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11
FEB

3 Natural Ways to Battle Cholesterol

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A well-balanced diet and exercise are proven ways to reduce cholesterol but another natural way can really make a difference in your treatment. Natural products for cholesterol have been one of the most popular supplements for many years for a simple reason: they are efficient. If you are not familiar with these, here are 3 natural ways to battle cholesterol.

1. Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice has been a hot-selling item for cholesterol for many years. This all-natural product has been tested in many different ways and has been shown to lower cholesterol as well as a statin drug. Most red yeast rice supplements are similar to the ones used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. A number of pharmaceutical drugs contain the exact same ingredient, red yeast rice, in their formulations.

2. Omega-3 Supplements

Omega-3 supplements are good for overall health but they are also a great way to regulate cholesterol. The popular “fish-oil” offers a combination of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the two most beneficial types of omega-3 fats. Doctors recommend 1000mg a day and you can choose from softgel products as well as the liquid form. A good tip: look for enteric-coated products which are designed to dissolve in the intestines instead of the stomach, avoiding the unpleasant fishy burps.

3. Policosanol

Rounding up our list, we present you policosanol. Made from sugar cane, this all-natural supplement has been known to be effective in lowering cholesterol as well as maintaining normal HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. Policosanol has powerful antioxidant capabilities that inhibit oxidation of cholesterol. The long-chain alcohols found in policosanol are present in many foods of plant origin but supplemental policosanol is typically extracted from sugar cane or beeswax.

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LuckyVitamin – Omega-3 Fish Oil 1000 mg. – 60 Softgels
Nordic Naturals – Ultimate Omega Purified Fish Oil Lemon 1000 mg. – 180 Softgels
Jarrow Formulas – Ultra Policosanols 10 mg. – 100 Vegetarian Capsules

 
10
FEB

3 Ways to Work Your Foam Roller

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

Myofascial release is a technique that involves applying a soft sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue.  The fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that surrounds most structures in the body including muscles. But how can you apply this soft pressure to the back of your neck, shoulders or areas where you can’t reach? The simple answer is a foam roller.

Foam rollers are large logged shape pieces of foam that can be placed on the floor and used to rollout muscles before or after an exercise. Some of the many benefits of foam rolling include improving circulation, increase blood flow, release muscle tightness, increase range of motion and decrease pain. One Research article showed that just 2 minutes of foam rolling was able to increase range of motion by up to 10 degrees.  Another article showed that the use of a foam roller reduces arterial stiffness and improves vascular endothelial function. Foam rollers work by breaking down fibrous tissue or adhesions that may be causing you pain, stiffness and tension.  Another great benefit to daily foam rolling is that it can actually improve core muscle strength and thus balance. Just like a fitness ball, a foam roller is unstable. While you lay with your back on the foam roller you are actually causing your abdominal muscles to engage. While using foam rollers to help relieve yourself of tension and pain it is best to use them daily to help prevent these issues before they even start.

Click here to check out our large selection of foam rollers that you can use daily while at home, on the road, or even at your office.  Take not rollers come in all shapes and sizes. Some rollers are harder while others are softer. For instance the STI rumble roller is contoured for more of a deep tissue roll.  Be sure to also look below for some common exercises to get you started with your foam roller. Here are a couple of tips to consider before getting underway; just because we have pain in a certain area it is not always best to roll directly over that area. Also it takes time for your brain to tell your muscles to relax so make sure you take your time, don’t roll to fast and enjoy the relaxation.

  • Shoulder Blade Rolls – Lie face up with a foam roller under your upper back, at the tops of your shoulder blades. Cross your arms over your chest. Your knees should be bent with your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips so they’re slightly elevated off the floor. Roll back and forth over your shoulder blades and your mid- and upper back.
  • Glute Rolls- Sit on a foam roller with it positioned on the back of your right thigh, just below your glutes. Cross your right leg over the front of your left thigh. Put your hands flat on the floor for support. Roll your body forward until the roller reaches your lower back. Then roll back and forth. Repeat with the roller under your left glute.
  • Hamstring – Place the foam roller underneath your upper hamstring muscles below your glutes. Cross your right leg over your left leg and roll the foam roller down from your glutes to right above your left knee. Do 10-12 slow and steady passes. Repeat on the other side.

