Cookies for breakfast? Heck, yeah! Using just one bowl, you can bake like Betty to create these delicious and nutritious cookies loaded with superfoods like chia, flax and blueberries. Start your day with these vegan, gluten-free breakfast cookies that taste exactly like a blueberry muffin!
People continue a good trend of switching to natural products. Every day, more and more people realize the issues caused by dangerous ingredients in food and personal care products and are switching over to more natural options. It’s no different with toothpaste and you don’t need a lot of reasons to make a switch to natural toothpaste.
First, as a healthier alternative to chemical-filled toothpaste, natural products contain little to none ingredients that can harm you and your family. Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in toothpaste products as a thickener as well as to help create that nice lathery soap you get in your mouth. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to a number of different health dangers such as skin and eye irritation. It can also alter the structure of the skin which may mean more toxins are able to absorb into your body. In addition, most conventional toothpastes have glycerin, a pretty controversial ingredient as it provides no health benefits but it’s used in toothpaste to improve the texture of the paste.
Second, natural toothpaste products contain natural antibacterial ingredients to help eliminate bacteria and keep your mouth healthy. However, one common ingredient in many products is not really necessary on your toothpaste: fluoride. We have all heard that fluoride is essential for dental health but, in fact, fluoride is toxic in high doses and may not help your teeth at all. Most people get enough fluoride from city-treated drinking water to fight cavities. You can find several flouride-free natural toothpastes.
Lastly, conventional toothpaste products are more likely to increase sensitivity in your mouth. A good number of regular products are known to irritate and burn the mouth. On the other hand, natural toothpaste contains mild ingredients known to decrease sensitivity and make brushing less painful.
Algalife believes that is possible to solve the nutritional needs of current and future generations through microalgae, which has the power to improve people’s health, support those with chronic diseases, address malnutrition and it’s 100% sustainable. Icelandic astaxanthin is the first step in this journey.
A powerful antioxidant naturally found in algae, shrimp, salmon, crab and lobster, astaxanthin has been the subject of numerous scientific studies affirming its antioxidant power and support for good health. Astaxanthin protects the entire cell, working in both the water and fat soluble part of the cell, and is known to support brain, eye, cardiovascular joint and skin health.
Each ingredient in Icelandic astaxanthin has been researched and clinically validated for safety. Iceland is the perfect location for cultivating the best quality Astaxanthin. Algae is very sensitive to the environment and is easily contaminated by air-borne pollutants and bacteria. Iceland offers clean air, pristine glacial waters and Algalife’s proprietary cultivation process is closed removing the risk of contamination from open ponds.
Algalife’s products do not contain GMOs and Icelandic astaxanthin uses non-GMO fish gelatin, never any porcine or bovine. The company’s facility in Iceland is 100% powered with local and sustainable geothermal water and processing systems are certified under GMP. Each pill is individually blister packed to reduce risk of contamination once the products have left the facility.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: C & Co.
C & Co. offers handcrafted skincare products that are made by the principles of simplicity. The company believes that, when it comes to skincare, it is essential to use products that allow your largest organ to fulfill its purpose of protecting against toxic environmental factors.
C & Co. products are developed to work with skin and not against it. Armed with a passion for chemistry and desired efficacy, this unique brand set out to formulate a new skincare line using plant-based raw organic ingredients.
The company’s intent is to produce quality products that are free of all petrochemicals, detergents, fillers, GMOs and synthetic preservatives while remaining affordable. C & Co. also believes that quality and organic skincare products shouldn’t be considered a luxury and formulates and handcrafts from scratch each and every item within the shop in downtown Asheville. Passionate about small batch production because it ensures the highest quality and level of care, you will find the manufacturing date stamped on every container. Additionally, no products are ever tested on animals.
Most fruit and nut bars are a great source of fiber as well as a good source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Plus, a good number of these types of nutritional bars contain good amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects your cells. However, not all bars can be considered healthy as many fruit and nut bars may have unhealthy saturated fat and sugar, particularly the conventional brands sold at large retail stores.
The most nutritious prepackaged fruit and nut bars are those that are low in sugar and high in fiber. Bars made with oats and other whole grains are usually better choices because these ingredients are good sources of fiber. For example, nut and raisin bars average about 3 grams of saturated fat, and some fruit and nut bars can have as much as 20 grams of sugar. If you considered fruit and nut bars coated with chocolate, this number can be as high as 30 grams of sugar. So, carefully check the labels for nutritional value and ingredients.
