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16
MAY

Not Just for Kids: Gummy Vitamins

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
16 GVGummy vitamins have been known to have one main target: kids. However, that does not necessary mean every single gummy vitamin product should be made for children. In recent years, a good number of companies have created new products, particularly multivitamins, which contain gummy vitamins instead of the traditional tablet or capsule. So, what’s the real story behind this? Are the better, the same, or just another “up to your personal” taste debate?

Gummy vitamins made for adults are widely available from many different brands. Multivitamins, fish oils, calcium supplements, energy enhancers are just a few examples of products available in gummy form. Gummy vitamins contain basically the same ingredients as a regular multivitamin product but some products may leave out the vitamin K, niacin, thiamin, and a few minerals often present in most multivitamin tablets.

The interesting point about gummy products is that they may be the best way for people not used to take supplements to start a new routine of taking these essential vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, gummy vitamins for kids contain much small amounts of vitamins and minerals and are normally developed for a certain age group, not really suitable for adults.

The bottom line is that gummy vitamins can be a great solution for someone who may have a difficult time swallowing pills, particularly those giant multivitamin ones. Plus, it can be a great alternative for people who struggle to take pills as, for some reason, gummies seem to be a lot easier to be taken on a daily basis. One last tip: check the amount of sugar in the gummy vitamins and preferably try to find a product that contain healthier, more natural sugars, from organic sources.

 



14
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Murphy’s Naturals

Filed Under: Green Living,Home at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Late spring, early summer is the time of the year when people start really enjoying the outdoors. Camping, hiking, picnics, grilling, fishing and many other activities can be a lot of fun, unless unwanted visitors come to “bug” your good time: mosquitos. Lucky Vitamin has good news and is happy to introduce a couple of great products to keep these bugs away from your fun this year: Murphy’s Naturals.

Murphy’s Naturals offers all-natural products that can effectively keep away mosquitos and are made from responsibly sourced plant based ingredients. The company leaves out all of the chemicals and toxins and instead focus on providing amazing earth-friendly products that will help others through its purchases.

Murphy’s Naturals has two options of insect repellent products: mosquitos sticks and mosquitos candles. The sticks are made with all natural incense sticks from a unique fusion of sustainable bamboo, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary, and contain no petroleum or any toxins. Formulated with significantly more repellent oils than other insect products, Murphy’s Mosquito Sticks deliver an effective and refreshing fragrance so you can enjoy life outdoors. The second option is Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Candle. This unique natural repellent candle contains a fusion of sustainable palm wax, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary. Formulated with no D.E.E.T., petroleum or any toxins, Murphy’s Mosquito Candle delivers an effective and refreshing fragrance to create a pleasant bite-free environment.

You can save even more when you shop Murphy’s Natural products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.



13
MAY

Mint Cacao Dairy Free Smoothie

Filed Under: Recipes at 3:47 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Not only is this delicious smoothie dairy free, but it also helps maintain a healthy digestive system.

 

Ingredients

Mix all ingredients and blend until smooth!



13
MAY

Recipe: Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

Filed Under: Nutrition,Recipes,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
blueberrysmoothieStart your day with free-radical fighting antioxidants by sipping on this Blueberry Bliss Smoothie. Easy to make and perfect for a quick on the go breakfast or post workout drink. Did we mention it tastes delicious too!

INGREDIENTS

2 handfuls spinach

1 scoop of protein powder

1 frozen banana

½ avocado

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp coconut oil

2 tsp flax meal

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

DIRECTIONS

Blend all the ingredients together, top with some sprouts and enjoy!!



12
MAY

5 Health Benefits from Quinoa Milk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
There are many choices for milk replacement products but one of the best alternatives isn’t all that famous. We are talking about quinoa milk. This natural product is a great high-nutrient, gluten-free milk, and contain all nine essential amino acids. While quinoa is one of the most popular health foods, its milk is still not on the top list of replacements. So, we present you 5 health benefits from quinoa milk.

