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New Brand Showcase: October Fields

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce to our customers a top-quality brand of personal care products which also offers unique herbal therapy essential oil candles : October Fields.

October Fields offers an exclusive line line of eco-friendly, non-GMO, and vegan products created with the passion of cultivating awareness of healthy living. The company believes that healthy living should be transcended well beyond the original goals into a complete plant-based lifestyle brand for mind, body and home.

October Fields’ foundational roots run deep as organic garlic and herb growers. Since 2011 the company plants and harvests several varieties of garlic, culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit and nut trees, and the seed list continues to grow. October Fields retailing seasonal produce on-line has offered affordable accessibility of organic goods to consumers nationwide.

October Fields currently grows 3 varieties of garlic but is most renowned for its rare Romanian Red, which yields large bulbs and pungent, spicy cloves suitable for all culinary delights. The addition of 5 heirloom apple varieties, high bush blueberries, red raspberries, sea buckthorn berries and several nut bearing trees support the permaculture philosophy. Raised beds are home to over 30 culinary and medicinal herbs, which are hand harvested, dried and stored for year round retail or thoughtfully blended into balms, tinctures and teas. No matter the abundance nature provides, there is always a great appreciation for the care and positive energy that nurtured it.

October Fields grows without herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers and its organic harvest is the result of sunshine, rain and gentle hands.

You can save even more when you shop October Fields products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.




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Top 10 Health and Wellness Trends for Fall 2016

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition,Personal Care at 4:50 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Young woman enjoying nature and sunlight in straw field

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 fall.

HEALTHY BACK TO SCHOOL OPTIONS

Summer is over, which can only mean one thing. Back to school. And back to packing lunches. It’s estimated that the average family will use 500 Ziploc bags each year and according to one survey, around 2.79% of Americans use 21 or more bags within 7 days.  That’s around 1,000 bags a year. Luckily LunchSkins has reusable dishwasher safe sandwich, snack and lunch bags that are a creative and environmentally friendly alternative. Another trend for the 2016 school year will be lunches that are gluten free, dairy free and include meat alternatives. More and more parents, children and families are embracing an allergen free or vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. As a result, I believe school lunches across the country will have more options for children with dietary restrictions.

BEETROOT

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.

MEN’S GROOMING

Let’s face it, trends in the natural beauty and personal care industry aren’t just for women. With more & more men growing beards, companies all over are outfitting all natural beard oil, washes, and balms for men. Beard oil works to soften and condition facial hair while moisturizing the skin to prevent dryness, itching and irritation. Badger’s, certified organic man care beard oil is one of my personal favorites. Beard wash is generally a combination of herbs, extracts and other ingredients intended to clean, moisturize and condition the hair and skin of the face. Lastly, beard balms offer a little hold for grooming but also condition the beard to help stop dryness, split ends, tangles and frizz. Use of these products can help any man turn their 5 o’clock shadow into the manliest of beards.

PULSES

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.

FLOUR ALTERNATIVES

White flour is unfortunately a big part of most individual’s daily food consumption even though it provides little nutritional value. With more and more individuals following specific diets free of allergens or other restrictions, limiting white flour can make baking, cooking and eating out very difficult. Now it’s no wonder more companies are providing alternative flour options. These options include rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour and many more. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of alternative flour options from top brands such as Bob’s Red Mill, Nutiva, NOW Foods, Arrowhead Mills and more.

CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. This ingredient is making its way to the beauty realm, from facemasks to shampoos, toothpowders and deodorants. These products use activated charcoal, which means the coal has been heated to increase its adsorptive power, increasing the rate at which molecules bind to a surface. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbing dirt and oil, absorbing 1,000 times its own weight in moisture.  Some great beauty products using activated charcoal include Piperwai Natural Deodorant, Dr. Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Level Naturals and Collective Wellbeing.

BERBERINE

Berberine is a chemical that is found in a number of plants commonly used in botanical medicine practices. These herbs include barberry (Berberis vulgaris), oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium), goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis), and chinese goldthread (Coptis chinensis). Berberine is a yellow-colored alkaloid compound. Alkaloids are compounds found in plants that have physiological actions on humans. Berberine is believed to have anti-microbial actions against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and helminthes. It may also has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and may even be beneficial against metabolic syndrome (a group of conditions that puts you at higher risk for stroke, heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes). With the increasing rise in metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease and the therapeutic potential of berberine, it is no reason that this chemical is trending upward. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of Berberine products from top rated companies such as Vital Nutrients, Douglas Laboratories and Biotics Research.

BONE BROTH

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.

