I love summer as much as the next person and although it pains me to say it, summer is ending and fall is right around the corner. Soon temperatures will start to drop and the humidity we complained about all summer long (especially if you’re on the east coast) will soon disappear. The lack of humidity and colder temperatures often means dryer skin and cracked lips. Unlike other parts of our skin and body, our lips don’t contain oil glands, which makes them more susceptible to drying out and cracking. Don’t worry! There are steps you can take to help keep your lips looking and feeling healthy.
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
Use a humidifier in the home as needed.
Try to avoid cold weather and winds by wrapping a scarf around your mouth.
Avoid licking your lips: While it may seem helpful at the time, licking your lips actually causes them to dry out. What happens is the saliva on your lips evaporates, causing them to become drier then they were to begin with.
Avoid picking and biting at your lips as much as possible.
Use a lip balm to help lock in the moisture – see how to make your own below.
How to Make Your Own Lip Balm
This recipe makes roughly 3 oz of lip balm, so make sure you have enough containers to hold it all (the average stick of lip balm is .15 oz). Reduce the amount it makes by cutting the recipe in half.
The first step requires you to prepare for later on in the recipe. It’s best if you lay out all the containers on the countertop first. Take off the lids/caps and if you’re using lip balm stick containers, twist them down to the bottom. Measure the wax, the butters and the coconut oil out and add them into a glass jar (measuring cup) until you have the right amount. Fill a large saucepan or double boiler with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan or pour the oil/butter mixture into the top pot of the double boilers. Every few minutes, stir the ingredients. Continue for about 10-15 minutes or until the ingredients are melted and combined.
Once all the wax is melted, remove it from the heat. Allow the mixture to sit and cool (about 3-5 minutes). After the mixture is cooled but not hardened, add the drops of the essential oils. Stir the mixture again to evenly disperse the oils throughout. Pour the mixture into your desired lip balm containers. Allow the mixtures to cool. Enjoy!
If you desire a harder consistency for your lip balm you can add more beeswax (roughly 1 Tablespoon to the mixture). If you wish for your lip balm to be softer you can add an additional Tablespoon of coconut oil. You can also add a little Vitamin E oil once the mixture is cooled for preservation and antioxidant support.
With already an extensive selection of sport nutrition products and protein supplements, Lucky Vitamin is happy to announce the introduction of another premium brand to our customers: Rule One Protein.
Rule One Protein offers one of the best line of supplements made for athletes, bodybuilders, cross-fitters and powerlifters. Designed and developed by guys who’ve lifted a few million lbs. and downed a few thousand scoops of protein, this unique line of pro-supplements is the result of the work of supplement pros who’ve done this before. Guys who know the difference between the good stuff and the over-hyped wannabes.
The Rule One Proteins executive team combines over 100 years of development and formulation experience, offering a unique combination of skills and experience, but most of all, an unmatched passion for the sports nutrition industry. You can rest assured knowing that any product produced by Rule One Proteins contains only the finest raw materials, ingredients available and that their creed of “the best input = the best output” is always on their minds.
Rule One Protein is fully dedicated to bring you the best formulated and manufactured protein powders and nutrition supplements in the world. All products are produced by Nutrivo, LLC. Nutrivo’s facility, located in Aurora, IL, in a brand new state-of-the-art GMP/NSF-certified facility. Utilizing the latest quality blending, measuring and packaging equipment available, Rule One Protein formulates products with only ingredients which passes the company’s stringent standards for safety, quality and efficacy.
Castile soaps have been one of the most popular personal care items for many years. This natural, all-vegetable oil based soap is known for its benefits and is available in liquid form as well as bars. Originally from Castile, Spain, today castile soap is made with vegetable oils including olive, coconut, and hemp. In order to provide another top-quality brand of this incredible product, Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a premium brand of castile soaps to our customers: Dr. Jacobs Naturals.
