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27
OCT

5 Scary Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Artificial sweeteners are scary. Many of these products are the result of blended chemicals to create super sweet powders without calories. Breaking the habit of using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar may be one of the most difficult challenges people have to overcome but it is definitely worth it. Switching to natural sweeteners is one of the best ways to not just improve your health but also to avoid toxic ingredients into your body. Here is a list of the top 5 scary sweeteners:

1. Aspartame: one of the most popular sweetener, aspartame is often added to diet sodas and pre-packaged foods. This dangerous sweetener is found in Equal, Sugar Twin, and NutraSweetis and there are an amazing 92 reported side effects, including: birth defects, diabetes, arthritis, severe PMS, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, aggression, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies.

2. Saccharin: another famous sweetener, saccharin is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but is often mixed with other artificial sweeteners due to its metallic aftertaste. Sugar substitute’s products such as Sweet N’ Low contain saccharin which was suspected to be a human carcinogen by the U.S. National Toxicology Program for nearly 20 years.

3. Acesulfame Potassium: also known as Acesulfame-K, this sweetener has a potential link to cancer. Studies have showed a link between consumption of acesulfame potassium and cancer in laboratory animals but more scientific study on the artificial sweetener is needed. Concerns have been attributed to contamination of methylene chloride, a known human carcinogen. Products such as Sunett, Sweet One, and Sweet ‘n Safe contain acesulfame potassium, sometimes shorted as ACE on labels.

4. Sucralose: this sweet-bomb is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than table sugar and the main ingredient on Splenda products. Though it is deemed safe by the FDA, reports claim that its composition makes it nearly impossible for our bodies to metabolize normally. Reported side effects include skin rashes, agitation, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle and stomach pain, headaches, intestinal cramping, and bladder issues.

5. Neotame: originally introduced by Monsanto, before it was sold to NutraSweet, this sweetener is chemically similar to aspartame, and like aspartame, it metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. Neotame contains 3-dimethylbutyl, which sits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the most hazardous chemicals and somehow is available in food products such as NutraSweet and Sweetos.

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26
OCT

Turn Heads with Love Your Color

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary, healthy hair color to our customers: Love Your Color by CoSaMo.

Love Your Color offers its users something unique. An easy to use, one bottle formula for hair coloring. To get started, all you would need to do is open the box, twist the top and apply it to dry hair. Have any leftover color? KEEP IT! This line allows for users to keep leftovers and use it for root touchups! We’re happy to add such an awesome, unique color line to our profile.

Inspired to create a no ammonia and peroxide formula that was free of PPD, the CoSaMo team worked diligently for 2 years testing and sampling this line. A great deal of research has gone into Love Your Color to provide you the ultimate in non –invasive color. Even people with the most sensitive skin, including those allergic to most other colors, are able to use this gentle, soft, and incredible product. . Love Your Color is highly effective at gently covering grays. Plus, all products are made in the United States.

The company also takes pride in the environmental responsibility by handcrafting products with a smaller carbon footprint and free of harsh chemicals. All products are engineered specifically for you. Love Your Color is no ordinary line. Try it for yourself and you’ll see its power to gently color your hair like no other product you’ve ever used.

For a limited time, you can enter to win a hair color giveaway. Hurry, contest ends 10/30/14.

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24
OCT

A Guide to Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but sometimes we just can’t help but succumb to our sweet tooth. Not only is it OK to treat yourself every now and then, you can still make smart choices when doing so. Check out the following list for some natural sugar alternatives, as well as a few ingredients you should always try to avoid.

Look For:

Maple Syrup – This natural sweetener is made using a two-step process. While here are several grades commonly found in most food stores, Grade B is the darkest and has the strongest maple flavor.

Raw, Local Honey – Packed with amazing health benefits, this natural sweetener easily trumps refined table sugar. Plus, honey has immune strengthening properties, as well!

Stevia  – A plant-derived herb that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Keep in mind that stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar, so tread lightly when substituting in baked goods.

Black Strap Molasses – A strong flavored, sugarcane sweetener full of vitamins and minerals. Use a small amount of black strap molasses when replacing with sugar in recipes.

Xylitiol/ ErythritolThese are common sugar alcohols that have few calories and little aftertaste. Xylitol and Erythritol do not raise blood sugar but may cause digestion issues when over consumed.

Steer Clear Of:

Stay away from products that contain the ingredients below, and remember that, as always (even when indulging!), moderation is key.

Agave

Refined White Sugar Cane

Aspartame

HFCS

Sucralose

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22
OCT

5 Healthy, Delicious Fall Teas

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Teas at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Fall season is the time of the year when many people switch from iced teas to hot teas. Many teas rich in flavors are available including everyone’s fall favorites such as pumpkin and cinnamon but we have prepared a list of five healthy, and delicious fall teas.