MCTs

Saturated fats get a bad rap. However, it’s important to remember that saturated fatty acids are classified by the length of their chains, such as short, medium or long chain fatty acids. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a form of saturated fat with many proposed health benefits. There are three separate fatty acids classified as medium chain: caproic, caprylic and capric acid. MCT oil is one of the biggest growing health trends right now.  It’s believed that because MCTs are more rapidly metabolized that they may increase energy expenditure (calories burned) leading to weight loss. It is also believed that MCTs have a lower calorie count and are not stored in fat deposits in the body as much as long chain fatty acids. Lastly, MCTs may provide you with a little extra energy to get you through the day. You can use MCT oil for a salad dressing or cooking oil, however, it does not have a very high smoke point (320°F). Other MCT sources include coconut oil, palm kernel oil, cheese, butter, milk and yogurt. Shop our large selection of top selling brands such as Nature’s Way, Now Foods, Quest Nutrition, Barlean’s and many more.

AVOCADOS

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.




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Green Goddess Spirulina Mask

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
goddessmask
Spirulina for your face? Sounds crazy, no? Well, this power-packed superfood aint just for smoothies anymore. Here’s the magic behind this refreshing and impossibly easy rejuvenating mask…

Those already familiar with Spirulina probably know it best in its dark green powdery supplement form, but it actually begins its life in spectacularly unglamorous fashion as blue-green algae. And that’s why you don’t judge your algae by the trail of slime it leaves behind! It may not sound appetizing but Spirulina is one of the richest sources of vegetarian protein, chlorophyll, essential amino acids, and antioxidants and helps minimize acne, reduce sun damage and keeps skin feeling soft and supple.

Honey is another key ingredient, not just for this particular recipe, but in literally dozens of other natural beauty regimens. Thanks to its naturally-occurring trace amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids, you’ll want to keep a second jar in your medicine chest.

Lastly, aloe vera – hero to chapped and burned sun worshippers everywhere – revitalizes dry, irritated skin, and helps seal the moisture in where it belongs.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 tablespoon spirulina

1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl

Apply to face evenly

Leave on 20 minutes

Rinse with warm water




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5 Great Natural Ingredients to Moisturize Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking for an effective moisturizer product but want to have only natural ingredients, it’s important to know which ones are considered efficient. With many options available, we give you a little help and present 5 natural ingredients to moisturize skin.

Honey

One of the best natural moisturizers, honey has the ability to lock in moisture to help maintain skin soft and smooth. Honey contains lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and antimicrobial properties which are essential to moisturize the skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin. One of the best ingredients to treat dry skin, you can easily find multiple products with coconut oil as an ingredient. You can also apply warm coconut oil by itself to make your skin soft and smooth.

Olive Oil

Loaded with antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, olive oil can help soothe and condition dry skin as well as reduce cracks and improve overall condition.

Aloe Vera

Particularly good to recover skin from sunburn, aloe vera has soothing, antiseptic and antifungal properties that can help dry, irritated skin and prevent flaking. Aloe vera works by forming a protective layer that will keep your skin free from any kind of impurities.

Milk Cream

Another popular ingredient in lotions and creams, milk cream is an excellent moisturizer because it has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. It contains lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead, dry skin and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. The soothing nature of milk cream also helps preserve the skin’s delicate pH levels.

 




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The Power Of Vitamin C For Your Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Personal Care at 8:36 am | By: Guest Blogger
Giving her skin all it needs

Abracadabra. Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Vitamin C isn’t magical, or mystical, but it is essential for overall skin health and protection, and defending against the signs of aging. The most effective type of Vitamin C, L-Ascorbic Acid is the only active form available for use in skin care products. This transformative, multi-tasking ingredient is also the only antioxidant able to simultaneously enhance skin’s natural renewal process, while reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and post-blemish discoloration.

Maybe Vitamin C is a little bit magic?

C Behind the Curtain

When selecting a Vitamin C-focused skin care product, those that are clean and made without toxic ingredients are recommended. The MyChelle Perfect C™ products contain some of the beauty industry’s highest levels of stable L-Ascorbic Acid, allowing the user to “C” a visible difference in their skin within minutes and with continuous use. The company’s use of new plant stem cell technology, Plant C-Stem™, derived from the Mung Bean, helps boost skin’s natural environmental stress defense, while increasing Vitamin C’s brightening power.

C the Difference

  1. Perfect C™ PRO Speed Peel

This one-step, one-minute facial peel is formulated with a strong 10% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid, 1% L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, Retinal, and a stimulating 25% Citrus Fruit puree. It is a professional-strength peel that retexturizes while gently exfoliating. The peel can be used once or twice a week in the evening and can be layered with a moisturizer.

