With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this summer.
The beetroot movement is upon us, I repeat, the beetroot movement is upon us. Since 2009 beet products have quadrupled. Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease. While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide (NO) availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it serves several important functions. Nutrition is a key factor for skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This might also be why nutricosmetics, or using supplements to help improve skin health, is now a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80-90 percent of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III. As we age, our natural ability to produce collagen and density of the dermis decreases leading to less structural support to the epidermis. The epidermis carries the blood vessels and supplies the skin with important nutrients for its functioning. A growing body of evidence shows that collagen peptides can improve skin health by improving skin moisture and preventing the fragmentation of the dermal collagen network, thus counteracting one of the key components of skin aging. Shop some of our top rated collagen products from brands such as Reserveage Organics, Youtheory, NeoCell, and Bulletproof.
COLD BREW COFFEE
With the summer months upon us and temperatures rising, the days of warming up with a hot coffee or latte are behind us. Iced coffee sales continue to explode and with this trend comes the era of cold brew coffee. While the cold brew coffee craze isn’t completely new, it’s finally become a mainstream trend. Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time to produce a smoother, less acidic coffee. This less acidic coffee enhances the many other flavors found in coffee beans and gets rid of the familiar ‘bite’. Not ready to make your own pot of cold brew? Don’t worry! LuckyVitamin carries a great selection of pre- packaged ready-to-drink cold brew coffees you’re sure to enjoy this summer. DIY extraordinaire don’t fret—we also have a selection of DIY cold brew kits for you to try.
Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to helps to hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.
The term superfood describes nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be beneficial for one’s health and well being. There’s yet another superfood craze you may not have indulged in yet, but chances are after reading this you will! Pulses, which are another name for lentils, chickpeas, beans and dry peas, have become one of the most talked about superfoods in the health and wellness industry. Pulses provide protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. In fact, a ½ cup serving of black beans has one and half times the iron of a 3-ounce piece of steak. Pulses are also packed full of saponins and tannins, phytochemicals which may possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic benefits. An article from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that inclusion of pulses in a diet may be a beneficial weight-loss strategy because it leads to a modest weight-loss effect, although further research & future studies are needed. This summer, shop LuckyVitamin to incorporate your favorite pulses into your diet.
Most of us know about the buzz surrounding probiotics, live beneficial bacteria and yeasts for gut & immune health. Did you know that research shows that probiotics taken internally and applied topically may benefit the skin as well? Probiotics applied topically work in a variety of ways. First, they can provide a protective shield preventing the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause problems like inflammation. Secondly, probiotics have antimicrobial properties. Lastly, when probiotics come in contact with skin cells they calm parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of harmful bacteria. Common skin conditions that probiotics may be beneficial for include Atopic Dermatitis and Acne Rosacea. Some great sources of topical probiotics include Andalou Naturals, ACURE & Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s.
Customarily used in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because matcha is rich in catechins, a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants. In fact, one study found that matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin that may boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells, than regular green tea. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer. This summer try making a refreshing & energizing matcha green tea smoothie by mixing ½ tsp. matcha green tea powder in 2 ounces of hot water. Stir the mixture and then combine 3 teaspoons of sweetener or sweetener of your choice. Add in 4 ounces of milk or milk alternative of your choice. Combine the mixture along with ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. For a little added refreshment try mixing in some organic vanilla extract.
Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.
When it comes to fruits with health benefits, avocados are at the top of the list. They’re packed full of fiber, potassium and vitamins such as vitamin B6, B5, C, E. One of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats, also known as monounsaturated fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which in turn can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. One new and interesting use for avocado is avocado oil. Brands are using avocado oil to make all sorts of products, including cooking oil, avocado mayonnaise and avocado kettle chips. You can even find avocado oil in personal care products. Some great brands that use of avocado oil based beauty products include Peter Lamas, Giovanni, Now Foods and Baby Mantra.
