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18
FEB

Testosterone…What You Need to Know

Filed Under: Men's Health,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The testosterone debate never ends. Rightfully so. Testosterone is a major hormone in every men’s life impacting health, fertility, physical activity, confidence, self-esteem and many other conditions. Testosterone levels decline with age, known as hypogonadism, causing a variety of health problems. In order to help you understand a little more about it, here’s a list of what you need to know about testosterone.

1. Overweight Affects Testosterone Levels

Extra body weight has a significant impact on testosterone levels. The extra fat uses testosterone, removing if from the blood and reducing energy and libido. Fat around the abdomen is believed to extract the most testosterone, so make sure to exercise and stay lean and fit, or, at least, not too fat.

2. Low Testosterone Affect All Ages

Yes, it’s more common as men age, but a drop in testosterone levels can start as early as men in their 20s as well as teenagers. Common symptoms for a drop in testosterone include feeling tired, weak, and depressed but the most common and noticeable one is decline in sex drive.

3. Testosterone Treatment

Testosterone supplements can be an excellent option for men of any age who have below-normal levels. Regular supplementation can avoid a variety of health issues such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

4. Exercise Helps

Moderate exercise helps but isn’t the only way to fix the problem. Exercising can boost testosterone levels to a certain degree, preventing extra fat, as discussed above, an issue to maintain healthy levels. Low testosterone makes it harder to exercise on a regular basis due to lack of energy and stamina which can lead to a vicious cycle of inactivity and reduced hormone levels.

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18
FEB

Pregnant + New Mama’s Guide to Self Care

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Guest Blogger

While you’re nourishing and growing your baby, first in your womb, and then in your arms, you have to take care of your self. Your body is creating this miracle, and you want to provide the optimal start in life to your munchkin. Growing a human being, recovering from childbirth, and taking care of a newborn is not easy. It takes all of you- mind, body, and soul.

I only use natural and organic beauty and health products- if you haven’t made the switch yet, now is the time to protect yourself and your baby from harmful toxic chemicals. I’ve found LuckyVitamin to be the most cost effective place to buy natural and organic beauty and health products. These are some of my favorites:

Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System- I took these once I found out I was pregnant. These are the best, most comprehensive prenatals out there. It’s 6 a day, so if that’s too much, try the Rainbow Light Prenatal One- I was taking these while I was TTC, and switched back to these once the baby was born. I’m still taking them now because i’m still nursing her at 13 months.

NOW Foods Highest Potency DHA-500- You need to supplement your prenatals with DHA, and EPA. This has both. It’s critical for baby’s development, your heart health, and helps prevent postpartum depression.

Ddrops Liquid Vitamin D3 Drops for Infants 400IU- If you’re able to nurse, start giving baby Vitamin D. It’s a critical nutrient they need for their development, and the only one they don’t get enough of from breastmilk. These one drop bottles are the easiest- you drop one drop on your nipple, or on the baby’s pacifier.

Bentley’s Organic Baby Oil- This is what I use for baby after bathing, and for myself after showering instead of body lotion. It’s safe, organic, absorbs quickly, has a mix of nourishing oils, and a relaxing soothing all natural scent. I try to simplify my life by using products that work double duty.

Little Twig Organic Bubble Bath Calming Lavender- Take luxurious, warm (not hot) bubble baths while you’re pregnant, because you will barely have time to shower once the baby is born. Little Twig also has an organic Baby Wash in Lavender that is my fave for bathing baby.

Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash- Treat yourself to the divine natural chemical-free fragrance of wild roses with this luxurious shower gel. Once you have a baby, the days of long showers are gone, so make your five minute escape count. This tube lasts me a long time! It’s a wonderful gift as well.

Mychelle Dermaceuticals SunShield SPF28 Coconut- This is a great transparent every day sunscreen for your face, because you should wear SPF even if you’re indoors most of the time, and you want to make sure yours doesn’t have harmful ingredients like oxybenzone etc.

