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3
MAY

The Benefits of a Probiotic

probioticsProbiotics balance the spectrum of live organisms that naturally colonize the human GI tract. Probiotic bacteria is essential for healthy digestion, ensures the intestinal lining stays up to par and aids in the detoxification process.

Immune Support – Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located within your digestive system? Simply put: a healthy gut equals a healthy you! Without a good probiotic, your body cannot absorb fiber, sugars or starches. The good bacteria in your GI tract converts carbs into energy and nutrients for your body.

Childhood Allergies – A recent study found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.

Weight Control – Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than those whose weights fell in the “normal” range. Weight factors including metabolism, hormones and inflammation are all influenced by gut health andprobiotics can help restore this system back to balance.

Women’s Health – Probiotics play an important role in maintaining balance and preventing bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women. Also, L. acidophilius can not only help prevent infection but can help manage active ones.

Urinary Health – If you suffer from frequent UTI then you need a probiotic, stat! The good bacteria may help fight off bad bacteria that can invade your urinary tract.

Infant Health – Colicky babies can benefit from a probiotic. According to Italian researchers, infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic. And it can also help with constipation and acid reflux in babies.

 




26
FEB

Natural Nail Polish: What is 5-Free?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
NPA new term has arrived in the nail polish world and some people are quickly searching for the meaning of 5-Free.

5-Free refers to the newest way to label non-toxic nail polish products which do not have the five most common dangerous chemicals found in nail polishes: toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

The term is actually very useful when shopping nail polishers. Some brands have removed these potentially dangerous ingredients without sacrificing quality or performance, creating a product that is free of all 5 chemicals, known to cause cancer, skin irritations and disrupt the endocrine system. It’s important to remember that polish is applied to nails, which aren’t made of living tissue and, therefore, these ingredients are not likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, people may inhale potent fumes or make contact with the skin while applying the product. So, prevention is better than cure.

Here’s more information about the 5 chemicals that are NOT used in 5-Free Nail Polishers:

Toluene: a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the smell of paint thinner. Known to cause skin irritation, nausea, and light-headedness, toluene can also damage the nervous system, and may cause birth defects and developmental problems in children of pregnant women.

Dibutyl Phthalate: known as DBP, it is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects and is considered a suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.

Formaldehyde: this chemical’s vapors are irritating and can trigger asthma. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen.

Formaldehyde Resin: a derivative of formaldehyde, this allergen is mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives.

Camphor: this is actually a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.




16
FEB

Beautiful Hair Naturally with Argan Oil

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16 AOIf you are looking for ways to naturally make your hair healthy and beautiful, one product could be your best bet: argan oil.

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. This oil is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for hair and skin, making it a popular cosmetic choice for many celebrities.

Known as the liquid gold, argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier and is often used as a main ingredient for hair conditioners. Argan oil can also help to treat split ends, tame frizzy hair and give hair shine. A variety of styling products contain argan oil too as it helps make hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style. An ideal product for a daily routine after blow-drying, just rub a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then comb your fingers through your hair to apply.

Additionally, argan oil can be helpful for some health conditions as its properties may help prevent prostate cancer as well as balance cholesterol levels. Plus, studies have showed that argan oil has antimicrobial properties and can be used to treat damaged skin and inflammation as well as protect against skin infections, clear up acne, ease eczema, and heal cracks and burns.

Pure argan oil can moisturize instantly, help repair damaged hair, and prevent split ends while restoring shine. This amazing product is also known to increase hair growth and help prevent dry and itchy scalp. Click here to shop 100% organic, all-natural, pure argan oil at LuckyVitamin.com.




16
JAN

Lucky New Year, New Brands: Evalar Femiwell / CannaVest

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
2016 has just started and with a couple weeks in the books, Lucky Vitamin continues to present new brands to our loyal customers. Today, we look at a couple new top quality brand of supplements that can help your achieve a much healthier life in 2016. We are proud to introduce Evalar Femiwell and CannaVest.

