Just when we got some alarming news about the increasing number of plastic in the oceans, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand that can help reducing the plastic waste in our planet: Glass Dharma.
Glass Dharma offers an alternative to eliminate the need for straws made from plastic. Since 2007, the company has been producing glass drinking straws to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to the environment.
A recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched at the World Economic Forum is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act. In addition, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today. Despite the growing demand, just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.
Glass Dharma is not only providing more glass straws available but also wants to help educate the public about reducing the amount of plastic straws endangering the environment. The company’s goal is to provide glass straws to at least 2% of the American public. With the U.S. population at about 300 million, this works out to 6 million straws.
Filed Under: Personal Care at 3:21 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
ACURE Organics utilizes food and plant actives to feed the largest organ of the body — the skin. One of the primary aspects of ACURE is learning about EFA’s in their beauty oils and why this is so important to apply to your skin topically. If you are supplementing fish oils internally to feed your body EFA’s, they feel it makes complete sense to feed your skin the same EFA content topically. Listen and learn about “The Ultimate Beauty Approach” and which beauty oil might be the right fit for your skin type.
Autism awareness has come very far since it was first diagnosed in the 1940’s. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a term used for a group of complex disorders that develops early in childhood. It’s characterized by varying degrees of abnormalities in social interaction, verbal as well as non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the rate for autism is currently around 1 in 68. Research also shows that the disease is four to five times more common among boys than girls. While the actual etiology of autism at this point is unknown there are many speculations to its cause, some of which include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure or function, obstetric complications, exposure to environmental toxins or prenatal and perinatal infections. Regular screening of infants and toddlers for autism is imperative because early interventions can greatly increase positive outcomes for children with ASD. Autism itself is a very complex disorder and treatment is difficult. Just as there may be no one cause of autism, there is really no one treatment approach and it seems that a multidisciplinary approach may be best. Below are some recommendations for management of ASD.
Special Education, Speech, Behavior, Occupational and Physical Therapy are all critical in the management of children with autism and parents should seek help from therapists as soon as a diagnosis of autism has been made. Parents may experience challenging behaviors from their child and these professionals can offer effective ways to help modify those behaviors.
Diet is a topic that goes hand in hand with autism. There are many diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, Feingold Diet, GAPS Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Low Oxalate Diet that claim to help children with autism. There has been limited anecdotal evidence that suggests that dietary measures may be helpful. However, in my practice I have seen that diet may play a key role in the intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of its key symptoms. One of the most talked about dietary intervention in these children includes the removal of gluten and casein from their diets. Gluten is the protein found in wheat and casein makes up the protein found in dairy. While gluten and dairy removal may have noticeable impact on behavior in some children with autism not all families report benefits. When removing gluten or dairy from your children’s diets to see if it is beneficial, it’s important to have 100% strict removal for at least 6-8 weeks.
Many children with autism are not meeting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that nutritional imbalances in children with autism are common and some may be very important. It’s important to consult with a trained health care provider who can help you assess your child’s diet and supplement intake to make sure they’re meeting proper recommended intake of nutrients. Below are some common supplements that may be helpful in children with autism. When choosing supplements, make sure they are gluten and dairy free, have no added sugars, limited added fillers/excipients, and are free of artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.
A lot of research has been done in recent years that shed light on the importance of vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that has the ability to turn on and off genes. Researchers have begun to look at the role of vitamin D deficiency in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There was a case report out of China that showed improved symptoms in a child with low vitamin D levels after treatment with vitamin D. One research article found an increased prevalence of autism in the USA in regions of greater cloud cover and rainfall. Also in the US the rate of autism for children 6-17 years of age is highest in regions with the lowest solar UVB. These are both factors that influence vitamin D levels in the body. More research is needed and currently being done on the connection between vitamin D and autism.
There is a great deal of research that associates abnormal intestinal or gut flora with ASD development. Therefore, probiotics may play a crucial role in helping to regulate intestinal flora and restore normal gut flora in children diagnosed with autism.
We know fatty acids are essential for the development and proper function of the brain. Several small-scale studies looking at fish oils containing the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have shown that these supplements may lead to improvements in children suffering from ASD. Specifically fish oils may improve hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and socialization.
