It’s the time of year again, and with the Spring Equinox comes a time of renewal. That also means that it’s time to clean house, literally. And we are all about products that are good for the environment while simultaneously standing strong against dirt and grime.
Here’s some multi-purpose green cleaning essentials to help you get started…
Dr. Bronners is not your average soap. How can you be average when, as its iconic label clearly states, it has “18 in one uses” and features plant-based surfactants with natural spruce and fir-needle oils. See? Not your run-of-the mill ingredients. Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner is equally effective with hard or soft water and is 100% cruelty-free.
Baking soda can be used in a ton of DIY cleaning recipes in virtually every room of the house. It can be used as a vital ingredient in toilet bowl scrub, all-purpose clean, even air freshener. It’s deodorizing properties make it perfect for tackling tough cleaning jobs.
Here’s some other type of products you should use to give your house a green clean from top to bottom. Check out our DIY recipes for making your own, but if that’s not your thing or your don’t have the time, we shared some other options too.
Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle.
This wood cleaner not only cleans wood but its nutty aroma will have you happy to be cleaning (sorta). It’s formulated to clean grease and make your wood surfaces shine. It’s non-toxic biodegradable, never tested on animals.
Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Do not use on wood.
This is an all-around great cleaner. Seventh Generation is known for creating authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. They select ingredients that have minimal scent and don’t assault your sense of smell like so many conventional, chemical-based products.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of products to our customers: Air Repair.
Air Repair offers a unique line of products designed to meet the specific issues of skin care for the traveler. Air Repair was created specifically to combat environmental stresses that affect the health of the skin including travel and flight fatigue. Each of the five naturally inspired products contain a ground breaking combination of ingredients to help heal chronic inflammation which can cause pre-mature aging. The company has researched highly effective skin care brands and successful performance regiments with the goal of creating unique and effective products that are luxurious and effortless.
The Air Repair Kit is the only system available in the market specifically created to combat the effects of flying and environmental changes that are directly related to one’s skin. Dry and dehydrated skin, fine lines, redness, dull appearance and irritation are quickly and effectively treated with the kit. The Air Repair Kit uses a ground-breaking formulation which contains no petroleum, mineral oil and parabens. Targeted ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for moisture retention, the powerful anti-oxidant cloudberry seed oil, and heat shock proteins (climate-adjusting) deliver superior results that are ideal for any and all skin types. Whether in the air or on the ground, Air Repair is the premiere “take care anywhere” skincare kit choice available. The kit is packaged in a see-through travel bag for carry-on convenience.
Sometimes we find out that some foods offer benefits when you had not idea they were even considered healthy. It seems to be the case for licorice. Native to the Mediterranean but now grown throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, this herb is commonly used to flavor foods and beverages but what some people may not know is that it can provide a variety of health benefits.
Licorice is known to support various issues in the digestive system including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and chronic gastritis. A formulation containing licorice root along with slippery elm bark, lactulose, and oat bran has been used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Licorice contains chemicals that are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.
Additionally, licorice can also be taken to help sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses. Along with the herbs Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum, licorice can help improve the function of the adrenal glands, especially in people who have taken steroid drugs long-term. Steroids tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands, which produce important hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress. Licorice is used intravenously to treat hepatitis B and C, as well as mouth sores (lichen planus) in people with hepatitis C.
A good number of licorice products manufactured in the U.S. actually don’t contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the characteristic smell and taste of “black licorice” and is often used as a substitute. Licorice tea is another popular product that can provide the health benefits mentioned above.
The winter is almost over. Longer days and warmer weather seems like the perfect combo to get some people exercising and burning the extra calories from the winter months. So, it’s time to start up your fitness program.
Overdoing your fitness capabilities is one of the most common mistakes people make when starting, or re-starting, a new exercise routine. It’s understandable. Many people get excited about it and want to burn off a 3-month, sometimes 5-month, extra weight in 2 weeks or less. Unfortunately, our bodies do not work like that and time is needed to lose weight properly.
Slowly but surely. It fits perfectly as it’s more important to take time and ensure you are doing a fitness program that fits your needs than trying to get it done as quickly as possible.
If your goal is the upcoming summer, no hurry, you have plenty of time. Organize a good monthly plan and go from there. Another great tip: set up short-time goals. Some people find it helpful to divide the goal in stages. For example, if you are trying to lose 10 lbs. by mid-August, it may sound too difficult and you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. Let’s say you set up a goal to lose 2 lbs. per month and you may find that you are way more likely to reach this goal. Short-time goals with less intensity are a great way to reach better results.
