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7 Pillars That Make Mushrooms Magical

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


The seven primary constituents below explain the different “pillars” that support the immune enhancing effects of mushrooms.

1. Polysaccharides (ex. Alpha & Beta-glucans): Immune enhancing benefits

2. Glycoproteins (ex. PSK): Immune enhancing benefits

3. Triterpenes ( ex. Sterols): Hormone and immune support as well as mental health.

4. Lipids: Cholesterol modulating

5. Proteins (Enzymes): Antioxidants

6. Cyathane Derivatives (ex. erinacines & hericenones, nerve growth stimulant factors)

7. Secondary Metabolites

Mushrooms have been used cross-culturally for centuries as food, clothing, tools and medicinals. Examples include:

  • 7,000 year-old Tassilli cave paintings
  • Mushrooms found on 5,300-year-old Neolithic Otzi the Iceman
  • The ancient writings on mushrooms in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Traditional Chinese Herbal, dated 1644

Mushrooms have approximately 12,000 genes controlling the production of more than 200,000 compounds. Each mushroom species has a unique genetic make-up and molecular structure. Our ancestors have been experimenting with medicinal mushrooms for over thousands of years which provides us insights into the most beneficial mushrooms in existence. Host Defense selects the best-documented, scientifically-studied and safest functional mushrooms in nature that can be cultivated. From that data they have developed methodologies to sustainably cultivate these species.

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What’s New? Fuel For Fire

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a revolutionary brand of exercise and fitness supplements to our customers: Fuel For Fire.

Fuel For Fire is the latest hot-item for any athlete, weekend warrior or anyone with a busy schedule trying to get through the day. This simple fuel-pack product is created with just pureed fruit plus whey protein and nothing else. With nothing artificial and no mysterious ingredients, Fuel For Fire delivers 10 grams of protein and natural carbs from fruit, and are the perfect supplement for pre-workout energy or post-workout recovery.

These delicious and easy-to-use fuel packs offer you the nutrients and vitamins of real food, in the convenience of a pouch that you can take anywhere. Eating clean has never been easier. Available in four delicious flavors: triple berry, tropical, sweet potato apple, and banana cocoa.

Fuel for Fire creates products to enable humans to achieve their fitness and life goals. By nourishing their passions with all-natural fuel source, the company aims to help everyone from the Cross-Fitter looking to get your first muscle-up to a 10-year old hoping to score a first soccer goal. Perfect for yoga, hikers, bikers, and pretty much anyone exercising, whatever your passion is, Fuel For Fire wants to ensure that you are bringing your “A” game every time.

Shop Fuel for Fire supplements at and save even more. Just enter promo code DEC14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 12/31/14.

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Fuel For Fire – Fuel Pack Triple Berry – 4.5 oz.
Fuel For Fire – Fuel Pack Banana Cocoa – 4.5 oz.
Fuel For Fire – Fuel Pack Tropical – 4.5 oz.
Fuel For Fire – Fuel Pack Sweet Potato Apple – 4.5 oz.


Sip on these Superfoods

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements,Uncategorized at 11:09 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor


Curling up with a warm mug of vanilla, earthy goodness is nothing less than perfection on a cold winter night. Every sip of Vanilla Chai Dream Immunity feels like a hug in a mug. Only, this hug goes the extra mile by boosting your immune system and nourishing your body with superfoods such as turmeric, milk thistle and astragalus. Chai lovers are sure to enjoy the rich combination of cinnamon and clove in this raw, vegan, gluten- and soy-free, non-gmo delight. Simply heat some organic almond milk and add one heaping teaspoon of this exotic herbal blend to keep your defenses strong for the cold and flu season.

If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up that does the job and tastes great, too, then Elemental Energy Rare Chocolate Flavor is just what you need. The Arriba Nacional raw and organic cacao makes it a dessert in a glass, satisfying your sweet tooth naturally without any added sugar. It’s enriched with Maca Root, loaded with vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. Add a scoop to eight ounces of water or milk substitute for this decadent (in taste only!) drink. Dial back on your affeine intake by replacing your afternoon cup of joe with Elemental Energy!