Dr. Jacobs Naturals offers 100% natural products, free of synthetic fragrances and preservatives. This unique soap is made with pure Castile and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. As an all-natural soap, made from olive oil, Dr. Jacobs Naturals will leave skin smooth and silky by forming a protective barrier, helping the skin hold in moisture. Olive oil soap is the perfect addition to a regular skin care routine. Dr. Jacobs Naturals soap is environmentally friendly, completely biodegradable, and free of harsh chemicals. Plus, the company also uses recyclable containers. Dr. Jacobs Naturals Castile liquid soap does not have any artificial ingredients, colors, parabens, phthalate, propylene glycol, lauryl/laureth sulfates, and triclosan.
Dr. Jacobs Naturals is very versatile as it can be used as an alternative to shampoo, body wash, and facial cleanser. The pure olive oil Castile soap is non-greasy, will not clog pores and it can also be used as a great household cleaner, laundry detergent, and dish soap.
Oftentimes the best things for beautiful, healthy skin can’t be created in a lab. Reveal your inner glow by incorporating some of these natural wonders into your skincare regimen.
Vitamin E Oil – From reducing scars to diminishing fine lines, vitamin e oil is a true wonder for the skin. It helps prevents water loss and blocks free radicals from the body to help slow down the aging process. Make you own homemade eye cream by combining one teaspoon of vitamin E oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Use at night for best results.
Coconut Oil – So much more than a great butter substitute, coconut oil is an excellent smoother and won’t irritate those with sensitive skin. Just remember that it’s slightly comedogenic, meaning if you’re prone to breakouts, do not use it on your face! If you have more normal to dry skin than go for it! Start with baby steps, such as using a dollop as a natural eye make-up remover.
Honey – Honey’s chemical properties can speed up healing, prevent infection and lock in moisture for those with dry skin. Blend one apple with one tablespoon of honey to form a thick paste. Apply to skin, leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse. It will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and supple.
Baking Soda – Minimize the appearance of those pesky pores on your face. Take two tablespoons of baking soda and add small amounts of water until a paste forms. Massage the paste onto your skin for two minutes while in the shower to reveal a healthy glow!
Jojoba Oil – This skin nourishing oil (it’s actually a wax) has a molecular structure similar to sebum, the oil your face produces naturally, which is why jojoba oil is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. For a gentle cleanser combine six ounces of castile soap and distilled water with one tablespoon of jojoba oil. Add six drops of tea tree essential oil. Perfect for acne and blackheads and it won’t dry out your skin!
Finding the right ingredients for face care products can be a challenge. With so much information available, people often get confused on what to look for in products for facial care. Since there is no perfect combination of ingredients, we can suggest and talk about the most common and efficient ingredients used in face care products.
The majority of products have the exact same claims: help reduce aging skin, erase wrinkles, diminish age spots and repair sun damage. The first word we should look for is antioxidants. Known to counter the free radicals that damage DNA, these natural substances are made up of vitamins and minerals and are an excellent product for skin treatment. Antioxidants are known to reduce wrinkles, minimize dry skin as well as improve the skin appearance, particularly reducing dark circles under the eyes. Products with high amount of antioxidants usually contain ingredients such as acai, alpha-lipoic acid, green tea extract, and vitamin C.
In addition, a couple other ingredients can make the difference for facial skin. Retinol is made from vitamin A and is added to creams to go on your skin. Known to boost collagen production and plumps out skin, retinol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as improves skin tone and color. The amazing Coenzyme Q10 is another premium face care ingredient. The human body naturally makes CoQ-10 to neutralize free radicals in cells but as we age, production significantly reduces, making the skin cells more vulnerable to damage by free radicals. Products with CoQ-10 can help reduce wrinkles around the eyes.
Lastly, hyaluronic acid is a helpful ingredient too. Included in skin care products to reduce the signs of aging, the body also produces hyaluronic acid naturally, keeping tissues cushioned and lubricated. It’s found in skin, joint fluid, and connective tissues. Once again, as we age the amount of the acid reduces and products containing hyaluronic acid may help smooth out skin. Hyaluronic acid is especially effective when combined with vitamin C products.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of natural health food products to our customers: Neat The Meat Replacement.
