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19
NOV

Yurrku Brand: 3 Great Products to Give It a Try!

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

One of our latest additions, Yurrku is a unique brand of personal care products inspired by the ancient knowledge of indigenous Australians. The Jingulu Aboriginal word for nectar, Yurrku offers a premium line of products created with the amazing properties of wild-harvested Australian super fruits and native nectars to help you rejuvenate and celebrate your natural beauty. Now, we are happy to present you 3 amazing products from this new brand.

1. Yurrku Utopia Night Cream

This unique night cream contains three incredible ingredients: banksia, jacaranda, and wild rosella. Banksia is traditionally used as a bush food by Australian Aborigines as is made of hundreds of individual flowers and contains an abundance of nectar. Jacaranda is a violet colored trumpet shaped flower rich in antioxidant and anthocyanins. Utopia Night is a rich and emollient cream that is easily absorbed due to its high unrefined shea butter and cocoa butter content. A great option for cooler weather, it can be used as a day and night cream in winter, particularly in very cold and dry climates.

2. Yurrku Tamborine Cleanser

Tamborine is a gel foaming cleanser that is rich in vitamin C and helps with skin brightening. This top quality cleanser has a very unusual ingredient: caviar lime. Also known as finger lime, caviar lime is native to the sub-tropical rainforest regions of the eastern seaboard of Australia and is considered a highly prized bush food. Naturally occurring citric acids gently exfoliate the skin for a smoother complexion and the high Vitamin C content helps to reduce dark spots and pigmentation.

3. Yurrku Kakadu Day Cream

Another best-seller from Yurrku, Kakadu Day Cream contains three very special ingredients: kakadu plum, davidson plum, and illawarra flame tree. Kakadu Plum contains the world’s highest concentration of Vitamin C from a natural plant source and helps reduce dark spots and pigmentation.

You can earn 20 times the LuckyReward Points on all items of this brand when you purchase Yurrku products at LuckyVitamin.com. Click here for more information about the LuckyReward program from LuckyVitamin.com.



17
NOV

Want Something Sweet? Pick up Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
17 Holiday ChocolatesWith the holidays coming up, chocolate will be around you. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, at least one time (but possibly many times), you will just have to eat a piece of chocolate, or two, or three. The good news is that not all chocolates are the same and we are here to talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains vitamins and high concentrations of minerals, such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which can be beneficial for your heart. Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. Plus, the copper and potassium in dark chocolate may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments.

Moreover, dark chocolate helps control blood sugar as the flavonoids can keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate is also known to reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index which will not create huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Lastly, can chocolate be good for your teeth? If it is dark chocolate, the answer is yes. Unlike most other sweets, dark chocolate contains theobromine which has been shown to harden tooth enamel and lower your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

It is important to remember that while eating dark chocolate can lead to all these health benefits, chocolate is also high in fat and should be eaten with moderation, particularly if you are on a weight-loss diet.



16
NOV

5 Healthy Holiday Swaps

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes at 2:15 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Family celebrationTis the season for…weight gain? It’s no secret that this time of year brings out the most delicious food with the most dreadful nutritional content. If you’re trying to stave off the seemingly inevitable consumption of excessive calories, it’s time to reevaluate what you’re eating. Bump up the nutrition and lower the calories this season with these 5 healthy swaps that will still make you look forward to your holiday meals!

1. Swap Candied Yams For Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Instead of having a serving (or two) of candied yams, offer to bring a healthier alternative. Roasted sweet potatoes with a little salt, pepper and olive oil is only around 100 calories per serving and you’ll also get the healthy vitamins and nutrients from the potatoes. Want to add a little sweetness? Sprinkle some cinnamon on them!

2. Swap The Casserole For Fresh Green Beans. The casserole may be delicious, but it has a high amount of fat and calories. Skip the cream of mushroom soup and French-fried onions and have fresh green beans instead. Roast them with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and you won’t even think about what you’re missing. Yes, they’re that good.

3. Swap Eggnog For Apple Cider. Just one glass of eggnog can have up to 250 calories and a lot of saturated fat. By having apple cider, you will have instantly saved 100 or more calories and all the fat. Eggnog is definitely a seasonal favorite, so if you’re going to indulge, think moderation!

4. Swap Chocolate Chip Cookies For Meringues. Opt for a lighter sweet treat after a big meal with meringues. They don’t have to be boring. Try this recipe (my personal favorite) – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. With an electric mixer, beat 2 large room temperature egg whites until foamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and beat until fluffy. Add 2/3 cup of granulated sugar gradually (about 3 tablespoons at a time). Then add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract when half of the sugar has been added. Continue beating and adding remaining sugar until it is all dissolved. Fold in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and then put a teaspoonful of meringue onto baking sheets, leaving 1-inch of space between. Place baking sheets in the preheated oven and turn the oven off. Leave the cookies undisturbed overnight!

