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Understanding Paleo Diet & Fitness

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Nutrition at 12:00 pm | By: Mary Nason, Contributing Author
iStock_000085254241_MediumFollowing a Paleo lifestyle can be an exceptional way to maintain a lean, powerful physique that’s ready for action, and avoid or lessen the occurrence of many modern-day ailments that are not associated with our early human ancestors’ lives. The Paleo lifestyle presumes that the human genome is most well-adapted for the hunter-gatherer life practiced for millions of years—rather than for the changes brought on by farming and the fairly recent Industrial Revolution of only about 200 years ago. In short, optimize wellness and longevity by living in a way similar to Paleolithic man.

The basic Paleo diet consists of whole foods – vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats – and generally avoids any type of food that grows underground, dairy, grains, legumes and processed foods. Paleo-based fitness incorporates natural and functional movements plus intense bursts of activity. Compare our ancestors’ lives of hunting, gathering, running, and surviving vs. modern man’s life of smart phones, cubicles, and rigid gym equipment. The Paleo lifestyle lies therein as a decision to eat and move as naturally as possible in the modern world.

A Few Fitness Regimes Well-Suited for a Paleo Lifestyle:

  • Running – Dates back to persistence hunting when ancient man needed to run for hundreds of miles while tracking prey
  • Dancing – Prehistoric humans recorded dance in their cave-paintings as an important element of their rituals, entertainment, and celebrations
  • Movement Culture – Free-flowing movement, timing, & mindfulness training to better understand the body, health, and physical artistic expression
  • Functional Fitness – Training focused on the body’s interconnectedness of parts through movements such as squatting and pushing
  • CrossFit – Strength training & body conditioning focused on functional movements like lifting and pulling

We reached out to Primal Kitchen, one of LuckyVitamin’s best-selling Paleo brands, to ask a few questions about the Paleo lifestyle and fitness. Daniel Rinck, Digital Content Strategist & Publisher for Primal Nutrition, Inc. (makers of Primal Kitchen) helps us further understand…

LV:  What types of fitness regimes will benefit from eating Paleo?

Daniel: “Once you become fat adapted like our ancestors, there’s typically no fitness regime that couldn’t benefit from a Paleo eating plan. Sure, there are examples of endurance athletes who swear that in order to fuel a race you’d need to take on loads more carbs than the Paleo/Primal eating plan recommends. But there’s an evolving perspective on that front. Mark Sisson, a former top endurance athlete, just wrote a book called Primal Endurance, which discusses how endurance athletes can benefit from a primal/ancestral eating plan and training regimen.”

LV: Is a Paleo diet sustainable for those who are already very lean and active?

Daniel: “Yes. In fact, it’s something that, when practiced well, maintains lean body mass and encourages healthy physical activity (because it fuels your body with the nutrients our bodies have evolved to expect).”

LV: Can a person benefit from eating Paleo without a full commitment? It sounds pretty hardcore.

Daniel: “Absolutely. The more whole, natural, non-processed foods that you get into your diet, the better—even if it’s part time. The same goes for Paleo/Primal lifestyle practices, like intense bursts of physical activity, finding more time for leisure activity, cutting out screen time, etc.”

By: Mary Nason



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APR

Paleo Diet 101

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The Paleo diet has been making some noise lately but some people are still unfamiliar with this trendy diet. Lucky Vitamin is helping out with a Paleo Diet 101, a quick beginner’s guide to this natural food diet.

What is Paleo Diet?

Paleo is a diet based on eating natural, non-processed foods. The idea of this diet is to eat food like we ate thousands of years ago, fresh from the nature with no additives, and no processing.  The Paleo diet contains mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and nuts and does not include ingredients such as grains, sugars, preservatives, and other non-natural ingredients.

What is on the menu of the Paleo Diet?

Vegetables are all in. Fish such as salmon, bass, tilapia, herring are also part of the diet. Green light for seafood and eggs. Only lean meats are in the Paleo including beef, veal, and chicken. Plus some fruits, particularly the less sugary fruits such as berries. Legumes are not Paleo. Most nuts are also acceptable but peanuts are not. No grains, no dairy, and definitely no processed foods. Look up “foods allowed on the paleo diet” to ensure you are eating it correctly.

