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17
DEC

4 Natural Dry Skin Remedies

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Body CareWinter is coming! Time to deal with dry, flaky skin, plus cracked lips and all that itching we experience every year. Sounds frustrating? Yes, but it doesn’t have to be. You can prevent and treat dry skin with simple, easy-to-make home products. If you are not sure about it, we present you 4 natural dry skin remedies.

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the best natural products for treating dry skin as it contains fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin. Overnight spot treatments seem to work well with coconut oil as it promotes a restful itch-free night of sleep and improved skin in the morning. You can also apply warm coconut oil in desired areas right after you take a shower, as when the skin is warm and supple from your bath, coconut oil is more readily absorbed.

2. Essential Oils

Many essential oils can treat dry skin and reduce itching as these products contain anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that have the ability to give relief to itchy skin and alleviate irritations. The most popular essential oils used as a dry skin remedies are: lavender, calendula, chamomile, bay leaf, basil, geranium, neem, nettle, peppermint rosemary, and thyme. You can add them to your bath water or apply directly onto your skin.

3. Honey

One of the best natural moisturizers, honey is loaded with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Honey is known to lock in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth. You can also mix honey with other natural ingredients such as milk, beeswax, and olive oil to help improve your skin’s health.

4. Aloe Vera

The always great aloe vera makes its way into another list of health benefits. Easy-to-use, you can simply slice a piece of aloe, squeeze all the gel out and apply to itchy skin. It will not only moisturize your skin but also create a protective layer that will keep impurities from entering your pores.



17
DEC

Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
healthy holidayThe holidays are here again, which means that your health goals that you’ve been dutifully sticking to all year are now in some serious peril if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips to stay focused while still partaking in some old fashioned holiday cheer.

Make Your Goals and write them down – Although it may sound antiquated in today’s world of smart phones and gadgets, but simply putting pen to paper and jotting down your goals helps make them seem more “real”. A recent study at the Dominican University of California found that people who jot down their goals beforehand are 42% more likely to achieve them.

Bring a healthy side/dessert to a party – Ease the temptation at holiday parties by bringing a healthy side dish or dessert with you. Any hostess will appreciate the gesture and it will serve as another reminder of your healthy objectives.

Try a New Indoor Activity – Break the workout rut and give yourself an activity to get excited about. Try cross fit or sign up for that yoga class you’ve been meaning to since this time last year. Now is the time of year when many studios and gyms will offer first-timer discounts so there’s really no better time to tackle some fun, new activities.

Stay Hydrated – Curb hunger and minimize that hangover by drinking plenty of water at your next soiree. Even better: plan ahead by drinking a full glass of water prior to a meal to help prevent overeating.

Everything in moderation –  Avoid holiday weight gain by practicing moderation. Try not to focus on what you “can’t have” and utilize strategies, such as eating on smaller plates and portion control, to help keep yourself on course.

 



16
DEC

DIY Bath Recipes to Soothe Dry Skin

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
bathWinter and cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin. So while you may be busy with holiday parties, shopping and baking, take some time to soothe your dry and flaky skin with these DIY bath recipes. Epsom salt will soothe and relax sore muscles, baking soda detoxifies the body and seal salt exfoliates the skin. Let the aroma from your favorite essential oil melt your stress away.

Detox Bath Soap

2 C Magnesium Flakes

½ C epsom Salt

½ C Dead Sea Salt

¼ C Baking Soda

 Soothing Milk Bath

1 ½ cups powdered milk

2 Tbsp coconut oil

½ cup epsom salts

½ cup baking soda

10 drops of an essential oil of your choice

Relaxing Lavender Oatmeal Bath

3 cups plain old fashioned oats 
1/2 cup baking soda

12 drops Lavender essential oil



15
DEC

PiperWai – As Seen on Shark Tank!

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Personal Care at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
We love when Lucky Vitamin products get prime-time on television and the latest “hit” is PiperWai Natural Deodorant.

PiperWai is a natural deodorant that was featured on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank that aired Friday, December 11th. This awesome product was created when owners Jess and Sarah wanted a deodorant that was natural, effective and without yucky stuff like aluminum compounds, parabens, triclosan, and phthalates.