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9
FEB

DIY – Homemade Hair Masks

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:42 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Hair dye, blow dryers and straighteners…oh my.

All three can help us achieve a gorgeous head of locks in the short term but oftentimes they can inflict a hefty price just below the surface, damaging our hair over the long haul. Here are a few safe, homemade masks derived from many ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. They can all help restore your hair and give it back the luster it’s been lacking. 

Moisturize:  Coconut oil & Essential Oils

This is a super simple solution for dry and brittle hair. Just apply two to three tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on the length of your hair). Next, add 6-12 drops of your favorite essential oils. Massage into your scalp and leave on for 30 minutes. A coconut oil mask can sometimes leave a residue. So, we recommend using a mixture of one egg and two tablespoons of water to rinse the conditioner. Leave this on your hair for ten minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Fortify: 1 Egg + 1/2 cup Milk + a squeeze of Lemon + 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Repair your hair from the inside out with this fortifying hair mask, perfect for boosting shine and strengthening your hair to the core. Egg will add a ton of vitamins A, D and E.  Olive oil will hydrate and the milk will give it the feel of silk. Lemon acts as a natural astringent that will eliminate excess oily buildup. Whisk all the ingredients together and massage into your scalp. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. You can do a final cleanse with a gentle shampoo.

Repair: Half avocado, 1 tsp Honey, 1 tsp Olive Oil

If you color your hair or use a lot of styling tools this mask is for you. Dry, damaged and lifeless hair will be brought back to life via the nourishing properties of avocado. Rich in antioxidants, this mask repairs so well that you won’t need to follow up with a conditioner. Cut and remove the pit form an avocado and blend together all of the above ingredients. If you notice that the mask is too thick, just add a splash of milk to help thin out its consistency. Apply to hair, starting from the roots to your ends. Cover with a cap and relax for at least 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

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9
FEB

5 Reasons to Buy a Water Bottle

Filed Under: Environment,Water Purification and Storage at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Do you own a reusable water bottle? We hope you do, but if you are still a consumer of packaged-in-plastic water, here are 5 great reasons to buy a water bottle and stop shopping bottled water.

1. Environment

The number one reason to purchase a reusable water bottle is to protect the environment. Millions of plastic bottles are used every day and only about 10% of those actually get recycled. That’s a ton of waste, literally. On top of that, add all the fuel used for transportation and manufacturing of plastic, and we are talking about a huge, and totally avoidable, impact on our environment.

2. Save Money

Shopping bottled water is very expensive. If you calculate the amount of money you spend for bottled water you drink every day, you are likely to stop buying it right away. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost an average of $1,500 per year.

3. BPA – Bisphenol A

BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical in plastic that may affect your health. Studies have shown that BPA may affect brain function, immune function, hormonal function, as well as affecting babies, as some plastic toys contain BPA. When shopping a reusable water bottle, choose aluminum, glass or make sure the plastic ones are BPA-free.

4. Tap Water

Did you know that over 90 percent of public water systems meet EPA’s standards for tap water quality? So, you actually do not need to buy bottled water. If you still don’t trust your local tap water, a filtration system is an excellent way to provide top quality water for you and your family.

5. Bottled Tap Water

You are spending your money on top-quality brands of bottled water only to find out that about 40 percent of bottled water comes from tap water. The Natural Resources Defense Council has confirmed that the majority of brands of water contain a good percentage of water from tap.

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8
FEB

Welcome Ortho Molecular Research

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

Lucky Vitamin is excited to introduce a new professional brand to our extensive selection of professional grade supplements. Ortho Molecular research manufactures quality products beyond what is expected from a supplement company.  The focus on high quality formulations, which they manufacture in their own dedicated tableting and encapsulating rooms, and control every step of the process. One of the many processing steps that they take to ensure product quality is post manufacturing product identity. This includes testing the formula to make sure it contains the ingredients at the potencies listed, checking to make sure it contains the correct ingredients, checking for purities, as well as 6-month post stability testing to make sure the products meet the label expiration dates.

One of their many formulas that we are particularly excited to add is their all-natural D-Hist for adults and D-Hist Jr for children.  This product contains a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, enzymes, and herbs, which are designed to support the body through symptoms and changes associated with common environmental allergens.  D-Hist includes a blend of stinging nettles, N-Acetyl Cysteine, bromelain, and quercetin which work together to promote healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.