1. Super Nutritious

Quinoa milk is high in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and all nine essential amino acids. This great-taste, easy-to-drink product contain important minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc and phosphorus. Plus, all these important nutrients come with a small amount of omega-3s and this delicious milk is considered relatively low in calories, and low in fat.

2. High Fiber

Quinoa contains more fiber than most grains. Quinoa milk contains around 10-15 grams of fiber per every 100 grams and, despite the fact some of these fiber is insoluble, the amount of soluble fiber is still very good.

3. Low Glycemic Index

An excellent product to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, quinoa milk is known to have a low glycemic index, around 53. Foods that are high on the glycemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity.

4. Minerals

High in essential minerals, quinoa milk can be a great choice for people looking to increase the intake of magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Particularly high in magnesium, with one cup having about 30% of the RDA, quinoa can help increase calcium absorption.

5. Quercetin

Quinoa contains quercetin, an amazing flavonoid known to enhance the immune system. These plant antioxidants have been shown to be shown to offer many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-depressant properties.



11
MAY

5 Places You’re Forgetting To Put Sunscreen

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 1:23 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
father applying sunblock cream on daughters shoulder, sun protectionYou spent all day soaking up the sun only to wake up the next day with a wicked burn and a deep yearning for a bottle of aloe vera to dull the pain. Sound familiar?

Some of the worst burns happen on overcast days when cloud-filled skies can cause even the most faithful sun worshippers to (unwisely) skip the screen, unknowing that 80% of the sun’s UV rays can easily slice through the typical cloud coverage. Even if you do apply, just because you lather up your legs, arms and face doesn’t mean that you’re completely protected.

Here are some oft overlooked spots that need some sunscreen love!

Ears – When you apply sunscreen to your face don’t forget the ears. Whether you’re driving or wearing a baseball hat, remember that your ears are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. A recent study from the Skin Cancer Foundation found the ears to be one of the most common places to find skin cancer.

Scalp – Greasy hair, don’t care! Apply sunscreen on your hair or (if you’re follicley challenged) scalp to prevent a painful burn. Even better, wear a hat (but see above about making sure your ears are protected). A team of researcher at UNC found that the most deadly melanoma skin cancers occur on this area of your body. Tip: use a Q-tip for an easy, clean application.

Tops of Feet – Did you know the soles of feet have a layer of dead skin cells which protect against UV rays? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the tops of our feet which, of course, actually face the sun. Plus, getting burnt here is pretty painful especially if you have to wear shoes.  

Lips – Whether you’re sipping on a tropical smoothie or eating some healthy snack on the beach, lip protection can come off pretty easily, so reapplying is always a good idea. Our top pick combines organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and vitamin E to protect your lips under the harshest conditions.

Tops of Hands – Our hands show age and sun spots before our face. Reapplying here is key, especially if you wash your hands a lot. Here’s a little tip from us: use face sunscreen on your hands. It’s loaded with ingredients to prevent further damage. This ultra-sheer lotion features fruit stem cells to diminish photo-aging and stimulate healthy cell renewal for age-defying benefits



10
MAY

Why Choose Natural Sun Care?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B10 SunCareNatural sun care products offers a variety of health benefits for your skin and are also the best way to promote a safer environment. You have probably heard so much about it and if you still can’t find enough reasons to switch from conventional products to natural products, we present you a few good reasons to choose natural sun care.

First, conventional sun care products such as sun blockers and lotions may contain harmful ingredients such as mercury, ammonium, laureth sulfate, alcohol, and many others. Think about it: you are actually applying these toxins directly onto your skin and they can be easily absorbed into your skin and perhaps spread through the body. The vast majority of natural sun care products avoid these harmful ingredients, decreasing the chances of redness, irritation, skin breakout as well as allergic reaction. Plus, always keep an eye on the ingredients list and avoid parabens, a very dangerous synthetic ingredient known to mimic your body’s natural hormones and alter the functions of the endocrine system.

