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27
JAN

10 Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues

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

Looking for some ways to boost your mood and motivation even on the darkest of chilly days this winter? We present you 10 ways to avoid the winter blues this season.

1. Take Vitamin D supplements

Increasing your vitamin D intake should be a priority in the winter months. The body reserves of this immune-boosting vitamin fall dangerously low at this time of the year. Taking vitamin D supplements can be very helpful to compensate the lack of sun exposure, one of the best ways to produce vitamin D.

2. Spend Time Outside

Try to enjoy the snow and the cold weather instead of always avoiding it. Ice-skating, snowboarding and sledding are fun activities you may want to give a try this winter. If you are not into winter action, take some pictures as snow and ice can make wonderful stages for beautiful photos.

3. Exercise

No matter the time of the year, exercising is always great! Exercise helps your mind by releasing those feel good chemicals that improve your mood. One of the best ways to fight off depression and stay in shape, exercising in the winter can be done either indoor or, for the braves ones, outdoors.

4.Aromatherapy

For many people, aromatherapy is the best way to lift your spirits. Smells can be a big source of comfort and evoke memories of happier times. Studies have shown that aromatherapy can be an effective supplementary treatment for people with depressive symptoms.

5. Be Social

Stay social during the winter months. Invite family and friends over, go for walks, or start a group activity. These are some of the great ways to stay “connected” and happy during the cold days.

6. Enjoy Hibernation

Why not? One of the best ways to stay happy during the winter is enjoying “hibernation”. Stay home, watch movies, read a book, eat some popcorn, or drink hot chocolate, that’s just a few ideas to help you enjoy the “indoors”.

7. Get More Lights in Your Home

In some northern places, lack of light during the winter has been linked to depression. With shorter days and shorter sunlight, lighting up your home can be helpful to keep your mood and energy up.

8. Relax

Spending time doing nothing can also help. Catch up on your sleep, take a long bath, or relax for a whole morning or a whole day if you can. Try yoga to alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Relaxation is one of the best ways to avoid winter blues.

9. Go on a Trip

Travelling is always fun. Going from a cold place to a warmer paradise makes it even more fun. Enjoying a winter trip, even if it’s a short weekend one, can be a wonderful way to stay happy.

10. Sleep Well

People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. Try to catch up with your sleep when it’s cold outside. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent, normalizing sleeping patters and getting more daily energy.

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17
JAN

7 Medicinal Teas that Heal

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Teas at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Teas have been used medicinally for years. During the winter months, we often look for some help from teas to battle common health issues. So, here’s a helpful list of 7 medicinal teas that heal.

1. Echinacea

One of the most popular healing teas, Echinacea stimulates the body’s immune system to fight off bacterial and viral attacks. This delicious herbal tea is known to fight off colds, relive pain and reduce inflammation.

2. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is one of the best options for people looking for calming, relaxing teas. This soothing tea has mild sedative properties which can help relieve anxiety and promote better sleep. It is also a good option to treat indigestion and nausea.

3. Goldenseal

Often combined with Echinacea, this tea is also known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. The chemical berberine in goldenseal activates white blood cells that destruct viruses, bacteria, fungi.

4. Mint

One of the most flavorful, refreshing options, mint tea helps minimize congestion, is a mild expectorant for a chest cold or bronchitis, and can also reduce stomach pain. Despite many varieties available, most mint teas offer similar healing properties, whether you choose spearmint or peppermint, as the active component is menthol.

5. Lemon

Lemon tea is an excellent source of vitamin C, known for multiple health benefits. Lemons contain bioflavonoids that help maintain adequate levels of vitamin C in every cell of your body, boosting immune system function and promote overall health. If you do not like the taste of lemon tea, add some honey or just add a slice of lemon to your favorite tea.

6. Cinnamon

The smell of cinnamon has many tea lovers listing this as their number one tea. Cinnamon offers anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and contains an excellent amount of immune-boosting antioxidants. Among the benefits, cinnamon increase blood flow and improve circulation as well as soothe a sore throat and reduce cold symptoms.

7. Ginger

Ginger is one of the best options to heal cough and cold. It is also widely used to reduce nausea and prevent or treat motion sickness. Some people may not enjoy the taste of ginger teas but a quick fix is to add a spoon of natural honey to your hot beverage.

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23
DEC

More than Muscles: 4 Reasons to Start Taking Creatine

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Sports Nutrition at 6:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

When you think of creatine, you probably think of a bunch of guys pumping iron in the gym. What you don’t know is that creatine has a long list of benefits that goes well beyond the gym.

