When I think of peppermint, I think of the small red and white mints you get when leaving a restaurant. But did you know that using peppermint oil can do more than just give you minty fresh breath? As I’m reading more into the use of peppermint essential oil, I’m thinking it’s a necessity in the medicine cabinet. Why? Read on to find out the best and most beneficial uses for this healing oil.
Colds and Congestion. The menthol in the peppermint plant provides a cooling sensation and eases discomfort which makes this oil particularly helpful in providing relief from the common cold. It’s often included in natural chest rubs to help with congestion, but can also be easily made at home. To make an at-home chest rub, mix a carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) and peppermint oil, since peppermint oil can be too intense on its own.
Digestion & Upset Stomach. Of all the things peppermint oil is known for, digestion help is probably the most well-known. Help curb feelings of nausea, upset stomach or motion sickness with this herb. It can be massaged onto problem areas such as the abdomen, but it’s also easy to digest with peppermint tea.
Headache. If you are prone to headaches, this is a great addition to keep at your desk or in your purse. Use a small amount of carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) with a drop of peppermint oil and rub on temples, forehead and the back of the neck. The cooling sensation of menthol can work wonders!
Energy. Peppermint oil can help improve mental clarity and energy levels which is perfect for those mid-afternoon slumps. Instead of reaching for the coffee, trying rubbing a drop of peppermint oil under the nose for alertness, applying to the back of the neck and shoulders for energy levels, or diffuse into a room to improve concentration.
Sore Muscles. Peppermint oil has been found to be a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, especially for sore backs, muscles, and cramps. It’s a great ingredient to include in natural massage oil or even in the bath to decrease stiffness and promote relaxation.
Dr. Wolf explains Elderberry’s effects on the body and our health in this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND. He also gives tips on what to look for when shopping for different Elderberry Supplements.
Watch LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND series featuring Dr. Jeremy Wolf for healthy information, benefits and facts about popular nutritional supplements and wellness topics. These quick guides are great educational resources to learn about a variety of wellness-oriented topics from a trained Naturopathic Physician. View other videos from LuckyVitamin on our YouTube channel.
Checking the labels in children’s food products has become an essential task for every parent. The alarming number of potentially harmful ingredients used in kids’ products is a strong reason for parents to stay alert and prevent their little ones from ingesting and suffering side effects from these ingredients. Here is a quick view of 5 ingredients to avoid in children’s food products.
1. Food Coloring/Dyes
Leading off the list is food coloring added to children’s foods and drinks. Manufacturers usually use dyes to add and enhance color to colorless foods but these ingredients are also known to cause a variety of behavior effects such as hyperactivity and even ADHD. It is believed that the consumption of foods containing dyes may increase hyperactive behavior in children. Warning labels for synthetic food dyes are required in Europe and some countries have banned their use. However, a good number of products containing dyes are still sold in the American-market.
2. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
HFCS is a cheap substitute for sugar used primarily to sweeten beverages such as sodas and juices. HFCS has been shown to promote increased belly fat and insulin resistance as well as causing chronic diseases. The fructose in HFCS goes directly to the liver, where it converts to fat and can ultimately lead to heart disease. Additionally, sugars are known to cause a variety of health problems but high-fructose corn syrup is the worst in terms of cancer risk.
Celiac disease and gluten intolerance have become increasingly common with nearly 8% of all individuals experience gluten intolerance. Children and adults with undiagnosed celiac disease have a much higher risk of ADHD than the general population. A gluten-free diet is the best way for kids to avoid these issues and improve behavior and functioning.
Aspartame has been linked to numerous adverse effects and behavioral disorders as well as headaches, anxiety, dizziness, convulsions and memory loss. High levels of aspartame can alter serotonin levels, which can lead to behavioral problems and other emotional disorders. In some studies, side effects were so severe that doctors were forced to prematurely end the studies.
5. Trans Fats
Vegetable oils are hydrogenated to transform them from a liquid to a solid fat, creating a desired consistency and increasing shelf life of foods. Trans fats raise your triglyceride and low density lipoprotein (LDL, the bad cholesterol) levels, and can lead to obesity even for kids as well as diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
The days of baking in the sun covered in baby oil using tin foil reflectors are over. While science and research has shown that the sun is the best source of vitamin D, too much exposure to its powerful rays can be harmful. Freckles, age spots and wrinkles are frequent results of overexposure to the sun, which is also the leading cause of skin cancer.
One of the best ways to protect against sun damage is by applying sunscreen. But not all sunscreens are created equal. What we put on our skin is eventually absorbed into our body, and new research shows that some chemicals in sunscreens can speed the rate at which cells become malignant. So while we try to protect ourselves, using the wrong sunscreen could do more harm than good.