Tom’s of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant Honeysuckle Rose- Antiperspirants and conventional deodorants have lots of toxic ingredients in them, such as aluminium etc. My fave natural one is Tom’s- it doesn’t leave white marks on your clothes, smells delicious, and works.

For more pregnancy and new mom tips, registry advice, and healthy comfort food recipes, check out my blog LivLuna. For example if you want to know how much caffeine is safe, read my post ‘TTC, pregnant or nursing + love coffee, here’s what you need to know’.

Maria Olson Goins is a mommy lifestyle blogger, mama to a baby girl, and the founder of LivLuna.


 
17
FEB

3 Amazing Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Guest Blogger

Pregnancy is a time of monumental transformation. How can Prenatal Yoga support you during this incredible journey?

Physical Body:  Your body is stretching from the inside to make room for a second human to share the space within, and your organs are being displaced to accommodate your new roommate.  Symptoms from sciatica to nausea to varicose veins can make physical existence uncomfortable.  While pregnancy is a joy and a miracle it also comes with discomfort.

Yoga directly addresses common physical discomforts through postures that release, tone, and enliven muscles, ligaments, organs, and nerves.  When you move through yoga postures, your whole body takes part in a dance that moves blood and fluids to purify the body’s systems.

Labor and birth can be long and hard.  It deserves no less attention than training for a marathon does.  And if you want a training regimen for labor, yoga is it. All the key movements that help a baby be born are replicated in yoga postures.  By moving in spirals, circles, toning and releasing the pelvic floor, opening the hips, and breathing deeply into all parts of your lungs, you prepare for the big day when your body will facilitate bringing a new human being onto the earth.

Emotional Body:  Beyond the physical transformation that pregnancy instigates, there’s the emotional impact.  The hormone soup that bathes your inner world and regulates your emotions is suddenly shaken.  Beyond that, you know in some vague sort of way that the freedom to sleep for a whole night is about to be revoked for years.  Anxiety, depression, anger, obsessive thoughts, and sadness may flow unpredictably and erratically through the lives of many pregnant women.

Yoga supports your emotional well being by bringing balance to your mind, deepening your perspective, and releasing emotional energy from your body’s tissues.  This is supported by postures and breathing techniques that help to move energy/prana through the body and of course meditation, which provides some distance between the “I” and the thought that creates or reinforces the emotion.   The ancient wisdom of yogic philosophy can also support a balanced and resilient mental/emotional complex.  We learn about santosha, or radical acceptance; shraddha or faith/trust in what is; and viveka, or discernment between the thoughts that serve us and those that don’t.

Spiritual Body:  A new human being – mind, body, and soul – is being born within you.  The deepest mystery of the universe is taking place within you.  And it’s changing your sense of self, your identity.  The individual that you have experienced yourself to be for decades will be no more, as your destiny is joined to a tiny being that will depend entirely on you.

Yoga helps you to embrace the spiritual transformation that is inherent to pregnancy and harness it to support a deepening awareness of the timeless YOU that lives beneath all definitions and circumstances.  It invites you to explore deeper and deeper levels of “Self”, integrating and synthesizing them as you go.  It prompts you to ask yourself the most important questions and find the answers hidden within the depth of your breath, resting in intuition and relationship to spirit.

It’s no wonder that during this journey that really has no parallel in ordinary life, women seek out a yoga practice because it is so complete.  An ancient practice steeped with wisdom, yet one that is evolving over the years to serve the ever-changing culture we live within.

This wisdom and much more can be found in Birthing Mama® an online holistic pregnancy program.

BIO: Corinne Andrews is the founder and head author of Birthing Mama®. As the owner of Yoga Center Amherst, a senior Embodyoga® teacher and the Co-founder of the local Birthing Mama Yoga, she has been teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities since 2003.  In addition to classes, Corinne teaches private yoga sessions for health and healing. She is the mother of two children who are her greatest spiritual teachers and the focus of her life when she is not practicing or teaching yoga or experimenting in the garden and kitchen.

www.birthingmama.org

www.yogacenteramherst.org

 


 
16
FEB

Does Your Pet Need Joint Supplements?

