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10
MAY

Zinc: The Mineral You Need To Protect Your Skin

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 9:35 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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.

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4
MAY

Suffering With Puffy Eyes And A Stuffy Nose?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 9:59 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In the parkAllergic 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.




8
APR

How To Shop The Spring 2016 Health And Wellness Trends

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition,Superfoods at 8:56 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
iStock_000075716647_MediumWith 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.

MORINGA OLEIFERA
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
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
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.

BONE BROTH
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.




14
MAR

3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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%.

2. Cholesterol Support

Consuming dark chocolate may help regulate cholesterol levels. Cocoa powder is known to significantly decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol as well as increase HDL in men with elevated cholesterol. Dark chocolate normally contains an abundance of powerful antioxidants that do make it into the bloodstream and protect lipoproteins against oxidative damage.

3. Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

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.




3
MAR

Your Spring Cleaning Checklist!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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.




28
DEC

6 Natural Ways to Boost Metabolism

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Meta1. Omega-3

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.




23
DEC

Simple & Stress-Free Holiday Hosting

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mindfulness,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
hostingKeep 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




17
DEC

Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday

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

 




26
NOV

Happy Digestion, Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be followed by indigestion. Overeating is as common as turkey on this traditional holiday but a bit too much of turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, stuffing or cranberry sauce should not ruin the rest of your holiday weekend. Oh, don’t forget about dessert as people tend to overeat pumpkin pie, apple pie and many other delicious traditional desserts.

Since you want to feel well on Friday, after all it is Black Friday, and you may want to go out shopping, quickly fix your post-party indigestion with digestive enzymes.

Digestive enzyme supplements help your body efficiently digest food, alleviating occasional digestion-related discomforts, a common thing on Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Heartburn, irregularity, gas, bloating, constipation are often a direct result of inadequate enzymes. Natural digestive enzymes may be the relief you need for late Thursday as a variety of products can provide quick relief, making your feel better even before bedtime.

Look for a few natural ingredients in the supplements that support the digestive system. Bromelain from pineapples and papain from papayas are two natural digestive ingredients and supplements can provide higher amount of these enzymes.

Additionally, when you eat, you are using up your natural supply of digestive enzymes but as you age, digestion becomes more difficult for your body and, therefore, older people have lower quantities of natural digestive enzymes than younger people do.

Digestive enzyme supplements can provide the relief you need and, on a long run, regulate your supply of digestive enzymes.




21
NOV

How To Eat Well This Holiday Season

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition at 10:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
iStock_000076793023_SmallI can’t believe the holiday season is just around the corner. Before we know it, we’ll be dusting off the decoration boxes, preparing our shopping lists, wrapping gifts and spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

The stretch from Halloween to New Year’s is a difficult one. It offers a lot of temptations when it comes to eating and drinking. Even the most disciplined individuals can struggle to stay on track. There seems to be a stigma that it’s “ok” to overeat and overindulge throughout the holidays. Remember healthy eating isn’t necessarily about avoidance, it’s ok to enjoy your favorite dish, snack or dessert but moderation is the name of the game. And be mindful! This busy time of year can also lead to a significant decrease in our physical activity levels. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some tips on how to have a healthy holiday season.

Tips For Healthy Eating

  • Know your numbers! In order to maintain a healthy weight you need a balance between the amount of calories you consume and the amount of energy/calories you burn off.
  • When you arrive at a holiday party, check out all the options for food and make a plan on what you are going to enjoy.
  • Eat mindfully. Use all your senses and be in the moment. Pay attention to the food you’re eating. Minimizing distractions allows us to notice our body’s cues like satiety, and may help to reduce overeating.
  • Try wearing tighter fitting clothes to keep you more mindful of how your stomach is feeling.
  • Don’t skip meals. Individuals who skip meals to save calories for a larger dinner are more likely to overeat.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish to the holiday party or dinner.
  • Cut back on unnecessary calories such as gravy, butter, cheese, sauces, whip cream and other toppings.
  • Alcoholic beverages like wine, eggnog and beer are full of calories. Reduce the number of alcoholic beverages you drink by switching between alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
  • Bring your own plate. This may sound strange but there are many dishes on the market right now that can help you control your portion size and prevent overeating.
  • Try eating off a different color plate then your food. Research has shown that the high contrast between food and the color of the plate used causes individuals to put less food on their plates.

