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5
MAR

Ancient Golden Milk – Nectar of the Gods

Filed Under: Herbs,Nutrition,Recipes at 11:14 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

This ayurvedic tonic is made with turmeric, coconut milk, coconut oil, cinnamon and maple syrup. It’s comforting, soothing and relaxing. Drink it at bedtime and reap healing benefits such as immune support, anti-inflammatory, skin conditions, joint health, women’s health and so much more!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an all-around wonder spice that has been used for 4000 years and it perhaps best known as being a staple of popular Indian dishes such as curries and stews. This spice not only tastes delicious but is great for your health too! The health fighting compound is curcumin that’s give it’s a bright hue and healing effects. Studies have revealed its powerful anti-inflammatory, liver detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic effects.

Ingredients

1 cup of coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric or a half inch sliver of fresh turmeric

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Add maple syrup to taste

A sprinkle of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger or a half inch sliver of fresh ginger

Directions

1. Place the coconut milk and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat….

2. Add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Stir well if you are using the dried spices.

3. Let the milk begin to simmer — small bubbles will form on the sides of the saucepan. Stir.

4. Heat for another 1-2 minutes. Be careful not to let the milk overheat.

5. Remove from heat and cover. Allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes or so to improve the infusion.

6. Strain the coconut milk through a mesh strainer if you used fresh ingredients.

7. Add maple syrup to taste

8. Serve warm in a mug and enjoy!

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4
MAR

4 Ancient Grains for Exceptional Health

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Have you heard of Ancient grains? High in fiber and rich in mineral content, these tasty whole grain options are one of the hottest health food trends and can be an excellent addition to your diet. On top of offering a higher amount of nutrients and protein than other grains, ancient grains are delicious in taste and can be added to a variety of meals. So, we present you 4 ancient grains for exceptional health.

1. Farro

Farro is a healthy whole grain often used in soups and salads in Italy. Loaded with nutrients, a single cup of faro has about eight grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber, that’s four times as much as white rich and even more than brown rice, which provides around 5 grams. Additionally, farro contains minerals such as magnesium and zinc, as well as cyanogenic glucosides, a type of carb that may boost the immune system. The best of it: farro’s complex carbs break down slowly, keeping your energy level stable.

2. Spelt Berries

Spelt is a type of wheat containing a rich source of nutrients. Scientifically known as triticum speltum, spelt can be consumed in whole form known as spelt berries, hulled form or even in the form of spelt flour. This ancient grain was a staple for the ancient civilizations like Greece and Rome. Spelt is highly health beneficial as it may help reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, and protects the body against cardiovascular risk factors. Spelt contains rich amount of fiber, which can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

3. Barley

Barley may be the most popular of the ancient grains and its list of health benefits is likely the reason for its great success. Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that barley may help control blood sugar and lower glucose levels. Moreover, the European Journal of Nutrition reports that barely can be helpful to reduce blood pressure as well as slowing digestion which may help weight control.

4. Kamut

Kamut is an excellent alternative to traditional wheat as the protein content is significantly higher and it also has a high amount of selenium. Known as an ancient cereal grain, kamut has strong antioxidant properties, which may help protect the immune system. It is also a great ingredient for baking due to its natural sweetness.

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Shiloh Farms – Organic Emmer Farro Grain – 16 oz.

 
2
MAR

4 Great Uses for Beeswax

Filed Under: Beauty,Home,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Beeswax is an incredible natural substance that can be used in many different ways. Produced naturally by honey worker bees in bee hives, beeswax has non-allergenic properties that can make it a useful skin protection from various airborne allergies. Beeswax contains Vitamin A and provides long-term moisturizing, also offering slight anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities which can benefit the body. How can you add this amazing product into your life? Here are 4 great uses for beeswax.

1. Skin Moisturizer

Beeswax contains natural moisturizers that make it useful as a skin moisturizer. In fact, beeswax has the ability to lock in your skin’s natural moisture keeping the skin firm and plump, and the vitamins in beeswax can help protect and repair rough, dry, or chapped skin. This amazing product can also be applied to minor burns, skin cuts, scrapes, wounds, or other skin damage in order to help the skin heal. Beeswax can actually soothe easily irritated skin, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for those who suffer from allergies or other skin problems like rosacea or eczema.

