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15
OCT

What’s New? Para’Kito

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living at 12:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to announce the introduction of an innovative brand of natural prevention against mosquito bites: Para’Kito.

Para’Kito has created and developed new products to help in the prevention of mosquito bites. Using a revolutionary system, the company offers refillable wristbands and clips based on a proprietary technology of impregnation of essential oils into polymers. These products have become the reference in natural prevention against mosquito bites effects in France and Spain where Para’Kito holds the number one position. The company has quickly expanded from its initial footprint in Western Europe into an international brand present in the five continents.

Para’Kito’s fun, fashionable wristbands come in a range of bold colors including blue, fuchsia, yellow, orange, black and white. New for this year, the company is now offering a collection of cool graphic bands bring your wardrobe to life. Designed to make a difference, the graphic band is available in Love, Camo, Flower, Paw, Heart and Lizard graphics.

How it works? Para’Kito bands can be worn on the wrist or ankle, day and night to prevent from the effects of mosquito bites. Long lasting, the Para’Kito pellets last for fifteen days and are waterproof, meaning that swimming, heavy rain or any contact with water does not affect the product’s efficacy. Clips are also available in a range of six colors and can be attached to clothing or hand luggage for a convenient and smart way to guard against the mosquito bites effects.

Para’Kito is a natural product. The Para’Kito pellet does not come in contact with the skin and, therefore, is suitable for pregnant women and young children and recommended for individuals susceptible to skin allergies and irritations.

You can save even more on when you shop these amazing Para’Kito items at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Para’Kito – Mosquito Repellent Roll-On Gel – 0.67 oz.
Para’Kito – Mosquito Repellent Refillable Band + 2 Pellets Blue with Stars – 0.04 oz.
Para’Kito – Mosquito Repellent Refillable Band + 2 Pellets Hawaii Red – 0.04 oz.

 
14
OCT

Forget the Franken-Candy for Halloween

Filed Under: Food Politics,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, but now that summer is over Halloween isn’t too far away.  The temperatures are dropping and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. This Halloween don’t be just the coolest house in the neighborhood, be the healthiest. LuckyVitamin has a great selection of candy made with organic, non-GMO ingredients to help you stand out from the rest of the houses on the block.

Many of the candy ingredients on the market are made with artificial dyes, food coloring agents, artificial flavors and other ingredients that can throw off your children’s nervous system. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of these ingredients, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, is no longer “generally recognized as safe” and should eventually be phased out of the production of food. A great health benefit to our all-natural sweet treats is that they do not contain hydrogenated oils.

Chocolate is a staple of Halloween. LuckyVitamin carries top selling delicious treats like Chocolove Mini Organic Chocolate Bars that come in flavors like Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Orange Peel, and Toffee Almond.  Another delectable treat you will find is the Lara Bar Jocalat Chocolate Mint Bar. This yummy bar is non-GMO, organic, and free of artificial calories, dairy, gluten, and preservatives.

Are you worried about not having Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in your candy bucket this fall? Don’t worry; LuckyVitamin has you covered with Justin’s Nut Butter Peanut Butter Cups. Not only is this enjoyable candy organic, it is also free of dairy and gluten.  Now it wouldn’t be Halloween without M&M’s; however, a tasty and healthier alternative is SunSpire Sun Drop Original Chocolate Candies.  These candies are organic, vegetarian, and free of preservatives, trans fat, and artificial flavors. On top of all that they are also a quality fare trade product.

Other great alternatives to satisfying that sweet tooth with include Yummy Earth Root beer candy drops, Surf Sweets All Natural Gummy Bears , Yummy Earth’s Organic Gummy Bears and All Natural Lollipops. This Halloween don’t be frightened by the candy on you super market shelves; shop LuckyVitamin for all natural and organic candy to hand out to those witches, goblins, princesses and super heroes.

