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20
JUN

Discovering Yacon!

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
YaconYou may have not ever heard of it but yacon is a health booster item you may want to consider adding to your diet. This South American root looks like a sweet potato or a yucca root but it has actually a sweet taste, more like an apple. Yacon has a slight molasses flavor, although it is not as sweet but this fruitlike tuberous root is made into a mildly sweet syrup that has a lower glycemic index than traditional sugars

Yacon has been enjoyed for its health boosting properties in South American cultures for thousands of years as it contains inulin, which promotes healthy probiotics. The syrup is extracted from yacon roots that have been washed, peeled, double filtered, and flash pasteurized to preserve the nutrients.

Yacon is high in fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which can satisfy sweet tooth cravings without spiking blood sugar levels and contributing to empty caloric intake. Yacon syrup contains half the calories of sugar and promotes the production of healthy bacterial colonies in the digestive system, which can contribute to better absorption of nutrients.

The sugars in Yacon are mainly fructooligosaccharides, which are not processed and stored by the liver and do not cause an insulin surge. Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides  with less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels. Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.



19
JUN

3 DIY Honey Skin Care Recipes with Honey

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
honeyHoney is so much more than a healthy sweetener! You might be surprised to know that it can do wonders for your skin as well. It’s full of antioxidants and has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Not to mention, it’s soothing and healing qualities will leave you with a glow that will have people saying, “Honey, you’re skin never looked so good!”

Turmeric Face Mask (rosacea & eczema)

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 teaspoon of raw organic honey

1 teaspoon of milk or plain yogurt

Mix all the ingredients together and apply to clean skin. Reminder that turmeric stains so be careful of clothes.

Pore Reducing Honey Scrub (large pores)

½ teaspoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of honey

Mix all the ingredients together. Apply to skin and massage gently for one minute. Rinse and pat dry.

Honey & Oats Facial Scrub (oily skin)

1 tablespoon oatmeal

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of plain yogurt

Mix all the ingredients together and apply to clean skin. Leave on for 3 minutes, rinse and pat dry.



17
JUN

Healing Power of Manuka Honey

Filed Under: Health Foods,Immunity,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Manuka HoneyManuka honey has been one of the hottest items in many health food stores across the country. This special type of honey contains properties that support the natural healing process as well as help to treat dry and scaly skin, support of joint mobility, and natural healing of wounds and immune defenses. A number of celebrities have been using Manuka honey in recent years but this is not a new product.

Active Manuka Honey is known to contain antibacterial properties and has been used by the indigenous of New Zealand for many years. Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, Manuka honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. Conventional honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can quickly reduce pain, protects against damage caused by bacteria, and may also stimulate production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. Manuka honey can do all of that and much more.

What makes Manuka honey so special is that it contains additional antibacterial components including methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. Manuka honey contains a lot of MG due to a very high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. MG is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect.

Manuka honey is used for a variety of products including soaps, lozenges, lip balms and much more. A great product for treating minor wounds and burns, Manuka can also be helpful to a variety of health conditions such as reducing high cholesterol, treating diabetes, reducing systemic inflammation, treating gastrointestinal problems, and treating eye, ear, and sinus infections.

 



15
JUN

4 Great Natural Ingredients for Lip Balms

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lip BalmWith so many options available, shopping for a natural lip balm product may be difficult. If you are not sure which natural ingredients you should be looking for in their formulas, we present 4 great natural ingredients for lip balms.

1. Beeswax

Beeswax is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, an anti-oxidant, and contains Vitamin A. This moisturizing ingredient is also a great emulsifier, locking the moisture in and preventing dry, cracked lips. Many lip balm products contain beeswax for its ability to soothe pain caused by dryness or dehydration. Moreover, beeswax helps created a protective layer on your lips that can shield them from harmful UV rays.

2. Shea Butter

A variety of lip balms contain shea butter for good reasons. Shea butter can help protect the skin of the lips from the sun and damaging free radicals, resulting in moisturized lips and preventing dryness. Plus, shea butter contains important antioxidants such as vitamins E and A, which also help protect the lips from the free radical damage that can make them look prematurely aged, thin, or lined.