Glutathione made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine), has many functions in the body, one of which is detoxification. The body’s detoxifications systems are important in protecting against both internal as well as external toxins. It is believed that the concentration of reduced glutathione is decreased in children with ASD as well as other factors associated with methylation. According to one study, supplementation with methylcobalamin, the preferred form of supplementation for vitamin B12 and Folinic Acid (a folate derivative), increased concentrations of cysteine, cysteinylglycine and glutathione. The study also found that although the mean metabolite concentrations improved significantly the levels remained below those of the neuro-typical control children.
While there are certainly other supplements that may help improve symptoms of autism these are just a few to start and build a foundation. As always, it is important to consult your child’s health care provider before starting supplementation due to the potential for interactions and side effects.
Let’s face it (no pun intended), facial oils are all the rage. It used to be that the mere thought of putting oil on your face was enough to make your skin crawl. But now, these plant-based oils are helping to, literally, wash away those long-held preconceptions by giving you a refreshing and radiant glow, naturally.
All Skin Types – Argan Oil
Known as “liquid gold”, argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree. It’s rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Argan Oil helps fight lines and wrinkles and minimize scars and stretch marks all while restoring moisture and tone.
Dry Skin – Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of Rosa canina and is rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids. This oil can be used to aid skin cell renewal, resulting in a replinished, healthy glow. It’s amazing scar-healing properties makes it perfect for damaged skin, too!
Oily Skin/Combo Skin – Jojoba Oil
If you suffer from oily skin than jojoba oil is for you. It can help regulate oil production by mimicking sebum, the oil secreted from your sebaceous glands, helping to balance your skin’s oil production. Jojoba oil can also help heal acne and other blemishes, providing all the moisture and hydration the skin needs.
All Over Moisture – Coconut Oil
Due to coconut oil’s propensity for clogging pores, we definitely don’t recommend this for your face. The rest of your body, however, coconut oil is a must-have! It’s loaded with three fatty acids — capric, caprylic, and lauric — that have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Plus it’s easy on the wallet and can be used for a variety of skin ailments including everything from diaper rash to razor burn, cellulite and more!
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is known to heal multiple ailments and improve overall health and vitality. Western medicine and research is recognizing turmeric for its ability to fight cancer. The compound in turmeric known as curcumin has been found to be the active ingredient which has a very string antioxidant effect.
Adding a smoothing to your regimen is an easy way to get more greens and superfoods into your diet. Try this smoothie for breakfast and spice up your life with some turmeric!
For thin, lightweight hair, avocado oil is considered the best product. This amazing natural product is known to promote cell growth and shine and can actually increase volume as well. Many shampoos and conditioners contain it as an ingredient but avocado oil promotes the better results.
2. Coconut Oil = Thick Hair
For thick and curly hair coconut oil is an excellent choice. One of the most popular hair conditioners, coconut oil has vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and can not only promote beautiful shiny hair but also help to maintain a healthy scalp. A good tip: the longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the more effective it is.
3. Argan Oil = Dry Hair
Argan oil is an incredible product to be used in dry hair. After a long cold winter, many people may experience dry hair and argan oil is considered by many experts as the best product to revitalize your hair and correct split ends.
4. Marula Oil = Color-Treated Hair
Marula oil contains vitamin C and vitamin E and it’s very efficient to restore natural hair condition. Color-treated hair tent to be very dry but this natural oil is one of the best products to lock the moisture in.
Filed Under: Homeopathy at 11:17 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar focuses on an introduction to homeopathy. It will discuss a brief history and philosophy to homeopathy and how classical homeopathy works. At then end of the presentation you will have a clear understanding of what homeopathy is and how homeopathy is different from other natural modalities.
Just because your new parents doesn’t mean you have to compromise your green lifestyle. There are a ton of products to start your kiddos off on the right carbon-free foot(print). It’s never too early to help instill in them the importance of making thoughtful, earth conscious choices. Here’s some basics on green living with a little one.
