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27
JAN

10 Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking for some ways to boost your mood and motivation even on the darkest of chilly days this winter? We present you 10 ways to avoid the winter blues this season.

1. Take Vitamin D supplements

Increasing your vitamin D intake should be a priority in the winter months. The body reserves of this immune-boosting vitamin fall dangerously low at this time of the year. Taking vitamin D supplements can be very helpful to compensate the lack of sun exposure, one of the best ways to produce vitamin D.

2. Spend Time Outside

Try to enjoy the snow and the cold weather instead of always avoiding it. Ice-skating, snowboarding and sledding are fun activities you may want to give a try this winter. If you are not into winter action, take some pictures as snow and ice can make wonderful stages for beautiful photos.

3. Exercise

No matter the time of the year, exercising is always great! Exercise helps your mind by releasing those feel good chemicals that improve your mood. One of the best ways to fight off depression and stay in shape, exercising in the winter can be done either indoor or, for the braves ones, outdoors.

4.Aromatherapy

For many people, aromatherapy is the best way to lift your spirits. Smells can be a big source of comfort and evoke memories of happier times. Studies have shown that aromatherapy can be an effective supplementary treatment for people with depressive symptoms.

5. Be Social

Stay social during the winter months. Invite family and friends over, go for walks, or start a group activity. These are some of the great ways to stay “connected” and happy during the cold days.

6. Enjoy Hibernation

Why not? One of the best ways to stay happy during the winter is enjoying “hibernation”. Stay home, watch movies, read a book, eat some popcorn, or drink hot chocolate, that’s just a few ideas to help you enjoy the “indoors”.

7. Get More Lights in Your Home

In some northern places, lack of light during the winter has been linked to depression. With shorter days and shorter sunlight, lighting up your home can be helpful to keep your mood and energy up.

8. Relax

Spending time doing nothing can also help. Catch up on your sleep, take a long bath, or relax for a whole morning or a whole day if you can. Try yoga to alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Relaxation is one of the best ways to avoid winter blues.

9. Go on a Trip

Travelling is always fun. Going from a cold place to a warmer paradise makes it even more fun. Enjoying a winter trip, even if it’s a short weekend one, can be a wonderful way to stay happy.

10. Sleep Well

People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. Try to catch up with your sleep when it’s cold outside. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent, normalizing sleeping patters and getting more daily energy.

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24
JAN

8 Signs it’s Time for a Detox

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

New year, new life. One of the best ways to kick off 2015 in a healthy style is to do a body detox. If you still don’t have a good reason for a detox, here’s a list of 8 signs it’s time for a detox.

1. Remove Toxicity:

Removing toxins from your body is the main reason for a detox. We get toxins not only from processed foods and food additives but also from stress, chemicals and other environmental ways. A detox program can help removing the candida overgrowth from the intestinal tract and will cleanse the blood, lymph fluid and all major organs of toxic residue.

2. Energy Booster

Feeling constant fatigue, having no energy, and poor memory are good signs your body may need a detox. Getting rid of toxicity can help your body utilize energy towards repair and regeneration of damaged cells. By doing this, your body is able to recharge and rebalanced itself, resulting in more energy and vitality.

3. Improve Digestion

Removing toxins from your body can significantly help to improve digestion. Detox programs are known to help improving absorption of foods and nutrients, so you can actually get more vitamins and minerals from the food you eat.

4. Immune System Enhancer

A proper detox program can definitely help strengthening the immune system. Alkalizing the entire body plays a significant role on how your body reacts to adversity. With a stronger immune system, you are less likely to get sick and ore likely to prevent health problems.

5. De-Stress

Detox can be an excellent way to de-stress. Too much stress disrupts the production of three main hormones: serotonin, responsible for regulating your sleep, noradrenaline, related to your daily energy level, and dopamine, responsible for making you feel happiness and pleasure.

6. Prevent Disease and illness

Detoxing your body can help prevent disease and illness. With less toxins in your system, you should be able to enhance your physical health, restoring your internal environment which in combination with strengthening the immune system can certainly prevent the development of disease or illnesses.

