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30
AUG

What’s New? MCT Lean

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is presenting another top-quality brand of weight-loss products to our customers: MCT Lean.

MCT Lean offers scientifically researched plant-based dietary supplements and functional foods from naturally cultivated ingredients aimed at keeping you in top physical form and helping you achieve a sense of complete wellbeing and optimal health. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, increase energy, or just live a healthier life, MCT Lean has the ultimate fuel product to help you achieving your goals.

MCT Lean believes “fats” get a bad reputation and for the most part, deservedly so. However, not all fats are the same and MCT Lean has found extreme value in one particular fat: medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs.

MCTs are the premium fuel for your body’s everyday functions and likely the best fuel for life. MCTs don’t behave like other fats as it is chemically structured to produce energy, not body fat. In fact, MCTs are hailed as the all-natural answer to eliminating stubborn body fat. The Dr. Oz show had a very interesting segment on the MCTs, classifying it as one of Dr. Oz’s top three “fat burner” supplements.

The typical Western diet is largely composed of long chain triglycerides (LCTs), typically consumed in processed vegetable oils such as canola, soy, and safflower. In excess, LCTs acts as the building blocks of stubborn body fat. Unlike LCTs, MCTs are primarily used for energy production and rarely ever stored as fat. In addition, MCTs promote ketones, an alternative power source which can become the main energy source when you eat a diet low in carbs and high in healthful fat. MCT Lean uses these MCTs as the foundation for creating the highest quality plant-based dietary supplements and functional foods to support those striving to live an active, nutritious lifestyle.

Save even more when you shop MCT Lean products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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MCT Lean – MCT Oil – 16 oz.
MCT Lean – Vegan Protein Blend with Broccoli Seed Extract & MCT Natural Vanilla – 19.7 oz.
MCT Lean – Vegan Protein Blend with Broccoli Seed Extract & MCT Natural Cocoa – 22.5 oz.

 
27
AUG

Go Red: Women Heart Disease

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

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing approximately 400.000 women per year, which represents one in every four female deaths. Heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease” but it is important to know that about the same number of women and men die each year of cardiovascular disease.

Risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are spreading among women across the country. Complicating matters, women with heart disease often have different symptoms than men, such as back or jaw pain instead of the common crushing chest pain men often describe as a first symptom. Additionally, according to doctors, women are also more likely to deny the problem.

Awareness of heart disease among women is gradually rising and the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign is an excellent way to raise awareness and help women across the country.

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It works to improve the lives of all Americans, providing public health education in a variety of ways. In 2010, it set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.

https://www.goredforwomen.org/

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Rainbow Light – Omega Cardio Performance – 60 Softgels
Himalaya Herbal Healthcare – HeartCare for Healthy Heart Support – 240 Vegetarian Capsules
NOW Foods – CoQ10 Cardiovascular Health 30 mg. – 240 Vegetarian Capsules

 
25
AUG

What’s New? My Konjac Sponge

Filed Under: Environment,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
My Konjac Sponge

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary 100% eco-friendly product to our customers: My Konjac Sponge.

My Konjac Sponge offers unique sponges which are soft, gentle, safe and yet can provide a very deep skin cleaning without damaging skin. Made with superior quality, My Konjac Sponge products are made to the very highest of standards, using the purest volcanic rock filtered water, and 100% food grade konjac fiber, a pure vegetable fiber taken from the root of the Amorphophallus Konjac plant. The company selects only the best quality ingredients and every product contains no fragrances, artificial colors, preservatives, parabens, or any other additives that are known for causing cancer and other diseases.

Inspired in traditional Japanese sponges, My Konjac Sponges are highly effective at cleaning skin. A great deal of research has gone into My Konjac Sponge to provide you the ultimate in purity and quality. Even people with the most sensitive skin, including infants, are able to use this smooth, pure, and 100% natural product. All products carry the Leaping Bunny logo, the highest standard of cruelty-free status in the cosmetics industry.

The company also takes pride in the environmental responsibility by handcrafting products which are all vegan (registered with the Vegan Society), natural and free of chemicals that can harm the environment. All products are biodegradable and every material used in the packaging is recyclable. My Konjac Sponge is no ordinary sponge. Try it for yourself and you’ll see its power to gently cleanse your skin like no other product you’ve ever used.

