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17
OCT

The Hidden Dangers of GMOs

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Food Politics at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the US’s most harvested crops, including corn, soy, sugar beets and cotton, contain DNA that was manipulated in labs to resist drought, disease and insect infestation. However, these potentially dangerous genes can be transferred to DNA found in bacteria living inside of us. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning.

GMOs are bad for the environment. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. In return, farmers have to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. As if that weren’t bad enough, herbicides like Roundup reduce biodiversity and can harm insects, birds and other animals.

GMOs are affecting our health. The number of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses has increased from 7% to 13% over the past nine years – a figure that doesn’t even account for the increase in food allergies, autism, and reproductive and digestive issues that afflict more and more of us each year. Many medical groups including the American Public Health Association and American Nurse Association condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone due to the fact that milk from treated cows contain insulin growth factor 1, which has been shown to cause cancer.

GMOs will not feed the world. Contrary to Big Agriculture’s argument, the agricultural methods behind GMOs do not result in higher yields. A report authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments with The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) stated that GM crop yields were “highly variable” and in some cases, “yields declined.”

GMOs are present in over 70% of supermarket foods. Protect yourself and protect your family by doing the research and making smart choices. This handy guide will help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs.

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17
OCT

7 Foods You Need to Give Up to Avoid GMOs

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 12:05 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Everyone should be aware of the dangers of GMOs, genetically modified organisms. These organisms whose genetic material has been altered by use of genetic engineering techniques are quite often used in food products. Studies have shown that food derived from GMO crops poses greater risk to health than food from natural, organic sources. Here is a list of 7 foods you need to give up to avoid GMOs.

1. Prepackaged Meals

Prepackaged foods often contain a variety of GMOs in their ingredients. Unless the product is labeled organic, pre-made foods, particularly frozen foods, are made with low-cost food ingredients which usually contain GMOs.

2. Conventional Corn

Conventional corn is the staple of GMO food. By far the largest crop grown in the United States, corn providers have altered the process of growing corn to collect better, more efficient results. GMO corn has been engineered with chemicals that will ward off insects and battle back against herbicides. Corn is used to make High Fructose Corn Syrup, which should be a priority ingredient to be eliminated from your diet.

3. Conventional Milk

Conventional milking cows are fed a steady diet of GMO-laced feed, as well as antibiotics and other drugs to try to keep them healthy. Buy organic milk or use another natural, organic source of milk such as soy or almond.

4. Conventional Tomatoes

Conventional tomatoes most likely contain high amounts of GMOs as the majority of the farms across the nation do not grown organic tomatoes. Regular tomatoes contain herbicides and pesticides built right into it. Remember to avoid other products made from conventional tomatoes such as catchup, sauces, and salsa.

5. Farmed Salmon

Farm-raised salmon is one of the most dangerous food products and definitely one to be avoided.  Farmed fish often live in small tanks in their own feces, and are given fish pellets with all sorts of medicine and growth vitamins to help the fish grow faster so they can be harvested more quickly. Look for wild-caught Alaskan or Norwegian salmon to avoid GMOs and other toxic additives found in farm raised salmon.

6. Conventional Potatoes

Potatoes are used by fast food companies and prepared food companies to make French fries, chips, hash browns, snacks, soups, and many other foods. Regular potatoes have GMO chemicals which are placed right into the seed itself. You can shop organically grown potatoes as well as products made from organic potatoes.

7. Soybeans

Soybeans are the second-largest crop grown in America and, unfortunately, the use of GMOs in soybeans is greater than in other crops. Soybean oil and other soy-derived products are likely to contain GMOs. Search for organic alternatives or non-GMO labels before buying any soy product.

 

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16
OCT

Helping Runners Ease Their Everyday Pain & Stay in the Race

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Homeopathy at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

As the fall running season jogs towards us, more than 36 million runners in the U.S. are trading the heat and humidity for cooler, dryer temperatures, enjoying the beautiful foliage, and signing up for a few holiday-themed races. But before you hit the pavement, here are four tips to help keep you pain-free all season long:

  • When selecting a running shoe, look for a style that fits comfortably and accommodates your foot anatomy. Once your mileage exceeds 500-600 miles, it’s time for a new pair of shoes.
  • Wear proper running clothes. Loose clothing is more likely to rub against your skin, so choose a fabric that is sweat-wicking. Stay away from cotton—once it’s wet, it stays wet, and it can rub your skin raw.
  • If you do suffer a minor injury, relieve your leg, foot or knee pain naturally with Boiron Arnicare. Arnicare topicals, pellets and tablets temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect for fast pain relief. This non-greasy, unscented gel is quickly absorbed by the skin. Arnicare Tablets and Arnica pellets are both easy-to-take oral medicines. They provide widespread pain relief for the whole body and may be combined with Arnicare Gel.
  • A gradual return to running post-injury (i.e., a 10 percent increase in mileage per week) is advised, once your flexibility and strength have returned.

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15
OCT

4 Nutrients You Need For Younger Looking Skin

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

 

Let’s face it, no one wants to grow old. If there was a magic serum to stay young and beautiful forever, everyone would want a bottle. While this may sound like make believe, science and research shows that certain nutrients can, in fact, slow down the aging clock. Olympian Lab’s Optimal Blend Skin Support can help nurture and support your skin with these four ingredients.

Hyaluronic Acid – As we age, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid begins to slow down. This molecule is responsible for the skin’s moisture. Hyaluronic acid helps rehydrate the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

DMAE – This ultra-firming ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties which provide a lift to aging skin and improves elasticity. This nutrient works best when applied topically and taken as a supplement.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – Considered one of the most powerful antioxidants, this compound is fat-soluble and can prevent free radical damage from occurring inside the cell. As we age, the cell’s natural defenses begin to decline, but ALA reduces the damage that results in wrinkles.

Grape Seed Extract – Another antioxidant powerhouse, grape seed extract is rich in fatty acids that are important for maintaining a cell’s structure. Plus, it’s astringent-like properties tone and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.

LuckyVitamin is offering an exclusive deal with Olympian Labs. When you purchase Optimal Blend Skin Support you’ll receive a FREE 1.7 oz. serum. Both products promote youthful looking skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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