Evalar Femiwell offers natural dietary supplements to preserve health and quality of life. A leading brand in Europe for more than 20 years, the company offers over 200 products created with the purest, gluten-free, non-GMO ingredients from their own farms. In the pristine Altai Mountains, Evalar’s own plantations cultivate over 30 varieties of herbs and is one of the first European companies with a complete cycle of production: from farm to final product.

Evalar’s Femiwell is a natural, gluten-free line of supplements designed by women, for women. The company understands your needs, from help to manage weight and stress, to heart health, beauty, and overall wellness.

CannaVest is another top-quality brand just added to our site. From harvesting hemp seeds to laboratory testing, the company is fully committed to providing the health and wellness benefits of products from the hemp plant.

CannaVest specializes in providing the purest, non-GMO, gluten-free hemp-based cannabidol (CBD) oil. All products feature this federally legal substance that can be used in foods and nutritional supplements for consumer health and wellness benefits. CannaVest is committed to pioneering the hemp revolution as the world’s leading producer of quality hemp-derived CBD products.

You can save even more when you shop Evalar Femiwell / CannaVest products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code JAN16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% of all items of these new brands.




21
DEC

Breastfeeding Essentials for the New Mom

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
breastfeeding (1)If you’re a new mom then you’ve probably heard that “breast is best” – and with good reason. Breastfeeding not only has significant nutritional benefits, but it also helps ensure that baby is getting all of the vitamins and antibodies that he needs to combat viruses and disease. So whether you have just started, or are planning on nursing in the future, this list of breastfeeding must-haves will get you started on your way.

Tea

There are many herbal teas out there to help with your supply including some of our favorite brands like Yogi Tea, Traditional Medicinals and Earth Mama Angel Baby. These teas contain proprietary blends of herbs that increase breast milk production. Sit back and enjoy a pleasantly aromatic balance of sweet, spicy and slightly bitter tastes. For a full infusion steep for 10 to 15  minutes.

Fenugreek

If you’re looking to increase your milk supply, most lactation consultants will recommend taking Fenugreek. This herb has been used since ancient times and is one of the most well-known galactagogues (any food and medication that increases your supply.) Remember that  herbal remedies can affect everyone differently, so if it works for you expect to see a change in supply within 24-72 hours. It’s recommended to take two or three capsules 3x/day to improve milk production.

Nipple Cream

Those first couple of weeks when your baby is feeding “on demand” can cause dry, cracked and sore nipples. Toss in a healthy dose of sleep deprivation and it’s easy to see why the first weeks post-birth can send even the most hardened breastfeeding supporters scrambling for formula. However, a really good nipple cream can restore and ease the pain so you can continue nursing. Look for a cream that’s safe for ingestion and contains only natural ingredients.

Manual Breast Pump

A manual breast pump can be a more affordable option, especially for moms who only need to pump on occasion. You control the suction and the speed and since it doesn’t require batteries or an outlet it frees you to pump just about anywhere. These easy to operate one-handed pumps make for a good back-up in case your electric pump goes on the fritz,  and are lightweight and small enough to fit in most diaper bags.

Nursing Pads

Did you know that just thinking about you baby can stimulate the release of the hormone oxytocin which tells your breast to release the milk? A sudden release of milk is called a “let down” and without a nursing pad in place it could lead to an embarrassing moment. We recommend this super soft brand made from 100% organic cotton.

For additional information and breastfeeding support, visit La Leche League’s website to find a group near you.

 




11
OCT

A Peek Inside the Natural Mom’s Hospital Bag

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Baby and Child Health,Green Living,Women's Health at 6:33 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
leafmamaCalling all mamas to be! Does it seem like you’re spending as much time figuring out what to pack in your overnight hospital bag as you have been researching pediatricians and creating elaborate stroller comparison spreadsheets? There’s a lot of information out there and everybody seems to have an opinion on what classifies as “must brings”.