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13
OCT

If Betty Crocker was a Vegan

Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:48 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Vegan baked goods. To most people, that may sound like an oxymoron. How can something that feels and tastes like cardboard really be “good”? The answer is, of course they can be, provided you have the tools and know-how to whip up some delicious vegan goodies the right way. This Halloween, “trick” your friends and family into eating delectable vegan booked treats! The shocked look on their faces will be all the reward you’ll need for ditching animal fats and proteins.

Replace the Egg           

Replacing the egg isn’t so hard. There are plenty of healthier egg alternatives at your disposal. Here are just a few…

For the equivalent of one egg, grind up chia seeds to a mealy consistency. Mix three tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of ground chia. Let this dissolve for about five minutes or until that classic, goopy egg-like texture develops. You can also use flaxseed meal to replace an egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flax seed with 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of water. One-quarter cup of mashed banana plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder equals one egg. Bananas work best for muffins, pancakes and cakes.  You can also work applesauce in a recipe by using 1/3 cup of applesauce for each egg. However, if you end up needing more than a cup, try using another egg substitute unless you want to wind up with a mushy mess. Ener-G Egg Replacer simplifies baking and allows you to enjoy a variety of delicious egg-free baked goods. Used strictly for baking, not only is Ener-G Egg Replacer 100% egg-free (contains NO eggs or animal protein), it is also gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, and it’s low in protein.

Replace the Butter

Earth Balance creates natural buttery spreads that provide the taste of butter without the dairy. These plant-based buttery products are vegan, lactose-free, non-GMO and use expeller-pressed oils.

Replace the Milk

This is the easiest replacement out there. Every grocery store sells either rice, soy, hemp or almond milk nowadays. All of these substitutes will work but my favorite is almond milk due to its nutty flavor and slightly thicker consistency.

 

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12
OCT

13 Deadly Toxins in Your Make-Up

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking to shop make-up products? Be careful! Many products contain hazardous chemicals ingredients that can be dangerous to your health. Here’s a list of 13 deadly toxins to avoid in your make-up, cosmetic, and personal care products.

1- Parabens: commonly used in makeup, this toxic ingredient may interfere with hormone function and it has been associated with breast cancer. Look out for ingredients with “pararaben” in their name such as methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, or ethylparaben.

2- BHA and BHT: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are widely used as preservatives in makeup products, lipsticks and moisturizers, among other cosmetics. BHA and BHT are closely related synthetic antioxidants known to induce allergic reactions in the skin, cause cancer, and interfere with hormone function.

3- Siloxanes (Cyclomethicone): these silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics and facial treatments to soften, smooth, and moisten. It can interfere with hormone function, may impair human fertility, and damage the liver. Check for ingredients ending with the word siloxane such as cyclotetrasiloxane.

4- DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA: widely used in moisturizers and makeup products. DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy but are known to cause skin irritation. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster, counteracting the acidity of other ingredients.

5- Parfum and Synthetic fragrances: widely used, even in some products marketed as “unscented”. Mixture of chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.

6. PEGs: these petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases and may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer.

7. Petrolatum: used in a variety of make-up products, as well as lip balm/lipstick, and skin care products. Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers that can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.

8. Mineral Oil: often used in beauty treatments products, mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which may clog the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Its solvent properties are used on cleansers that are intended to use in removing oil-based makeup and in removing the accumulated dust and dirt on oily skin types.

9. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used in cosmetics as a detergent, SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. SLS may damage liver, irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract.

10- Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP: often found in nail products and some hair sprays, this toxic to reproduction may interfere with hormone function. DBP’s are commonly hidden on ingredient labels under the term “fragrance”.

11. Heavy Metals: heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and nickel can build up in the body over time and are known to cause many health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological problems; memory loss, cardiovascular, kidney and renal problems; headaches, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea; among many others. Multiple conventional cosmetic products such as foundation, mascaras, lipsticks, tints, glosses contain multiple heavy metals.

12.  Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: widely used in moisturizers, formaldehyde is known for causing cancer. Look out for ingredient such as DMDM Hydantoin, Daizolidinyl Urea, and Methenamine.

