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13
JUN

What to Look For In Green Powder Supplements

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Green powder supplements have been hot-selling items for quite some time now. The reason for its success is pretty simple: a lot of nutrients in a simple drink.

Green powders provide vitamins and minerals but also contain additional ingredients you may not find on a regular multivitamin product. For example, many green powder supplements have added nutrients such as probiotics, antioxidants, prebiotics, enzymes (including the coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10) detoxification nutrients as well as energy booster ingredients.

Studies have shown that a few ingredients from green powder supplements can have a positive effect on health. That’s the case of superfoods such as spirulina, chlorella, and wheat grass.

Additionally, look for products which contain vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, beetroot, chard, collard greens, and kale, as well as aquatic plants such as algae, and kelp.

If you don’t like the consistency of green shakes, you do have a few other options. A good number of these green powder supplements are also available in tablets and capsules and some of them are also sold as nutritional bars.

It’s important to remember that green powders should be added to enhance your diet and not to be used as substitute for greens and veggies. These powder products can make delicious drinks when mixed with water, juice or milk. Get creative and make tasty and healthy smoothies or energy booster drinks, such as pre-workout smoothies.

Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s greens formulas and bars sales.



11
JUN

New Brands Showcase: UpSpring

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B11 UpSpringLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of baby and child health products to our customers: UpSpring.

UpSpring offers a unique line of products to help make life better and easier for mom and baby. The company works with the best, brightest, and most experienced product development teams to bring you things that will change your lives or at least make them a whole lot better. UpSpring works with scientists, microbiologists, chemists, and other dedicated professionals whose goal it is to advance motherhood.

The end-result is a top-quality line of products that fit today’s modern family. One of the company’s best-selling product is Milkscreen, an at-home alcohol detection kit for breast milk. Additionally, the company offers UpSpring Walking Wings, a unique tool for babies learning to take their first steps.

UpSpring wants to bring its products to as many mothers as possible and, in order to achieve this, the company has partnered with other mom inventors and medical experts to expand focus to include just-for-mom products like Shrinkx Hips, the first postpartum compression belt for the hips, and C-Panty, after C-section recovery and slimming underwear.

You can save even more when you shop UpSpring products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.



9
JUN

What to Look For In Natural Bug Spray

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Aids,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Insect repellent is commonly called “bug spray” and is a necessary product in many regions during the hot summer months. Bug sprays can be applied to skin, clothing, or other surfaces which discourages insects to land, protecting your skin. Insect repellents help prevent and control the outbreak of diseases such as malaria, lyme disease, dengue, and West Nile fever.

However, one question always comes to mind: are these products safe or do they contain dangerous chemicals? Reading the ingredient list of any bug spray product is essential to ensure you are not applying a potentially dangerous product to your body.

Most bug repellents contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) as their active ingredient. DEET works well to repel bugs but this ingredient has been known to cause multiple health issues. DEET is absorbed through the skin and enters the bloodstream fairly quickly. Symptoms of swallowing sprays which contain DEET can go from breathing difficulty, coughing, loss of alertness, and upset stomach to nausea, vomiting, tremors, and seizures.

Additionally, DEET may cause a variety of skin reactions such as hives or mild skin redness, as well as more severe skin irritation such as blistering, burning, and permanent scars. DEET can also trigger temporary burning and redness of eye. If DEET is sprayed into these parts of the body, wash the area immediately to prevent further damage. High usage of DEET bug sprays may also result in more serious issues including low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and insomnia.

So, what are the more natural options? Which ingredients should you look for in a natural bug spray?

A variety of natural ingredients can be effective to keep the bugs away. Essential oils have been shown to work efficiently and several oils are highly recommended including neem, cedarwood, citronella, clove, lemongrass, tea tree, mint, lavender, rosemary, grapeseed, jojoba, almond, olive, and witch hazel. Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has been reported to be an excellent natural substitution for DEET in repelling insects. Soybean oil-based products also work fairly well providing on average 1.5 hours of protection from bites and are non-irritating to the skin.