5. Swap Alcohol For Spritzers. Did you know a full glass of wine can add on an extra 120 calories to your meal? Cut that number almost in half by replacing 2 oz of a 5 oz pour with club soda. You’ll still be festive, but with a lot less calories!



15
NOV

New Brand Spotlight: Cocokind

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CocokindLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a new line of top quality personal care products to our customers: Cocokind.

Cocokind has developed an organic skincare line centered on virgin coconut oil. All products use only the most pure ingredients and are dedicated to providing long lasting moisture that is free from chemicals. In fact, each and every ingredient stands alone as powerful nutrient sources for the skin without the addition of any preservatives or chemicals. Cocokind doesn’t even add any water.

Most commercial skincare moisturizers contain a long list of chemicals, parabens, and are water-based. Those buffer ingredients suck your skin in and actually dry you out but the process at Cocokind is completely different. The company’s base ingredient is the amazing organic virgin coconut oil which not only provides deep and long lasting moisture but also delivers key antioxidants. Coconut oil is well known for its health benefits not only for skin nutrition but for your whole body.

Cocokind believes in delivering a skincare line that is not only effective and good for you, but also good for the world. As a socially conscious company, Cocokind donates proceeds to give clean water, meals, and books to children in need all over the world.

In addition, you can save even more when you shop these incredible Cocokind products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



13
NOV

Kids: Turn Off the TV

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
TVA new report says kids are seeing more “unhealthy snack ads” on television. The research from the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity ranked how often children ages 6 to 11 saw snack ads in 2014 based on Nielsen syndicated data, and the results are hardly surprising.

The products children saw advertised most often were chips, fruit snacks, cookies, and other junk foods, with the data collected showing that kids saw these ads an average of 97.1 times in 2014. Additionally, the reports states that about 40% of all the food and beverage ads young people see on TV are for snacks. The author and the researchers of the study hope these results will bring awareness and hope parents will start protesting advertising practices.

Food companies have been increasing their advertising to children for junk food and sometimes even marketing it as healthy snacks. Plus, there’s a growing amount of snack advertising on social media and mobile phone apps. Although snacks ads online were much less prevalent than on TV, big food companies placed millions of ads on Facebook and YouTube in 2014.

Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, the particular report compared how many snack ads young people typically saw in 2010 and 2014, and how many promoted products such as chips or healthier options, such as yogurt, fruit and nuts. Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 saw an average of 582 snack ads on TV in 2014, an increase of 18% since 2010. Children ages 6 to 11 saw 629 snack ads, an increase of 10%, and teen’s ages 12 to 17 saw 635 snack ads, an increase of 29%.

Perhaps a better solution to this problem is just turn off the TV and find another activity for your kids.  Playing sports, playground, roller skating, dancing are just a few examples of fun activities away from TV and their unhealthy snacks ads.



11
NOV

4 Tips For Healthy Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Nutrition,Personal Care,Supplements at 3:45 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000045748732_SmallHair coloring is supremely popular, especially for women. A study done by Clairol in 2008 revealed that 75% of American women dye their hair and that 88% of women feel their hair has an effect on their confidence. Although this study was done a number of years ago, just imagine what those numbers must be like now. Four years ago I started coloring my hair…well bleaching it to be exact. Three years of that was enough to do some serious damage to my hair. Now it’s been almost a year without coloring and the process of growing out the overprocessed, unhealthy leftovers is still underway. The only way it will ever be permanently gone will be for me to be patient and let it grow until I can cut every last dyed piece off.

This process is what started my research into what makes hair grow. I wanted to know what I could possibly do to grow my hair out as quickly as possible and I was willing to try anything. So I looked around, watched videos, read articles, and experimented. Here’s what I learned over the better part of a year trying to get back naturally healthy hair.

1. Conditioning is Key. Since bleach dries out hair and everyday styling can be harsh, it was really important for me to moisturize and condition my hair. One of my favorite products to use for this is coconut oil. Not only does coconut oil moisturize hair, but it helps strengthen and protect hair as well. To use, melt the coconut oil and massage into hair, leaving on as long as possible as the benefits only increase with time. Shampoo to remove the oil and you’ll instantly feel the benefits!