The average baby uses 5,000-8,000 disposable diapers through the end of toilet training. You can try and start out with cloth diapers but they don’t fit well until a baby reaches around 12 pounds. Until then, disposables are pretty much the only game in town, but you can offset the wastefulness of one-and-done diapers by choosing a brand that limits the impact on our environment. This brand is our favorite. There are no lotions, fragrances or chemical bleaching of absorbent materials. Made in the USA, these diapers use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems by being B Corporation certified.
A baby’s skin is super delicate so you really want to do your homework before choosing their first skin care products. This body wash and shampoo combo is perfect for those with allergies and fragrance intolerance. In addition to being free of fragrance or scent-masking agents, California Baby Super Sensitive No Fragrance Everyday Lotion is a hypoallergenic lotion that does not contain any nut oils, gluten, soy, oat, dairy or alcohol. On a personal note, it cleared my baby’s cradle cap right up without having to use those nasty, chemical-laden shampoos.
A 2008 study by the Ecology Centre showed that 33% of all toys tested contained potentially harmful levels of dangerous substances including lead, cadmium and phthalates. Instead of taking a chance on exposing your little ones to these hidden dangers, choose toys that are wooden, simple and plastic-free. We love this rattle made from crocheted, organic cotton. The chime rattle has a soft, unique texture to stimulate your baby’s senses.
Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding make the natural choice for your child by using glass bottles. By nature, glass is free of BPA, so there’s no need to worry about different types of plastic or whether or not they’re safe. Plus, they’re durable, a snap to clean and can be easily sterilized. When you’re done Born Free takes your glass baby bottles and recycles them into non-feeding products such as toys, furniture and household utensils. Now that’s something you can feel good about.
Lucky Vitamin offers hundreds of top-quality sport supplements but that doesn’t stop us from adding more premium products. The latest addition is NutraBio, an ultra-pure supplement brand.
NutraBio was created to maximize the quality of your life by providing nutrition products based on the latest science and health research. All supplements are manufactured to the highest level of pharmaceutical standards. Since 1996, NutraBio has developed products with only the purest and highest quality ingredients hand-picked by a team of expert chemists from around the world. The company has taken sports nutrition to a whole new level. The idea of an ultra-pure supplement brand is fully enforced by have all products manufactured in a FDA registered and inspected GMP facility exceeding FDA 21 CFR Part 111 c-GMP Regulations.
Every single raw ingredient undergoes state-of-the-art analysis to ensure zero tolerance for impurities and make sure they meet 100% of their label claim. NutraBio supplements contain absolutely no fillers, excipients or additives. Every ingredient is in its full therapeutic dosage which is listed on the label.
NutraBio provides you the purest, safest, and most effective weight management and sport supplements that science can offer. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, these products will get you moving fast, jumping higher, and performing better.
With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media everyday, it’s hard to know how to shop for the cleanest, most effective product innovations. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this spring.
A new “superfood” that has been really starting to makes its way into the spotlight is Moringa oleifera. The Moringa tree is native to South Asia and moringa products are popping up all over the health and wellness industry. It can be found as a supplement, tea, oil, body butter, and even in shampoos. One of the main reasons that this product is becoming so popular is because moringa has a very rich nutrient profile, is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and may even help with other health concerns. Some great sources of Moringa include Organic India, Moringa Revealed, and Moringa Source.
Activated Charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. But this ingredient is now making its way to the beauty realm, from facemasks to shampoos, toothpowders, and even deodorants. Activated charcoal is coal, which has been heated to increase its adsorptive power. Adsorption is the processes at which molecules bind to a surface and is different from absorption. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbs dirt and oil, and even absorbs 1000 X its own weight in moisture. Some great sources of activated charcoal beauty products include Piperwai natural deodorant, Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Level Naturals and Collective Wellbeing.
NEW USES FOR AVOCADOS
When it comes to fruits with health benefits, Avocados seem to be at the top of the list. That’s right Avocado is a fruit. One of the reasons this fruit is becoming so popular is because this fruit is packed full of fiber and vitamins such as Vitamin B6, B5, C, E and potassium. But one of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats. To be exact avocados are full of Monounsaturated Fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. One great example of new and interesting uses for avocado, is Avocado oil. Brands are now using avocado oil to make all sorts of products including; Cooking Oil, Avocado Mayonnaise, Avocado Kettle Chips and you can even find avocado oil in personal care products.
