aid detoxification, and improve overall health. Açai berries have proven to be a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.

 

 

2. Blueberry

 

Blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Studies have shown that blueberries may reduce memory decline as well as heart attack risk, can improve vision, and may provide other anti-aging benefits. They are also an excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and a good source of dietary fiber.

 

 

3. Cranberry

 

Cranberry can help prevent urinary tract infections but this North America native fruit offers a variety of other health benefits. Cranberries have a long history of use for medicinal purposes, including treatments for wounds, diarrhea, diabetes, stomach ailments and liver issues.

 

 

4. Goji berry

 

Native to the Himalayan region of China and Tibet, Goji berries have been used by Chinese herbalists for years to help eyesight, boost immune function and promote longevity. Goji berries contain very high antioxidant concentration as well as remarkable levels of vitamin C, beta carotene, amino acids, iron, and B vitamins.

 

 

 

5. Noni berry

 

Originally from the tropical areas of the South Pacific, noni berry has been a popular ingredient in Polynesian cultures to treat menstrual cramps, bowel irregularities, diabetes, liver diseases and urinary tract infections. Noni offers significant amounts of vitamin C, niacin, iron, potassium, with lesser amounts of vitamin A and calcium.

 

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4
OCT

What’s New? Kulae

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a top-quality brand of exercise and fitness accessories to our customers: Kulae.

Kulae manufactures eco-friendly, high-quality yoga mats, hot yoga mats and other yoga accessories. The company works around the clock to ensure that the yoga and fitness experience of all customers is in concert with the world in which we live. The durability, comfort and traction of these mats are second to none.

Kulae offers the best-on-the-market, most stylish and eco-friendly yoga mat, hot yoga mat, and yoga gear on the planet. All lines of Kulae tpECOmat are 100% biodegradable, 100% recyclable, and contain no PVC, latex, cadmium, lead or rubber, which means no allergies. The majority of these eco-friendly yoga mats are dual layer constructed, providing two color options and two distinct, grippy surfaces for you to choose from. Kulae’s eco mats are made of eco-conscious TPE using closed cell technology, which means that bacteria and germs cannot get “trapped” in the mat, as is the case with most natural rubber mats. You will get the grip of a traditional “sticky” mat without the smell, the heavy carrying weight and lingering odors found in traditional rubber/PVC mats.

Additionally, Kulae’s Elite Hot Hybrid hot yoga mat combines the function and support of a traditional yoga mat with the absorbability of a thirstiest towel. Made of environmentally friendly, ECO PER and bamboo microfiber, this mat is free of the six most harmful phthalates and is sure to be the standard by which all hot yoga mats are measured. 100% Recyclable and 100% Biodegradable, the Elite Hot Hybrid is the perfect hybrid combo of a mat and a towel to keep it dry.

You can save even more on these fantastic new items from Kulae when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code OCT14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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28
SEP

5 Items From Your Kitchen That Will Make You Beautiful

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

The kitchen is a nightmare place for many people trying to lose weight. Folks on weight-loss diets often avoid this part of the house hoping to prevent an unnecessary snack or meal. But did you know that many items in your kitchen can actually help your weight-loss program?  So, here is a list of five items from your kitchen that can help make you beautiful:

1- Cinnamon:

 

Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body as well as speeding up the metabolism of glucose. Cinnamon helps prevent increased storage of fats caused by high blood sugar levels. Plus, cinnamon helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently and delays the passing of food from the stomach into the intestine making you feel satisfied for a longer time.

 

2- Coconut Oil:

 

Coconut oil is known for causing a metabolic boost when taken regularly. Studies have shown that just over a tablespoon for women and just less than two tablespoons for men each day may double the weight-loss in overweight people. Researchers believe that the extra calorie burn produced by coconut oil is the reason for such impressive results after continue use of the product for three months.

 

 

3- Coffee:

 

Coffee is well-known for helping with weight-loss. Studies have shown that drinking coffee may slightly increase weight loss or in actuality prevent weight gain by suppressing the appetite or the desire to eat. Caffeine is proven to help with calorie burning by stimulating thermogenesis. It is important to note that coffee weight-loss studies are always based on 100% pure coffee without sugar, milk or any additional flavoring.