So, the PiperWai entrepreneurs came to Shark Tank seeking $50,000 for 10 percent stake in the company and, after a ton of negotiations, they were able to seal a deal. The brand gained a name for itself when the PiperWai women contacted online writers and bloggers, sending folks free samples and gaining buzz on the web.

PiperWai Natural Deodorant contains super absorbent activated charcoal and is gentle on the most sensitive skin, even after shaving. With a fresh, gender-neutral scent, PiperWai rubs in clear and won’t discolor your clothes, plus this deodorant’s unique skin-conditioning qualities make it great for your hands too.

Natural deodorant gets a bad rap for letting you sweat, even if it neutralizes odor at the same time. The ingredients in PiperWai can absorb 1,000x its own weight in moisture and form an invisible absorbent shield between your skin and your shirt, protecting it from wet stains. On top of that, its magnesium content in the form of magnesium hydroxide appears to significantly curb the offensiveness of underarm sweat.

You can shop this exclusive PiperWai natural deodorant at LuckyVitamin.com at our always discounted prices. Click here to check out the product’s page.



14
DEC

How to Fuel Up For a Long Run

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Nutritional Bars,Sports Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Long RunThe long run is often the ultimate quest for runners as this challenging exercise is known to build endurance and strength as well as teach runners how to deal with fatigue and pain. Anything over 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) may be considered a long, resistance exercise and may take some preparation not only to do well and complete the run but also to prevent injuries. When preparing for long run workouts, people often ask themselves many questions regarding pre-race, during, and post-race tips. So, what’s really the best way to prepare for long runs, including half-marathons, 10 Ks, or just an hour jogging in the park?

Pre-Workout

Hydration is extremely important before any run or race. Hydrate well but as usual and drink according to your thirst. Consuming drinks with sodium will help stimulate thirst and retain fluids consumed. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they increase urine output and delay optimal rehydration. Don’t overdo it as over-hydration can lead to the need to urinate during the race, a very common problem for beginners.

Trying to determine how much food to take in before a long run can be complicated since everyone is different, have different fitness levels, different diets, etc. However, an easy, general rule is to consume approximately 0.5 grams of carbohydrate for every pound of body weight and then multiply that number by the number of hours prior to the start of your run. Choose light, easy to digest meals that will put fuel in your tank. For example, eat a high-carbohydrate, low-protein meal a few hours prior your longer runs, or a snack or nutritional bar for shorter runs.

During Workout

During workout, your body needs hydration and, for the longer runs, carbs. An average of 30g to 60g of carbohydrate per hour of running is a good basic rule and sports drinks are an excellent way to hydrate and consume the glucose needed. For more extreme workouts, runners need to get a more high-octane fuel, essentially more concentrated, and often available in energy gels, blocks, beans, and chews. These sports nutrition products are engineered to supply needed carbohydrate, which fuels your muscles and keeps blood sugar levels steady, and electrolytes, which help retain fluids to maintain hydration, prevent cramping, and perform other functions in the body. Make sure to follow your high-octane fuel with water.

Post-Workout

No secret here, after runs, carbohydrates. Choose quick-digesting forms of carbohydrate, such as sports drinks, to allow your body to replenish its stored carbohydrate in your muscles. Fruit, crackers and bread are great after-race meals.  Within the first 30 to 60 minutes after the race, it is crucial to consume some protein to help repair all your worn and torn muscles. Low-fat chocolate milk contains a good combination of carbohydrate and protein to help you refuel. Protein energy bars are also a great choice.

Last Tip

A combination of both sports drinks and water is perfect during and after a run as it can replenish the sodium and potassium you lose through sweat, while giving your body some energy from carbohydrate. After the run, rehydrate with a sports drink first, then water.



12
DEC

4 Cures for Sore Muscles

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

Whether you workout, play sports or sit at a desk all day, your bound to have some aches and pains. It’s your body’s way of adapting. Get relief and alleviate sore muscles with the remedies below. You’re body will thank you!

Tart Cherry Juice – As a recent Newsweek article said, “the day when doctors say – ‘take 10 cherries and call me in the morning’ – may not be far off.” This tart cherry juice recipe makes a great addition to your post-workout recovery drink and is packed with anthocyanins that help reduce inflammation.

