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18
JUN

How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

Filed Under: Ask The ND at 7:00 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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Lifestyle Tips

  • Cover Up – with long-sleeved shirts and pants when weather permits.
  • Keep The Bugs Out –by using screens on open windows and doors.
  • Use Nets Or Fans – over outdoor eating areas.
  • Use Air Conditioning – over opening windows and doors.
  • Maintain The Outside Of Your Home
    • Once a week empty, scrub, turn over, or throw away any items that may hold water such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers or trash containers
    • Repair cracks or gaps on septic tanks if you have one.
  • Avoid Active Times – for mosquitoes such as sunrise, sunset and early in the evening.
  • Use A Mosquito Bed Net – when camping or traveling to disease endemic areas.
  • Wear Insect Repellent ­– whenever possible.

 

Chemical Repellents

  • DEET
    • DEET is the most common mosquito and tick repellent on the market. According to the EWG, “if used as directed, DEET is considered safe by many public health organizations; however they urge users to use DEET with caution as it is known to irritate the eyes and intense doses may induce neurological damage and in rare cases impair the nervous system.According to the EPA, “it is used to control biting flies, biting midges, black flies, chiggers, deer flies, fleas, gnats, horse flies, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, sand flies, small flying insects, stable flies, and ticks.” In general DEET at a concentration of less than 10% can provide roughly 1-2 hours of protection, while a 20-30% concentration may give you all day protection.
  • Picaridin
    • Picaridin is a synthetic compound first made in the 1980s and was approved for sale in the US in 2005. In efficacy testing,picaridin has been shown to be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes. According the EWG, “picaridin may have a safer risk profile than DEET, is odorless, does not melt plastic and is non-irritating.”According to the EPA,“target pests for this repellent include biting flies, mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks and fleas.”In general, a 5-10% concentration of picaridin can provide short term (1-4 hours) protection while 20% picardin may provide all-day protection.
  • IR3535
    • Developed by Merk and Co in the mid 1970’s, IR3535 became registered for use in the U.S. in 1999. According to the EPA, “this active ingredient may be used to repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, body lice and biting flies.” It has been used in Europe for the last 20 years with no substantial adverse effects; however, it may be a serious eye irritant. In general, a 20% concentration can provide 8 hours of mosquito protection and 6 to 12 hours of tick protection.

 

Natural/Botanical Based Repellents

These repellents may be worth trying if bug borne diseases are not known to be a problem in the area you are traveling or exploring.

  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD)
    • This is the common name of one of the natural oils extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented eucalyptus plant. This is the only botanically-derived ingredient the CDC recommends for use as a pesticide. It is important to note that PMD is very different than unprocessed eucalyptus tree oil which has not been studied for protection against mosquitoes. Some studies have concluded that 26% oil of lemon eucalyptus has greater protection than 10% DEET and as well as 15-20% DEET.
  • Soybean Oil
    • Soybean oil is a non-EPA registered repellent that may have low toxicity. A comparative study of insect repellents found that a soybean-oil based repellents protected against mosquito bites for an average of 94.6 minutes, similar to the lowest concentration of DEET tested.
  • Citronella
    • Citronella is one of the most commonly used natural repellents on the market today. There have been relatively few studies that have shown products containing citronella to have any significant repellent effect. While generally considered safe, higher concentrations can cause skin sensitivity. In general, a concentration of 4.2% provides around 1 hour of mosquito and tick protection.
  • Other Botanicals
    • There has been limited research conducted on other botanicals formulas commonly seen on the market and the effectiveness of these formulas vary. For instance, select geranium oil and soy bean oil mixtures have shown to provide some lasting bug protection while neem oil research has shown contrasting findings. Because of the contrasting findings, neem oil is not recommended as an effective repellent for individuals who are traveling to disease endemic areas. Commonly used essential oils such as peppermint, lemongrass, geraniol, pine, pennyroyal, cedar, thyme and patchouli, may have some repellent activity, but their results are variable. Other plant based oils that have shown limited repellent efficacy include coconut oil, palm nut oil and andiroba oil.