 

 

4- Honey:

 

Here’s a tricky one. Americans consume too much sugar and processed food but a tablespoon of honey before bed may help with weight-loss as the body begins to burn more fat during those early hours of sleep. Try to replace all sugar from your diet with honey, including artificial sweeteners. Use honey in your tea, coffee and cereal instead of refined sugar. The results of this simple switch may surprise you!

 

 

5- Lemon:

 

Adding lemons to your water may sound like a silly idea for weight-loss but did you know that lemon water combines powerful agents that improve your chances for weight-loss? The potent vitamin C and antioxidants of lemon and the digestion-improving ability of hot water may be the perfect combination to help your weight-loss program.

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17
SEP

Amazing Body Oils

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

One of the best ways to keep your skin properly moisturized is to use body oils regularly. Not as popular as body lotions, body oils are an excellent alternative and offer additional benefits to keep your skin moisturized while relaxing your mind and improving your body’s overall health.

Body oils are smooth, thick and highly concentrated liquids that are usually clear in color and enhance the appearance and quality of skin. The best body oils are organic, free of chemicals and extracted from roots, fruits, flowers and leaves. Some people avoid using body oil because they believe oil and skin don’t mix, often leaving the body greasy. In fact, body oils actually enhance the quality of your skin because they soak quickly and deeply into skin to leave it moisturized for longer periods of time.

Massaging your skin with body oils may help to improve your overall health by reducing aches and pains and decreasing stress. Some body oils contain special blends of ingredients designed to target specific areas of your body. For example, some oils help to relieve upset stomachs while others improve circulation, alleviate pain in sore muscles and relieve stiff joints. Many of the benefits of body oils relate to their use in massage therapy. Body oils make it easier to rub and massage skin, causing less friction and discomfort when a masseuse manipulates your body tissue.

Additionally, body oils are perfect for Swedish massage techniques to calm the nervous system and increase nutritive circulation in the skin. In addition to helping alleviate everyday aches and pains, studies have shown that massage lessens stiffness and increases the function of joints for those suffering from osteoarthritis.

Lastly, body oils are more economical than lotions. This might seem contradictory because the best body oils are more expensive than lotions, but remember that a little body oil goes a long way and you used much less than lotion for each session, saving some money on the long run. You only need to use a little bit of oil to cover a lot of skin and moisturize skin effectively. While it might take several pumps of body lotion to quench your skin’s thirst, a tiny dollop of body oil will be sufficient in covering most of your body.

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9
SEP

What’s Your Dosha?

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs at 2:22 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

The ancient Hindu practice of Ayurvedic medicine believes that everything in the universe is made up of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether (space.) These elements combine to form the three doshas, or metabolic types, that are represented in the human body in several different forms. For instance, bones and teeth are associated with earth, blood and lymph with water, metabolism with fire, oxygen with air, and ether with the spaces found between matter, which are often represented by vibration or sound.

So, what’s your dosha? Read on to find out!

Vata

People who exhibit the physical characteristics of a vata are either very tall or very short with a slight physique. Thin is in as far as vatas go, as they often have thin skin, hair, mouths and necks. A classic vata face is usually long and angular, often with an underdeveloped chin, pale eyes and a small, narrow nose. A vata’s teeth are irregular or protruding, set in receding gums. And while the voice is weak, low or cracked, vatas tend to be motormouths, with extremely fast speech patterns. Vatas have restless minds, tend to overanalyze and have weak memories. They are what most of us think of when we hear the phrase “the sensitive type” and are likely to be artistic, creative and susceptible to many forms of overindulgence.

Pitta:

Pittas are more of the fiery type. They can be loud, authoritative and convincing debaters. Physically they have soft, warm skin that sweats easily and tends to burn in the sun. Reddish hair that prematurely grays is another hallmark of the pitta, who also possesses a heart-shaped face, a pointed chin and nose and yellowish teeth. Pittas have are classic intellectuals and boast great organizational skills. Most pittas are fast learners and have excellent memories. And it’s precisely because of those selectively excellent memories that you never want to cross one. Pittas can be quick to anger, argumentative and are jealous and aggressive by nature.