2. Hair Products

A variety of hair products contain beeswax as an ingredient for a good reason. Beeswax has many of the same health benefits when applied to the hair as it does when rubbed into your skin. Beeswax not only moisturizes hair but it also keeps moisture from getting out of the hair. Plus, beeswax is used to naturally stimulate hair growth and is considered a great alternative product for those battling hair loss.

3. Lip Balm

One of the most popular uses for beeswax is lip balm products. Keep your lips moisturized with this natural protectant as beeswax acts as a layer of protection when applied to the lips, protecting the lips from environmental irritants and even the weather. Beeswax lip balm is one of the best ways to keep your lips from getting chapped during these cold, windy winter months.

4. Candles

Beeswax makes great natural candles and you can do it yourself too. Beeswax candles are free of toxic smoke and can spread the great, sweet smell of honey all around your home.

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28
FEB

What’s New? MopTop

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: MopTop.

MopTop is a natural hair line designed to help tame dry, frizzy, color, chemically treated hair without build up but with ease, leaving hair soft and curls defined. The company creates products that are useful for all hair types with a quality buyers can trust. MopTop products are designed to free your hair from frizz and let your natural curls shine. If you have dry, frizzy, unruly, color treated or chemically treated hair, you are going to love this line.

MopTop products are carefully formulated from all-natural ingredients and contains no sulfates, no insoluble silicones, no waxes, and most important, no parabens. This unique line of curl-loving products work with your hair’s characteristics to bring out its natural beauty. Founded in 2005, MopTop has inspired millions to discover confidence and natural beauty. With years of industry experience and research, MopTop understands and supports all aspects of the hair care experience including branding, creative, manufacturing, distribution, education, motivation, and the customer experience.

MopTop products have been featured on “Good Morning America’s” website and a televised “Good Afternoon America” segment, in modern Salon, CosmoGirl, InStyle, Southlake Style, Living, and many other publications. Several products have won the NaturallyCurly.com Editors Choice for 2013 and 2014.

Additionally, MopTop has created a entire line of personal care products for kids called Fuzzy Duck. Click here to check all Fuzzy Duck products at Lucky Vitamin.com.

Save even more when you shop MopTop products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘FEB15NEW15′ at checkout for an additional 15% on all products of this new brand.

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27
FEB

5 Healthy Ingredients to Add to your Morning Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition at 12:36 pm | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

For most people myself included my morning routine doesn’t change much on day-to-day basis. I wake up, take a shower, get dressed, make breakfast and leave for work.  My breakfast almost every morning consists of some kind of smoothie. The flavor and ingredients of my smoothie however is a different story. There are some really great benefits to adding a smoothing into your morning routine.

For parents who are looking for ways to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables this can be a fun experiment and a great tool. Also if you have a difficult time getting children to take their vitamins adding them into a smoothie can help.

Below are 5 ingredients that you can add to your smoothing to not only play with flavors and textures but also give you healthy benefits.

ChiaChia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family. Ongoing research has shown that this little plant contains numerous health benefits.  Some of the benefits include stabilizing blood sugar, increasing energy, aiding digestion and lowering cholesterol.  Chia seeds are also packed with antioxidants like quercetin.

Fish Oils – There is ongoing research that shows fish oils contain healthy fats like essential fatty Acids. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish oils have been linked with joint, skin, and brain and heart health. EPA has been used for decades to decrease inflammation, lower cholesterol and decrease risk for cardiovascular disease. DHA is need for neuronal and cognitive development in children. These healthy oils make great additions to your morning routine.

CinnamonCinnamon is aromatic spice made from the bark of a tree found in Southeast Asia. This spice is packed with an abundant amount of health benefits.  It is a circulatory stimulant, lowers cholesterol, aids digestion and is soothing to the gut, loaded with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, helps with insulin resistance and can lower blood sugar.  A recent research article showed that the daily use of cinnamon significantly reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Not to mention this spice makes for a tasty addition into any smoothie.

ChlorellaChlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water and has been used widely for its detoxification abilities. Chlorella has the ability to bind to metals, chemical and some pesticides. This means that when you drink, eat, or add to your smoothie chlorella will naturally bind to all the unwanted toxins you are exposed to throughout the day.

Beet PowderBeets contain a variety of health promoting nutrients. Beets are high in vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron, Vitamins A, B, C and folic acid. Beets help to cleanse the body, boost stamina, lower cholesterol, fight inflammation and may even have anti-cancer properties.

