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16
JAN

The New Trend in Skincare You Need to Try

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 2:16 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
facepeelsThe days of mixing masks and clogging sinks with mud are mercifully coming to an end. In the wake of their demise, peels made with plant essences, vitamins and nutrients are popping up all over the natural scene. Try our favorites below to get that glow, naturally.

Lost Baggage Eye Emergency Repair Masks

It’s time to say goodnight to under eye bags and dark circles. The skin under your eyes is very delicate so it’s important to use gentle and natural products that get the job done without causing any irritation.  Lost Baggage repair masks contain a restorative infusion of peptides, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E and doesn’t contain any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and triclosan. Even better, it’s cruelty-free so you can feel good about getting results the humane way.

BioMiracle – 20 Minute Miracle Mask Coenzyme Q10 Collagen Essence 

Do you have 20 minutes to spare to reduce wrinkles? If so, than we’ve got Twenty Minute Miracle Mask from Bio Miracle for you. It firms, rejuvenates and moisturizes which gives an instant lift effect after just one use. Defy the hands of time with this mask that fights free radical damage and smooths away fine lines and wrinkles by pumping your skin with collagen essence and CoQ10.

Andalou Naturals – Brightening Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask Vitamin C

Lighten, tighten and brighten with this mask from Andalou Naturals. The Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask targets UV sun damage by activating collagen for a smooth and silky complexion. This peel is great for targeting skin problems such as dark spots, uneven tone, texture and dryness, plus it’s totally sustainable, too! The mask’s ingredients are sourced from fiber grown in responsibly managed forests, which should make feel good inside and out.

Relaxus – Spa Bamboo Charcoal Facial Mask

Charcoal and tea tree oil are the main attractions in this mask from Relaxus. Both are tough on toxins leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed after every application. Anyone who has ever tried a charcoal mask knows they can be quite messy to apply and clean off, but not this pre-moistened one, which easily unfolds for mess-free applications and removals. Simple, clean and easy!



16
JAN

Create a Little Ambiance this Winter with Candles

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Home at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Winter calls for some extra time spent indoors and for many people is the best time of the year for getting cozy.

Cold winter and snow days are a great opportunity to make your home really cozy and extra comfortable. One of the best ways to do that is to light up some candles around the house. The days are shorter and the nights are longer and this combination sets up a perfect time and place for a few candles.

Candles are essential for peak winter living and they can not only light up and warm up your home but also bring a little of bit of good mood and aroma to your place.

If you don’t like scented candles, there are plenty of unscented ones that can light up the house and still bring up a nice, cozy feeling. On the other hand, if you love an extra touch, fill the air with cozy scents from your favorite candles. You have a ton of options from the traditional vanilla, lavender, mint, and cinnamon to more exotic ones such as coconut and spice pomegranate. Plus, candles made of natural essential oils may have real health benefits when they are lit in your home as aromatherapy candles are known to promote relaxation, clean up the air your breath, improve mood and much more. With so many options available, you can be sure to find your favorite or, perhaps, try a new one this winter.

Along with candles, you can get creative in creating a little ambiance in your home. Hot chocolate, music, books, and baking are just a few examples of how you can get more coziness in your home during the cold, winter months.



15
JAN

New Brands Showcase: PharMeDoc

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking to reach total wellness in 2017, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are proud to introduce PharMeDoc products to our customers.

PharMeDoc offers a variety of products that cater to the total wellness of each and every single customer. Distinctive in quality and design, PharMeDoc prides itself on introducing healthy, affordable and well-made products such as the Balance Ball with Pump.

PharMeDoc Balance Ball with Pump is designed for multiple training methods, a total body training regimen for maximum results. You can use the Balance Ball to focus on major muscle groups and improve your body’s core strength and natural balance while getting trim and toned. Constructed of latex-free rubber material, expect a durable workout session from PharMeDoc when you can tone, sculpt, and chisel your shoulders, buttocks, back, arms, thighs, abs, as well as improve core strength, agility and balance. The Balance Ball is made of eco-friendly, non-toxic materials and is durable and made to last.