Kapha:

The prototypical strapping kapha has a thick, broad frame and large limbs that pairs nicely with a deep, resonant voice. A kapha’s skin is usually oily and pale, but they make up for that with shocks of dark, wavy hair and a full face. Kapha’s can be easily recognized by their tree trunk-like neck, rounded nose, light eyes, large mouth and huge teeth. Kaphas are often calm, logical and considerate. Stable and patient, they are slow to anger and often calm down quickly on the rare occasions when they do let their emotions get the better of them. More passive by nature, kaphas can come off as lazy and ummotivated – even dull — to those who don’t know them. But don’t let their easygoing disposition fool you, kaphas have a naturally strong sex drive.

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9
SEP

5 Basics Any Yogi Should Know

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

5 Basics Any Yogi Should Know

Yoga is the union of body and mind. Whether you do it for improved flexibility or spirituality, here’s a few essentials you need to know before you step foot on the mat

1. Why we “Om” – “Om”, pronounced “A-U-M,” is the alpha and the omega. Everything and nothing. It’s the sound of the universe. When we “om” together, we become one with the universe.

2. Show respect with “Namaste” – Namaste (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”,) can have many variations in translation.  “The soul in me honors the soul in you.” Traditionally, Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting used in India but is also invoked at the end of a class to show gratitude.

3. Downward dog has nothing to do with your pet – Adho Mukha Svanasana is sometimes referred to as the mother of all poses in yoga. During this asana remember to spread the fingers wide and roll the shoulder blades back but don’t hyperextend the spine. Find your place in the pose and enjoy the benefits, which include decreased back pain, less tension, fewer headaches, lessened anxiety and improved circulation. Now, athletes and novices alike can get down with that!

4. Is it time for Savasana yet? – Also known as everybody’s favorite pose, it’s that time at the end of a class when you lie on your back and just let go. It serves multiple purposes for the physical, spiritual and philosophical self. Comfort is key during this pose. Feel free to ask your teacher for accessories like a blanket or bolster before you dive deep into relaxation.

5. Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing – Do not look over to your neighbor’s mat in envy of their eight-angle pose. Yoga is not about being bendy. It’s a reminder that all things take time and easing into. It forces us to be okay with the unknown and allows us to quiet the mind and just be.

 

 

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1
SEP

Cashews: Healthy, Delicious Snacks

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

One of the best ways to feel good about snacking is when you find out that your favorite snack offers multiple health benefits. So, if you like cashews, we have good news for you.

A recent study shows that regular consumption of cashews can be beneficial for healthy muscles and nerves as it contains good levels of magnesium, a vital mineral for the healthy development of bones, muscles, tissues, and organs of the body. Magnesium is known to maintain proper nerve function and keep the bones strong. A deficiency of magnesium alters the metabolism of calcium and the hormones responsible for its regulation.

Considered a “super nut”, cashews are very nutritious and a powerhouse of proteins and essential minerals including copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Cashews also contains vitamins such as C, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6, folate, E (alpha-tocopherol) and vitamin K (phylloquinone). These tropical nuts are a source of oleic acid and provide a good quantity of monounsaturated fat and low amounts of polyunsaturated fats with no harmful cholesterol, if consumed appropriately. Additionally, cashews are a good source of healthy dietary fats, which are essential for our body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and produce fatty acids that are vital for the development of the brain and blood clotting.

Additional health benefits of cashews include a healthy heart and relief from diabetes. By offering antioxidant defenses, these delicious nuts also aid in the formation of red blood cells. Cashews provide phosphorous, which is essential for the healthy development of teeth and bones. Lastly, cashews may help prevent anemia as they are a good source of iron which is vital for carrying oxygen around the body and aids in the functioning of enzymes and the immune system.

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20
AUG

What’s New? Pur Gum

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of natural, great-tasting chewing gum to our customers: Pur Gum.

Pur Gum offers a unique selection of aspartame-free gum products. The company has developed this exclusive great-tasting chewing gum using only the highest quality ingredients available. Pur Gum has become the number one selling aspartame-free gum worldwide since the initial launch in 2010. The company’s philosophy is to make simple substitutions by eliminating chemical sweeteners thus providing consumers with optimal health, and confidence in chewing gum.

Pur Gum products are vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, nut-free, diabetic friendly and dairy free. Swiss made, Pur Gum products are made without chemicals or artificial sweeteners, and only sweetened with xylitol, a natural sweetener derived from corn fibers grown in Europe. Pur Gum contains absolutely no animal ingredients, and is 100% certified Vegan.  Aspartame is the man-made, synthetic sweetener found in most sugar-free gums, beverages, and candies. This food additive has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, mood change, vomiting, nausea, and change in heart rate. Pur Gum is completely aspartame-free, sweetened instead with Xylitol, an all-natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables.