Save even more when you shop My Konjac Sponge products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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My Konjac Sponge – All Natural Fiber 6 Wave Konjac Body Sponge Fragrance Free
My Konjac Sponge – All Natural Konjac Face Sponge with Added French Green Clay
My Konjac Sponge – All Natural Konjac Baby Bath Sponge Fragrance Free

 
22
AUG

Mahima for Life: Heal With Ayurvedic Medicine

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

 

Mahima for Life is a specialized line of natural herbs and formulas that combines ancient medicine with modern techniques to bring about the perfect union of old and new healing methods. Their mission is to provide healing products and resources for a greater humanity. Their products are based on the ancient healing of Ayurvedic medicine, native to India, and the long standing traditional Chinese methodology of using natural medicine. At Mahima for Life, they have integrated the philosophies of both ancient medicines with modern day manufacturing techniques to present products that contain ingredients in their most optimal format.

More about Ayurveda

As individuals we are responsible for living a life based on principles, morality and humanitarian service. In doing so we are able to achieve physical and emotional detachment and spiritual liberation. This enables us to merge and become one with Supreme Consciousness. According to Ayurveda, there are three principal goals which are attributed to our existence.

These three simple yet basic goals are:

Dharma: Art of doing and being dutiful to self and others in a selfless manner.

Artha: Accumulation of possessions for self needs and to fulfill service and not selfish wants.

Kama: Ability to satisfy self needs with simple possessions.

For a limited time, enjoy an extra 15% off this new brand. Use promo code ‘AUG14NEW15’ at checkout. Hurry, offer ends 8/31/2014.

 

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21
AUG

Summertime & The Living’s Easy When You Have These Singles on Hand

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

Sometimes summer fun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The hot and humid temps and afternoon downpours bring nasty insect bites, painful bumps and bruises as kids of all ages play outdoors, and troublesome indigestion from seaside picnics and spicy backyard barbecues. Make the most of the season by keeping some popular single homeopathic medicines in your medicine cabinet to help relieve conditions associated with these common summer activities.

Start with Apis mellifica and Ledum palustre. Apis relieves itchy eyes, swollen eyelids, and swollen, itchy, burning skin or lips caused by insect bites or allergies and relieved by cold compresses. Use Ledum for non-bleeding wounds as small as an insect bite. It also relieves swollen and itchy mosquito bites, especially when taken at dawn and dusk. These singles can be paired up with Boiron’s topical Calendula Gel for cool, soothing relief.

You’ll also want to relieve your aches and pains more naturally. Arnica montana is best known for its ability to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruising. Arnica has been used for centuries for its pain-relieving properties. Nux vomica is also another summer must-have. Nux is useful for gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and cramps from indigestion, especially after eating a lot of spicy food or drinking too much coffee or alcohol.

To explore more homeopathic medicines for these conditions and many others, use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf.

 

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20
AUG

What’s New? Pur Gum

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

Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of natural, great-tasting chewing gum to our customers: Pur Gum.

Pur Gum offers a unique selection of aspartame-free gum products. The company has developed this exclusive great-tasting chewing gum using only the highest quality ingredients available. Pur Gum has become the number one selling aspartame-free gum worldwide since the initial launch in 2010. The company’s philosophy is to make simple substitutions by eliminating chemical sweeteners thus providing consumers with optimal health, and confidence in chewing gum.

Pur Gum products are vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, nut-free, diabetic friendly and dairy free. Swiss made, Pur Gum products are made without chemicals or artificial sweeteners, and only sweetened with xylitol, a natural sweetener derived from corn fibers grown in Europe. Pur Gum contains absolutely no animal ingredients, and is 100% certified Vegan.  Aspartame is the man-made, synthetic sweetener found in most sugar-free gums, beverages, and candies. This food additive has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, mood change, vomiting, nausea, and change in heart rate. Pur Gum is completely aspartame-free, sweetened instead with Xylitol, an all-natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables.

Xylitol is good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, and has the same sweetness as sugar, making it the ideal natural sugar replacement. Each Pur Gum contains one gram of Xylitol and only 2.4 calories per gram.

Pur Gum is available in four mouthwatering flavors: spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen and pomegranate mint.

Save even more when you shop Pur Gum products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Spearmint – 9 Piece(s)
Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Peppermint – 9 Piece(s)
Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Pomegranate Mint – 60 Piece(s)
Pur Gum – Sugar Free Chewing Gum Wintergreen – 60 Piece(s)

 
18
AUG

Magnificent Blueberries

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Blueberries are known for its health benefits but some people may not know how many different benefits one can get from these delicious little blue fruits. Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients including essential dietary minerals, vitamins, and soluble dietary fiber.