  1. Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion

Get a complete daily dose of Vitamin C with this nutrient-rich lotion that combines 12% L-Ascorbic Acid with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help restore and protect skin for a smoother complexion. Pair this ultra moisturizing lotion with the Perfect C™ Serum for maximum, long-term brightening effects.

  1. Perfect C™ Serum

Formulated with 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cell, this potent facial serum reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; brightens; and minimizes the visible signs of aging. When layering serums, apply the Perfect C™ Serum first, followed by a moisturizer.

For optimal results, use Vitamin C or any combination of the products above consistently, as part of a healthy skin care routine. There won’t be smoke, but you may be pleasantly surprised with the reflection in the mirrors!




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Reasons to Switch to Natural Toothpaste

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
People continue a good trend of switching to natural products. Every day, more and more people realize the issues caused by dangerous ingredients in food and personal care products and are switching over to more natural options. It’s no different with toothpaste and you don’t need a lot of reasons to make a switch to natural toothpaste.

First, as a healthier alternative to chemical-filled toothpaste, natural products contain little to none ingredients that can harm you and your family. Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in toothpaste products as a thickener as well as to help create that nice lathery soap you get in your mouth. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to a number of different health dangers such as skin and eye irritation. It can also alter the structure of the skin which may mean more toxins are able to absorb into your body. In addition, most conventional toothpastes have glycerin, a pretty controversial ingredient as it provides no health benefits but it’s used in toothpaste to improve the texture of the paste.

Second, natural toothpaste products contain natural antibacterial ingredients to help eliminate bacteria and keep your mouth healthy. However, one common ingredient in many products is not really necessary on your toothpaste: fluoride. We have all heard that fluoride is essential for dental health but, in fact, fluoride is toxic in high doses and may not help your teeth at all. Most people get enough fluoride from city-treated drinking water to fight cavities. You can find several flouride-free natural toothpastes.

Lastly, conventional toothpaste products are more likely to increase sensitivity in your mouth. A good number of regular products are known to irritate and burn the mouth. On the other hand, natural toothpaste contains mild ingredients known to decrease sensitivity and make brushing less painful.




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New Brands Showcase: C & Co.

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: C & Co.

C & Co. offers handcrafted skincare products that are made by the principles of simplicity. The company believes that, when it comes to skincare, it is essential to use products that allow your largest organ to fulfill its purpose of protecting against toxic environmental factors.

C & Co. products are developed to work with skin and not against it. Armed with a passion for chemistry and desired efficacy, this unique brand set out to formulate a new skincare line using plant-based raw organic ingredients.

The company’s intent is to produce quality products that are free of all petrochemicals, detergents, fillers, GMOs and synthetic preservatives while remaining affordable. C & Co. also believes that quality and organic skincare products shouldn’t be considered a luxury and formulates and handcrafts from scratch each and every item within the shop in downtown Asheville. Passionate about small batch production because it ensures the highest quality and level of care, you will find the manufacturing date stamped on every container. Additionally, no products are ever tested on animals.

You can save even more when you shop C & Co. products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.




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New Brands Showcase: EcoKindness

Filed Under: Natural Cleaning Aids,Personal Care at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking for natural powerful cleaners with wonderful scents that are healthy for you and your family, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce EcoKindness, an organic and natural brand of cleaning products.

EcoKindness offers a sophisticated range of eco-products created with the powerful properties of USDA organic, therapeutic grade, essential oils. This top-quality line of products with impressive cleaning, deodorizing and freshening agents is designed to detoxify your home and workplace from harmful petro-chemical, ammonia, and chlorine based cleaners.

Each time you use one of EcoKindness 28 eco-products you will also enjoy the positive, therapeutic health and wellness benefits of natural, aromatherapy throughout your home and workplace. The company ensures all products are environmentally responsible, and safe for your family and pets and, of course, they are never tested on animals.

All EcoKindness products are plant-based and these complex formulations contain zero toxins. No fillers, emulsifiers, color scents, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, and artificial additives are ever used and all products contain only 100% organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and purified water. Some EcoKindness products contain a proprietary blend of organic liquid oil castile soap, including organic olive, jojoba, aloe vera and coconut oils. This highly effective combination delivers a remarkable boost of extra grease-cutting power.

You can save even more when you shop EcoKindness products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.




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4 Reasons to Incorporate Plant-Based Foods into Your Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PBEvery day, more people are switching to plant-based diets for many different reasons. Some people make the switch to ensure they are eating healthier, more natural foods. Others want to stop or reduce the amount of animal foods they eat on a daily basis. If you would like to see a few more reasons before making the change, we present you 4 good reasons to incorporate plant-based foods into your diet.