Love the idea of growing your own garden, but worried you don’t have the time or space to grow and maintain it? Let LuckyVitamin help you! LuckyVitamin has a large selection of DIY garden accessories that make growing a garden easy, fun, affordable and even space friendly. One of my favorite products is Garden-In-A Can from Back to the Roots. The Back to the Roots Garden-In-A-Can gives you access to organic herbs that you can grow right from your very own windowsill. Another great DIY gardening kit is from the brand Noted. With Noted plants you simply start growing the plant in a natural jute bag. Once the plant is established you transfer the entire bag to your garden and then watch it grow. Check out more of our DIY garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.
LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.
This webinar will offer insight into when and how to effectively use a neti pot or sinus rinse without damaging your sinuses and upper respiratory system. The dangers of overusing sinus rinse products will be discussed as will the many upper respiratory benefits offered by formulas containing xylitol over basic saline solutions.
Technology has improved personal care products throughout the years and if you haven’t heard of Radius toothbrush, it might be a good time to learn about this innovative product. Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce this revolutionary toothbrush to our customers.
Radius offers one of the most uniquely shaped brushes, which featured a wide handle designed for an easier grasp and a large, shoe-brush shaped head packed with bristles. The company is fully committed to develop revolutionary, elegant and eco-friendly personal care products, designed to make you smile.
Radius unique and different design is the result of years of research to develop a functional and enjoyable toothbrush. Research indicates that the major problem in oral hygiene is that people don’t use toothbrushes for long enough and tend to keep their toothbrush for too long. Dentists believe that with diligence, teeth and gums could be perfectly maintained for a lifetime. The average brushing time is from 31 to 65 seconds, and the average toothbrush is thrown away after 10 months.
Radius aims to make the toothbrush comfortable, enjoyable and effective. With a mass of very soft bristles, a large head area for low pressure, Radius toothbrushes have a wide oval brush head designed to improve gum health and reduce the risk of gum disease by massaging the whole mouth, leaving you with that tingly-fresh feeling. The first revolutionary Radius product is now displayed at the Smithsonian Institute National Design Museum.
For many years, I suffered from Chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome also known as IBS. I was faced with bouts of diarrhea and constipation, day in and day out. At the same time, I suffered from Psoriasis and spent much time trying to cover up sores on my body.
For more than ten years, I tried many different treatment methods including prescriptions, topical applications, and other conventional means. In my determination to be healed of these conditions, I decided to search for alternative means which would soon bring me renewed health and enhanced wellness in life.
In my diet, I began to make changes which included removing specific “inflammatory” foods. I added natural probiotics routinely to my regime. Fermented foods were added to my diet on a regular basis as well. After a very short amount of time, the results were truly amazing. The sores I suffered from began to disappear. I started to have days where IBS did not control my life. I was totally full of energy and vitality.
Fermented foods are a special type of food which holds wonderful benefits for the body. Some examples of fermented foods include kombucha, cultured vegetables, tempeh, kefir, miso, rejuvelac, pickled beets, and sauerkraut. These foods are “cultured,” or “fermented” to contain friendly bacteria which improve digestive health; they are tremendously beneficial to living a healthy life.
Fermented foods are easily digested by the body, as they are in a “partially digested” form. Beneficial bacteria are also introduced into the gut by these foods, which further aids digestion. These foods also help the body to absorb more nutrients and support the process of enzyme creation.
History of Fermented Foods
Fermented foods have been celebrated around the world throughout history. Originally, foods were fermented as a preservation method. Earliest records of using fermentation for foods date as far back as 6000 B.C. Nearly every civilization known includes some form of culturing foods within their history.
Korean cultures create kimchi as well as banchan while Indian cultures use the fermentation process to create yogurts, cheeses, and sauerkrauts. African countries create garri using this special fermenting method. Tanzania ferments togwa while the Japanese create natto out of fermented soybeans. In many areas of the world, fermented foods are used for medicinal purposes to improve health. These foods are a part of the ordinary “culture” of the world.