PharMeDoc ensures that every element of the business is designed to exceed your expectations. These unique, high-quality health and fitness accessories are created and designed by a dedicated team of health enthusiasts with years of experience in their respective fields, and are manufactured with at least 15% more material than other brands.

You can save even more when you shop PharMeDoc products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.



13
JAN

What Happens To Our Skin As We Age?”

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Aging is an inevitable process but have you even wondered what actually happens with our skin as we age?

The skin appearance deteriorates as we age and this process can be divided in two different types: intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.

Intrinsic aging refers to the natural aging process that, unfortunately, we cannot do much about. As we age, we get lines in our skin, particularly in our faces, and the skin tend to lose its youth, firmness and fullness. The skin is likely to become thinner and drier and isn’t as smooth or tight as it once was. Additionally, the skin gets more fragile and can bruise more easily due to loss of support around blood vessels walls, which normally happens as we age.

Extrinsic aging is the second type and this one we actually have some control over. This one refers to other factors that affect our skin such as the environment and lifestyle choices. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects this type of aging has on our skin and possibly prevent our skin to age prematurely.

The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin and sun protection is essential at all times. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching, making you look older than you are.

In addition, healthy lifestyle habits are extremely important to maintain healthy skin. Drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and alcohol, and eat a well-balanced diet. Those are important tips to reduce the aging of the skin.

What else can you do? Washing your face at least twice a day, especially after sweating heavily as perspiration irritates the skin. Exercise frequently as it can improve circulation and boost the immune system. Apply a facial moisturizer every day, even better, before bed time as night cream products seem to provide the best results.



12
JAN

Liven Up Your Protein with Syntrax’s Flavors

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Syntrax is one of the most popular brands of protein supplements at Lucky Vitamin for many reasons.

First, Syntrax’s exclusive line of high-quality protein powders and dietary supplements has a great reputation for using only the finest raw materials, top-quality ingredients and producing the best-tasting products in the industry.

Second, protein powders that are low in quality are cheaper but contain fat-inducing maltodextrin, taste horrible, require a blender to mix properly, and often contain only one very fast-acting protein. On the other hand, Syntrax is an all-around value that is impossible to beat. The company carefully selects herbs and nutrients which are manufactured under precise conditions.

Third, Syntrax offer unique delicious flavors that make your protein shake a delicious experience. All flavors are developed and approved by highly-skilled researchers who have accumulated decades of experience in developing natural, health-related products. Vanilla bean, cappuccino, Caribbean cooler, strawberry kiwi, dragon fruit fusion are just a few of the many options you can choose from.

Plus, Syntrax is introducing the revolutionary Matrix line. Syntrax Matrix is a combination of the 3 different high-quality protein concentrates in the industry: whey protein, micellar casein and egg albumin (egg white protein). Syntrax Matrix solves all of the problems currently afflicting those other low-grade protein powders as this unique, best-tasting protein product provides vital nutrition for health and recovery.

Lastly, you can get a special discount when shopping Syntrax supplements at Lucky Vitamin. Click here to get $7 off all Syntrax supplements.

 



11
JAN

How To Actually Stick To Your New Year’s Goals

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:46 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Person silhouette standing in 2017 on the hill at sunset

For most of us, New Year’s “resolutions” — those well-meaning actions plans of self-improvement — are, if we’re being realistic here, better off re-branded as New Year’s “intentions”.  It may just be a minor semantical difference but a “resolution” implies a solemn pact — a pledge of unwavering commitment that a simple “intention” does not. If you intend to live to 100 it just kind of means that you expect to do so, whereas resolving to live to 100 means that you’re ready to put in the work to make it happen!  In that spirit, we’ve laid out some tips on how to make your best New Year’s intentions a reality.

Be realistic – Nothing happens overnight either. Don’t think if you quitting smoking or give up sweets that this will all happen in the same month. Set realistic goals to achieve. Try monthly check-ins with yourself at 1-, 3- and 6-month intervals and track your progress.