1. Heart Health

Eating plant-based foods can significantly lower the risk of developing heart disease. Researchers have concluded that people who eat fruits and vegetables are 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The amount recommended is around eight servings a day, so be sure to add fruits and veggies to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

2. Weight Loss

Everybody knows adding plant-based foods can help with weight-loss but keep in mind you don’t necessary have to completely eliminate meats from your diet. If you find it difficult to stop eating meats, try reducing to two or three times per week first and, then, gradually phasing them out of your menu. Plant-based protein supplements can also be helpful for the majority of weight-loss diets.

3. Skin Care

Smooth and beautiful skin can be achieved from plant-based foods. Some fruits contain pigments and phytochemicals which, along vitamins and minerals, can contribute to healthy skin. For example, citrus fruit contains vitamin C, known to help smooth wrinkles and boost collagen production.

4. Hypertension

Eating a diet with plant-based foods can help lower blood pressure and control hypertension. Studies have shown that high-level consumption of fruits and veggies, particularly vitamin C and potassium, are associated with a significantly lower risk of hypertension.




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AUG

DIY With Help from LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Health Foods,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is having a new kind of sale and this time the term “give it a try” fits perfectly. Our DIY Sale gives our customers an opportunity to choose interesting products to help you “do it yourself” whether you are brewing something or getting creative with aromatherapy oils.

DIY, do it yourself, is the simple method of building or creating things from raw materials without the aid of experts or professionals. In other words, you make it from scratch instead of buying an already made product. So, let’s have a look at what types of DIY products you can find at our DIY Sale at LuckyVitmain.com.

Brewing kits are one of the best ways to make your beverage exactly the way you like it. DIY kits, such as the ones for coffee and kombucha, also give you the opportunity to get creative. Add a little extra spicy to your coffee, with some vanilla or mint flavor, or change up the kombucha recipe to improve its consistency and taste.

Speaking of getting creative, essential oils are one of the most popular DIY products as you can make a ton of different products from these amazing oils. Perfume, body scrubs, air spray, all-purpose salve, lip balms, soaps, shampoo and much more can be done from essential oils and other natural ingredients.

As we talk about natural ingredients, have a look at some of these great “grown your own” vegetable products. Garden in a can help you grown your own basil. How about if you can purchase a Mushroom kit to grown your own mushrooms out of a box? Yes, that’s possible. It’s incredible!

DIY products gives you a chance to get creative, save money, and get something with no unwanted ingredients. Plus, DIY can turn into a great hobby too!




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AUG

Boost Hair Health with These Supplements

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Not getting the appropriate nutrition can lead to a decline in hair growth, and in some extreme circumstances, even hair loss. To go from limp to lush, try adding some of the supplements below to your regimen.

Biotin – Sometimes called B7 or Vitamin H, biotin works by renewing hair follicles that are already growing and may result in stronger, thicker hair in about six months. Taking a daily dose of 5000mcg of biotin will help give you a stronger, thicker mane.

Omegas – The anti-inflammatory properties of Omage-3 fatty acids make for a powerful ally in combating hair loss by opening follicles and promoting healthy hair growth. Plus, they can give your locks a healthy sheen while preventing dry, flaky scalp. WIN!

Folic Acid – If you’ve ever taken a prenatal, you may have wondered why your hair and nails seem to grow like weeds. The answer is: folic acid. While it may prevent spinal and neurological birth defects, it can also help aid cell and tissues growth, too. A study performed by the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada, states that folic acid also seems to be effective in treating alopecia in calves. There’s a lot to like about this powerful member of the Vitamin B family!

Vitamin D – This is a new one you’ve probably haven’t heard. Recent research has revealed a connection between the absence of vitamin D and hair loss. A recent study found that vitamin D controls mineral balance in the body through vitamin D receptors. What’s interesting is that zinc is one of those minerals controlled by vitamin D, and a zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, with hair growth resuming only when zinc levels are restored.




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AUG

Why Natural Make-up is the Way to Glow

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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So you buy organic food and make your own cleaning products, but what about your make-up? If you’re worried that you can’t get the same “look” with natural make-up, think again. It’s time to make the switch to “greenify” your routine. Here’s why:

The Planet – Natural make-up products are free from the harsh, artificial chemical and petroleum derivatives often found in conventional make-up which is good for your health and the planet. Not to mention, these brands are “conscious” of their consumer and therefore use locally sourced ingredients, eco-friendly packaging and donate a portion of proceeds to charities that align with green living values.