13. Coal Tar Dyes: Labeled as P-phenylenediamine, this toxic is known to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Coal tar-derived colors are used extensively in cosmetics, generally identified by a five-digit Color Index (C.I.) number.

 

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Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. – Eyeliner Chocolate Brown – 0.04 oz.
Jason Natural Products – Makeup Remover Quick Clean – 75 Pad(s)
Honeybee Gardens – Truly Natural Mascara Espresso – 0.2 oz.

 
10
OCT

Animal Testing – It Ain’t Pretty

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

When shopping for cosmetics, most women look for products to give them a shine-free appearance, longer eye lashes or a plump pout. What you probably don’t think about is whether or not this product was tested on animals.

Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require animal testing for cosmetics, and alternative testing methods are widely available and often lead to more reliable results. Before you make your next cosmetics purchase, here’s a few facts about animal testing that you should know from dosomething.org:

1. Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned, and abused in US labs every year.

2. 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.

3. Labs that use mice, rats, birds, reptiles and amphibians are exempted from the minimal protections under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

4. Up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.

5. It’s mandatory for all products to be tested on animals in China. Meanwhile, the European Union issued a ban on the sale of new cosmetics that are tested on animals.

Don’t be cruel. Choose natural and organic beauty products that bear the leaping bunny symbol and contact your favorite beauty brands to ask them to stop testing on animals if they do.

 

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9
OCT

7 Essentials for the Gluten-Free Baker

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Attempting to bake without gluten can be quite the challenge, not to mention just a little bit terrifying. But it doesn’t have to be. Follow these seven pantry essentials to master the art form of gluten-free baking.

1. Whole Grain Flours – It’s necessary to have several different flours on hand including brown rice flour, chick pea flour, quinoa flour, teff flour and millet.

2. Starches – Arrowroot flour, Cornstarch, Potato Starch and Tapioca Flour

3. Baking Soda and Baking Powder – You’ll need to increase the amount of these leavening agents by 25% when adapting a recipe to one that is gluten-free.

4. Thickeners –Xanthan Gum is added to gluten-free baked goods to bind, stabilize, emulsify, thicken or lend structure or suspension to your baked treat.

5. Buckwheat Flakes – These are a wonderful substitute for anyone avoiding oats.

6. Ener-G Egg Replacer – This is for anyone with a food allergy that needs to avoid gluten, as well as dairy.

7. Gluten Free Mixes – Try saving time with some pre-made blends of most baked goods, including everything from pizza crusts to cupcakes.

Bonus Tip: When creating your own gluten-free flour blend, use a ratio of 60% starch with 40% whole grain flours.  Keep in mind that these rations may vary depending on what you’re baking. If you’re converting grandma’s cookie recipe, a great tip is to substitute 140 grams of your gluten-free mix for every cup of “regular” gluten all-purpose flour.

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9
OCT

What’s New? Beanitos

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 12:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of healthy snacks to our customers: Beanitos.

Beanitos offers a top-quality line of innovative chips made from beans, created to be your new favorite snack. With amazing taste and powerful nutrition, Beanitos are an honestly delicious snack made from super nutritious beans that have fiber and protein grown right in them. They’re real food, full of crunchy flavor, free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients.

Beanitos thinks everyone deserves to crunch and dip without compromise, to enjoy a snack that tastes great and is good for you. Since it had been difficult to find a snack that fit the bill, Beanitos was born.

Beanitos are made from fiber and protein rich whole beans. About 12 chips or 1 oz. of Restaurant Style White Bean Chips contains 4 grams complete protein, 6 grams fiber, 16 grams carbohydrates, only 7 grams fat with NO trans-fats, and no sugar added. Beanitos also have lower sodium than most snack chips, ranging from 55 mg to 140 mg per serving. No other snack chip can boast all the healthy nutrition of Beanitos.

Beanitos are made the simple way. The company sort, wash, and cook the beans in small batches, combining them with whole-grain rice to create a special dough. Then they are shaped and cut into pieces, which are baked and then flash-fried in sunflower oil and finished with a light dusting of sea salt or natural seasoning.