7
JUN

No-Bake Cranberry Granola Bars

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Recipes at 9:05 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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It’s summer so let’s crank up the oven… said no one ever! That’s why you’ll love this delicious. no-bake granola bar recipe. It’s perfect for on-the-go nutrition or a snack for the kiddos. Plus, they only have four ingredients and are paleo, raw, dairy free, gluten free and no added sugar! You can make this recipe nut free by using pepitas or sunflower seeds.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup dates

2 cups walnuts or Brazil nuts

2 cups shredded coconut

3/4 cup dried cranberries

3 tbsp water

DIRECTIONS

  • To get a rich flavor out of the nuts, we recommend toasting them in the oven for 5-10 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • Once cooled add them to your food processor with the remaining ingredients.
  • Once the mixture is crumbly, gradually the water, a tablespoon at a time. You want the mixture to be sticky enough that it holds together.
  • Line a baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture down firmly.
  • Place in the fridge for three hours.
  • Cut into bars and sprinkle a little more shredded coconut on top.



7
JUN

5 Reasons You Might Need an Iron Supplement

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Mental Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
They are called essential minerals for a reason. A member of this group, iron is very important for your health as all cells contain some iron. The majority of iron is located in the red blood cells, responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the organs and tissues throughout the body. Iron has a role in creating energy from nutrients but it also contributes to the transmission of nerve impulses, which coordinates the actions of different parts of your body. Maintaining healthy iron levels is essential for good health and we present you 5 reasons you may need an iron supplement.

1.Deficiency

If you have iron deficiency anemia, your body is lacking iron for the red blood cells to effectively provide oxygen to cells and tissues, resulting in fatigue, weakness, and dizziness. Iron supplements are commonly recommended to help prevent anemia. Nearly five million Americans have iron deficiency, by far the most common form of anemia in the United States.

2.Exercise

When you exercise, you burn fuel, including iron and other minerals, and replenishing is important to maintain good health. Additionally, people who do regular intense exercise may need up to 30% more iron than less active adults, as iron may cycle through the body more rapidly in people who exercise vigorously.

3.Pregnancy

Recommended by doctors, women who are pregnant or nursing need significantly more iron than the average of 15-18 mg of iron daily. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron for pregnant women is 27 mg daily.

4.Kidney Disease

Kidneys make an important hormone called erythropoietin (EPO). When you have kidney disease, the kidneys cannot make enough EPO, causing red blood cells count to drop and anemia to develop. Most people with kidney disease will develop anemia and iron supplements can help avoiding that.

5.Concentration

Lack of iron may lead to difficulty concentrating and is a common problem among students. Low iron levels can also lead to unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, decrease in physical performance, and learning problems in children and adults.

Check with your health care provider before start taking an iron supplement.



5
JUN

Raisin the Bar!

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Raisins are dried grapes which may be eaten raw or used in cooking, baking, or brewing. Produced in many regions of the world, raisins are nutrient-dense foods often used as an ingredient in a variety of foods such as cereals, nutritional bars, breads, cookies, just to name a few. Eating raisins regularly may provide you with some health benefits as these delicious snacks are loaded with essential nutrients.

Raisins are known as a constipation reducer due to its high amount of dietary fiber, which is beneficial to regulate bowel movement. When ingested, raisins swell because the fiber present in has shrunk in a raisin’s dried form, but it will begin to swell due to the body’s natural fluids. This adds bulk to the food moving through the intestinal tract and ultimately helps provide relief from constipation. The type of fiber in raisins is considered insoluble fiber because it takes in water and gains volume in that way. Besides reducing constipation, raisins can also help to stop loose stools by absorbing the liquid of those stools and reducing the frequency and unpredictability of diarrhea.

In addition, raisins are a great energy booster and are considered an ideal ingredient for breakfast. Rich in carbs, especially natural sugars, they give you a quick boost of energy when you’re feeling sluggish or need to get started with your day. An excellent pre or post workout snack, raisins contain about 130 calories and 31 grams of carbs in each 1/4 cup portion.

On top of that, raisins are an excellent source of minerals, particularly iron. One of the few plant-based foods rich in dietary iron, raisins are also rich in potassium, calcium, phytonutrients, and antioxidants and can support additional health issues such as hypertension, anemia, fever, and sexual dysfunction.