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26
FEB

3 Natural Supplements to Improve Memory

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

If you are having memory problems, taking supplements can be helpful but the question remains: which natural supplements are the most effective? Vitamin B12 and fish oil supplements are the top-selling memory products but if you are looking for another option or just a little extra, check out these three natural supplements to boost your memory.

1. Ginkgo Biloba

One of the most popular natural supplements for memory is ginkgo biloba. Studies have concluded that ginkgo biloba may enhance cognitive performance in healthy older adults as well as people experiencing cognitive decline. The world’s oldest living species of tree, ginkgo trees can live up 1,000 years and grow most predominantly in the southern and eastern United States, southern France, China, and Korea.

2. Panax Ginseng

Often used in combination with ginkgo, Panax ginseng is also known as Asian Ginseng and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. This remarkable supplement has the ability to improve memory, promote calmness, and reduce fatigue. Research suggests that taking 500 mg twice a day can improve cognitive performance in healthy adults.

3. Bacopa

Another herb commonly used in memory supplements, bacopa monnieri has been used for centuries to enhance long term memory, improve learning, and overall cognitive performance. This herb contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and sedative properties, with the active ingredients responsible for these effects including sulfhydryl and polyphenol, compounds that lessen oxidative stress.

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Prince of Peace – Ginkgo Biloba Red Panax Ginseng Extract 30 x 10cc Bottles

 
24
FEB

5 Health Benefits from Tea Tree Oil

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

Tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils for obvious reasons. This natural product contain incredible healing powers due to its endless list of properties including antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, expectorant, stimulant and many others. Originally used by Aboriginal tribes in Australia to soothe skin and heal cuts, tea tree oil is now a well-known product around the world and widely available as an essential oil. If you are still not familiar with it, we present you 5 health benefits from tea tree oil.

Antibacterial: studies have shown that tea tree is known to cure a variety of dangerous bacterial infections. Well known for treating and curing wounds, tea tree oil can also be effectively to cure internal bacterial infections such as those in the colon, stomach, intestines, excretory system and urinary system.

Enhance Absorption: tea tree oil contain balsamic properties and it’s a great product to increase absorption of nutrients from foods. This essential oil has been used to promote absorption and, consequently, increase protection from diseases.

Immune System Booster: tea tree oil is known to provide relief from cough, cold, congestion and bronchitis due to its antiviral properties. This essential oil has the ability to cure viral infections like the common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, and pox.

Promote Healthy Hair: the stimulant property of tea tree essential oil can be very beneficial for taking care of certain hair conditions such as dandruff and hair loss. Applying tea tree essential oil to your scalp can lead to increase blood flow that will help your follicle stay healthy and strengthen the hold on your hair.

Expectorant: tea tree oil can provide a quick relief from cough and cold as this essential oil contain expectorant properties. People suffering from cough and cold, congestion, and bronchitis, can rub tea tree oil on the chest area to promote fast relief.

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22
FEB

4 Supplements for Eye Health

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

Healthy eyes are so important to all of us but it’s not easy to prevent the slow degradation of the eyes. In order to avoid this problem, it is essential to consume certain nutritional and dietary supplements for eye health, so here’s a list of 4 supplements for eye health.

1. Lutein: a highly essential supplements for eye health, lutein forms a protective shield and prevents formation of cataracts as well as macular degeneration in the eyes. This antioxidant is the primary carotenoid present in the central area of the retina called the macula. People with high intakes of the carotenoid lutein have been reported to be at a low risk for cataracts. Lutein also protects the retina from damage caused by sunlight and studies have shown that supplementation can be helpful to people with both early and advanced stages of the disease.

2. Vitamin A: required in large doses to ensure proper functioning of the retina, deficiency of vitamin A may cause ocular disorders like xeropthalmia or night blindness. Often recommend by doctors to correct a deficiency, vitamin A also plays a vital role in preventing dryness in the eyes.

3. Beta Carotene: directly related to vitamin A, supplementation of beta-carotene helps the body convert into vitamin A, correcting such a deficiency and improving vision and related issues such as night blindness. Additionally, studies have shown that long-term beta-carotene supplementation slowed the loss of cognitive function in middle-aged healthy males.