Fountain of Youth – On a cellular level, creatine supports skin function by supporting regeneration of cells and connective tissue.  With an increase in cellular turnover, collagen and elastin are working harder to slow down the hands of time.

Heart of Gold – Research has shown that supplementation can lower triglycerides which lowers the risk of heart disease. Those who suffer from congestive heart failure can also benefit from creatine by increasing their muscle strength, muscle mass and physical endurance.

Does a Body Good – Creatine increases muscle strength and muscle size. As we age, are body experiences a drop in growth hormone.  By preserving this muscle, not only do we avoid sarcopenia (muscle loss) but we can prevent osteoporosis too!

Sharp as a Tack – Our brain cells require a lot of energy to function on a metabolic level.  Research has shown through creatine supplementation we can increase our short and long term memory.

Recently, more and more studies have shown other therapeutic benefits of creatine for the treatment of chronic diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Muscular Dystrophy. Our lifestyle choices can contribute to many of these diseases so why not make the healthy choice to age gracefully with the help of creatine.

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21
DEC

Why Be Mindful?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mindfulness at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

We go through life day by day almost as if we are on autopilot. We wake up, go to work, come home, cook dinner, go to sleep and do it all over again the next day. Maybe your daily routine changes through out the day but the basis for your day is still the same. All of the stress, worry, anger etc. associated with our daily activities can lead to numerous health-related problems. Anxiety and depression are just two conditions that more and more Americans are starting to unfortunately become familiar with.  Just because our days seem more and more worse off by the minute doesn’t mean your anxiety and depression has to as well.

In a recent article researchers found that mindfulness for the treatment of anxiety and depression was as effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is one of the most frequently used psychotherapeutic modalities.  It has also been used worldwide as a stress reduction technique. But what does it mean to be mindful? Mindfulness is becoming aware to what is happening to us moment by moment. In other words mindfulness is all about being present.  In order to practice mindfulness you must pay precise nonjudgmental attention to all of your experiences both physical and mental. This means that instead of rejecting a feeling because it is bad or good you learn to cope with this feeling by not labeling it. Mindfulness teaches us to be present for all of our daily activities instead of being on “autopilot.”

With the craziness that the holidays bring into our already stressful lives try looking into meditation techniques that might help reduce some of the stress this holiday season. Also use mindfulness to enjoy the happy moments and be present for all the joy the holiday season may bring into your life.

 

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18
DEC

Wellness tips for a Healthier You

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Let’s face it; the holidays are a time for family, joy, food, and unfortunately the ever-present unwanted stress.  A new year brings new beginnings and new opportunities. Opportunities to start making time for yourself so you get your health back, or at least improve on it.  Whether you want to shed a couple pounds, detox, find more energy, or just feel better these simple tips will help you get 2015 off on the right foot.

  • Sleep – Everyone knows the importance of sleep. Let’s face it.  You can’t start your day off on the right foot, if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sleep deprivation has been shown to affect not only your immune system but also your cardiovascular system.  Sleep deprivation has been linked to diabetes, obesity, and decreased mental health. Every night you should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep in a dark room.  Cover any light producing objects as it has been shown to affect sleep patterns.  A great tip for a better nights sleep is to hide the alarm clock. Don’t worry about how much sleep you have left by watching the clock and just enjoy your sweet dreams.
  • Exercise – Regular exercise has many benefits. Exercising daily has been shown to improve sleep quality so long as you don’t workout too close to bedtime.  Exercise, such as a brisk 30 minute walk stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.  A daily exercise routine is a great way to control weight, combat health conditions, and boost your energy.  It is also a great way to battle the stress of your day.
  • Diet – Diets are one of the keys to wellness. If we don’t give our bodies the proper nutrients, then it won’t be able to function properly. Eating a diverse diet that contains fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and fat is very important.  In 2015, try cutting back on the sugars, reducing your intake of white bread and limiting those unnecessary processed foods.  Instead, try to increase foods like avocado, artichokes, asparagus, kale and the many other foods that help support your natural detox pathways.
  • Get outside – Being in nature is the way we are supposed to live our lives. There is a great deal of research being done on the benefits of being in a green environment, and no I am not talking about recycling and energy efficient environments. I am actually talking about being in nature or near green plants. One research article found children with ADD/ADHD had fewer symptoms when activities were carried out in a green or natural outdoor setting such as parks, woods, farms, etc. Another set of research showed that surgery patients in a hospital with rooms that had a view of a tree, had shorter visits, fewer negative evaluative comments from nurses, and even took fewer moderate to strong analgesic doses. In the New Year, try getting out of the cafeteria and eating your lunch outside.   Take a walk in the park or near patches of green, and buy some plants to keep in the house.