Another popular formula to check out is Ortho Molecular’s VesselMax. This blend of nutrients supports the integrity of healthy veins and promotes efficient vessel function.  The benefits of adding this supplement to your regimen is healthy circulation, normal tone and flexibility of veins, proper vessel strength and supporting cardiovascular health. Vesselmax is a blend of bioflavonoid Troxerutin, and herbs like Horse chestnut Seed Extract, Gotu Kola, and Butcher’s Broom.  Other added benefits of this supplements incudlue free of yeast, gluten, corn, artificial colors and flavors.

Check out the entire line of Ortho Molecular Research products and formulations on our LuckyVitamin site here.  Free shipping on all Ortho Molecular Products is now being offered.

 

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6
FEB

Get Grass-fed, NOW!

Filed Under: Food Politics,Green Living,Nutrition at 6:16 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

The label “grass-fed” refers to cows who have grazed in pasture year-round rather than being fed a processed diet (usually consisting of corn) for much of their lives. Grass feeding greatly improves the quality of the cow’s milk and helps it maintain more of its naturally ocurring omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Fatty Acids

The amount of CLA found in the milk derived from 100% grass-fed cows is typically two to five times greater than milk found in conventionally-fed cows. CLA is a type of fat that has various health benefits, including immune and inflammatory system support, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, reduced risk of heart attack, and maintenance of lean body mass. According to recent studies, grass-fed cow’s milk contains 75 milligrams of CLA from an eight-ounce serving. 

Omega-3

The omega-3 fat content derived from grass-fed cow’s milk is dependent on the variety of forage crops accessible to the animal. This omega-3 content also varies with the age, breed and health of the cow. For instance, you can get anywhere from 50-150 milligrams of omega-3s (in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA) in 8 ounces of grass-fed cow’s milk.

 

Fat Composition

The overall fat composition of grass-fed milk is not what you may think. In eight ounces of whole grass-fed cow’s milk there are eight grams of total fat. About two grams (25%) of this comes from monounsaturated fat in the form of oleic acid. This omega-9 fatty acid is the primary fatty acid found in olive oil. Replacing this fatty acid with other fats can lead to lowered blood and cholesterol levels. About four and a half grams (or 56%) come from saturated fat – a type of fat that is thought to have unwanted ramifications. However, the type of saturated fat in 100% grass-fed cow’s milk does not fall into the “bad” fat category. About six to seven percent of this saturated fat is “short-chain” and functions as a probiotic that supports friendly bacteria in the GI tract.

 

Cows are not meant to eat a grain diet. Their digestive system, the rumen, is designed to eat grass, break down cellulose and turn it into protein. When you take a cow off pasture it creates a domino effect of problems. As author and activist Michael Pollan explains, “You start giving (cows) antibiotics, because as soon as you give them corn, you’ve disturbed their digestion, and they’re apt to get sick, so you then have to give them drugs. Then we then go down this path of technological fixes.” As you can see, it’s process that unfolds in direct contrast to what nature had intended. But as we’ve learned, educated consumers have the power to choose. When you consume grass-fed dairy products, you’re not only improving your health but your supporting the health and well-being of the those animals too – a classic win-win situation.

 

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5
FEB

3 Natural Hair Dyes That Won’t Damage Your Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Did you know that natural hair color products can actually deliver a superior result to your hair than conventional products? That’s right. Many natural hair dyes provide better results with less dry, over-processed hair as well as the great benefit of using a healthier product without ammonia and other dangerous chemical additives. Here’s a selection of 3 natural hair dyes that won’t damage you hair.

1. CoSaMo

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

2. Surya Brasil

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

3. Naturtint

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

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CoSaMo – Love Your Color Non-Permanent Hair Color 780 Auburn – 3 oz.
Naturtint – Permanent Hair Colorant 3N Dark Chestnut Brown – 5.4 oz.
Surya Brasil – Henna Brasil Cream Hair Coloring with Organic Extracts Black – 2.31 oz.

 
4
FEB

The Truth about Triclosan

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

Many people don’t really know what it is and some other people never even heard about it. We are talking about triclosan, a substance that has been all over the headlines as a potential dangerous ingredient used in personal care products.