Natural Sunscreens – Benefits To Consider
Minimal to no exposure to harmful chemicals
Reflect UV rays instead of absorbing them
Eco-friendly, cruelty-free and organic options available
Different Types Of Sunscreens
Inorganic Sunscreens tend minimize chemical content and use other mineral ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These products work by reflecting UV radiation instead of absorbing it.
Chemical Sunscreens work by absorbing UV radiation and converting it into small amounts of heat. These products tend to contain toxic chemicals with side effects as described below.
What’s The Difference Between UVA and UVB?
UVA rays penetrate the skin on a much deeper level. They commonly contribute to changes associated with aging, such as wrinkling, leathering and sagging.
UVB rays are the causative agent behind sunburns and the increasing rise in skin cancer rates.
Ingredients To Know And Avoid
Oxybenzone – This toxic chemical absorbs ultraviolet rays from the sun, easily penetrates the skin and acts like estrogen in the body. Allergic reactions can be triggered in the body when it’s absorbed. Studies have found it can alter sperm count in animals, and be associated with endometriosis in women.
Vitamin A – When taken as a supplement or used in night creams, vitamin A doesn’t seem to cause as much of a problem. However when applied to the skin and exposed directly to sunlight, “retinyl palmitate,” a form of vitamin A commonly found in sunscreens, seems to speed the development of certain skin tumors
Octinoxate – Although it has relatively high rates of skin reactivity, the most troublesome effect of this product is hormone disruption, due to its hormone-like activity. In animal studies, it altered the function of the reproductive system and thyroid gland.
Homosalate – Chemically-derived sunscreen often times needs to get absorbed deep into our skin layers to work. Homosalate helps sunscreen to penetrate deep into our skin. When this chemical builds up in our bodies, it disrupts hormones like estrogen, androgen and progesterone. If that isn’t bad enough homosalate can even break down into more toxic products.
Avobenzone – Avobenzone offers the best UVA protection out of the chemical filters and is not as toxic as the other chemicals used in sunscreens. While there’s no evidence of hormone disruption, there are relatively high rates of skin reactivity and allergies to consider.
Octisalate – Overall octisalate is pretty safe and there’s no real evidence of hormone disruption or skin reactivity. If you see it on the label, it’s typically there to help stabilize avobenzone. It’s not broken down by sunlight, providing longer-lasting skin protection.
Octocrylen – Like octisalate, this ingredient is generally pretty safe and there’s no current evidence of hormone disruption. However, skin reactivity is fairly common.
How To Read What’s On The Label
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects against UVB radiation.
In general, if your unprotected skin would burn within in 10 minutes of being in the sun, then applying SPF 15 would prevent burning 15 times longer. So you could be in the sun for 150 minutes without burning.
The other way of looking at this is in terms of percentage.
SPF 15 filters 93% of all incoming UVB rays
SPF 30 filters 97% of all incoming UVB rays
SPF 50 filters 98% of all incoming UBV rays
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.
Broad Spectrum on a sunscreen bottle means that it is intended to protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation
Expiration Date – Sunscreens past the expiration date are typically no longer effective. Most sunscreens last up to 3 years. If your product doesn’t have an expiration date, try writing the purchase date on the product to help ensure effectiveness.
Other Tips To Help Reduce Sun Damage
Being outside doesn’t have to mean being in direct sunlight – find shade, or cover your skin by wearing shirts, hats, shorts or pants
Choose cosmetics and contact lenses that offer UV protection
Wear sunglasses that provide extra UV protection
Sun strength varies throughout the day – avoid peak sun exposure between 10am and 2pm
Check the UV Index to prevent overexposure
Re-apply your sunscreen! Every 2 hours is standard, or more frequently if swimming or sweating
Know the signs of overexposure to avoid getting burned (redness, sore skin, blistering, dehydration etc.)
Consider loading up on antioxidants after a day in the sun
Lucky Vitamin is happy to announce the introduction of a revolutionary weight-loss system product to our customers: SlimPlate System.
SlimPlate System is a complete weight loss plan designed just for you. It includes high-quality china instead of cheap plastic plates, as well as silicone, stainless steel cutters to help keep your food in between the lines. This 13-piece set is a doctor-designed, easy way to lose weight.
SlimPlate System new generation weight loss system is different than all others because it provides a long term weight loss solution, it’s easy to use and maintain, and it allows you to lose weight the right way without changing what you eat. Users have access to a free weight loss coach, exercise videos, helpful hints, and emails that all help keep you on track to reach your goals.
