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APR

Get the Beauty Burst You Need from NeoCell

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Having beautiful and radiant skin requires a certain amount of proper nutrients. Some folks may find it difficult to get the correct nutrition from food but NeoCell Laboratories have the perfect line of products to help you with that: Beauty Burst.

NeoCell Beauty Burst products deliver high absorption of necessary beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews. These unique formulas contain a combination of ingredients that are essential for the skin. Collagen Type 1 & 3 is the body’s beauty protein and strengthens skin. Hyaluronic Acid is known as “nature’s moisturizer” and help with skin hydration and renewal. Vitamin C is essential to boosting collagen in the skin. Together, these three beauty nutrients work together to build beautiful skin from the inside out. Additionally, collagen type 1 and type 3 work wonderfully not only for firm, smooth skin but also promote strong hair and nails.

These award-winning products are available in three delicious flavors: super fruit punch, fresh mint chocolate, and Brazilian acai berry, a high-potency biotin and super-antioxidant formula.

A leader is natural supplement, skin care, health and wellness, NeoCell’s products are designed to nourish your body with essential healthy nutrients in order to promote health and create beauty from the inside, out.

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2
APR

New Brands Showcase: ManCave

Filed Under: Men's Health,Personal Care at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands so our customers can discover these fantastic new products at great prices. The latest “Lucky Addition” is a premium natural men’s grooming line: ManCave.

ManCave offers supreme-performance, natural men’s grooming range with a premium fragrance. Taking the grooming regime to a whole new style, ManCave is inherently masculine, sporty yet modern with a touch of humor. Launched in the UK in December 2012, the company ensures the line clearly communicates functionality and effective formulations at prices within reach of every male demographic.

ManCave products are paraben, sulphates (SLS SLES), petrochemical and synthetic dye free, as well as vegan, and are made with only naturally derived GMO-free ingredients. The formulations include prestige ingredients and enriching bioactives with 8-12 essential oils. The company’s recipe for success could be summarized as follows: first start with a natural active ingredient, such as the effective amino L-Arginine. Follow up with 12 essential oils, then complete each product with a signature key ingredient, ranging from caffeine, panthenol, shea butter, borage oil to the captivating scent of cedarwood.

ManCave was created after a two-year painstaking development process, focused on replacing man-made chemicals with a precise amalgamation of natural ingredients, all while using the most sustainable sources of production. The result is ManCave, an essential natural men’s grooming range free from skin-unfriendly ingredients.

You can save even more when you shop ManCave 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.



31
MAR

Immune Health Coconut Smoothie Recipe

Filed Under: Immunity,Recipes at 9:01 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Black elderberry syrup and maitake drops are just a few of the ingredients that pack this smoothie with the vitamins and minerals needed to give your immune system that extra support during allergy season.

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Recipe

Mix all ingredients together and blend until smooth!



31
MAR

Many Benefits of Coconut

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Health Foods at 8:52 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Not only do coconuts provide food and nutrients for millions of people around the world, they also have many other uses and benefits. In this episode of Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf breaks down the coconut and its many health benefits.

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30
MAR

Spring Season: Time to Start Running!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B30Warmer days are coming and you can finally get outdoors and start exercising. Well, some people workout outdoors even during the cold, winter months but if you just don’t like the cold weather, now it’s the time to start.

Running is one of the most common outdoor activities for many reasons. It can basically be done pretty much anywhere from parks to streets, beaches to sport fields. Plus, running is free, it has no cost and does not require much equipment, although proper running shoes and clothing are highly recommended. Additionally, running can be done in many different ways: high tempo, jogging, short-distance, long-distance, interval and many other alternative ways.

Some people may say running is a “boring” activity while some others feel they don’t have the motivation to go running on a regular basis. That is indeed one of the most common problems of starting runners but there are a few tips to help keeping up with your workout plan.

First, running alone can be difficult and perhaps a partner may be a great way to “push each other”. Ideally, you should find a running mate who is at the same level as you are and don’t forget to set up days, so both of you do not have time conflicts.

Second, setting up goals can be an excellent way to stay on track. For example, plan to run a 5K, or 10K at some point in the summer or in the fall and you can track and control your results preparing for this “special run”.

Lastly, don’t give up. If you missed a run or two, even a whole week, no problem. Get back on track and if you have to start from day one, no problem again. Running can be fun and the more you run, the easier it gets.



29
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Wojo

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Wojo.

Wojo offers a unique line of products which contain a blend of six B vitamins essential to healthy nerve and cell development. This single-dose liquid supplement is specially formulated with ingredients shown to support overall health and boost metabolism.

Wojo supplements are designed for the changing needs of a busy lifestyle. Packaged to go and quickly absorbed, you can simply enjoy Wojo with your favorite beverage, hot or cold, whenever and wherever it’s convenient. It’s the perfect product for busy people who may need a little push, an extra dose of energy, more focus, or simply a better mood to face what’s ahead.

