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21
NOV

Memoirs of a Marathoner: A Look Back On 500 Miles

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Exercise and Fitness at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

We sat down with LuckyVitamin’s Senior Merchandising Manager, as he prepares for the Philadelphia Marathon and describes his 500 mile journey on the road.

Tell us about your relationship with running?

I still cannot believe I am doing this. I can vividly remember back when my relationship with running was more of a love-hate situation (high emphasis on the latter). I was on the track team, but by no means was I there to run. I was a thrower. My time was spent competing to see how far I could launch objects into the air and detested every second of our mandatory 2 lap warm-up around the track.

Flash forward 8 years to 2012 where I am tying up my first pair of running shoes. I pondered to myself how I let my friend talk me into running the Philly Broad Street 10 Miler race and I needed to start training.  My first three mile run that day was brutal. While I dreaded every minute of it though, I didn’t quit. I had a plan to follow and I was determined to stick to it. As I gradually built up my distance and speed, I started to fall in love with running. It wasn’t just the physical aspect that I was drawn to but the mental aspect as well. Running not only presented a physical challenge but soon became became a form of mindfulness. As my feet hit the asphalt, I felt it was just me and the road; no one else could get in my way. I still remember the first time I experienced my first runners high. It felt like I was unstoppable. No matter how fast or hard I ran, I felt like I could keep going. Every run was a new experience and I could not wait to feel that high again.

Over the last two years, running has continued to challenge me in ways I would have never thought possible. I have enjoyed (yes, enjoyed) participating in numerous races of varying distances. Three months ago, I started to embark on a journey to my first marathon with no real insight into what I was getting myself into. Over 72 training runs, 500 miles, 2 pairs of shoes and countless Saturdays and Sundays later, I am now prepared to again tie up a pair of shoes, walk up to the starting line and go the distance of #26.2 miles.

What is your Advice for New Runners?

Take it slow and easy. Like any exercise, you have to build the muscle your body needs to perform. It doesn’t matter how fast you run. It is important to build up your distance, thus building up your endurance and muscle. Speed will come naturally.

What other exercise and fitness routines did you follow?

Besides running, I mixed in various cross training activities from cycling, weight training, high aerobic cross-fit classes and yoga.

What does your long pre-run meal consist of?

Half a whole wheat bagel with Almond Butter , a bowl of Nature’s Path Organic Granola mixed with Purely Elizabeth Granola and 2 bananas  and a little  Almond Milk.

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20
NOV

6 Fermented Foods You Need In Your Diet Now

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Fermentation is a preserving method that injects food with naturally occurring microorganisms that helps promote a diversity of cultures to thrive within your body. Consuming and creating these “live” foods have become a movement to many and an art form for some. Increase your gut flora and replenish the microbiome with these “good bacteria” foods.

Miso – This fermented soybean paste is rich in enzymes and is traditionally used in Japanese cooking. You can add miso to soups, sauces, dressings, dips and marinades.

Tempeh – Another fermented soy product that comes in a patty form, tempeh’s fermentation process allows it to retain a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.

Kefir – More nutritious than yogurt, kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains.” It’s considered one of the most probioticly rich foods on the planet, having originated centuries ago in the Caucasus Mountains. Are you vegan? No worries, kefir water is available in a variety of flavors.

Kombucha – Known by some as the “Elixir of Life,” kombucha is a fermented tea that is created from a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast). The outcome is an effervescent drink that contains b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic, and lactic).

Kimchi – A traditional, Korean side dish made by lacto-fermentation, similar to sauerkraut.  Both spicy and sour, Kimchi is the combination a variety of Asian vegetables (like napa cabbage and daikon radish) and seasonings.

Sauerkraut Lactobacillus is at work again to give you this wonderfully tangy condiment. Derived from the German word that simply means sour white cabbage, sauerkraut has a long history of health benefits due to its high levels of glucosinolates. These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

You can find most of these foods at your nearest health food store. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try to make your own!