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25
NOV

7 Ways to Practice Gratitude

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

We all wish we could live in a world full of joy and happiness. Joy and gratitude are spiritual practices that can help human interconnectedness and promote better lives. We often do not realize how wonderful life is and do not recognize how good things really are. Practicing gratitude can be an excellent way to promote happiness and bring better days for you, your family and your friends. Here is 7 ways to practice gratitude:

 

1. Say “Thank You”

Say these two magic words can really make a difference. It is always nice to hear that from our partner, kids, parents or friends. Sometimes we are so used to people doing the little things in life like cooking, cleaning, making breakfast, taking the trash out, that we forget to appreciate these small gestures.  Say “thank you” frequently, as often as you can.

2. Call your family members frequently

Call your mother, father, or grandparents just to check in. Tell them something about your life, share some good news, even if those news are not so important. Ask them if they need any help or maybe find an activity that can be done together.

3. Don’t forget anniversaries

Birthdays and anniversaries are special occasions and a great time to practice gratitude. With today’s technology, it is a lot easier to remember these moments and celebrate special days with your loved ones.

4. Respect the nature

Showing gratitude does not necessary have to be towards people. Promoting gratitude can be a simple gesture to show respect and kindness to the Mother Nature as well as pets or animals. Cleaning up your street or a public area nearby can be a great way to help, not just the environment but other people too. You can be sure that some people will be grateful to your simple gesture.

5. Expand your understanding

People are different and have different opinions and views about many things in life. Many times we argue and even fight just because we are unable to accept differences. You do not have to change your opinion about a subject but you can expand your understanding towards other ideas or point of views.

6. Thank the people behind the service

We come across many people in life that are also part of our life for short moments. Think of the barista, the bank teller, the cashier at the grocery store and many others who are somehow quickly, but often, part of our life. Take a minute to sincerely thank them for the ease they bring to your life.

7. Write a Letter of Gratitude

One of the most common ways to show gratitude is to write a letter. Send one to a teacher, coworker, mentor, coach, friend or anyone who has made a difference in your life.

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24
NOV

Wonderful Aromatherapy!

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Aromatherapy has become one of the most popular therapies and the number of practitioners continue to grow year after year. If you are one of the few people still not familiar with this amazing therapy, here is a quick guide to introduce you to aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oils therapy, uses a plant’s aroma-producing oils, called essential oils, to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots and then mixed with other substances such as oil, alcohol, or lotion. The end result is used as a product that people can apply onto the skin as well as spray in the air or inhale. You can also massage the oils into the skin or pour them into bath water. Originated in Europe, aromatherapy has been practiced in the old continent since the early 1900s.

Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. The oils are thought to interact with the body’s hormones and may cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. In addition, aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. Studies have shown that regular therapy may help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Practitioners of aromatherapy are often licensed health professionals such as massage therapists, nurses, and counselors. They may have experience and training in aromatherapy but it is important to talk with your doctor to see whether aromatherapy may be helpful and safe for your specific health condition.

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19
NOV

4 Tips for Healthy Living

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

 

Healthy living is such a popular subject these days. Magazines, TV shows, radio programs, all seem to approach this interesting and, why not, fun subject. As we discuss what makes healthy living possible, there are little things we can do in life to achieve our goals. So, here we list 4 tips for healthy living:

1. Nature Walks: Walking in the nature is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable things to do. Getting some fresh air is essential for most people who live busy lives, particularly the ones working in offices and inside buildings for most of the week. The contact with the nature can also bring so much energy to people and is considered by many one of the best stress-relief activities.

2. Eat fruits every day: Eating fruits is an excellent way to promote healthy living but not just because they provide a lot of vitamins and minerals. Along with the healthy nutrients, eating fruits can be an excellent way to replace bad habits. For example, blueberries instead of cookies, a glass of orange juice instead of a soda, an apple instead of a cigarette break and so on.

3. A Stress-Relieve Day: Take one day of the week to relax. OK, if you cannot take a whole day, take a half day, or a shift: a morning, an afternoon or a night. We often work 5 days and have two days off. Take some time to really enjoy yourself and relax. No alarm-clock, no cooking, no laundry and, if possible, enough sleeping or some time outdoors.

4. Turn off the TV: This may be a difficult one for many people but taking a break from watching TV can be very healthy. Go for a walk instead, or work in the garden, organize some of your personal stuff. Try to do something that does not give you the chance to watch TV, or have the TV on when you are doing something else.