3
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Karma

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin continues to add top-quality brands to our customers. In today’s Lucky Additions, we are proud to introduce an innovative brand of wellness water: Karma.

Karma Wellness Water transforms pristine spring water into wellness water. Karma’s ingredients are kept in the cap until you’re ready to mix them. This way, you’re able to enjoy all the benefits at maximum potency, 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 revolutionary, 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.

A great way to get your vitamins from the water you drink every day, 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 acai extract, yerba mate, siberian ginseng, zinc, glucosamine, and green tea.

You can save even more when you shop Karma products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.



2
JUN

Beautiful Borage Oil

Filed Under: Personal Care,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
A beautiful flower can actually provide many health benefits. That’s the case of borage. Also known as starflower, borage (borago officinalis) is an herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. Native to the Mediterranean region, this beautiful plant is commercially cultivated for borage seed oil, extracted from its seeds and proved to offer a variety of health benefits.

Borage oil contains high levels of the fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a strong anti-inflammatory. GLA is one type of omega-6 essential fatty acid that the body cannot make on its own and, consequently, must be obtained from food sources or supplements. GLA is present in very small amounts in plants like green leafy vegetables and certain nuts, but after humans are finished with breast milk, the most significant source of GLA, many people take in very low doses of beneficial GLA throughout their childhood and into adulthood, resulting in deficiency.

Borage oil is one of the best sources for obtaining more GLA. Other plants such as black currant or evening primrose oil also contain GLA but the roughly 23% of GLA found in borage oil makes it the most effective option.

Additionally, borage oil provides other benefits as its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can treat PMS symptoms, skin disorders, and osteoporosis, as well as promote breast-mil production, and prevent heart disease and stroke.



2
JUN

Work With Your Body To Get Over Your Allergies

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Aids,Health Concerns & Ailments at 8:30 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000039318340_SmallAllergies are an immune response by the body to various substances—many of which aren’t necessarily harmful. However, because the body thinks these substances are damaging, it develops a response to inhibit the substance from advancing further into body and attempts to rid itself of the substance as quick as possible. This is why a person has symptoms like swollen tissues, sneezing, congestions, and runny eyes and nose. These symptoms are the body’s defense led by the chemical histamine.

In order to treat the symptoms, some doctors and medical professionals suggest medicated nasal sprays that have decongestants, antihistamines, or a steroid, aimed to treat symptoms. They block histamine, impede mucus production, or constrict blood vessels to decrease inflammation. All of this may help to reduce symptoms and help a person feel better.

However, relieving the symptoms doesn’t get rid of the cause of the problem—the allergens. In fact, medicated nasal sprays go against the body’s natural defenses. If the allergens are allowed to stay in the system, then the body can still react to them, and when the medication quits, the symptoms could come back. Some medicated nasal sprays can actually make symptoms worse after you stop using them or even be habit-forming. The body becomes even more congested unless the decongestant is used consistently.

Luckily there’s an alternative to the medicated nasal spray, Xlear Nasal Spray. Xlear works with the body to rid itself of contaminants and relieve congestion due to allergies. Xlear is a hypertonic solution, meaning it pulls the extra moisture out of swollen, inflamed tissues. This opens up the airway.  The additional moisture and saline also thin the mucus, which traps the contaminants, helping it to leave the body more quickly. Since the contaminants are out of the body, it doesn’t produce histamine and you don’t have the unwanted symptoms. Xlear is natural and non-medicated. It can be used as much as needed, by anyone of any age.

Along with Xlear Nasal Spray, the Xlear Sinus Care line also has a neti pot, and rinse bottle so you can have the benefits of the patented Xlear solution in a more thorough cleanse. Enjoy outside again. Breathe better with Xlear.



30
MAY

3 Great Fish Sources of Omega 3

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fish is known as an excellent source of omega-3s but it’s important to remember that some types of fish contain more omega-3s than others. Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA, are found in fatty fish and are good for your heart and your health as they can lower your risk of heart disease mainly by lowering triglycerides and countering inflammation. So, let’s present you 3 great fish sources of omega-3.

