If you are considering making the switch from traditional hair dye products to natural, organic dye products, understanding the difference is the first step. For many years, natural hair dye products had the reputation of being less effective and many people often complained about the results. These days are long gone as the natural hair industry has vastly improved the quality and efficiency of its products.
With similar results regarding the final look of your hair, the main difference, and perhaps the most important one, is the advantages of using natural products instead of conventional ones. Standard, non-organic hair dye contains many chemicals such as ammonia, sodium laurel sulphates, parabens and other potentially dangerous ingredients. Shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and other personal care products often contain these ingredients as well and with many people switching to natural formulas, why not doing the same for hair dye products?
Traditional hair dye products tend to dry your hair particularly if you dye it hair several times a year. On the other hand, natural, organic products have a much softer impact on the quality of your hair as the majority of these products contain mostly ingredients that are naturally derived such as aloe vera leaf, grapefruit seed extract, orange peel extract and many others. Additionally, the absence of synthetic ingredients often result in a lighter, soft, more vibrant hair, without the headache-inducing effects of the harsh smelling ammonia dyes you always smell at hair salons’.
If you are still not fully convinced the natural, ammonia-free products can be just as efficient, talk to people that have tried or have made the switch. Every day, more and more people are changing to natural dye products not only because it’s a healthier, chemical-free option, but also because of its great results.
Aromatherapy can be fun in so many different ways. Essential oils have the ability to provide health benefits as well as creating special scents for your home. Mixing and matching essential oils is another great other way to have some fun with aromatherapy and we present you 5 aromatheraphy blends and their health benefits.
1. Eucalyptus + Peppermint = Clear Sinuses
Pretty simple method. If you are congested, just add a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oils to a tub with hot water. Get in, and make sure you breathe the vapors, which help open up the sinuses. A simple and relaxing way to treat chronic sinus problems.
2. Lavender + Bergamot = Relaxation
Lavender essential oils have been known to promote relaxation but if you are looking for an extra, add bergamot oil as well. This citrus oil not contain a wonderful smell but can also help relax your body and you mind.
3. Lemon + Rosemary = Clear Your Mind
A common combination used by many aromatherapy lovers, lemon and rosemary may be helpful to clear your mind. Rosemary has a stimulating effect on the central nerve system and along with lemon oil can help clear your mind as well as increase focus and attention.
4. Geranium + Lavender + Rose = Calming
The combination of geranium, lavender, and rose can be found in some personal care products such as shampoos and skin lotions. Plus, this combo is often used for a relaxing bath.
5. Cedarwood + Lemon = Stress Relief
Another great pair of essential oils, cedarwood and lemon are useful for purposes of relaxation and some people believe they work together to promote stress relief.
The names are similar and some people may confuse them but grapefruit seed extract and grape seed extract are two different things. What they do have in common, however, is that both products offer many health benefits. Keeping things apart, let’s do a quick breakdown between the grapefruit and grape.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit is a fruit that provide multiple health benefits. This citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Grapefruit juice is used to battle high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, as well as skin issues, weight loss and obesity.
However, grapefruit seed extract has been used as medicine for many years as this incredible product can efficiently treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including yeast infections. Additionally, grapefruit seed extract is often used as an ear or nasal rinse for preventing and treating infections. Grapefruit seed extract is generally considered safe.
Grape Seed Extract
Grapes are known as a healthy fruit but its seeds offer some pretty special benefits. Grape seed extract is derived from seeds of red wine grapes and can be used to treat a number of diseases, particularly cardiovascular conditions, due to its high level of antioxidants.
Grape seed extract may help regulate poor blood circulation, reduce high cholesterol, minimize swelling caused by injury, and speed up wound healing. Grape seed extract is also generally considered safe.
When I think of peppermint, I think of the small red and white mints you get when leaving a restaurant. But did you know that using peppermint oil can do more than just give you minty fresh breath? As I’m reading more into the use of peppermint essential oil, I’m thinking it’s a necessity in the medicine cabinet. Why? Read on to find out the best and most beneficial uses for this healing oil.