3. Vitamin E

A well-known antioxidant, vitamin E is included in many lip balm products is for its abilities to prevent skin cell damage caused by free radicals. Beyond its effects as an antioxidant, vitamin E also is believed to protect skin from damage directly caused by ultraviolet rays.

4. Honey

A popular ingredient for lip balms, honey has the ability to help lips retain moisture, preventing dry and cracked lips. It acts as a moisture barrier, protecting the lips from exterior factors that would strip the skin of their natural moisture. In addition to keeping lips moisturized, honey has natural antibacterial properties and can also provide protection against infectious agents.



14
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Paleo People

Filed Under: Gluten Free,Health Foods at 3:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PaleoAnyone looking for wheat and gluten free diet snacks? Stop looking. We are happy to introduce a new brand of delicious snacks made with good, clean ingredients: Paleo People.

Paleo People manufactures a unique “Paleo” snack line of fruit and nut cluster snacks, available in four delicious flavors; Banana Nut, Apple Crisp, Cacao Nut and Cappuccino Crunch. All Paleo snacks are certified gluten-free, grain-free, sodium-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and contain only all-natural ingredients and no GMOs

Paleo People are the prefect snacks for celiacs, vegetarians, cross-fitters, fitness lovers, kids, healthy snack seekers, and pretty much anyone else who enjoys a healthy and delicious bite. You can try them in salads, with almond milk, as a topping, and in baking.

The idea of creating these amazing products goes back in history. Just like our ancestors, the simple formula of gathering nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, spices and natural sweeteners inspired the creation of the first line of Paleo snacks. The launch date was January 2011 and since, the company continues to grow as testimonials keep pouring in on how tasty all the flavors are. One of the company most popular products is the Fruit and Nut Cluster Snacks Banana Nut. This blend of nuts, seeds, berries, lots of cacao and a hint of harvest spices is the perfect snack to satisfy your craving.

You can save even more when you shop Paleo People products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.



11
JUN

5 Benefits Of Staying Hydrated

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
waterBecause your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking eight, 8 ounce glasses of water and eating foods that contain water.

Increase Energy –Dehydration can cause your bodily systems to slow down, causing you to feel tired. Get a quick pick-me-up with a glass or two of water.

Weight Loss – By aiding digestion and improving nutrient absorption, water is a great weight loss tool. Plus, if you replace your soda with a glass of water, you’ll see even better results.

Glowing Skin – By keeping your skin hydrated reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lubricate Joints – Tired of joint pain? Drinking water can actually reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated.

Regulates Body Temperature – We regulate body temperature by keeping a tight balance between heat gain and heat loss working synergistically with our internal systems. 

Expert Tips: Here’s some ways to increase your H20 intake.

  • Drink a glass of water before your meal.
  • Keep a reusable bottle on your desk at work as a reminder.
  • During that 3pm lull, drink a glass before reaching for that cup of joe.


10
JUN

The Perfect (pH) Balance

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Water Purification and Storage at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
balance-phFinding the perfect balance is one of the most important things in life. Whether you find the perfect balance for your diet and exercise habits or the perfect amount of time to spend with family and friends, finding the perfect balance is often essential for a happy life.

How about your pH balance? Health experts believe that having the perfect pH balance is essential for a healthy life. Maintaining the ideal alkaline/acidity balance can promote benefits in your body as well as prevent health issues.

Did you know that pH stands for power of hydrogen? That is the measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. Most water has the neutral pH of 7 including most tap water, spring water, sea water, and river water. A pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. The ideal pH is slightly alkaline, ranging from 7.30 to 7.45.

The human body carefully regulates the amount of acids and bases in your blood because if the pH of your blood fluctuates beyond a very narrow range it can cause proteins and cells not to work properly. Drinking water that has a balanced pH is one way to prevent this.

Measure the pH of your drinking water by using one a pH test strips. One of the best ways to drink a neutral, pH 7 water is to use a water distiller. These devices work by heating water to its boiling point and then collecting the water vapor, resulting in pure and free of contaminants (no acids or bases) water with a pH of 7.