1. Mackerel

The highest amount of omega-3 comes from mackerel, 2.6 grams per 3.5 ounces. Atlantic mackerel is considered the best choice as this small fish has very little mercury levels. On the other hand, you may want to avoid king mackerel as it may contain high levels of methylmercury.

2. Herring

With 1.7 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 3.5 ounces, herring is a great choice for your diet. These oily fish have a long history as an important food and are often salted, smoked or pickled. The larger Atlantic herring is a good choice as well as the smaller Baltic herring, both high in omega-3s and low in mercury levels.

3. Wild Salmon

Salmon is another top choice of omega-3s but it’s essential to stress the importance of the word “wild” on your choice of fish. Wild salmon is high in omega-3s, (with 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per 3.5 ounces) and low in contaminants but it’s also important to choose fish that are caught using sustainable fishing techniques in the wild. The farmed variety of salmon often comes from farming practices that may produce waste and can spread parasites and disease to the fish. Researchers think antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals used in raising farmed fish may cause harmful effects to people who eat the fish.



28
MAY

Muesli: Healthy or Not?

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Aids,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
There are plenty of alternatives for a healthy breakfast but some foods are often a reason for the endless debate: are they really healthy or not?

Muesli is one of them.

Muesli is often regarded as a healthy breakfast cereal but some people may beg to differ. Normally made up of oats, flakes, nuts, and dried fruit, muesli may also contain other ingredients such as wheat, rye flakes, honey, and spices. With a ton of varieties available, one must check the ingredients before claiming muesli is a healthy option or not.

Muesli typically has less sugar and calories than most breakfast cereals on supermarket shelves and is known for its high amount of fiber which can support the digestive system. Fiber also helps to regulate cholesterol levels and is essential to avoid digestive problems such as constipation. A potent source of antioxidants, muesli is also a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids as long as it contains nuts.

Additionally, muesli can aid in weight-loss as its high fiber content has the ability to make you feel full, which is ideal for a morning meal. Fiber absorbs water and swells up, filling up your stomach and making you feel less hungry during the day. On top of that, it contains B vitamins which help to break down fat in the body.

Most muesli products are more natural and contains less calories and sugar than granola, which usually has more added syrup to aid in the toasting but be careful: some muesli products may have very high sugar amounts. So, look for products with limited dry fruit which are high in sugar. Plus, aim for varieties containing under 20g of carbohydrates per serving.



27
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Instavit

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce to our customers a new brand that provides a smarter and more reliable alternative to the traditional pill supplements: Instavit.

Instavit offers a revolutionary product created with the latest oral spray technology, top quality ingredients, and smart packaging to deliver you a fast and modern approach to energy, sleep and health support. This incredible supplement provides great tasting with zero calories and is very easy to use. Simply spray into your mouth for an instant dose of caffeine, melatonin, vitamin D, and more.

Some traditional energy, sleep, and vitamin supplements are such a hard pill to swallow, literally, as they may taste bad and are inconvenient when you’re on the go. Instavit deliveries the supplements you need and it fits in your pocket.

Instavit has developed a unique micronutrient delivery system that requires no bulky bottles, no water chasers and no more pills to swallow. This exclusive oral spray approach makes taking supplements a lot easier and it can also provide a greater dosage control. Made by doctors, used by doctors, Instavit is wholly dedicated to your wellbeing. Free from unnecessary fillers and binders, Instavit leverages the powerful benefits of high quality ingredients.

Experience the new generation of energy, sleep and health supplements. Great tasting, zero calories and pocket-sized. Plus, you can save even more when you shop Instavit products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.



26
MAY

Recipe: Spring Eating Clean Salad

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Summer is right around the corner and who says you can’t eat deliciously satisfying food while still staying on track of your health goals. Well, you most definitely can with this Spring Eating Clean Salad.  It’s light refreshing and doesn’t require you being in the kitchen all day. And it makes a great side to bring to all those memorial day parties and barbecues.