4. Selenium: this essential mineral is a good source of natural antioxidants and can be a useful supplement to maintain good eye health. Found in many multivitamins and multimineral products, selenium is known to regulate thyroid and prevent thyroid eye disease, also know known as Graves’ disease, a condition that can affect your eyes.

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NOW Foods – Beta Carotene (Natural) D. salina with Mixed Carotenoids 25000 IU – 180 Softgels
Solgar – Vitamin A 10000 IU – 100 Softgels

 
21
FEB

Cold and Flu Got You Down?

Filed Under: Immunity,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

We are always looking for ways to help prevent getting sick.  We take our supplements, get a good nights rest and limit sugar in our diets.  What happens when the walls of our defense get breached and we find ourselves chilly, congested, achy and just not feeling right? Then we start looking for ways to help fight off infections and shorten the duration of the infection. Did you know that there are a couple of well-researched supplements out there that can shorten the duration of the common cold and flu?

The first supplement not only taste delicious but has been found to shorten the duration of the common cold. Zinc Lozenges specifically those made from zinc gluconate in a recent article fount that after 7 days, 86% of 37 zinc-treated subjects were asymptomatic, compared with only 46% of the 28 placebo-treated subjects. More than 80% of common cold infections affect school-aged children. Another article found that use of zinc lozenges significantly reduced the duration of cold infections as well as antibiotic use in children. This means for adults less paid time off days being used and for children less of those annoying sick days home from school. Zinc lozenges are not the only alternative supplements to shorten the duration of infections.

One last alternative supplement found in research to shorten the duration of flu infections is elderberry. Elderberry, also known as Sambuccus nigra, has traditionally been known for its ability to boost immune system function. One study showed that Sambucol, an elderberry formula, had the ability to reduce flu symptoms down to 3-4 days.

This cold and flu season don’t fret if your defenses let you down. Shop LuckyVitamin to help fight off the dreaded cold and flu viruses and get yourself back on your feet quicker.

 

 

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20
FEB

5 Reasons To Take L- Theanine

Filed Under: Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea, which when taken on its own may have some wildly useful medical applications. Most of the benefits surround the tranquil and relaxing affects of this amino acid. This amino acid has been found to be useful for certain conditions including anxiety, hypertension, and insomnia and even preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s. While most of the spotlight is commonly on green tea, today we are going to talk about the benefits of theanine.

One third of Americans report some form of insomnia. Whether it’s difficulty in falling asleep or difficulty in maintaining sleep through out the night. In a recent article researchers found that adding theanine to the nighttime routine of boys with ADHD actually improved some aspects of sleep quality.  Specifically this included a higher sleep percentage, improved sleep efficiency, as well as less activity during the sleep (less time awake after sleep onset).  Theanine is a safe product you can add to your night time routine to help improve your sleep quality.  However, the benefits don’t stop here.

Another very serious and unfortunately common condition is anxiety. People are always looking for something to help calm their nerves. Whether it is a pharmaceutical agent or an alternative supplement, herb, etc.  A very interesting article that I came across looked at the acute effects of L-theanine in comparison to Alprazolam (Xanax) on anticipatory anxiety in humans. The results of this double blind placebo controlled study showed some evidence for relaxing effects of L-theanine during the baseline condition while Alprazolam did not exert any anxiolytic effects in comparison with the placebo on any of the measures during the relaxed state. Unfortunately neither L-theanine nor alprazolam had any effects during the experimentally induced anxiety state.

One last topic to discuss is theanine’s role in Alzheimer’s prevention. There is no doubt that the medical field is always looking to add to the list of ways to assist in preventing the onset of dementia. L-theanine just may be one ingredient that they want to add to that list. One of the major pathological mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease is amyloid beta induced neurotoxicity. Now you may be saying what is that? For the purpose of this discussion all you need to know is that it is a major cause for Alzheimer’s. What this article found is that theanine reduced this neurotoxicity and may be useful in the prevention of AD.

With all of the benefits of theanine it is hard to argue adding it into your daily regimen. Shop LuckyVitamin for all of your theanine needs. Remember to always check with your health care practitioner before starting supplements.

 

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20
FEB

What’s New? Qunol

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

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the most important nutrients to maintain good health and Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a top-quality brand of CoQ10 supplements: Qunol.