You can save even more when you shop all Beanitos items at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Beanitos – Bean Chips Restaurant Style – 6 oz.
Beanitos – Bean Chips Original Black Bean with Sea Salt – 6 oz.

 
7
OCT

Add to Your Diet: Five Super Berries to Improve Your Health

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Super berries are among the hottest, most popular super-foods in the market and for good reasons. These nutrient-rich foods have high concentrations of anthocyanin, a super antioxidant that may help lower blood pressure and improve blood vessel function, among other health benefits. If you are not sure which one(s) should you add to your diet, here’s a great list for five super berries that can help improve your health.

1. Açai berry

Perhaps the most popular of the miracle, super-food variety, açai berries are harvested from açai palm trees native to the rain forests of South America. Among its health benefits, açai has been known to help with weight loss and high cholesterol, give a boost to erectile dysfunction, support arthritis, aid detoxification, and improve overall health. Açai berries have proven to be a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats.

 

 

2. Blueberry

 

Blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Studies have shown that blueberries may reduce memory decline as well as heart attack risk, can improve vision, and may provide other anti-aging benefits. They are also an excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and a good source of dietary fiber.

 

 

3. Cranberry

 

Cranberry can help prevent urinary tract infections but this North America native fruit offers a variety of other health benefits. Cranberries have a long history of use for medicinal purposes, including treatments for wounds, diarrhea, diabetes, stomach ailments and liver issues.

 

 

4. Goji berry

 

Native to the Himalayan region of China and Tibet, Goji berries have been used by Chinese herbalists for years to help eyesight, boost immune function and promote longevity. Goji berries contain very high antioxidant concentration as well as remarkable levels of vitamin C, beta carotene, amino acids, iron, and B vitamins.

 

 

 

5. Noni berry

 

Originally from the tropical areas of the South Pacific, noni berry has been a popular ingredient in Polynesian cultures to treat menstrual cramps, bowel irregularities, diabetes, liver diseases and urinary tract infections. Noni offers significant amounts of vitamin C, niacin, iron, potassium, with lesser amounts of vitamin A and calcium.

 

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Natrol – Cranberry Fast Dissolve 250 mg. – 120 Tablets
Ojio – Goji Berries Raw Organic – 8 oz.
NOW Foods – Effer-C Effervescent Drink Mix Acai Berry – 30 x 0.194 oz. Packets
Natural Factors – Blue Rich Super Strength Blueberry Concentrate – 90 Softgels
South Pacific Trading Company – Noni Pacific Juice – 32 oz.

 
6
OCT

Acure Skin, Body and Hair Care: Battling Breast Cancer with Better Choices

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Personal Care,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

On average, women use a dozen personal care products containing 168 chemical ingredients every day.  Manufactures claim levels are too low to cause harm, however, low levels layered on everyday, add up. When one third of personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer and up to 80% of products may contain one or more hidden hazards that are not even listed on product labels, it is no wonder that the likelihood of a woman being confronted with breast cancer in their lifetime has risen to 1 in 8. Fortunately, recent studies show that breast cancer is linked to several environmental and genetic factors, which can be controlled or mitigated. Using clean personal care is an amazing first step.

Acure is a family owned and operated company, founded on sustainable principles, to provide the highest quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Kristy and Jon Guerra founded Acure as a way to honor Kristy’s grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years.

“I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet,” says Kristy.

In addition to creating clinically proven effective formulas that steer women away from cancer-causing ingredients, Acure also donates 5% of their skin care proceeds to Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. They arm young women with knowledge, options and a great attitude, and offer companionship and empathy during their journey.