Alternatively, sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, may be added in small amounts to drinking water to raise its pH when it is acidic. On the other hand, you can add oranges or lemons to your water or crush up vitamin C tablets as vitamin C is mildly acidic. Measure the pH of your water after you have added these to ensure you have balanced the pH of your drinking water.



9
JUN

Vitamin D: Little Risk, High Rewards

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Vitamin DVitamin D supplements continue to be on the rise. The health benefits from taking vitamin D are no longer in question and, if some people still have second thoughts about taking D supplements, a new study shows that there is little risk of vitamin D toxicity.

Published in a recent issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers have concluded that the risk for developing vitamin D toxicity is rare. The idea of this particular study was to check the odds of developing dangerously high blood calcium levels, a common concern about excessive vitamin D supplementation. High blood calcium levels can lead to weakness, kidney stones, and a general worsening of both heart and brain health.

“We found that even in those with high levels of vitamin D over 50 ng/mL, there was not an increased risk of hypercalcemia, or elevated serum calcium, with increasing levels of vitamin D,” study co-author Dr. Thomas Thacher, a family medicine expert at the Mayo Clinic, said in a journal news release.

Study authors analyzed vitamin D level information that had been collected by the Rochester Epidemiology Project to gauge whether widespread supplementation might be boosting the risk for such toxicity. The data included more than 20,000 vitamin D blood level measurements taken between 2002 and 2011 from residents of a single community. The conclusion shows that only eight percent of the measurements indicated levels exceeding 50 ng/mL, often involving women over age 65, and less than one percent had levels over 100.

Vitamin D is often recommended to improve or protect bone health, and there are indications it may also help prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The upper limit of vitamin D supplementation recommended by the Institute of Medicine for people with low or deficient levels is 4,000 International Units a day.



7
JUN

New Brand Spotlight: Blue Star Nutraceuticals

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BlueS logoWhen it comes to sport nutrition supplements, Lucky Vitamin is a powerhouse of options and, as the list continues to grow, we are happy to welcome one more premium company to our site. The latest addition is a superior brand of supplements made to refuel, rebuild and recover: Blue Star Nutraceuticals.

Blue Star Nutraceuticals is a dietary supplement company that designs, develops, manufactures, markets and retails the best sports nutrition products in the world. The company follows the strictest manufacturing practices ensuring potency, purity and safety of all products. A brand synonymous with elite level athletes, performance and physiques, delivering superior results to people just like you. What you notice as a user is that Blue Star Nutraceuticals supplements have a lot more pop. They’re just that much stronger, and you feel them that much quicker.

Blue Star Nutraceuticals was created to everyone from elite level athletes to people just like you. One of the company’s best-selling products is AminoFast. This unique supplement was designed to provide more energy with less burnout. AminoFast increases the production of ATP, your muscle’s primary source of energy, preventing you from fatigue, or hitting the workout wall too soon, and it ignites proteins synthesis, resulting in more lean muscles gains from your workouts. It also helps reduce muscle soreness, getting you back to 100% faster even after your hardest workouts.

You can save even more when you shop Blue Star Nutraceuticals supplements at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code JUNE15NEW15 for an additional 15% off on all items of this new brand.



5
JUN

5 Healthy Snacks For Your Pantry

Filed Under: Nutrition,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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No matter what your diet or eating style is, we understand that eating healthy on the go isn’t an easy task. Here’s a list of Lucky approved snacks for everyone in your household.

Nutrition Bars – If you’re like me you always watch out for nutritional bars disguised as candy, full of sugars and lacking the good stuff like protein and fiber. Made from the ultimate superfood, chia aka “runner’s food,” Health Warrior Chia Bar Acai Berry packs a powerful punch in a small package. Not to mention it only has 100 calories.

Desserts – On our quest for delectable and nourishing confections we found Simple Squares. A raw, paleo-friendly sweet treat that’s actually made with wholesome ingredients and no refined anything. With just seven ingredients; it’s a dessert you can still feel good about. Now that’s what we call a win!

Snacks – Awaken your true self by choosing simple and pure foods. This high vibrational snack is made with organic coconut oil and Himalayan mountain salt. That’s right. Only the good stuff for guilt free snacking at it’s best! Lesser Evil – Buddha Bowl Organic Popcorn will leave you wanting more.