Triclosan is a chlorinated phenolic bactericide which is added to products to fight bacteria, molds and yeasts and to prevent odor. This antibacterial additive is found in multiple personal hygiene products including toothpastes, soaps, deodorants, body-washes as well as children’s toys, footwear, cooking tools, and furniture.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans. In addition, the FDA states that there is not sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.

However, researchers have found intriguing and quite disturbing results from products which contain triclosan as it may bring some very serious side effects. Studies have definitively shown that triclosan does cause problems with the production of several hormones, including thyroid hormone, estrogen and testosterone. Some experts believe that there could be an increased risk of breast cancer when using triclosan, labeling this ingredient as a probable carcinogen.

Additionally, a new study has linked triclosan to liver damage as researchers believe that exposure to the ingredient was associated with liver fibrosis and cancer. It just adds more to its bad reputation as past research has linked it to heart issues and allergies in children. Even large companies such as Procter and Gamble and Avon are removing triclosan from their products. With so many great natural products available, you have no reason to take a chance with products which contain triclosan.

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Naturally Fresh – Deodorant Crystal Spray Mist Body Tropical Breeze – 4 oz.
Pure Life Soap Co. – Bar Soap Lemongrass – 4.4 oz.

 
3
FEB

Homeopathy Goes Vegan

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Homeopathy at 9:30 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Looking for Arnica pellets that are lactose-free & vegan?  Now, it’s possible thanks to OLLOÏS®.

Since 2012, OLLOÏS® has created a line of 45 homeopathic remedies, including the latest innovation in homeopathic medicines — lactose-free homeopathic sublingual pellets. This revolutionary advancement of a 200-year old medical practice meets the increasing demand for natural and lactose-free products for those with dietary restrictions or who choose to refrain from consuming animal products.

Homeopathy is a medical practice based on the Law of Similars: that is, if a natural substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. Homeopathic medicines enhance the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process.

To provide the most effective product, OLLOÏS®  is committed to sustainable practices in the preparation of its medicines. Made in France and frequently lab-tested to ensure safety, quality, and efficacy of OLLOÏS® natural remedies, their line is manufactured according to the highest Good Manufacturing Practices.

Lactose-free OLLOÏS®  is the Natural Way to Better Health.

 

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3
FEB

5 Sources of Plant Protein

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

Protein is one of the basic building blocks of life. Every whole food contains protein so you do have a number of options to choose from when it comes to creating a balanced diet with the right percentage of protein for your body. If you want to avoid animal foods, you still have plenty of vegetarian choices. So, here is a list of 5 sources of plant protein:

1. Peas

Peas are an excellent source of plant protein and also provide other nutrients such as iron, zinc, folate, potassium, and dietary fiber. Split peas, black-eyed peas, and chickpeas are available in dry, canned, and frozen forms. Additionally, pea protein is high in glutamic acid, which helps convert carbs into energy, avoiding them to be stored as fat.

2. Brown Rice

Rice is mostly composed of carbohydrate but it contains a small amount of protein, which is extracted to create brown rice protein. Brown rice protein is hypo-allergic and easily digested, making it an excellent alternative for anyone with a sensitive stomach or allergies to soy or dairy.

3. Hemp

Hemp contains nearly 50 percent protein as well as 20 amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids our body cannot produce, making it one of the few plant-based complete protein sources. In addition, hemp has the perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 (3:1), the most abundant source of EFAs (essential fatty acids), and a rich source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and plant sterols.

4. Quinoa

Quinoa contains more than 8 grams of protein per cup including all nine essential amino acids that the body needs for growth and repair, but cannot produce on its own. Technically a seed, quinoa can be served with brown sugar and fruit as a hot breakfast cereal, or added to soups or salads

5. Soy

Considered by many as the perfect replacement, soy protein contains all the amino acids gained from eating meat, which are an important part of reducing fat and maintaining healthy muscles. These amino acids are also an integral part of insulin production in the body. Studies have shown that soy protein helps reduce LDL cholesterol as well as the risk of heart disease.

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Ancient Harvest Quinoa – Organic Gluten Free Quinoa Inca Red – 12 oz.
Jarrow Formulas – Iso-Rich Soy Protein (899g) – 31.5 oz.

 
2
FEB

11 Uses for Castile Soap

Filed Under: Uncategorized at 11:57 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Castile soap makes living a greener lifestyle even easier. This coconut-derived soap lathers up great and can be used to clean almost everything in your house, including you!

