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31
JAN

What’s New? Dropps

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Using natural cleaning products can really make a difference for the environment. If you want to make the switch from conventional to green products but have yet to find a good brand, Lucky Vitamin has good news for you. We are happy to introduce Dropps products to our customers.

Dropps offers an exclusive line of cleaning products made with natural ingredients and without dangerous chemicals. This eco-friendly brand only produces products that are phosphate-free, chlorine-free and NPE-free. The company uses less water, less plastic, take up less space, cost much less to ship, and leave tremendously less mess in landfills. Dropps fresh scent, scent dye free, and baby laundry detergent formulas have been approved by the DfE – Design for the Environment – program, which recognizes products with safer chemistry.

Dropps was created to develop and produce cleaning products with formulas that could keep fabrics looking vibrant, soft, better, and longer in a convenient, dissolvable pack. This innovative formula contains a split personality: tough on dirt, but gentle on your favorite garments. Dropps mess-free, feather-weight detergent packs are filled with super-concentrated cleaning magic. Pre-measured for foolproof laundry-doing, the dissolvable packs waste nothing and are the perfect product for busy moms, dorm-dwellers, and anyone else who do not want to be bothered measuring, pouring and weightlifting the big-bottle brands.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Dropps products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JAN15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand.

Dropps – Laundry Detergent Pacs 6x Concentrated Fresh Scent – 42 Pack(s)
Dropps – Laundry Detergent Pacs 6x Concentrated Fresh Scent – 20 Pack(s)
Dropps – Booster Pacs Baby In-Wash Stain Soaker Scent + Dye Free – 50 Pack(s)

 
29
JAN

7 Habits for Younger Looking Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Sleep

Better sleep can promote younger looking skin. Studies have found that cellular renewal of the skin is fastest at night, explaining the reason night creams work so well for many people. A quality night of 8-9 hours of sleep can definitely help your skin look better and younger.

Water

Drinking water is essential to promote a healthy, radiant, younger looking skin. If your skin is not getting enough water, the lack of hydration will cause dry, flaky skin. Dry skin has much less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

Exercise

Studies have shown that regular exercise can actually reverse skin aging. As little as three hours a week of moderate physical activity can help improve both inner and outer layers of the skin.

Antioxidants

Dermatologists believe that antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E can help decrease the risk of sun and environmental damage to the skin. Antioxidants are known to disarm wrinkle-causing free radicals resulting in less molecules that damage cells.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are loaded with beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant (see above). Spinach, kale, Swiss chard and others dark leafy greens also provide fiber, lutein and potassium, all important ingredients to promote glowing skin.

Alcohol

Alcohol’s effect on the skin can be significant as it steals the hydration, leaving your skin dry. Alcohol hinders the production of vasopressin, an anti-diuretic hormone, causing the kidneys to work extra hard to remove excess water. The result is dry skin, more likely to wrinkle and make you look older than you are.

Meditation

Some people say: if you feel younger, you look younger. Meditation is believed to slow down the aging process, consequently promoting better, healthy skin. So why not give meditation a try? There is no side effects and it can only bring benefits to your health.

Life Extension – Skin Restoring Phytoceramides with Lipowheat 350 mg. – 30 Liquid Capsules
Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Creme All Day & Night Facial Creme – 2 oz.
Derma-E – Deep Wrinkle Reverse Moisturizer with Peptides Plus – 2 oz.

 
29
JAN

Vitamin K2 Provides Hope for Parkinson’s Patients

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Vitamin K2 deficiency is on the rise and linked to many age-related health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This common neurodegenerative disorder adversely affects the central nervous system, targeting the part of the brain associated with critical functions such as vision, hearing and movement.

Though there may not be a definitive cause for PD many believe it is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, some PD cases are being attributed to mutations of specific genes, which have a negative impact on protein function. One such gene is PINK1, which functions as the powerhouse of the cell (mitochondria) and plays a crucial role in the process of neuron differentiation.