Filed Under: Pet Care,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Joint pain can really impact your pets’ quality of life. Arthritis is a common joint issue for dogs and cats normally affecting hips and elbows. Joint supplements developed specifically for pets can be very helpful to minimize the pain and promote a better life for your pet.

Just like in humans, pets feel pain in the joints when production of the fluid filling the space between the bones is low or not lubricating the joints properly. Aging is the problem as, just like us once again, joint fluid production decreases with the years creating more friction between the bones. Each bony end is covered in a smooth cartilage, which protects the joint from damage. Articular cartilage contains a high concentration of nerve fibers, and when anything touches the cartilage, your pets will feel pain. So, it is essential to maintain enough fluid around the cartilage to prevent joint issues.

Natural joint supplements designed specifically for pets can be a great way to provide nutrients to minimize the lack of this fluid. The majority of products contain three nutrients that can help lubricate your dog’s joint fluid and can even repair damaged joint cartilage. Glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid are found in a good number of joint supplements for humans as well as pets.

Pets supplements are available in chewable tablets, wafers or snack, treats making it easier for your pets to absorb its contents. Lucky Vitamin is now having a special Natural Pet Sale. Click here to check out all the products of this very special offer.


 
16
FEB

5 Tips for Holistic Pet Care

Filed Under: Green Living,Pet Care at 5:46 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

  1. Quality & Quantity of Food – If YOU eat organic shouldn’t your furry family members, too? Look for foods that are grain-free – studies have linked grain-based diets to a host of feline health issues – as well as lacking artificial colors and preservatives.
  2. Bond with some Omegas – Boost your pet’s health with Omega-3 fatty acids. Supplementing Omegas in your pet’s diet helps them maintain healthy skin, coat, joints, and overall development. Our tip: Rub a dollop of coconut oil between your hands and let your pet lick 2/3rds of it off. Work the remaining oil through your pet’s fur for a sleek, shiny coat.
  3. Natural Alternatives for Pain – Like us, as dogs and cats age their joints lose mobility, and in some cases, can lead to chronic pain. Glucosamine, MSM and Chondroitin are easily absorbed natural substances that may stimulate the production of proteoglycans which help maintain the health and resiliency of joints and connective tissues.
  4. Travel Easily – For both cats and dogs, travel can be an exhausting experience. For an upset stomach try ginger, peppermint or catnip. For anxiety, try skullcap or valerian. Other holistic remedies include Bach’s Rescue Remedy or two pellets of Arnica Montana 30C, taken 30 minutes prior to travel.
  5. Exercise – The obesity epidemic hasn’t been limited to just those of us with two legs. Our four-legged friends have been hit just as hard. Sunshine fresh air and at least 20 minutes of exercise are imperative for your most pet breeds, especially dogs. If your access to the outdoors is limited, try to keep your pets physically and mentally stimulated by introducing new and challenging toys and games on the regular.

 
15
FEB

4 Essential Supplements for Bone Health

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

One of the most efficient ways to help prevent osteoporosis, reduce pain from osteoarthritis or just maintain healthy cartilage, bone health supplements are very helpful to many people. So, if you are looking to bone up on nutrients but are not sure about the ingredients you should be looking for, here are 4 essential supplements for bone health.

1. Calcium: no surprise here. Everyone knowns calcium builds strong bones and most people need about 1000 mg to 1200 mg a day of this important mineral. A primary nutrient for bone health, around 98% of all calcium in the body is stored in the bones.  Calcium is necessary to keep the entire body from becoming too acidic. So, if your calcium is low, the body will instinctively pull it from your bones to stay alive.

2. Vitamin D: another well-known bone supplement, vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. The recommended intake should be at least 400 IU, up to 600 IU of vitamin D daily for better bone health. It’s also well-known that the human body makes vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight and, therefore, people who spend too much time indoors, elderly, and anyone living in areas with low sun exposure during the winter months should considered vitamin D supplementation.

3. Magnesium: critical to the skeletal system, around 400 mg of magnesium should be sufficient to maintain optimal bone health. Magnesium supplementation may be hard on the stomach, so choose magnesium citrate instead of magnesium chloride, carbonate or oxide.