Lastly, if you want to ensure you are eating healthy fruit and nut bars, why not making them yourself? If you can find many different DIY bar recipes online and, surprisingly, making homemade nutritional bars may be easier than you think. Give it a try!
CLA, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, has been an effective and safe weight-loss supplement for many years. A naturally occurring form of the essential fatty acid linoleic, CLA helps block cells from filling up with fat by interfering with a fat-storing enzyme known as lipoprotein lipase. Additionally, the vast majority of CLA supplements are caffeine-free or contain small amounts of caffeine in their formulas, unlike most fat-burners which tend to have a lot of caffeine and may not be suitable to many people.
Often classified as a natural fat burner, CLA offers additional benefits that are not known to many users. Let’s have a quick look at 4 benefits of CLA supplements.
1. Speed Up Metabolic Rate
The most known benefit is that CLA is able to increase metabolic rate, resulting in greater amounts of fat burning, particularly after exercising. This would obviously be a positive benefit for anyone trying to lose weight and improve body composition.
2. Boost Immune System
Staying healthy is key to any weight-loss program and CLA can help boost the immune system. CLA has been known to improve the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria as well as enhance the immune system’s ability to function properly.
3. Enhance Muscle Growth
Studies have shown CLA supplements are known to build up lean muscle and lose extra body fat. For many users, continue CLA supplementation can help accelerate muscle growth.
4. Lower Cholesterol
Since many people these days have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, CLA products may have a positive impact on any person who has high cholesterol, regulating to healthy levels and significantly helping with weight-loss diets.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of sport nutrition supplements to our customers: Faktrition.
Faktrition is a sports supplement brand offering high-quality products to motivate and empower athletes of all kinds. The company ensures all supplements are 100% transparent, contain no proprietary blends and have complete and effective dosages. Developed by IFBB pro Fakhri Mubarak who has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Mubarak’s credentials range from being a professional athlete to being one of the top nutritional coaches in the world. The company was created to provide a unique brand which creates and develops products based on integrity and trust. All labels display full transparency, as the company say “Labels Don’t Lie”.
One of Faktrition best-selling items is F.Burner Cmplx, a premium weight-loss supplements created with selected ingredients working synergistically to burn fat, increase metabolic rate, and enhance thermogenesis throughout the body. Other popular products include BCAA Cmplx, a 2:1:1 ratio to reduce recovery time, stimulate protein synthesis, and limit muscle breakdown, and PRE Cmplx, a fully clinically dosed stand-alone ingredients to increase blood flow, enhance power and strength, maximize stamina, and reduce fatigue.
Summer is coming to an end and the beginning of school is right around the corner. For parents, it’s back to the school year routine. For a child, it commonly means a new teacher, new classmates, new routines, new thoughts and maybe even a new school. However, all this excitement can unfortunately bring some anxiety. While the cause of anxiety in children can differ, anxious feelings are normal and even expected as children make these important transitions in their life. I have found that when dealing with a fear driven thought, it’s important to walk through the fear in its entirety to help them problem solve. For instance, if your child is nervous about attending a new school and is afraid they’ll get lost or be late to class, don’t just reassure them that everything is going be “OK.” Instead, help walk them through the worst things that could happen and go through different scenarios of what to do if they get lost. Besides talking out the fears, I have found homeopathic remedies may be helpful in calming back to school jitters. These remedies can be taken as pellets and dissolved in the mouth. Below are just a few examples of some of the remedies that may be helpful. Remember it is always best to consult with a trained health care provider before starting to more accurately get the correct remedy and potency for your child.
This remedy is appropriate for a child that is very timid, mild and tends to have a yielding disposition. Often times they have a strong emotional bond with the mother and cling to them. They may display their anxiety by demanding excessive attention, weeping often and crying at almost everything. Generally their anxiety is worse in a warm room and they seek the open air.
This remedy is one of the first remedies that come to mind when speaking about anticipatory anxiety. Lycopodium is suitable for children who have an aversion to undertake new things, yet when they do so they go through it with relative easiness. A lot of the anticipatory anxiety is because they are afraid they will fail and look foolish. Most of these children try to conceal these insecurities with over confident mannerisms.
This remedy is often the first remedy considered when it comes to test anxiety and stage fright. One of the keynote symptoms for this remedy include anticipation of any unusual ordeal, such as appearing in public, public speaking or test anxiety that can bring on diarrhea.