Acure continues their commitment to clean, healthy, clinically proven effective products, as they extend the facial and body care line to include hair care.  These formulas are salon tested for maximum performance, using the finest natural, organic and fair trade ingredients available, leaving out the parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal bi-products and synthetic fragrances found in most shampoos and conditioners.  Acure uses cutting edge plant stem cell technology to address specific hair concerns at the root and follicle level.  Argan plant stem cells extracted from the Moroccan argan tree, famous for its prized argan nut oil, are the first active stem cells with proven effect on real dermal stem cells. In the skin, argan stem cells support the dermal stem cells in their regenerating potential, accelerating the skin’s natural repair process. In the hair, they strengthen the follicle connection between the hair fiber and the follicle itself, promoting healthy hair retention and growth.

Not only is plant stem cell technology impactful to the skin and hair, it also has far reaching positive impact to the environment in that it supports preservation and availability of the most rare plant species for generations to come. Argan plant stem cells are 100% non-GMO, free from herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and organically extracted.

Acure’s Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner not only embody these dynamic little buds of gold but also folds in organic Moroccan argan oil and CoQ10 to support keratin production and strengthen the follicle connection, rich avocado oil, which provides vitamin B12 and moisture, while lemongrass cleanses and clarifies.  All of our shampoos and conditioners are vegan, gluten free and color safe, plus for each hair care product Acure sells, they donate 10 cents to Water.Org. Water.org provides underdeveloped communities with sustainable, sanitary water sources through local partnership, technology and education.

Try them all and fall in love with the results while making a healthy choice that supports the fight against breast cancer!

 

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4
OCT

What’s New? Kulae

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a top-quality brand of exercise and fitness accessories to our customers: Kulae.

Kulae manufactures eco-friendly, high-quality yoga mats, hot yoga mats and other yoga accessories. The company works around the clock to ensure that the yoga and fitness experience of all customers is in concert with the world in which we live. The durability, comfort and traction of these mats are second to none.

Kulae offers the best-on-the-market, most stylish and eco-friendly yoga mat, hot yoga mat, and yoga gear on the planet. All lines of Kulae tpECOmat are 100% biodegradable, 100% recyclable, and contain no PVC, latex, cadmium, lead or rubber, which means no allergies. The majority of these eco-friendly yoga mats are dual layer constructed, providing two color options and two distinct, grippy surfaces for you to choose from. Kulae’s eco mats are made of eco-conscious TPE using closed cell technology, which means that bacteria and germs cannot get “trapped” in the mat, as is the case with most natural rubber mats. You will get the grip of a traditional “sticky” mat without the smell, the heavy carrying weight and lingering odors found in traditional rubber/PVC mats.

Additionally, Kulae’s Elite Hot Hybrid hot yoga mat combines the function and support of a traditional yoga mat with the absorbability of a thirstiest towel. Made of environmentally friendly, ECO PER and bamboo microfiber, this mat is free of the six most harmful phthalates and is sure to be the standard by which all hot yoga mats are measured. 100% Recyclable and 100% Biodegradable, the Elite Hot Hybrid is the perfect hybrid combo of a mat and a towel to keep it dry.

You can save even more on these fantastic new items from Kulae when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code OCT14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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Kulae – TpECOmat 5mm Plus Yoga Mat Blue/Crush – 1 Mat(s)
Kulae – TpECOmat 5mm Plus Yoga Mat Cornflower Blue/Pear – 1 Mat(s)
Kulae – Elite Hot Hybrid Yoga Mat Towel Bubble Gum – 1 Mat(s)

 
2
OCT

Breast Cancer: What the Medical Professionals Don’t Talk About

 

WARNING! This is NOT just “another” story for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Read on to learn something most people and medical professionals don’t know or talk about…

Let’s face it, if you’re a man you probably tune all the “pink stuff” this month right out!  But what if the pink ribbon had a little BLUE in it? Then would you notice it? Do men even know they have breast tissue? And if so, how many of you really DO anything with this awareness?

Ask yourself these questions and see how educated you really are?

