With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this summer.
The beetroot movement is upon us, I repeat, the beetroot movement is upon us. Since 2009 beet products have quadrupled. Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease. While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide (NO) availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it serves several important functions. Nutrition is a key factor for skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This might also be why nutricosmetics, or using supplements to help improve skin health, is now a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. There are at least 16 types of collagen, but 80-90 percent of the collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III. As we age, our natural ability to produce collagen and density of the dermis decreases leading to less structural support to the epidermis. The epidermis carries the blood vessels and supplies the skin with important nutrients for its functioning. A growing body of evidence shows that collagen peptides can improve skin health by improving skin moisture and preventing the fragmentation of the dermal collagen network, thus counteracting one of the key components of skin aging. Shop some of our top rated collagen products from brands such as Reserveage Organics, Youtheory, NeoCell, and Bulletproof.
COLD BREW COFFEE
With the summer months upon us and temperatures rising, the days of warming up with a hot coffee or latte are behind us. Iced coffee sales continue to explode and with this trend comes the era of cold brew coffee. While the cold brew coffee craze isn’t completely new, it’s finally become a mainstream trend. Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of time to produce a smoother, less acidic coffee. This less acidic coffee enhances the many other flavors found in coffee beans and gets rid of the familiar ‘bite’. Not ready to make your own pot of cold brew? Don’t worry! LuckyVitamin carries a great selection of pre- packaged ready-to-drink cold brew coffees you’re sure to enjoy this summer. DIY extraordinaire don’t fret—we also have a selection of DIY cold brew kits for you to try.
Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to helps to hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.
The term superfood describes nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be beneficial for one’s health and well being. There’s yet another superfood craze you may not have indulged in yet, but chances are after reading this you will! Pulses, which are another name for lentils, chickpeas, beans and dry peas, have become one of the most talked about superfoods in the health and wellness industry. Pulses provide protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. In fact, a ½ cup serving of black beans has one and half times the iron of a 3-ounce piece of steak. Pulses are also packed full of saponins and tannins, phytochemicals which may possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic benefits. An article from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that inclusion of pulses in a diet may be a beneficial weight-loss strategy because it leads to a modest weight-loss effect, although further research & future studies are needed. This summer, shop LuckyVitamin to incorporate your favorite pulses into your diet.
Most of us know about the buzz surrounding probiotics, live beneficial bacteria and yeasts for gut & immune health. Did you know that research shows that probiotics taken internally and applied topically may benefit the skin as well? Probiotics applied topically work in a variety of ways. First, they can provide a protective shield preventing the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause problems like inflammation. Secondly, probiotics have antimicrobial properties. Lastly, when probiotics come in contact with skin cells they calm parts of the cells that may want to react to the presence of harmful bacteria. Common skin conditions that probiotics may be beneficial for include Atopic Dermatitis and Acne Rosacea. Some great sources of topical probiotics include Andalou Naturals, ACURE & Essential Formulas Dr. Ohhira’s.
Customarily used in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because matcha is rich in catechins, a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants. In fact, one study found that matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin that may boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells, than regular green tea. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer. This summer try making a refreshing & energizing matcha green tea smoothie by mixing ½ tsp. matcha green tea powder in 2 ounces of hot water. Stir the mixture and then combine 3 teaspoons of sweetener or sweetener of your choice. Add in 4 ounces of milk or milk alternative of your choice. Combine the mixture along with ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. For a little added refreshment try mixing in some organic vanilla extract.
Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.
When it comes to fruits with health benefits, avocados are at the top of the list. They’re packed full of fiber, potassium and vitamins such as vitamin B6, B5, C, E. One of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats, also known as monounsaturated fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which in turn can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. One new and interesting use for avocado is avocado oil. Brands are using avocado oil to make all sorts of products, including cooking oil, avocado mayonnaise and avocado kettle chips. You can even find avocado oil in personal care products. Some great brands that use of avocado oil based beauty products include Peter Lamas, Giovanni, Now Foods and Baby Mantra.
Love the idea of growing your own garden, but worried you don’t have the time or space to grow and maintain it? Let LuckyVitamin help you! LuckyVitamin has a large selection of DIY garden accessories that make growing a garden easy, fun, affordable and even space friendly. One of my favorite products is Garden-In-A Can from Back to the Roots. The Back to the Roots Garden-In-A-Can gives you access to organic herbs that you can grow right from your very own windowsill. Another great DIY gardening kit is from the brand Noted. With Noted plants you simply start growing the plant in a natural jute bag. Once the plant is established you transfer the entire bag to your garden and then watch it grow. Check out more of our DIY garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.
LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.
Technology has improved personal care products throughout the years and if you haven’t heard of Radius toothbrush, it might be a good time to learn about this innovative product. Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce this revolutionary toothbrush to our customers.