7. Remove Parasites and Worms

Most parasites and worms are ingested from eating meat, raw fish, and contaminated soil or water. A good detoxification program will eliminate many harmful pathogens, bacteria, worms and parasites not only from the colon but also from other areas of the body.

8. Reduce Body Fat

Weight loss? Yes, a whole body detox is one of the best ways to eliminate excess body weight. An ideal detox protocol will help to eliminate toxins from the fat cells, flush the system of impurities and reduce cortisol levels, the hormone responsible for abdominal fat.

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23
JAN

What’s New? Sibu Seven

Filed Under: Personal Care,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Vegan products continue to grow in popularity across the country and, following this positive trend, we have great news for our customers. Lucky Vitamin is introducing a premium vegan brand of products to our site: Sibu Seven.

Sibu Seven offers a top-quality line of vegan products made from the Himalayan sea buckthorn berry. Known as the “beauty berry” across Europe and Asia, sea buckthorn contains over 190 bioactive compounds that restore, revitalize and protect youthful beauty. These hardy berries help nourish skin, hair, and nails with powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids, including the rare Omega 7, a key building block not only to healthy skin, hair, and nails but also aids digestion and may help you maintain a healthier weight.

Sibu Seven beauty features luxurious natural skin cleansers, moisturizes, and other topical treatments as well as dietary supplements that beautify and protect from the inside-out. Founded in 2003, the company has designed a variety of products based on this powerful holy fruit. All sea buckthorn berries used for the products are harvested from the most remote locations of the Himalayas, known to be a superior source of this fruit.

Also known as palmitoleic acid, omega 7 fatty acid can be found in animal and plant sources, including macadamia nuts and cold-water fish. However, sea buckthorn contains a much higher concentration of this valuable fatty acid, up to 40% as compared to 17% in macadamia nuts. While this omega has numerous skin and health benefits, it is also known for its ability to support a healthy weight, cardiovascular health, and gastro-intestinal health.

You can save even more when you shop Sibu Seven products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JAN15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand.

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19
JAN

6 Herbs to Shed Pounds

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions but as we start the fourth week of 2015, many people have quit or are close to give up on it. Lack of results is often the reason for a stop but natural herbs can be a helpful and healthy way to get you a little boost. Here’s a list of 6 herbs to help you shed pounds this year.

Cinnamon

Adding just one scoop of cinnamon to your diet can help with your weight loss. Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels which is important since high blood sugar levels can increase storage of fat by the body. Additionally, cinnamon simultaneously increases insulin levels and influence the manner in which sugar is metabolized by the body.

Black Pepper

Often used for seasoning meals, black pepper may help stop the formation of new fat cells. Studies have shown that piperine, a substance in black pepper, can reduce fat levels in the bloodstream as well as boosting your metabolism.

Ginseng

A well-known immune system enhancer, ginseng can also accelerate weight loss by revving up a sluggish metabolism. With a faster metabolic rate, it is less likely that excess calories that you eat will be converted into fat.

Turmeric

Adding spices to your food can be an easy way to shed some unwanted pounds. Turmeric or curcumin is widely used in cooking and can provide some weight loss benefits. Scientific research has shown that turmeric may help prevent the regrowth of fat after weight loss, which is important not to regain back all these pounds you worked really hard to get rid of.

Cayenne Pepper

One of the best natural herbs for weight loss, red cayenne pepper can help in many different ways. It has been proven to speed up metabolism by 25%, helping burn ten times more calories, and also curbing appetite.

Ginger

This root can also help with weight loss as ginger can improve digestion by increasing the pH of the stomach and stimulating digestive enzymes. Ginger can also slightly increase metabolic rate, helping burning off fat stored in the body.

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19
JAN

25 Animal Ingredients in Supplements That Aren’t Vegan

Filed Under: Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Being vegan isn’t easy. With a lifestyle choice that requires such a high level of discipline and determination, the that last thing you should have to worry about is whether or not your supplements contain animal byproducts. Luckily, more and more supplement companies are noticing a need for vegan supplements like Source Naturals’ Vegan True line.