Epsom Salt Bath – Soothe aches while softening skin at the same time.  Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is a popular remedy for flushing built-up lactic acid from muscles. Also, magnesium is a mineral known for increasing absorption of other vitamins in the body. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and feel the pain melt away.

Arnica – Treat muscle pain with the help of Mother Nature! Arnica Montana is a plant that grows in mountainous areas in the northern United States, Canada and the European Alps and is used in homeopathic circles for the treatment of muscle aches and stiffness, swelling from injuries and discoloration from bruising.

Nutmeg Oil – Besides its culinary uses, Nutmeg oil is an essential part of Chinese medicine used to treat muscle soreness and inflammation by reducing the swelling of joints. It’s more than just a holiday spice; nutmeg has been used since prehistoric times to treat fevers, headaches and even the plague!

Sore Muscle Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

3 cups kale, lightly packed

2 cups pineapple, frozen

1 banana

16 oz. coconut water

½ juiced lemon

1 tsp turmeric powder

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Feel free to add more coconut water if consistency is too thick.


10
DEC

Healthy Holiday Gifts Suggestions: Fitness

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HealthyFinding the perfect gift isn’t easy. People often struggle to find presents around this time of the year but if you are running out of ideas of gifts for you loved ones, Lucky Vitamin is presenting an entire section of healthy gift suggestions for this holiday season.

Today, we focus on gifts for the fitness fanatics or for anyone who may want to start a New Year Resolution for a healthy, fit 2016. Finding a fitness gift may not be as easy as it sounds as you want to motivate your friends and family without actually saying: “it’s time to lose some weight”.

A gym membership is quite often a popular choice of holiday gift but keep in mind that if the recipient of your gift has never been to a gym, doesn’t like to go out of the house to workout at the gym, or have struggled in the past to use a gym frequently, chances are, this unfortunate trend will likely to continue.

So, perhaps a better option is to shop fitness gifts for the “stay at home” type. Support their exercise and fitness goals by finding the perfect gift for any exercise enthusiast.

Click here to find this special selection of Holiday Gifts presented to you by LuckyVitamin.com.



8
DEC

Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Nutrition,Supplements at 5:52 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf describes the differences between various types of medicinal mushrooms, and their benefits and effects on the body.

Shop Mushrooms at LuckyVitamin.com

About The Series:

Watch LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND series featuring Dr. Jeremy Wolf for healthy information, benefits and facts about popular nutritional supplements and wellness topics. These quick guides are great educational resources to learn about a variety of wellness-oriented topics from a trained Naturopathic Physician. View other videos from LuckyVitamin on our YouTube channel.



8
DEC

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash & Shrooms

Filed Under: Immunity,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
mushroomsRustic and warming are two combos you gotta love for winter recipes. This month at LuckyVitamin we are honoring the mighty mushroom. They have been used for centuries to fight off the flu and keep colds at bay. Head straight for your kitchen and get ready to enjoy this comforting, hearty dish and make room for the shroom!

This vegetarian, immunity boosting meal is perfect if you’re gluten-free or just trying to avoid carbs. Spaghetti squash is a great low-cal replacement for pasta and, as a bonus, is high in fiber that helps keep you feeling fuller, longer. The free-radical fighting, mineral-rich mushrooms provide a great source of selenium. Garlic is a natural immune booster with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Finally, parsley contains high amounts of vitamin C and B12 to help strengthen the immune system.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 medium sized spaghetti squash

1 cup of sliced white button mushrooms

1 cups of sliced baby portabella mushrooms

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp thyme

¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the squash length-wise and spoon out the seeds.
  3. Place squash flesh side down on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. While the squash is baking, heat oil in a skillet. Add garlic and thyme and cook for one minute. Add mushrooms and cook until soft (8 minutes).
  5. Once squash is done and cooled, use a fork to remove the squash in strands.
  6. Add squash to skillet and combine with mushroom mixture.
  7. Top with parmesan cheese and parsley.


7
DEC

Delicious and Healthy: Shiitake Mushrooms

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Shiitake mushrooms are known to make delicious meals but did you know that this staple of Asian cuisine also provides a variety of health benefits?