Besides the obvious staples like toiletries, comfy clothes and an outfit for your little one, if you’re like me and planning a natural birth, there’s a whole lot more to think about. After attending hours of workshop and seminars from doulas and midwives, here a list of must-haves to help you on your labor journey.

Magnesium Oil – Makes a great labor aid by relaxing the muscles. This stuff will definitely come in handy during contractions. Have your doula or birth partner gently massage some magnesium oil into your skin during labor.

Honey Sticks – Labor has been compared to running a marathon, so you need to maintain your stamina for the long haul. The sweet honey stick helps by giving you a sugary burst of energy to power you through the valleys of a natural birth. If you’re delivering at a hospital with strict restrictions around food and drink, honey sticks are even more crucial since they’re considered a liquid!

Lavender Essential Oil – Not only does this essential oil smell great but its therapeutic benefits will help you relax, too, which is vital during labor. Lavender has also been found to reduce headaches and backaches too!

Coconut Water – You wouldn’t run a marathon without downing plenty of water on the way, would you? In labor, hydration is key! Coconut water is a natural isotonic – simply put, it helps quickly replace lost fluids — loaded with electrolytes.

Protein Bar – After your baby is born, chances are that you’ll be very hungry. Ravenous, even. If you deliver during the middle of the night, the hospital cafeteria will likely be closed, so plan ahead and bring a couple of protein bars along with you. Your body will need to replenish itself after all the hard work.

Ginger – No one wants to be nauseous or vomiting during labor, but it happens. Be prepared with some of ginger candies. Ginger has been shown to be effective in preventing and easing nausea. Plus, the sugar will give you some added energy when you’re feeling down.

Birth Ball – There’s a ton of pain management techniques for labor but a birth ball is a definite. It’s versatile and can be used in different positions to help turn and move your baby down the birth canal. During early labor, rocking and bouncing can decrease back pain.

Good luck with your natural birth. If you have an amazing birth story we’d love to hear from you!




28
JUL

The Importance of Beauty Sleep

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SSHow much sleep do you need? Experts say most people require between seven to nine hours of sleep in order to maintain good health. However, not just enough sleep but also good, deep sleep is very important to prevent a variety of health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and skin problems.

The term beauty sleep, which refers to the act of sleeping early to maintain healthy, beautiful skin, is definitely a reality for many people around the globe. Sleep repairs tired skin and research has shown that the whole body goes into repair mode when you sleep.

While you sleep, your skin renews itself as new skin cells grow and replace older cells. In addition, during your sleep, a number of hormonal and metabolic changes happen in the body and a good number of these changes happen in the skin and lack of sleep can significantly disrupt those processes. For example, lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles. It can also increase stress levels, consequently making you tired, angry, sad, and increasing the chance of premature wrinkles.

If your main concern is skin care, three easy tips can make a big difference for you. First, follow a beauty regimen with a cleanse before going to bed using a mild or exfoliating cleanser as well as a moisturizing cream, preferably a night cream. Second, avoid smoking, alcohol and heavy eating in late hours not only to prevent skin issues but also to improve overall sleep. Lastly, it is highly recommended that you establish a good sleep habit, going to bed and waking up around the same time every day.




27
JUL

5 Products Every Women Needs in Her Medicine Cabinet

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Women's Health at 4:53 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
medicineCollagen – Look your best and age beautifully with collagen. One of our favorites is derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, these peptides are soluble in cold liquids as well as hot. Enjoy a scoop in your morning coffee and feel beautiful from the inside out. Did we mention that collagen also increases elasticity and regeneration of tendons, cartilage, bones, and joints? You better believe it!

Probiotic – By now most people know that taking a daily probiotic is one of the biggest keys to maintaining maximum gut flora health. But what you may not know is that they are also one of the best supplements for women in regards to urinary and vaginal health. Bacteria such as Lactobacillus species, as well as the strain Bacillus coagulans help keep the pH level in these regions slightly acidic making it difficult for yeast and “unwanted” bacteria to thrive.