SlimPlate System is a complete four stage weight loss solution. It builds a diet around your everyday food without letting you go hungry. For the price of less than 15 days of diet foods, SlimPlate System gives you the power to create your own diet using the food that you like. Not just simple portion control, but a four-step, progressive portion control of your entire food choices, so you don’t have to think about what to eat or count calories. SlimPlate System is the perfect set that has everything you need to get the right portions for almost any food. No calorie counting, easy-to-use, research proven, designed by physicians, no need to buy diet food, and no side effects, SlimPlate system is a weight loss plan that you can follow to look your best and slim down fast.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Seaweed Bath Company.
Seaweed Bath Company offers a variety of skin care products to naturally help fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin, as well as managing severely irritated skin. With formulas designed with a combination of high-quality, all-natural ingredients, the company hopes to bring the ocean’s bounty into everyday life. Seaweed Bath Company was born from the belief that healthy hydration is the basis of true beauty. From the ocean’s nutrient-rich waters, the company discovered a special ingredient capable to revitalize stressed skin of all types.
Bladderwrack seaweed is an amazing ingredient rich in essential and non-essential amino acids found in your skin. The Seaweed Bath Company sustainably hand-harvests fresh bladderwrack seaweed from cold, mineral-rich waters off the coast of Maine to create the highest quality, all-natural products. Amino acids can help to hydrate dry skin and alleviate flaking, scaling and red skin often associated with certain skin conditions.
Seaweed Bath Company blends certified organic seaweed-based with pure Neem and Hawaiian Kukui oils for vitamin E and essential fatty acids, from oleic to linoleic and linolenic, plus natural anti-bacterial and emollient protection. For generations, cultures around the world have used the power of seaweed to help soothe irritated, flaking and scaling skin. Today, seaweed-based bath products are an integral part of both Thalassotherapy and Balneotherapy–holistic water-based therapies that help manage the skin conditions associated with psoriasis and eczema.
Summer is the best time for swimming and playing in the water. A refreshing swimming pool or a swim in the ocean, river or lake may be one of the best moments of every summer season but it can also lead to not-so-enjoyable moments.
Otitis externa, popular known as swimmer’s ear, is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. Along with otitis media, external otitis is one of the two human conditions commonly called earache. These earaches are the result of an inflammation of the skin of the ear canal, which sometimes can be secondary to dermatitis (eczema) only, with no microbial infection, or it can be caused by active bacterial or fungal infection. In either case, but more often with infection, the ear canal skin swells and may become painful or tender to touch.
Preventing and treating swimmer’s ear is easy and can be done in many different ways. Avoid inserting anything into the ear canal. For example, use of cotton buds or swabs is the most common event leading to acute otitis externa. Most normal ear canals have a self-cleaning and self-drying mechanism, the latter by simple evaporation.
Ear drops may be used and you may want to try homeopathic ear drops, which are often used for earaches. Ear relief ear drops help clear water trapped in the ear and the homeopathic ingredients help stimulate the body’s natural ability to soothe the ear, decrease the ear’s sensitivity to external factors such as water, cold, and drafts, reduce the clogged sensation in the ear, and return the ear to a water-free and comfortable condition.
Earplugs are also helpful but make sure to get good quality products. Hard and poorly fitting ear plugs can scratch the ear canal skin. It’s highly recommended that you use disposable ear plugs to avoid contaminating the ear canal.
Filed Under: Health Aids at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring may be the most common time of the year for seasonal allergies for many people. Allergens are present all year round with tree pollen in the spring, grass pollen in the summer and weed pollen in the fall. However, it seems like most people suffer from allergies primarily in the spring months.
The spring pollen season has started and common symptoms are affecting people across the country. The immune system response to allergens is often felt in the form of congested, itchy, sneeze nose as well as watery, itchy eyes. You don’t have to wait until the summer to take action as there are many ways to prevent or lessen your reaction to spring allergens.
Natural supplements can be very helpful for seasonal allergies. One of the most popular products is quercetin, a well-known supplement proven to relieve allergy-induced runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and swelling. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, quercetin acts as an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, and in test tubes, it “prevents immune cells from releasing histamines, chemicals that cause allergic reactions.”
If quercetin doesn’t work for you, try one of the many allergies formulas containing a mix of natural ingredients. Most products contain a blend of vitamins and herbal supplements that can be very effective to battle allergies. Vitamin C can also be helpful as it is a natural antihistamine, but it’s since it is a very gentle form, you need to take 500-1000 mg, three times a day to reduce symptoms. Other supplements such as cayenne pepper, as well as homeopathic remedies complete the list of natural ways to fight off allergies this spring.
