Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of sport nutrition products to our customers: Mauer.
Mauer offers a premium line of supplements that are organic, clean, and serve as an honest, nutritious alternative for people who are not only athletes, but everyday people who just want to lead a healthier lifestyle. As a strong brand, Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to create strong families as well.
Mauer Sports Nutrition wants to provide a healthy alternative to today’s energy bar, drink and shot market. The company realizes there is currently an abundance of these products, however Mauer intends to offer an alternative that will not only taste amazing but contains no refined sugar, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and is non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), and gluten-free. The company’s goal is to take sport and energy alternative market to a new level of nutrition, by providing the protein and energy boost needed to sustain a healthy body while helping the everyday person enjoy a better lifestyle.
Coconuts are known to provide a ton of health benefits in many different ways. Coconuts are used in everything these days from creams and lotions to shampoos and conditioners, sunscreens, candles, soaps, baking products, ice cream, coconut milk, and much more. With so many options, we choose 4 great coconut products to present to you.
1. Coconut Water
One of the most known products, coconut water has become one of the best-selling sports drinks because of its health benefits. A single (100ml) serving of coconut water contain only 19 calories and is considered a natural isotonic beverage, helping replace fluids and salts that are lost during exercise. Plus, coconut water contains more potassium than bananas.
2. Coconut Oil
Another popular product, coconut oil has been trending in the past few years. Commonly used in cooking, especially for frying, coconut oil can be used in liquid form as a replacement for vegetable oils. Coconut oil doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils and it doesn’t go rancid easily. The sweet, nutty taste and the creamy texture make it a great addition to smoothies and other drinks. Coconut oil is often used in raw, vegan kitchen for desserts.
3. Coconut Butter
Coconut is a type of butter with an extra touch. The delicious, sweet, exotic taste of the coconut can be a great addition to your diet or a replacement for regular butter or margarine. Great for cooking, coconut butter can also be used as a replacement for peanut butter.
4. Coconut Vinegar
Coconut vinegar is certainly the less known product on this list but perhaps it’s time to give this one a try. Coconut vinegar is produced from fermented coconut water and has not only a unique, different taste but is surprisingly nutritious. For example, coconut vinegar is more nutritious than apple cider vinegar and it has the same alkalizing effect in the body.
This webinar will focus on defining what genetically modified organisms are, how to avoid them and how they might be found in foods and supplements you consume each day. You will also learn about the Non-GMO Project’s practices for GMO avoidance.
The health benefits of strength training are well-known to many people but yet some questions may come up when talking about weightlifting and resistance training. Are these all the same? Yes, these synonymous also refer to exercise that uses resistance to strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system, improving tone and endurance. In other words, your exercise the body in order to gain muscle size and tone as well as conditioning tendon, bone, ligament strength and increasing overall muscular strength and resistance.
These can be called the well-known benefits of strength training but this incredible activity provides a variety of other benefits for the body too.
Did you know that strength training helps improve digestion and regulate bowel movement? That’s right, this type of activity can improve your body’s natural elimination process which is vital for maintaining healthy eating habits.
Additionally, regular strength training can lead to protection from heart diseases as it helps decrease body fat and increase lean tissue. This combination is essential for cardiovascular health as it helps increase circulation capacity and can also help to lower blood pressure.
Lastly, strength building may lead to increased mental and physical stamina to better endure the stresses of daily living and can be a fun and social activity as well.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of supplements to our customers: Olly.
Olly offers a superior line of products created to fit your changing needs. Every blend is formulated to be super effective by pairing nutrients in powerful combinations that are designed to meet specific health benefits. Olly products are sourced from nature and contain only natural colors and flavors. Lightly sweetened, Olly products use the power of phytonutrients and antioxidants.
The company’s main goal is to make nutrition simple. Olly is proud to say the company has a bunch of vitamin geeks, who have been studying nutrition for decades and learning the right blend of nutrients to help make us stronger, faster, more balanced and more energetic.
Olly gummies and softgels containuniquely delicious flavors and vibrant colors from all natural sources. Additionally, the company includes powerful natural bioactives like plant-based phytonutrients and antioxidant extracts from hard-working ingredients like cacao and green tea. The result is a superior line of effective and delicious supplements for you and your family.
Just when we got some alarming news about the increasing number of plastic in the oceans, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand that can help reducing the plastic waste in our planet: Glass Dharma.
Glass Dharma offers an alternative to eliminate the need for straws made from plastic. Since 2007, the company has been producing glass drinking straws to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to the environment.
A recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched at the World Economic Forum is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act. In addition, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today. Despite the growing demand, just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.