Lacking energy is another issue many people face when starting to exercise. Your body isn’t used to a higher amount of activity and as a result, you may need an extra kick. On top of that, many people eat less when trying to lose weight and this combination may result in lack of vitamin and minerals and, therefore, lack of energy.
Energy supplements or drinks can be helpful as these products provide the necessary energy for your workout without the unwanted calories.
Get started, slowly but surely, and you will reach your fitness goals without any issues.
Did you know that you can get the bone-health benefits of milk without drinking, you know, drinking it? Whether you’re lactose intolerant, a vegan (or both!), or just not much of a liquid dairy fan, there are plenty of foods that can help you get your 1000mg — aka your daily intake – of calcium that your body needs.
Almonds – More than just a tasty snack, almonds contain 183mg of calcium per half cup. They are also packed with protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Here’s a fun fact to impress your friends: almonds aren’t technically a nut. They are seeds of the almond tree. The more you know!
Black Strap Molasses – IE, the dark, viscous, syrupy remnants of extracting the sugar from raw sugar cane. This stuff is nutrient dense! One tablespoon contains 137mg of calcium. Plus, black strap molasses boasts other essential minerals like magnesium, which promotes superior absorption of calcium.
Tofu – Pressed, coagulated soy milk curds, aka tofu, are a great source of calcium for strong bones. This low-fat and heart-healthy food is a great alternative to eggs and meat. However, make sure to read the label before purchasing. You can get 20% of your calcium in just half a cup of tofu, but this value depends on the coagulating agent used during the production process. Tofu that is prepared with calcium sulfate will contain far more calcium than tofu made with nigari.
Chia Seeds – These seeds may be tiny, but they bring the calcium in a big way — three tablespoons roughly equal about 233mg of the bone-strengthening mineral. That’s almost as much as a cup of milk (299mg). You can them seeds to yogurt, smoothies or even use them in baking as an egg replacement. It’s no wonder humans have been using chia seeds as far back as 3500 BC!
Sesame Seeds – Here’s another small yet mighty seed whose calcium value exceeds that of milk! One-quarter cup of sesame seeds yields 351mg of calcium. These little guys are also high in zinc, magnesium, copper, vitamin B1, and dietary fiber. When heat is added to the picture, up go the calcium levels. Amazingly, studies have shown that toasting one ounce of sesame seeds equals almost 27% of your daily recommended intake all on their own.
Discover ways to care for your skin both internally and externally with science driven skin nutrition from MyChelle Dermaceuticals and NeoCell. During this informative webinar we will discuss how to keep your skin “instantly ageless & hydrated” through the use of Vitamin C, Peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid featuring active products from MyChelle and Neocell. Join us to learn how to enhance your daily routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing!
Toothbrushing is important to maintain proper hygiene but what we may not realize is that this healthy, daily procedure can actually cause problems to our health too. Popular toothpastes contain toxic and harmful ingredients that can make people sick and might even lead to more serious long-term health problems. Let’s look as what ingredients you should avoid in your toothpaste.
Used in the vast majority of conventional products sold in the US, sodium fluoride has been linked to lowering productions of testosterone and reducing fertility by immobilizing sperm. Fluoride is effective against tooth decay but it is also known to cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Also known as SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used as a detergent and cleansing agent and has a long list of potential health risks. This ingredient can easily penetrate the skin and oral mucosa and stay within the body for as long as 5 days. SLS is known to cause skin and eye irritation. Additionally, SLS mimics estrogen when it enters the body and its 1,4-dioxane has been linked to male infertility, breast cancer, as well as other health problems such as development of man boobs.
Propylene glycol acts as a wetting agent and surfactant in toothpaste but this chemical can be rapidly absorbed through the skin, leading to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. It is also an estrogen mimicker.
Diethanolamine or DEA is used in toothpaste and is known to disrupt hormones and form cancer-causing nitrates, which may lead to increased risk of liver and kidney cancers.
Found in many conventional toothpaste brands, triclosan is a type of chemical suspected of causing cancer in humans.
Filed Under: Health Foods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of coffee products to our customers: Coffee Blocks.
Coffee Blocks is the easiest, most perfect butter coffee created to innovate the way you start your mornings. Instead of having coffee with your breakfast, make coffee be your breakfast. The company strives to provide an easy way for people to replace sugars in their morning breakfast with healthy fats like clarified butter and coconut oil. The body loves to use healthy fats for energy and Coffee Blocks makes replacing sugar easy and enjoyable.