4. Silica: this trace mineral regenerates body infrastructure including the skeleton, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, connective tissue, skin, hair and nails. Levels of silica in the body decrease with age and are needed in larger quantity by seniors.

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14
FEB

What’s New? Chosen Foods

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

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of health food products to our customers: Chosen Foods.

Chosen Foods offers a premium line of super food products which offer unique health benefits and have the power to heal. The company believes that you deserve complete and total transparency from you food provider and each stage of all superfoods is carefully overseen, from seeding to harvesting, from cleaning to processing, ensuring complete control over supply, quality, sustainability and trade practices.

False claims in food products have been one of the biggest problems in the food industry for many years. Lack of regulatory resources coupled with the millions of consumer food products on the market makes it impossible to investigate each misleading or dishonest claim. You often find products labeled natural but a quick check at the ingredients list will tell you that the term “natural” has been widely used incorrectly .

Chosen Foods can commit to providing customers the real, hard, proof that all products are what they say they are. You can check out the company’s 3rd party lab data available for download as well as access to the exact nutrition data and certificate of analysis for each lot of chia seeds grown, instead of generic standards. Chosen Foods ultimate goal is to provide products and education that empower you to make conscious choices to improve your health.

Additionally, save even more when you shop Chosen Foods products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘FEB15NEW15′ at checkout for an additional 15% on all products of this new brand. Offer expires 2/28/15.


 
12
FEB

5 Healing Benefits of Hugging

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 4:31 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it can seem like love is everywhere you look for it – chocolate, flowers, those little heart-shaped candies that seem to only be available in February (the month’s version of Halloween candy corn).

Love, of course, is not just limited to presents, junk food and tchotchkes. Valentine’s Day can be physical, too, including the simple act of enveloping your loved one in a warm embrace. Research shows that when you give someone a hug your brain produces oxytocin — the love hormone. This substance has many benefits, including some we listed below:

Reduce Stress

When you wrap your arm around someone you care for your cortisol levels – which measures what is referred to as the “stress hormone” – take a nosedive. Secreted in high amounts during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, the security that comes along with a comforting hug from a loved one helps keep this hormone in check.

Support Your Ticker

Research from University of North Carolina showed that a good hug can help ease blood flow lower a person’s heart rate.

Fight Fatigue

One 10-second hug per day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your stamina and energy levels.

Boost Immune Function

Hugging creates pressure on the sternum which activates the Solar Plexus chakra, stimulating the thymus gland. This gland is responsible for regulating white blood cell production, which helps keep our bodies disease-free.

Improve Mood

So-called “happy hormones” such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, AKA the pleasure hormone, are released when we hug.  Keeping these hormones elevated can help fight depression and Parkinson’s disease.

Now for the fun part: go hug it out!

 

 

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11
FEB

3 Natural Ways to Battle Cholesterol

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A well-balanced diet and exercise are proven ways to reduce cholesterol but another natural way can really make a difference in your treatment. Natural products for cholesterol have been one of the most popular supplements for many years for a simple reason: they are efficient. If you are not familiar with these, here are 3 natural ways to battle cholesterol.

1. Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice has been a hot-selling item for cholesterol for many years. This all-natural product has been tested in many different ways and has been shown to lower cholesterol as well as a statin drug. Most red yeast rice supplements are similar to the ones used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. A number of pharmaceutical drugs contain the exact same ingredient, red yeast rice, in their formulations.

2. Omega-3 Supplements

Omega-3 supplements are good for overall health but they are also a great way to regulate cholesterol. The popular “fish-oil” offers a combination of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the two most beneficial types of omega-3 fats. Doctors recommend 1000mg a day and you can choose from softgel products as well as the liquid form. A good tip: look for enteric-coated products which are designed to dissolve in the intestines instead of the stomach, avoiding the unpleasant fishy burps.