2. Eat a Healthy Diet. A diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals is essential to healthy hair growth. Make sure to include foods high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium and even omega-3 fatty acids. Adding in a variety of foods like milk, poultry, eggs, fish, whole grains, spinach, broccoli, carrots, avocado, oranges, and nuts are great to help nourish your hair and scalp. Overall, eating a healthy diet matters. Make sure to feed your body healthy and nutrient foods.

3. Use Natural Hair Care Products. Look for products that are free from parabens, pthalates, preservatives, and SLS as these potentially dangerous chemicals have been associated with negative health impacts. The best thing you can do? Keep them off your hair. There are many great natural shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that work just as well as the standard products!

4. Supplement If You Need To. Trying everything but still not seeing a significant difference? Maybe a supplement can help. I started taking biotin (part of the B-complex vitamins) to help support my healthy hair growth since it’s water soluble (we excrete what we don’t need) and hasn’t been shown to have side effects. Other recommended supplements to support healthy hair growth – vitamins A, C, D, E, and zinc. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor if you’re thinking about starting a new regimen of supplements! Remember, you can’t replace a bad diet with supplements so it’s best to use a combo approach.



11
NOV

New Brand Spotlight: Mediterra

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MEDLucky Vitamin is proud to present another top quality brand of delicious nutritional bars to our customers: Mediterra.

Mediterra offers all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean diet and made to enjoy on the go. As healthy as they are appetizing, these unique bars are excellent sources of sustained energy and overall wellness. Loaded with fiber, nutrients and vitamins instead of complex sugars, and saturated fats, Mediterra bars will fundamentally change your idea of the snack bar.

The company was inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet creating nutritional bars that contain its all-natural ingredients, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, fiber-packed grains and seeds. Mediterra serves up convenient-to-consume bars packed with gourmet flavor and is a healthy option to complement the nonstop pace of modern life, whether you’re meeting or messaging, enjoying a run or running around. Mediterra serves up the nutrition your body craves, the gourmet taste you love, and the convenience your life demands.

Based on the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra bars contain whole grains, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and olive oil. Made with only natural ingredients, each and every bar was designed with a balanced offering of all natural, nutrient-rich non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free. These delicious bars feature a low caloric profile to sustain activity, energy and promote good nutrition. All Mediterra bars are sourced responsibly with non GMO suppliers.

You can save even more when you shop Mediterra products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code NOV15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.



11
NOV

What is Ashwagandha?

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Herbs at 10:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf explains what kind of herb Ashwagandha is and how it interacts with the body.

Shop Ashwagandha at LuckyVitamin.com

About The Series:

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



9
NOV

A Better Alternative to Salon Hair Color

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
hair dyeIf you are considering making the switch from traditional hair dye products to natural, organic dye products, understanding the difference is the first step. For many years, natural hair dye products had the reputation of being less effective and many people often complained about the results. These days are long gone as the natural hair industry has vastly improved the quality and efficiency of its products.

With similar results regarding the final look of your hair, the main difference, and perhaps the most important one, is the advantages of using natural products instead of conventional ones. Standard, non-organic hair dye contains many chemicals such as ammonia, sodium laurel sulphates, parabens and other potentially dangerous ingredients. Shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and other personal care products often contain these ingredients as well and with many people switching to natural formulas, why not doing the same for hair dye products?

Traditional hair dye products tend to dry your hair particularly if you dye it hair several times a year. On the other hand, natural, organic products have a much softer impact on the quality of your hair as the majority of these products contain mostly ingredients that are naturally derived such as aloe vera leaf, grapefruit seed extract, orange peel extract and many others. Additionally, the absence of synthetic ingredients often result in a lighter, soft, more vibrant hair, without the headache-inducing effects of the harsh smelling ammonia dyes you always smell at hair salons’.

If you are still not fully convinced the natural, ammonia-free products can be just as efficient, talk to people that have tried or have made the switch. Every day, more and more people are changing to natural dye products not only because it’s a healthier, chemical-free option, but also because of its great results.



5
NOV

The Benefits of Turmeric

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf describes the antioxidant effects of turmeric and the other ways it interacts with the body.

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About The Series:

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



3
NOV

5 Aromatherapy Blends & Their Benefits

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Herbs at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AromatherapyAromatherapy can be fun in so many different ways. Essential oils have the ability to provide health benefits as well as creating special scents for your home. Mixing and matching essential oils is another great other way to have some fun with aromatherapy and we present you 5 aromatheraphy blends and their health benefits.

1. Eucalyptus + Peppermint = Clear Sinuses

Pretty simple method. If you are congested, just add a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oils to a tub with hot water. Get in, and make sure you breathe the vapors, which help open up the sinuses. A simple and relaxing way to treat chronic sinus problems.