Daily Vitamin – Ahh, the great vitamin debate. Do you need one? The answer is yes. Today, a majority of conventional food is grown in poor soils that lack essential nutrients. Therefore if we’re not getting vital nutrients from food, then we NEED to take vitamins. A daily, one a day formula is an easy way to get complete energizing support in one capsule specifically design and formulated for a women’s chemistry.

Red Raspberry Leaf –  Red raspberry leaf can help relieve PMS symptoms such as cramping, irritability, and depression. That’s all well and good, but the leaf is most commonly known for its effects in helping maintain a healthy pregnancy. A favorite herb amongst midwifes, red raspberry leaf  is reported to increase fertility, helps tone the uterus of an expectant mother and can lessen the strain felt from contractions. Some reports have even shown that it can increase milk production. However, most experts agree that pregnant women should limit their consumption of red raspberry leaf to the third trimester, only.

Vitex – Another “women’s” herb, vitex helps keep hormones in balance. Used for centuries as a female remedy, Vvtex works by supporting the pituitary gland — the master gland for hormone production. Traditionally, vitex was used to stimulate breast milk production in nursing mothers, boost fertility and relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. This herb can also shorten a woman’s monthly visit from “Aunt Flow” – always a welcome benefit. Please note that vitex should be strictly avoided during pregnancy.

 

 




21
MAY

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Sport Nutrition: BCAA, Thermogenics, Pre and Post Workout Boosters

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
FitnessProper nutrition can be the difference between a successful workout program and frustration with poor results. Women trying to lose weight often have a diet lacking essential nutrients which may result in fatigue, lack of results and even some health problems. Women’s sport nutrition supplements can correct this lack of nutrients by providing the proper amount of macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and lipids for a specific fitness goal. So, we present you a quick guide to women’s sport nutrition.

BCAA

BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acid) supplements may help you build a solid base of lean, feminine muscle, and help to trim the excess fat. The human body needs BCAA’s three aminos (isoleucine, leucine, and valine) in order to meet the increased demand for amino acids during exercise without breaking down muscle tissue. BCAA supplementation is ideal to enhance sports performance and recovery, meaning you can go harder and longer in the gym, without experiencing muscle fatigue. BCAAs are also directly involved in the creation of new muscle tissue, both as the building blocks and as the builder.

Thermogenics

Thermogenic fat-burning supplements are one of women’s top-selling sport nutrition products due to its ability to increase the body’s thermogenesis or core body temperature, and consequently increasing the amount of calories burned. Rasperry Ketone, green tea (EGCG), and capsaicin (chili peppers) supplements are the most popular and often found in women’s weight-loss diets.

Pre- and Post-Workout Boosters

Pre- and post-workout boosters are essential to most fitness programs. As a simple rule, a good supplement prior to workout ensures that your body has enough fuel for exercising and a supplement after the workout is completed ensures proper recovery and prevents injuries. Women’s booster supplements are pretty much the same as men’s products. For pre-workout, nitric oxide can be an excellent helper, relaxing muscles that control blood vessels and allowing better blood flow. This will result in better energy production, so you can train longer and harder as well as getting better recovery from workouts. For post-workout, a good protein shake can be the perfect fit as the body tends to digest faster within 30 minutes after training. Protein shakes can also be taken before workouts (ideally 20-30 minutes) to prepare the muscles for physical activity.




15
MAY

Managing Menopausal Symptoms Without Hormones

Filed Under: Uncategorized,Women's Health at 3:18 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
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The average age a woman enters menopause in the U.S. is age 51. A woman officially enters menopause one year after her last menstrual cycle. However, hormones can begin fluctuating and declining much earlier, in a phase referred to as “peri-menopause.” Peri-menopause can begin as early as age 35—but more commonly begins about age 40 or older.

Declining hormones may lead to a whole host of very unpleasant menopausal symptoms, and it’s estimated that 75% of American women experience some menopause symptoms.

Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, irritability and occasional sleeplessness can make this period in a woman’s life truly miserable. But there are solutions that have been shown to effectively help relieve these symptoms without the use of hormones (hormone replacement therapy or HRT).