Why I Created Green Supremefood
After an amazing recovery in my health, I searched to learn more about these types of foods. The more I studied about fermented foods and their health benefits; I desired to create a product which would provide renewed health and wellness for others. I knew first-hand the change in health I had experienced and knew others would definitely benefit.
Green Supremefood contains ten organic vegetables in every serving along with fermented grasses, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and natural herbs. My specially created product does not use any GMO ingredients. The supreme formula is also soy free, dairy free, and gluten free.
Organic fiber is essential for satiety, and it also provides support for healthy glucose levels within the body which is included in this special formula. Digestive enzymes provide the body with wonderful quantities of natural energy. Organic antioxidants in this high-quality supplement help the body to neutralize free radicals which are harmful. Green Supremefood also provides the body with a healthy alkaline environment.
To Live a Truly Healthy Life
I continue to make fermented foods a part of the daily routine, to live a truly healthy life. Green Supremefood helps provide the proper balance of daily nutrients to keep the digestive tract and body functioning exceptionally. This product will provide you with increased vitality, strength, and wellness. I encourage you to see the results I have seen in my own life!
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of baby and child health products to our customers: UpSpring.
UpSpring offers a unique line of products to help make life better and easier for mom and baby. The company works with the best, brightest, and most experienced product development teams to bring you things that will change your lives or at least make them a whole lot better. UpSpring works with scientists, microbiologists, chemists, and other dedicated professionals whose goal it is to advance motherhood.
The end-result is a top-quality line of products that fit today’s modern family. One of the company’s best-selling product is Milkscreen, an at-home alcohol detection kit for breast milk. Additionally, the company offers UpSpring Walking Wings, a unique tool for babies learning to take their first steps.
UpSpring wants to bring its products to as many mothers as possible and, in order to achieve this, the company has partnered with other mom inventors and medical experts to expand focus to include just-for-mom products like Shrinkx Hips, the first postpartum compression belt for the hips, and C-Panty, after C-section recovery and slimming underwear.
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Allergies are an immune response by the body to various substances—many of which aren’t necessarily harmful. However, because the body thinks these substances are damaging, it develops a response to inhibit the substance from advancing further into body and attempts to rid itself of the substance as quick as possible. This is why a person has symptoms like swollen tissues, sneezing, congestions, and runny eyes and nose. These symptoms are the body’s defense led by the chemical histamine.
In order to treat the symptoms, some doctors and medical professionals suggest medicated nasal sprays that have decongestants, antihistamines, or a steroid, aimed to treat symptoms. They block histamine, impede mucus production, or constrict blood vessels to decrease inflammation. All of this may help to reduce symptoms and help a person feel better.
However, relieving the symptoms doesn’t get rid of the cause of the problem—the allergens. In fact, medicated nasal sprays go against the body’s natural defenses. If the allergens are allowed to stay in the system, then the body can still react to them, and when the medication quits, the symptoms could come back. Some medicated nasal sprays can actually make symptoms worse after you stop using them or even be habit-forming. The body becomes even more congested unless the decongestant is used consistently.
Luckily there’s an alternative to the medicated nasal spray, Xlear Nasal Spray. Xlear works with the body to rid itself of contaminants and relieve congestion due to allergies. Xlear is a hypertonic solution, meaning it pulls the extra moisture out of swollen, inflamed tissues. This opens up the airway. The additional moisture and saline also thin the mucus, which traps the contaminants, helping it to leave the body more quickly. Since the contaminants are out of the body, it doesn’t produce histamine and you don’t have the unwanted symptoms. Xlear is natural and non-medicated. It can be used as much as needed, by anyone of any age.
Along with Xlear Nasal Spray, the Xlear Sinus Care line also has a neti pot, and rinse bottle so you can have the benefits of the patented Xlear solution in a more thorough cleanse. Enjoy outside again. Breathe better with Xlear.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to talk about better sun safety for your family. Despite increased sales of sunscreen, melanoma continues to increase at rapid rates, and much of the damage can occur during childhood. In this webinar, Kate Solomon from Babo Botanicals will talk about the importance of zinc and sun protection.