The third most widely distributed mushroom in the world, shiitakes are rich in vitamins and can be considered a great source of B-complex vitamins. B vitamins benefit your metabolism by helping your body convert food into energy as well as increasing the production of red blood cells, protecting you from developing anemia. Four raw shiitake mushrooms contain one-seventh of the riboflavin, one-fifth of the niacin and one-sixth of the vitamin B-6 needed on a daily basis. It’s important to know that cooked shiitake mushrooms have less of each of these vitamins, but dried shiitakes contain a little more riboflavin than raw mushrooms.

Additionally shiitake mushrooms provide minerals such as iron and selenium, protein, and dietary fiber. Perhaps the most interesting ingredient in shiitakes are its high amounts of antioxidants, particularly the potent L-ergothioneine. Studies have suggested that this compound has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Also known to boost the immune system, shiitake mushrooms contains a compound called lentinan that has been shown to strengthen the immune system’s ability to fight infection and disease. The American Cancer Society says that lentinan can actually reduce and slow the growth of cancer cells while increasing activity to combat tumors by activating certain cells and proteins that attack cancer.

Other mushrooms also provide a variety of health benefits and mushroom supplements have been popular choices to treat multiple health issues as well as enhance the immune system.

Click here and check out this month’s Immunity Boosting Mushroom sale at LuckyVitamin.com.



5
DEC

New Brand Spotlight: My Way Labs

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
My Way LabsLucky Vitamin is happy to present another top quality brand of sport supplements to our customers: My Way Labs.

My Way Labs supplies athletes with sports nutrition products created with one primary goal: to ensure that each and every athlete trains like a god. We have selected the top 5 My Way Labs supplements to introduce to our customers.

Kratus: this amazing product delivers a God-Like burst of power and strength that will enhance your training. Kratus is a one-of-a-kind performance accelerator that contains the industry leading ingredients allowing for maximal muscle building, strength gains, vein popping pumps, everlasting endurance, and intense focus. Achieve insane energy and focus without jitters, gaining strength with creatine HCL + D-aspartic acid, and igniting a metabolic fat burning fire with citrus arantium.

Helius Burn: considered a number one fat burner for men and women, Helius Burn thermogenic effect can help increase body heat, cut fat, preserve muscle and provide energy. A safe and effective fat burner designed to give individuals the body they desire quicker.

Multivitamin: a good workout program requires a good Multivitamin and My Way Labs has the perfect one for you. With a specially formulated blend to give individuals all nutrients they miss with a regular diet, this multi contains all essential vitamins and is enhanced with amino acids to boost athletic performance.

My Whey Protein: a premium quality Non-GMO concentrate and isolate whey protein, My Whey was voted the best tasting chocolate and vanilla protein supplement in the market. A great post-workout drink, My Whey is enhanced with digestive enzymes for better absorption.

CLA Tone: this premium Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) product is an excellent choice to support a healthy body weight. Gluten-free, Non-GMO, and with no artificial ingredients, CLA Tone is derived from natural safflower oil and may help reduce stored fat, and preserve and boost muscle.

You can save even more when you shop My Way Labs supplements at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code DEC15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



3
DEC

Happy Holiday Spirits with St. John’s Wort

Filed Under: Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
St. John's WortIt’s December and the holidays are upon us. We are focused on holiday parties, shopping, spending time with family and friends and many other “end of the year” rituals. Many people enjoy this time of the year and believe December is a month full of joy and happiness. Others may not share the same feelings and, unfortunately, some people may feel sad even depressed as the year closes out.

Depression affects people in many different ways including mood swings and change of behavior but also affecting physical health. Treatment may vary from person to person but natural remedies may be helpful at this time the year.

Natural supplements for depression have been helping people for years but one particular product has been labeled as one of the best products to treat depression naturally: St. John’s Wort.

St. John’s Wort supplements are made from a wild plant named Hypericum perforatum. Studies have shown that this herbal product may help fighting depression and can be as efficient as standard prescription antidepressants. Moreover, St. John’s Wort has a long history of positive results when used by medical professionals and appears to have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.

In addition, St. John’s Wort has been studied in the treatment of other mood disorders such as severe depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For depression, the standard dose for adults is 300 milligrams of St. John’s wort (of 0.3% hypericin extract) taken three times a day. After the initial treatment, some people may choose to go onto a lower maintenance dose of 300 milligrams to 600 milligrams per day.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you are on any medication and before you start taking St. John’s Wort supplements.