Create a Vision Board– Once you set that goal, back it up with a vision board, which helps clarify your thinking and provides some concrete imagery to help inspire and keep you on track. If you’re resolving to lead a healthier lifestyle then seek images of what that looks like to you. A vision board can definitely sharpen your goal-setting focus as well as what success looks like for you.

Don’t Do it Alone – The age old saying is true, “Together Everyone Achieves More.” Having a partner in your quests makes it way more likely that you’ll achieve your goals. Hey, why not host a vision board party where everyone can create their visions of their better selves? This would be a perfect gathering after all the gluttonous holiday festivities.

Practice Self-love – When you feel down and discouraged, remind yourself of how much you’ve accomplished. Turn up the will power and make a list of 10 things you’re proud of. That will get your spirits lifted in no time.

The Power of Imagery – Tufts University psychologist Christopher Willard, Psy.D. explains the craving center of our brain is highly susceptible to visuals. Trying to lose weight? Keep a picture of yourself at your goal weight on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself that you CAN get there.

 



9
JAN

Season Foods to Keep Winter Weight Off

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Holidays, cold weather, and busy schedules are just some of the reasons some people struggle to keep the winter weight off. Many people tend to gain a few pounds during the winter months and some people prefer to put workouts on hold until the spring. However, eating a healthy diet can significantly help maintain your ideal weight. So, we present you some of the best season foods to keep winter weight off.

Sweet Potatoes

A staple of holidays, sweet potatoes are known as one of the healthiest foods with a very low glycemic index. Sweet potatoes keep blood sugars level during the winter months and these delicious potatoes are also packed with satiating fiber, which fills you up.

Grapefruit

A traditional winter fruit, grapefruit is associated with weight-loss as research has shown that this citrus fruit can help reduce body fat and as well as total body weight. A common ingredient in weight-loss supplements, grapefruit is a top source of vitamin C, which experts believe can boost fat-burning during exercise, and is high in water.

Oatmeal

Need a healthy hot breakfast for the cold winter months? Oatmeal is the answer. Loaded with prebiotic fiber, oatmeal boosts beneficial bacteria in the gut, and influences how the body stores up fat. Top your hot oats with Greek yogurt for additional probiotic. Plus, some studies suggest that oatmeal can help keep hunger at bay for hours, making you eat up to 50% less at lunch.

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is loaded with calcium and magnesium which are known to keep you bones strong and also work to help satiate appetite. Known as the official green of winter, Swiss chard contains very high amounts of vitamins particularly vitamin K, A and C.



8
JAN

New Brands Showcase: 6 Hour Sleep

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce the revolutionary 6 Hour Sleep product to our customers.

6 Hour Sleep is a brand new, drug-free, pure sleep supplement that promotes natural sleep cycles. This unique formula was created to “revitalize with sleep”, so you can wake up alert and bursting with natural energy.

6 Hour Sleep Rest Assured provides you with the two essential components of good sleep: quality and quantity. Its Sleep Synergy formula contain a powerful punch of ingredients that work with your body’s chemistry to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed.

Designed to help reset your internal clock in just six hours, 6 Hour Sleep’s unique formula includes antioxidants, like the powerful punch of mangosteen, acai and other pure ingredients for sleep, such as the powerful punch of magnesium, gaba and 5 htp. These ingredients are designed to work with your natural rhythms to ease you into consistent and complete sleep cycles. Plus, this zero calorie product contains no sugar and can really improve overall sleep without leaving you feeling groggy the next morning.

Take 6 Hour Sleep approximately 20 minutes before you want to go to sleep. It should also be consumed at any other time you may want to promote restorative sleep such as on an airplane or when you want to take a mid-day nap. If your problem is staying asleep, keep a bottle by your bed and consume 6 Hour Sleep when you wake up in the middle of the night.

You can save even more when you shop 6 Hour Sleep at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.



6
JAN

Go, Rest, and Go!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
2016 is over and the New Year brings hope to a lot of people. Eating well and enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is a target for many people as they hope for a fresh start in 2017. Losing weight and being more active are among the most popular resolutions as when a new year begins people start exercising, gyms get packed, and parks get more people running or jogging. However, one simple thing can make a huge difference whether you can accomplish your fitness goals or not: rest.