A recent study in Science revealed an exciting discovery that vitamin K2 alleviates the negative effects of the Parkinson’s-specific PINK1 mutations in fruit flies.  Flies are used most in genetic and biological studies because their inner workings and cellular activities closely reflect what occurs within our very own cells. Amazingly, PINK1-deficient flies fed vitamin K2 exhibited significantly improved flight, energy levels and survival rates compared with flies that were not supplemented with the vitamin.

Furthermore, the research revealed that vitamin K2 could transport electrons, a vital step in energy production. Overall the results from this study show a significant leap in our scientific understanding of the potential of vitamin K2, and were a welcome development for those suffering from, not only Parkinson’s, but from a variety of other diseases and disorders.

Innerzyme offers one of the highest potency formulas of Vitamin K2, MK-7 on the market. Each vegetarian capsule – derived from non-GMO soybeans – is loaded with 300mcg of Vitamin K2, MK-7 as menaquinone-7. Research indicates Vitamin K2, MK-7 may have a positive impact on cardiovascular, bone and soft tissue health. For a limited time, you can save 15% off Innerzyme products with promo code “JAN15NEW15” at checkout. Hurry, offer expires 2/1/15!

 

 


 
28
JAN

8 Food Trends of 2015

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Nutrition at 10:38 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Move over quinoa and bye bye kale.

Each new year brings new food trends in the nutrition world.  Whether it be advances in technology and the discovery of new culinary techniques or the revival of popular, healing foods from the past, what’s old is new and what’s new is, well…really interesting. That’s the wonderful thing about food — it’s completely a matter of taste, and there’s no shortage of trends to explore.

Sip on This: In major metropolitan areas people are trading in their Starbucks for coffee cups of bone broth. This nutritiously packed food contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals that can help with everything from joint pain to cellulite. Its soothing, warming – not to mention healing – qualities make bone broth the perfect comfort food this winter.

Get Smart, Be “Bulletproof”: By adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil or MCT oil to your coffee it becomes Bulletproof Coffee. This combo of ingredients is said to trigger weight loss, decrease brain fog and boost cognitive function.

Insect Invasion – Cricket Flour. Yes you read correctlyIt’s popping up in everything from protein bars to baked goods and is being promoted as the most sustainable protein on the planet. Edible insects provide protein, fats and essential amino acids without consuming as many resources or emitting anywhere near the level of greenhouse gases that are associated with the production of animal proteins.

Savory Yogurt – The Stone Barns at Blue Hill in Tarrytown, New York is known as a farm to table mecca amongst the region’s foodie locavores. Recently, they have branched out to add veggies such as beets and squash to their yogurts to rave reviews and predictably delicious results. It shouldn’t be long before other eateries hop on the bandwagon.

Millet, The New Grain – This gluten-free grain has been a staple in Eastern Europe and Asian for thousands of years.  It’s delicious, mildly sweet and fluffy when cooked. We recommend toasting millet prior to cooking to bring out its earthy flavor.

A New Superfood: Sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Superfruits”,  baobab originated in Africa and is loaded with vitamins, fiber and twice the antioxidants of acai fruit. Eat it raw or sprinkle in some baobab power to supercharge your smoothies.

The Future of Food - Molecular gastronomy has been around for a while now, but new techniques are being used to create sustainable foods utilizing plants as an alternative to animal-based foods.

Crazy for Cruciferous: Sometimes genetically modifying vegetable can be good thing, like when it results in an amazing hybrid species such as kalettes. This sweet and nutty union of brussel sprouts and kale burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2014 and is sure to be a new, featured player on the foodie scene in the new year.

 


 
27
JAN

10 Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking for some ways to boost your mood and motivation even on the darkest of chilly days this winter? We present you 10 ways to avoid the winter blues this season.

1. Take Vitamin D supplements

Increasing your vitamin D intake should be a priority in the winter months. The body reserves of this immune-boosting vitamin fall dangerously low at this time of the year. Taking vitamin D supplements can be very helpful to compensate the lack of sun exposure, one of the best ways to produce vitamin D.