What are the benefits of the Paleo Diet?

Paleo diet is great for losing fat as it changes your body from primarily burning carbs to basically just burning fat. The human body preferred source of energy is fats, a slow burning and more efficient fuel for your body to use. Since we consume a lot of carbohydrates, our bodies tend to burn carbohydrates rather than fat, consequently storing these fats aside causing people to gain weight over time. The paleo diet alter this process by removing a lot of the simple carbohydrates from your diet and, as a result, your body can no longer use carbs for energy producing and is forced to use and burn fat stores.



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New Brands Showcase: Bee Panacea

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin offers an incredible selection of honey products but we can still find room for one more premium brand: Bee Panacea.

Bee Panacea offers a unique mix of raw, organic honey, infused with a unique combination of natural herbs and superfoods. The company develops these potent formulas to be mixed with a delicious 100% raw royal honey base, creating products to promote energy, mental clarity and vitality. Bee Panacea uncompromising hand-made production standards maintain the highest level of purity. Nothing in Bee Panacea is ever pasteurized or modified and each ingredient is backed by a Certification of Analysis, which eliminates any possibility of toxins, chemicals and bacteria.

Bee Panacea products provide sustained energy and can be useful to elevate mood, manage weight, strengthen immunity, aid digestion and much more as it contain detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.

The company combines super-foods, such as spirulina, chlorella and maca root, with Chinese and Ayurveda (Indian) herbs such as shilajit and reishi mushrooms. These combo is then infused with the complex flavors of raw, organic royal honey, bee pollen, propolis (rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory) and royal jelly (rich in proteins and collagen). Working in harmony, these ingredients allow your energy to feel balanced and may help you achieve a sense of balance and well-being.

You can save even more when you shop Bee Panacea products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

Additionally, you get 2X LuckyReward points when you shop Bee Panacea products at Lucky Vitamin. Click here for more information about our LuckyRewards program.



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APR

D-Ribose: The Rejuvenator

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RiboseD-Ribose supplements have been known to offer a variety of health benefits but did you know that cardiologists and exercise physiologists are increasingly turning to D-Ribose as a means of “rejuvenating” their patients’ cardiac and skeletal muscles?

That’s right. You can add one more benefit to the list. Studies have shown that D-Ribose supplementation may boost heart muscle function following heart attacks and can improve blood pumping in people with congestive heart failure.

As a result, better heart muscle function after D-Ribose supplementation can lead to better delivery of energy-rich blood to skeletal muscles, revving them up for increased activity.

Ribose is an all-natural five-carbon sugar that helps facilitate the production of ATP – Adenosine Triphospate. ATP is a molecule that is the primary source of energy for all our cellular processes. As a key component of the ATP process, D-Ribose has been known to faster ATP levels return to normal and can also help injured or heavily used muscle as they are particularly vulnerable to low ATP supply and is slow to recover those levels. Fatigue and exhaustion often occur as a result of depletion of the vital molecule called ATP in human muscle and taking D-Ribose supplements is one of the best ways to maintain healthy levels.

Increased ATP levels in skeletal muscle following D-Ribose supplementation can help reduce muscle pain and fatigue that prevent people from keeping up their vital exercise regimens. D-Ribose supplements provide the real energy boost for intense exercise activity.



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APR

New Brands Showcase: Mauer

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MauerLucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of sport nutrition products to our customers: Mauer.

Mauer offers a premium line of supplements that are organic, clean, and serve as an honest, nutritious alternative for people who are not only athletes, but everyday people who just want to lead a healthier lifestyle. As a strong brand, Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to create strong families as well.

Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to provide a healthy alternative to today’s energy bar, drink and shot market. The company realizes there is currently an abundance of these products, however Mauer intends to offer an alternative that will not only taste amazing but contains no refined sugar, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and is non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), and gluten-free. The company’s goal is to take sport and energy alternative market to a new level of nutrition, by providing the protein and energy boost needed to sustain a healthy body while helping the everyday person enjoy a better lifestyle.

You can save even more when you shop Mauer Sports Nutrition products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Here’s the scoop on a bunch of exciting new items at LuckyVitamin.com.