Glass Dharma is not only providing more glass straws available but also wants to help educate the public about reducing the amount of plastic straws endangering the environment. The company’s goal is to provide glass straws to at least 2% of the American public. With the U.S. population at about 300 million, this works out to 6 million straws.
Filed Under: Personal Care at 3:21 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
ACURE Organics utilizes food and plant actives to feed the largest organ of the body — the skin. One of the primary aspects of ACURE is learning about EFA’s in their beauty oils and why this is so important to apply to your skin topically. If you are supplementing fish oils internally to feed your body EFA’s, they feel it makes complete sense to feed your skin the same EFA content topically. Listen and learn about “The Ultimate Beauty Approach” and which beauty oil might be the right fit for your skin type.
Autism awareness has come very far since it was first diagnosed in the 1940’s. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a term used for a group of complex disorders that develops early in childhood. It’s characterized by varying degrees of abnormalities in social interaction, verbal as well as non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the rate for autism is currently around 1 in 68. Research also shows that the disease is four to five times more common among boys than girls. While the actual etiology of autism at this point is unknown there are many speculations to its cause, some of which include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure or function, obstetric complications, exposure to environmental toxins or prenatal and perinatal infections. Regular screening of infants and toddlers for autism is imperative because early interventions can greatly increase positive outcomes for children with ASD. Autism itself is a very complex disorder and treatment is difficult. Just as there may be no one cause of autism, there is really no one treatment approach and it seems that a multidisciplinary approach may be best. Below are some recommendations for management of ASD.
Special Education, Speech, Behavior, Occupational and Physical Therapy are all critical in the management of children with autism and parents should seek help from therapists as soon as a diagnosis of autism has been made. Parents may experience challenging behaviors from their child and these professionals can offer effective ways to help modify those behaviors.
Diet is a topic that goes hand in hand with autism. There are many diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, Feingold Diet, GAPS Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Low Oxalate Diet that claim to help children with autism. There has been limited anecdotal evidence that suggests that dietary measures may be helpful. However, in my practice I have seen that diet may play a key role in the intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of its key symptoms. One of the most talked about dietary intervention in these children includes the removal of gluten and casein from their diets. Gluten is the protein found in wheat and casein makes up the protein found in dairy. While gluten and dairy removal may have noticeable impact on behavior in some children with autism not all families report benefits. When removing gluten or dairy from your children’s diets to see if it is beneficial, it’s important to have 100% strict removal for at least 6-8 weeks.
Many children with autism are not meeting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that nutritional imbalances in children with autism are common and some may be very important. It’s important to consult with a trained health care provider who can help you assess your child’s diet and supplement intake to make sure they’re meeting proper recommended intake of nutrients. Below are some common supplements that may be helpful in children with autism. When choosing supplements, make sure they are gluten and dairy free, have no added sugars, limited added fillers/excipients, and are free of artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.
A lot of research has been done in recent years that shed light on the importance of vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that has the ability to turn on and off genes. Researchers have begun to look at the role of vitamin D deficiency in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There was a case report out of China that showed improved symptoms in a child with low vitamin D levels after treatment with vitamin D. One research article found an increased prevalence of autism in the USA in regions of greater cloud cover and rainfall. Also in the US the rate of autism for children 6-17 years of age is highest in regions with the lowest solar UVB. These are both factors that influence vitamin D levels in the body. More research is needed and currently being done on the connection between vitamin D and autism.
There is a great deal of research that associates abnormal intestinal or gut flora with ASD development. Therefore, probiotics may play a crucial role in helping to regulate intestinal flora and restore normal gut flora in children diagnosed with autism.
We know fatty acids are essential for the development and proper function of the brain. Several small-scale studies looking at fish oils containing the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have shown that these supplements may lead to improvements in children suffering from ASD. Specifically fish oils may improve hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and socialization.
Glutathione made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine), has many functions in the body, one of which is detoxification. The body’s detoxifications systems are important in protecting against both internal as well as external toxins. It is believed that the concentration of reduced glutathione is decreased in children with ASD as well as other factors associated with methylation. According to one study, supplementation with methylcobalamin, the preferred form of supplementation for vitamin B12 and Folinic Acid (a folate derivative), increased concentrations of cysteine, cysteinylglycine and glutathione. The study also found that although the mean metabolite concentrations improved significantly the levels remained below those of the neuro-typical control children.
While there are certainly other supplements that may help improve symptoms of autism these are just a few to start and build a foundation. As always, it is important to consult your child’s health care provider before starting supplementation due to the potential for interactions and side effects.
Let’s face it (no pun intended), facial oils are all the rage. It used to be that the mere thought of putting oil on your face was enough to make your skin crawl. But now, these plant-based oils are helping to, literally, wash away those long-held preconceptions by giving you a refreshing and radiant glow, naturally.