Second, natural sun care is the best way to protect yourself and your family from side effects. Convectional products contain a great amount of artificial fragrances, designed to cover up the smell of other chemicals used in many sun care products. Some of these chemicals are known to have a strong smells and may cause headaches in many people. Natural sun care products often contain only natural ingredients instead of a cocktail of chemicals. Additionally, a good number of natural sun care products may be scented with natural essential oils that can even provide aromatherapy.

Lastly, natural sun care is the best way to ensure you are only buying earth-friendly products. Conventionally produced ingredients can have a negative environmental impact and a multitude of regular sun care products contain chemicals. The manufacturing of these products may leave a lot of those chemicals into the air and water, and even more go down your drain in your own home. Choose natural, organic ingredients for your sun care products this summer and do your part to keep our planet healthy too.



10
MAY

Zinc: The Mineral You Need To Protect Your Skin

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 9:35 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to talk about better sun safety for your family. Despite increased sales of sunscreen, melanoma continues to increase at rapid rates, and much of the damage can occur during childhood. In this webinar, Kate Solomon from Babo Botanicals will talk about the importance of zinc and sun protection.

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9
MAY

How to Go Gluten Free

Filed Under: Gluten Free at 10:56 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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Celiac disease, wheat allergies, and the prevalence of gluten sensitivities are just a few reasons why people are implementing gluten free diets into their lives. In today’s society, there is a great deal of buzz surrounding the word gluten, but a lot of people don’t truly understand or know what gluten is. Gluten is the name for the main proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. For individuals with a wheat allergy or celiac disease, the body’s immune system reacts to these proteins in the intestinal mucosa which can cause damage to the intestinal lining making it difficult to absorb nutrients. By adapting a diet free of gluten, the body can work more efficientlyresulting in less discomfort for the individual. Whether you’re switching to a gluten free diet by choice or because of a health concern, here are some tips to consider to ease the transition.

What To Look Out For On The Ingredient Label  

Other Hidden Sources Of Gluten

 

Wheat Binders and Fillers
Barley Alcohol
Rye Couscous
Triticale Orzo
Kamut Salad Dressings& Sauces
Spelt Soup & Chili Bases
Farr Processed Deli Meats
Bulgur Soy Sauce
Durum Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Einkorn Malt
Oats (Although these are naturally gluten free, they are often processed in facilities with gluten containing grains and may become cross-contaminated) Artificial Crab

 

Meet Some Gluten Alternatives

  • Amaranth –This grain is similar to oats and has a rich, nutty flavor profile thatis high in protein, fiber, minerals and B vitamins. This grain can be a great thickener for sauces, soups, stews and even jellies.
  • Quinoa – Quinoa contains some of the highest quality protein compared to any other grain or cereal because it has all 9 essential amino acids. But that’s not all!It’s also is packed with fiber, iron, magnesium folate and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Quinoa can be used as a thickener for soups, chili and stews. It can also be a great side dish to any main course.
  • Chia – Chia seeds come in black or white, both of which are a great source of protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They also have a high concentration of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids. You can sprinkle the seeds on gluten free cereals, yogurt or salads, and can also be added to smoothies and used for puddings.
  • Sorghum – Sorghum is a tall growing cereal grain high in protein, phosphorus, potassium fiber, niacin, iron and B6. It is commonly used for the production of sorghum molasses, syrup and in the production of alcoholic beverages, but can also be used in cereals, granola bars, snack foods and baked products.
  • Millet – Millet is an ancient grain thatis a good source of protein, fiber as well as vitamins and minerals. Millet has a mild, sweet flavor and quick cooking time. It can be served alone or turned into a flour to be used for baking.
  • Buckwheat – Although commonly included in the lists of grain, Buckwheat is not a grain. It is actually a seed rich in trace minerals like manganese, magnesium and copper. It is also a good source of vitamins, fiber as well as quercetin and other bioflavonoids. Buckwheat is great when seasoned and served as a side dish but also is great when added as a thickener to stews or soups.