3. Policosanol

Rounding up our list, we present you policosanol. Made from sugar cane, this all-natural supplement has been known to be effective in lowering cholesterol as well as maintaining normal HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. Policosanol has powerful antioxidant capabilities that inhibit oxidation of cholesterol. The long-chain alcohols found in policosanol are present in many foods of plant origin but supplemental policosanol is typically extracted from sugar cane or beeswax.


 
10
FEB

3 Ways to Work Your Foam Roller

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

Myofascial release is a technique that involves applying a soft sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue.  The fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that surrounds most structures in the body including muscles. But how can you apply this soft pressure to the back of your neck, shoulders or areas where you can’t reach? The simple answer is a foam roller.

Foam rollers are large logged shape pieces of foam that can be placed on the floor and used to rollout muscles before or after an exercise. Some of the many benefits of foam rolling include improving circulation, increase blood flow, release muscle tightness, increase range of motion and decrease pain. One Research article showed that just 2 minutes of foam rolling was able to increase range of motion by up to 10 degrees.  Another article showed that the use of a foam roller reduces arterial stiffness and improves vascular endothelial function. Foam rollers work by breaking down fibrous tissue or adhesions that may be causing you pain, stiffness and tension.  Another great benefit to daily foam rolling is that it can actually improve core muscle strength and thus balance. Just like a fitness ball, a foam roller is unstable. While you lay with your back on the foam roller you are actually causing your abdominal muscles to engage. While using foam rollers to help relieve yourself of tension and pain it is best to use them daily to help prevent these issues before they even start.

Click here to check out our large selection of foam rollers that you can use daily while at home, on the road, or even at your office.  Take not rollers come in all shapes and sizes. Some rollers are harder while others are softer. For instance the STI rumble roller is contoured for more of a deep tissue roll.  Be sure to also look below for some common exercises to get you started with your foam roller. Here are a couple of tips to consider before getting underway; just because we have pain in a certain area it is not always best to roll directly over that area. Also it takes time for your brain to tell your muscles to relax so make sure you take your time, don’t roll to fast and enjoy the relaxation.

  • Shoulder Blade Rolls – Lie face up with a foam roller under your upper back, at the tops of your shoulder blades. Cross your arms over your chest. Your knees should be bent with your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips so they’re slightly elevated off the floor. Roll back and forth over your shoulder blades and your mid- and upper back.
  • Glute Rolls- Sit on a foam roller with it positioned on the back of your right thigh, just below your glutes. Cross your right leg over the front of your left thigh. Put your hands flat on the floor for support. Roll your body forward until the roller reaches your lower back. Then roll back and forth. Repeat with the roller under your left glute.
  • Hamstring – Place the foam roller underneath your upper hamstring muscles below your glutes. Cross your right leg over your left leg and roll the foam roller down from your glutes to right above your left knee. Do 10-12 slow and steady passes. Repeat on the other side.

 
9
FEB

DIY – Homemade Hair Masks

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:42 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Hair dye, blow dryers and straighteners…oh my.

All three can help us achieve a gorgeous head of locks in the short term but oftentimes they can inflict a hefty price just below the surface, damaging our hair over the long haul. Here are a few safe, homemade masks derived from many ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. They can all help restore your hair and give it back the luster it’s been lacking. 

Moisturize:  Coconut oil & Essential Oils

This is a super simple solution for dry and brittle hair. Just apply two to three tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on the length of your hair). Next, add 6-12 drops of your favorite essential oils. Massage into your scalp and leave on for 30 minutes. A coconut oil mask can sometimes leave a residue. So, we recommend using a mixture of one egg and two tablespoons of water to rinse the conditioner. Leave this on your hair for ten minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Fortify: 1 Egg + 1/2 cup Milk + a squeeze of Lemon + 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Repair your hair from the inside out with this fortifying hair mask, perfect for boosting shine and strengthening your hair to the core. Egg will add a ton of vitamins A, D and E.  Olive oil will hydrate and the milk will give it the feel of silk. Lemon acts as a natural astringent that will eliminate excess oily buildup. Whisk all the ingredients together and massage into your scalp. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. You can do a final cleanse with a gentle shampoo.