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Lucky Vitamin continues to introduce top quality products to our customers. Our latest addition is a premium brand of fish oil supplements: Wiley’s Finest.
Wiley’s Finest offers a world-class selection of Omega-3 fish oils products made from certified sustainable, concentrated Wild Alaskan fish oil. Each and every product carries the Wiley Family signature to ensure that it comes from a responsible, sustainable fish source and provides the effective nutrition that your body needs.
The majority of fish oil supplements sold in the U.S. are produced from Peruvian Anchovy Oil, caught in South America. The entire catch is ground up and rendered into oil and fishmeal, which is then fed to farmed salmon, and the oils are used for paints, lubricants, leather tanning, or dietary supplements. There are very few Omega-3 ingredient manufacturers located in the United States. Most “Made in USA” brands are only encapsulated into softgels and bottled in the U.S. but the purification and concentration is not done in American soil.
Wiley’s Finest fish oils are a 100% U.S. domestic supplied product caught by American fisherman in the wild waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea. The oil is then shipped to a family owned and operated NSF certified for dietary supplement FDA GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing plant in Ohio where it is concentrated and purified into the finest high purity fish oil, encapsulated and bottled by trusted partners, and then delivered to you as the freshest, finest Omega-3 supplements.
Nine out of 10 scientists and 10 out of 10 cosmonauts agree that there’s no healthier, more convenient way to experience the sheer joy of total weightlessness than with LuckyVitamin’s new and exclusive Anti-Gravity Supplement!
At LuckyVitamin.com, we adhere to only the highest quality and safety standards, and provided you refrain from loitering underneath telephone wires, windmills, ceiling fans and idling helicopters , our Anti-Gravity Supplement is no exception!
For years, you’ve dreamt of soaring amongst the clouds, high above the earth, and now, thanks to our patented gravity-defying formula, you can. The journey toward complete freedom from the laws of gravity begins with just two capsules, which will keep you flying high for up to 24 hours.1 But amazing your friends and family with your death-defying aerial acrobatics only scratches (the Earth’s) surface of what you’ll be able to do!
Here are just some of our Anti-Gravity Supplement’s amazing benefits:
You’ve watched the balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Now you can be one!
Be the first of your Facebook friends to “check in” to the mesosphere!
You’re one wheel-less skateboard away from finally living out all of your childhood hoverboard fantasies!
Gutters need cleaning? Cat need saving? Leave the ladder in the shed!
Act out all of the best scenes from “Gravity” without having to float perilously through the terrifying vacuum of space!
With Lucky Vitamin’s amazing new Anti-Gravity supplement, the sky is… err… the possibilities are endless!
A New Year has just begun and you have started a new workout. That’s great news and so far, so good. You have been exercising according to schedule and have not missed a single day, perfect! But many people face that “day” when you feel really tired, you have muscle pain, your whole body is sore, and the last thing your want to do is exercising. This is often a problem for many people trying to change into an active lifestyle, but you don’t have to skip or quit your fitness program just because of that.
Pain and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) are quite common issues for people who exercise, particularly to the ones just starting or getting back to physical activities. Exercising is excellent for your health but many activities can be very harsh on your muscles and joints. Running is one of the best ways to get or stay in shape but it can really cause some soreness on legs, knees, and ankles. Luckily, you can find a variety of efficient, low cost pain relief products that can provide quick relief and get you back to your workout in short time. If you feel pain or soreness, start treatment as soon as possible. Hot and cold packs are also a great way to treat these minor injuries. Some products can provide hours of relief from pain and inflammation without any discomfort or skin irritation. You may be surprised how efficient this simple treatment can be.
Prevention is also really important. Wearing protective braces can be helpful as it may help an individual to stay active by enhancing the position and movement of the joints and reducing overall pain. For example, knee braces can support or align the knee and can prevent issues from simple soreness to more serious joint problems. Ankle braces can do just the same and are an excellent way to prevent sprains.
It’s a fact: old timers don’t like it. Many people prefer the good old bar soap when it comes to shower products but you can’t deny the advantages of shower gel over the traditional bar soap.
Shower gels are usually more sanitary and that’s perhaps the main reason many people are switching from bars to gels. Bars were first designed over a hundred years ago and technology has helped to create a product that can reduce the contamination on its surface. Gels are packaged in such a way that it cannot be penetrated, delivering a pure product to your skin.
Shower gels offer better formulations and a variety of natural products contain potent essential oils, fragrances and vitamins. Bars soaps may have some of the same ingredients but the gel form is proven to be the best way of deliver. In addition, many brands have created unique aromatherapeutic shower gels, which contain special, floral and effervescent compounds that cannot be packed into soaps.