On-the-Go Drinks – Grass-fed? Check. Organic? Check. If you haven’t tried Orgain’s Ready to drink high protein shake, you’re really missing out. This easy, on-the-go goodness provides 25 g of protein and 150 calories, with only 3 grams of net carbs. Did I mention they’re delicious too!

Supplements – Another Lucky favorite we can’t live without, Vega All-in-one Nutritonal packets. Take them  to the gym, office or yoga studio. Made from real, whole food ingredients these packets have the good stuff you’d choose if you had the time. It gives you 20 grams of plant-based protein, six servings of greens, 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals and 50% DV of fiber…that’s impressive!



5
JUN

10 Toxic Chemicals Commonly Found in Fast Foods

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fast Food MenuThinking about eating some fast food today? Think again. The more people read about fast food facts the more likely they are to switch to a healthier food alternative. French fries, burgers, chicken nuggets, sodas and pretty much anything in the whole universe of fast food contain a ton of ingredients you may want to think twice before ingesting that into your body. Today, we present you 10 chemicals commonly found in your favorite fast foods.

1. PAPs

Polyfluoroalkyl Phosphate Esters are chemicals used in fast-food packaging to make it grease and waterproof but eventually leach to the food inside the packaging and end up in your bloodstream. Linked to a number of health problems, including cancer and liver disease, PAPs are the same substances used to make Teflon.

2.Benzoyl Peroxide

An active ingredient in a variety of acne creams, this chemical is used by many fast food companies during bread production for bleaching wheat flour.

3. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate

Found in foods such as bacon, sausage, hot dog or ham, these chemicals are used by fast food restaurants as an additive to retain meat color and to inhibit bacterial growth on the food. Both chemicals can break down into nitrosamines, substances with the potential to cause cancer.

4. Caramel Coloring

Caramel coloring can be found in sodas, sauces and desserts and contain 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Both ingredients have been linked to cancer.

5. Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

Used in shampoo and soaps, this chemical is found in fast food bread as a dough conditioner.

6. Calcium Disodiummm EDTA

Fast food companies use this chemical as a flavor protectant in sauces, dips and dressings. The same ingredient is used as a stabilizer for personal care products.

7. Disodium Phosphate

Commonly used as a food preservative, it is also often found in mascara and mouthwash products.

8. Ammonium Glycyrrhizin

Fast food chains uses it as a flavor enhances but personal care companies use the exact same chemical in facial mask products.

9. PhIP

PhIP (2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo pyridine) is a chemical found in fast food grilled chicken which has been associated with human breast, prostate and colon cancers.

10. Benzoate Preservatives

BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are compounds used by fast food chains to preserve fats and prevent them to become rancid.



3
JUN

The Good For You Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Gluten Free,Health Foods at 3:05 pm | By: Jeremy Michael
OHSO BLOG

 

When it comes to getting your daily dose of probiotics, many people head right for the dairy aisle. We’re all aware that yogurt is one of the best sources for probiotics. What if I told you that you could skip the dairy aisle and head right to the chocolate? Probiotic chocolate bars are becoming more and more popular and independent research studies have proven chocolate to deliver probiotics up to 3X more effectively than dairy alternatives.

OHSO from Solgar is the good for you chocolate that provides the optimum daily amount of probiotics. Each chocolate bar contains nearly one billion species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are the two most commonly found probiotics in our digestive tracts.  Crafted with 100% delicious, 53% cocoa Belgium chocolate, these bars have no added dairy, and are free of wheat, gluten and nuts. They are also perfect for vegetarians.  Each tasty bar contains only 70 calories, has roughly 6g of sugar and comes in two delicious flavors.

Parents are always telling children not to eat chocolate before dinner because it will “spoil their appetite.” Maybe now this isn’t the case! These good for you probiotic chocolate bars promote a healthy digestive tract, keeping both children and parents appetites growing strong. Try adding this OHSO delicious way of taking probiotics to your daily regimen.