2. Spend Time Outside

Try to enjoy the snow and the cold weather instead of always avoiding it. Ice-skating, snowboarding and sledding are fun activities you may want to give a try this winter. If you are not into winter action, take some pictures as snow and ice can make wonderful stages for beautiful photos.

3. Exercise

No matter the time of the year, exercising is always great! Exercise helps your mind by releasing those feel good chemicals that improve your mood. One of the best ways to fight off depression and stay in shape, exercising in the winter can be done either indoor or, for the braves ones, outdoors.

4.Aromatherapy

For many people, aromatherapy is the best way to lift your spirits. Smells can be a big source of comfort and evoke memories of happier times. Studies have shown that aromatherapy can be an effective supplementary treatment for people with depressive symptoms.

5. Be Social

Stay social during the winter months. Invite family and friends over, go for walks, or start a group activity. These are some of the great ways to stay “connected” and happy during the cold days.

6. Enjoy Hibernation

Why not? One of the best ways to stay happy during the winter is enjoying “hibernation”. Stay home, watch movies, read a book, eat some popcorn, or drink hot chocolate, that’s just a few ideas to help you enjoy the “indoors”.

7. Get More Lights in Your Home

In some northern places, lack of light during the winter has been linked to depression. With shorter days and shorter sunlight, lighting up your home can be helpful to keep your mood and energy up.

8. Relax

Spending time doing nothing can also help. Catch up on your sleep, take a long bath, or relax for a whole morning or a whole day if you can. Try yoga to alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Relaxation is one of the best ways to avoid winter blues.

9. Go on a Trip

Travelling is always fun. Going from a cold place to a warmer paradise makes it even more fun. Enjoying a winter trip, even if it’s a short weekend one, can be a wonderful way to stay happy.

10. Sleep Well

People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. Try to catch up with your sleep when it’s cold outside. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent, normalizing sleeping patters and getting more daily energy.

EuroPharma – Terry Naturally Vitamin D3 Chewable 2500 IU – 90 Chewable Tablets
Twinings of London – Winter Spice Herbal Tea – 12 K-Cup(s)
Heritage – Flower Water Atomizer Mist Sprayer Lavender Flower Water – 4 oz.

 
24
JAN

8 Signs it’s Time for a Detox

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

New year, new life. One of the best ways to kick off 2015 in a healthy style is to do a body detox. If you still don’t have a good reason for a detox, here’s a list of 8 signs it’s time for a detox.

1. Remove Toxicity:

Removing toxins from your body is the main reason for a detox. We get toxins not only from processed foods and food additives but also from stress, chemicals and other environmental ways. A detox program can help removing the candida overgrowth from the intestinal tract and will cleanse the blood, lymph fluid and all major organs of toxic residue.

2. Energy Booster

Feeling constant fatigue, having no energy, and poor memory are good signs your body may need a detox. Getting rid of toxicity can help your body utilize energy towards repair and regeneration of damaged cells. By doing this, your body is able to recharge and rebalanced itself, resulting in more energy and vitality.

3. Improve Digestion

Removing toxins from your body can significantly help to improve digestion. Detox programs are known to help improving absorption of foods and nutrients, so you can actually get more vitamins and minerals from the food you eat.

4. Immune System Enhancer

A proper detox program can definitely help strengthening the immune system. Alkalizing the entire body plays a significant role on how your body reacts to adversity. With a stronger immune system, you are less likely to get sick and ore likely to prevent health problems.

5. De-Stress

Detox can be an excellent way to de-stress. Too much stress disrupts the production of three main hormones: serotonin, responsible for regulating your sleep, noradrenaline, related to your daily energy level, and dopamine, responsible for making you feel happiness and pleasure.

6. Prevent Disease and illness

Detoxing your body can help prevent disease and illness. With less toxins in your system, you should be able to enhance your physical health, restoring your internal environment which in combination with strengthening the immune system can certainly prevent the development of disease or illnesses.