Remifemin menopause relief is an herbal supplement that has been shown to relieve common symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, as well as occasional sleeplessness. Remifemin contains an exclusive standardized RemiSure black cohosh extract, found in no other brands on the market. It’s much more than garden-variety black cohosh. It has been shown to be effective in numerous clinical studies, and has been one of the most well-recognized brands for relieve of menopausal symptoms for nearly 60 years.

If you are in need of more additional support at night, there is Remifemin Good Night menopause relief, which contains the RemiSure brand of black cohosh to relieve hot flashes and night sweats. It also contains relaxing herbs, including valerian, lemon balm, and hops. Remifemin Good Night not only relieves menopausal symptoms but supports sleep quality with its non-habit-forming, proprietary Restful Sleep Blend.

Menopause doesn’t have to be miserable. Turn to estrogen-free Remifemin or Remifemin Good Night for a hormone –free way to deal with the symptoms of menopause.




29
APR

What’s New? Baby Booster

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements,Women's Health at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
15. BabyBoosterLucky Vitamin is happy to present a premium brand of natural supplements to our customers: Baby Booster.

Baby Booster offers all-natural supplements with a blend of nutrients that are essential to a healthy conception and pregnancy. The company has developed special formulas which contain not only micronutrients commonly found in every prenatal supplement, but also important macronutrients.

Baby Booster ensures these products contain ingredients that are often lacking in a woman’s diet and is the perfect supplement for those gaps in the diet that many of pregnant women are trying to fill. Baby Booster is a good start to the day but it also provides a great protein supplement between meals to help ward off the afternoon “crash”, the hunger associated with low nutrition. This unique product contains DHA, folic acid, and other nutritional supplements that are so important for mothers as well as developing babies. The combination of high-protein to low carbohydrate provides an excellent nutritional source without the excess calories.

One of the company’s primary focus is ingredient quality. Baby Booster spent over a year researching the market for the best ingredient sources and consulting with medical and nutritional professionals. The company uses the same source of vegetarian DHA as over 99% of FDA-approved infant formulas, while other companies use fish oil that can contain toxic heavy metals that are especially dangerous to babies and pregnant women.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Baby Booster supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.




23
APR

What’s New? Strong Girl

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
13. StrongGirlLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of women’s sports supplements to our customers: Strong Girl.

Strong Girl offers a superior line of sport supplements created by women, for women. If you demand more out of your training, more out of life, and more out of your nutrition, Strong Girl products are perfect for you.

Strong Girl supplements are designed to help you achieve your goals and be the best version of yourself. The company had developed products that provide premium nutrition with effective formulas, so you can be beautiful and strong, both inside and out. Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, a weekend warrior, an obstacle course enthusiast, a recreational athlete, a busy mom or a strong, active woman, Strong Girl is the perfect answer for your fitness needs.

One of the company’s best-selling items is Strong Girl Smart Weight Loss. Designed with 100% premium ingredients, this premium weight loss product includes a key ingredient shown in scientific research to help people lose weight: green coffee. Strong Girl Smart Weight Loss also contains a blend of hot, efficient ingredients such as garcinia cambogia, caralluma, amla fruit, and caraway, to deliver advanced weight loss results. Two other products from Strong Girl are also hot-selling items. Strong Girl Isolate is another popular product as this complete lean nutritional protein shake is made from 100% isolate proteins for ideal bioavailability. Strong Girl Pre-Workout is a powerful pre-workout designed specifically for explosive energy, strength and focus.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Strong Girl supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APRIL15NEW15 for an additional 15% off all products of this new brand.




18
FEB

Pregnant + New Mama’s Guide to Self Care

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
mama_selfcare_guideWhile you’re nourishing and growing your baby, first in your womb, and then in your arms, you have to take care of your self. Your body is creating this miracle, and you want to provide the optimal start in life to your munchkin. Growing a human being, recovering from childbirth, and taking care of a newborn is not easy. It takes all of you- mind, body, and soul.