Putting healthy fats in your “cup of joe” will turn it into super brain fuel, giving you a boost of energy, making you more focused, and can even help you feel full until lunch. Plus, no more mid-morning “crash” which you normally get from eating a carb-filled breakfast. When you first wake up, your body has been in fat burning mode all night and you can keep the fat burning going with a morning dose of healthy fat and coffee.
Coffee Blocks is packaged in convenient, portable squeeze packs that make a consistently smooth, creamy cup of energizing butter coffee. Using the highest quality ingredients such as grass fed butter, organic coconut oil, organic egg yolk and organic vanilla, Coffee Blocks is the only instant mix butter coffee that actually has coffee in it. Coffee Blocks is Paleo and Keto Diet friendly, naturally gluten free and all the ingredients are GMO free.
It has become quite difficult to buy personal care products. With more and more dangerous ingredients being used, everyone should be checking labels to ensure products do not contain any harmful ingredients. A quick way to start this is checking for these 5 common personal care ingredients to avoid.
This ingredients should be labeled as “100% avoid” as it contains estrogen-mimicking properties known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are easily absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. Parabens can be found in cosmetic products such as makeup and facial cleansers but also in deodorants, shampoos and conditioners.
2. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants, sodium lauryl sulfate can cause kidney and respiratory damage. SLS is often found in shampoos, conditioners, body wash products, mascara, and acne-treatment products.
Found in cosmetics, antiperspirants, lipsticks, lip-gloss, and toothpaste, aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases as well as lung cancer, and skin irritation.
A common ingredient in cosmetics and other personal care products such as deodorants, moisturizers, nail polish, perfumes, lotions, and hair spray, phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, as well as reproductive birth defects in males and females.
Tricolson is a widely used antimicrobial chemical known as an endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.
The quest for skin-perfecting ingredients will never cease, but dermatologist-recommended Hyaluronic Acid and its tried-and-true beauty benefits should always play a starring role in your skin care routine.
Naturally occurring in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful humectant with the unique ability to retain more than 1,000 times its weight in water, but as we age, our skin loses this, causing our complexion to gradually become drier and less firm. Luckily, the use of topical Hyaluronic Acid can help counteract some of these effects by increasing hydration, helping to improve elasticity, and protecting the skin barrier from the effects of the environment and pollution.
3 Ways to Hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid
Pioneering skin care brand MyChelle Dermaceuticals has formulated three clean, advanced products featuring Hyaluronic Acid as a star ingredient.
Bio-Firm Hydrogel Concentrate is a 2% Hyaluronic Acid moisture-binding gel with a potent dose of Alpine Nunatak™ Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract. Dot sparingly to provide incredible nourishment and help restore healthy skin tone. The melt-away formula is lightweight enough for all skin types.
Serious Hyaluronic Moisturizing Gel is a fast-absorbing, oil-free, lightweight gel containing a generous formulation of 1% Hyaluronic Acid, Copper Mineral, and the amino acid Proline. In addition to its hydration benefits, it helps control oil production while repairing and rejuvenating skin, making it the perfect fit for oily and blemish-prone skins.
Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serumis an active blend of 1% Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Squalane, Phospholipids, and Organic Rosehip Oil. It absorbs instantly and provides non-stop nourishment to hydrate even the driest complexion. In addition, fortifying Amino Acids deliver anti-pollution and antioxidant benefits.
Without question, Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most beneficial and high-performance ways to support and supplement overall skin health. Consider these options carefully and then clear some space at your beauty counter! With consistent use, a healthier-looking complexion will no longer be just a dream but your new reality.
Prebiotics and probiotics. Two similar words, two completely different things. Probiotics have been popular for quite some time as they are essential for gut health and overall wellbeing. However, what’s interesting about this debate is that prebiotics are actually one of the best ways to improve probiotics and get even better results but many people still wonder: what are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. Prebiotics help your good bacteria grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio, which is essential to your health and overall wellbeing.
Additionally, prebiotics provide a wide range of health benefits which have been medically proven. These amazing non-digestible fiber compounds are known to improve gut health and enhance digestion as well as lower inflammation, reduce risk of heart disease, boost immune function and promote weight loss.
Found in many fruits and vegetables, sources of prebiotic fiber include greenish bananas, raw garlic, raw asparagus, raw leeks, onions, artichokes, chicory root, and beans. However, it’s nearly impossible to obtain the ideal amount of prebiotic from food sources as one would have to eat in large quantities every day.