Radius offers one of the most uniquely shaped brushes, which featured a wide handle designed for an easier grasp and a large, shoe-brush shaped head packed with bristles. The company is fully committed to develop revolutionary, elegant and eco-friendly personal care products, designed to make you smile.
Radius unique and different design is the result of years of research to develop a functional and enjoyable toothbrush. Research indicates that the major problem in oral hygiene is that people don’t use toothbrushes for long enough and tend to keep their toothbrush for too long. Dentists believe that with diligence, teeth and gums could be perfectly maintained for a lifetime. The average brushing time is from 31 to 65 seconds, and the average toothbrush is thrown away after 10 months.
Radius aims to make the toothbrush comfortable, enjoyable and effective. With a mass of very soft bristles, a large head area for low pressure, Radius toothbrushes have a wide oval brush head designed to improve gum health and reduce the risk of gum disease by massaging the whole mouth, leaving you with that tingly-fresh feeling. The first revolutionary Radius product is now displayed at the Smithsonian Institute National Design Museum.
Insect repellent is commonly called “bug spray” and is a necessary product in many regions during the hot summer months. Bug sprays can be applied to skin, clothing, or other surfaces which discourages insects to land, protecting your skin. Insect repellents help prevent and control the outbreak of diseases such as malaria, lyme disease, dengue, and West Nile fever.
However, one question always comes to mind: are these products safe or do they contain dangerous chemicals? Reading the ingredient list of any bug spray product is essential to ensure you are not applying a potentially dangerous product to your body.
Most bug repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) as their active ingredient. DEET works well to repel bugs but this ingredient has been known to cause multiple health issues. DEET is absorbed through the skin and enters the bloodstream fairly quickly. Symptoms of swallowing sprays which contain DEET can go from breathing difficulty, coughing, loss of alertness, and upset stomach to nausea, vomiting, tremors, and seizures.
Additionally, DEET may cause a variety of skin reactions such as hives or mild skin redness, as well as more severe skin irritation such as blistering, burning, and permanent scars. DEET can also trigger temporary burning and redness of eye. If DEET is sprayed into these parts of the body, wash the area immediately to prevent further damage. High usage of DEET bug sprays may also result in more serious issues including low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and insomnia.
A variety of natural ingredients can be effective to keep the bugs away. Essential oils have been shown to work efficiently and several oils are highly recommended including neem, cedarwood, citronella, clove, lemongrass, tea tree, mint, lavender, rosemary, grapeseed, jojoba, almond, olive, and witch hazel. Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has been reported to be an excellent natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects. Soybean oil-based products also work fairly well providing on average 1.5 hours of protection from bites and are non-irritating to the skin.
A beautiful flower can actually provide many health benefits. That’s the case of borage. Also known as starflower, borage (borago officinalis) is an herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. Native to the Mediterranean region, this beautiful plant is commercially cultivated for borage seed oil, extracted from its seeds and proved to offer a variety of health benefits.
Borage oil contains high levels of the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a strong anti-inflammatory. GLA is one type of omega-6 essential fatty acid that the body cannot make on its own and, consequently, must be obtained from food sources or supplements. GLA is present in very small amounts in plants like green leafy vegetables and certain nuts, but after humans are finished with breast milk, the most significant source of GLA, many people take in very low doses of beneficial GLA throughout their childhood and into adulthood, resulting in deficiency.
Additionally, borage oil provides other benefits as its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can treat PMS symptoms, skin disorders, and osteoporosis, as well as promote breast-mil production, and prevent heart disease and stroke.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Eco Tan.
Eco Tan offers an exclusive line of organic tanning products made with safe, natural ingredients. The company ensures every product is free from artificial ingredients and the colors do not contain synthetic food coloring as they are made from natural cacao, herbs, flower extract, fruit extract and chamomile from Mother Earth.
Eco Tan products are a healthy alternative with no hidden nasties. The company has made Australian history by becoming the first and only tanning company to have natural and organic ingredients certified by the Organic Food Chain in March of 2011, under the Australian Government’s organic and biodynamic standards. These organic ingredients are grown and manufactured without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, animal derivatives or GMO’s and, at the same time, support sustainability as products organically reduces the dependence on non-renewable resources.
Eco Tan believes that the organic production process works in harmony with nature, keeping harmful chemicals out of our environment. The organic standards places great emphasis on building and sustaining healthy soil, crops and animal welfare. Certified organic products are not just chemical free but have been grown, prepared, and processed just the way nature intended.
You can save even more when you shop Eco Tan products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.
You spent all day soaking up the sun only to wake up the next day with a wicked burn and a deep yearning for a bottle of aloe vera to dull the pain. Sound familiar?