7. Remove Parasites and Worms

Most parasites and worms are ingested from eating meat, raw fish, and contaminated soil or water. A good detoxification program will eliminate many harmful pathogens, bacteria, worms and parasites not only from the colon but also from other areas of the body.

8. Reduce Body Fat

Weight loss? Yes, a whole body detox is one of the best ways to eliminate excess body weight. An ideal detox protocol will help to eliminate toxins from the fat cells, flush the system of impurities and reduce cortisol levels, the hormone responsible for abdominal fat.

Applied Nutrition – 5-Day Liquid Cleanse and Flush – 10 Tubes
FitMiss – Cleanse Women’s Quick Cleanse & Daily Detox System – 60 Capsules
ReNew Life – Diet Start Cleanse Easy 14-Day Program with Svetol

 
23
JAN

What’s New? Sibu Seven

Filed Under: Personal Care,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Vegan products continue to grow in popularity across the country and, following this positive trend, we have great news for our customers. Lucky Vitamin is introducing a premium vegan brand of products to our site: Sibu Seven.

Sibu Seven offers a top-quality line of vegan products made from the Himalayan sea buckthorn berry. Known as the “beauty berry” across Europe and Asia, sea buckthorn contains over 190 bioactive compounds that restore, revitalize and protect youthful beauty. These hardy berries help nourish skin, hair, and nails with powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids, including the rare Omega 7, a key building block not only to healthy skin, hair, and nails but also aids digestion and may help you maintain a healthier weight.

Sibu Seven beauty features luxurious natural skin cleansers, moisturizes, and other topical treatments as well as dietary supplements that beautify and protect from the inside-out. Founded in 2003, the company has designed a variety of products based on this powerful holy fruit. All sea buckthorn berries used for the products are harvested from the most remote locations of the Himalayas, known to be a superior source of this fruit.

Also known as palmitoleic acid, omega 7 fatty acid can be found in animal and plant sources, including macadamia nuts and cold-water fish. However, sea buckthorn contains a much higher concentration of this valuable fatty acid, up to 40% as compared to 17% in macadamia nuts. While this omega has numerous skin and health benefits, it is also known for its ability to support a healthy weight, cardiovascular health, and gastro-intestinal health.

You can save even more when you shop Sibu Seven products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code JAN15NEW15 at checkout for an additional 15% all products of this new brand.

Sibu Seven – Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil – 60 Vegetarian Softgels
Sibu Seven – Omega 7 Organic Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil – 50 ml.
Sibu Seven – Omega 7 Pure – 750 ml.

 
21
JAN

7 Fitness Trends for 2015

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

1. High Intensity Interval Training (HITS)

One of the hottest trend in fitness in recent years, HITS continue to be a popular choice for 2015. High-Intensity Interval Training involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These workouts are generally 30-minute sessions or less and can provide multiple health benefits such as improving cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, not to mention help shed weight fast.

2. Online Training Classes

An excellent choice for busy folks, online training classes have been increasing in popularity in the past few years. This affordable option gets more followers due to its amazing flexibility: you can’t do it now, just do it later, whenever it fits your schedule. You can sign up for online training programs as well as just use some online videos to do it on your own.

3. Strength Training

Strength training is exercising with the goal of increasing your physical strength and, at the same time, getting additional health benefits. It burns fat and calories, regulates your metabolic rate and can be helpful to make you stick to your diet better. Additionally, strength training increases endurance, bone density and testosterone levels as well as it strengthens your joints and promotes better sleep.

4. Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities are always a great option. Along with the no cost benefit, outdoor recreation has psychological benefits, including the prevention or reduction of stress. It can also provide physical benefits, such as aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as improve functioning of the immune system. Moreover, outdoor activities can help increase environmental awareness.

5. Yoga

Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the longtime practice also offer some hidden benefits. Yoga is known to help boost immunity, strength muscles, and promote better sleep. Another great reason to do yoga: flexibility, it can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime.

6. Body weight Training

Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights as practitioners use their own weight to provide the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises. Because they do not require weights, bodyweight exercises are the ideal choice for individuals who are interested in fitness but do not have access to equipment.