Neat offers one of the healthiest alternatives on the market for people going meatless. No matter what your reason is, Neat has the perfect solution for an easy-to-make, great tasting replacement for ground beef. Derived from nuts and other natural ingredients, Neat is 100% vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, guilt free, kosher, and contains no GMO ingredients. Available in four delicious flavors, original mix, Italian mix, Mexican mix, and breakfast mix, even the choosiest meat-eater will love this healthy and quick way to serve your family’s favorite dishes.
Neat makes great tasting meat alternative products that can be used and served in many different ways. This amazing product is also very easy-to-make. For example, for Neat crumbles, just add water and eggs (or vegan eggs) to Neat and mix well. Brown and chop on medium heat, just like ground beef, in a non-stick skillet for 7-9 minutes. For patties, cook 3 1/2 minutes on each side, until browned. Mix in with your favorite recipes, serve and enjoy.
Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Neat supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code SEPT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer ends September 30th, 2015.
Probiotic supplements are wonderful products that everyone should consider taking on a regular basis. Probiotics offer a long list of health benefits such as fortifying the immune system, preventing gastrointestinal infections, and converting sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid. Normally found in foods such as yogurt and dairy products, the “good bacteria” of probiotics can also help with cholesterol issues as well as managing lactose intolerance, lowering blood pressure, preventing colon cancer and reducing inflammation.
Probiotics are live microorganisms very sensitive to high temperature. Most companies do their best to provide a high quality product that normally can stand some heat exposure without losing its potency and one of the best probiotics available is Solgar Probi.
Solgar Provi is available in 20 billion and 30 billion vegetarian caps. This shelf-stable, once-daily dietary supplement provides true potency probiotic support. Today’s advances focus less on the quantity and number of different strains and more on identified strains that deliver clinically supported results, true potency at expiration, and strains robust enough to survive even harsh stomach acid. That’s the difference you’ll find with Probi products from Solgar as it delivers all this, and much more. By nature, most probiotics work best in the intestinal tract, and not the harsh, acidic environment of the stomach. Probi 20/30 Billion is formulated to survive stomach acid so it’s delivered directly into the intestinal tract to help populate your system with a positive balance of beneficial micro-flora.
Cyclical digestive issues can alter your living routine to the point that what you do and where you go is carefully planned. Apprehension over what you eat and the associated intestinal distress may present concern and anxiety. Understanding the role of probiotics can make a real difference in how you think about them and how they can help you in “normalizing” your routine.
Solgar Probi supplements are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, sodium, artificial flavor, artificial sweetener, artificial preservatives, and artificial colors, and contain the one and only Solgar’s Commitment to Excellence, a company that has been innovating and producing fine quality nutritional supplements since 1947.
We can’t help that we age, but we can help our skin to look healthier as we age. Skin changes are arguably one of the most visible signs of aging. Collagen, one of the most important building blocks of the skin, plays a huge role in keeping the skin looking young. It helps maintain skin elasticity, and provides structural support and strength for our bodies through our bones and connective tissue. Knowing that, it shouldn’t be surprising that collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body.
The production of collagen naturally declines with age (starting around 40 years old). This can cause a number of issues for our bodies. The skin loses elasticity, joints become weakened, and those pesky wrinkles start to appear. These changes, known as elastosis (degenerative change in elastic tissue), has people looking for alternate ways to make up this loss. Supplemental collagen can help moderate this breakdown process and promote the look of younger skin.
If you’re looking for a collagen supplement, consider NeoCell Laboratories. NeoCell started in 1998 in Newport Beach California with an extraordinary personal experience. After major surgery, the benefits of collagen were so powerful for one man, Al Quadri, that he was inspired to start a company, in the hope that he could help others with this amazing ingredient. And so NeoCell was born,as a small, research grounded family owned business that had the goal of introducing to the world the anti-aging and overall health benefits of a naturally- sourced collagen based supplement line. NeoCell is dedicated to providing premium collagen supplements for skin, connective tissue and joint health for consumers worldwide.