Repair: Half avocado, 1 tsp Honey, 1 tsp Olive Oil

If you color your hair or use a lot of styling tools this mask is for you. Dry, damaged and lifeless hair will be brought back to life via the nourishing properties of avocado. Rich in antioxidants, this mask repairs so well that you won’t need to follow up with a conditioner. Cut and remove the pit form an avocado and blend together all of the above ingredients. If you notice that the mask is too thick, just add a splash of milk to help thin out its consistency. Apply to hair, starting from the roots to your ends. Cover with a cap and relax for at least 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.


 
9
FEB

5 Reasons to Buy a Water Bottle

Filed Under: Environment,Water Purification and Storage at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Do you own a reusable water bottle? We hope you do, but if you are still a consumer of packaged-in-plastic water, here are 5 great reasons to buy a water bottle and stop shopping bottled water.

1. Environment

The number one reason to purchase a reusable water bottle is to protect the environment. Millions of plastic bottles are used every day and only about 10% of those actually get recycled. That’s a ton of waste, literally. On top of that, add all the fuel used for transportation and manufacturing of plastic, and we are talking about a huge, and totally avoidable, impact on our environment.

2. Save Money

Shopping bottled water is very expensive. If you calculate the amount of money you spend for bottled water you drink every day, you are likely to stop buying it right away. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost an average of $1,500 per year.

3. BPA – Bisphenol A

BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical in plastic that may affect your health. Studies have shown that BPA may affect brain function, immune function, hormonal function, as well as affecting babies, as some plastic toys contain BPA. When shopping a reusable water bottle, choose aluminum, glass or make sure the plastic ones are BPA-free.

4. Tap Water

Did you know that over 90 percent of public water systems meet EPA’s standards for tap water quality? So, you actually do not need to buy bottled water. If you still don’t trust your local tap water, a filtration system is an excellent way to provide top quality water for you and your family.

5. Bottled Tap Water

You are spending your money on top-quality brands of bottled water only to find out that about 40 percent of bottled water comes from tap water. The Natural Resources Defense Council has confirmed that the majority of brands of water contain a good percentage of water from tap.


 
8
FEB

Welcome Ortho Molecular Research

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

Lucky Vitamin is excited to introduce a new professional brand to our extensive selection of professional grade supplements. Ortho Molecular research manufactures quality products beyond what is expected from a supplement company.  The focus on high quality formulations, which they manufacture in their own dedicated tableting and encapsulating rooms, and control every step of the process. One of the many processing steps that they take to ensure product quality is post manufacturing product identity. This includes testing the formula to make sure it contains the ingredients at the potencies listed, checking to make sure it contains the correct ingredients, checking for purities, as well as 6-month post stability testing to make sure the products meet the label expiration dates.

One of their many formulas that we are particularly excited to add is their all-natural D-Hist for adults and D-Hist Jr for children.  This product contains a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, enzymes, and herbs, which are designed to support the body through symptoms and changes associated with common environmental allergens.  D-Hist includes a blend of stinging nettles, N-Acetyl Cysteine, bromelain, and quercetin which work together to promote healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.

Another popular formula to check out is Ortho Molecular’s VesselMax. This blend of nutrients supports the integrity of healthy veins and promotes efficient vessel function.  The benefits of adding this supplement to your regimen is healthy circulation, normal tone and flexibility of veins, proper vessel strength and supporting cardiovascular health. Vesselmax is a blend of bioflavonoid Troxerutin, and herbs like Horse chestnut Seed Extract, Gotu Kola, and Butcher’s Broom.  Other added benefits of this supplements incudlue free of yeast, gluten, corn, artificial colors and flavors.

Check out the entire line of Ortho Molecular Research products and formulations on our LuckyVitamin site here.  Free shipping on all Ortho Molecular Products is now being offered.

 


 
6
FEB

Get Grass-fed, NOW!