Blueberries are very low in calories. About 100g of fresh berries provide only 57 calories and, similar to red grape, they contain resveratrol, the anti-aging superfood. Additionally, blueberries contain anthocyanins, other pigments, and various phytochemicals anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness. Studies have shown that pigments found in blueberries may reduce risks of diseases such as inflammation and cancer. Preliminary studies found blueberry consumption lowered cholesterol and total blood lipid levels, possibly affecting symptoms of heart disease. Wild South American varieties may contain higher levels of polyphenols.

Research has shown that supplementation of wild blueberry juice may benefit the brain, improve memory and learning in older adults, while possibly reducing blood sugar and symptoms of depression. Blueberries are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits. The ORAC value of 100 g fresh blueberry is 5562 TE (Trolex equivalents).

Blueberries contain plenty of vitamin and minerals. Vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E are found in small amounts but altogether work as potent anti-oxidants. The berries also contain a small amount of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. Blueberries also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc.

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Life Extension – Blueberry Extract Capsules – 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Don’t Go Nuts – Energy Bar Blueberry Blast – 1.58 oz.
Solaray – Guaranteed Potency Blueberry Leaf Extract 100 mg. – 60 Capsules

 
13
AUG

What’s New? The Perfect Bar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of nutritional bars to our customers: The Perfect Bar.

The Perfect Bar offers a variety of nutritional bars created with only natural and pure ingredients. The company believes that whole foods are the only acceptable source of nourishment for the body and, therefore, had created the “perfect bar”. You are what you eat and The Perfect Bar wants to spread the message that good health begins with eating right. Other companies use a third party or co-packer to mass produce their bars using a machine driven extruding process that calls for emulsifiers and preservatives to extend shelf-life at room temperature. Perfect Bar is real food made by real people, creating bars the natural way and making sure that you will be able to taste the difference. Started as a small family business, The Perfect Bar company has grown but has kept the nutritional principle of “quality over quantity” throughout the years.

The Perfect Bar is the result of much experiment with natural whole foods. Back in 1995, whole food supplements were mixed with organic peanut butter and honey, creating small, delicious balls packed with nutritional awesomeness, and The Perfect Foods Bar was born. In 2005, The Perfect Bars creators decided to share this amazing recipe with everyone and started Perfect Foods Research, rooted in the tradition of healthy living. Today, you can enjoy this unique selection of delicious, healthy nutritional bars now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Additionally, you can save even more on products from The Perfect Bar when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just use promo code ‘AUG14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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The Perfect Bar – Perfect Foods Bar Peanut Butter – 2.5 oz.
The Perfect Bar – Perfect Foods Bar Cranberry Crunch – 1.6 oz.
The Perfect Bar – Perfect Foods Bar Carob Chip – 2.5 oz.

 
11
AUG

The Best Sweet Choice: Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The sugar debate never ends. From time to time, a new report suggests that sugar substitutes are not healthy and should be avoided. The term “sugar substitutes” is widely mentioned but not always properly used. Sugar substitutes can be any product that people use instead of sugar. The most common sugar subs are sweeteners which can be divided in two categories: artificial and natural.

Artificial sweeteners have been getting a variety of poor reviews in reports and studies, fading away in popularity, and can’t seem to overcome their sketchy made-in-the-lab connotations. On the other hand, natural sweeteners continue to grown in variety and popularity as have been labeled as a much healthier and overall better product.

Stevia, xylitol, and agave are just some of the popular names of natural sweeteners and if you are not yet familiar with these products, it’s very important that you check out the health benefits from this sugar substitutes. These sweeteners are derived from natural substances rather than synthesized like saccharin and aspartame and most of them are considered low-calorie.  Some of these natural sweeteners are relatively new, so they haven’t been studied as extensively as sugar and artificial substitutes have, but there is no doubt you are getting a product that is much better than any artificial sweeteners as well as conventional sugar.

The US Food and Drug Administration has reviewed provided data and considered most of these products to be generally recognized as safe. In fact, the food-safety watchdog group “Center for Science in the Public Interest” believes this new generation is probably safer than aspartame and saccharin, which it asserts could increase cancer risk. With the exception of agave syrup, the new natural sweeteners are very low-calorie or calorie-free.

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NOW Foods – Beet Sugar – 3 lbs.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Organic Raw Blue Agave – 44 oz.
Kal – Pure Stevia Extract Plus Luo Han Powder – 100 Packet(s)

 
8
AUG

What’s New? Herbal Answers

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of aloe vera products to our customers: Herbal Answers.