Some of the worst burns happen on overcast days when cloud-filled skies can cause even the most faithful sun worshippers to (unwisely) skip the screen, unknowing that 80% of the sun’s UV rays can easily slice through the typical cloud coverage. Even if you do apply, just because you lather up your legs, arms and face doesn’t mean that you’re completely protected.
Here are some oft overlooked spots that need some sunscreen love!
Ears – When you apply sunscreen to your face don’t forget the ears. Whether you’re driving or wearing a baseball hat, remember that your ears are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. A recent study from the Skin Cancer Foundation found the ears to be one of the most common places to find skin cancer.
Scalp – Greasy hair, don’t care! Apply sunscreen on your hair or (if you’re follicley challenged) scalp to prevent a painful burn. Even better, wear a hat (but see above about making sure your ears are protected). A team of researcher at UNC found that the most deadly melanoma skin cancers occur on this area of your body. Tip: use a Q-tip for an easy, clean application.
Tops of Feet – Did you know the soles of feet have a layer of dead skin cells which protect against UV rays? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the tops of our feet which, of course, actuallyface the sun. Plus, getting burnt here is pretty painful especially if you have to wear shoes.
Lips – Whether you’re sipping on a tropical smoothie or eating some healthy snack on the beach, lip protection can come off pretty easily, so reapplying is always a good idea. Our top pick combines organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and vitamin E to protect your lips under the harshest conditions.
Tops of Hands – Our hands show age and sun spots before our face. Reapplying here is key, especially if you wash your hands a lot. Here’s a little tip from us: use face sunscreen on your hands. It’s loaded with ingredients to prevent further damage. This ultra-sheer lotion features fruit stem cells to diminish photo-aging and stimulate healthy cell renewal for age-defying benefits
First, conventional sun care products such as sun blockers and lotions may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury, ammonium, laureth sulfate, alcohol, and many others. Think about it: you are actually applying these toxins directly onto your skin and they can be easily absorbed into your skin and perhaps spread through the body. The vast majority of natural sun care products avoid these harmful ingredients, decreasing the chances of redness, irritation, skin breakout as well as allergic reaction. Plus, always keep an eye on the ingredients list and avoid parabens, a very dangerous synthetic ingredient known to mimic your body’s natural hormones and alter the functions of the endocrine system.
Second, natural sun care is the best way to protect yourself and your family from side effects. Convectional products contain a great amount of artificial fragrances, designed to cover up the smell of other chemicals used in many sun care products. Some of these chemicals are known to have a strong smells and may cause headaches in many people. Natural sun care products often contain only natural ingredients instead of a cocktail of chemicals. Additionally, a good number of natural sun care products may be scented with natural essential oils that can even provide aromatherapy.
Lastly, natural sun care is the best way to ensure you are only buying earth-friendly products. Conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact and a multitude of regular sun care products contain chemicals. The manufacturing of these products may leave a lot of those chemicals into the air and water, and even more go down your drain in your own home. Choose natural, organic ingredients for your sun care products this summer and do your part to keep our planet healthy too.
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.
Spring season brings us hockey playoffs and for many players, and some fans, is the time of the year for an old and fun tradition: the playoff beards.
The superstitious practice of not shaving during the playoffs started by hockey players and it’s now also part of other sports playoffs. It’s not known exactly when and who started this trend, perhaps the New York Islanders in the 80s as a couple of Swedish players part of that team may have been inspired by tennis champion Björn Borg’s custom of not shaving his beard during Wimbledon. The playoff beard is believed to bring good luck to teams, so as the team enters the playoffs, players stop shaving and will not shave until the team is eliminated or wins the hockey final game of the Stanley Cup.
However, for many man, a beard is not about “not shaving” and letting the facial hair grow out. It’s much more than that. A beard means many different things. Some men may have it for cultural-religious tradition, while some others believe it to be fashion. Some men think a beard can show virility or strength, while others may think it can be classy or show high social status. No matter what your reason or believe, maintaining a beard requires some work as trimming, cleaning and treating hair is essential to keep it healthy and in good shape.
Filed Under: Personal Care at 3:21 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
ACURE Organics utilizes food and plant actives to feed the largest organ of the body — the skin. One of the primary aspects of ACURE is learning about EFA’s in their beauty oils and why this is so important to apply to your skin topically. If you are supplementing fish oils internally to feed your body EFA’s, they feel it makes complete sense to feed your skin the same EFA content topically. Listen and learn about “The Ultimate Beauty Approach” and which beauty oil might be the right fit for your skin type.
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Let’s face it (no pun intended), facial oils are all the rage. It used to be that the mere thought of putting oil on your face was enough to make your skin crawl. But now, these plant-based oils are helping to, literally, wash away those long-held preconceptions by giving you a refreshing and radiant glow, naturally.