Allergic rhinitis is the most pervasive chronic condition, affecting 10% to 40% of adults and children. The body’s response to an allergen like pollen leads to release of messenger chemicals such as interleukins (IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13) and Th2 cells that trigger the body’s activity of IgE production and the infiltration of the site where the allergen entered by inflammatory cells. Usual meds include antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, intranasal heparin and immunotherapy—but actually use of bio-active silver hydrosol in a 10 part per million solution (available “over the counter”) could be just as effective without the headache of prospective drug side effects.
Silver “developed through nanotechnology exhibits remarkably unusual physicochemical properties and biological activities,” say researchers. “Strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activity is a major direction for development of nano-silver products.”
It has been known since ancient times that silver reduces inflammation of wounds and enhances healing. Thanks to recent advances in technology scientists have fine-tuned silver’s healing abilities by creating particles of smaller and smaller size. Bio-active silver hydrosol can be used directly on the affected areas as a gentle anti-inflammatory.
3 Ways Silver Soothes
The silver ions will begin working to reduce inflammation upon contact.
Nasal symptoms: An intranasal inhaler bottle is ideal for getting the silver hydrosol directly to the irritated tissues. While symptoms are present, use five squirts per nostril while inhaling, repeat four times per day. As the silver comes in contact with the inflamed tissue, it will begin working to bring down swelling and reduce congestion.
Eye Irritation: Choose a dropper and use it just like traditional eye drops. Use two drops in each eye every hour to help reduce puffiness and redness associated with inflammation.
Respiratory irritation: To relieve irritation and inflammation in the respiratory tract, use silver hydrosol with a spray application or with a nebulizer several times a day while the irritation persists.
With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media everyday, it’s hard to know how to shop for the cleanest, most effective product innovations. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this spring.
A new “superfood” that has been really starting to makes its way into the spotlight is Moringa oleifera. The Moringa tree is native to South Asia and moringa products are popping up all over the health and wellness industry. It can be found as a supplement, tea, oil, body butter, and even in shampoos. One of the main reasons that this product is becoming so popular is because moringa has a very rich nutrient profile, is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and may even help with other health concerns. Some great sources of Moringa include Organic India, Moringa Revealed, and Moringa Source.
Activated Charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. But this ingredient is now making its way to the beauty realm, from facemasks to shampoos, toothpowders, and even deodorants. Activated charcoal is coal, which has been heated to increase its adsorptive power. Adsorption is the processes at which molecules bind to a surface and is different from absorption. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbs dirt and oil, and even absorbs 1000 X its own weight in moisture. Some great sources of activated charcoal beauty products include Piperwai natural deodorant, Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Level Naturals and Collective Wellbeing.
NEW USES FOR AVOCADOS
When it comes to fruits with health benefits, Avocados seem to be at the top of the list. That’s right Avocado is a fruit. One of the reasons this fruit is becoming so popular is because this fruit is packed full of fiber and vitamins such as Vitamin B6, B5, C, E and potassium. But one of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats. To be exact avocados are full of Monounsaturated Fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. One great example of new and interesting uses for avocado, is Avocado oil. Brands are now using avocado oil to make all sorts of products including; Cooking Oil, Avocado Mayonnaise, Avocado Kettle Chips and you can even find avocado oil in personal care products.
PLANT-BASED PROTEIN POWDERS
Protein powders are in no way new, but this market continues to expand. What was once advertised mostly to body builders looking to get “jacked” is now being marketed to tri-athletes, marathon runners, weekend warriors, vegans, moms, yoga enthusiasts and even business people constantly on the go. One of the biggest trends in the protein market stems from the source for the protein powder. Plant based formulas are one of the hottest trends right now. These are often hypoallergenic formulas free of common food irritants making them easier on the stomach. They contain a blend of specific foods such as pea, quinoa, artichokes, hemp, amaranth, rice and more. Because of this blend, they contain an excellent variety of amino acids while also delivering a respectable amount of protein. Other new sources for protein include chicken, pumpkin, and even cricket.