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APR

4 Great Coconut Products

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Coconuts are known to provide a ton of health benefits in many different ways. Coconuts are used in everything these days from creams and lotions to shampoos and conditioners, sunscreens, candles, soaps, baking products, ice cream, coconut milk, and much more. With so many options, we choose 4 great coconut products to present to you.

1. Coconut Water

One of the most known products, coconut water has become one of the best-selling sports drinks because of its health benefits. A single (100ml) serving of coconut water contain only 19 calories and is considered a natural isotonic beverage, helping replace fluids and salts that are lost during exercise. Plus, coconut water contains more potassium than bananas.

2. Coconut Oil

Another popular product, coconut oil has been trending in the past few years. Commonly used in cooking, especially for frying, coconut oil can be used in liquid form as a replacement for vegetable oils. Coconut oil doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils and it doesn’t go rancid easily. The sweet, nutty taste and the creamy texture make it a great addition to smoothies and other drinks. Coconut oil is often used in raw, vegan kitchen for desserts.

3. Coconut Butter

Coconut is a type of butter with an extra touch. The delicious, sweet, exotic taste of the coconut can be a great addition to your diet or a replacement for regular butter or margarine. Great for cooking, coconut butter can also be used as a replacement for peanut butter.

4. Coconut Vinegar

Coconut vinegar is certainly the less known product on this list but perhaps it’s time to give this one a try. Coconut vinegar is produced from fermented coconut water and has not only a unique, different taste but is surprisingly nutritious. For example, coconut vinegar is more nutritious than apple cider vinegar and it has the same alkalizing effect in the body.



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Non-GMO: Your Right to Know Webinar

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 10:45 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar will focus on defining what genetically modified organisms are, how to avoid them and how they might be found in foods and supplements you consume each day. You will also learn about the Non-GMO Project’s practices for GMO avoidance.

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Strength Training Benefits for the Body

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18The health benefits of strength training are well-known to many people but yet some questions may come up when talking about weightlifting and resistance training. Are these all the same? Yes, these synonymous also refer to exercise that uses resistance to strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system, improving tone and endurance. In other words, your exercise the body in order to gain muscle size and tone as well as conditioning tendon, bone, ligament strength and increasing overall muscular strength and resistance.

These can be called the well-known benefits of strength training but this incredible activity provides a variety of other benefits for the body too.

Did you know that strength training helps improve digestion and regulate bowel movement? That’s right, this type of activity can improve your body’s natural elimination process which is vital for maintaining healthy eating habits.

Additionally, regular strength training can lead to protection from heart diseases as it helps decrease body fat and increase lean tissue. This combination is essential for cardiovascular health as it helps increase circulation capacity and can also help to lower blood pressure.

Lastly, strength building may lead to increased mental and physical stamina to better endure the stresses of daily living and can be a fun and social activity as well.



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New Brands Showcase: Olly

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Olly.

Olly offers a superior line of products created to fit your changing needs. Every blend is formulated to be super effective by pairing nutrients in powerful combinations that are designed to meet specific health benefits. Olly products are sourced from nature and contain only natural colors and flavors. Lightly sweetened, Olly products use the power of phytonutrients and antioxidants.

The company’s main goal is to make nutrition simple. Olly is proud to say the company has a bunch of vitamin geeks, who have been studying nutrition for decades and learning the right blend of nutrients to help make us stronger, faster, more balanced and more energetic.

Olly gummies and softgels containuniquely delicious flavors and vibrant colors from all natural sources. Additionally, the company includes powerful natural bioactives like plant-based phytonutrients and antioxidant extracts from hard-working ingredients like cacao and green tea. The result is a superior line of effective and delicious supplements for you and your family.

You can save even more when you shop Olly products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.



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New Brands Showcase: Glass Dharma

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Just when we got some alarming news about the increasing number of plastic in the oceans, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand that can help reducing the plastic waste in our planet: Glass Dharma.

Glass Dharma offers an alternative to eliminate the need for straws made from plastic. Since 2007, the company has been producing glass drinking straws to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to the environment.

A recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched at the World Economic Forum is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act. In addition, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today. Despite the growing demand, just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.