(Questions below should be answered by both men and women);

  • Do you know or talk about a family history of ALL cancers for both genders?
  • Do you know that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer?
  • Do you (men and women) perform a self breast exam once a month?
  • Have you changed or improved your diet or nutritional intake to increase prevention?
  • Do you fit in at least 3-5 hours of exercise a week?
  • How much alcohol is “ok” to consume if you’re concerned about breast cancer?
  • Has anyone in your family (men and women) been tested for the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) mutation?
  • If you have family members (with or without a gene mutation) with Prostate, Ovarian, Melanoma, Pancreatic and other cancers does this increase your risk of Breast Cancer?
  • Does your family doctor, gynecologist or urologist talk to you about your risks due to a family history of cancer(s)?
  • Does your doctor perform a routine breast exam if you’re a man? If not, who is checking you for this if you do have a family history?
  • Can a man have a mammogram?
  • Do men have breasts?

 

Most of us know the stats on breast cancer in women (1 in 8 women will be diagnosed) but do you know;

  • This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
  • 50% of the worlds BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) carriers are male and there is an increased risk from 1% closer to 6% of a diagnosis as a male if a carrier of the BRCA gene.
  • Percentage fatality rate is often higher for men diagnosed with breast cancer as usually no one is checking, men don’t notice the symptoms, men are not aware they can be diagnosed with breast cancer and are not screened on a regular basis with the current insurance regulations.
  • Male breast cancer treatment consist of mastectomy due to limited amount of tissue and often followed with some or all; radiation therapy, chemo therapy and hormone therapy

This October, we need to stretch the boundaries of breast cancer awareness to include men and really help educate. Let’s add some blue to the pink and help men to learn they too can be affected by this disease. Men need to know they do have breasts and what their risk factors are. Women need to be informed not just for themselves, their sisters or daughters but for their husbands, brothers and sons. Let’s show what awareness is really all about and educate all genders.

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/

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1
OCT

What’s In Your Pocket?

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

You might not be thinking about it every time you reach in your pocket to grab your chap stick, but this common lip remedy can contain many chemical toxins. Ingredients such as petroleum jelly, parabens, camphor, mineral oil, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, petrolatum, artificial fragrances and flavors as well as D&C red no. 6, can be found in many lip balms on the market today.

Although it’s a natural product, petroleum is toxic to the body. Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil refining and is supposed to be free of carcinogens depending on the refining process and purity of the jelly. Parabens are another common topic when discussing any beauty or personal care product. These chemicals are used as preservatives to prevent the growth of microbes. They can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system. Common health concerns for parabens include: endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, and cancer. Camphor, a waxy substance derived from the camphor tree, has been classified as toxic known for potentially causing nausea, vomiting, seizures and in small children, can even cause fatal poisoning.

Chap sticks found on LuckyVitamin usually contain beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.  These key ingredients seal in moisture and don’t come with some of the risks that those other chemicals do. Burt’s Bees, EOS, Acure and Mode De Vie are just some of our most popular brands and products. Make sure to always read the ingredient label so you can ensure you’re keeping your body safe and avoiding these common toxic compounds.

 

 

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30
SEP

What’s New? Dang

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands of health food products to promote a better, healthier lifestyle for our customers. The latest addition is a top-quality brand of unique snacks: Dang Coconut Chips.

Dang offers a variety of coconut chips snacks that are vegan, gluten-free, and contain no cholesterol and no GMO ingredients. These delicious and healthy snacks are a good source of fiber and are high in Lauric Acid.

Dang Foods is a family-run snack company that runs on love and coconuts. Made from the nutrient-packed copra, the “meat” of the coconut, Dang Coconut Chips are a delicious snack that provides loads of energy. The meat is sliced out of mature coconuts then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to golden brown. Since copra is high in fiber, you don’t have to eat a lot to feel full, with only a few handfuls and you’ll be good to go.

Dang believes that these toasted coconut chips are the perfect snack because they satisfy your snack cravings quickly and give you a boost of energy. While great on their own, toasted coconut chips can be used to enhance other foods. Try them with: Salads, ice cream, trail mix, cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, cakes and cookies, and other baked goods. Dang’s motto is “Dang, that’s good!” as the company is forging ahead fast, bringing you unconventional culinary delights from around the globe.