Health Consequences Of Overeating

  • Simple sugars found in sodas, candies, cookies and other processed treats can do harm to our body. An example of this is the link between sugar and the immune system. The immunosuppressant effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.
  • Even short term overeating can have lasting effects. Research has shown that short term overeating (such as a 4-week period) coupled with a decrease in physical activity can lead to an increase in body weight as well as fat mass that lasts long after the short binge.
  • Long term overeating can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic effects.
  • Short term effects of overeating may include nausea, feeling winded, bloated or gassy, drowsiness or heaviness in your stomach. Lastly, because overeating pushes blood toward the digestive tract, your heart may have to work harder.

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What To Do If Your Plans Fail

We all know exercise is important to maintaining health, but did you know that it may also help after you have overeaten. One research article found that 15 minutes of walking about a half hour after a meal may help to control blood sugar levels. To really see the benefits of walking, one must do this after every meal. Another study found that a brisk walk for 30 minutes right after a meal was more effective for weight loss than waiting one hour after eating. Make sure you’re comfortable and aren’t experiencing any discomfort from overeating before you go out for a walk.

So you read this “How To” and had a whole plan on how to prevent overeating. You scoped out the party, ate foods in the right proportion and tried to eat mindfully, but something with your plan went awry and now you have overeaten. Well that’s ok, in fact I wouldn’t worry. No, really, don’t worry. Researchers out of Canterbury have found that individuals that feel guilty after overeating are more likely to gain weight than those who don’t feel guilty. So for one night, if you eat a little more then you intended, don’t fret! Every day is a fresh start!

Happy Holidays!




17
NOV

Want Something Sweet? Pick up Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
17 Holiday ChocolatesWith the holidays coming up, chocolate will be around you. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, at least one time (but possibly many times), you will just have to eat a piece of chocolate, or two, or three. The good news is that not all chocolates are the same and we are here to talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains vitamins and high concentrations of minerals, such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which can be beneficial for your heart. 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. Plus, the copper and potassium in dark chocolate may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments.

Moreover, dark chocolate helps control blood sugar as the flavonoids can keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate is also known to reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index which will not create huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Lastly, can chocolate be good for your teeth? If it is dark chocolate, the answer is yes. Unlike most other sweets, dark chocolate contains theobromine which has been shown to harden tooth enamel and lower your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

It is important to remember that while eating dark chocolate can lead to all these health benefits, chocolate is also high in fat and should be eaten with moderation, particularly if you are on a weight-loss diet.




26
OCT

AHCC: What Is It?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AHCCSome supplements can be very effective but, sometimes, they aren’t among the most popular ones. These hidden gems can be extremely useful for certain conditions and that seems to be the case for AHCC products, one of the best supplements to help maintain a healthy immune system.

Short for Active Hexose Correlated Compound, AHCC is an alpha-glucan rich nutritional supplement produced from medicinal mushrooms, particularly from the mycelia of shiitake of the basidiomycete family of mushrooms. A popular alternative medicine in Japan and China, AHCC is known to have a variety of biological effects and beneficial influences on healthy blood activity, serum health, and blood pressure levels.

AHCC supplements are available to the general public without a prescription and many people use it for general health maintenance and treatment of acute infections. AHCC is considered as functional food and, therefore, able to maintain its legal status. In Japan, AHCC is the second most popular complementary and alternative medicine used by cancer patients.

A variety of different studies suggest that AHCC may have immune stimulatory effects due to the presence of glucans. Polysaccharides comprise 40% of the composition of AHCC, including beta-glucan (β-glucan) and acetylated α-glucan. Produced by culturing the mushroom mycelia, acetylated α-glucan is unique to AHCC and these glucans are polysaccharides which are known to have immune stimulating effects.




17
OCT

How To Avoid GMOs

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 10:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
iStock_000076092929_MediumThey surround us every day and many of us don’t know what they are or where they came from. They lurk in our supermarkets waiting for us to consume them. Genetically modified organisms or “GMOs” as they’re called, are living organisms whose genetic material has been altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally. But what does that mean? In simpler terms, it means the food has been altered by scientists. For example, apples that are less prone to browning, plants that are genetically altered to be more resistant to insects and plants that contain more nutrients.

More than 60 nations require labeling of genetically modified foods, however the US isn’t one of them. In fact, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed foods in the United States. GMO ingredients can now be found in foods, baby formulas, beverages, personal care products, supplements and much more.