Glass Dharma is not only providing more glass straws available but also wants to help educate the public about reducing the amount of plastic straws endangering the environment. The company’s goal is to provide glass straws to at least 2% of the American public. With the U.S. population at about 300 million, this works out to 6 million straws.

You can save even more when you shop Glass Dharma products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.



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The Ultimate Beauty Approach Webinar

Filed Under: Personal Care at 3:21 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
ACURE Organics utilizes food and plant actives to feed the largest organ of the body — the skin. One of the primary aspects of ACURE is learning about EFA’s in their beauty oils and why this is so important to apply to your skin topically. If you are supplementing fish oils internally to feed your body EFA’s, they feel it makes complete sense to feed your skin the same EFA content topically. Listen and learn about “The Ultimate Beauty Approach” and which beauty oil might be the right fit for your skin type.



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April Is National Autism Awareness Month

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments at 2:13 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Boy putting hands together like therapist sittingAutism awareness has come very far since it was first diagnosed in the 1940’s. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a term used for a group of complex disorders that develops early in childhood. It’s characterized by varying degrees of abnormalities in social interaction, verbal as well as non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the rate for autism is currently around 1 in 68. Research also shows that the disease is four to five times more common among boys than girls. While the actual etiology of autism at this point is unknown there are many speculations to its cause, some of which include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure or function, obstetric complications, exposure to environmental toxins or prenatal and perinatal infections.  Regular screening of infants and toddlers for autism is imperative because early interventions can greatly increase positive outcomes for children with ASD. Autism itself is a very complex disorder and treatment is difficult. Just as there may be no one cause of autism, there is really no one treatment approach and it seems that a multidisciplinary approach may be best.  Below are some recommendations for management of ASD.

  • Special Education, Speech, Behavior, Occupational and Physical Therapy are all critical in the management of children with autism and parents should seek help from therapists as soon as a diagnosis of autism has been made. Parents may experience challenging behaviors from their child and these professionals can offer effective ways to help modify those behaviors.
  • Diet is a topic that goes hand in hand with autism. There are many diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, Feingold Diet, GAPS Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Low Oxalate Diet that claim to help children with autism. There has been limited anecdotal evidence that suggests that dietary measures may be helpful. However, in my practice I have seen that diet may play a key role in the intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of its key symptoms. One of the most talked about dietary intervention in these children includes the removal of gluten and casein from their diets.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat and casein makes up the protein found in dairy. While gluten and dairy removal may have noticeable impact on behavior in some children with autism not all families report benefits. When removing gluten or dairy from your children’s diets to see if it is beneficial, it’s important to have 100% strict removal for at least 6-8 weeks.
  • Many children with autism are not meeting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that nutritional imbalances in children with autism are common and some may be very important. It’s important to consult with a trained health care provider who can help you assess your child’s diet and supplement intake to make sure they’re meeting proper recommended intake of nutrients. Below are some common supplements that may be helpful in children with autism. When choosing supplements, make sure they are gluten and dairy free, have no added sugars, limited added fillers/excipients, and are free of artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.
  • A lot of research has been done in recent years that shed light on the importance of vitamin DVitamin D is actually a hormone that has the ability to turn on and off genes. Researchers have begun to look at the role of vitamin D deficiency in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There was a case report out of China that showed improved symptoms in a child with low vitamin D levels after treatment with vitamin D.  One research article found an increased prevalence of autism in the USA in regions of greater cloud cover and rainfall. Also in the US the rate of autism for children 6-17 years of age is highest in regions with the lowest solar UVB. These are both factors that influence vitamin D levels in the body.  More research is needed and currently being done on the connection between vitamin D and autism.
  • There is a great deal of research that associates abnormal intestinal or gut flora with ASD development. Therefore, probiotics may play a crucial role in helping to regulate intestinal flora and restore normal gut flora in children diagnosed with autism.
  • We know fatty acids are essential for the development and proper function of the brain. Several small-scale studies looking at fish oils containing the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have shown that these supplements may lead to improvements in children suffering from ASD.  Specifically fish oils may improve hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and socialization.
  • Glutathione made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine), has many functions in the body, one of which is detoxification. The body’s detoxifications systems are important in protecting against both internal as well as external toxins. It is believed that the concentration of reduced glutathione is decreased in children with ASD as well as other factors associated with methylation. According to one study, supplementation with methylcobalamin, the preferred form of supplementation for vitamin B12 and Folinic Acid (a folate derivative), increased concentrations of cysteine, cysteinylglycine and glutathione. The study also found that although the mean metabolite concentrations improved significantly the levels remained below those of the neuro-typical control children.