All Skin Types – Argan Oil
Known as “liquid gold”, argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree. It’s rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Argan Oil helps fight lines and wrinkles and minimize scars and stretch marks all while restoring moisture and tone.
Dry Skin – Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of Rosa canina and is rich in Omega-6 essential fatty acids. This oil can be used to aid skin cell renewal, resulting in a replinished, healthy glow. It’s amazing scar-healing properties makes it perfect for damaged skin, too!
Oily Skin/Combo Skin – Jojoba Oil
If you suffer from oily skin than jojoba oil is for you. It can help regulate oil production by mimicking sebum, the oil secreted from your sebaceous glands, helping to balance your skin’s oil production. Jojoba oil can also help heal acne and other blemishes, providing all the moisture and hydration the skin needs.
All Over Moisture – Coconut Oil
Due to coconut oil’s propensity for clogging pores, we definitely don’t recommend this for your face. The rest of your body, however, coconut oil is a must-have! It’s loaded with three fatty acids — capric, caprylic, and lauric — that have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Plus it’s easy on the wallet and can be used for a variety of skin ailments including everything from diaper rash to razor burn, cellulite and more!
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is known to heal multiple ailments and improve overall health and vitality. Western medicine and research is recognizing turmeric for its ability to fight cancer. The compound in turmeric known as curcumin has been found to be the active ingredient which has a very string antioxidant effect.
Adding a smoothing to your regimen is an easy way to get more greens and superfoods into your diet. Try this smoothie for breakfast and spice up your life with some turmeric!
For thin, lightweight hair, avocado oil is considered the best product. This amazing natural product is known to promote cell growth and shine and can actually increase volume as well. Many shampoos and conditioners contain it as an ingredient but avocado oil promotes the better results.
2. Coconut Oil = Thick Hair
For thick and curly hair coconut oil is an excellent choice. One of the most popular hair conditioners, coconut oil has vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and can not only promote beautiful shiny hair but also help to maintain a healthy scalp. A good tip: the longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the more effective it is.
3. Argan Oil = Dry Hair
Argan oil is an incredible product to be used in dry hair. After a long cold winter, many people may experience dry hair and argan oil is considered by many experts as the best product to revitalize your hair and correct split ends.
4. Marula Oil = Color-Treated Hair
Marula oil contains vitamin C and vitamin E and it’s very efficient to restore natural hair condition. Color-treated hair tent to be very dry but this natural oil is one of the best products to lock the moisture in.
Filed Under: Homeopathy at 11:17 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar focuses on an introduction to homeopathy. It will discuss a brief history and philosophy to homeopathy and how classical homeopathy works. At then end of the presentation you will have a clear understanding of what homeopathy is and how homeopathy is different from other natural modalities.
Just because your new parents doesn’t mean you have to compromise your green lifestyle. There are a ton of products to start your kiddos off on the right carbon-free foot(print). It’s never too early to help instill in them the importance of making thoughtful, earth conscious choices. Here’s some basics on green living with a little one.
The average baby uses 5,000-8,000 disposable diapers through the end of toilet training. You can try and start out with cloth diapers but they don’t fit well until a baby reaches around 12 pounds. Until then, disposables are pretty much the only game in town, but you can offset the wastefulness of one-and-done diapers by choosing a brand that limits the impact on our environment. This brand is our favorite. There are no lotions, fragrances or chemical bleaching of absorbent materials. Made in the USA, these diapers use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems by being B Corporation certified.
A baby’s skin is super delicate so you really want to do your homework before choosing their first skin care products. This body wash and shampoo combo is perfect for those with allergies and fragrance intolerance. In addition to being free of fragrance or scent-masking agents, California Baby Super Sensitive No Fragrance Everyday Lotion is a hypoallergenic lotion that does not contain any nut oils, gluten, soy, oat, dairy or alcohol. On a personal note, it cleared my baby’s cradle cap right up without having to use those nasty, chemical-laden shampoos.
A 2008 study by the Ecology Centre showed that 33% of all toys tested contained potentially harmful levels of dangerous substances including lead, cadmium and phthalates. Instead of taking a chance on exposing your little ones to these hidden dangers, choose toys that are wooden, simple and plastic-free. We love this rattle made from crocheted, organic cotton. The chime rattle has a soft, unique texture to stimulate your baby’s senses.
Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding make the natural choice for your child by using glass bottles. By nature, glass is free of BPA, so there’s no need to worry about different types of plastic or whether or not they’re safe. Plus, they’re durable, a snap to clean and can be easily sterilized. When you’re done Born Free takes your glass baby bottles and recycles them into non-feeding products such as toys, furniture and household utensils. Now that’s something you can feel good about.