3
JUN

Top 5 Supplements for After Sun Damage

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Aloe VeraHere comes the sun……and so often we get a little too much of it. Most people take good precaution by wearing sunscreen and avoiding peak hours under the sun but every now and then, here comes a sunburn.

Sunburns have many different degrees from mild redness to severe, skin damaged burns. When looking to treat and heal sunburn this summer, check out these products as we suggest you the top 5 supplements for after sun damage.

1. Aloe Vera

Number one on this list has to be aloe vera. Known for its immediate cooling effect, aloe vera contain properties that are effective in treating and soothing sunburn. Aloe vera products are one of the most popular and natural ways to reduce redness and heal damaged, sunburned skin. Aloe vera is often available in gel as well as in lotion form and both can be applied directly to the skin.

2. Coconut Oil

It seems like this product is in every single list of health benefits. That’s true as coconut oil is known for its endless benefits. Coconut oil contains fatty acids and natural properties that help reduce swelling and moisturize the skin, preventing peeling. Not surprising, a good number of sunburn lotions contain this amazing ingredient.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another popular choice for sunburn treatment, apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help the healing process. This natural product soothes your skin and may speed up the recovery time for damaged skin.

4. Milk

A cold milk compress is an old-fashion and effective way to treat sunburn. A quick and affordable option, the coolness of the milk helps ease the heat off the skin but also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, minimizing discomfort.

5. Oatmeal

Sounds weird but oatmeal is a great way to minimize sunburns. A cool bath with added oatmeal can significantly improve your skin condition after getting a sunburn. Body lotions which contain oatmeal can also be helpful, moisturizing the affected areas and minimizing discomfort.



1
JUN

4 Green Ingredients to Add to Your Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
smoothieMama always said, “eat you greens.” Or in this case, “drink your greens.” By adding some of the ingredients below to your smoothies, you can easily reach your daily quota of 5-7 servings of green vegetables.  Try some of these amazing green superfoods below and enjoy the myriad of health benefits that follow.

Spirulina – according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein. Spirulina is also know to support joint and brain function.  We add one tablespoon of this brand to our morning smoothie.

Chlorella – considered by some to be one of the most nutritious foods, chlorella is a green, single-cell micro-algae. It’s also higher in protein and vitamin B3 than it’s algae counterpart spirulina. It supports a  healthy hormone function, cardiovascular health, can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and aids in the detoxification of our bodies.

Wheat Grass – one of the most potent leafy greens available, wheat grass gives you an antioxidant packed boost that alkalizes and energizes, leaving you with naturally increased and sustained energy. Plus, it’s a great source of leafy greens, vitamins and minerals.

Matcha  – is a finely ground, bright colored, concentrated green tea powder. Used in Japan for over 900 years, matcha provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food. Other health benefits include relaxations, improved mental alertness and clarity, stronger immune defense and detoxification.



31
MAY

What’s New? VitaPerk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
VitaPerkAttention coffee lovers: Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce a revolutionary product created to enrich your coffee experience: VitaPerk.

VitaPerk takes coffee to the next level as this unique product contains a blend of vitamins and minerals that turns the average cup of coffee into something brilliant. This convenient 15 vitamin and mineral boost was designed to enrich your coffee experience with essential nutrients for an on-the-go lifestyle.

VitaPerk plus coffee is smarter than the average joe because it contains minimal calories, carbohydrates, sugar and sodium, yet it’s rich with vitamins and minerals and great natural flavor.

You can simply add VitaPerk into your coffee as part of your daily routine or you may try the flavored varieties with great taste and a hint of natural sweetener. The original signature blend is flavorless, so it allows the flavor of your favorite cup of coffee to shine through. If you like a little extra flavor, try hazelnut, which showcases the richness and subtle browned butter flavor, or vanilla with its complex aroma and richness that will add exotic flavor to your coffee.

If you are looking for an additional pick-me-up, try energy, the original blend enhanced with an extra boost of B6 and B12 vitamins plus the benefit of guarana. Derived from a South American plant, guarana has been used for centuries as a natural stimulant.

VitaPerk is the smartest thing that ever happened to coffee and you can now shop this unique product in all delicious flavors at LuckyVitamin.com. Click here to visit VitaPerk products.