You can save even more when you shop Dang products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code SEP14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 3.17 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 3.17 oz.

 
28
SEP

5 Items From Your Kitchen That Will Make You Beautiful

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The kitchen is a nightmare place for many people trying to lose weight. Folks on weight-loss diets often avoid this part of the house hoping to prevent an unnecessary snack or meal. But did you know that many items in your kitchen can actually help your weight-loss program?  So, here is a list of five items from your kitchen that can help make you beautiful:

1- Cinnamon:

 

Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body as well as speeding up the metabolism of glucose. Cinnamon helps prevent increased storage of fats caused by high blood sugar levels. Plus, cinnamon helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently and delays the passing of food from the stomach into the intestine making you feel satisfied for a longer time.

 

2- Coconut Oil:

 

Coconut oil is known for causing a metabolic boost when taken regularly. Studies have shown that just over a tablespoon for women and just less than two tablespoons for men each day may double the weight-loss in overweight people. Researchers believe that the extra calorie burn produced by coconut oil is the reason for such impressive results after continue use of the product for three months.

 

 

3- Coffee:

 

Coffee is well-known for helping with weight-loss. Studies have shown that drinking coffee may slightly increase weight loss or in actuality prevent weight gain by suppressing the appetite or the desire to eat. Caffeine is proven to help with calorie burning by stimulating thermogenesis. It is important to note that coffee weight-loss studies are always based on 100% pure coffee without sugar, milk or any additional flavoring.

 

 

4- Honey:

 

Here’s a tricky one. Americans consume too much sugar and processed food but a tablespoon of honey before bed may help with weight-loss as the body begins to burn more fat during those early hours of sleep. Try to replace all sugar from your diet with honey, including artificial sweeteners. Use honey in your tea, coffee and cereal instead of refined sugar. The results of this simple switch may surprise you!

 

 

5- Lemon:

 

Adding lemons to your water may sound like a silly idea for weight-loss but did you know that lemon water combines powerful agents that improve your chances for weight-loss? The potent vitamin C and antioxidants of lemon and the digestion-improving ability of hot water may be the perfect combination to help your weight-loss program.

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Honey Gardens Apiaries – Apitherapy Raw Honey – 1 lb.
Organic Coffee Company – Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee – 12 oz.
Barlean’s – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – 16 oz.
Simply Organic – Cinnamon – 2.45 oz.

 
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What’s New? Trilogy

Filed Under: Personal Care,Women's Health at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of beauty products to our customers: Trilogy.

Trilogy offers a variety of skincare products created from simple and unique blends of the purest natural plant oils and botanical extracts. Trilogy has an international reputation for producing ethical, sustainable, high-performance natural skincare. Trilogy believes true beauty is real beauty and creates efficient natural skincare products to help you feel good about your skin, feel good about life and when you feel good about life, good things happen. The company does not promise perfection but Trilogy skincare will help you achieve your best, most radiant complexion naturally.

Only the purest natural plant oils, extracts and actives make it into Trilogy products for hair care and body care. More than 100 raw ingredients are used and one can trace every one of them back to source. All ingredients used are non-GMO, sustainably produced and fairly traded. The company keeps it simple, pure, and vital as all ingredients used work in perfect harmony to restore and maintain the natural vitality and radiance of skin.

Additionally, Trilogy skincare is a Choose Cruelty Free accredited company. From the very beginning, animal testing has been off the cards entirely and the company does not test ingredients, product prototypes or finished products on animals, working closely with ingredient suppliers to ensure they are aware of the company’s values and policies. Trilogy is also supporting and being fully involved in local communities and causes. Whether it’s a charity, community event, play group or school activity, Trilogy likes to help wherever possible.

You can save even more on these fantastic new products from Trilogy Skincare at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘SEP14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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Trilogy – Vital Moisturising Cream – 2 oz.
Trilogy – Balancing Face Lotion – 3.3 oz.
Trilogy – Ultra Hydrating Face Cream – 2.5 oz.

 
 
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