7. Group Personal Training

How about sharing a personal trainer? The obvious advantage of group personal training as compared to one-on-one training is cost. People will pay a lot of money a month for good instruction, great workouts, and solid results but you can save a little if you share a personal trainer with a few other folks and still get some great training. In addition to cost savings, group personal training offers the benefit of motivation from both the instructor and the other participants as there is always good, high energy in a group workout.

 

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DFX Sports & Fitness – Dynamax Core Trainer
Jade Yoga – Harmony Professional Yoga Mat Slate Blue – 68 in.
Gaiam – Balance Ball Chair

 
20
JAN

6 Superfood Benefits of Baobab

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

 

There’s a new superfood in town, baobab. It originated in Africa and loaded with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. The baobab fruit has a wooden like shell and inside are powdery chunks of naturally dehydrated superfruit. So give baobab a try and reap all the benefits below:

Anti-Aging Support
Baobab fruit is very high in antioxidants that slow aging.  On a measured ORAC value score, baobab antioxidants exceed that in acai berry, pomegranates, blueberries or many other fruits. Antioxidants reduce oxidative damage from free radical formation that results from stress, pollution, toxins in our food supply, personal care, etc. Baobab is an amazing source of the antioxidants the body needs.

Vitamin C Boost
Vitamin C boosts immunity and is an antioxidant. If you thought oranges were high in vitamin C – baobab beats it out by almost 6 times. Epidemiological studies show that diets high in fruits and vegetables are associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, and with increased longevity. Baobab is a win-win as a natural fruit and a significant source of immune boosting Vitamin C.

Fiber Goes Regular
Baobab is one of the few fruits that is 50% fiber.  Half of every spoonful is all natural dietary fiber!  This is nature’s laxative agent, helping with elimination of toxins and promoting healthy appetite control since fiber can be more filling.

Natural Electrolytes

Especially after workouts or sweating, the body needs electrolytes to replenish. Baobab is an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, which are important for the nervous system and muscle function. Baobab fruit has almost six times more potassium than the banana. Baobab might be an athlete’s next best friend.

Moisturize without Chemicals

Baobab oil moisturizes intensely dry skin without the chemicals and fillers that many personal care items contain. Not only will you have smooth, soft skin, but your skin is absorbing Vitamins A & E plus Omega fatty acids 3, 6 & 9 from the Baobab oil, which can heal scars, reduce wrinkles and keep the skin beautiful. Add essential oils to baobab oil for natural aromatherapy.

Good for sensitive skin

Many people have skin sensitivities like eczema, psoriasis, dry skin that may be a result of the environment or a response to harsh chemicals present in a variety of skincare products.  Naturally from a tree nut, pure baobab oil is a natural alternative that is excellent for use on sensitive skin as it does not irritate or clog pores.


 
19
JAN

6 Herbs to Shed Pounds

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions but as we start the fourth week of 2015, many people have quit or are close to give up on it. Lack of results is often the reason for a stop but natural herbs can be a helpful and healthy way to get you a little boost. Here’s a list of 6 herbs to help you shed pounds this year.

Cinnamon

Adding just one scoop of cinnamon to your diet can help with your weight loss. Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels which is important since high blood sugar levels can increase storage of fat by the body. Additionally, cinnamon simultaneously increases insulin levels and influence the manner in which sugar is metabolized by the body.

Black Pepper

Often used for seasoning meals, black pepper may help stop the formation of new fat cells. Studies have shown that piperine, a substance in black pepper, can reduce fat levels in the bloodstream as well as boosting your metabolism.

Ginseng

A well-known immune system enhancer, ginseng can also accelerate weight loss by revving up a sluggish metabolism. With a faster metabolic rate, it is less likely that excess calories that you eat will be converted into fat.