Vegan True’s line of 10 supplements are 100% free of any animal products or animal-derived ingredients and feature nutrients that are difficult to incorporate into a typical vegan diet (B-12, iron, protein, vitamin D). The line also features supplements that are hard to find in vegan form, such as glucosamine and omega-3s. Rounding out the Vegan True line are supplements important to overall health, such as CoQ10, Vitamin E, a comprehensive daily multiple and a powerful antioxidant formula. Many of the supplements in the line feature bioactive nutrients forms to support enhanced health benefits.

Next time you’re shopping for vegan vitamins and supplements stay clear of the ingredients below.

  1. Bone Meal – Derived from animal bones and can be found in calcium supplements.
  2. Carotene (Provitamin A, Beta Carotene) – Can come from animal tissue.
  3. Collagen – A fibrous protein in vertebrates.
  4. Cysteine (L-Form, Cystine) – Two amino acids which can come from animals.
  5. D3 – Some vitamin D dietary supplements source vitamin D3 from animals.
  6. Estrogen ( Estrone, Estradiol) – From cow ovaries and pregnant mares’ urine. Used in birth control pills.
  7. Fatty Acids – Can be one or any mixture of liquid and solid acids, caprylic, myristic , oleic, palmitic, stearic, behenic. Can be used in vitamins and supplements.
  8. Fish Liver Oil – Cod-liver oil and fish liver are used in vitamins and supplements.
  9. Fish Oil – Marine oil from marine mammals.
  10. Gelatin – A gelatinous protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments or bones with water, from cattle and hogs.
  11. Glutamic Acid – An amino acid found widely in animal tissue and used as an antioxidant.
  12. Glycerides/Glycerine – From animal fat and used in some supplements.
  13. Lactose – A milk sugar taken from the milk of mammals.
  14. Lethicin (Choline, Bitartrate) – Present in all living organisms and obtained for commercial purposes from eggs, nerve tissue, blood, and milk. If it is made from “soy” it will be stated.
  15. Linoleic Acid – An essential fatty acid used in vitamins.
  16. Lipase – An enzyme from the stomachs and tongue glands of calves and lambs.
  17. Propolis – A resinous substance collected from bees.
  18. Progesterone – A steroid hormone which can be from animals.
  19. Steroids: Sterol – From various animal glands.
  20. Tyrosine – Sourced from chicken feathers.
  21. Vitamin A – Can come from fish-liver oil (e.g., shark-liver oil), egg yolks or other animal sources.
  22. Vitamin B12 — Usually from an animal source.
  23. Hyaluronic Acid – Sourced from rooster combs.
  24. Glucosamine – Made from shellfish.
  25. Chondroitin – Manufactured with the cartilage of sharks.

 

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12
JAN

7 Habits for Younger Looking Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Nutrition,Supplements at 5:18 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Our lifestyle clearly affects how we age as well as the look and appearance of our skin. Incorporating the following seven habits into your daily routine can seriously arrest the effects of aging and help you on a path to a more luminous, youthful complexion.

Catch Some ZZZ’s               

Beauty sleep is a must for a youthful appearance. When you don’t hit the hay for the recommended 7-8 hours per night, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. This breaks down collagen and gives you puffy eyes and dull skin which nobody wants.

Stay Hydrated

Drink eight glasses of water a day. Just like a sponge, skin can get flaky and dry without water. Here’s a simple equation for you: dry skin = wrinkles. When you skin is hydrated, it expands, revealing a more youthful appearance. Plus, your pores will become more elastic causing the secretion of natural oils.  Once released, pliable pores will be less congested and appear smaller.

Work Up a Sweat

Getting the blood pumping causes your arteries to contract and allows more blood to reach the skin’s surface to deliver nutrients that repair cellular damage. Plus, your pores function properly when you sweat out those nasty toxins.

Find some Zen

Earlier, we mentioned the negative effect cortisol can have on your skin. Lack of a good night’s sleep can stimulate this unwanted hormone, but adding a layer of stress to the situation makes it all the worse, further increasing the body’s cortisol levels. When we achieve a more relaxed state our bodies produce chemicals that counter these harmful stress hormones. Just start by making an effort to de-stress for as little as five minutes a day and work your way up from there, as needed. Simply, lie on your back, shut your eyes and breathe deeply.

Eat Your Greens

Our mothers were right. Who knew consuming leafy greens would make you glow? All those vegetables contain beta carotene which repairs and renews skin from the inside out. Plus, they are a great source of vitamins, minerals and age-fighting phytochemicals.