1. Cinnamon Tea

Nothing smells fall season like cinnamon and this delicious, spicy tea offers many health benefits. Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties which help fighting viruses, such as cold and flu, as well as inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. Filled with potent antioxidants, cinnamon teas may also help to prevent and fight chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis as well as supporting weight-loss by boosting metabolism and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

2. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold from developing or making symptoms less severe. Research has shown that echinacea can help reduces cold symptoms, as well as many other infections including the flu.

3. Cranberry Tea

Cranberry teas are packed with antioxidants and offer good levels of vitamin C and fiber. The antioxidants in cranberries protect cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals, which can damage cells and may also contribute to heart disease, and other diseases. Cranberry can also help urinary tract infections as a number of small molecules in cranberries may bind iron. The bacteria that causes a urinary tract infection needs iron to develop and, therefore, the less iron present, the less likely an infection will occur.

4. Blueberry Tea

One of the most flavorful teas, blueberries act as a natural sweetener in both herbal tea and in flavored, caffeinated tea. Blueberries offer many health benefits as they contain vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin K. They are also a healthy alternative to refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.

5. Peppermint Teas

Peppermint tea is a delicious source of health benefits. Peppermint is very helpful to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety. The menthol naturally present in the tea is a muscle relaxant, which is an enormous component of natural stress and anxiety relief. Drinking peppermint tea before bed has been proven to promote more restful sleep.

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21
OCT

What’s New? Probium Premium Probiotics

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of probiotic supplements to our customers: Probium Premium Probiotics.

Probium offers a unique line of the best probiotic supplements at affordable prices to enhance the quality of life of all human beings. The company continuously improves its products by incorporating innovations to meet market demand and keep ahead of the competition.  Probium also understands the importance of educating people on the usefulness of probiotics and probiotic supplements by offering seminars, conferences, e-newsletters, and other media channels.

Probium LLC sources all of the probiotic strains and other ingredients from only top quality cGMP complied suppliers and vendors. The manufacturing of all probiotics is done through Dietary Pros, Inc., the parent company of Probium, LLC.  The manufacturing is done in a state-of-the-art cGMP facility located in Wausau, Wisconsin.  This relationship between the two companies allows Probium to offer custom manufacturing and private labeling services in addition to providing the Probium brand.

Probium, LLC is constantly striving to make the best probiotic products in the market in terms of effectiveness, quality, and stability. Probium products are all-natural and meet the highest quality standards. Probium unique products are available in delayed release vegetarian capsules to ensure probiotic strains pass through the stomach and reach the intestinal tract with a higher success rate than regular probiotic supplements without delayed release vegetarian capsules. Additionally, acid and bile resistant strains ensure minimal loss due to stomach acid and the use of bottles with patented Activ-Polymer advanced desiccant polymer technology enhances the stability, shelf life of the probiotic products, and convenience to the consumer.

You can save even more when you shop Probium probiotic supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 10/31/14.

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21
OCT

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Filed Under: Nutrition,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Fall is the time for carving pumpkins and making Jack-O-Lanterns to illuminate your front steps.  You’ve just finished cutting open the top of your pumpkin. The newspaper has been laid out on the table; a trash can next to you and all of your carving accessories handy. As you begin to reach into the pumpkin to scoop out the insides, you might be considering whether or not to get rid of all of its contents. What if I told you those seeds on the inside may actually have some healthy properties? Today we are going to look at some of those benefits.

Cucurbita pepo more, commonly known as pumpkin, contains many physiologic health benefits. The majority of its salubrious assets come from the seeds and include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic, and anthelmintic properties. Besides having actual physiologic benefits, pumpkin seeds are also very nutritious. One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Pumpkins seeds are also full of zinc, fiber and healthy fats like ALA, which together all play a key role in supporting your body.

Pumpkin seeds’ anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for inflamed, boggy, irritated prostates as seen in Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH).  In a randomized double blind study, it was found that pumpkin significantly improved urinary flow, micturition time, residual urine, as well as frequency of micturition.  Another study showed that a combination of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto were both clinically safe and effective as complementary treatments for BPH.

In addition to its benefits for BPH, pumpkin seed oil has also been researched for its role in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones. Two studies performed in Thailand looked at pumpkin seeds snacks and their role in preventing kidney stones in children with a high risk for developing them. Research found that pumpkin seeds increased the level of inhibitors of crystal formation in the urine suggesting a preventive effect, but did not look at the actual reduction in stone formation.

This fall don’t just get rid of all of the “guts” of your pumpkin. Clean and wash off the pumpkin seeds, add a small amount of salt and bake for not only a delicious, but also nutritious snack.