FERMENTED PRODUCTS FOR GUT HEALTH
You may have heard of fermentation, but have never associated with the supplement industry. Fermentation is the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms. Fermented foods like Natto, Kimchi, Sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables are themselves becoming popular, but now nutrition companies are using fermented whole foods in their products. It is believed that the fermentation process helps to pre-digest complex foods, helping to increase the absorption of the nutrients. Fermented foods also contain Probiotics, the good bacteria that populate our bodies. Some great sources of fermented products include SoTru, Get Real Nutrition, Mother In Law’s Kimchi, and Kombucha kits and drinks.
Jackfruit is the largest tree-born fruit in the world and is starting to be referred to as a “Miracle Fruit.” This fruit is full of dietary fiber, is cholesterol free and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Although not very popular in the United States, yet, this fruit is becoming more and more popular amongst the vegan and vegetarian community. There are many ways one can prepare Jackfruit, however Upton’s Naturals has created a Jackfruit Bar-B-Que as a delicious meat alternative. This meat alternative is great to use for sandwiches, salads, wraps, and over rice.
Wellness bloggers and celebrities chefs have been talking about this trend for a little while now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone Broth also known as stock is made by boiling bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken, beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and proteins and has many health benefits. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones, reducing joint pain and inflammation, inhibiting infection and helps to seal your gut and promote healthy digestion. While its best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient already made broths.
MATCHA Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because Matcha is rich in catechins a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants. In fact one study found that Matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin, than regular green tea. EGCG benefits may include boosting metabolism and slowing the growth of cancer cells. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer.
NOOTROPICS (Brain Supplements)
With movies like Limitless and Lucy focusing on human’s ability to unlock the full potential of our brains, brain support supplements also known nootropics are all the rage right now. Vitamins, minerals, and other herbs may not unlock some hidden region of our brain, but they may promote brain health, improve focus and concentration, reduce risks of Alzheimer’s and other brain-associated conditions. Supplements like Vitamin D, Omega 3’s, Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Phosphatidylserine and Acetyl L Carniitine are great sources of nutrients necessary for brain health.
LABEL AND QUALITY AWARENESS
One of the biggest trends for 2016 might not be an ingredient. Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable and doing more research on what they are consuming and putting into as well as on their bodies. This is why one of the biggest trends is quality in manufacturing. Customers are looking for hypoallergenic, all natural, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, products from certified organic B-Corporations. As well, they are making sure their products are free of potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients. Brands are constantly evolving to fit these demands, and LuckyVitamin offers easy navigation to help you find the products that meet your personal standards and preferences.
LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a supportive source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.
Did you know that dark chocolate is actually very nutritious as it contains high concentrations of minerals, vitamins, fiber and even antioxidants? That’s not false advertisement as dark chocolate provides potassium, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Plus, an average size, high quality dark chocolate bar contains 11 grams of soluble fiber and a variety of powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins. With so many nutrients, it makes sense this delicious product can be good for you. So, we present you 3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate.
1. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease as the high amounts of copper and potassium may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments. Additionally, the compounds in dark chocolate appear to be highly protective against the oxidation of LDL, which may result in much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries, lowering the risk of heart disease over the long term. Research suggests that cocoa consumption may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.
Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. The flavanols in dark chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of arteries, to produce Nitric Oxide (NO), which can send signals to the arteries to relax. This process may lower resistance to blood flow and therefore reduce blood pressure.
Spring is coming and so is the famous “spring cleaning”. It’s that time of the year to clean up your house, apartment, workplace, car, and anything else that may need a good clean up before the warmer season begins.
Home spring cleaning is by far the most popular activity as everyone takes this opportunity to clean up their houses, open the windows, let some fresh air in, and throw out some old stuff. The result: people enjoy living in a much cleaner and healthier home with less dust, allergens, odors and dirt.