2
DEC

Cordyceps: Exotic Source of Health Benefits

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CordycepsHave you ever heard about cordyceps mushrooms? Many people may answer yes to this question as this strange looking caterpillar fungus, mushroom isn’t the most popular product. However, cordyceps supplements popularity have been growing in the past years due to multiple reports on its long list of potential health benefits.

There are more than 600 species of cordyceps but the most well-known is Cordyceps Sinesis. This parasite fungus grows on caterpillar larvae, generally native to the high-altitude regions of China, Nepal, and Tibet. This unique mushroom contains a variety of anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-lipid properties which, according to studies, may help enhance the functionality of the immune system, improve stamina and endurance, as well as increase aerobic capacity and oxygen utilization. In addition, research suggests that cordyceps may help stabilize blood sugar metabolism and improve, kidney, lung, and liver function.

Cordyceps supplements are widely available and used to treat coughs, chronic bronchitis, respiratory disorders, kidney disorders, nighttime urination, male sexual problems, anemia, irregular heartbeat high cholesterol, liver disorders, dizziness, and overall weakness. Some people use cordyceps as a stimulant, a tonic, and an “adaptogen,” which is used to increase energy, enhance stamina, and reduce fatigue.

Cordyceps might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It may also have activity against cancer cells and may shrink tumor size, particularly with lung or skin cancers.

Click here to check out our extensive selection of top-quality cordyceps supplements available at discounted prices during our mushroom sale at LuckyVitamin.com.



1
DEC

The Original Yogi Tea Recipe

Filed Under: Recipes at 10:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Tea by the lakeYogi Tea‘s story began in 1969 when Yogi Bhajan, an inspired and inspiring teacher of holistic living, started teaching yoga in the West. He shared with his students the wisdom and knowledge of healthy living and the beneficial properties of herbs that he had mastered in India, all while serving a comforting and aromatic spiced tea they affectionately named “Yogi Tea.”

Included in the recipe were five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper. When blended and brewed, these delicious and aromatic spices leave you feeling vibrant and alive, while supporting overall well-being. Want to give this original Yogi Tea recipe a try? See the instructions below!

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces of water (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 whole green cracked cardamom pods
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 slices fresh ginger root
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon black tea
  • ½ cup milk or milk substitute

Cooking Instructions

Using a large pot, bring water to boiling and carefully add spices. Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, then add the milk and return to a boil. Upon reaching a boil, carefully remove from heat and strain. If desired, add honey for sweetness.

Makes one 8 ounce serving.

Enjoy!

Recipe from yogiproducts.com



30
NOV

Lucky Cyber Monday

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Personal Care,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cyber MondayToday is Cyber Monday and as you get ready for some online shopping, we present you a little bit about the history of this recent and real great day for shopping.

Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. It was first used by online retailers in the United States but today the term is used in many countries around the world. Since its debut back in 2005, Cyber Monday online sales have been growing year after year. The deals are online-only and generally offers great prices plus the great advantage of home delivery.

The term “Cyber Monday” was first used within the ecommerce e community during the 2005 holiday season. It was coined based on 2004 research showing “one of the biggest online shopping days of the year” was the Monday after Thanksgiving. Retailers also noted the biggest period was December 5 through 15 of the previous year. Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked.

Here at Lucky Vitamin, we are happy to announce our special sales day: Welcome to Lucky Cyber Monday!

Stock up on popular health and wellness products such as vitamins, supplements, diet, personal care, sports nutrition, teas, housewares, natural foods, pet products and much more. Treat yourself to healthy savings with an extra 10% off your order SITEWIDE. But hurry, sale ends 12/1/2015 at 9:00 AM ET, 6:00 AM PT. Just enter the promo code “CBRM1115” at checkout for additionally savings.

 

Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Some offers are limited. Promotional code-based offers cannot be combined. Cyber Monday and promotional code ‘CBRM1115′ expire 12/1/2015 at 9:00 AM ET, 6:00 AM PT. Not eligible for bulk/wholesale purchases over $1,000. See site for further details and expiration dates where applicable. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this message was sent; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit the site.