This remedy is good for a child that is generally very sharp, alert and desires creative activities yet has many anxieties. In their anxious state they become fearful when they are alone and for that reason strongly desire company. They are very restless and fidgety and desire to be rubbed gently. When they are anxious they can bite their nails. Lastly, they have a strong fear of the dark and their anxiety is often time worse during thunderstorms.
This is a great remedy if your child is afraid to go to school because of undertaking anything new, such as new people, new classes, etc. This child is excessively shy, they oftentimes hide behind the mother, their hands or furniture as to not be looked at by strangers. They tend to lack self-confidence. If this type of child walks into a room with people laughing, they may assume the people are laughing at them. They easily get homesick because they feel a sense of safety in their home. Lastly, this child may also have some problems in the classroom with learning. They tend to be very forgetful and inattentive, and have a hard time learning and remembering new information.
Dietary and Emotional Health
Diet may also play a major role in emotional health. While sugar itself may not cause anxiety, researchers have found that it might worsen anxiety symptoms. In one study, researchers found that rats that binged on sugar and then fasted displayed anxiety-like behaviors. It’s important to limit the amount of sugar laden, processed foods in your child’s diets throughout the school year. This may not only help with keeping their anxiety at bay but also may help improve their overall health and immunity.
Other Tips to Consider
Role playing can help your children to come up with different plans for different scenarios that they may be anxious about.
Focus on the positives and help your children to redirect their attention from negative worries to positive thoughts. This could be getting to see friends they haven’t seen since the last day of school, focusing on a special snack in their lunch bag, or any other positive experiences you can come up with.
Pay attention to your own behavior. Remember, children are very aware of how parents react to situations. Even if it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, they hear and see more then we think they do. Children also learn many cues and emotions from their parents. If you can show more confidence and less anxiety, your children are more likely to follow suit.
While back to school jitters are common, there are many tips to help tackle them before they get out of hand. Consider some of these tips the next time you are faced with a child who is experiencing anxiety around school and life. Best wishes for a happy and healthy school year.
Flax seeds and chia seeds are two of the most popular superfoods as both are excellent plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. One question always pops up when talking about these two seeds: which one is better? Which one should you buy? Perhaps the best answer is: it depends on what you are looking for but, regardless, both seeds are an excellent addition to your diet.
Chia seeds have been one of the hottest, top-selling items in recent years due to its endless health benefits. These South American seeds are known to promote energy, weight-loss, and strength as well as regulate the digestive system. In comparison to flax, chia seeds contain less calories 69 vs. 75 per 2tbsp serving and less fat 4,4g vs. 6g. Additionally, chia offers a little more fiber and antioxidants than flax seeds. One ounce of chia seeds has 11g of fiber, 20% of the RDA vs. 15% RDA from flax. The fiber in chia is largely soluble and may bind with cholesterol, evacuating it out of the body, It can also help IBS as it absorbs water that is excreted more slowly during digestion than insoluble fibers. Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium, as one serving of chia contains roughly 20% of your daily calcium needs.
Flax seeds are just as nutritious and offer many health benefits. In comparison to chia, flax offer less carbs 4g vs. 6g per 2tbsp serving and more vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper, vitamin B1 and folate. One of the best nutritional benefits of flax is that they are a rich source of lignans, a type of antioxidant known as phytochemicals that have been linked to a reduction in menopause symptoms, removing cholesterol from the body, and enhancing the appearance of skin and hair. Flax is the number one highest source of omega-3 fatty acids of all plant foods, slightly edging chia in this category. Flax is mostly comprised of ALA fats (alpha linolenic fats), which is a precursor fat to forming EPA and DHA, the types of omega 3′s that are excellent for your skin, brain, arteries, and preventing inflammation.
Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Holy Basil has been helping people for hundreds of years but some people may not know the multiple health benefits from this amazing plant.
Native to Southeast Asia, Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus who have been making medicine from the plant’s leaves, stems, and seeds. The Hindu name for Holy Basil is Tulsi which means “the incomparable one” and the plant has been used to treat mercury poisoning, promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
Holy Basil supplements are known to provide several health benefits from cleansing the body to treating common cold, influenza, and flu. Additionally, research has shown that supplementation from Holy Basil can help to treat diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, and upset stomach.