Your Health –It’s worth repeating that there are many health benefits to using natural make-up. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 80 percent of all conventional beauty products may contain one or more of the two dozen impurities that are linked to cancer and other serious health concerns.

Furry Friends – We are not going to get too explicit here but more than 100 million animals are poisoned, maimed, and tortured in the US yearly in the name of animal testing.  When you buy cruelty-free you are voting with your dollar and making an impact by convincing companies to end this practice. Plus, it benefits you because cruelty-free products contain safer ingredients for your skin. Be a savvy shopper and look for the Leaping Bunny or PETA logo to ensure a product does not test on animals.

Your Skin –  Make-up composed of soothing, non-comedogenic ingredients will balance the skin rather than irritate it. Natural make-up companies use essential oils and plant extracts to create their products. These ingredients are high in antioxidants which lessen the damage caused by free radicals in the environment. Also, if you are prone to break-outs or have sensitive skin, these extracts can calm unruly skin, promote firmness, hydrate parched tissue and work wonders to improve the overall quality of your skin for that healthy glow that every girl is after.

 




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JUL

New Brands Showcase: Just Bee Cosmetics

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Beeswax has been one of the most popular ingredients for cosmetics in recent years due to its various health benefits. Lucky Vitamin offers an extensive selection of beeswax products but continues to add new brands for our customers. The latest addition is Just Bee Cosmetics, a premium brand of natural beeswax lip balm products.

Just Bee produces 100% natural beeswax lip balms that provide a layer of protection unlike any other. Thoughtfully crafted in small batches, Just Bee only uses carefully chosen ingredients and natural subtle flavoring that adds an extra dimension of interest and quality that cannot be found in any other product. This small cosmetics company has specialized in creating quality products using only natural ingredients including their own naturally harvested beeswax and honey as well as organic, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. If specific items are not available, the company ensures that substitute ingredients come from partners that share the same vision of quality and a commitment to natural products.

Just Bee Cosmetics chooses to use only bee-friendly hive management techniques and only work with ingredients from suppliers that share this vision. The result is a unique line of lip balm products in harmony with nature that customers can feel good about using them.

You can save even more when you shop Just Bee Cosmetics products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% off on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 7/31/2016.




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JUL

New Brands Showcase: Hey Honey

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Personal Care at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Hey Honey.

Hey Honey creates fast-acting, skin and body care products infused with honey and propolis. The company has created and developed a line of products crafted for today’s “no time” lifestyle and ensures minimal steps and lasting results to balance problematic skin. The foundation of Hey Honey’s products is honey and propolis, considered by many as nature’s most potent antiseptics and antibacterial. It is the core base of the brand as the healing and nutritive properties of honey are widely accepted in the natural skin care world.

Propolis is nature’s best kept secret from the beehive and has been used in other parts of the world for its healing antiseptic and restorative capabilities. In facial skin care, the results are amazing. Propolis has the ability of regulating problematic skin as well as accelerating the rate of cell growth to keep your skin strong and toned. It can also help to decongest pores while soothing and healing. Hey Honey skincare and body products combine all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer, all with minimal steps to use and fast-acting results.

You can save even more when you shop Hey Honey products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JULY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 7/31/2016.

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JUL

The Aloe Factor

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Sunburn happens. Safe the say most people have experience, at least once in their lifetime, the uncomfortable sensation of sunburn. Every now and then even the most careful people forget to apply sunblock or miss a certain spot, resulting is the painful, redness of sunburn.

One of the best ways to reduce blistering and redness is to treat sunburn immediately. Apply a cold, damp towel on your skin for 15 minutes to help take some of the heat out of your skin. Another great way to start treatment is to take a cold shower and try not to dry yourself, leaving water on the skin to minimize dryness.

Then, look for Aloe Vera, a natural moisturizing product known to stop burning sensations and prevent swelling. This incredible plant-product can help treat sunburn and is also an excellent choice to prevent more serious long-term skin problems such as scarring, wrinkles, dark spots, and melanoma.

Aloe Vera contains 150 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, including zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, manganese, potassium, amino acids, and selenium. The glycoproteins and the lidocaine in Aloe Vera relieve pain and inflammation as the polysaccharides help repair damaged skin cells and trigger the formation of new ones.

Aloe Vera juice forms a protective layer over burned and peeling skin, hydrating it and holding moisture in. It penetrates deep into the damaged skin layers and reduces the pain and swelling associated with it. The best of Aloe Vera is that it has no side effects as it contains no harmful ingredients and is safe to use for children as well.