Most spring cleaning checklists consists of a complete house clean up, designed to go through an entire home, room by room, with several tasks that may need to be done such as dusting, washing, vacuuming, cleaning, wiping down furniture, removing stains, cleaning up air vents, etc. Ideally, people like to have a different checklist for each area of the house: bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, living rooms, garage, as well as another checklist for the outdoor areas.
There are hundreds of different spring cleaning checklists available online and many of them are very similar. The best one? Well, the best one should be the one that fits you the best. Consider the size of your home, whether you live in a house or an apartment, have kids or not, pets, and remember to consider how old your home is as older houses and apartments may need additional tasks.
One last tip: spring cleaning is also a great time to test smoke alarms, change air filters and check flashlight batteries and fire extinguishers. All can be done with the help of your family or friends and don’t forget: try to make this spring cleaning efficient and fun.
At some point in most people’s lives, when that clock strikes 12 and the new year begins, many take on the “New Year, New You” mentality and make the almighty New Year’s resolution. If you’re one of those people, you’re not alone! It is estimated that approximately 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year. As we all know, making the resolution is the easy part. It’s actually sticking with the resolution until you have accomplished your goal that can sometimes seem impossible.Unfortunately, only around 8% of people who make resolutions are successful while 1 in 3 people who make resolutions ditch them before January even comes to an end. Don’t be discouraged! Here are some helpful tips that may help you conquer your resolutions and accomplish your 2016 goals.
Common New Year’s Resolutions
Spend Less, Save More
Spend More Time With Friends &Family
Understanding the Habit Loop
The habit loop is a neurological loop that was discovered by researchers at MIT to be at the very core of every habit. The loop consists of three parts: ‘A Cue’, ‘A Routine’ and ‘A Reward.’
‘The Cue’ is a trigger that tells your brain which habit to use. It could be a location, time, emotional state, other people or some other immediately preceding action.
‘The Routine’ is the behavior that you want to change. For example, it could be snacking or smoking.
‘The Reward’ is simply what you get out of the habit. It helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering. For example, if you have habit of smoking everyday at 3:15pm with a group of coworkers, the reward could be the nicotine or the socialization that goes along with smoking.
To help you reach your goals and replace bad habits or make changes, you need to identify the components of your loop. As soon as you are able to identify the components of a particular behavior you can look for ways to replace the behavior. For more information on the habit loop, I suggest reading ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg.
How To Keep Your Resolutions
Tell others.Telling others about your goal increases your accountability and allows others the opportunity to help support you.
One resolution at a time. Replacing or changing behaviors takes time.Don’t overwhelm yourself by making too many changes at one time.
Be Realistic. Don’t fail before you even get started by making resolutions you can’t accomplish. Make your goals reachable and start small.
Try setting behavior-oriented goals that will assist you in accomplishing your resolution. For instance, instead of saying you want to lose weight, say you are going to get to the gym three times this week, take the stairs more at work or prep healthier lunches each day.
Treat your willpower like a muscle. Researchers are learning that willpower is very much like a muscle. This means the more you exercise willpower, the stronger it gets. However, like any muscle in the body, if you work it too hard it will eventually give out.
Plan, Plan & Plan again. Detailed plans make it more likely that you are to accomplish your goals. Plans help you to manage your time, deal with temptations as well as help you if you get into trouble along the way.
Give yourself rewards along the way to reinforce your will power.If you accomplish your goal for the week or month, reward yourself with something that you enjoy that doesn’t go against your resolution.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you have a bad day or slip back into a bad habit, don’t beat yourself up, nobody is perfect
Omega-3 is one of the healthiest ways to speed up the metabolism as it balances blood sugar and reduces inflammation, helping regulate metabolism. It may also reduce resistance to the hormone leptin, which is linked to the fat burning process. Fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as flaxseed oil and walnuts.