Gluten free foods must be labeled in a variety of ways: gluten free, free of gluten, no gluten, and without gluten. The FDA now enforces the labeling of these 4 variations, which means there must be an unavoidable presence of gluten that is below 20ppm.

               

Other Information To Consider:

  • Going gluten free does not necessarily mean that you are eating healthier. It’s important to not fill up your diet with gluten free processed foods but instead focus on foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish and meats which are naturally gluten free.
  • Gluten may also be found in a number of cosmetics, personal care products, vitamins and some pharmaceutical medications. It’s important to look out for this on product labels.
  • When it comes to choosing your gluten alternative, it is important to read the full ingredients label. You will want to look for products that are Non-GMO & USDA Organic.



7
MAY

Who (Beard) Cares?

Filed Under: Men's Health,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring season brings us hockey playoffs and for many players, and some fans, is the time of the year for an old and fun tradition: the playoff beards.

The superstitious practice of not shaving during the playoffs started by hockey players and it’s now also part of other sports playoffs. It’s not known exactly when and who started this trend, perhaps the New York Islanders in the 80s as a couple of Swedish players part of that team may have been inspired by tennis champion Björn Borg’s custom of not shaving his beard during Wimbledon. The playoff beard is believed to bring good luck to teams, so as the team enters the playoffs, players stop shaving and will not shave until the team is eliminated or wins the hockey final game of the Stanley Cup.

However, for many man, a beard is not about “not shaving” and letting the facial hair grow out. It’s much more than that. A beard means many different things. Some men may have it for cultural-religious tradition, while some others believe it to be fashion. Some men think a beard can show virility or strength, while others may think it can be classy or show high social status. No matter what your reason or believe, maintaining a beard requires some work as trimming, cleaning and treating hair is essential to keep it healthy and in good shape.

Conditioners, moisturizers, balms, and even a full grooming kit can be very helpful for those growing a beard. Depending on your hair type and the length, beard oils may be handy too. Click here to check out LuckyVitamin.com beard care line of products.



6
MAY

New Brands Showcase: Bhu Fit

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BhuFoodsA happy, healthier world starts with a healthy and delicious diet. That is the belief of Lucky Vitamin’s recently added brand of nutritional bars: Bhu Fit.

Bhu Fit offers an exceptional line of nutritional bars which are developed to be the best superfood alternative to sugary snacks. These premium bars are healthy, low sugar, high fiber, clean-label products and are created to exceed the expectations of customers. The company strives for excellence in everything ensuring that by only using the freshest, healthiest, super food, organic, whole food, fair trade, sustainable ingredients in all products.

Bhu Fit products are super foods as they contain almonds, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, coconut oil, chunks of apples, and dried cherries. The company uses the highest quality, non-GMO, low sugar, low carb ingredients available and make sure the only sugar in the bars comes from things like tapioca fiber, shredded coconut, dried apples and dried cherries. There is not even a single artificial ingredient being used.

You can save even more when you shop Bhu Fit products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.



4
MAY

Suffering With Puffy Eyes And A Stuffy Nose?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 9:59 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In the parkAllergic rhinitis is the most pervasive chronic condition, affecting 10% to 40% of adults and children. The body’s response to an allergen like pollen leads to release of messenger chemicals such as interleukins (IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13) and Th2 cells that trigger the body’s activity of IgE production and the infiltration of the site where the allergen entered by inflammatory cells. Usual meds include antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, intranasal heparin and immunotherapy—but actually use of bio-active silver hydrosol in a 10 part per million solution (available “over the counter”) could be just as effective without the headache of prospective drug side effects.

Silver “developed through nanotechnology exhibits remarkably unusual physicochemical properties and biological activities,” say researchers. “Strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activity is a major direction for development of nano-silver products.”