Turmeric

Adding spices to your food can be an easy way to shed some unwanted pounds. Turmeric or curcumin is widely used in cooking and can provide some weight loss benefits. Scientific research has shown that turmeric may help prevent the regrowth of fat after weight loss, which is important not to regain back all these pounds you worked really hard to get rid of.

Cayenne Pepper

One of the best natural herbs for weight loss, red cayenne pepper can help in many different ways. It has been proven to speed up metabolism by 25%, helping burn ten times more calories, and also curbing appetite.

Ginger

This root can also help with weight loss as ginger can improve digestion by increasing the pH of the stomach and stimulating digestive enzymes. Ginger can also slightly increase metabolic rate, helping burning off fat stored in the body.

Prince of Peace – Instant Korean Panax Ginseng Tea – 10 Bags
Simply Organic – Ground Black Pepper – 4 oz.
Solgar – Cinnamon – 100 Vegetarian Capsules

 
19
JAN

25 Animal Ingredients in Supplements That Aren’t Vegan

Filed Under: Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Being vegan isn’t easy. With a lifestyle choice that requires such a high level of discipline and determination, the that last thing you should have to worry about is whether or not your supplements contain animal byproducts. Luckily, more and more supplement companies are noticing a need for vegan supplements like Source Naturals’ Vegan True line.

Vegan True’s line of 10 supplements are 100% free of any animal products or animal-derived ingredients and feature nutrients that are difficult to incorporate into a typical vegan diet (B-12, iron, protein, vitamin D). The line also features supplements that are hard to find in vegan form, such as glucosamine and omega-3s. Rounding out the Vegan True line are supplements important to overall health, such as CoQ10, Vitamin E, a comprehensive daily multiple and a powerful antioxidant formula. Many of the supplements in the line feature bioactive nutrients forms to support enhanced health benefits.

Next time you’re shopping for vegan vitamins and supplements stay clear of the ingredients below.

  1. Bone Meal – Derived from animal bones and can be found in calcium supplements.
  2. Carotene (Provitamin A, Beta Carotene) – Can come from animal tissue.
  3. Collagen – A fibrous protein in vertebrates.
  4. Cysteine (L-Form, Cystine) – Two amino acids which can come from animals.
  5. D3 – Some vitamin D dietary supplements source vitamin D3 from animals.
  6. Estrogen ( Estrone, Estradiol) – From cow ovaries and pregnant mares’ urine. Used in birth control pills.
  7. Fatty Acids – Can be one or any mixture of liquid and solid acids, caprylic, myristic , oleic, palmitic, stearic, behenic. Can be used in vitamins and supplements.
  8. Fish Liver Oil – Cod-liver oil and fish liver are used in vitamins and supplements.
  9. Fish Oil – Marine oil from marine mammals.
  10. Gelatin – A gelatinous protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments or bones with water, from cattle and hogs.
  11. Glutamic Acid – An amino acid found widely in animal tissue and used as an antioxidant.
  12. Glycerides/Glycerine – From animal fat and used in some supplements.
  13. Lactose – A milk sugar taken from the milk of mammals.
  14. Lethicin (Choline, Bitartrate) – Present in all living organisms and obtained for commercial purposes from eggs, nerve tissue, blood, and milk. If it is made from “soy” it will be stated.
  15. Linoleic Acid – An essential fatty acid used in vitamins.
  16. Lipase – An enzyme from the stomachs and tongue glands of calves and lambs.
  17. Propolis – A resinous substance collected from bees.
  18. Progesterone – A steroid hormone which can be from animals.
  19. Steroids: Sterol – From various animal glands.
  20. Tyrosine – Sourced from chicken feathers.
  21. Vitamin A – Can come from fish-liver oil (e.g., shark-liver oil), egg yolks or other animal sources.
  22. Vitamin B12 — Usually from an animal source.
  23. Hyaluronic Acid – Sourced from rooster combs.
  24. Glucosamine – Made from shellfish.
  25. Chondroitin – Manufactured with the cartilage of sharks.

 


 
17
JAN

7 Medicinal Teas that Heal

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Teas at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Teas have been used medicinally for years. During the winter months, we often look for some help from teas to battle common health issues. So, here’s a helpful list of 7 medicinal teas that heal.