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20
OCT

Think Beyond the Pink

Every month it seems is an “awareness” month and October is one of the biggest with “Pinktober” where everything feels like it turns pink!  Since most of us are already aware of women and breast cancer, we want to expand your awareness so you know there is more than women and pink. There are men too!

Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.  Although a large percentage of breast cancers are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background.  Approximately  5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene).  50% of BRCA carriers are male! In general there is a 1% chance of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer (1 in 1000) however this percentage increases up to 7% if a man is a carrier of the gene mutation.

There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.

First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breast? Aren’t they just pecs?!

Is there a family history of breast and other cancers as most don’t equate this with a male breast cancer risk.  Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated.  Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms (yes men can have a mammogram and should do self exams!) are important tools for early detection. Unfortunately since no is checking, men are often diagnosed far too late.

In addition to knowing your risk factors, changes in your diet, supplementation, exercise programs and meditation may also help. Choosing more organic foods with little to no hormones added has been found to be helpful as breast cancer is often hormonally driven in men. A diet filled with organic cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale along with berries can also be beneficial.  Since we can’t always eat our nourishment, taking additional supplements or choosing green powders for drinks can help get the proper daily intake as well as supplements such as Vitamin D, Turmeric, Green Tea and natural products that works as an anti-inflamatory or antioxidants.

So this month while everything is turning pink, think about turning your lifestyle a little green. Now that you’re aware, become educated with your genetic background, know your risk and make healthier choices. And remember this month it’s not just about the women, it’s about the men too!

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/

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19
OCT

5 Ingredients Hiding in your Feminine Hygiene

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

 

More and more people are reading foods labels to check for GMOs and other harmful additives. But what about your feminine hygiene products?  GMO cotton is bleached, sprayed with pesticides and is teeming with toxins. Do we really want these poison products anywhere near our private parts? This has got to end.

Rayon/Viscose – When choosing feminine care look for brands like Maxim that use 100% organic and natural cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of Pesticides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Sewage Sludge, Irradiation or Genetic Engineering. Instead, Organic Farmers use natural alternative methods and tools that help enhance soil quality and biodiversity and protect the air and water on which we depend. Who wouldn’t prefer their most intimate products to be made from only all organic and natural methods?

Chlorine/Dioxin  – Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate body parts. Dioxin is a chemical substance or resulting residue of the Chlorine bleaching process. It can stay within the fluff fibers of the product materials that come in contact with your body, leading to prolonged exposure to this toxic carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Maxim products are bleached through a safer process which uses Hydrogen-Peroxide, a natural and safe alternative to Chlorine.

Synthetics – When synthetics come in contact with the body they can create unfavorable conditions leading to allergy, irritation, discomfort, and even that slight discomfort you may have experienced recently with your conventional products.

Wood Fluff Pulp – A tree byproduct that is obtained by destroying natural forests.  Maxim products use cotton which  is a more renewable crop that can be harvested once a year, whereas trees take 6 – 12 years to grow. Also, once the trees are harvested and cut down, they go through a very harsh chemical treatment in order to break them down in to the cotton-like and looking absorbent core you’re used to seeing in other pads. Do not be fooled – even though it looks like cotton, it might not actually be cotton.

Fragrance – Many conventional feminine hygiene brands use irritants, such as Fragrances, which are not natural and can cause irritation and discomfort. The plastics, viscose, wood fluff pulp, perfume, super-absorbents and other petro-chemical fillers found in standard feminine hygiene products creates what’s called a “heat-dampness micro-climate” in the body, which is an ideal environment for encouraging the growth of bacteria, fungi and other irritation-causing subjects.

This week, enter our giveaway to win four Maxim products of your choice. Keep carcinogens away from your most intimate parts!

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17
OCT

The Hidden Dangers of GMOs

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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17
OCT

7 Foods You Need to Give Up to Avoid GMOs

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

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

1. Prepackaged Meals

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

2. Conventional Corn

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

3. Conventional Milk

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

4. Conventional Tomatoes

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

5. Farmed Salmon

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

6. Conventional Potatoes

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

7. Soybeans

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

 

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16
OCT

Helping Runners Ease Their Everyday Pain & Stay in the Race

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

 

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

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

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15
OCT

4 Nutrients You Need For Younger Looking Skin

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15
OCT

What’s New? Para’Kito

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living at 12:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to announce the introduction of an innovative brand of natural prevention against mosquito bites: Para’Kito.

Para’Kito has created and developed new products to help in the prevention of mosquito bites. Using a revolutionary system, the company offers refillable wristbands and clips based on a proprietary technology of impregnation of essential oils into polymers. These products have become the reference in natural prevention against mosquito bites effects in France and Spain where Para’Kito holds the number one position. The company has quickly expanded from its initial footprint in Western Europe into an international brand present in the five continents.