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19
NOV

4 Tips for Healthy Living

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

 

Healthy living is such a popular subject these days. Magazines, TV shows, radio programs, all seem to approach this interesting and, why not, fun subject. As we discuss what makes healthy living possible, there are little things we can do in life to achieve our goals. So, here we list 4 tips for healthy living:

1. Nature Walks: Walking in the nature is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable things to do. Getting some fresh air is essential for most people who live busy lives, particularly the ones working in offices and inside buildings for most of the week. The contact with the nature can also bring so much energy to people and is considered by many one of the best stress-relief activities.

2. Eat fruits every day: Eating fruits is an excellent way to promote healthy living but not just because they provide a lot of vitamins and minerals. Along with the healthy nutrients, eating fruits can be an excellent way to replace bad habits. For example, blueberries instead of cookies, a glass of orange juice instead of a soda, an apple instead of a cigarette break and so on.

3. A Stress-Relieve Day: Take one day of the week to relax. OK, if you cannot take a whole day, take a half day, or a shift: a morning, an afternoon or a night. We often work 5 days and have two days off. Take some time to really enjoy yourself and relax. No alarm-clock, no cooking, no laundry and, if possible, enough sleeping or some time outdoors.

4. Turn off the TV: This may be a difficult one for many people but taking a break from watching TV can be very healthy. Go for a walk instead, or work in the garden, organize some of your personal stuff. Try to do something that does not give you the chance to watch TV, or have the TV on when you are doing something else.

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18
NOV

3 Dangerous Chemicals Used in Baby Wipes

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

You use them on a daily basis to help wipe your babies clean. You might even be using them on yourselves for other reasons then just baby wipes. Uses for baby wipes these days reach far beyond using them to clean up a baby’s bottom. Mostly, these wipes are used on the gentle and delicate surface of your baby’s skin and maybe even on your face to remove make-up.  Have you ever stopped to think what chemicals are inside those wipes?

Conventional baby wipes contain Parabens. Parabens are a family of chemicals that occur naturally in some foods and are added to many products to extend their shelf life. These so-called toxic byproducts are then absorbed through your baby’s skin. There are numerous deleterious health affects associated with paraben exposure. One thought is that due to their weak ability to mimic estrogen, parabens might be a potential cause for the increase in breast cancer incidences.

Another common ingredient found in baby wipes is propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is the same chemical used in antifreeze. Research done on this chemical over the years has been controversial. Propylene glycol has been deemed safe by the FDA and World health organization. However one research article showed that there might be an association with allergies, eczema, and exposure to propylene glycol.  The material safety data sheet for propylene glycol showed that in rare cases, repeated exposure to propylene gylcol may cause central nervous system effects.

Additionally, artificial fragrances are another common additive to conventional baby wipes. The chemicals that are often used to formulate fragrances can become toxic to the body over time. It is estimated that 95% of synthetic fragrances used today are made from petroleum by-products. Repeated exposure to these by-products has been linked with endocrine disruption and several types of cancers.  Phthalates have also been found in artificial fragrances and can also cause endocrine disruption as well as have carcinogenic effects.

LuckyVitamin has many all natural/organic baby wipes. These wipes are free of artificial fragrances, and free from harmful and irritating chemicals that can be found in conventional baby wipes.

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17
NOV

What’s New? Cofilac

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

Coffee lovers, we have good news for you. Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary, top-quality brand of fiber supplement in an instant coffee form: Cofilac.

Cofilac offers a one-of-a-kind fiber supplement which can be taken as a cup of instant coffee. Made with the best Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, Cofilac delights your palate with the flavor of a premium cup of coffee while providing your body with the recommended amount of fiber every day. Sounds crazy? Give it a try!