  1. Floor Cleaner – Get floors that sparkle without the streaks. Mix one cap full of castile soap with one gallon of hot water.
  2. Body Wash – All natural and nothing artificial! The peppermint is our favorite because it not only cleans but leaves a refreshing tingle too!
  3. Dish Soap – Your dishes will shine without the aid of nasty chemicals by melting ¼ cup of grated castile bar soap in 2 cups of boiling water. Once dissolved add ¼ cup of liquid castile soap, 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin and 1 teaspoon of super washing soda.
  4. Toothpaste – This is a great natural alternative to baking soda. The taste may take a little getting used to but it’s free of glycerin, fluoride and other toxic ingredients.
  5. Laundry – Use 1/3 cup of castile soap to a load of laundry. You can add borax dissolved in water for a deeper clean.
  6. Organic Gardening – Put one teaspoon of castile soap, a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper in a spray bottle filled with water. This combo will help keep bugs from harming your plants.
  7. Shave Cream – This soap lathers up nicely, producing a perfect shaving foam.
  8. Baby Soap – Your little one’s skin is sensitive. Protect it with a mild soap made with organic ingredients.
  9. Vegetable wash – Remove harsh residues from fruits and vegetables.
  10. Foot Soak – Add one teaspoon to a bucket of warm water and relax. Tea tree Castile will help with athlete’s foot and kill other fungal infections.
  11. Furry Friends – This non-irritating soap is great for pets. Plus, the coconut oil keeps their coats soft and shiny.

 

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31
JAN

What’s New? Dropps

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Using natural cleaning products can really make a difference for the environment. If you want to make the switch from conventional to green products but have yet to find a good brand, Lucky Vitamin has good news for you. We are happy to introduce Dropps products to our customers.

Dropps offers an exclusive line of cleaning products made with natural ingredients and without dangerous chemicals. This eco-friendly brand only produces products that are phosphate-free, chlorine-free and NPE-free. The company uses less water, less plastic, take up less space, cost much less to ship, and leave tremendously less mess in landfills. Dropps fresh scent, scent dye free, and baby laundry detergent formulas have been approved by the DfE – Design for the Environment – program, which recognizes products with safer chemistry.

Dropps was created to develop and produce cleaning products with formulas that could keep fabrics looking vibrant, soft, better, and longer in a convenient, dissolvable pack. This innovative formula contains a split personality: tough on dirt, but gentle on your favorite garments. Dropps mess-free, feather-weight detergent packs are filled with super-concentrated cleaning magic. Pre-measured for foolproof laundry-doing, the dissolvable packs waste nothing and are the perfect product for busy moms, dorm-dwellers, and anyone else who do not want to be bothered measuring, pouring and weightlifting the big-bottle brands.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Dropps products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JAN15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand.

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29
JAN

7 Habits for Younger Looking Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Sleep

Better sleep can promote younger looking skin. Studies have found that cellular renewal of the skin is fastest at night, explaining the reason night creams work so well for many people. A quality night of 8-9 hours of sleep can definitely help your skin look better and younger.

Water

Drinking water is essential to promote a healthy, radiant, younger looking skin. If your skin is not getting enough water, the lack of hydration will cause dry, flaky skin. Dry skin has much less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

Exercise

Studies have shown that regular exercise can actually reverse skin aging. As little as three hours a week of moderate physical activity can help improve both inner and outer layers of the skin.

Antioxidants

Dermatologists believe that antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E can help decrease the risk of sun and environmental damage to the skin. Antioxidants are known to disarm wrinkle-causing free radicals resulting in less molecules that damage cells.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are loaded with beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant (see above). Spinach, kale, Swiss chard and others dark leafy greens also provide fiber, lutein and potassium, all important ingredients to promote glowing skin.

Alcohol

Alcohol’s effect on the skin can be significant as it steals the hydration, leaving your skin dry. Alcohol hinders the production of vasopressin, an anti-diuretic hormone, causing the kidneys to work extra hard to remove excess water. The result is dry skin, more likely to wrinkle and make you look older than you are.

Meditation

Some people say: if you feel younger, you look younger. Meditation is believed to slow down the aging process, consequently promoting better, healthy skin. So why not give meditation a try? There is no side effects and it can only bring benefits to your health.