Solis Nutritional Blends draws wisdom from South American tribal vitality rituals, Traditional Chinese wellness practices and India’s Ayurvedic health system. The herbs and superfoods they’ve selected have been safely and effectively used for thousands of years.

Solis Nutritional Blends was founded on the belief that simple and honest daily rituals are fundamental to living a healthy life. Of all these daily rituals, family nourishment may be the most important to health – but in our hectic lives, it can be a challenge. Solis solves this problem with their superfood blends that transform water/milk/etc. into nutrient-packed and drinkable superfoods for the whole family. Solis takes great pride in making family wellness easier without shortcuts or compromise – just authentic and honest plant-based nutrition.

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4 Mushrooms You Need this Winter

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor



A lot of people think of mushrooms as a pizza topping but there’s so much more to this culinary delight. Recently, more research is showing the medicinal benefits of mushrooms. Especially, when it comes to our immune system. This cold and flu season, see what all the magic is about with these mushrooms.

Agaricus Blazei Murrill Mushroom is an edible Brazilian mushroom with a low caloric content and high nutrient density. Agaricus, nicknamed “God’s Mushroom” due to its near-miraculous curative benefits for the afflicted, has been used for generations by people looking to combat chronic and acute allergies, stress, and chronic fatigue, as well as to treat a litany of diseases and disorders relating to the immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems.

Shiitake (for centuries referred to as the “Elixir of Life”) is rich in several anti-oxidants. Mainly known for their immune system support, the shiitake variety of mushroom contains lentinan, which helps strengthen the immune system so that it can better fight off disease and infection. According to the American Cancer Society, lentinan is believed to stop or slow tumor growth, too, though it notes that more clinical trials are needed to fully gauge the mushrooms’ effectiveness. The shiitake also contains a compound called D-Eritadenine (DEA), which has been known to lower cholesterol and support cardiovascular health.

Maitake, also known as “hen of the woods”, are a large species of mushroom native to Japan, North America and Europe. Often found growing in clumps around the base of oak trees, maitake can reach a weight of 50 pounds. Scientific studies show the extract of this highly prized edible mushroom to have potential benefits for stabilizing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promoting healthy immune functions and aiding in cancer treatment and prevention.

Reishi are hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings”. The reishi more than lives up to its lofty reputation by helping boost the immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.


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Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers

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

After getting stuffed on Thursday, revitalize your digestive track with a delicious soup and salad. Who says leftovers can’t be healthy?









Detox Turkey & Kale Soup – Get some good flora with miso and vitamins from the nutrient dense kale.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into -inch pieces

1 small bunch kale, center ribs removed, chop leaves

1 large red bell pepper, cut into -inch pieces

8 ounces of leftover white turkey meat, broken into small chunks

5 cups of miso broth (vegetable broth will work too)

1 cup cooked brown rice

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp Herb de Provence

2 Tbsp cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Salt to taste


1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion until translucent 3 minutes. Add garlic until fragrant 1-2 minutes. Do not burn the garlic. Then add carrots and bell pepper. Sauté, stirring frequently, until soften slightly, 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Add the turkey and stir until the meat turns white and begins to color very slightly around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the Herb de Provence and stir for 1 minute. Add the turkey, broth, diced tomatoes, and cooked rice and bring to a boil. Stir in the kale and the black pepper. Add salt to taste. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the parsley.










Skinny Apple Orchard Turkey Salad – Cut back on carbs with this light and easy salad.


1 lb. Turkey, cooked shredded into pieces

1/2 cup diced Granny Smith Apple

1/3 cup dried Cranberries or Homemade Cranberry Sauce

1/4 cup Red onion

1/4 cup Walnuts

1 Tbsp Lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Fresh cracked pepper

1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain or substitute vegan mayonnaise

Salt to Taste


1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy over a bed of organic spring mix.


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What’s New? Sow Good

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of personal care products to our customers: Sow Good.

Sow Good offers a variety of personal care products which are good for you and good for the world we share. Sow Good is committed to giving back to others by creating luxurious, natural products as well as donating to charities which are in line with the company’s mission.