Fiber consumption is very important in every healthy diet but consuming the required amount for the human body every day can be a challenge. Cofilac aims to help you reach the amount of fiber you need every day without changing your habits or lifestyle. The product is developed by a company named Actafarma, a pioneer pharmaceutical laboratory with more than 15 years of experience in the lifestyle-pharma segment. Throughout these years, Actafarma focus has been to provide innovative solutions to this biggest concern: how to improve the quality of life of consumers by improving also their health. In 2010 Actafarma was recognized as the most innovative Spanish company and the most innovative company of the community of Madrid, Spain.

Cofilac has been helping people reach their daily doses of fiber for 8 years in Europe and is supported by studies regarding its efficacy and safety. Cofilac is a unique fiber supplement combined with instant coffee, made with the best coffee beans to offer the flavor of a premium cup of coffee with the benefits of a fiber supplement.

You can save even more when you shop this new, revolutionary Cofilac product at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Cofilac – Fiber with Instant Coffee – 14 Packet(s)

 
16
NOV

Essential Homeopathic Cold & Flu Medicines for the Whole Family

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

 

As winter weather and the holiday season approaches, we spend more time indoors with family and friends, trading hugs and handshakes and sharing meals. Unfortunately, this increases our risk of catching a cold or flu. Simple proactive steps such as frequent hand washing and getting adequate rest can make a difference. However, if cold and flu-like symptoms can’t be avoided, try nipping them in the bud with a homeopathic medicine.

For cold symptoms: Coldcalm® addresses symptoms at every stage of a cold, such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat. These quick-dissolving tablets are recommended for everyone ages three and up.

 For coughs: Chestal® Cough Honey works naturally with the body to relieve all types of common coughs. The natural goodness of honey coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, this dye-free syrup does not contain artificial flavors or colors.

For flu-like symptoms: At the first sign of fatigue, fever, chills and body aches, families around the world have relied on Oscillococcinum® for more than 65 years to reduce both the duration and the severity of flu-like symptoms. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, Oscillo’s sweet-tasting, kid-friendly pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue, meaning no water, chewing or swallowing is required.

These three medicines are must-haves for your family’s medicine cabinet this winter. They do not cause drowsiness or sleeplessness, and they do not interact with other medications. They work best when taken at the first sign of illness, so you can take them as soon as you develop symptoms. There’s no need to wait until you’re “sick enough,” so you won’t miss out on your office’s holiday party or a trip to cut down the family tree with your children.

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14
NOV

What’s New? TerrAmazon

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

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a premium brand of natural products to our customers: TerrAmazon.

TerrAmazon offers top-quality products created with the unique nourishing wealth from the Amazon rainforest. The company aims to share healthy, unique, and fair trade products from the Amazon rainforest and, at the same time, promote awareness of forest preservation and social responsibility through sustainable practices. TerrAmazon is inspired by “Nature” and seeks to maintain the sustainability chain that preserves the rainforest and its people.

TerrAmazon believes that natural foods, organically grown from the Amazon rainforest, preserve their natural properties and are rich in nutrients. The consumption of Amazonian products is profoundly linked with rainforest preservation. The products from the standing forest promote the sustainable economy that empowers local communities. TerrAmazon’s core values ensure the products deliver natural and organic ingredients and also that the company encourage local sustainable economies, bringing the consumer and rainforest together, delivering genuine products based on traditional customs.

One of the company’s best-selling products is TerrAmazon Organic Acai powder. This premium supplement contains acai, a superfruit that provides Omegas 3, 6 and 9. A Brazilian super-berry originating from the Amazon rainforest, acai berries are known for having many healthy properties and are considered one of the healthiest food on the planet. Adding Organic TerrAmazon Acai powder to your diet everyday will give you the healthy boost you were looking for. TerrAmazon Acai superfood powder is USDA-certified Organic and Vegan.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop TerrAmazon products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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TerrAmazon – Camu Camu Powder – 2 oz.
TerrAmazon – Organic Maca Powder – 2 oz.
TerrAmazon – Organic Acai Powder – 2 oz.