 

Some Guidelines To Follow

  • Don’t use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD on children younger than 3 years of age
  • Avoid using bug repellent on children under 6 months of age.
  • Don’t apply near eyes and mouth, and apply sparingly around ears.
  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin, not under clothing.
  • Don’t spray in enclosed areas.
  • Avoid using over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

           

Other Important Information To Consider

  • Follow basic guidelines to limit overexposure to chemical repellents and use as instructed.
  • In general, a repellent with a higher concentration of active ingredients does not mean that the product will work better,it means that it will be effective for a longer period of time.
  • When applying sunscreen and repellents together, it is generally recommended to apply sunscreen beforethe repellent.
  • DEET may decrease the sun protection factor (SPF) of your sunscreen so you may need to reapply more often.
  • It is not recommended to use sunscreen that is combined with repellent as sunscreens may need to be reapplied more often and in larger amounts than needed for the repellent.
  • No one repellents works against every insect so you should research the diseases carried by mosquitoes and other insects where you spend your time.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin and clothes with soap and water.
  • Consult a physician or your health care provider if you are traveling outside of the U.S. or if you have any questions.



16
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Mg12

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B16 MgLucky Vitamin continues to add top-quality products to our customers. The latest addition is Mg12 supplements, a premium brand specialized in magnesium products.

Mg12 supplements are 100% pure magnesium with the addition of 20 essential mineral salts straight from the North Basin of the Dead Sea. The company’s main goal is to bring all-natural magnesium-rich supplements into the homes of all that are deficient.

Mg12 produces the purest and most effective magnesium oil on the market. The most important aspect for magnesium supplements is the source of the magnesium oil. There are numerous salt water sources available for the magnesium chloride needed to manufacture magnesium oil but very few are considered to be clean and effective. Only two sources have been found to be virtually free of both: the Dead Sea and deep underground basins.

Mg12 has chosen the Dead Sea as the source of magnesium oil because along with its unsurpassed purity, it also contains a unique combination of trace elements that have been known for providing health benefits for thousands of years.

Dead Sea salt products produced by Mg12 provide a host of healing properties such as slowing the aging of the skin, combating daily stress, reducing fluid retention, increasing circulation, strengthening nails and bones, relaxing muscles, and much more.

You can save even more when you shop Mg12 supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JUNE16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 6/30/2016.



14
JUN

5 Benefits of Moringa

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Superfoods at 10:14 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Native to India, the Moringa tree – also known as the “miracle tree” — sure packs a powerful nutritional punch. This potent super food is a natural source for over 90 vitamins and minerals and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a vast array of diseases including anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity just to name a few.

Boost Energy & Mental Well-being

Moringa normalizes the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which play key roles in memory and mood as well as how we respond to stimulus such as stress, pleasure and mental health.

Improve Cholesterol

Moringa has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. In a recent study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.

Boost Antioxidants

Moringa oleifera is rich in nearly 90 nutrients and nearly 50 antioxidants, including quercetin and cholorogenic acid. Try adding a scoop of Moringa powder to a green smoothie to turbocharge your antioxidant intake.

Promote Weight Loss

Moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, which can help prevent obesity. It’ also a great source of fiber, which helps curb appetites by making you feel fuller, longer.

Lower Blood Sugar

Moringa prevents spikes in blood sugar by slowing the rate in which your body absorbs food. The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition revealed that adding 50 grams of Moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21% among diabetic patients.



14
JUN

Why Choose A Radius Toothbrush!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Aids,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Technology has improved personal care products throughout the years and if you haven’t heard of Radius toothbrush, it might be a good time to learn about this innovative product. Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce this revolutionary toothbrush to our customers.

Radius offers one of the most uniquely shaped brushes, which featured a wide handle designed for an easier grasp and a large, shoe-brush shaped head packed with bristles. The company is fully committed to develop revolutionary, elegant and eco-friendly personal care products, designed to make you smile.