Sow Good knows the importance of the environment. As a manufacturer of bath products, water is a big part of the system and the company ensures that only the very best, cleanest water is used for the creating of the product. This is one of the highest priorities in the manufacturing process. Additionally, the company is located on Lake Champlain in northeastern New York. While beautiful, it has its challenges, like many bodies of fresh water. Years of pollution and the introduction of non-native aquatic life are posing serious environmental threats to the lake and the surrounding environment. Thankfully, with the support of federal, state and local funds, a plan has been developed and action is being taken to benefit the Lake Champlain basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.

Sow Good is a proud supporter of the program Water for People. A portion of the sales of every Sow Good product is donated to this very worthy charity. Additionally, the company encourages all consumers to check out this important program and hopes that you’ll be happy that part of each and every product purchases is helping Water for People, by providing safe drinking water to people around the world.

You can save even more when you shop all Sow Good  personal care and beauty products at Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Rollerball Generosity – 0.34 oz.
Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Spray Generosity – 1.7 oz.
Sow Good – Natural Eau de Parfum Spray Happiness – 1.7 oz.


Why Choose Professional Supplements?

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


You walk into places like CVS, Whole Foods, Costco & Trader Joe’s and see an overwhelming amount of supplements on the shelves. You stare aimlessly at the products trying to figure out which ones to buy.  It’s hard to say which supplement is “best” for you, but there are supplements that might be better than others. Not all supplements are manufactured equally. Below is some basic information to think about when purchasing your nutritional supplements.

Quality products should be free of many of the common allergens. These include ingredients such as soy, dairy, egg, corn, gluten and wheat. Companies that spend the time focusing on details such as allergen avoidance also tend to focus on the purity and quality of the items going into their products. They commonly use third parties to test their products for impurities and other unwanted ingredients.

Another important manufacturing process to pay attention to is whether or not a supplement is made with the active ingredients. Active forms of supplements tend to be better absorbed in the body and are more effective because they don’t have to be converted by the body for use. It is also imperative that you look for preferred forms of supplementation like in the case of vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) vs. vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Most experts now believe that the only form that should be consumed is vitamin D3. Another example of this would be when choosing a B12 supplement you want to make sure the product contains the preferred form of supplementation, methylcobalamin.

Fillers are another topic to be discussed when it comes to choosing the right supplement. Excipients, or more commonly known as fillers, are an inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug or other active substance. In other words, excipients are all the other stuff listed on the label commonly under the other ingredients section. Some examples of fillers/excipients include lubricants like Stearic Acid, binders such as Magnesium stearate, coloring agents like titanium dioxide and FD&C colors. Fillers can also include preservatives like ascorbyl palmitate and methyl parabens. Many of the professional grade supplements found on LuckyVitamin contain minimal to no excipients or fillers. It is important that you look for supplements that contain the minimal amount of these chemicals, as some have been found to have deleterious health effects.

LuckyVitamin carries a wide array of professional grade nutritional supplements. Click here to find out what brands and other professional grade supplements we carry on our website. Remember to always check with your health care provider before starting any nutritional supplement.


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7 Ways to Practice Gratitude

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

We all wish we could live in a world full of joy and happiness. Joy and gratitude are spiritual practices that can help human interconnectedness and promote better lives. We often do not realize how wonderful life is and do not recognize how good things really are. Practicing gratitude can be an excellent way to promote happiness and bring better days for you, your family and your friends. Here is 7 ways to practice gratitude:


1. Say “Thank You”

Say these two magic words can really make a difference. It is always nice to hear that from our partner, kids, parents or friends. Sometimes we are so used to people doing the little things in life like cooking, cleaning, making breakfast, taking the trash out, that we forget to appreciate these small gestures.  Say “thank you” frequently, as often as you can.

2. Call your family members frequently

Call your mother, father, or grandparents just to check in. Tell them something about your life, share some good news, even if those news are not so important. Ask them if they need any help or maybe find an activity that can be done together.

3. Don’t forget anniversaries

Birthdays and anniversaries are special occasions and a great time to practice gratitude. With today’s technology, it is a lot easier to remember these moments and celebrate special days with your loved ones.