PLANT-BASED PROTEIN POWDERS
Protein powders are in no way new, but this market continues to expand. What was once advertised mostly to body builders looking to get “jacked” is now being marketed to tri-athletes, marathon runners, weekend warriors, vegans, moms, yoga enthusiasts and even business people constantly on the go. One of the biggest trends in the protein market stems from the source for the protein powder. Plant based formulas are one of the hottest trends right now. These are often hypoallergenic formulas free of common food irritants making them easier on the stomach. They contain a blend of specific foods such as pea, quinoa, artichokes, hemp, amaranth, rice and more. Because of this blend, they contain an excellent variety of amino acids while also delivering a respectable amount of protein. Other new sources for protein include chicken, pumpkin, and even cricket.
FERMENTED PRODUCTS FOR GUT HEALTH
You may have heard of fermentation, but have never associated with the supplement industry. Fermentation is the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms. Fermented foods like Natto, Kimchi, Sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables are themselves becoming popular, but now nutrition companies are using fermented whole foods in their products. It is believed that the fermentation process helps to pre-digest complex foods, helping to increase the absorption of the nutrients. Fermented foods also contain Probiotics, the good bacteria that populate our bodies. Some great sources of fermented products include SoTru, Get Real Nutrition, Mother In Law’s Kimchi, and Kombucha kits and drinks.
Jackfruit is the largest tree-born fruit in the world and is starting to be referred to as a “Miracle Fruit.” This fruit is full of dietary fiber, is cholesterol free and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Although not very popular in the United States, yet, this fruit is becoming more and more popular amongst the vegan and vegetarian community. There are many ways one can prepare Jackfruit, however Upton’s Naturals has created a Jackfruit Bar-B-Que as a delicious meat alternative. This meat alternative is great to use for sandwiches, salads, wraps, and over rice.
Wellness bloggers and celebrities chefs have been talking about this trend for a little while now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone Broth also known as stock is made by boiling bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken, beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and proteins and has many health benefits. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones, reducing joint pain and inflammation, inhibiting infection and helps to seal your gut and promote healthy digestion. While its best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient already made broths.
MATCHA Matcha is a type of green tea grown in the shade, and once harvested, the leaves are made into a fine powder. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is because Matcha is rich in catechins a subclass of polyphenols or antioxidants. In fact one study found that Matcha is at least 3 times higher in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific catechin, than regular green tea. EGCG benefits may include boosting metabolism and slowing the growth of cancer cells. Another reason that matcha is trending upward is because it also contains caffeine, similar to the amount contained in a cup of brewed coffee. Buy it in bulk, or try it in a latte, bar, or even moisturizer.
NOOTROPICS (Brain Supplements)
With movies like Limitless and Lucy focusing on human’s ability to unlock the full potential of our brains, brain support supplements also known nootropics are all the rage right now. Vitamins, minerals, and other herbs may not unlock some hidden region of our brain, but they may promote brain health, improve focus and concentration, reduce risks of Alzheimer’s and other brain-associated conditions. Supplements like Vitamin D, Omega 3’s, Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Phosphatidylserine and Acetyl L Carniitine are great sources of nutrients necessary for brain health.
LABEL AND QUALITY AWARENESS
One of the biggest trends for 2016 might not be an ingredient. Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable and doing more research on what they are consuming and putting into as well as on their bodies. This is why one of the biggest trends is quality in manufacturing. Customers are looking for hypoallergenic, all natural, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, products from certified organic B-Corporations. As well, they are making sure their products are free of potentially harmful chemicals and ingredients. Brands are constantly evolving to fit these demands, and LuckyVitamin offers easy navigation to help you find the products that meet your personal standards and preferences.
LuckyVitamin is a leading online retailer of health and wellness, natural products, vitamins, herbal supplements, sports nutrition, natural and organic foods, beauty and skincare. Striving to bring good health to the masses, LuckyVitamin.com offers premium quality products at an exceptional value. LuckyVitamin is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, as a supportive source for thousands of brand name wellness products at the most competitive prices online. Learn more and shop online at www.luckyvitamin.com.