1. Echinacea

One of the most popular healing teas, Echinacea stimulates the body’s immune system to fight off bacterial and viral attacks. This delicious herbal tea is known to fight off colds, relive pain and reduce inflammation.

2. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is one of the best options for people looking for calming, relaxing teas. This soothing tea has mild sedative properties which can help relieve anxiety and promote better sleep. It is also a good option to treat indigestion and nausea.

3. Goldenseal

Often combined with Echinacea, this tea is also known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. The chemical berberine in goldenseal activates white blood cells that destruct viruses, bacteria, fungi.

4. Mint

One of the most flavorful, refreshing options, mint tea helps minimize congestion, is a mild expectorant for a chest cold or bronchitis, and can also reduce stomach pain. Despite many varieties available, most mint teas offer similar healing properties, whether you choose spearmint or peppermint, as the active component is menthol.

5. Lemon

Lemon tea is an excellent source of vitamin C, known for multiple health benefits. Lemons contain bioflavonoids that help maintain adequate levels of vitamin C in every cell of your body, boosting immune system function and promote overall health. If you do not like the taste of lemon tea, add some honey or just add a slice of lemon to your favorite tea.

6. Cinnamon

The smell of cinnamon has many tea lovers listing this as their number one tea. Cinnamon offers anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and contains an excellent amount of immune-boosting antioxidants. Among the benefits, cinnamon increase blood flow and improve circulation as well as soothe a sore throat and reduce cold symptoms.

7. Ginger

Ginger is one of the best options to heal cough and cold. It is also widely used to reduce nausea and prevent or treat motion sickness. Some people may not enjoy the taste of ginger teas but a quick fix is to add a spoon of natural honey to your hot beverage.

Good Nature Tea – Fruit Delight Tea Caffeine Free Apple & Cinnamon – 20 Tea Bags
Yogi Tea – Ginger Organic Caffeine Free Tea Recyclable K-Cups – 10 K-Cup(s)
Yogi Tea – Lemon Ginger Organic Tea Caffeine Free – 16 Tea Bags

 
16
JAN

13 Uses for Used Tea Bags

Filed Under: Green Living,Teas at 2:59 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

All us of know about the healing properties of tea. But what you might not know is just how beneficial your used tea bag can be. Its journey can continue long after you’re done sipping. After reading this, you’ll think twice about trashing your used tea bags.

  1. Reduce inflammation from a bruise.
  2. Infuse rice and grains by dropping in a few used tea bags while cooking.
  3. Place in a tub of warm water for a foot soak to ease athlete’s foot and odor.
  4. Reduce puffiness around eyes by placing one chamomile tea bag on each eye for 15 minutes.
  5. Get rid of harsh onion and fish odors after cooking by rubbing tea bags on your hands.
  6. Ease your sunburn by placing a used tea bag in the freezer then placing it on your skin.
  7. Turn your home into a spa by adding some green tea to a pot of boiling water. Let it simmer before placing a towel over your face and bending over the pot for a rejuvenating facial.
  8. Get delightful smelling drawers by drying out used herbal tea bags and placing them in a muslin bag. These would make a great DIY gift too!
  9. Bring smelly shoes back to life by placing dried out used tea bags in your shoes overnight.
  10. Keep your cast iron cookware clean by rubbing it with a used black tea bag after every use.
  11. Soothe a toothache by holding a damp used tea bag on the sore tooth for ten minutes.
  12. Make a marinade using used tea bags. Not only will this add a rich flavor but it will prevent the meat from getting tough, too.
  13. Tea leaves have high nitrogen content.  Once you try some of the above tricks, just remove the tea tag, string and staple and throw the bag into your compost bin to enrich you gardening soil and promote sustainability.

 
16
JAN

5 Healthy Nutritional Bars

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

With so many great, healthy options, it can be quite difficult to choose just one nutritional bar. So, we have made a list of 5 healthy nutritional bars to make your decision a lit bit easier.