Herbal Answers offers the original and only truly raw aloe product on the market. Aloe Force has been a top-selling item for many years due to its unique, pure aloe-herbal extraction process and herbal delivery system. No alcohol, no heat, or harsh solvents are ever used as the aloe itself is used as the extracting agent, thus incorporating the herbs directly into the aloe vera. Herbal Aloe Force dietary supplement (with its aloe extracted essiac herbs) is ranked the #1 top-selling aloe vera product nationally in stores since 2011.

The health benefits from aloe vera go beyond digestive and elimination health as this amazing plant can feed the very mechanisms of unfolding health in every cell throughout our bodies. Herbal Answers Aloe Force whole-liquid is 97% pure aloe and 3% tonifying, adaptagenic (balancing), aloe-extracted herbs including the following herbs: the essiac herbs (sheep sorrell, burdock root, slippery elm bark, rhubarb root), cats claw (uncaria tomentosa), astragalus, pau d’arco, hawthorne berry and chamomile. While it is the most effective aloe supplement available, it is also the most potent, effective and gentle delivery of these magnificent herbs.

Herbal Answers was founded in 1995 to produce, distribute, and educate about their uniquely raw-purified, unbroken, fully effective, and completely safe aloe vera products. Herbal Answers’ mission is to educate the public of its discovery that processing is the key to aloe’s potency, effectiveness, and safe usage. Aloe Force is the only “unbroken by processing” aloe and uniquely delivers aloe’s full legendary promise both topically and internally.

Additionally, you can save even more on all Herbal Answers products when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just use promo code ‘AUG14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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Herbal Answers – Pure Aloe Force Liquid – 32 oz.
Herbal Answers – Herbal Aloe Force Liquid – 32 oz.

 
7
AUG

Vitamin D Deficiency Could Double Alzheimer’s Risk

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:21 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

In the largest study of its kind, researchers revealed that in older people, not getting enough vitamin D may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was released August. 6, 2014, online issue of Neurology.

The study evaluated blood levels of vitamin D, which includes vitamin D from food, supplements and sun exposure. Dietary vitamin D is found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or mackerel and milk, eggs and cheese.

“We expected to find an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising—we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated,” said study author David J. Llewellyn, PhD, of the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom.

The study evaluated 1,658 healthy people over the age of 65 without dementia and had their vitamin D blood levels tested. After an average of six years, 171 participants developed dementia and 102 had Alzheimer’s disease.

The results revealed people with low levels of vitamin D had a 53-percent increased risk of developing dementia and those who were severely deficient had a 125-percent increased risk compared to participants with normal levels of vitamin D.

Those with lower levels of vitamin D were nearly 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and those who had severe deficiency were over 120 percent more likely to develop the disease.

The results remained the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect risk of dementia, such as smoking, alcohol consumption and education.

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6
AUG

Run Five Minutes, Prevent Heart Disease

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Concerns & Ailments at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A new study suggests that even a five-minute run may help prevent heart disease. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the research concluded that running can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease regardless of your running speed.

The results of this study may motivate more people to start running or increase the frequency of their runs. Previous research has indicated many health benefits from running but this study is one of the largest to pinpoint the positive effects of running, especially for non-marathoners or non-triathletes.

Researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived. Compared to non-runners, those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, runners on average lived three years longer than individual who did not run. When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, and smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. Researchers found runners who ran less than an hour per week have the “same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week.”

However, researchers concluded that consistency was the main element. Participants who ran consistently over a period of six years or more gained the most benefits, with a 29% lower risk of death for any reason and 50% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

Activities like running can lower your blood pressure and decrease the production of glucose, which cuts your risk of developing diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.

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Sportline – Solo 925 Heart Rate + Pedometer Watch Designed for Women Pink – 1 Monitor(s)
Sportline – 345 Calorie, Step, Distance Pedometer with Classic Pendulum Technology Pewter – 1 Monitor(s)
Harbinger – Polypro Dip Belt

 
4
AUG

What’s New? Pacific Herbs

Filed Under: Herbs,Teas at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of herbal teas to our customers: Pacific Herbs.

Pacific Herbs brings traditional Chinese medicine to the West in great tasting, easy-to-use, and convenient packets. The company uses proven combinations of herbs backed by thousands of clinical studies and hundreds of years of use.

Pacific Herbs is the first to bring pharmaceutical grade herbal remedies, used in Asia for centuries, to the U.S. in filler free, potent packets. All products are available in loose granules to drink as tea or put right in your mouth. All packets and pouches have no fillers so you get pure concentrated herbal extracts dried and ready to use.