Colds and Congestion. The menthol in the peppermint plant provides a cooling sensation and eases discomfort which makes this oil particularly helpful in providing relief from the common cold. It’s often included in natural chest rubs to help with congestion, but can also be easily made at home. To make an at-home chest rub, mix a carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) and peppermint oil, since peppermint oil can be too intense on its own.
Digestion & Upset Stomach. Of all the things peppermint oil is known for, digestion help is probably the most well-known. Help curb feelings of nausea, upset stomach or motion sickness with this herb. It can be massaged onto problem areas such as the abdomen, but it’s also easy to digest with peppermint tea.
Headache. If you are prone to headaches, this is a great addition to keep at your desk or in your purse. Use a small amount of carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) with a drop of peppermint oil and rub on temples, forehead and the back of the neck. The cooling sensation of menthol can work wonders!
Energy. Peppermint oil can help improve mental clarity and energy levels which is perfect for those mid-afternoon slumps. Instead of reaching for the coffee, trying rubbing a drop of peppermint oil under the nose for alertness, applying to the back of the neck and shoulders for energy levels, or diffuse into a room to improve concentration.
Sore Muscles. Peppermint oil has been found to be a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, especially for sore backs, muscles, and cramps. It’s a great ingredient to include in natural massage oil or even in the bath to decrease stiffness and promote relaxation.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a premium brand of nutritional bars designed especially for pets to our customers: TurboPUP.
TurboPUP is a unique brand that offers a complete line of canine meal bars on the go. The company has crafted nutritional bars made with only all-natural, top-quality ingredients. These compact meal replacements are perfect for your dog wherever you go.
TurboPUP bars provide all the nutrition needed for active dogs as they have been formulated to exceed AAFCO standards for all stages of life for dogs with added vitamins, minerals and omega-3s. Packed with 28 grams of protein, these unique bars are the ideal meal on the go. Each TurboPUP bar has 250 calories and are baked with 93% pure whey protein isolate, a highly digestible form of protein with a complete profile of amino acids. Using isolate is very important for dogs as lactose, which can be problematic for dog’s sensitive stomachs, is filtered out when it is made. Just like humans, dogs are unable to make all the amino acids needed for repairing muscle and tissue but whey protein contain all the essential amino acids needed for this process.
Additionally, TurboPUP is the official dog food of the National Association for Search and Rescue and the company donates 5% of all profits to organizations supporting veteran and canine causes.
Turmeric? Curcumin? What is the difference? Pretty simple answer. Turmeric is the main spice in curry and curcumin is an extract of turmeric which offers a variety of health benefits. If you are still not familiar with this incredible supplement, we present you 5 reason to get more turmeric/curcumin in your diet.
Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties and supplementation can be highly effective at helping people manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Research has shown that curcumin can significantly reduce inflammation and might work just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Turmeric has been found to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes due to its ability to lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance. Turmeric acts as an anti-diabetic and antioxidant in diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, improving metabolic function and reducing the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries of type 2 diabetes patients.
Studies have shown promising effects of curcumin in preventing and treating cancer. Turmeric supplements are powerful antioxidants which protect cells from oxidative damage, a risk factor for cancer. Curcumin has the ability to inhibit cancer cell growth, boost antioxidant levels and the immune system, and kill cancer cells.
4. Digestive Aid
Turmeric supplements may help relieving gas and bloating as well as reducing symptoms of indigestion by promoting the production of bile. Research has also suggested curcumin contains properties that can reduce inflammatory bowel disease.
5. Skin Care
Turmeric offers a variety of healing properties for skin. As a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce redness or other skin irritations and it can also be helpful for blemishes, acne and skin balance due to its antibacterial properties.
Maybe I’m a little out of the loop, but until recently, I didn’t know much about the benefits of turmeric. Once I started researching this spice, I found that I’ve been missing quite a lot! Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, powerful antioxidant, and helps to boost the immune system, just to name a few. For me, it wasn’t a question of should I incorporate turmeric into my diet, but how. So after doing a little more searching, I came upon a recipe that will not only keep me warm during this chilly autumn season, but will provide me the benefits of turmeric at the same time. Golden Milk, as it’s called, is a great nighttime addition to anyone’s routine.