Qunol offers the original coenzyme Q10 supplement that is proven to be both 100% water and fat soluble. In fact, studies show that Qunol Ultra CoQ10 is 300% more absorbent than regular CoQ10, helping you achieve the recommended CoQ10 blood concentration in just weeks, not months like other regular CoQ10 products. Seven separate peer-reviewed and published clinical studies have shown the proprietary patented technology in Qunol gives it the highest absorption of all CoQ10 supplements.

Qunol is made with the highest quality all-natural coenzyme Q10 instead of the synthetic versions like many competing brands, which guarantees the best absorption and highest bio-availability. The solubilized CoQ10 in Qunol is the choice of many physicians, pharmacists, nutritionists and health care practitioners. Qunol CoQ10 supplements support heart health, boost cellular energy and play an important role as a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals. Research has shown that supplementing with CoQ10 is essential to restoring optimum CoQ10 levels in people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that have been shown to deplete coenzyme Q10 levels in the body. Our bodies produce this vitamin-like nutrient naturally but this process slows with age and optimal levels are further reduced by cholesterol lowering statin drugs.

Additionally, save even more when you shop Qunol supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘FEB15NEW15′ at checkout for an additional 15% on all products of this new brand. Offer expires 2/28/15.

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Qunol – Mega CoQ10 Ubiquinol 100 mg. – 60 Softgels
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18
FEB

Testosterone…What You Need to Know

Filed Under: Men's Health,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The testosterone debate never ends. Rightfully so. Testosterone is a major hormone in every men’s life impacting health, fertility, physical activity, confidence, self-esteem and many other conditions. Testosterone levels decline with age, known as hypogonadism, causing a variety of health problems. In order to help you understand a little more about it, here’s a list of what you need to know about testosterone.

1. Overweight Affects Testosterone Levels

Extra body weight has a significant impact on testosterone levels. The extra fat uses testosterone, removing if from the blood and reducing energy and libido. Fat around the abdomen is believed to extract the most testosterone, so make sure to exercise and stay lean and fit, or, at least, not too fat.

2. Low Testosterone Affect All Ages

Yes, it’s more common as men age, but a drop in testosterone levels can start as early as men in their 20s as well as teenagers. Common symptoms for a drop in testosterone include feeling tired, weak, and depressed but the most common and noticeable one is decline in sex drive.

3. Testosterone Treatment

Testosterone supplements can be an excellent option for men of any age who have below-normal levels. Regular supplementation can avoid a variety of health issues such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

4. Exercise Helps

Moderate exercise helps but isn’t the only way to fix the problem. Exercising can boost testosterone levels to a certain degree, preventing extra fat, as discussed above, an issue to maintain healthy levels. Low testosterone makes it harder to exercise on a regular basis due to lack of energy and stamina which can lead to a vicious cycle of inactivity and reduced hormone levels.

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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

While 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.

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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

Pregnancy 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

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Does Your Pet Need Joint Supplements?

Filed Under: Pet Care,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Joint pain can really impact your pets’ quality of life. Arthritis is a common joint issue for dogs and cats normally affecting hips and elbows. Joint supplements developed specifically for pets can be very helpful to minimize the pain and promote a better life for your pet.

Just like in humans, pets feel pain in the joints when production of the fluid filling the space between the bones is low or not lubricating the joints properly. Aging is the problem as, just like us once again, joint fluid production decreases with the years creating more friction between the bones. Each bony end is covered in a smooth cartilage, which protects the joint from damage. Articular cartilage contains a high concentration of nerve fibers, and when anything touches the cartilage, your pets will feel pain. So, it is essential to maintain enough fluid around the cartilage to prevent joint issues.

Natural joint supplements designed specifically for pets can be a great way to provide nutrients to minimize the lack of this fluid. The majority of products contain three nutrients that can help lubricate your dog’s joint fluid and can even repair damaged joint cartilage. Glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid are found in a good number of joint supplements for humans as well as pets.

Pets supplements are available in chewable tablets, wafers or snack, treats making it easier for your pets to absorb its contents. Lucky Vitamin is now having a special Natural Pet Sale. Click here to check out all the products of this very special offer.

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Cosequin – DS Double Strength Joint Health Supplement for Dogs – 132 Chewable Tablets
Pet Naturals of Vermont – Hip & Joint Extra Strength For Dogs – 120 Chewable Tablets
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