Prebiotic supplements are a great option as most products are mild in texture, nearly tasteless, and can be easily added to water or any other food. Prebiotics powders are not affected by heat, cold, acid or time, unlike probiotics which must be kept alive and may be killed by heat or simply die with time.
Kefir is a fermented dairy drink known for its gut-friendly benefits. And if you are interested in trying to make your own we sell a great DIY starter kit here. This kit contains healthy bacteria including S. Lactis, S. diacetylactis, S. cremoris, L. casei, L. acidophilus and lactic acid yeast strains which will do your gut some good.
Kombucha known by diehard fans as “booch,” this is another popular fermented drink made using tea and a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and sweetened tea. The process of brewing your own is similar to making beer. Kombucha contains antioxidants and the healthy acids created by the fermentation process aid digestion and help detoxify. However, if you’re not a brew master, no worries, you can find plenty of delicious pre-brewed varieties here at LuckyVitamin.
Ginger contains phenolic compounds like gingerol and volatile oils that are hugely beneficial to your digestive system. Herbalists for thousands of years have known of the healing powers of ginger, including Ayurvedic practitioners who have used it to activate the body’s internal energy to help regain balance and harmony.
Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s no surprise this overall health tonic is great for digestion too! ACV can jump start the production of HCL, the digestive juices that help breakdown food. Try adding a tablespoon to eight ounces of water and drink 15 minutes prior to a meal to help ensure that everything goes down smoothly. Did you know that LuckyVitamin makes their own apple cider vinegar? Oh yeah1 Get yours here (it has the “mother” too!)
Coconut Oil is an anti-inflammatory food. Unlike other fats, the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil are broken down easier by your GI tract. Plus, the anti-viral and anti-microbial properties can help kill the bad micro-organisms that cause inflammation. This explains why many people who suffer from Crohns and colitis use coconut oil as a healing food.
Lucky Vitamin continues to introduce new brands to our customers and today we are adding a pretty cool, modern line of homeware products: Black + Blum.
Black + Blum offers a one-of-kind line of products to help you get healthy, save money, and protect the environment. Black + Blum has taken a fresh and much needed look at lunch boxes as well as water bottles, cutlery and other accessories that go with them.
Taking your own food and drink to work or school has many health benefits. When you know what you are eating, it’s easier to follow a balanced diet and maintain portion control. Plus, you can save money instead of buying overpriced convenience take-outs. It’s also important to help the environment and Black + Blum products are ideal to minimize food waste by eating reinvented leftovers and reduce packaging waste by avoiding takeout food.
Black + Blum is passionate about creating beautiful, original designs which are underpinned with functionality. With an eclectic taste shown through the varying aesthetics of the products’ different ranges, Black + Blum designs in house but also collaborates with the most talented designers worldwide, bringing the finest products to market. Whether you are eating al desko or al fresco, frugally feasting on last night’s leftovers or a foodie experimenting with new recipes; use your lunch break as the chance to escape, recharge, talk with family and friends and celebrate what you eat.
The Paleo diet continues to get more popular as this unique diet is considered by experts as the healthiest way you can eat. The Paleo diet is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and healthy. Lucky Vitamin is wasting no time to follow this good trend and is happy to introduce another premium brand of Paleo products: Paleo Ranch.
Paleo Ranch provides people with delicious health foods that are compatible with the renowned Paleo Diet. The company is also proud to conduct environmentally friendly and ethical ranching methods that provide a more natural and happy lifestyle for animals.
Founded in 2009, Paleo Ranch began with an unbreakable, unparalleled commitment to health, nutrition, and animal treatment. To successfully win the battle of animal cruelty, the company decided to focus on creating a healthy, most nutritious, delicious, safe, cruelty-free protein snack option, starting with their own cattle and ranches. Promoting all natural products starts with how the beef is raised and treated. From cruelty-free living to 100% grass-fed and grass-finished and pasture-raised, each and every member of Paleo Ranch’s cattle family is treated humanely.
Paleo Ranch protein snacks are healthy, nutritious options for athletes, runners, yogi, animals, but it is healthier for human consumption. With higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, CLA, and antioxidants, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef jerky makes the most sense for everyone.
Let your outer beauty shine with MyChelle and NeoCell and stay instantly ageless.