What’s with all the hype about almond milk? The answer is pretty simple: lots of nutrition and great taste. When a product provides tons of health benefits and actually tastes pretty good, it’s a safe bet many people will be willing to, at the very least, give it a try and that seems to be the case of almond milk.
Almond milk has been growing in popularity not only for people avoiding dairy products but also for people searching for a delicious and different taste. A creamy, nutty-flavored beverage, almond milk is very nutritious as it contains many vitamins, tons of minerals as well as antioxidants.
Almond milk products contain vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and a multitude of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Although it does not contain calcium, some almond milks are supplemented with calcium to meet one-third of the recommended daily average.
The health benefits of almond milk include improvement of vision, weight loss, and building stronger bones. It can also help in building strong muscles, regulating blood pressure and maintaining a proper kidney function.
While cow’s milk, rice milk and soy milk are often fortified with various minerals and vitamins, all of these nutrients occur naturally in almond milk. A great milk substitute choice for those who are trying to lower their fat and calorie intake, almond milk contains only 40 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, and these are healthy fats that help protect your heart and preserve cognitive function.
Low in fat and high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber, almond milk can be a great addition to your diet whether you want to avoid dairy products or not.
To juice or to blend…that is the question. And the answer is, well…it depends. Read on for more about the key differences between smoothies and green juice.
Blending combines everything. Nothing is removed. With juicing you’re separating the juice from the pulp, and for anyone who has ever juiced, you know all about that mountain of leftover pulp. Still, there are multiple uses for all that pulp, such as adding it to your compost pile or an ingredient in baked goods. Plus, you furry friends will love it too!
There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber keeps your GI tract in top shape and it slows down the absorption of sugar. However, it slows down the rate in which your body absorbs nutrients. With juicing the soluble fiber remains which can act as a prebiotic but removes insoluble fiber aka the pulp to give your body a jolt of nutrients.
With juicing the nutrients are quickly absorbed, resulting in a quick release of all things healthy into your body and blood stream. Juicing extracts up to 70% of the nutritional goodness right into your glass and your body absorbs 100%. On the flip side, blending gives you a sustained release of nutrients throughout the day.
It’s way easier to consume a massive amount of fruits and vegetable when you’re juicing, but if you’re trying to use all organic produce, that can take a toll on your wallet. Blending a smoothie may not help you get all your servings of fruits and veggies, but at least you can blend a banana and our favorite, avocado.
Now that you have the facts, think about what your health goals are. Trying to get more fruits and veggie in your diet? Then juicing might be more for you. Is losing weight one of your goals? A smoothie will curb your appetite and make you feel full longer. In the end, you really can’t go wrong with either of these tasty additions to your health regimen.
Beet juice has been one of the hottest supplements in recent years and if you are still not familiar with this wonderful product, let’s not waste any more time and learn a bit more about the health benefits of beet juice.
Considered a superfood, beet juice contain high levels of antioxidants, dietary fiber as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. This all-natural, low-fat juice is an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin C, niacin, biotin, potassium, iron and magnesium. Plus, beet juice is rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health.
Beet juice is known to boost physical stamina and increase exercise endurance as studies have shown that a nitrate in beetroot juice can turn into nitric oxide (NO) in the body. This process can lead to a reduction in oxygen uptake, consequently increasing stamina, reducing fatigue, and making exercise less tiring. Regular consumption of beet juice can benefit endurance athletes, elderly people and those with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases.
Featured in the Dr. Oz show, a recent study has shown that supplementation with dietary nitrate NO3 from beet root juice can have beneficial effects on blood pressure. Researchers suggested that drinking a glass of beet juice a day can lower high blood pressure, safely restoring cardio health.
Additionally, beet juice is known to increase blood flow dramatically and is considered a good solvent of inorganic calcium deposits in the body. Therefore, it is essential in the prevention of circulatory disorders like varicose veins, hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
This webinar covers natural ways to boost your metabolism through diet, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle modification and sleep. The good and bad of all these various lifestyle topics will be discussed to show how to maximize their effect for you.
This presentation will cover how to achieve weight loss with diet and/or exercise. The equation of weight loss is more than just your body weight. The webinar will help give you and understanding of how macronutrients help to achieve weight loss as well as an understanding of the harm that you cause to your metabolism from dramatic diets.