From the beginning, Wojo wanted to create more than just a supplement, hoping that this new product could serve as a tangible reminder to everyone to stop, at least for a moment, and consider the road they want to travel. Based on a blend of B vitamins, Wojo contains B1, niacin/B3, pantothenic acid/B5, B6, biotin/B7, and B12. Some Wojo products also contain additional vitamins such as vitamin D3 as well as herbal extracts and amino acid ingredients, all added to help you meet your specific needs.

You can save even more when you shop Wojo supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



28
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Yoxo

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B27Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce an innovative brand of toys to our customers: Yoxo.

Yoxo creates award-winning toys to inspire kids to design and build their own toys. The company has a sustainable and recyclable approach to making toys. The primary ingredient in all Yoxo products is wood pulp, considered one of the more sustainable and recyclable materials on earth.

All durable Yoxo links are made from 95% SFI-certified recycled wood fiber and are 100% recyclable. Additionally, the company uses FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard whenever possible.

Yoxo’s award-winning building sets inspire kids to design and build their own toys using recyclable Y, O, and X-shaped links that connect in countless ways with everyday household materials like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Yoxo even links with other toy building sets including LEGO, KRE-O and Mega Bloks.

You can save even more when you shop Yoxo products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



25
MAR

5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Cooking

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B25Time and time again we talk about the health benefits of coconut oil but some people still find it difficult to add this incredible product to their diet. We come up with a few suggestion and present you 5 ways to use coconut oil for cooking.

1. Cooking

Replacing other cooking oils such as canola oil or any other vegetable oil with virgin organic coconut oil is a great way to start. Coconut oil is perfect for cooking at high heat, particularly since some oils are unsafe for cooking at high temperatures.

2. Baking

Coconut oil is a great replacement for butter and vegetable oils since it can tolerate high temperatures. An excellent dairy-free option, baking with coconut oil also adds an additional flavor to muffins, scones, cookies, brownies and pies.

3. Salad Dressings

Coconut oil is a perfect fit for a delicious salad dressing. This addition is ideal for anyone trying to increase energy levels and lose weight as coconut oil is known to enhance the metabolism and help weight-loss.

4. Frying

Frying can be healthier if you use coconut oil instead of conventional oil. It works really well to fry eggs as well as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and chicken. The additional health benefits combined with the delicious hint of coconut makes this a perfect choice.

5. Popcorn

This fun part of cooking can also be made with coconut oil. A spoonful of extra virgin organic coconut oil works just perfectly for making popcorn but you can also use it as a topping, drizzling melted coconut oil over popcorn for a sweet taste.



25
MAR

DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Recipes at 9:09 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
sugar scrub

Avoid chemicals and save some green with this easy DIY coconut sugar scrub. It sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a healthy glow. It’s organic, free of parabens and sulfates and made with just a few items, most of which you probably already have on hand.

If you don’t have any white sugar handy, feel free to use brown sugar instead. Likewise, jojoba or almond oil make fine substitutes for the coconut oil.

Ingredients

8 ounce mason jar

1 cup of organic sugar

¼ cup organic coconut oil

6-12 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions

Add the sugar to a medium sized bowl. Add the melted coconut oil to the sugar and mix with a spoon until you arrive at a nice, fluffy consistency. Add your essential oil and transfer the scrub to the jar.

While this scrub has a shelf life of up to two months you’ll probably use it up well before then!



23
MAR

Berry, Beet & Ginger Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 2:14 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
hello freshOn any given day at LuckyVitamin, you’re bound to walk into the lunch room to find someone using the blender to make a smoothie. It’s one of our favorite things to make and for good reason. Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition in a small space, and there are so many ways to make it delicious depending on what you like.

I don’t know about you, but during the winter, the craving for cold smoothies noticeably decreases. Now that we’re heading towards the summer (yay!), that smoothie craving is starting to come back. So, we decided to take a short work break to make a jammed-pack smoothie with a ton of delicious ingredients. The avocado adds smoothness, the beet and berries adds beautiful color and the ginger makes the flavor pop. Not to mention all the little add-ins that bump up the smoothie (and health) benefits – chia seeds, hemp seeds and turmeric.

If you’re in the mood for a refreshing smoothie, give it a try!

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 medium beet, peeled
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh berries (can be a mix or just one type)
  • 1″ piece of peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Cut the beet in half (or quarters depending on how big it is).
  • Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Delightful Adventures



23
MAR

Hyaluronic Acid and Healthy Joints

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B23Hyaluronic acid has been known to promote healthy joints for many years. This naturally occurring carbohydrate is found in the human body in connective tissue, joint fluid, skin and cartilage. Also known as HA, hyaluronic acid is responsible for maintaining the body joints lubricated as well as keeping your skin smooth and elastic.

Hyaluronic acid is produced by the human body but production tends to deplete as we age, which may lead to several joint issues such as osteoarthritis. In order to replenish healthy levels of this important body fluid, hyaluronic acid supplements may be one of the best ways to minimize joint pain and discomfort.

One of the most popular ingredients in products for joint and mobility support, hyaluronic acid can enhance the maintenance of cartilage and joint tissues but is also know to promote healthy bone formation. A good number of supplements for joint support contain hyaluronic acid but it seems like the best results may come when used in conjunction with other joint support ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. Studies have shown that these four ingredients combined are the best combination to promote healthy joints as well as minimizing pain from osteoarthritis. Another aspect to keep in mind: since absorption may be an issue for some individuals, these joint support products are available in liquid form, which contain a much higher rate of absorption than tablets and capsules.