4. Respect the nature

Showing gratitude does not necessary have to be towards people. Promoting gratitude can be a simple gesture to show respect and kindness to the Mother Nature as well as pets or animals. Cleaning up your street or a public area nearby can be a great way to help, not just the environment but other people too. You can be sure that some people will be grateful to your simple gesture.

5. Expand your understanding

People are different and have different opinions and views about many things in life. Many times we argue and even fight just because we are unable to accept differences. You do not have to change your opinion about a subject but you can expand your understanding towards other ideas or point of views.

6. Thank the people behind the service

We come across many people in life that are also part of our life for short moments. Think of the barista, the bank teller, the cashier at the grocery store and many others who are somehow quickly, but often, part of our life. Take a minute to sincerely thank them for the ease they bring to your life.

7. Write a Letter of Gratitude

One of the most common ways to show gratitude is to write a letter. Send one to a teacher, coworker, mentor, coach, friend or anyone who has made a difference in your life.

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Wonderful Aromatherapy!

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

Aromatherapy has become one of the most popular therapies and the number of practitioners continue to grow year after year. If you are one of the few people still not familiar with this amazing therapy, here is a quick guide to introduce you to aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oils therapy, uses a plant’s aroma-producing oils, called essential oils, to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots and then mixed with other substances such as oil, alcohol, or lotion. The end result is used as a product that people can apply onto the skin as well as spray in the air or inhale. You can also massage the oils into the skin or pour them into bath water. Originated in Europe, aromatherapy has been practiced in the old continent since the early 1900s.

Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. The oils are thought to interact with the body’s hormones and may cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. In addition, aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. Studies have shown that regular therapy may help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Practitioners of aromatherapy are often licensed health professionals such as massage therapists, nurses, and counselors. They may have experience and training in aromatherapy but it is important to talk with your doctor to see whether aromatherapy may be helpful and safe for your specific health condition.

Lucky Vitamin is now offering a special aromatherapy sale. Click here to check out and shop these amazing products at

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20 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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


Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that has a plethora of uses. Its healing benefits include everything from anti-bacteria to antiseptic and beyond.

1. Helps clear acne.

2. Heals dandruff. Add 10 drops to your shampoo bottle.

3. Soothe an itchy insect bite.

4. DIY make up remover: Mix ¼ cup of organic jojoba with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Rinse with water afterwards.

5. Helps heal sunburns.

6. Combat smelly shoes by adding a few drops to the inside if shoes.

7. A natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, tea tree oil heals skin infections and cuts.

8. Relieves itchy skin from a rash or allergic reaction.

9. DIY all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with distilled water.

10.  Keep fleas away from your pets by adding a few drops to their bed or crate.

11.  Remove a tick by applying topically to skin.

12. Use tea tree oil to treat Athlete’s foot and heal foot fungus as well.

13. Has been found as an effective treatment for chicken pox. Blend a few drops with organic olive oil and apply with an organic cotton ball.

14. Treat psoriasis by using olive oil as a carrier oil, add a few drops of tea tree oil and rub directly onto skin.

15. Relieves sinus infection when a few drops are added to a humidifier.

16.  Add tea tree oil to your washing machine.

17.  Mix 1 cup of  baking soda with 12 drops of tea tree oil to freshen carpet.

18. Treat a yeast infection by combing 6 drop of both lavender and tea tree oil with 1 cup of distilled water. Apply to infected area with an organic cotton ball.

19. Combine in a mason jar 1 part baking soda to 1 part cornstarch add 12 drop of tea tree oil to make your own deodorant powder.

20. Keep pests and ants away by wiping surfaces with an oil and water solution.

Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed, so don’t use this to treat oral infections.

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What’s New? Santa Cruz Organic

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

Are you looking for a delicious, natural, and organic juice? Look no further. Lucky Vitamin is happy to present Santa Cruz Organic products to our customers.

Santa Cruz Organic offers the best organic juices made from harvest to the bottle, with no stops in between. As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic was the first company to offer customers a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends. They were also the first juice processor to use all organic fruit.