Xylitol is good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, and has the same sweetness as sugar, making it the ideal natural sugar replacement. Each Pur Gum contains one gram of Xylitol and only 2.4 calories per gram.

Pur Gum is available in four mouthwatering flavors: spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen and pomegranate mint.

Save even more when you shop Pur Gum products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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1
AUG

Stop the Stink Naturally

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably heard about how the deodorants commonly found at your local grocery store are filled with nasty stuff that can cause Alzheimers’s, birth defects and multiple types of cancers. Before you make your next purchase, be sure to check out the label and try to avoid the following ingredients:

The main ingredient in antiperspirants is aluminum. This metal helps prevent sweat from leaving your pores and has been linked to breast cancer in women and Alzheimer’s in men. Another toxic component is propylene glycol – a petroleum-based product that easily penetrates the skins and acts as a wetting agent. It can cause cancer and contains toxins that disrupt reproductive function.

Other chemicals to watch out for include Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan, Diproplyene Glycol, 1 PEG-14 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG – 18/18 Dimethicone and PEG-8 Distearate. I know this may seem confusing (unless you’re a chemist) but when in doubt check out Environmental Working Group’s  site for a list of natural deodorant brands that are safe to use.

Before you make the switch to the au naturale route there are a few things you should know. For the first 7-14 days your body will go through an adjustment period – ie, you might stink during this time. But have no fear; your body is merely detoxing years of accumulated toxins that have burrowed themselves in your underarm areas. During this time it’s best to wear loose, breathable fabrics to prevent your perspiration from sticking to your body. Also, try to reduce your intake of red meat. Recent studies revealed those who have a higher consumption of red meat have an increased likelihood of sweating. Also, try to stay away from processed foods, opting instead for a more plant-based, whole foods diet. While showering, rub a sugar scrub on your armpits to exfoliate the top layer of skin and speed up the detox period.

Remember, everyone’s body is different and what works for you may not work for somebody else. Keep trying different brands and feel good about your decision to stop the stink naturally!

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28
JUL

The Always Important Potassium

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Minerals are very important for our health. Some are called essential minerals for a good reason as the human body depends on them for a variety of functions. When listing the essential ones, potassium is certainly on the top of the list.

Potassium is a very important mineral for the human to work properly. It is a type of systemic electrolyte and is essential in coregulating ATP with sodium, an important process for maintaining good health. Your body needs potassium to build proteins and muscle as well as break down and utilize carbohydrates. Additionally, potassium controls the electrical activity of the heart and the acid-base balance of your body.

Many foods contain potassium including all meats, such as red meat and chicken, and fish such as salmon, cod, flounder, and sardines. Vegetarian sources include bananas, broccoli, spinach, legumes, potatoes, tomatoes, papayas, and lentils. Other fruits that contain significant amount of potassium include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwi, prunes, and apricots. Milk and yogurt, as well as nuts, are also excellent sources of potassium.

The Food and Nutrition Center of the Institute of Medicine has established a recommended dietary intake for potassium of 4.7 g/day for adults. Women who are producing breast milk need slightly higher amounts (5.1 g/day). Check with your health care provider to develop a supplementation plan based on your specific needs.

Potassium supplements are an excellent way to ensure you are getting your daily recommended amount. Products are available in tablets, capsules, powder, and liquid form, so you can choose the best way to fit your needs of the always important potassium.

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23
JUL

Rise & Shine With Easy Up Wake Up Aid

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Do you wish that you were connected to your alarm on Facebook just so you could un-friend it? If you’re like me, you practically have to will yourself out of bed one leg at a time each morning. Sure, there’s a seemingly limitless amount of sleeping pills on the market to help you fall asleep easier – you’ve probably seen commercials for these types of products countless times – but can you recall an ad for a product that helped you spring from your slumber, ready to tackle a new day? Not nearly as common, right? Fortunately, there’s a product out there that was made for helping to ease you into your mornings, Easy Up Wake up Aid!