2. Workout Rev Up
Increasing the intensity of your exercise or workout and then returning to normal pace is a terrific way to boost metabolism. This process helps the body consume more oxygen and make the mitochondria, the cell powerhouses, work harder to burn energy. Simple way to do this: alternate 60 seconds of fast exercise, running for example, with a 60 second rest period, and repeat it several times.
3. Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidant polyphenols as well as an active ingredient called catechin which may rev up metabolism. Catechins may improve fat oxidation and thermogenesis, the body’s production of energy from digestion. So, drinking a few cups of green tea daily, iced of hot, (instead of coffee for example) may increase your energy expenditure by 90 calories a day.
4. Spicy it Up
Eating spicy food is known to increase metabolic rate as capsacian, a molecule found in spicy peppers, has been shown to raise body temperature and speed up fat loss. Also present in foods like spicy mustard, wasabi, and horseradish, isothiocyanates may help activate fat and speed up the metabolism as well.
5. Morning Start
Getting a great morning start can also help to boost up metabolism. Eating a healthy breakfast, exercising in the morning hours, and getting exposure to sunlight can all help to increase metabolic rates.
6. Coffee Rules
If you don’t like green tea, no problem. Coffee is also another way to enhance your metabolism. Studies have shown that regular caffeine consumption may help increase metabolic burn, and reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. A cup of coffee in the morning hours is a great way to get that caffeine into your system but try to avoid sugar, milk, and cream into your morning cup.
Keep it simple is easier said than done but can really make things less hectic the day of your celebrations. Some things to think about… choose just two colors for décor. Don’t go overboard and make yourself go crazy looking at Pinterest.
Creating a signature drink will save you money at the liquor store. A champagne punch or sangria can be elevated with a beautiful rosemary garnish. Lining all the pre-poured glasses up already garnished will save you time when guests arrive. Plus, it really shows off your hosting skills.
If you’re hosting a dinner party, ask guests to bring a side dish or dessert. That way you only need to focus on making the main courses which equals less stress on you. Keep in mind your veg-friendly guests and include a vegetarian main entrée such as eggplant parmesan.
Prevent the build-up of holiday clutter. Most people bring a gift to a holiday party. This year, ask guests to come sans gift but if they want they can donate to a local charity you support. It will keep you kitchen free of sweets, alcohol and flowers that people usually bring to parties.
Last but not least, no one expects perfection from you. Holiday hosting means time to spend with friends and family not spending all day in the kitchen. Be grateful, mindful and enjoy life.
Here at LuckyVitamin, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday filled with peace and joy!
Cranberry-Apple Cider Punch
4 cups local apple cider
2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups champagne
1 cup of orange juice
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries
The holidays are here again, which means that your health goals that you’ve been dutifully sticking to all year are now in some serious peril if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips to stay focused while still partaking in some old fashioned holiday cheer.
Make Your Goals and write them down – Although it may sound antiquated in today’s world of smart phones and gadgets, but simply putting pen to paper and jotting down your goals helps make them seem more “real”. A recent study at the Dominican University of California found that people who jot down their goals beforehand are 42% more likely to achieve them.
Bring a healthy side/dessert to a party – Ease the temptation at holiday parties by bringing a healthy side dish or dessert with you. Any hostess will appreciate the gesture and it will serve as another reminder of your healthy objectives.
Try a New Indoor Activity – Break the workout rut and give yourself an activity to get excited about. Try cross fit or sign up for that yoga class you’ve been meaning to since this time last year. Now is the time of year when many studios and gyms will offer first-timer discounts so there’s really no better time to tackle some fun, new activities.
Stay Hydrated – Curb hunger and minimize that hangover by drinking plenty of water at your next soiree. Even better: plan ahead by drinking a full glass of water prior to a meal to help prevent overeating.
Everything in moderation – Avoid holiday weight gain by practicing moderation. Try not to focus on what you “can’t have” and utilize strategies, such as eating on smaller plates and portion control, to help keep yourself on course.