The Santa Cruz Organic brand’s roots stretch back to the early 1970’s when founder and nature lover, John Battendieri, began revitalizing orchards in the Santa Cruz mountains, an area known for its high-quality, flavorful fruit. Battendieri pressed his first batch of “Mr. Natural” apple juice in 1972, making it one of the first packaged organic products. The company believe nature itself is the truest form of art, and the goal is to infuse the beauty of nature’s process into everything.

Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 50 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads available nationwide. By offering high-quality organic products, the Santa Cruz Organic brand raises awareness for the health and economic benefits of organic agriculture.

In addition, the company has been a leader in efforts to conserve water resources, build soil integrity and support a healthier ecosystem by helping growers make the decision to choose organic practices for their fields and orchards. Each year, Santa Cruz Organic buys fruit from hundreds of carefully selected organic growers, who represent thousands of acres dedicated to organic practices. Santa Cruz Organic is proud to be an official participant of the Non-GMO Project.

Additionally, you can save an extra 15% when you shop Santa Cruz Organic products at Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Pure Lime Juice – 16 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Apple Sauce Strawberry – 23 oz.
Santa Cruz Organic – Organic Cranberry Nectar Juice – 32 oz.


Memoirs of a Marathoner: A Look Back On 500 Miles

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



We sat down with LuckyVitamin’s Senior Merchandising Manager, as he prepares for the Philadelphia Marathon and describes his 500 mile journey on the road.

Tell us about your relationship with running?

I still cannot believe I am doing this. I can vividly remember back when my relationship with running was more of a love-hate situation (high emphasis on the latter). I was on the track team, but by no means was I there to run. I was a thrower. My time was spent competing to see how far I could launch objects into the air and detested every second of our mandatory 2 lap warm-up around the track.

Flash forward 8 years to 2012 where I am tying up my first pair of running shoes. I pondered to myself how I let my friend talk me into running the Philly Broad Street 10 Miler race and I needed to start training.  My first three mile run that day was brutal. While I dreaded every minute of it though, I didn’t quit. I had a plan to follow and I was determined to stick to it. As I gradually built up my distance and speed, I started to fall in love with running. It wasn’t just the physical aspect that I was drawn to but the mental aspect as well. Running not only presented a physical challenge but soon became became a form of mindfulness. As my feet hit the asphalt, I felt it was just me and the road; no one else could get in my way. I still remember the first time I experienced my first runners high. It felt like I was unstoppable. No matter how fast or hard I ran, I felt like I could keep going. Every run was a new experience and I could not wait to feel that high again.

Over the last two years, running has continued to challenge me in ways I would have never thought possible. I have enjoyed (yes, enjoyed) participating in numerous races of varying distances. Three months ago, I started to embark on a journey to my first marathon with no real insight into what I was getting myself into. Over 72 training runs, 500 miles, 2 pairs of shoes and countless Saturdays and Sundays later, I am now prepared to again tie up a pair of shoes, walk up to the starting line and go the distance of #26.2 miles.

What is your Advice for New Runners?

Take it slow and easy. Like any exercise, you have to build the muscle your body needs to perform. It doesn’t matter how fast you run. It is important to build up your distance, thus building up your endurance and muscle. Speed will come naturally.

What other exercise and fitness routines did you follow?

Besides running, I mixed in various cross training activities from cycling, weight training, high aerobic cross-fit classes and yoga.

What does your long pre-run meal consist of?

Half a whole wheat bagel with Almond Butter , a bowl of Nature’s Path Organic Granola mixed with Purely Elizabeth Granola and 2 bananas  and a little  Almond Milk.

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6 Fermented Foods You Need In Your Diet Now

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

Fermentation is a preserving method that injects food with naturally occurring microorganisms that helps promote a diversity of cultures to thrive within your body. Consuming and creating these “live” foods have become a movement to many and an art form for some. Increase your gut flora and replenish the microbiome with these “good bacteria” foods.

Miso – This fermented soybean paste is rich in enzymes and is traditionally used in Japanese cooking. You can add miso to soups, sauces, dressings, dips and marinades.

Tempeh – Another fermented soy product that comes in a patty form, tempeh’s fermentation process allows it to retain a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.