Radius unique and different design is the result of years of research to develop a functional and enjoyable toothbrush. Research indicates that the major problem in oral hygiene is that people don’t use toothbrushes for long enough and tend to keep their toothbrush for too long. Dentists believe that with diligence, teeth and gums could be perfectly maintained for a lifetime. The average brushing time is from 31 to 65 seconds, and the average toothbrush is thrown away after 10 months.

Radius aims to make the toothbrush comfortable, enjoyable and effective. With a mass of very soft bristles, a large head area for low pressure, Radius toothbrushes have a wide oval brush head designed to improve gum health and reduce the risk of gum disease by massaging the whole mouth, leaving you with that tingly-fresh feeling. The first revolutionary Radius product is now displayed at the Smithsonian Institute National Design Museum.

Smile and take advantage of Lucky Vitamin’s Radius sale and get an extra 10% on all items of this amazing brand. No code needed.



14
JUN

Dr. Colbert’s Story: My Amazing Journey to Renewed Health & Wellness

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 12:15 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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For many years, I suffered from Chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome also known as IBS. I was faced with bouts of diarrhea and constipation, day in and day out. At the same time, I suffered from Psoriasis and spent much time trying to cover up sores on my body.

For more than ten years, I tried many different treatment methods including prescriptions, topical applications, and other conventional means. In my determination to be healed of these conditions, I decided to search for alternative means which would soon bring me renewed health and enhanced wellness in life.

Dietary Modifications

In my diet, I began to make changes which included removing specific “inflammatory” foods. I added natural probiotics routinely to my regime. Fermented foods were added to my diet on a regular basis as well. After a very short amount of time, the results were truly amazing. The sores I suffered from began to disappear. I started to have days where IBS did not control my life.  I was totally full of energy and vitality.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are a special type of food which holds wonderful benefits for the body. Some examples of fermented foods include kombucha, cultured vegetables, tempeh, kefir, miso, rejuvelac, pickled beets, and sauerkraut. These foods are “cultured,” or “fermented” to contain friendly bacteria which improve digestive health; they are tremendously beneficial to living a healthy life.

Fermented foods are easily digested by the body, as they are in a “partially digested” form. Beneficial bacteria are also introduced into the gut by these foods, which further aids digestion. These foods also help the body to absorb more nutrients and support the process of enzyme creation.

History of Fermented Foods

Fermented foods have been celebrated around the world throughout history. Originally, foods were fermented as a preservation method. Earliest records of using fermentation for foods date as far back as 6000 B.C.  Nearly every civilization known includes some form of culturing foods within their history.

Korean cultures create kimchi as well as banchan while Indian cultures use the fermentation process to create yogurts, cheeses, and sauerkrauts. African countries create garri using this special fermenting method. Tanzania ferments togwa while the Japanese create natto out of fermented soybeans. In many areas of the world, fermented foods are used for medicinal purposes to improve health. These foods are a part of the ordinary “culture” of the world.

Why I Created Green Supremefood

After an amazing recovery in my health, I searched to learn more about these types of foods. The more I studied about fermented foods and their health benefits; I desired to create a product which would provide renewed health and wellness for others. I knew first-hand the change in health I had experienced and knew others would definitely benefit.

Green Supremefood contains ten organic vegetables in every serving along with fermented grasses, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and natural herbs. My specially created product does not use any GMO ingredients. The supreme formula is also soy free, dairy free, and gluten free.

Organic fiber is essential for satiety, and it also provides support for healthy glucose levels within the body which is included in this special formula. Digestive enzymes provide the body with wonderful quantities of natural energy. Organic antioxidants in this high-quality supplement help the body to neutralize free radicals which are harmful. Green Supremefood also provides the body with a healthy alkaline environment.

To Live a Truly Healthy Life

I continue to make fermented foods a part of the daily routine, to live a truly healthy life. Green Supremefood helps provide the proper balance of daily nutrients to keep the digestive tract and body functioning exceptionally. This product will provide you with increased vitality, strength, and wellness. I encourage you to see the results I have seen in my own life!