 
12
NOV

Get More Energy

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

Do you have problems finding the energy to get up and work out in the morning or have trouble maintaining your energy throughout your work out? Don’t worry, LuckyVitamin has an array of energy chews, shots, gels and bars that can help get you going and even keep you going throughout your workout.Your body uses two primary sources of fuel to feed the muscles when you’re running: fats and carbohydrates. Your body relies on carbohydrates as its primary fuel source when racing.

I personally find myself getting home from work struggling to find the energy to make it to the gym. The first thing I do when I feel like this is reach for my energy chews. Products like Honey Stinger Energy Chews are naturally caffeinated from white tea.  These chews contain 32mg of white tea extract per package, are comprised of 95% organic ingredients and sweetened with organic honey. They are perfect for athletes and other individuals looking for a little extra energy to help them get through their workout. Another product that I couldn’t live without are the GU-Energy Chomps. This company makes Chomps that are both caffeinated (20mg per serving) and non-caffeinated as well contain a proven blend of carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants and electrolytes. These products are not only good to take before a workout, but can also be useful while you are out on your run, bike ride, walk, etc.

Need more then a chew to fill you up on your long workout? We got you covered with a large assortment of energy bars. We have bars that are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and even kosher. The Vega Sport Immediate Sustained Energy Bar is not only packed with 27g of carbohydrates (the preferred energy source during a workout), but it also taste great!  It is vegan, gluten free, artificial color free, artificial sweetener free, eco-friendly and non-GMO.

The last must-have workout pick-me-ups are energy gels. These carb-packed energy fuels come in tiny packets, but deliver a great a deal of energy. These gels are designed to replenish carbohydrate stores that are depleted when running, biking, walking or doing any other form of exercise. Fueling the body with what it needs during your workout will help keep you going. Some of these gels also contain caffeine for that extra little pick-me-up. I specifically enjoy the taste of the GU Energy Energy Gels. They come in a variety of flavors and each one seems to be more delicious than the next.

Don’t let fatigue get in the way of good workout.  Shop LuckyVitamin for your energy boosting needs.

 

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11
NOV

5 Omega Foods That Aren’t Fish

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

Most people are aware of the importance of omegas to maintain good health. However, some people find it difficult to obtain this important nutrient if the fish sources aren’t really an option. What people need to know is that many other vegetarian sources contain good amounts of omegas. So, here is a list of 5 foods for omegas that aren’t fish:

1. Flax Seeds: flax seeds are considered the best vegetarian source of omega 3. One ounce of flax seeds packs in 6388mg of omega 3 (nearly 6 times the RDA) as well as 1655mg of omega 6 in the process, which helps keep your omega 3 to omega 6 radios in check. If you can take a tablespoon of flax oil, the amount of omega 3s is even higher, about 7196mg.

2. Chia Seeds: chia seeds have recently been one of the hottest natural supplements. These incredible nutrient-packed seeds contain 4915mg of omega 3 in one single ounce as well as 1620mg of omega 6. They are also loaded with calcium, fiber, and manganese.

3. Mustard Oil: this natural oil has 826mg omega 3 and 2146mg omega 6 in a tablespoon. Compare this to the 103mg omega 3 and 1318mg omega 6 found in olive oil and a simple switch of your oil can provide you a boost of omegas and health benefits.

4. Seaweed: seaweeds not only have fairly high amounts of omega 3, but they are also one of the only vegan foods which also have EPA and DHEA. Spirulina contains 58mg omega 3, 88mg omega 6 per tablespoon and is considered one of the best choices for seaweed.

5. Berries: berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but did you know that most berries can also be a good vegetarian source of omega 3? Blueberries top the list with 174mg of omega 3 per one cup serving while simultaneously delivering 259mg of omega 6.