Other studies have shown that Holy Basil can help relieve anxiety and stress, both physical and emotional, naturally. Extracts made from the root of Holy Basil have been shown to have mentally stimulating and destressing capabilities as well as promoting relaxation. The exact mechanism of action is yet to be determined although research has shown that this herb decreases the amount of cortisol released during stress without the adverse side-effects of prescription medications. Holy Basil has been traditionally used for stress relief working as adaptogen, a substance that balances and protects the body by improving resistance to any type of physiological or mental stress.
Turmeric supplements are known to help reduce pain and inflammation and Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a revolutionary brand of turmeric products: Sona.
Sona Turmeric offers a breakthrough innovation with six times more absorption over traditional turmeric supplements. This patent-pending hydrogel technology combines time-tested knowledge of turmeric with modern science, and actually tastes great. Best of all, no pills to swallow as Sona uses a unique pastille formulation, similar to a gummy chew. You just pop into your mouth anytime, anywhere, and let it dissolve slowly, with no water needed, no large pills, no strong after-taste, and no stomach irritation.
A common problem with most turmeric and curcumin supplements is that as much as 60% of the constituents are quickly excreted or degraded on ingestion. Sona’s hydrogel technology encases turmeric extract in a gel pastille and overcomes the insoluble nature of the compounds present in the extract. This results in 600% higher absorption over traditional turmeric supplements.
Sona Turmeric was created after 5 years of research and development to people who are unable to live fully active lives due to aches and pains. This product is a natural and gentler alternative to pain killers due to its highly effective delivery system, which harnesses all the goodness of turmeric and is easily absorbed by the body. Sona has delivered tremendous health benefits to people taking at least 1 or 2 pastilles a day. It supports healthy inflammation response to muscle and joint pain and stiffness caused by aging, strains, exercise and over-exertion.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of supplements to our customers: Nuzest.
Nuzest offers unique products made with real foods that are rich in nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals. The company believes in nutrition for life, making good nutrition easy for everyone by using only, top-quality, responsibly-sourced ingredients.
Nuzest was created to bring a nutritional platform based on efficacy without compromise, bringing together the best of nutritional science and natural medicine. All Nuzest products are designed to fill the nutritional gaps caused by nutrient-deficient food, stressful lifestyles, and poor eating habits.
One of the brand’s best-selling items is the Nuzest Clean Lean Protein. This product is not just any protein as it’s made with the highest quality European golden peas, the most potent of all vegetable proteins with up to 90% protein. Most importantly, it contains a combined 8.6g per serving of all nine of the essential amino acids and it’s really easy to digest, with no discomfort. Nuzest Clean Lean Protein contains no gluten, dairy, egg, lactose, soy or nuts as well as no additives, preservatives or artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors.
Everyone knows the importance of drinking water but there is always much debate about the amount of water people should drink per day. The eight glasses of water recommendation has been around for years but it’s not 100% accurate because other things must be factored in. Diet, body size, amount of physical activities, and the amount of sleep are just a few factors that make it so difficult to make a “one fits all” recommendation of how much water one should drink a day.
Drinking water is essential to your health but you don’t get all your fluids from just water. Other drinks and food also provide plenty of essential nutrients your body need for daily activities as well as to replenish the amount of water lost each day. Fluid losses occur continuously and in many different forms such as sweating, breathing, and urine. If you don’t replace these losses, dehydration may happen when your water intake does not equal your output.
Drinking water can help maintain the balance of body fluids but it’s important to remember that other drinks such as milk, juice, and even coffee (after all it’s made from water) also count for your fluid intake. Additionally, you can add to your hydration by simply eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, reducing the amount of water you need to drink every day. Cucumbers, watermelons, melons, oranges, and many other fruits contain excellent amounts of water as well as impotent vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that about 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods. Since the human body is composed of about 60% water, the functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Filed Under: Health Foods at 5:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a new brand of health food products that believes wholesome, nutritious food matters: Native State Foods.
Native State Foods creates healthy, delicious products that are better for you and for the planet. The company uses the unique Purely Pinole, an ancient power food created by the Aztecs and Mayans. Enjoyed for centuries throughout Central and South America but nearly lost today, Native State Foods is the first ever premium pinole product to be made available in the United States, the same way it was hundreds of years ago: packed with premium nutrients and energy sustaining power.
Purely Pinole is full of vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber, and powerful antioxidants. Pinole has been fueling warriors, adventurists, endurance runners, and explorers for centuries.
Native State Foods offers this amazing ingredient in many different forms, from hot cereals to snacks on the go, Purely Pinole can provide the energy and nutrition to power your next adventure or enable you to discover more, live better, and play harder.