Golden Milk Recipe
1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric paste (½ cup filtered water, ¼ cup organic turmeric powder, ½ tsp ground black pepper)
Combine turmeric paste, milk, and coconut oil in a small saucepan and heat on medium high, stirring constantly to prevent the mixture from coming to a boil. Once heated, transfer to a mug and add the honey and cinnamon if using.
Some supplements can be very effective but, sometimes, they aren’t among the most popular ones. These hidden gems can be extremely useful for certain conditions and that seems to be the case for AHCC products, one of the best supplements to help maintain a healthy immune system.
Short for Active Hexose Correlated Compound, AHCC is an alpha-glucan rich nutritional supplement produced from medicinal mushrooms, particularly from the mycelia of shiitake of the basidiomycete family of mushrooms. A popular alternative medicine in Japan and China, AHCC is known to have a variety of biological effects and beneficial influences on healthy blood activity, serum health, and blood pressure levels.
AHCC supplements are available to the general public without a prescription and many people use it for general health maintenance and treatment of acute infections. AHCC is considered as functional food and, therefore, able to maintain its legal status. In Japan, AHCC is the second most popular complementary and alternative medicine used by cancer patients.
A variety of different studies suggest that AHCC may have immune stimulatory effects due to the presence of glucans. Polysaccharides comprise 40% of the composition of AHCC, including beta-glucan (β-glucan) and acetylated α-glucan. Produced by culturing the mushroom mycelia, acetylated α-glucan is unique to AHCC and these glucans are polysaccharides which are known to have immune stimulating effects.
Dr. Wolf explains Elderberry’s effects on the body and our health in this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND. He also gives tips on what to look for when shopping for different Elderberry Supplements.
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Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of whole-superfood supplements to our customers: SoTru.
SoTru offers a very special line of green, whole-superfood supplements made with organic and fermented ingredients providing a cornucopia of life-enhancing vitamins, minerals, plant proteins, and phytonutrients. The company sources the finest whole superfoods on the planet, then unlock the plants’ full nutritional potency using the ancient art of fermentation, creating the most easily digestible and bioavailable products possible for your optimal health and vitality. SoTru is fully committed to a natural, green process from nurture from organic seed, farm and field, to the comfort of your home and ultimate infusion into the very living cells of your vibrant self.
Each and every SoTru product contains fermented ingredients. Fermentation breaks down otherwise indigestible plant materials, while releasing full nutritional potency and ensuring maximum digestion and assimilation. Like most everything done by SoTru, the fermentation process, as well as all formulas, are proudly done in-house.
A small company with high ideals, SoTru plans to stay that way with products which are not targeted, nor desirable to the mass market outlets or mass consumers. What this means is that you will not find SoTru products everywhere but, instead, you will find them at discerning retailers like health food stores, specialty markets and natural products stores.
If you are looking for a sugar substitute but have yet to find the perfect one, it is time to consider one of the most popular choices of sugar subs: xylitol.
Stevia has been one of the most popular healthy alternatives choices for sweeteners but Xylitol has also made an impact on the sugar market. This natural product has being widely used not only as an alternative way to replace sugar in everything from baking to beverages but also by companies manufacturing products such as chewing gum or toothpaste.
Xylitol has been used as a sugar substitute for many years a this alcohol form of xylose has less effect on blood sugar or insulin levels compared with sucrose. A useful sugar substitute for diabetics, xylitol can also inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria, including those that cause tooth decay and ear infections.
Xylitol occurs naturally in straw, corncobs, fruit, vegetables, cereals, mushrooms, and some seaweed. For use in food manufacturing, xylitol is extracted from birch wood chips. Xylitol may be found in many foods labeled as “sugar-free,” including hard candies, cookies, soft drinks, and throat lozenges. Xylitol is recognized as a safe food additive by the U.S. government.
In addition, xylitol has been used in chewing gum products due to ts ability to help cleaning up teeth, decreasing tooth decay and dental plaque acid production. Scientific research has showed that regular use of xylitol may reduce dental cavities by as much as 80% and may prevent gingivitis as well. Most of xylitol sugar-free products will help keeping a fresh breath, and it will actually work whitening and protecting your teeth as you chew.