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NOW Foods – Flax Seed Meal Organic – 12 oz.
Earthrise – Spirulina Natural Green Super Food For Longevity Powder – 6.3 oz.
Fruit Advantage – Brain Support Wild Blueberry – 60 Capsules formerly Traverse Bay

 
10
NOV

3 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes for The Beauty Junkie

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Nothing says put together like a woman with a chip-free manicure or pedicure. This female ritual, as silly as it may seem, can be an instant mood booster or the perfect finishing touch for any occasion. Take things to another level by swapping out your old chemical-filled beauty products with new natural or non-toxic alternatives. Finding a new, natural nail polish can be a little bit of trial and error. For starters, you’ll need to purchase the base and top coat that go along with the brand to achieve the best results – especially with water-based formulas. Here are some of our favorites:

Zoya –If you are a recovering OPI junkie, Zoya’s your best bet for not turning back. This brand is long-wearing and contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor. Zoya provides a great selection of subtle shimmers, bold glitters, gorgeous neutrals and more.

Scotch Naturals Scotch Naturals has a buzz that extends even beyond the world of natural beauty. They not only have a great name and even better tagline (Not all Scotch is an acquired taste…brilliant!), they are truly non-toxic and contain none of the abrasive chemicals that are found in typical nail polish. Scotch’s line of polishes offers a wonderful eco-friendly option that comes in a variety of sophisticated colors that don’t require an acquired taste. Just remember, since this is a water-based nail polish, stick with their base coat, top coat and even polish remover for best results.

Piggy Paint – It’s all about female bonding with this one. The brand name is cute and the colors are bright and fun! This is another great water-based formula which is odorless and hypoallergenic which means it’s mommy (or big sister) approved. You won’t find any toxic chemicals here because Piggy Paint is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. This nail polish brand is perfect for sleepovers or as stocking stuffer. One tip: Piggy Paint recommends using a blow dryer on a low heat setting for maximum chip resistance.

No matter what brand you end up leaning towards, it’s fun finding your favorites!

 

 

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9
NOV

What’s New? Balanced Guru

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Balanced Guru is a recently added premium line of certified organic skin, body, hair and energy products, now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Balanced Guru offers unique products created and developed to help you find balance in every aspect of your being. All products can help balance your beauty through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. By combining ancient eastern wisdom with modern western science, the company has unique formulations to integrate the benefits of aromatherapy and wholesome ingredients to balance your health and beauty.

Beauty and health starts from within, thus, Balanced Guru believes in simultaneously nurturing body, mind and spirit in everything we do. Additionally, Balanced Guru was created with a conscious and passionate commitment to promote the wellbeing of customers and the planet we all share. The company crafts wholesome products that are certified organic, cruelty-free, and sustainable while limiting the environmental impact and maximizing the social impact by giving it back to communities.

The company only uses ingredients and materials that are safe for our bodies and the environment, including raw ingredients which are always natural, certified organic and come from sustainable harvesting. All jars and bottles are made with 100% recycled and recyclable post-consumer resin. In addition, all packaging, marketing and shipping materials are made with 100% recycled and recyclable paper, and labels and formulations are 100% biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

Save even more when you shop Balanced Guru products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Balanced Guru – Face It Off Facial Cleanser – 4 oz.
Balanced Guru – Drop Dead Salt Scrub Body Exfoliator – 9 oz.
Balanced Guru – Balm Me Up Body Balm Cocoa & Tang – 4 oz.

 
7
NOV

Natural Beauty- Limitless Possibilities Where Health & Beauty Coexist

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 4:46 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When the great thinkers of their day wrote about beauty, you’ll often find they trained their thoughtful gaze on the same thing: nature.

Lord Byron and Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote extensively about the natural wonder of the world. So did artists as disparate as Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. Mahatma Gandhi, Socrates and Confucious all marveled at its splendor.