Filed Under: Nutrition at 10:35 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Dairy is contained in any product that is produced from milk (such as cheese or butter), but the prospect of going “dairy free” is becoming more popular because of allergies, lactose intolerance, or even concerns for the way animals are treated.While you may think it is easy to spot dairy free foods, it may actually be hiding in foods that you are unaware of. For instance, did you know that dairy products might be hiding in your packaged deli meats,tuna fish or natural flavoring? The FDA Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 require food labels to state whether or not they contain a top allergen like milk. However, there are many products that are not covered by this law. So if you’re trying to avoid dairy, the most important thing to do is to read the entire ingredient label.
What To Look For On Food Labels:
The following ingredients on a label indicate the presence of milk protein.
After the coconut is husked and halved, the pulp is pressed to release the tasty cream. It is then blended with water and fortified with vitamins and minerals. Coconuts offer a delicious flavor profile and it’s packed with medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which can be burned as energy and may help to promote weight loss.
After shelling, almonds are grounded and then blended with water and other ingredients such as, vitamins, and minerals. For individuals looking for a milk alternative lower in calories, free of cholesterol and saturated fats, almond milk is a great replacement to regular dairy milk. Almond milk also offers a good source of vitamins A, D & E but does not supply much protein.
Soy milk, made from soy beans, is unlike almond milk in that it is a good source of protein(about 6-8 grams per cup). Similar to almond milk it’s also low in saturated fats, cholesterol free & contains vitamins A & D. When fortified, soy milk also contains minerals such as calcium and potassium. While there are some health benefits to soy some may choose to stay away due to varying health concerns and allergens.
Rice milk is made from blending together milled rice and water,it can then be fortified with calcium and Vitamin D. If you are an athlete or diabetic you may consider staying away from rice milk as it high in carbohydrates and low in protein. However, if you are an individual with sensitivities to many foods, rice is considered the most hypoallergenic of all the milk substitutes.
Hemp milk is made by blending hemp seeds with water. The seeds or “nuts” used to make hemp milk do not contain any THC which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. Hemp milk is full of Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids and even contains iron. Hemp milk is also a great source of other vitamins and nutrients. Its flavor is said to be more creamy and nutty than soy or rice milk.
Cashew milk is one of the newest milk alternatives on the market. Cashew nuts are actually the seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and offer monounsaturated fats, similar to what you find in olive oil. Cashews are cholesterol free, packed full of vitamins and minerals and have high antioxidant content.
You will also want to look for products that are non-GMO & USDA Organic. Try and avoid Carrageenan as well since this is widely used by the food industry for gelling and thickening and may be harmful to the gastrointestinal tract. The best way to avoid these harmful fillers is to make your own hemp, soy, cashew, coconut, rice, or almond milk. See below for an easy almond milk recipe you can make at home!
Homemade Almond Milk Recipe:
1 Cup Raw Almonds
4 Cups pure filtered water
Vanilla Extract or Bean (Optional)
Soak almonds for at least 12 hours in water with ½ tsp sea salt.
Rinse almonds well. Combine rinsed almonds and filtered water into blender.
Blend several minutes until smooth and creamy. (Warning: mixture will expand some, so make sure your blender is not full before starting it)
Strain mixture into a large bowl through a sprout bag, cheese cloth or kitchen towel.
Put mixture back into blender with vanilla or preferred flavoring and mix.
Pour mixture into a glass jar or pitcher and store in fridge for up to one week.
Lucky Vitamin offers hundreds of top-quality sport supplements but that doesn’t stop us from adding more premium products. The latest addition is NutraBio, an ultra-pure supplement brand.
NutraBio was created to maximize the quality of your life by providing nutrition products based on the latest science and health research. All supplements are manufactured to the highest level of pharmaceutical standards. Since 1996, NutraBio has developed products with only the purest and highest quality ingredients hand-picked by a team of expert chemists from around the world. The company has taken sports nutrition to a whole new level. The idea of an ultra-pure supplement brand is fully enforced by have all products manufactured in a FDA registered and inspected GMP facility exceeding FDA 21 CFR Part 111 c-GMP Regulations.
Every single raw ingredient undergoes state-of-the-art analysis to ensure zero tolerance for impurities and make sure they meet 100% of their label claim. NutraBio supplements contain absolutely no fillers, excipients or additives. Every ingredient is in its full therapeutic dosage which is listed on the label.
NutraBio provides you the purest, safest, and most effective weight management and sport supplements that science can offer. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, these products will get you moving fast, jumping higher, and performing better.