Protect Your Cells

Take skin repair to the next level by incorporating an antioxidant supplement to your regimen. Antioxidants combat aging on the cellular level by not only protecting against free radical damage but increasing cell turnover. By enhancing the regenerative qualities, you’ll reveal a younger you!

Say No to Joe

Coffee — can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Now, we’re not saying to completely eliminate java from your morning (and let’s face it, afternoon, too) routine. We’re just saying to take everything in moderation. If you currently down three cups per day; try cutting back to one. Dandy Blend is a great substitute to help you accomplish this.

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10
JAN

A New Superfood You Need In Your Pantry

Filed Under: Personal Care,Superfoods,Supplements at 8:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Eaten for thousands of years by Africans and Ancient Egyptians, baobab was traditionally used for fevers, dysentery and diarrhea. All told, the baobab fruit has higher antioxidant levels than acai berry, significantly more vitamin C than an orange, and is a good source of fiber, calcium, and potassium. Studies even show that polyphenol-rich baobab fruit reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans

It’s easy to add baobab to your daily regimen, and trust us, it’s easy. The Powbab Superfuit Chews are AMAZING. It’s fruity, chewy goodness is similar to a Now & Later candy but gives you 100% daily antioxidant dose per chew! We guarantee that you won’t be able to eat just one.

The cold winter months can leave you feeling sluggish and tired but adding one scoop of Powbab Organic Baobab Superfruit powder to your smoothie or oatmeal can give you that extra boost to help you power through the day. Here’s a delicious recipe we tried and loved. It will give your digestion system the attention it deserves — especially after post-holiday overindulgence — by supplying your body with 20% of your daily recommended dosage of vitamin C and 8% of daily fiber in just two teaspoons.

Dry and flaky skin is an unfortunate fact of life for most of us during the long winter doldrums, but we were lucky enough to find some relief after finding Powbab 100% Baobab Oil. While many oils can leave your skin feeling greasy, this Boabab will not. It absorbs quickly into your skin, leaving it smooth and soft without the residue.  Not only is Baobab Oil perfect for sensitive skin, it heals eczema, psoriasis, scarring and stretch marks too!

When it comes to superfoods country of origin is very important. Be sure to buy only from trustworthy brands that are fair trade. Powbab® baobab is IMO Certified, USDA organic, Kosher, Non-GMO project verified, vegan, sustainably harvested and fair trade.

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9
JAN

Collagen Supplements – Do they really work?

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Supplements at 12:50 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
collagen

It makes up 65% of our total protein. Although it is the largest and most abundant protein that our bodies produce, its production slowly diminishes as we age. The molecule we’re speaking of is collagen. Signs of production slowing down appear in the form of every woman’s worst nightmare – wrinkles and sagging skin. Since all of our bodily structures are made out of collagen connective tissue it seems like a no-brainer to aid its production with the help of a daily supplement. The all-important question, of course, is: does it really work?

The short answer is “yes”, but it’s a little more complicated than that. Getting positive results largely depends on what type of collagen you’ve chosen. Don’t bother with topical toners, serums or creams. You will notice little to no difference in the appearance of your skin due to collagen’s large molecular size.  Now let’s talk supplements. The key to finding a collagen supplement that works is to look for hydrolyzed collagen. During the hydrolyzation process this large molecule is broken down into low molecular weight peptides that can now be readily absorbed by your body.

Our favorite supplement is Neocell Laboratories Super Collagen Plus C. As long as you follow the directions and take three capsules in the morning and three in the evening on an empty stomach, you will see results. After one bottle, you will notice a fuller, plumper complexion and a more youthful appearance.  Keep in mind that the pill size is pretty large compared to other supplements.

If swallowing pills is not for you, you can always try the powdered form. Even better, try this delicious Appletini flavored collagen. Gather up the girls on a Saturday night and have a martini collagen party. Beauty never tasted so good!