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Life Extension – Skin Restoring Phytoceramides with Lipowheat 350 mg. – 30 Liquid Capsules
Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Creme All Day & Night Facial Creme – 2 oz.
Derma-E – Deep Wrinkle Reverse Moisturizer with Peptides Plus – 2 oz.

 
29
JAN

Vitamin K2 Provides Hope for Parkinson’s Patients

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Vitamin K2 deficiency is on the rise and linked to many age-related health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This common neurodegenerative disorder adversely affects the central nervous system, targeting the part of the brain associated with critical functions such as vision, hearing and movement.

Though there may not be a definitive cause for PD many believe it is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, some PD cases are being attributed to mutations of specific genes, which have a negative impact on protein function. One such gene is PINK1, which functions as the powerhouse of the cell (mitochondria) and plays a crucial role in the process of neuron differentiation.

A recent study in Science revealed an exciting discovery that vitamin K2 alleviates the negative effects of the Parkinson’s-specific PINK1 mutations in fruit flies.  Flies are used most in genetic and biological studies because their inner workings and cellular activities closely reflect what occurs within our very own cells. Amazingly, PINK1-deficient flies fed vitamin K2 exhibited significantly improved flight, energy levels and survival rates compared with flies that were not supplemented with the vitamin.

Furthermore, the research revealed that vitamin K2 could transport electrons, a vital step in energy production. Overall the results from this study show a significant leap in our scientific understanding of the potential of vitamin K2, and were a welcome development for those suffering from, not only Parkinson’s, but from a variety of other diseases and disorders.

Innerzyme offers one of the highest potency formulas of Vitamin K2, MK-7 on the market. Each vegetarian capsule – derived from non-GMO soybeans – is loaded with 300mcg of Vitamin K2, MK-7 as menaquinone-7. Research indicates Vitamin K2, MK-7 may have a positive impact on cardiovascular, bone and soft tissue health. For a limited time, you can save 15% off Innerzyme products with promo code “JAN15NEW15” at checkout. Hurry, offer expires 2/1/15!

 

 

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28
JAN

8 Food Trends of 2015

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Nutrition at 10:38 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Move over quinoa and bye bye kale.

Each new year brings new food trends in the nutrition world.  Whether it be advances in technology and the discovery of new culinary techniques or the revival of popular, healing foods from the past, what’s old is new and what’s new is, well…really interesting. That’s the wonderful thing about food — it’s completely a matter of taste, and there’s no shortage of trends to explore.

Sip on This: In major metropolitan areas people are trading in their Starbucks for coffee cups of bone broth. This nutritiously packed food contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals that can help with everything from joint pain to cellulite. Its soothing, warming – not to mention healing – qualities make bone broth the perfect comfort food this winter.

Get Smart, Be “Bulletproof”: By adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee it becomes Bulletproof Coffee. This combo of ingredients is said to trigger weight loss, decrease brain fog and boost cognitive function.

Insect Invasion – Cricket Flour. Yes you read correctlyIt’s popping up in everything from protein bars to baked goods and is being promoted as the most sustainable protein on the planet. Edible insects provide protein, fats and essential amino acids without consuming as many resources or emitting anywhere near the level of greenhouse gases that are associated with the production of animal proteins.

Savory Yogurt – The Stone Barns at Blue Hill in Tarrytown, New York is known as a farm to table mecca amongst the region’s foodie locavores. Recently, they have branched out to add veggies such as beets and squash to their yogurts to rave reviews and predictably delicious results. It shouldn’t be long before other eateries hop on the bandwagon.

Millet, The New Grain – This gluten-free grain has been a staple in Eastern Europe and Asian for thousands of years.  It’s delicious, mildly sweet and fluffy when cooked. We recommend toasting millet prior to cooking to bring out its earthy flavor.

A New Superfood: Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Superfruits”,  baobab originated in Africa and is loaded with vitamins, fiber and twice the antioxidants of acai fruit. Eat it raw or sprinkle in some baobab power to supercharge your smoothies.

The Future of Food - Molecular gastronomy has been around for a while now, but new techniques are being used to create sustainable foods utilizing plants as an alternative to animal-based foods.

Crazy for Cruciferous: Sometimes genetically modifying vegetable can be good thing, like when it results in an amazing hybrid species such as kalettes. This sweet and nutty union of brussel sprouts and kale burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2014 and is sure to be a new, featured player on the foodie scene in the new year.

 

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