Click here to buy Hyaluronic Acid products at LuckyVtiamin.com.



21
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Premier Protein

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B20Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another top-quality brand of health food products to our customers: Premier Protein.

Premier Protein offers a unique line of nutritional bars made to help your achieve a healthy and active life. The company believes that nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Although eating healthy and staying active is challenging in today’s hectic life, Premier Protein strives to be your health and nutrition partner, making powerful, healthy choices easy.

These nutritional bars were developed to provide you energy for every day. Loaded with protein, the company understands that getting enough protein can be hard, especially protein that doesn’t come with too many calories or too much fat. That’s the reason Premier Protein has create these delicious, essential healthy protein products that curbs hunger and fuels your energy for whatever you love to do. Premier Protein bars are loaded with protein but are also an excellent source of fiber. All products are gluten free and contain no artificial flavors or colors.

You can save even more when you shop Premier Protein products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



18
MAR

Need Fiber? Check Out Psyllium Husks!

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Superfoods at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B18Low fiber intake may lead to many health issues. Fiber is very important for proper function of the digestive system but yet some people eat very little fiber.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal issues caused by insufficient intake of fiber and liquids but there is one product that can really help aid constipation and we are talking about psyllium husks.

Psyllium husks are portions of the seed of the plant Plantago ovata, and this bulking agent swells considerable when added to liquid, helping to support healthy gastrointestinal function. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10–30% mucilage. Psyllium forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water.  The resulting bulk stimulates a reflex contraction of the walls of the bowel, followed by emptying. It is important to maintain a high water intake when using psyllium.

In addition, psyllium husks can provide additional health benefits as its high fiber content is effective in relieving the symptoms associated with diverticular disease as well as lowering total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Some people with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, may benefit from bulk-forming laxatives as regular intake of psyllium products may help regulate normal bowel activity and improved symptoms. Adding some psyllium fiber to your diet might lower your chances of developing a set of risk factors for the heart disease called metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome are at significantly higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke and developing diabetes than people without the condition. A review of studies conducted over the past 32 years showed that taking a psyllium supplement helps decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome as it seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin, and blood fats.

Psyllium supplements are available in whole husks, husk powder and capsules. Click here to shop Psyllium supplements at LuckyVitamin.com.



18
MAR

To Be (Vegetarian) or Not To Be

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 12:32 pm | By: Mary Nason, Contributing Author
Various vegetables on table with woman chopping radish in backgrSo many omnivores want to eat less meat as a way to benefit their health, the planet, and the well-being of animals, yet they struggle with the concept of “going vegetarian”. The mere thought of “not being able” to eat meat again can be a major roadblock, not to mention – a major bummer.

A Different Way to Think About Vegetarianism
You know, you can simply decide to try more plant-based options and forgo the meat more often than you do now. It can be that simple. There’s no need to make a lifelong commitment or take on the label of “Vegetarian”. You can just go into discovery mode and find new alternatives. Who knows? Maybe later on you’ll decide to go for an official title.

  • Pescetarians are vegetarians who also eat fish
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat dairy and eggs
  • Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy but not eggs
  • Flexitarians (or Semi-Vegetarians) eat meat on occasion

Replace 1 Meat with 1 New-to-You Plant-Based Dish
By deciding to replace 1 single serving of meat with a plant-based option, you are not only aspiring to be more healthy and eco/animal-friendly, you are succeeding! Studies show the environmental impact of not eating just 1 hamburger is equal to that of not driving 320 miles. So this one decision does have an effect.

And, this is where it begins to get interesting too, because instead of the boring string beans you’ve never really enjoyed, you’re discovering something (hopefully) delicious that you can really sink your teeth into and enjoy again and again. Nothing you love is taken away (forever) and yet something else gets added in. Win win.

A great way to try this approach is to go to a restaurant featuring plant-friendly cuisine like Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, or Japanese. Choose someplace where you don’t already have a favorite meat-based dish. Remember, the goal is to try something new, not to tempt yourself into failure! Repeat this meat-replacement-new-dish-discovery method as often as you like, at your own pace. Take note of the dishes you enjoy and then try making them at home.

It really can be that simple – to be.

Written By: Mary Nason



17
MAR

Recipe: Shamrock Spirulina Smoothie

Filed Under: Green Living,Recipes,Superfoods at 10:13 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Spirulina is known as one of the most nutritious, concentrated whole foods around. It’s 60% protein and an excellent source of numerous vitamins, including vitamins A, K1, K2 and B12, as well as iron, manganese, and chromium.

This St. Patty’s Day go green the healthy way by passing up those calorie- and chemical-laden stouts and fast food shakes in favor of this delicious spirulina smoothie.

Shamrock Spirulina Smoothie

2 cups coconut milk

1 tsp. spirulina

1 scoop vanilla planted-based protein powder

1 banana

1 tbsp. of hemp seeds

2 handfuls of greens

½ cup of frozen pineapple

4 mint leaves