While they have grown considerably over the years, their commitment to finding the most innovative and effective nutraceutical supplements has never changed. Additionally, with their ongoing work with Vitamin Angels, an organization that saves children’s lives by providing essential micronutrients to infants and children in need, NeoCell has been able to help thousands of children get the nutrients they need.
Amino acids are both vital to health and serve as one of the building blocks of protein. Of the 20 amino acids our bodies are unable to produce nine of them on its own. These nine are commonly grouped together and referred to as the essential amino acids.
They are (alphabetical order):
Builds Cells & Repairs Tissue – The body uses glutamine, the most abundant amino acid, as a vital source of energy in response to external stress. In addition, glutamine is the primary fuel source for rapidly dividing cells and repairing tissue cells with its potent antioxidant properties.
Assists with Wound Healing – Did you know that you can speed the wound healing process with amino acids? Arginine (another amino) levels plummet after the body experiences a major trauma or sustains a heavy, serious wound. Large doses of arginine have been shown to increase tissue collagen content, which helps aid the healing process.
Increases Athletic Performance –Athletes and bodybuilders will already know how detrimental caloric depravation is to reaching their fitness goals, but what they might not know is how certain amino acids can help them get back on track. To prevent muscle loss, it’s best to supplement with one of the three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs): leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Provides Efficient Protein Uptake — A lack of amino acids and protein can lead to protein-energy-malnutrition, or PEM. This occurs in parts of the world where malnourishment runs rampant and what little food is available does not supply the amino acids that the body needs. Severe PEM, also known as kwashiorkor, can cause liver deterioration, anemia and skin inflammation
Amino acids play a really important role in health but many people don’t really know what they are and what they do. The human body uses amino acids to produce proteins, perform critical metabolic functions as well as to produce energy. Food sources of amino acids are protein-rich foods. When you consume protein, your body receives a source of amino acids using combinations of 20 distinct amino acids to make up the protein in your cells. Sources of protein that contain every essential amino acid are called complete proteins, while sources of protein deficient in one or more essential amino acids are incomplete proteins. Failure to eat enough of any essential amino acid prevents your body from making the protein it needs to function.
Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the organism, and therefore must be supplied by diet. A total of nine amino acids cannot be made by the human body and are considered essential: phenylalanine, threonine, valine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, lysine, isoleucine, and histidine. Nutritionally essential, these amino acids are not optional as a lack of sufficient bioavailability has adverse health effects.
Additionally, six amino acids are considered conditionally essential in the human diet as their synthesis can be limited under special pathophysiological conditions, such as prematurity in the infant or individuals in severe catabolic distress. These six are arginine, cysteine, glycine, proline, glutamine, and tyrosine.
Lastly, five amino acids are dispensable in humans as they can be synthesized in the body. Nutritionally nonessential, these aminos can be made by the human body through various pathways of biosynthesis. These aminos are alanine, asparti acid, asparagine, glutamic acid and serine.
Amino acid deficiency may lead to a number of health issues such as developing frequent colds, slow recovery from physical exercise, constantly feeling fatigued, and slow healing from minor cuts or injuries.
Fish Oil and Omega3 – Rundown with Dr. Jeremy Wolf : Ask The ND
In this Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf tackles Fish Oil. Our body can’t make all of the good fatty acids that it needs, so we need to get them from the foods we eat and the supplements we take. Learn about the different types of Fish Oil that help deliver the nutrients your body needs.
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The debate never ends. Which one is better: fish oil or flax oil? As a source of essential fatty acids, both products can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet but what are the benefits?
Let’s start with fish oil. A great source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid (LA), fish oil contains two other important omega-3 fatty acids not found in the other plant-based foods: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both famous for their health benefits. EPA is effective for inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, asthma and eczema, as well as an excellent product for heart disease as it increases levels of good HDL cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure. DHA is important for brain health, vision, learning, cognition, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Fish containing high levels of omega-3s include salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, and herring. You can also take fish-oil supplements, a great alternative if you don’t regularly eat fish.