While there are certainly other supplements that may help improve symptoms of autism these are just a few to start and build a foundation. As always, it is important to consult your child’s health care provider before starting supplementation due to the potential for interactions and side effects.



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APR

Choosing the Right Oil for your Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Let’s face it (no pun intended), facial oils are all the rage. It used to be that the mere thought of putting oil on your face was enough to make your skin crawl. But now, these plant-based oils are helping to, literally, wash away those long-held preconceptions by giving you a refreshing and radiant glow, naturally.

All Skin Types – Argan Oil

Known as “liquid gold”, argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree. It’s rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Argan Oil helps fight lines and wrinkles and minimize scars and stretch marks all while restoring moisture and tone.

Dry Skin – Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of Rosa canina and is rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids. This oil can be used to aid skin cell renewal, resulting in a replinished, healthy glow. It’s amazing scar-healing properties makes it perfect for damaged skin, too!

Oily Skin/Combo Skin – Jojoba Oil

If you suffer from oily skin than jojoba oil is for you. It can help regulate oil production by mimicking sebum, the oil secreted from your sebaceous glands, helping to balance your skin’s oil production. Jojoba oil can also help heal acne and other blemishes, providing all the moisture and hydration the skin needs.

All Over Moisture – Coconut Oil

Due to coconut oil’s propensity for clogging pores, we definitely don’t recommend this for your face. The rest of your body, however, coconut oil is a must-have! It’s loaded with three fatty acids — capric, caprylic, and lauric — that have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Plus it’s easy on the wallet and can be used for a variety of skin ailments including everything from diaper rash to razor burn, cellulite and more!



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Recipe: Turmeric Protein Smoothie

Filed Under: Herbs,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, Turmeric and Chia Seed SmoothiesTurmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is known to heal multiple ailments and improve overall health and vitality. Western medicine and research is recognizing turmeric for its ability to fight cancer. The compound in turmeric known as curcumin has been found to be the active ingredient which has a very string antioxidant effect.

Adding a smoothing to your regimen is an easy way to get more greens and superfoods into your diet. Try this smoothie for breakfast and spice up your life with some turmeric!

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of coconut milk

1 scoop plant-based protein

1 tsp organic turmeric powder

1 tsp chia seeds

1 banana

½ cup frozen pineapple chunks

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

 

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender starting with the liquids and powders first. Blend and enjoy!!!



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APR

5 Best Hair Oils for Different Hair Types

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AvoThe winter is finally over and it’s the best time of the year to repair your hair. If you are looking for products to treat and repair your hair, many oils can do an excellent job but did you know that each hair type has an oil which works best? We’ve made a quick list of 5 best hair oils for different hair types.

1. Avocado Oil = Thin Hair

For thin, lightweight hair, avocado oil is considered the best product. This amazing natural product is known to promote cell growth and shine and can actually increase volume as well. Many shampoos and conditioners contain it as an ingredient but avocado oil promotes the better results.

2. Coconut Oil = Thick Hair

For thick and curly hair coconut oil is an excellent choice. One of the most popular hair conditioners, coconut oil has vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and can not only promote beautiful shiny hair but also help to maintain a healthy scalp. A good tip: the longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the more effective it is.

3. Argan Oil = Dry Hair

Argan oil is an incredible product to be used in dry hair. After a long cold winter, many people may experience dry hair and argan oil is considered by many experts as the best product to revitalize your hair and correct split ends.

4. Marula Oil = Color-Treated Hair

Marula oil contains vitamin C and vitamin E and it’s very efficient to restore natural hair condition. Color-treated hair tent to be very dry but this natural oil is one of the best products to lock the moisture in.

5. Tea Tree Oil = Scalp Treatment

Tea tree oil is so amazing that can actually help for dry and oily scalp. How come? Tea tree oil’s antifungal and antibacterial properties can restore chemical imbalance on your scalp and, therefore, can help with both issues.