I only use natural and organic beauty and health products- if you haven’t made the switch yet, now is the time to protect yourself and your baby from harmful toxic chemicals. I’ve found LuckyVitamin to be the most cost effective place to buy natural and organic beauty and health products. These are some of my favorites:

Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System– I took these once I found out I was pregnant. These are the best, most comprehensive prenatals out there. It’s 6 a day, so if that’s too much, try the Rainbow Light Prenatal One– I was taking these while I was TTC, and switched back to these once the baby was born. I’m still taking them now because i’m still nursing her at 13 months.

NOW Foods Highest Potency DHA-500– You need to supplement your prenatals with DHA, and EPA. This has both. It’s critical for baby’s development, your heart health, and helps prevent postpartum depression.

Ddrops Liquid Vitamin D3 Drops for Infants 400IU– If you’re able to nurse, start giving baby Vitamin D. It’s a critical nutrient they need for their development, and the only one they don’t get enough of from breastmilk. These one drop bottles are the easiest- you drop one drop on your nipple, or on the baby’s pacifier.

Bentley’s Organic Baby Oil– This is what I use for baby after bathing, and for myself after showering instead of body lotion. It’s safe, organic, absorbs quickly, has a mix of nourishing oils, and a relaxing soothing all natural scent. I try to simplify my life by using products that work double duty.

Little Twig Organic Bubble Bath Calming Lavender– Take luxurious, warm (not hot) bubble baths while you’re pregnant, because you will barely have time to shower once the baby is born. Little Twig also has an organic Baby Wash in Lavender that is my fave for bathing baby.

Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash– Treat yourself to the divine natural chemical-free fragrance of wild roses with this luxurious shower gel. Once you have a baby, the days of long showers are gone, so make your five minute escape count. This tube lasts me a long time! It’s a wonderful gift as well.

Mychelle Dermaceuticals SunShield SPF28 Coconut– This is a great transparent every day sunscreen for your face, because you should wear SPF even if you’re indoors most of the time, and you want to make sure yours doesn’t have harmful ingredients like oxybenzone etc.

Tom’s of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant Honeysuckle Rose– Antiperspirants and conventional deodorants have lots of toxic ingredients in them, such as aluminium etc. My fave natural one is Tom’s- it doesn’t leave white marks on your clothes, smells delicious, and works.

For more pregnancy and new mom tips, registry advice, and healthy comfort food recipes, check out my blog LivLuna. For example if you want to know how much caffeine is safe, read my post ‘TTC, pregnant or nursing + love coffee, here’s what you need to know’.

Maria Olson Goins is a mommy lifestyle blogger, mama to a baby girl, and the founder of LivLuna.




17
FEB

3 Amazing Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
prenatalPregnancy is a time of monumental transformation. How can Prenatal Yoga support you during this incredible journey?

Physical Body:  Your body is stretching from the inside to make room for a second human to share the space within, and your organs are being displaced to accommodate your new roommate.  Symptoms from sciatica to nausea to varicose veins can make physical existence uncomfortable.  While pregnancy is a joy and a miracle it also comes with discomfort.

Yoga directly addresses common physical discomforts through postures that release, tone, and enliven muscles, ligaments, organs, and nerves.  When you move through yoga postures, your whole body takes part in a dance that moves blood and fluids to purify the body’s systems.

Labor and birth can be long and hard.  It deserves no less attention than training for a marathon does.  And if you want a training regimen for labor, yoga is it. All the key movements that help a baby be born are replicated in yoga postures.  By moving in spirals, circles, toning and releasing the pelvic floor, opening the hips, and breathing deeply into all parts of your lungs, you prepare for the big day when your body will facilitate bringing a new human being onto the earth.

Emotional Body:  Beyond the physical transformation that pregnancy instigates, there’s the emotional impact.  The hormone soup that bathes your inner world and regulates your emotions is suddenly shaken.  Beyond that, you know in some vague sort of way that the freedom to sleep for a whole night is about to be revoked for years.  Anxiety, depression, anger, obsessive thoughts, and sadness may flow unpredictably and erratically through the lives of many pregnant women.