It has been known since ancient times that silver reduces inflammation of wounds and enhances healing. Thanks to recent advances in technology scientists have fine-tuned silver’s healing abilities by creating particles of smaller and smaller size. Bio-active silver hydrosol can be used directly on the affected areas as a gentle anti-inflammatory.

3 Ways Silver Soothes

The silver ions will begin working to reduce inflammation upon contact.

Nasal symptoms: An intranasal inhaler bottle is ideal for getting the silver hydrosol directly to the irritated tissues. While symptoms are present, use five squirts per nostril while inhaling, repeat four times per day. As the silver comes in contact with the inflamed tissue, it will begin working to bring down swelling and reduce congestion.

Eye Irritation: Choose a dropper and use it just like traditional eye drops. Use two drops in each eye every hour to help reduce puffiness and redness associated with inflammation.

Respiratory irritation: To relieve irritation and inflammation in the respiratory tract, use silver hydrosol with a spray application or with a nebulizer several times a day while the irritation persists.



3
MAY

3 Top Strains of Probiotics

Filed Under: Immunity,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Probiotics are not all the same. These amazing products contain different strains that can provide different health benefits. In order to help you undertanding this a little better, we have prepared a quick list of 3 top strains of probiotics.

1. Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Perhaps the most important strain of the lactobacillus species, L. acidophilus is known to keep the balance of good vs. bad bacteria and enhance the immune system. A common ingredient in fermented dairy products such as yogurt, this bacterium colonizes most densely in the small intestine, where it helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall, ensure proper nutrient absorption, and support healthy overall digestive function. L. acidophilus is also known to boost immunity, help relief of cramping, gas, diarrhea as well as curbing the growth of Candida in women.

2. Lactobacillus Plantarum

Lactobacillus plantarum is considered by many as one of the most beneficial bacterias in your body. Known for its ability to produce hydrogen peroxide, which the body uses as a defense against bacteria consumed in food, L. plantarum survives in the stomach for a long time and performs many functions that help regulate immunity and control inflammation in the gut. L. plantarum can quickly digest protein, helping to prevent food allergies, and is known for its ability to absorb and maintain important nutrients such as brain-friendly omega- 3 fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants.

3. Bifidobacterium Longum

Known to support overall digestion, detoxification and immune health, bifidobacterium longum is one of the most common strains of bifidobacteria found in the GI tract. It is known to break down carbohydrates and to scavenge and neutralize everyday toxins found in the gut, and has been associated with improving lactose tolerance and preventing diarrhea, food allergies, and the proliferation of pathogens.



3
MAY

The Benefits of a Probiotic

probioticsProbiotics balance the spectrum of live organisms that naturally colonize the human GI tract. Probiotic bacteria is essential for healthy digestion, ensures the intestinal lining stays up to par and aids in the detoxification process.

Immune Support – Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located within your digestive system? Simply put: a healthy gut equals a healthy you! Without a good probiotic, your body cannot absorb fiber, sugars or starches. The good bacteria in your GI tract converts carbs into energy and nutrients for your body.

Childhood Allergies – A recent study found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.

Weight Control – Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than those whose weights fell in the “normal” range. Weight factors including metabolism, hormones and inflammation are all influenced by gut health andprobiotics can help restore this system back to balance.

Women’s Health – Probiotics play an important role in maintaining balance and preventing bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women. Also, L. acidophilius can not only help prevent infection but can help manage active ones.

Urinary Health – If you suffer from frequent UTI then you need a probiotic, stat! The good bacteria may help fight off bad bacteria that can invade your urinary tract.

Infant Health – Colicky babies can benefit from a probiotic. According to Italian researchers, infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic. And it can also help with constipation and acid reflux in babies.

 



2
MAY

Why Take Probiotics?

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 11:47 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Probiotics are the living bacteria in our bodies (the good kind!) that help keep the bad bacteria in check. In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf explains how probiotics contribute to digestive health, and the other ways they function in the body.

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