Rest is as important as exercising and this statement is by no means an exaggeration. When people are trying to establish an exercise routine, particularly those trying to lose weight, they often forget about rest, a very important part of any successful workout program.

The human body needs rest to recover and ensure that all muscles are ready for the next workout. For example, when people join a new gym and start working out  every day, or even 3 or 4 times a week,  all muscles are likely to feel the sudden change in the amount of exercise, and that can translate to soreness and pain.

Go easy on your workout, especially if you are returning after a long hiatus or if you are trying a new activity. If you don’t take the precautionary steps, it may lead to injuries, another issue that may hamper your workout program. A good number of injuries are the result of a tired body in need of recovery. For example, muscle injuries are often caused by fatigue. Plus, fatigue also leads to that feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, weariness, and lack of energy to do other daily activities. Studies have shown that lack of rest and fatigue play an important role in muscles strain injuries which can be easily prevented with periods of rest.

Plain and simple: get going in 2017 but make sure you rest up, so you can keep going during the entire year.



4
JAN

Your Go-To Skinny Green Smoothie

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Green smoothie with seeds

Get on the plant-based bandwagon and shed those pounds with this skinny green smoothie! It’s got fiber, enzymes and nutrients to de-bloat and feel your best inside and out! Spirulina provides a full array of micro and macro nutrients including all the essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, healthy fats and vitamin A which elevates your body’s nutritional profile.  Chia seeds contain fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food. Take this smoothie on the go in your favorite blender bottle, along with a healthy diet and exercise and you steps closer to a better you!

INGREDIENTS

1 celery stalk

½ cucumber

1 cup spinach

½ cup frozen pineapple

1 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk

6 ice cubes

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon spirulina

Juice from one lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine all the ingredients in your Blendtec and enjoy!



4
JAN

New Brands Showcase: Detoxwater

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
2017 has started and, as we know, losing weight and eating healthy are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Some people may not know that one of the most important steps of starting a weight-loss diet is to detoxify the body. So, in order to help you start a healthy 2017, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a top-quality brand of detox products: Detoxwater.

Detoxwater is your healthy hydration alternative that not only quenches thirst and tastes delicious but also delivers the plethora of health benefits associated with drinking the most premium aloe in the world. This ready-to-drink beverage is made with vitamins, electrolytes, and the highest quality aloe vera and was created to help promoting wellness from the inside out.

With only 30 calories per bottle, Detoxwater delivers the clinically proven benefits of pure aloe juice, an ingredient known to support immune function, healthy digestion, nutrient absorption, and improved skin elasticity. It’s the perfect beverage to replenish and restore your body with electrolytes, vitamin c, and a full range of vitamin B.

Each bottle contains 350mg of ACTValoe which are aloe gel flakes with no less than 10% aloe polysaccharide by dry weight. Essentially, that’s like drinking a shot of the most extensively researched and clinically-proven pure aloe vera juice. Certified USDA Organic, OU Kosher, vegan, and gluten-free, Detoxwater is available in three delicious flavors: Original Lychee and White Grape, Mangaloe, and Pinamint, a mix of pineapple and mint, flavors.

Save even more when you shop Detoxwater products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.



31
DEC

Looking Back: Favorite Health Food Trends from 2016

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
2016 is over. Every year new food trends may come and go. Some stick around a little longer while some others disappear very quickly. Looking back, let’s look at some of our favorite health food trends from 2016.

Bone broth

Bone broth became a healthy food trend thanks to its use in detox programs and weight-loss diets, many of them endorsed by celebrities. All the hype is somehow justified as this combination of water meat, bones, vegetables, and seasonings is a potent anti-aging, can improve digestion, and promote joint health benefits.

Moringa

Moringa also had a moment this year with many healthy eaters looking for this “miracle food”. Native to India and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, moringa is loaded with antioxidants and can boost energy levels, lower cholesterol, and help in weight-loss.