Para’Kito’s fun, fashionable wristbands come in a range of bold colors including blue, fuchsia, yellow, orange, black and white. New for this year, the company is now offering a collection of cool graphic bands bring your wardrobe to life. Designed to make a difference, the graphic band is available in Love, Camo, Flower, Paw, Heart and Lizard graphics.

How it works? Para’Kito bands can be worn on the wrist or ankle, day and night to prevent from the effects of mosquito bites. Long lasting, the Para’Kito pellets last for fifteen days and are waterproof, meaning that swimming, heavy rain or any contact with water does not affect the product’s efficacy. Clips are also available in a range of six colors and can be attached to clothing or hand luggage for a convenient and smart way to guard against the mosquito bites effects.

Para’Kito is a natural product. The Para’Kito pellet does not come in contact with the skin and, therefore, is suitable for pregnant women and young children and recommended for individuals susceptible to skin allergies and irritations.

You can save even more on when you shop these amazing Para’Kito items at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT14NEW15 to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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14
OCT

Forget the Franken-Candy for Halloween

Filed Under: Food Politics,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

Boo! Didn’t mean to scare you, but now that summer is over Halloween isn’t too far away.  The temperatures are dropping and pumpkins are popping up everywhere. This Halloween don’t be just the coolest house in the neighborhood, be the healthiest. LuckyVitamin has a great selection of candy made with organic, non-GMO ingredients to help you stand out from the rest of the houses on the block.

Many of the candy ingredients on the market are made with artificial dyes, food coloring agents, artificial flavors and other ingredients that can throw off your children’s nervous system. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of these ingredients, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, is no longer “generally recognized as safe” and should eventually be phased out of the production of food. A great health benefit to our all-natural sweet treats is that they do not contain hydrogenated oils.

Chocolate is a staple of Halloween. LuckyVitamin carries top selling delicious treats like Chocolove Mini Organic Chocolate Bars that come in flavors like Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Orange Peel, and Toffee Almond.  Another delectable treat you will find is the Lara Bar Jocalat Chocolate Mint Bar. This yummy bar is non-GMO, organic, and free of artificial calories, dairy, gluten, and preservatives.

Are you worried about not having Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in your candy bucket this fall? Don’t worry; LuckyVitamin has you covered with Justin’s Nut Butter Peanut Butter Cups. Not only is this enjoyable candy organic, it is also free of dairy and gluten.  Now it wouldn’t be Halloween without M&M’s; however, a tasty and healthier alternative is SunSpire Sun Drop Original Chocolate Candies.  These candies are organic, vegetarian, and free of preservatives, trans fat, and artificial flavors. On top of all that they are also a quality fare trade product.

Other great alternatives to satisfying that sweet tooth with include Yummy Earth Root beer candy drops, Surf Sweets All Natural Gummy Bears , Yummy Earth’s Organic Gummy Bears and All Natural Lollipops. This Halloween don’t be frightened by the candy on you super market shelves; shop LuckyVitamin for all natural and organic candy to hand out to those witches, goblins, princesses and super heroes.

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13
OCT

If Betty Crocker was a Vegan

Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:48 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Vegan baked goods. To most people, that may sound like an oxymoron. How can something that feels and tastes like cardboard really be “good”? The answer is, of course they can be, provided you have the tools and know-how to whip up some delicious vegan goodies the right way. This Halloween, “trick” your friends and family into eating delectable vegan booked treats! The shocked look on their faces will be all the reward you’ll need for ditching animal fats and proteins.

Replace the Egg           

Replacing the egg isn’t so hard. There are plenty of healthier egg alternatives at your disposal. Here are just a few…

For the equivalent of one egg, grind up chia seeds to a mealy consistency. Mix three tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of ground chia. Let this dissolve for about five minutes or until that classic, goopy egg-like texture develops. You can also use flaxseed meal to replace an egg by mixing one tablespoon of ground flax seed with 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of water. One-quarter cup of mashed banana plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder equals one egg. Bananas work best for muffins, pancakes and cakes.  You can also work applesauce in a recipe by using 1/3 cup of applesauce for each egg. However, if you end up needing more than a cup, try using another egg substitute unless you want to wind up with a mushy mess. Ener-G Egg Replacer simplifies baking and allows you to enjoy a variety of delicious egg-free baked goods. Used strictly for baking, not only is Ener-G Egg Replacer 100% egg-free (contains NO eggs or animal protein), it is also gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, and it’s low in protein.

Replace the Butter

Earth Balance creates natural buttery spreads that provide the taste of butter without the dairy. These plant-based buttery products are vegan, lactose-free, non-GMO and use expeller-pressed oils.

Replace the Milk

This is the easiest replacement out there. Every grocery store sells either rice, soy, hemp or almond milk nowadays. All of these substitutes will work but my favorite is almond milk due to its nutty flavor and slightly thicker consistency.

 

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