After witnessing the healing powers of herbs, acupuncture and healthy foods, Pacific Herbs was created as an alternative solution to conventional western medicine’s lack of holistic and preventative care. Sourcing only the highest quality raw materials which are processed in a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical factory, Pacific Herbs products are the most potent on the market because the manufacturing facility has the most advanced equipment to cook and process raw herbs. The scientists and researchers have produced several patented technologies and have acquired the most sophisticated equipment to test raw herbs for pesticides and other contaminants. The facility is under strict (cGMP) Current Good Manufacturing Process standards, the gold standard for pharmaceutical-grade herbal supplements.

Pacific Herbs products are available in the newest “Packet” packaging on the market. You save money because all products have twice the active herbal ingredients of those sold in capsules with a higher concentration and without fillers. These new herb packets are individually sealed, always fresh and convenient to carry with you.

Additionally, you can save even more on all Pacific Herbs when you shop at LuckyVitamin.com. Just use promo code ‘AUG14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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Pacific Herbs – iSleep Herb Pack 6000 mg. – 0.21oz. x 10 Packets
Pacific Herbs – Skinny Boost Herb Pack – 3.5 oz.
Pacific Herbs – Libido Boost Herb Pack For Him – 3.5 oz.

 
2
AUG

Preventing and Treating Swimmer’s Ear

Filed Under: Health Aids,Homeopathy at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Summer is the best time for swimming and playing in the water. A refreshing swimming pool or a swim in the ocean, river or lake may be one of the best moments of every summer season but it can also lead to not-so-enjoyable moments.

Otitis externa, popular known as swimmer’s ear, is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. Along with otitis media, external otitis is one of the two human conditions commonly called earache. These earaches are the result of an inflammation of the skin of the ear canal, which sometimes can be secondary to dermatitis (eczema) only, with no microbial infection, or it can be caused by active bacterial or fungal infection. In either case, but more often with infection, the ear canal skin swells and may become painful or tender to touch.

Preventing and treating swimmer’s ear is easy and can be done in many different ways. Avoid inserting anything into the ear canal. For example, use of cotton buds or swabs is the most common event leading to acute otitis externa. Most normal ear canals have a self-cleaning and self-drying mechanism, the latter by simple evaporation.

Ear drops may be used and you may want to try homeopathic ear drops, which are often used for earaches.  Ear relief ear drops help clear water trapped in the ear and the homeopathic ingredients help stimulate the body’s natural ability to soothe the ear, decrease the ear’s sensitivity to external factors such as water, cold, and drafts, reduce the clogged sensation in the ear, and return the ear to a water-free and comfortable condition.

Earplugs are also helpful but make sure to get good quality products. Hard and poorly fitting ear plugs can scratch the ear canal skin. It’s highly recommended that you use disposable ear plugs to avoid contaminating the ear canal.

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Hearos – Ear Plugs Ultimate Softness Series 8 Pairs
Similasan – Ear Wax Relief Non-Drying Ear Drops – 0.33 oz.
Nature’s Plus – Animal Parade Inner Ear Support Cherry – 90 Chewable Tablets

 
1
AUG

Stop the Stink Naturally

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably heard about how the deodorants commonly found at your local grocery store are filled with nasty stuff that can cause Alzheimers’s, birth defects and multiple types of cancers. Before you make your next purchase, be sure to check out the label and try to avoid the following ingredients:

The main ingredient in antiperspirants is aluminum. This metal helps prevent sweat from leaving your pores and has been linked to breast cancer in women and Alzheimer’s in men. Another toxic component is propylene glycol – a petroleum-based product that easily penetrates the skins and acts as a wetting agent. It can cause cancer and contains toxins that disrupt reproductive function.

Other chemicals to watch out for include Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan, Diproplyene Glycol, 1 PEG-14 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG – 18/18 Dimethicone and PEG-8 Distearate. I know this may seem confusing (unless you’re a chemist) but when in doubt check out Environmental Working Group’s  site for a list of natural deodorant brands that are safe to use.

Before you make the switch to the au naturale route there are a few things you should know. For the first 7-14 days your body will go through an adjustment period – ie, you might stink during this time. But have no fear; your body is merely detoxing years of accumulated toxins that have burrowed themselves in your underarm areas. During this time it’s best to wear loose, breathable fabrics to prevent your perspiration from sticking to your body. Also, try to reduce your intake of red meat. Recent studies revealed those who have a higher consumption of red meat have an increased likelihood of sweating. Also, try to stay away from processed foods, opting instead for a more plant-based, whole foods diet. While showering, rub a sugar scrub on your armpits to exfoliate the top layer of skin and speed up the detox period.

Remember, everyone’s body is different and what works for you may not work for somebody else. Keep trying different brands and feel good about your decision to stop the stink naturally!

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