Benefits to Avoiding GMO Foods
While some scientists and researchers believe GMO crops are safe and may have their own benefits, this might not be the case. Many of the foods engineered for GMOs worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, there have been large increases to the number of herbicides applied to GMO crops. The most common herbicide used on genetically modified crops is Glyphosate, which has been labeled as a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Several studies have also found that GMO foods can harm the kidneys, liver, heart and other organs, as well as introduce new unanticipated allergies. These crops have also caused problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and crops that have shown an increase in susceptibility to disease.

High-Risk Crops for Being Genetically Modified:
– Corn
– Soy
– Alfalfa
– Canola
– Cotton
– Papaya
– Sugar Beets
– Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash

Hidden Ingredients That May Contain GMOs:
Amino Acids
– Aspartame
Vitamin C
– High Fructose Corn Syrup
– Maltodextrins
– Xanthan Gum
– Monosodium Glutamate

Tips to Avoid GMOs:
– Look for foods that are Non-GMO Project verified
– Choose foods that are Certified Organic or “100% Organic” as they cannot include any GMO ingredients
– Know your ingredients and avoid the at-risk foods & ingredients
– Dairy products can be derived from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone; look for labels with no rBGH, rBST or artificial hormones
– Most frozen fruits and vegetables are non-GMO unless from one of the high-risk crops
– Check packaged foods such as breakfast cereals, chips, baking mixes and protein bars to see if they GMO ingredients

LuckyVitamin makes it easier for you to find non-GMO products! We carry over 3,000 Non-GMO products you can easily search for using our “Specialty” tab. We’re also a proud sponsor of the Non-GMO Project!




12
OCT

Evening Primrose Oil

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Primrose OilEvening primrose oil supplements are considered by many herbalists as one of the best sources of omega-6 essential fatty acids, particularly gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Sometimes abbreviated as EPO, this natural, plant-based oil is made from a small yellow colored flowering plant native to North America and Europe.

Known to provide a variety of health benefits, evening primrose oil has been used successfully for decades to help boost fertility in women. Containing high levels of the omega-6 essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that the body uses for growth and development, evening primrose oil may help boost fertility efforts by strengthening the placenta, helping to increase cervical mucous, and strengthen the uterine lining which is the nurturing environment a fertilized egg needs to implant and grow. Europeans have been using it for years to treat all types of infertility issues including prolonging the life of a sperm within the reproductive system.

Recent studies indicate that the GLA present in evening primrose oil works well at reducing inflammation throughout the entire body, including the reproductive system where inflammation can cause blockages and other infertility concerns. This is due to its ability to convert the GLA found in the plant oil to hormone-like compounds that help to reduce inflammation.

Additionally, these anti-inflammatory properties may offer additional benefits such as helping ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and chest discomfort. This amazing oil is also recognized as an efficient remedy for eczema and a number of other skin problems due partly to its GLA content and other essential fatty acids which are necessary to correct skin health.




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OCT

Nutrition Guide for a Health Breakfast

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BREAKFASTA strong and healthy breakfast is the foundation for a healthy diet. How many times have you heard this advice? Or something similar to that?

No doubt that breakfast is the best, nutritious way to start out your day but the two main questions are: what should be added? What should be avoided?

Let’s start with the add-ons. Fiber and protein are the essential ingredients for a healthy breakfast. If you can mix this two for your breakfast on a daily basis, you will get a great energy boost and likely feel less hungry until lunch and during the rest of the day. Good choices of high fiber breakfast include oatmeal, cereals, whole grains, whole-wheat rolls, and granola. For protein, eggs, peanut butter, and lean meats are great choices.

On the list of things to be avoided, sugars and carbs are leading the way. Carbs can be added with moderation. Keep in mind that even if you are trying to cut down on carbs, but you absolutely must have it, the first meal of the day is the best time to add it.

Sugars should not only be avoided for breakfast but for every meal, anytime, any day. A combination of these two, sugars and carbs, can really affect your eating habits. Take a look at doughnuts for example. An average donut contains between 300 and 500 calories as well as 30-50 grams of sugar. With such a huge amount of sugar in a small package, your body pumps out lots of insulin, and this huge blood sugar peak leads to an even bigger sugar crash. This extreme up-and-down leaves you hungry soon after your breakfast and you are likely to crave even more refined carbs.

Remember: eating breakfast refuels your body, enhances your mood, improves your concentration, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Eating a “healthy breakfast” can be quick and easy, and provide you with benefits that last the entire day.