Now on to flax oil. Also an excellent source of omega-3, flax seed oil may be the best source of plant-based omega-3 fats. However, omega-3 fatty acids are not all the same as the ones in flaxseed. The main difference is regarding EPA and DHA. The omega-3s fatty acids in fish oil contain EPA and DHA and these are the omega-3 fats most people need in their diet. The human body has an ability to take the omega-3 from flaxseed and them into EPA and DHA, but this is not an efficient process unlike fish oil. On the other side, flaxseed has other health attributes as it an excellent source of dietary fiber, an essential ingredient for a healthy diet. Plus, flaxseed contains high amounts of lignan, a phytochemical that may have cancer protective effects.
I know what you’re thinking: cooking with fish oil? GROSS!
Sure, it might not sound that appetizing on the surface, but believe me, once you try these delicious recipes below, you’ll think differently. When experimenting in the kitchen with fish oil it’s important to remember to keep it safely stocked away in the fridge, as heat and fish oil do not play nicely together!
– 1 tablespoon raw honey
– 2 cloves crushed garlic
1. In a small bowl, whisk the ingredients together.
2. Add salt & pepper to taste and enjoy on fresh greens.
Omega Green Smoothie
Have you ever tried to get a child to willingly take a spoonful of fish oil? Some oils do come in various kid-friendly flavors, but taken on its own, fish oil is fish oil no matter how you dress it up. Fish oil gummies might be a little more palatable for younger taste buds but these supplements can really wreak some havoc on teeth. That brings us to this deceptively nutritious smoothie recipe that kids will happily chug down without realizing where all of those healthy Omega-3s are coming from.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a simple but yet innovative way to get vitamins and nutrients from water: Karma Wellness Water.
Karma offers a unique product based on the simple belief that if you do something positive for others or for yourself, you’ll get something positive back in return. Like choosing a drink that transforms pristine spring water into wellness water, creating positive effects for your mind, body, spirit, balance, and vitality.
Vitamins deteriorate in water, so premixed vitamin drinks can lose their strength over time. However, Karma offers a one-of-a-kind cap, the patented KarmaCap, which keep the ingredients in until you’re ready to mix them. You’re able to enjoy all their benefits at maximum potency and peak freshness. When you think about it, it just makes sense: make good choices, and you’ll see and feel the benefits.
This truly enlightened product is the best way to transform your water into wellness. Karma contains three to six times the active ingredients of competing brands, 110% of the recommended daily allowance of seven essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B3-Niacin, B5, B6, B12, D, and E, and a variety of super-fruits, antioxidants, and nutraceuticals gathered from around the globe. Additionally, Karma is a great source of powerful and natural ingredients including everything from Acai Extract, Yerba Mate and Siberian Ginseng, to Zinc, Glucosamine, and Green Tea.
Colostrum supplements can really make a difference for newborns. Many people are not familiar with the potential health benefits from colostrum but a quick look into this amazing product might be important for the health of your little one.
Colostrum is the very first milk a mother provides for newborns. This unique type of milk is produced by the mammary glands in late pregnancy and for a few days after giving birth. On the other hand, colostrum supplements are made from milk collected from cows that have been vaccinated to produce antibodies in order to fight the bacteria that cause diarrheal disease.
The importance of colostrum for newborns is vital for the development of a strong immune system. Also known as first milk or immune milk, colostrum is rich in nutritious substances and compounds that aid in the building of the newborn’s immune system, protecting the body from a multitudes of unwanted infectious diseases. Colostrum is high in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, and low in fat. Newborns and babies have very small digestive systems and colostrum delivers its nutrients in a very concentrated low-volume form.
Supplementation of colostrum is recommended for children who have not received the mother’s breast milk. Children with flu, colds, bacterial and viral infections, or any other immune system related issues may take colostrum on a regular basis fortifying the body’s natural defenses.
In addition, adults may also take advantage of this incredible product as colostrum supplements as a medical food raise both general immunity and physical strength, providing the energy boost you may be looking for. Studies have showed that human consumption of bovine colostrum is beneficial to general health.