 

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7
JAN

A Pill to Replace Your Krill

Filed Under: Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

By now everyone knows that the omega-3s found in fish oils are good for our health. They can improve everything from heart health to cognitive function and beyond.  Unfortunately, acquiring these crucial fatty acids isn’t nearly as simple as it used to. Omega-3s are largely absent from our modern, industrialized food chain, pushed out in favor of an overabundance of omega-6s. Even the healthiest diets contain too many omega-6s and not enough omega-3s. Decades of scientific evidence indicates that this Essential Fatty Acid imbalance can contribute to chronic inflammation and a variety of other chronic and unpleasant health issues. The most beneficial omega-3s that we’re missing are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Purified fish oil is the best direct source of EPA and DHA.

Recently, krill oil has made some headway in popularity due to its bioavailability (ease of absorption and utilization), easy to swallow size and triple absorption of EPA and DHA… until now.  A leading fish oil manufacturer has come up with something even better.

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Phospholipids is the potent alternative to krill. Derived from sustainably sourced herring roe, it’s the perfect blend of triglyceride-form omega-3s and phospholipids.  This fish oil is making waves in the industry and has been recognized as one of the top omega products on the market, winning awards in the supplement industry.

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5
JAN

10 Foods to Supercharge Your Immunity

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking to enhance your immune system this winter? Let’s check the menu. A lot of foods can be a natural way to help you boosting your immunity. Here’s a helpful list of 10 foods to supercharge your immunity naturally.

1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms contain polysaccharides, which are compounds that support the immune system. Also known to increase the production of cytokines cells that help fight off infection, mushrooms are excellent cold and flu fighters particularly reishi, shitake, and maitake.

2. Honey

Honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Honey is an excellent alternative for sugar and goes well with many hot beverages.

3. Garlic

One of the best immune system boosters, garlic has antiseptic, anti-fungal and nutritive properties. Studies have shown that garlic is a good preventative medicine against coughs, colds and chest infections during the winter or as a natural fast-acting antibiotic.

4. Oregano Oil

Oil of oregano has anti-fungal or antiviral properties and can provide relief to congestion by simply adding a couple drops of it to a vaporizer and inhaling for a few minutes. Drinking a few drops of oil in juice or water may also provide some relief from a sore throat.

5. Ginger

Ginger contains sesquiterpenes, an element which targets rhinoviruses, the most common family of cold viruses, as well as substances that help suppress coughing. Ginger is also a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative.

6. Oranges

Oranges and other citrus fruits are well known to boost the immune system as they are great source of vitamin C. Studies have found that this antioxidant can reduce cold symptoms by 23 per cent and regular intake of vitamin C can help build up immunity.

7. Yogurt

An excellent source of probiotics, eating a cup of low-fat yogurt each day can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 percent. The beneficial bacteria is lactobacillus reuteri which has been found to block the replication of viruses that invade the body when we get sick.

8. Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, a powerful phytonutrient that boosts the immune system’s production of infection-fighting natural killer cells. Eating fresh raw carrots is the best way to get the most nutrients as cooking may remove some of its benefits

9. Hot Tea

Green and black tea contain flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants that help the immune system. A slice of lemon add extra benefits for a perfect hot beverage and great home remedy.

10. Spices

Spices can help your immunity too. Often used in immune support supplements, a variety of spices are known to enhance your immune system including pepper, garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage.

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30
DEC

What’s New? Ground-Based Nutrition

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce to our customers an innovative leader in the natural food supplement industry: Ground-Based Nutrition.

Ground-Based Nutrition offers a complete line of all-natural and organic food supplements designed and created to improve the quality of one’s life. The company uses the highest quality whole food ingredients straight from mother earth to help people achieve health and wellness, whether you’re a weekend warrior, elite athlete, busy professional, or just need a boost of energy.

Ground-Based Nutrition supplements are formulated with only 100% natural organic ingredients. The company uses no artificial sweeteners, colors, dyes, additives, or man-made synthetic chemicals, ensuring top-quality nutritional supplements that help you achieve optimum health.

One of the company’s best-selling items is the Superfood Protein Smoothie. This convenient all-in-one nutritional shake contains a blend of plant-based proteins, greens, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes. It’s the perfect product for someone looking for a plant-based supplement which can provide quality nutrition for active lifestyles. Superfood Protein Smoothie is a delicious, all-natural smoothie available in three delicious flavors: strawberry creme, vanilla creme, and milk chocolate, as well as the natural unflavored version. It mixes easily and can be used to create a variety of refreshing, delicious and, most-importantly, healthy, plant-based protein smoothies.