Kefir – More nutritious than yogurt, kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains.” It’s considered one of the most probioticly rich foods on the planet, having originated centuries ago in the Caucasus Mountains. Are you vegan? No worries, kefir water is available in a variety of flavors.

Kombucha – Known by some as the “Elixir of Life,” kombucha is a fermented tea that is created from a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast). The outcome is an effervescent drink that contains b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic, and lactic).

Kimchi – A traditional, Korean side dish made by lacto-fermentation, similar to sauerkraut.  Both spicy and sour, Kimchi is the combination a variety of Asian vegetables (like napa cabbage and daikon radish) and seasonings.

Sauerkraut Lactobacillus is at work again to give you this wonderfully tangy condiment. Derived from the German word that simply means sour white cabbage, sauerkraut has a long history of health benefits due to its high levels of glucosinolates. These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

You can find most of these foods at your nearest health food store. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try to make your own!

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4 Tips for Healthy Living

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor


Healthy living is such a popular subject these days. Magazines, TV shows, radio programs, all seem to approach this interesting and, why not, fun subject. As we discuss what makes healthy living possible, there are little things we can do in life to achieve our goals. So, here we list 4 tips for healthy living:

1. Nature Walks: Walking in the nature is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable things to do. Getting some fresh air is essential for most people who live busy lives, particularly the ones working in offices and inside buildings for most of the week. The contact with the nature can also bring so much energy to people and is considered by many one of the best stress-relief activities.

2. Eat fruits every day: Eating fruits is an excellent way to promote healthy living but not just because they provide a lot of vitamins and minerals. Along with the healthy nutrients, eating fruits can be an excellent way to replace bad habits. For example, blueberries instead of cookies, a glass of orange juice instead of a soda, an apple instead of a cigarette break and so on.

3. A Stress-Relieve Day: Take one day of the week to relax. OK, if you cannot take a whole day, take a half day, or a shift: a morning, an afternoon or a night. We often work 5 days and have two days off. Take some time to really enjoy yourself and relax. No alarm-clock, no cooking, no laundry and, if possible, enough sleeping or some time outdoors.

4. Turn off the TV: This may be a difficult one for many people but taking a break from watching TV can be very healthy. Go for a walk instead, or work in the garden, organize some of your personal stuff. Try to do something that does not give you the chance to watch TV, or have the TV on when you are doing something else.

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3 Dangerous Chemicals Used in Baby Wipes

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author


You use them on a daily basis to help wipe your babies clean. You might even be using them on yourselves for other reasons then just baby wipes. Uses for baby wipes these days reach far beyond using them to clean up a baby’s bottom. Mostly, these wipes are used on the gentle and delicate surface of your baby’s skin and maybe even on your face to remove make-up.  Have you ever stopped to think what chemicals are inside those wipes?

Conventional baby wipes contain Parabens. Parabens are a family of chemicals that occur naturally in some foods and are added to many products to extend their shelf life. These so-called toxic byproducts are then absorbed through your baby’s skin. There are numerous deleterious health affects associated with paraben exposure. One thought is that due to their weak ability to mimic estrogen, parabens might be a potential cause for the increase in breast cancer incidences.

Another common ingredient found in baby wipes is propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is the same chemical used in antifreeze. Research done on this chemical over the years has been controversial. Propylene glycol has been deemed safe by the FDA and World health organization. However one research article showed that there might be an association with allergies, eczema, and exposure to propylene glycol.  The material safety data sheet for propylene glycol showed that in rare cases, repeated exposure to propylene gylcol may cause central nervous system effects.

Additionally, artificial fragrances are another common additive to conventional baby wipes. The chemicals that are often used to formulate fragrances can become toxic to the body over time. It is estimated that 95% of synthetic fragrances used today are made from petroleum by-products. Repeated exposure to these by-products has been linked with endocrine disruption and several types of cancers.  Phthalates have also been found in artificial fragrances and can also cause endocrine disruption as well as have carcinogenic effects.

LuckyVitamin has many all natural/organic baby wipes. These wipes are free of artificial fragrances, and free from harmful and irritating chemicals that can be found in conventional baby wipes.

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