Turmeric

Not really a trend only in 2016 but almost every year, turmeric had its popular moment this year once again. This time, a warm beverage made from coconut milk and turmeric became the latest healthy hit as this ancient spice is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Baobab

Started in late 2015 and gained speed in early 2016, baobab is considered one of the new “superfoods”. Native to mainland Africa, this fruit is 50% fiber, rich in vitamin C, and natural electrolytes. Baobab is considered a great anti-aging food and a natural laxative.

Poké

Originally from Hawaii, poké is traditionally prepared with raw fish, such as tuna, salmon, or yellow tail, that’s been cut up into small cubes and seasoned with ingredients like soy sauce, scallions, and sesame oil. Poké is loaded with protein without needing sauces which contain extra calories.



30
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Cookie+Protein

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a revolutionary brand of health food products to our customers: Cookie+Protein.

Cookie+Protein specializes in creating boutique level products at a non-premium level price. The company is fully focused on using quality ingredients and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes in order to deliver a top-notch product that consumers will love. By producing products in a facility with the highest rating possible for food safety, you will have the confidence that their unique and flavorful treats are not only delicious but safe.

Cookie+Protein’s goal is to improve upon existing products in the marketplace as well as striving to introduce new and innovative products that consumers will love. People want delicious, enjoyable, affordable food but also want food that is neither harmful to them nor the environment around them. Cookie+Protein believes food can and should be all of these things and that people should know and understand what’s in their food.

Cookie+Protein products aren’t your typical health snack. With 22 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, these wholesome cookies are perfect for your post workout needs or your nutrition on the go. Packed with protein, thess amazing cookies deliver on all the nutrition your body needs and all the flavor you crave.

You can save even more when you shop Cookie+Protein products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.



28
DEC

Recipe: Turmeric Protein Soup

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lentilchickpeasoupThis hearty soup is perfect for cold days. It can fill you up and is packed with a ton of plant-based protein. There are eight grams of protein per cup of quinoa. Chickpeas contain twelve grams per cup. And lastly, a whooping eighteen grams of protein are in a cup of lentils. Now let’s get to the turmeric, it contains compounds curcuminoids found in curcumin which have amazing anti-inflammatory affects. Also known as “queen of spices,” turmeric is a potent antioxidant. Basically, this is one healthy soup.

TIP – You can make this soup on the weekend and portion in mason jars for your lunch for the week!

INGREDIENTS

1 quart of vegetable stock

2 carrots

1 celery stick

1 onion

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon gram masala

1 tablespoon garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

1 cup red lentils

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat coconut oil in a stock pot
  2. Add celery, onion and carrots cook for 5-7 minutes
  3. Add turmeric and gram masala and cook for an additional minute
  4. Add tomatoes, stock and lentils bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes covered
  5. Lastly, combine with quinoa and chickpeas and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes



27
DEC

Powerful Berberine

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Every once in a while you may come across a supplement you’ve never even hear about. It could be a new one, just discovered, or another product which used to be popular and might be coming back to the market. However, there are a few supplements that some people may have never heard or noticed them before, and this could very well be the case of the powerful Berberine.

Berberine is a chemical found in several plants including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, and tree turmeric. It has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, where it was used to treat various ailments. Today, Berberine products are making headlines for its ability to provide multiple health benefits.

Most commonly used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including traveler’s diarrhea and food poisoning, new studies are discovering that Berberine can help reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent heart failure. Some properties of this amazing supplement can help lower cholesterol and, when taken regularly, may help promote a major reduction in blood sugar levels. Additionally, Berberine supplements may help you lose weight as well as fight harmful microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Berberine, technically, belongs to a class of compounds called alkaloids. After you ingest Berberine, it gets taken in by the body and transported into the bloodstream, travelling into the body’s cells where it binds to several different molecular targets and changes their function. One of the main actions of Berberine is to activate an enzyme inside cells called AMP- activated protein kinase (AMPK). This enzyme is sometimes referred to as a “metabolic master switch” and is found in the cells of various organs, including the brain, muscle, kidney, heart, and liver. This enzyme plays a major role in regulating metabolism, which is always beneficial for weight loss.