Save even more when you shop Ground-Based Nutrition supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code DEC14NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 12/31/14.

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28
DEC

What’s New? KidzShake

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of children’s nutrition products: KidzShake.

KidzShake offers a variety of products that makes eating healthy a lot easier for kids. Not only is this line the most nutritious children’s shakes, but they also have a super yummy taste that kids love. KidzShake is the prefect product to replace those sugary cold cereals for breakfast as well as changing from a snack of potato chips or a chocolate bar to a great tasting nutritional shake, significantly reducing sugar intake and improving overall health. Quick and easy-to-make, KidzShake products can make up shakes not only for the kids but for the whole family.

KidzShake contains all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your kids need. These delicious shakes contain vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6 and B12, vitamins C, D, E and K, plus minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. In comparison, in order to get the vitamins and minerals out of just one serving of KidzShake, your child would have to eat half of a medium carrot, two medium pork chops, one and ½ cups of almonds, seven avocados, three cups of wheat bran, seven ounces of yellow fish tuna, a six oz. sirloin steak, four medium oranges, eleven eggs, half cup of sunflower seeds, one cup of whole milk, eight medium bananas, one and half cups of raw spinach, and half cup of broccoli.

Additionally, KidzShake contains digestive enzymes, probiotics, omega-3 and trace minerals to support healthy growth and development. There is zero sugar, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and is gluten free, lactose free, nut free and totally free of trans fatty acids.

You can save even more when you shop KidzShake products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code DEC14NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 12/31/14.

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22
DEC

7 Health Benefits from Biotin/Vitamin B7

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Biotin or B7 is a vitamin needed by every living cell of your body. Eggs, cheese, mushrooms, tuna, sardines, berries, leafy vegetables, peanuts and are good food sources of biotin. Getting enough biotin can provide multiple health benefits. Just to mention a few, here are 7 health benefits from biotin/B7:

1. Promotes beautiful skin: getting the sufficient amount of biotin may help promote glowing, wrinkle-free skin. Biotin is used in several skin care products like massage oils and creams. Lack of biotin may cause several skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and acne.

2. Keeps your hair healthy: biotin supports hair growth and strengthening as a variety of hair products, shampoos and conditioners have biotin as a key ingredient in them. It works wonders for problems like dry, brittle hair and hair fall.

3. Promotes healthy nails:  the cosmetic industry has used biotin in a variety of products for nails. In fact, many supplements are labeled “hair, skin and nails” and contain significant amounts of biotin in their formulas.

4.  Weight loss helper: studies have shown that biotin is essential to sustain proper rates of metabolism. With high biotin levels, your body is able to breakdown food at a faster rate increasing your metabolism, thereby helping in weight loss.

5. May prevent diabetes: Biotin plays a role in enhancing the secretion of insulin, a protein that regulates blood sugar levels. Multiple studies have suggested that biotin may play an important role in preventing and treating diabetes.

6. Improve digestion: biotin’s main function is carrying out metabolic processes of the body. When you eat, several reactions rely on biotin to properly breakdown the food, including breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. If your body has sufficient levels of biotin, the food will instantly be processed.

7. May Prevent Heart Disease: research suggests that biotin helps in reducing certain risk factors leading to heart disease. Regular biotin supplementation may reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and total cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of, heart attack atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

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16
DEC

5 Reasons You Need A Whole Food Supplement

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The human body needs good nutrition to function properly. Eating a healthy diet is essential for maintaining good health, but it can be difficult to keep up with everything we eat. Whole food nutritional supplements are one of the best ways to get all the important nutrition needed for many reasons. In addition to be the most convenient, easy-to-use product, here are 5 reasons you need a whole food supplement:

1. Absorption: your body absorbs much more of the whole food supplement than a conventional form. Synthetic alternatives to whole foods are known as isolates and your body will only absorb a small percentage of an isolate form of vitamins and minerals and utilize even less.