Easy up Wake up Aid is designed to be taken at night and engineered to help you wake up easier and more alert the next morning. The more you dread the idea of rising from a peaceful night’s sleep the more you’ll enjoy Easy Up.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could somehow drink your first cup of coffee while you’re still asleep in the morning? Now you can! Easy Up  is a time delayed coffee extract tablet that is designed to be taken at night and engineered to deliver the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee 7-8 hours later, giving you a much needed head start to your day. Plus, it delivers a second cup throughout the day to keep you going strong. It makes waking up easier and staying alert a breeze!

For a limited time enjoy an extra 15% off Easy Up Wake Up Aid with promotional code ‘JULY14NEW15’ at checkout.

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12
JUL

Eat Your Greens

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Greens are the talk of the town right now. Adding one of the healthiest foods to your diet can improve overall health and well-being. Let’s face it though, not all greens are the same.  Today we are going to look at some of the nutrients and health benefits we can receive by adding greens into our diets.

First off, we’ll talk about one of the trendiest greens right now, kale. Kale is the nutrition All-Star: the “LeBron James” of greens.  Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and contains zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It contains vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K. Kale is also a great anti-inflammatory food because it contains 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids.

The next green everyone is aware of is mostly because of the gigantic muscles and amplified strength it gave to Popeye. But there are a lot more health benefits to consider when it comes to spinach.  Spinach is full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.  Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, K, folate, iron, magnesium and much more. Spinach is a good source of dietary fiber and proteins. The folate in spinach is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, while the magnesium helps lower high blood pressure.

One green that not many people are aware of, but is a nutrition powerhouse is collard greens.  This cruciferous vegetable, used commonly in southern cooking, has one of the greatest abilities to lower cholesterol by binding bile acids.  Collard greens are a good vegetable to add to your diet if you want to improve detoxification, increase antioxidants, fight against cancer and lower inflammation. Besides the previous health benefits mentioned, collard greens are also high in vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6 as well as manganese, fiber and calcium.

Fresh vegetables are the best source of nutrients; however, a great way to make sure that you are getting all your daily servings of greens is by adding in greens formulas to you daily routine. Green Formulas are a good option to keep on hand when fresh isn’t available or when traveling. They are also great for people on the go with work and active lifestyles. Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry a wide variety of certified organic green formulas.

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5 Chemical Free Alternatives to Sunscreen

Filed Under: Environment,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 1:03 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Whether you’re at the beach or just hanging out in your backyard, it’s important to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s damaging rays. Unfortunately, any old sunscreen won’t do. Most commercial sunscreens contain a wide variety of toxic ingredients and have the potential to do more harm than good. Recent reports have suggested that some of the main ingredients found in mass produced sunscreens could even cause cancer.

Here’s a list of potential toxic chemicals that may be learking in you sunscreen:

  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
  • Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3, Oxybenzone
  • Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Homosalate
  • 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
  • Retinyl Palmitate

Luckily, there are ways to protect your skin from overexposure without the use of harsh chemicals. Many natural oils offer protection from the sun and offer varying levels of SPF.

Get sun protection without the toxins

When shopping for sunscreens be sure to read the labels and avoid buying sunscreens containing toxic chemicals, such as those found in the above list. Or you could try making your own using safe oils (some which you can find in your kitchen!).

Here are some natural alternatives to traditional sunscreens that feature some built-in SPF protection:

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can provide a SPF of 8. Even though this isn’t a very high SPF, multiple applications can provide extra moisture and prevent skin from burning.

Wheatgerm Oil

Wheat-germ oil contains vitamin A, vitamin D, B vitamins and antioxidants. These nutrients not only moisturize and heal dry or cracked skin, they also help prevent scarring. In particular, wheat-germ oil has a natural SPF of and is a great source of vitamin E, which helps reduce skin damage.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has an SPF of about 6, which is perfect for low sun levels or people with naturally dark skin. It works wonders on dry skin and eczema because it’s readily absorbed into the skin and contains so many fatty acids.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Red Raspberry Seed Oil is a great additional to skin care products due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, this fruit oil has been found to contain an SPF as high as 28-50 which is equal to that of titanium dioxide.

Carrot Seed Oil

This essential oil is contains a natural SPF of 38 to 40. Carrot seed oil therapeutic benefits include antioxidant, antiseptic and high levels of Vitamin A. Make sure to use with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin.

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