2. Lavender + Bergamot = Relaxation

Lavender essential oils have been known to promote relaxation but if you are looking for an extra, add bergamot oil as well. This citrus oil not contain a wonderful smell but can also help relax your body and you mind.

3. Lemon + Rosemary = Clear Your Mind

A common combination used by many aromatherapy lovers, lemon and rosemary may be helpful to clear your mind. Rosemary has a stimulating effect on the central nerve system and along with lemon oil can help clear your mind as well as increase focus and attention.

4. Geranium + Lavender + Rose = Calming

The combination of geranium, lavender, and rose can be found in some personal care products such as shampoos and skin lotions. Plus, this combo is often used for a relaxing bath.

5. Cedarwood + Lemon = Stress Relief

Another great pair of essential oils, cedarwood and lemon are useful for purposes of relaxation and some people believe they work together to promote stress relief.



3
NOV

Melatonin and the Body

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 11:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf describes the effects that melatonin has on sleep and other ways it interacts with the body.

Shop Melatonin at LuckyVitamin

About The Series:

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



2
NOV

Grapefruit Seed Extract vs. Grape Seed Extract

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
GSE VS GFSEThe names are similar and some people may confuse them but grapefruit seed extract and grape seed extract are two different things. What they do have in common, however, is that both products offer many health benefits. Keeping things apart, let’s do a quick breakdown between the grapefruit and grape.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit is a fruit that provide multiple health benefits. This citrus fruit is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, pectin, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Grapefruit juice is used to battle high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, as well as skin issues, weight loss and obesity.

However, grapefruit seed extract has been used as medicine for many years as this incredible product can efficiently treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including yeast infections. Additionally, grapefruit seed extract is often used as an ear or nasal rinse for preventing and treating infections. Grapefruit seed extract is generally considered safe.

Grape Seed Extract

Grapes are known as a healthy fruit but its seeds offer some pretty special benefits. Grape seed extract is derived from seeds of red wine grapes and can be used to treat a number of diseases, particularly cardiovascular conditions, due to its high level of antioxidants.

Grape seed extract may help regulate poor blood circulation, reduce high cholesterol, minimize swelling caused by injury, and speed up wound healing. Grape seed extract is also generally considered safe.



2
NOV

Uses For Peppermint Oil

Filed Under: Flower Essences,Health Aids at 3:48 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
frisches Minzöl in einer Flasche / fresh mint oil in a bottle

When I think of peppermint, I think of the small red and white mints you get when leaving a restaurant. But did you know that using peppermint oil can do more than just give you minty fresh breath? As I’m reading more into the use of peppermint essential oil, I’m thinking it’s a necessity in the medicine cabinet. Why? Read on to find out the best and most beneficial uses for this healing oil.

  1. Colds and Congestion. The menthol in the peppermint plant provides a cooling sensation and eases discomfort which makes this oil particularly helpful in providing relief from the common cold. It’s often included in natural chest rubs to help with congestion, but can also be easily made at home. To make an at-home chest rub, mix a carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) and peppermint oil, since peppermint oil can be too intense on its own.
  1. Digestion & Upset Stomach. Of all the things peppermint oil is known for, digestion help is probably the most well-known. Help curb feelings of nausea, upset stomach or motion sickness with this herb. It can be massaged onto problem areas such as the abdomen, but it’s also easy to digest with peppermint tea.
  1. Headache. If you are prone to headaches, this is a great addition to keep at your desk or in your purse. Use a small amount of carrier oil (i.e. almond oil) with a drop of peppermint oil and rub on temples, forehead and the back of the neck. The cooling sensation of menthol can work wonders!
  1. Energy. Peppermint oil can help improve mental clarity and energy levels which is perfect for those mid-afternoon slumps. Instead of reaching for the coffee, trying rubbing a drop of peppermint oil under the nose for alertness, applying to the back of the neck and shoulders for energy levels, or diffuse into a room to improve concentration.
  1. Sore Muscles. Peppermint oil has been found to be a natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, especially for sore backs, muscles, and cramps. It’s a great ingredient to include in natural massage oil or even in the bath to decrease stiffness and promote relaxation.


31
OCT

Happy Halloween From The LuckyVitamin Team

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 9:26 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Halloween is the perfect time to spread the wellness! LuckyVitamin team all dressed up in full Halloween spirit. Boo! 👻

Also, checkout our Tricks, Treats and Chances To Win Healthy Halloween Contest.

Happy Halloween everyone!