2. Minimal Processing: manufacturers who grow their own whole food ingredients have control over them and quite often are certified organic farms. Once the ingredients are harvested, supplements should be made as soon as possible as food begins to lose nutrients. Delays in processing can lead to a loss of phytonutrients, and starting manufacturing process immediately is the best way to minimize the loss of vital nutrients within each ingredient.

3. Organic: organic whole food supplements from certified organic sources provide superior nutrition and health benefits. Once unknown to the general public, the differences between organic and conventional foods have become very popular and today most people know the amazing benefits and advantages of organic food over regular products.

4. Nutrient Dense: supplements made from raw, nutrient-dense whole foods are by far the best products for your body. Nutrient-dense whole foods are easier to assimilate, and may have a balancing action for your body systems. Overall nutrition is the foundation for vitality and healing within the body, particularly from nutrient dense, concentrated whole foods such as algae-derived sea minerals, herbs, greens, sprouts, seeds and living pre-probiotics.

5. Naturally Occurring: whole food supplements made from concentrated whole foods contain naturally occurring ingredients like vitamins and minerals which are not isolated. These highly complex structures combine a variety of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, activators which work together synergistically to enable this vitamin complex to do its job in your body. Nutrients from within this complex cannot be taken apart or isolated from the whole, and then be expected to do the same job in the body as the whole complex is designed to do.

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DEC

10 Superfoods You Never Heard Of

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Have you tried any unusual superfoods? Due to their high nutritional value, superfoods can help prevent diseases and may help you live longer. You may have heard of some of these superfoods but most of them are not so popular. So, we’ve made a special list of 10 superfoods you may never heard of:

1. Moringa: known as the “miracle tree,” moringa is an incredible superfood which contains over 90 trace minerals and can help with weight loss, improve digestive health, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. A single serving of moringa leaves contains 272% of your daily value of vitamin A, 125% of calcium, 71% of iron, 41% of potassium, and 22% of your daily value of vitamin C.

2. Acerola: a great source of vitamin C in the natural form of ascorbic acid, acerola contains as much as 1000 to 4500 milligrams per 100 grams of edible fruit. Also known as Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and Cerez, acerola has been showing multiple health benefits in studies due to its high antioxidant properties.

3. Camu Camu: a sour, lemon-sized fruit from the Amazonian region, this superfood comes loaded with a variety of phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Camu camu is the world’s best source of natural vitamin C as it contains approximately 50 times the amount of vitamin C found in an average orange.

4. Maca Powder: made from a root grown in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Maca powder is high in vitamins and helpful for improving mood and energy. Maca powder is popular in smoothies and shakes, since it is easily mixable and can be used as a replacement for coffee.

5. Mangosteen: Delicious and juicy, mangosteen is a tropical fruit loaded with essential nutrients and rich in dietary fiber as 100 g provides about 13% of daily needs. Mangosteen is high in vitamin C, a moderate source of B vitamins, and contains a very good amount of minerals like copper, manganese and magnesium.

6. Suma Root: used for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties, Suma is known to increase physical strength, energy and stamina. Suma contains germanium, a potent immune system booster, as well as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

7. Pitanga: also known as Suriname cherry, this exotic fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2, niacin, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It is also high in antioxidants and can be used a cold remedy in combination with lemongrass.

8. Goji Berries: a little more known than the previous listings, goji berries are high in vitamin A, fiber and iron, as well as amino acids. A staple of Asian cooking, these powerful berries are typically sold dried and can be added to your oatmeal.

9. Cordyceps Sinensis: this parasitic fungus grows on caterpillar larvae native to the high-altitude regions of China, Nepal, and Tibet. Loaded with several anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-lipid properties, cordyceps can actually enhance the functionality of your immune system, improve your stamina and endurance, stabilize your blood sugar metabolism, and increase your aerobic capacity and oxygen utilization.

10. Chia Seeds: perhaps the “most popular” of these unknown superfoods, chia seeds have become one of the top-selling supplements across the country. Ten years ago, few people knew about these seeds packed with fiber, manganese, and calcium. Today, people use it in many ways from adding in soups to salad dressings, as well as an ingredient for smoothies and much more.

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Tahiti Trader – Mangosteen Max 100% Mangosteen Juice – 32 oz.

 
 
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