All Skin Types – Argan Oil
Known as “liquid gold”, argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree. It’s rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Argan Oil helps fight lines and wrinkles and minimize scars and stretch marks all while restoring moisture and tone.
Dry Skin – Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of Rosa canina and is rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids. This oil can be used to aid skin cell renewal, resulting in a replinished, healthy glow. It’s amazing scar-healing properties makes it perfect for damaged skin, too!
Oily Skin/Combo Skin – Jojoba Oil
If you suffer from oily skin than jojoba oil is for you. It can help regulate oil production by mimicking sebum, the oil secreted from your sebaceous glands, helping to balance your skin’s oil production. Jojoba oil can also help heal acne and other blemishes, providing all the moisture and hydration the skin needs.
All Over Moisture – Coconut Oil
Due to coconut oil’s propensity for clogging pores, we definitely don’t recommend this for your face. The rest of your body, however, coconut oil is a must-have! It’s loaded with three fatty acids — capric, caprylic, and lauric — that have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Plus it’s easy on the wallet and can be used for a variety of skin ailments including everything from diaper rash to razor burn, cellulite and more!
For thin, lightweight hair, avocado oil is considered the best product. This amazing natural product is known to promote cell growth and shine and can actually increase volume as well. Many shampoos and conditioners contain it as an ingredient but avocado oil promotes the better results.
2. Coconut Oil = Thick Hair
For thick and curly hair coconut oil is an excellent choice. One of the most popular hair conditioners, coconut oil has vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and can not only promote beautiful shiny hair but also help to maintain a healthy scalp. A good tip: the longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the more effective it is.
3. Argan Oil = Dry Hair
Argan oil is an incredible product to be used in dry hair. After a long cold winter, many people may experience dry hair and argan oil is considered by many experts as the best product to revitalize your hair and correct split ends.
4. Marula Oil = Color-Treated Hair
Marula oil contains vitamin C and vitamin E and it’s very efficient to restore natural hair condition. Color-treated hair tent to be very dry but this natural oil is one of the best products to lock the moisture in.
Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands so our customers can discover these fantastic new products at great prices. The latest “Lucky Addition” is a premium natural men’s grooming line: ManCave.
ManCave offers supreme-performance, natural men’s grooming range with a premium fragrance. Taking the grooming regime to a whole new style, ManCave is inherently masculine, sporty yet modern with a touch of humor. Launched in the UK in December 2012, the company ensures the line clearly communicates functionality and effective formulations at prices within reach of every male demographic.
ManCave products are paraben, sulphates (SLS SLES), petrochemical and synthetic dye free, as well as vegan, and are made with only naturally derived GMO-free ingredients. The formulations include prestige ingredients and enriching bioactives with 8-12 essential oils. The company’s recipe for success could be summarized as follows: first start with a natural active ingredient, such as the effective amino L-Arginine. Follow up with 12 essential oils, then complete each product with a signature key ingredient, ranging from caffeine, panthenol, shea butter, borage oil to the captivating scent of cedarwood.
ManCave was created after a two-year painstaking development process, focused on replacing man-made chemicals with a precise amalgamation of natural ingredients, all while using the most sustainable sources of production. The result is ManCave, an essential natural men’s grooming range free from skin-unfriendly ingredients.
Avoid chemicals and save some green with this easy DIY coconut sugar scrub. It sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a healthy glow. It’s organic, free of parabens and sulfates and made with just a few items, most of which you probably already have on hand.
If you don’t have any white sugar handy, feel free to use brown sugar instead. Likewise, jojoba or almond oil make fine substitutes for the coconut oil.
Add the sugar to a medium sized bowl. Add the melted coconut oil to the sugar and mix with a spoon until you arrive at a nice, fluffy consistency. Add your essential oil and transfer the scrub to the jar.
While this scrub has a shelf life of up to two months you’ll probably use it up well before then!
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new brand of superior cosmetic products to our customers: Mineral Hygienics.
Mineral Hygienics offers a unique line of cosmetics that can help you look incredible. The company has spent years perfecting all-natural formulas that uses the fewest number of ingredients in the industry, in exactly the right combination, for exactly the right results.
Mineral Hygienics products do not contain complicated fillers, ingredients, or jargon. All products are created with natural ingredients and backed by solid research, input from dermatologists and other skin experts, and continuous testing to meet the latest standards for cosmetic safety.
When Mineral Hygienics develops a product, there is both reason and logic in its formula. Every product has a purpose, and the reason for development is to be better than the competition. The company does not want to release thousands of sub-par products and saturate the market. Instead, Mineral Hygienics wants to ensure that, before using a product, customers feel comfortable knowing that it was developed with care and reason and, after using the product, customers are excited that they feel the need to share the excitement with others around them. The company’s mission is to be the premier cosmetic manufacturer focusing on creating the highest performing products and doing everything possible to keep them as natural as possible.