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9
NOV

What’s New? Balanced Guru

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

Balanced Guru is a recently added premium line of certified organic skin, body, hair and energy products, now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Balanced Guru offers unique products created and developed to help you find balance in every aspect of your being. All products can help balance your beauty through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. By combining ancient eastern wisdom with modern western science, the company has unique formulations to integrate the benefits of aromatherapy and wholesome ingredients to balance your health and beauty.

Beauty and health starts from within, thus, Balanced Guru believes in simultaneously nurturing body, mind and spirit in everything we do. Additionally, Balanced Guru was created with a conscious and passionate commitment to promote the wellbeing of customers and the planet we all share. The company crafts wholesome products that are certified organic, cruelty-free, and sustainable while limiting the environmental impact and maximizing the social impact by giving it back to communities.

The company only uses ingredients and materials that are safe for our bodies and the environment, including raw ingredients which are always natural, certified organic and come from sustainable harvesting. All jars and bottles are made with 100% recycled and recyclable post-consumer resin. In addition, all packaging, marketing and shipping materials are made with 100% recycled and recyclable paper, and labels and formulations are 100% biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

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7
NOV

Natural Beauty- Limitless Possibilities Where Health & Beauty Coexist

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 4:46 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When the great thinkers of their day wrote about beauty, you’ll often find they trained their thoughtful gaze on the same thing: nature.

Lord Byron and Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote extensively about the natural wonder of the world. So did artists as disparate as Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. Mahatma Gandhi, Socrates and Confucious all marveled at its splendor.

Even a man of science, such as Albert Einstein, was not immune to the glory of natural beauty, once saying, “Our task must be to free ourselves …by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

When making beauty-related choices, it’s important to know what you are purchasing. It may be helpful to keep this question in mind: “Knowing what chemicals were used to make this product, would I put this IN my body?” If you wouldn’t, then why would you put it ON your body, only to let it be absorbed by your largest organ, your skin?

It’s the old, and not particularly eloquent, adage of garbage in/garbage out, only in reverse.  By using natural, non-toxic personal care products, your body creates its own self-perpetuating cycle of healthy living. You’ll find that you’ll look as great as you always have, but you’ll feel better and have more energy to direct towards positive, more fulfilling pursuits such as yoga, exercise and long neglected hobbies.

Achieving real beauty and a state of total peace with oneself is only possible through personal discipline and by making a conscious decision to adopt a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. By doing so, you open yourself up to limitless possibilities and the opportunity to walk the path to more fulfilling life where health and beauty peacefully co-exist.

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7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

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

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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31
OCT

Preventing Colds with Zinc Supplements

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Cold weather is coming and so is the common cold. As people start looking for supplements to build up the immune system and prevent colds during the winter months, a new study shows that zinc supplements may be the best way to prevent the common cold.

A recent report shows that taking zinc supplements were found to be beneficial at preventing colds. Additionally, the study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, emphasizes that hand washing was also effective at preventing the illness spreading, the authors concluded. “The best evidence for the prevention of the common cold supports hand-washing and possibly the use of zinc supplements,” said Dr. Michael Allan, of the Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Alberta.

At least two trials indicated that children who took 10 or 15mg of zinc sulphate daily had lower rates of colds and fewer absences from school due to colds. Although the studies carried out on children the researchers concluded that there is no reason zinc could work only in children and not adults.

The common cold affects adults approximately 2-3 times a year and children under age 2 approximately 6 times a year. Symptoms such as sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, cough and malaise are usually worse in days 1-3 and can last 7-10 days, sometimes as long as 3 weeks. Only about one in 20 colds are caused by bacteria, with the majority caused by a virus which cannot be treated with anti-biotics.

“It is also important to note that these products are not designed for curing or preventing the spread of disease. Daily vitamin supplements provide important nutritional insurance for millions of users looking to safeguard their nutritional intake alongside a healthy diet.”

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27
OCT

5 Scary Sweeteners

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

Artificial sweeteners are scary. Many of these products are the result of blended chemicals to create super sweet powders without calories. Breaking the habit of using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar may be one of the most difficult challenges people have to overcome but it is definitely worth it. Switching to natural sweeteners is one of the best ways to not just improve your health but also to avoid toxic ingredients into your body. Here is a list of the top 5 scary sweeteners:

1. Aspartame: one of the most popular sweetener, aspartame is often added to diet sodas and pre-packaged foods. This dangerous sweetener is found in Equal, Sugar Twin, and NutraSweetis and there are an amazing 92 reported side effects, including: birth defects, diabetes, arthritis, severe PMS, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, aggression, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies.