13
JUN

Have Fun Outdoors, Naturally!

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Water Purification and Storage at 9:18 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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The frigid cold has subsided and the sun is a shining! Now’s the time to unplug, get outside and find oneness with Mother Nature. But before you do so, make sure you are prepared to handle the elements with eco-friendly and natural gear for the outdoors. It’s safe for you, your family and the planet.

Bug Spray

Steer well clear off repellents that use high concentrations of DEET, which the EPA reports to be toxic to birds, fish and aquatic invertebrates. When selecting a product that contains DEET, look for a low dose – around 30% will do the job — or check out some of our DEET-free alternatives here to safely repel bothersome bugs without toxic chemicals or the noxious stink of synthetic sprays.

Sunscreen

When spending longs periods of time in the sun, you’ll need a sunscreen that’s safe and gentle for the entire family. Many of Lucky’s sunscreens contain ingredients that effectively protect against UV exposure while soothing and hydrating the skin. Make sure to apply 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure so that it can fully absorb.

Food Storage

Fans of the great outdoors will no doubt be familiar with the adage: “take nothing with you, leave nothing behind.” Doing so has never been easier, thanks to modern reusable storage options. Most of our storage products are BPA-free, phthalate-free and eco-friendly. Packing food for the kids? Then you’ll want to try these re-usable pouches — perfect for chia puddings, oatmeal and yogurts. Looking for a more durable reusable storage solution? Try storing snacks in these plastic- free, stainless steel bento-style containers.

Water bottles

Unfortunately, the days of dipping a canteen into the cool running waters of a babbling brook or stream are pretty much a thing of the past, making some variation of the “water bottle” a modern day outdoor necessity. This insulated water bottle will keep any nature lover hydrated all day with refreshing, cold H2O, while larger groups are sure to love these reusable gallon water bottles.

 



13
JUN

What to Look For In Green Powder Supplements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



11
JUN

New Brands Showcase: UpSpring

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

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

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

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

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



9
JUN

What to Look For In Natural Bug Spray

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

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

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

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

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

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



7
JUN

No-Bake Cranberry Granola Bars

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

INGREDIENTS

1 cup dates

2 cups walnuts or Brazil nuts

2 cups shredded coconut

3/4 cup dried cranberries

3 tbsp water

DIRECTIONS

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



7
JUN

5 Reasons You Might Need an Iron Supplement

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

1.Deficiency

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

2.Exercise

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

3.Pregnancy

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

4.Kidney Disease

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

5.Concentration

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

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



5
JUN

Raisin the Bar!

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

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

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

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



3
JUN

New Brands Showcase: Karma

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

Karma Wellness Water transforms pristine spring water into wellness water. Karma’s ingredients are kept in the cap until you’re ready to mix them. This way, you’re able to enjoy all the benefits at maximum potency, creating positive effects for your mind, body, spirit, balance, and vitality. Vitamins deteriorate in water, so premixed vitamin drinks can lose their strength over time. However, Karma offers a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind cap, the patented KarmaCap, which keep the ingredients in until you’re ready to mix them. You’re able to enjoy all their benefits at maximum potency and peak freshness. When you think about it, it just makes sense: make good choices, and you’ll see and feel the benefits.

A great way to get your vitamins from the water you drink every day, Karma contains three to six times the active ingredients of competing brands, 110% of the recommended daily allowance of seven essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B3-Niacin, B5, B6, B12, D, and E, and a  variety of super-fruits, antioxidants, and nutraceuticals gathered from around the globe. Additionally, Karma is a great source of powerful and natural ingredients including acai extract, yerba mate, siberian ginseng, zinc, glucosamine, and green tea.

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



2
JUN

Beautiful Borage Oil

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

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

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

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



2
JUN

Work With Your Body To Get Over Your Allergies

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

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

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

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

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