Did you know our skin is the largest organ and is made up of mostly water and collagen, which is the foundation for our skin’s structural support and thickness? Collagen consists of proteins made of long chains of amino acids fastened together like chains on a linked fence. In our youth we have an abundance of collagen giving us firm, even skin; however, as early as 25 collagen production naturally declines causing fine lines and wrinkles.
To support, nourish and protect all layers of the skin, incorporate these two essential ingredients into your daily skin care routine.
Topical Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging ingredients, and everyone can benefit from using it! Thousands of independent clinical studies show that L-Ascorbic Acid, naturally found in the skin, is the BEST skin care ingredient for promoting skin health. Be sure to select the L-Ascorbic acid version of Vitamin C, as it is chirally correct and better absorbed by the skin. Additionally, you want to look for concentrations of 10% or higher to get all of the excellent benefits vitamin C offers. Lastly, you want to make sure your topical vitamin C is always formulated with other great antioxidants.
As a supplement, Vitamin C is also critical in the formation of healthy collagen within the skin, allowing interlaced collagen fibers to remain strong and flexible. Nearly all forms of Vitamin C found in supplements are in the correct L-Ascorbic Acid form, but daily supplementation is essential to maintaining healthy levels within the skin. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is eliminated from the body quickly, so to protect against deficiency – and therefore decreased collagen production – incorporate Vitamin C into your daily routine.
C The Difference with these awarding-winning MyChelle products:
Perfect C PRO™ Speed Peel 10% – A professional-level, one-step, one-minute, fast-acting 25% Citrus Fruit puree peel. Formulated with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid blended with L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, and Retinal to deliver youthful, soft, and glowing skin.
Perfect C™ Serum 17% – Advanced multi-tasking Vitamin C formula reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cells brighten and protect against photo-damage and combat the visible signs of aging. Non-irritating. Dermatologist and Allergy Tested.
Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion 12% – This velvety-rich, nutrient- and moisture-restoring lotion deliver a potent 12% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid combined with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help brighten and protect skin from the effects of environmental pollution for a smoother and more luminous complexion.
Be your best you with these NeoCell products containing Vitamin C:
NeoCell Beauty Bursts are a delectable way to get your collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid for skin hydration, and Vitamin C in a soft chew you’ll actually look forward to eating! Choose either the Super Fruit Punch or Chocolate Mint to snack your way to a beautiful day!
NeoCell Beauty Infusion is a comprehensive formula that infuses your body with beauty nutrients. High dose collagen, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Biotin, and ALA are included in this refreshing collagen drink mix, which comes in two delicious flavors Tangerine Twist or Cranberry Cocktail.
NeoCell Super Collagen Tablets are tried and true best-selling collagen supplements for over two decades. The convenient tablets contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C along with clinically proven NeoCell Collagen Peptides for outstanding skin health.
Powerhouse Peptides – It’s ideal to start incorporating peptides into your routine as early as your 20’s. Peptides are long or short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen (proteins) within the skin. Since peptides are tiny amino acids, they are able to penetrate the skin’s protective barriers and work their magic. Peptides are intrinsically linked to proteins, allowing the user to see powerful results quickly. As an internal supplement hydrolyzed collagen peptides have been shown to work at the cellular level to naturally boost collagen production and support skin beauty from within.
Pump up your daily peptide routine with these MyChelle and NeoCell fan favorites:
Supreme Polypeptide Cream – This multi-peptide, nutrient-rich cream is enriched with four powerful anti-aging peptides: Matrixyl® Synthe’6™, Syn-Coll®, AC DermaPeptide Revitalizing PF, and Proteasyl® TP Pea Peptide to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore tone and texture.
Peptide+ Anti-Wrinkle Serum – This concentrated, multi-peptide serum helps visibly improve skin’s texture and reduce the telltale signs of aging. Argan Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus extract help promote natural skin renewal while Squalene and Rapeseed Oil increase moisture retention for long-lasting hydration.
NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the choice of millions of Glow Getters worldwide for their collagen peptide beauty routine. The high dose, affordable and clinically-proven hydrolyzed collagen peptide powder is unflavored, making it an ideal addition to beverages like coffee or tea, or recipes like soups, dressings or sauces.
NeoCell Glow Matrix makes the ideal complement to Super Collagen powder or tablets by working internally to hydrate the skin for a dewy, soft complexion. Containing clinically proven Ceramosides, high dose hyaluronic acid, and many other activated moisturizing nutrients, Glow Matrix is being hailed as the most effective hydration supplement on the market!