Chia Bars

For centuries, the Aztecs have used chia seeds as a source of strength and energy. Chia bars are loaded with this powerful ingredient that contains more omega-3 than salmon, more fiber than oatmeal, and packs protein, calcium, and antioxidants.

Granola Bars

Granola can lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, aid in weight loss attempts, among other health benefits. A popular choice, granola bars are easy on the stomach and are often mixed with nuts, fruit, or chocolate. A great source of protein and fiber, granola bars can be found in many different flavors and textures.

Fruit and Nut Bars

Fruit and nut bars are, in most cases, a healthy nutritional option. Dried fruits and nuts supply key nutrients you need for good health, but be careful with other ingredients often added to these bars, particularly white chocolate. The majority of fruit and nut bars contain good amounts of fiber and can be an excellent source of healthy unsaturated fats, as well as vitamin E.

Protein Bars

High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are one of the hottest trends as many dieters believe that eating protein bars can help with quick weight loss. Protein is used by the body to build and repair tissues as well as producing enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. In addition, protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Greek Yogurt Bars

Why is Greek yogurt so popular recently? For a good reason. Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the carbs, and half the sodium of the regular yogurt. So, no surprise that Greek yogurt bars have became everyone’s new low-carb favorite, with an average of only 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Plain, regular yogurt may have double, sometimes triple, the number of carbohydrates.

Organic Food Bar – Protein – 2.4 oz.
Raw Revolution – Fruit, Nut & Seed Super Food Bar Cranberry Almond & Coconut – 1.6 oz.
Cascadian Farm – Organic Granola Bars Crunchy Oats & Honey – 10 Bars
Health Warrior – Chia Bar Mango – 0.88 oz.

 
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8 Tips to Prevent Mindless Eating

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Nutrition at 2:48 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Dr. Brian Wansink and researchers at the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University have proven that when it comes to the psychology of eating, perception is deception. You can train your brain by making a few easy changes to your eating habits.  Here are a few simple tips for optimizing your home for overindulgence prevention.

  1. The Power of Suggestion– Having a bag of chips casually lying around your countertop is a recipe for disaster. To fix this, try having a fruit bowl on display on your counter or kitchen table. Take this even further to have some fruits and veggies easily accessible in your fridge instead of tucked away in the produce drawers.
  2. Plate Size Matters– Science reaffirms this common sense notion: the larger the plate, the larger the portion. Try making the switch from a 12-inch to a 10-inch plate. A two-inch difference in plate diameter would result in 22% fewer calories being served.
  3. See it to Believe it– You will be less likely to eat more if you portion out what you want on a plate first. We’ve all been there. Sitting on the couch with a bag of chips watching television, our bodies going through the repetitive motion of hand, bag, mouth. Next thing you know you’ve eaten the whole bag! Oops!
  4. Out of Sight Out of Mind– When eating at the dining room table keep serving dishes in the kitchen, or at least six feet away. This gives you the chance to ask yourself if you’re really hungry for more before you line up for seconds.
  5. Location, Location, Location– Where you eat is as important as what you eat. A study reported in JAMA Pediatricsfound that each additional hour of TV watched by children results in the consumption of 167 more calories.
  6. Stop Plate Overload– Refrain from over serving yourself by repeating this mantra: “20% less”. Most studies show that people can eat 20% less without even noticing it. Even better, replace that 20% with vegetables to really make a difference.
  7. Gone but not Forgotten – One of Dr. Wansink’s studies revealed that people ate more chicken wings if the bones were cleared away. When the bones where left on the table, it served as a reminder to the diners of how much they actually ate.
  8. Unplug – You will definitely eat more in front of the TV, reading or on our phone. Take the time to unplug and chew your food slowly.Let your mind focus on the flavors in your mouth. Taste your food.

Making small and consistent changes in your eating behavior will help you gradually lose weight and develop a healthy appreciation for food. It’s not a diet — it’s a lifestyle.

 

 


 
 
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