Natural toothpastes have also been utilizing xylitol to promote a cooling and moisturizing effect on a dry mouth, while natural ingredients, such as mint and cinnamon, may add a refreshing flavor.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of sport supplements to our customers: Elite Labs USA.
Elite Labs USA offers a superior line of products created with the knowledge of over 20 years of diverse experience in sports nutrition science. The company is fully devoted to developing and manufacturing only the highest quality sports supplements that exceed your expectations, every time.
Elite Labs USA is focused on cutting-edge innovation. The kind of innovation that takes a great idea and makes it greater. The kind of innovation that makes you say “Wow” every time you use it. Achieving that “Wow Factor” is the very reason this brand is committed to formulating products based on the latest scientific advancements that will reshape the very understanding of an athlete’s true physical potential. Every single Elite Labs USA product is founded on rock-solid, scientific data, and provides efficacious amounts of key ingredients clinically proven to work in real people, just like you.
Committed to elite quality, Elite Labs USA has the confidence that what is listed on the label is exactly what is inside the product. Nothing more, nothing less. With no hidden ingredients, no unwanted contaminants, and most importantly, no banned substances, every Elite Labs USA product is manufactured in a cGMP certified facility using current Good Manufacturing Practices, with state-of-the-art, sophisticated equipment verifying for accuracy, purity and potency of every ingredient.
You don’t have to be an elite or professional level athlete, bodybuilder, or power lifter to use Elite Labs USA formulas but if that’s the level of performance you’re striving to achieve, let Elite Labs USA products help take you there.
Black currant is not as famous as other “healthy” berries but, just like blueberry and bilberry, this wild, deep red, purple berry offers a good number of health benefits. Also known as cassis berry, black currant (Ribes nigrum) is particularly high in anthocyanins, and is considered a rich source of both omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). With so many potential benefits, we present you 5 health benefits of black currant.
1. Brain Support
Studies have suggested that anthocyanins can deliver benefits directly to the brain, helping to protect memory and motor coordination. The polyphenolics in black currant have been shown to retard and even reverse age-related decrements in motor and cognitive performance.
2. Women’s Health
Black currant seed oil is an excellent source of both the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and the omega-6 fatty acid gammalinolenic acid (GLA). The combination of essential fatty acids found in black currant seeds may influence the production of prostaglandins and assist hormone production to support women during menopause.
3. Eye Care
Bilberry is known to support eye health but black currant can also be helpful. Anthocyanosides, the bioflavonoid complex in bilberries, black currant and a number of other berries, are potent antioxidants that can improve and maintain healthy vision.
4. Colds and Flu
Just like elderberry, black currant can be helpful against influenza virus types A and B by inhibiting the release of the virus from infected cells.
5. Digestive System
Research has shown that black currant may support gastrointestinal health as well as increase the number of desirable bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.
If you are looking for a supplement to safely increase focus, energy, and mental performance, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce Neurofuse to our site.
Neurofuse is an elite cognitive enhancer containing clinically studied ingredients and designed to help sharpen focus and clarity, improve mental performance, boost energy and alertness. This special supplement can also reduce perceived stress and anxiety and elevate memory levels without jitters or a crash.
Neurofuse combines a precise blend of 13 high-quality, carefully researched, and clinically studied ingredients designed to safely improve memory, focus, and mental performance. Originally developed by Harvard roommates and perfected by leading researchers and scientists, this unique combination of ingredients is manufactured in a cGMP facility within the US where each ingredient is carefully tested for purity and effectiveness.
Neurofuse supports your brain in a number of different ways, by increasing important “learning” neurotransmitters, improving blood flow, and boosting energy so you feel youthful and sharp. Some of the ingredients in Neurofuse are scientifically proven to improve your memory, enabling you to recall more information more accurately with more clarity.
This revolutionary formula can boost mental and physical energy with ingredients such as caffeine, rhodiola rosea, DMAE, and vitamins B6 and 12 that work synergistically to help you fight fatigue and stay alert. All ingredients in Neurofuse are permitted for use in dietary supplements. In addition, the company’s manufacturing facility has stringent quality and safety standards and it is a certified GMP facility that routinely undergoes FDA screenings.
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