Lastly, shower gels can drastically reduce waste when compared to bar soaps and are one of the best ways to make some savings in your personal care products budget. Soap users often lose part of the soaps as the wearing process isn’t always even due to moisture or when left in a wet soap-dish. Shower gels do not present this common and annoying problem as you are always able to avoid waste using the entire product out of tubes or containers, which are immune to moisture issues.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a revolutionary line of water enhancer products: Vitamin Squeeze.
Vitamin Squeeze offers the perfect product whether you are on the go, or need a pick-me-up before a workout. Vitamin Squeeze is a zero calorie, zero carb, and zero sugar line of flavored water enhancers, designed in a variety of flavors where you control the flavor and nutrients.
Vitamin Squeeze keeps your body hydrated with the proper nutrients and minerals to get you through the day. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires a combination of eating healthy, exercising, drinking plenty of water and taking your vitamins. However, some vitamins do not stay in our system. For example, vitamins C and B are water-soluble and our kidneys excrete these vitamins rapidly. To support our immune systems we need to replenish vitamins as often as we hydrate.
Vitamin Squeeze water enhancers were created to satisfy research and support healthy living, through hydration. A concentrated, flavorful vitamin product in an easy to use squeeze bottle is a perfect fit to every lifestyle. Vitamin Squeeze is the first water enhancer loaded with antioxidants, essential vitamins, electrolytes and minerals to replenish your body while you hydrate.
Vitamin Squeeze comes in an easy-to-use, mess-free squeezable on-the-go bottle. Choose from eight succulent, customizable fruity flavors among three assorted varieties, multi-vitamin Acai Grape Pomegranate, Lemonade, Fruit Punch and Strawberry Watermelon, multi vitamin Energy Black Cherry, Blueberry Pomegranate Acai and Blood Orange, and multi vitamin Weight Control Pink Grapefruit.
Castor oil is known for its multiple medicinal uses. This pale yellow liquid is extracted from castor seeds (Ricinus Communis) and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. With mild odor and taste, this unique vegetable oil has been used both internally and externally for thousands of years due to its various wonderful health benefits. It is believed that most of castor oil’s benefits are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids.
Castor oil has been used as a laxative for years and is categorized as generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Studies have also shown that castor oil can help enhance the immune system. Additionally, castor oil is considered a great remedy to treat a variety of health conditions including sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, hair loss, pain from arthritis and rheumatism.
In addition, castor oil is used in a number of skin care products as this natural emollient has the ability to penetrate from the surface layers and deep into the skin thanks to its low molecular weight, making the skin softer and more beautiful. Castor oil products can significantly improve skin conditions such as burns, sunburns, skin disorders, skin cuts, and abrasions. It also improves acne-healing abilities. The effects of externally applied castor oil can be enhanced through the use of a piece of wool flannel saturated with the oil and applied to the body, allowing better penetration in a specific area. Dry heat may be applied to enhance results.
Sun exposure should be classified in three important stages: preventing, maintaining, and healing. Applying sun protection before you get sun exposure is the best way of preventing sunburn. Reapplying sun care products during your exposure is the best way of maintaining protection. Treating sunburn as soon as possible is the best way of healing your skin from sunburns.
Sunburn may significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer and treating it quickly and with healing ingredients is important to help reduce the skin damage. Moisturizing the burned area without pulling the skin off is essential as the dead skin cells cannot protect you from the sun. Sunburn relief products can soothe your red and irritated skin. Aloe Vera is a well-known ingredient for sunburn treatment but calendula can be just as efficient.
Calendula is one of the best natural products to treat sunburn as the antioxidant-rich calendula flower has the ability to nourish and soothe sun damaged skin. Also known as marigold, calendula (calendula officinalis) is a common garden plant throughout North America and Europe. Many herbalists have nicknamed calendula the “flower of the sun” and this beautiful looking plant is considered one of nature’s most healing herbs.
The golden-orange flowers of calendula have been used as medicine for centuries. The petals and pollen contain triterpenoid esters, which works as an anti-inflammatory, and the carotenoids flavoxanthin and auroxanthin, both antioxidants. The leaves and stems contain lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. Plant extracts are also widely used by cosmetics, presumably due to presence of compounds such as saponins, resins and essential oils.
Safe to use, calendula cream is a natural soothing cream for dry skin, sensitive skin and over-exposed skin. Calendula has been used to treat skin diseases such as eczema, poison ivy and poison oak dermatitis, as well as minor burns, bruises, diaper rash, and wound healing.