2. Saccharin: another famous sweetener, saccharin is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but is often mixed with other artificial sweeteners due to its metallic aftertaste. Sugar substitute’s products such as Sweet N’ Low contain saccharin which was suspected to be a human carcinogen by the U.S. National Toxicology Program for nearly 20 years.

3. Acesulfame Potassium: also known as Acesulfame-K, this sweetener has a potential link to cancer. Studies have showed a link between consumption of acesulfame potassium and cancer in laboratory animals but more scientific study on the artificial sweetener is needed. Concerns have been attributed to contamination of methylene chloride, a known human carcinogen. Products such as Sunett, Sweet One, and Sweet ‘n Safe contain acesulfame potassium, sometimes shorted as ACE on labels.

4. Sucralose: this sweet-bomb is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than table sugar and the main ingredient on Splenda products. Though it is deemed safe by the FDA, reports claim that its composition makes it nearly impossible for our bodies to metabolize normally. Reported side effects include skin rashes, agitation, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle and stomach pain, headaches, intestinal cramping, and bladder issues.

5. Neotame: originally introduced by Monsanto, before it was sold to NutraSweet, this sweetener is chemically similar to aspartame, and like aspartame, it metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. Neotame contains 3-dimethylbutyl, which sits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the most hazardous chemicals and somehow is available in food products such as NutraSweet and Sweetos.

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22
OCT

5 Healthy, Delicious Fall Teas

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

Fall season is the time of the year when many people switch from iced teas to hot teas. Many teas rich in flavors are available including everyone’s fall favorites such as pumpkin and cinnamon but we have prepared a list of five healthy, and delicious fall teas.

1. Cinnamon Tea

Nothing smells fall season like cinnamon and this delicious, spicy tea offers many health benefits. Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties which help fighting viruses, such as cold and flu, as well as inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. Filled with potent antioxidants, cinnamon teas may also help to prevent and fight chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis as well as supporting weight-loss by boosting metabolism and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

2. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold from developing or making symptoms less severe. Research has shown that echinacea can help reduces cold symptoms, as well as many other infections including the flu.

3. Cranberry Tea

Cranberry teas are packed with antioxidants and offer good levels of vitamin C and fiber. The antioxidants in cranberries protect cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals, which can damage cells and may also contribute to heart disease, and other diseases. Cranberry can also help urinary tract infections as a number of small molecules in cranberries may bind iron. The bacteria that causes a urinary tract infection needs iron to develop and, therefore, the less iron present, the less likely an infection will occur.

4. Blueberry Tea

One of the most flavorful teas, blueberries act as a natural sweetener in both herbal tea and in flavored, caffeinated tea. Blueberries offer many health benefits as they contain vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin K. They are also a healthy alternative to refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.

5. Peppermint Teas

Peppermint tea is a delicious source of health benefits. Peppermint is very helpful to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. The menthol naturally present in the tea is a muscle relaxant, which is an enormous component of natural stress and anxiety relief. Drinking peppermint tea before bed has been proven to promote more restful sleep.

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OCT

What’s New? Probium Premium Probiotics

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

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of probiotic supplements to our customers: Probium Premium Probiotics.

Probium offers a unique line of the best probiotic supplements at affordable prices to enhance the quality of life of all human beings. The company continuously improves its products by incorporating innovations to meet market demand and keep ahead of the competition.  Probium also understands the importance of educating people on the usefulness of probiotics and probiotic supplements by offering seminars, conferences, e-newsletters, and other media channels.

Probium LLC sources all of the probiotic strains and other ingredients from only top quality cGMP complied suppliers and vendors. The manufacturing of all probiotics is done through Dietary Pros, Inc., the parent company of Probium, LLC.  The manufacturing is done in a state-of-the-art cGMP facility located in Wausau, Wisconsin.  This relationship between the two companies allows Probium to offer custom manufacturing and private labeling services in addition to providing the Probium brand.

Probium, LLC is constantly striving to make the best probiotic products in the market in terms of effectiveness, quality, and stability. Probium products are all-natural and meet the highest quality standards. Probium unique products are available in delayed release vegetarian capsules to ensure probiotic strains pass through the stomach and reach the intestinal tract with a higher success rate than regular probiotic supplements without delayed release vegetarian capsules. Additionally, acid and bile resistant strains ensure minimal loss due to stomach acid and the use of bottles with patented Activ-Polymer advanced desiccant polymer technology enhances the stability, shelf life of the probiotic products, and convenience to the consumer.

You can save even more when you shop Probium probiotic supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 10/31/14.

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