Filed Under: Food Politics,Green Living,Nutrition at 6:16 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

The label “grass-fed” refers to cows who have grazed in pasture year-round rather than being fed a processed diet (usually consisting of corn) for much of their lives. Grass feeding greatly improves the quality of the cow’s milk and helps it maintain more of its naturally ocurring omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Fatty Acids

The amount of CLA found in the milk derived from 100% grass-fed cows is typically two to five times greater than milk found in conventionally-fed cows. CLA is a type of fat that has various health benefits, including immune and inflammatory system support, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, reduced risk of heart attack, and maintenance of lean body mass. According to recent studies, grass-fed cow’s milk contains 75 milligrams of CLA from an eight-ounce serving. 

Omega-3

The omega-3 fat content derived from grass-fed cow’s milk is dependent on the variety of forage crops accessible to the animal. This omega-3 content also varies with the age, breed and health of the cow. For instance, you can get anywhere from 50-150 milligrams of omega-3s (in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA) in 8 ounces of grass-fed cow’s milk.

 

Fat Composition

The overall fat composition of grass-fed milk is not what you may think. In eight ounces of whole grass-fed cow’s milk there are eight grams of total fat. About two grams (25%) of this comes from monounsaturated fat in the form of oleic acid. This omega-9 fatty acid is the primary fatty acid found in olive oil. Replacing this fatty acid with other fats can lead to lowered blood and cholesterol levels. About four and a half grams (or 56%) come from saturated fat – a type of fat that is thought to have unwanted ramifications. However, the type of saturated fat in 100% grass-fed cow’s milk does not fall into the “bad” fat category. About six to seven percent of this saturated fat is “short-chain” and functions as a probiotic that supports friendly bacteria in the GI tract.

 

Cows are not meant to eat a grain diet. Their digestive system, the rumen, is designed to eat grass, break down cellulose and turn it into protein. When you take a cow off pasture it creates a domino effect of problems. As author and activist Michael Pollan explains, “You start giving (cows) antibiotics, because as soon as you give them corn, you’ve disturbed their digestion, and they’re apt to get sick, so you then have to give them drugs. Then we then go down this path of technological fixes.” As you can see, it’s process that unfolds in direct contrast to what nature had intended. But as we’ve learned, educated consumers have the power to choose. When you consume grass-fed dairy products, you’re not only improving your health but your supporting the health and well-being of the those animals too – a classic win-win situation.

 

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5
FEB

3 Natural Hair Dyes That Won’t Damage Your Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Women's Health at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Did you know that natural hair color products can actually deliver a superior result to your hair than conventional products? That’s right. Many natural hair dyes provide better results with less dry, over-processed hair as well as the great benefit of using a healthier product without ammonia and other dangerous chemical additives. Here’s a selection of 3 natural hair dyes that won’t damage you hair.

1. CoSaMo

CoSaMo offers a top-quality line of non-permanent hair color products which are MSDS certified and FDA approved and contain no-ammonia, no-peroxide and no PPD (p-Phenylenediamine). PPD is primarily used as a dye and is one of the “have to be avoided” ingredients. Short term exposure to high levels of p-phenylenediamine may cause severe dermatitis, eye irritation and tearing, asthma, gastritis, renal failure, vertigo, tremors, and convulsions. The majority of customers believe CoSaMo products work just as well if not better than regular hair color products.

2. Surya Brasil

Surya Brasil offers a unique line of natural cosmetic products to promote beauty and health. The company not only has products with assured natural ingredients, but it also abstains from using substances that are harmful to you or to the environment. Surya Brasil contains no lead, ammonia, PPD dyes, and any other chemicals.

3. Naturtint

Naturtint offers a premium line of natural hair coloring products featuring plant-based active ingredients. This unique permanent hair coloring works by using a three-step process without ammonia, parabens, silicones, paraffin, mineral oils, heavy metals, artificial fragrances, SLS, or formaldehyde derivatives. The active plant-based ingredients and the pH of the colorant cream help to open the external cuticle layer of the hair naturally. Next, the natural color of the hair is removed, and micro-pigments penetrate the deepest layers of the hair with the new color. Finally, the cuticle returns to its original position, trapping the colorants inside the hair to ensure that the new color won’t fade away.


 
 
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