Yoga supports your emotional well being by bringing balance to your mind, deepening your perspective, and releasing emotional energy from your body’s tissues.  This is supported by postures and breathing techniques that help to move energy/prana through the body and of course meditation, which provides some distance between the “I” and the thought that creates or reinforces the emotion.   The ancient wisdom of yogic philosophy can also support a balanced and resilient mental/emotional complex.  We learn about santosha, or radical acceptance; shraddha or faith/trust in what is; and viveka, or discernment between the thoughts that serve us and those that don’t.

Spiritual Body:  A new human being – mind, body, and soul – is being born within you.  The deepest mystery of the universe is taking place within you.  And it’s changing your sense of self, your identity.  The individual that you have experienced yourself to be for decades will be no more, as your destiny is joined to a tiny being that will depend entirely on you.

Yoga helps you to embrace the spiritual transformation that is inherent to pregnancy and harness it to support a deepening awareness of the timeless YOU that lives beneath all definitions and circumstances.  It invites you to explore deeper and deeper levels of “Self”, integrating and synthesizing them as you go.  It prompts you to ask yourself the most important questions and find the answers hidden within the depth of your breath, resting in intuition and relationship to spirit.

It’s no wonder that during this journey that really has no parallel in ordinary life, women seek out a yoga practice because it is so complete.  An ancient practice steeped with wisdom, yet one that is evolving over the years to serve the ever-changing culture we live within.

This wisdom and much more can be found in Birthing Mama® an online holistic pregnancy program.

BIO: Corinne Andrews is the founder and head author of Birthing Mama®. As the owner of Yoga Center Amherst, a senior Embodyoga® teacher and the Co-founder of the local Birthing Mama Yoga, she has been teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities since 2003.  In addition to classes, Corinne teaches private yoga sessions for health and healing. She is the mother of two children who are her greatest spiritual teachers and the focus of her life when she is not practicing or teaching yoga or experimenting in the garden and kitchen.

www.birthingmama.org

www.yogacenteramherst.org

 




5
FEB

3 Natural Hair Dyes That Won’t Damage Your Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HairDid you know that natural hair color products can actually deliver a superior result to your hair than conventional products? That’s right. Many natural hair dyes provide better results with less dry, over-processed hair as well as the great benefit of using a healthier product without ammonia and other dangerous chemical additives. Here’s a selection of 3 natural hair dyes that won’t damage you hair.

1. CoSaMo

CoSaMo offers a top-quality line of non-permanent hair color products which are MSDS certified and FDA approved and contain no-ammonia, no-peroxide and no PPD (p-Phenylenediamine). PPD is primarily used as a dye and is one of the “have to be avoided” ingredients. Short term exposure to high levels of p-phenylenediamine may cause severe dermatitis, eye irritation and tearing, asthma, gastritis, renal failure, vertigo, tremors, and convulsions. The majority of customers believe CoSaMo products work just as well if not better than regular hair color products.

2. Surya Brasil

Surya Brasil offers a unique line of natural cosmetic products to promote beauty and health. The company not only has products with assured natural ingredients, but it also abstains from using substances that are harmful to you or to the environment. Surya Brasil contains no lead, ammonia, PPD dyes, and any other chemicals.

3. Naturtint

Naturtint offers a premium line of natural hair coloring products featuring plant-based active ingredients. This unique permanent hair coloring works by using a three-step process without ammonia, parabens, silicones, paraffin, mineral oils, heavy metals, artificial fragrances, SLS, or formaldehyde derivatives. The active plant-based ingredients and the pH of the colorant cream help to open the external cuticle layer of the hair naturally. Next, the natural color of the hair is removed, and micro-pigments penetrate the deepest layers of the hair with the new color. Finally, the cuticle returns to its original position, trapping the colorants inside the hair to ensure that the new color won’t fade away.