INGREDIENTS

2 pint containers cherry tomatoes, halved

1 can chick peas

2 cucumbers diced

2 cloves garlic

2 avocados diced

¼ cup red onion

1 tbsp fresh basil chopped

1/4 cup Parsley, fresh

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and onion in a medium sized bowl
  • Drain, rinse and add chickpeas to bowl
  • Add parsley, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve over a bed of lettuce

*If making ahead, wait to add the chopped avocado until right before serving



25
MAY

5 Supplements for Muscle Recovery

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Exercising is fun and great for your health but one common problem seems to slow down people’s physical activities. We are talking about muscle pain. This inconvenient, sometimes dangerous, issue can not only reduce or fully stop your exercise routine but also lead to serious injuries. Proper physical exercise is essential to maintain muscle health as well as proper nutrition but when it comes to recovery, a few products can be very helpful so you can recover faster in between workouts. Take a look at these 5 supplements to help muscle recovery.

1. Protein: of course this is the most important nutrient to take immediately after your workout, alongside carbohydrates. Your muscles have been broken down and therefore need repairing and rebuilding. Consuming protein helps stimulate muscle protein synthesis, recovery and growth.

2. BCAA’s: Branched chain amino acids are considered one of the best post workout recovery supplements. BCAA’s consist of three of the amino acids that are found in normal protein structures: L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. BCAA’s supplements help prevent muscle catabolism, the breakdown of muscle, especially for usage in high-volume cardio work.

3. Magnesium: minerals are essential for muscle recovery and magnesium plays an important role in muscle relaxation. Known to speed up recovery, magnesium can also help improve muscle function, maintain electrolyte balance and reduce fatigue.

4. Fish Oil: an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is known to decrease inflammation in the muscle and enhances body composition. Inflammation is one of the main reasons people have muscle pain as it not only causes pain but severely impacts your ability to recover, lose fat and build muscle.

5. Vitamin A: known to enhance and support early inflammation during injury, vitamin A can also help reverse post-injury immune suppression, and assists in collagen formation via collagenase modulation. Studies have shown that collagen cross-linkage is stronger with vitamin A supplementation and repair is quicker.



24
MAY

4 Foods to Get You Into Summer Mode

Filed Under: Superfoods,Supplements at 3:52 pm | By: Guest Blogger
iStock_000064458355_SmallSummer is just around the corner and we cannot wait! Here are 4 foods to get you into the summer spirit and keep you feeling your best.

Watermelon

Summer is hardly complete until you’ve sunk your teeth into a hunk of juicy watermelon, juice running down your face (or arms). Watermelon is high in vitamin C, which can act like a natural antihistamine, which comes in handy with all of the pollen flying around during the summer. It’s also a good source of both potassium and magnesium, both of which help the body maintain proper electrolyte balance to keep you hydrated on those hot summer days.

Berries

Although berries are available year round in most grocery stores, they are usually imported from outside of the country and the flavor doesn’t quite compare to the berries of summer, fresh from the farm or farmer’s market. Recent research on blueberries showed a positive effect between blueberry consumption and age-related cognitive decline. Eating berries can protect against oxidative stress which has been linked to neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s as well as heart disease, certain cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, and premature aging. This is why we’ve packed our A-Game Greens Blend with berries!

Cherries

Cherries are a rich source of anthocyanins and antioxidants that support against premature aging. Other chemical compounds in cherries help prevent gout and arthritis. Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant hormone, which supports normal biorhythms and healthy sleep. Cherries are also a great source of fiber, providing about 3 grams per cup of cherries.

Green Tea

So, not technically a food, but since iced tea and summertime are nearly synonymous, we had to put it on the list. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins, and boasts many potential health benefits including potential protection against certain cancers, dementia, heart disease and stroke. That’s why we reached for green tea extract when we wanted to add an antioxidant punch to our Super Skoop Plant-Based Protein All-in-One Nutritional Shake.

Cheers to warmer weather, delicious in-season produce, and more time spent outside. Make sure to keep yourself fueled up right for all your summer adventures – check out Healthy Skoop if you’re looking for some organic whole-food nutrition made convenient!

By Dr. James Rouse, Naturopathic Doctor and Co-founder of Healthy Skoop