Even a man of science, such as Albert Einstein, was not immune to the glory of natural beauty, once saying, “Our task must be to free ourselves …by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

When making beauty-related choices, it’s important to know what you are purchasing. It may be helpful to keep this question in mind: “Knowing what chemicals were used to make this product, would I put this IN my body?” If you wouldn’t, then why would you put it ON your body, only to let it be absorbed by your largest organ, your skin?

It’s the old, and not particularly eloquent, adage of garbage in/garbage out, only in reverse.  By using natural, non-toxic personal care products, your body creates its own self-perpetuating cycle of healthy living. You’ll find that you’ll look as great as you always have, but you’ll feel better and have more energy to direct towards positive, more fulfilling pursuits such as yoga, exercise and long neglected hobbies.

Achieving real beauty and a state of total peace with oneself is only possible through personal discipline and by making a conscious decision to adopt a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. By doing so, you open yourself up to limitless possibilities and the opportunity to walk the path to more fulfilling life where health and beauty peacefully co-exist.

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7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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YS Organic Bee Farms – Raw Tupelo Honey – 13 oz.
CC Pollen – High Desert Totally Desert Honey – 1.5 lbs.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Fair Trade Certified Organic Raw Honey – 16 oz.

 
6
NOV

Chocolate Helps with Memory

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

As if you didn’t already love chocolate enough, a small-scale study found that an antioxidant in chocolate might improve memory skills associated with age related memory loss. The study, which was released by the Journal Nature Neuroscience, included healthy people ages 50 to 69, who for three months drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols. This group performed better on a memory tests than those who drank a low flavanol mixture. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that can be found in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods. Cocoa flavanols are a unique blend of phytonutrients that can only be found in the cocoa bean. This research supports other findings showing that flavanols, especially epicatechin (found in cocoa beans), improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans.  The researchers of this study also found that the flavanol mixture was able to increase activity of the dentate gyru: the part of the brain that is involved in memory associated with recognizing faces and remembering where you parked your car.

Unfortunately for us chocolate lovers out there you would need to consume about seven average-sized chocolate bars to replicate the amount of epicatechin (138 mg) used in the study. However, if you do want to try to increase the cocoa and chocolate in your life then shop LuckyVitamin. We carry chocolate bars like Theo Chocolate, which is organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, soy free and fair trade. We also have other top brands like Chocolove, Green and Black’s Organic, Dagoba, Newman’s Own, and Endangered Species.  Endangered Species chocolate is protecting diversity of life on our planet and promoting true global change with each chocolate bar.  They donate 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. While you might not increase your memory overnight eating our organic chocolates, at least you will be happy doing so.

 

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5
NOV

What’s New? Splash

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

Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top quality brand of whey isolate products to our customers: Splash.

Splash offers premium whey isolate products developed by a team of professionals who have each worked in the nutrition industry for more than a decade. The company was created because the founders observed an ever increasing number of low-quality protein powders as well as supplements from untrustworthy manufacturers on the market. Determined to change the face of the supplement industry, Splash launched their own manufacturing facility in 2011.

Splash Whey Isolate is a high quality whey protein isolate that is available in four dynamic, fruity flavors. Whey protein powder is the number one protein used by bodybuilders and pro-athletes to accelerate muscle development as well as increase antioxidant levels, helping with muscle recovery better than other conventional protein supplements.

You can enjoy these great Splash products that are gluten free and lactose free. Additionally, Splash supplements are non-GMO , contain no artificial colors, and all products are manufactured using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). If you are concerned about the quality of your current products, it is time to switch to Splash. The company guarantees that each and every supplement is manufactured using the highest quality ingredients and is subject to rigorous quality control standards. All production is under the direct supervision of highly experienced and trained personnel.

You can save even more when you shop Splash supplements at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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Splash – Whey Isolate Island Cooler – 2 lbs.
Splash – Whey Isolate Kiwi Berry – 2 lbs.
Splash – Whey Isolate Mango Tango – 2 lbs.
Splash – Whey Isolate Melon Mania – 2 lbs.

 
 
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