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24
NOV

5 Natural Products to Battle Indigestion

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Teas at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Thanksgiving is a great celebration but some folks often end up eating more than they should. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little overeating in one of America’s oldest tradition but the after dinner bad feeling doesn’t have to last long. Many natural supplements can help minimize indigestion, bloating and gas, making you feel better and reducing growling stomach, abdominal pain, burning sensation in the upper abdomen, as well as preventing vomiting. Here’s a quick list of 5 natural products to relieve indigestion.

1. Chamomile

Chamomile is effective for relieving many gastrointestinal complaints, including indigestion. Drinking herbal chamomile tea after eating a heavy meal can help calm your stomach and relieve digestive problems.

2. Ginger

Ginger offers a variety of health benefits including digestive support. Ginger has the ability to not only soothe the gut but also aid digestion by increasing the wavelike muscle contractions (peristalsis) that move food through the intestine. Plus, ginger stimulates digestive juices and the flow of enzymes that help you digest your food, especially when it is caused by overeating.

3. Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds can be really helpful for indigestion particularly when caused by very spicy or fatty food. Fennel seeds, and alternatively you can drink fennel tea, contain volatile oils that can help reduce nausea and control flatulence.

4. Papaya

Papaya contain enzymes that break down protein, called proteolytics. Research suggest that papaya enzymes can be helpful for relieving indigestion, specially provide good relief for pain in the abdomen.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is often used to kick start a slow stomach. Though acidic in nature, it also has an alkalizing effect that helps settle indigestion.



23
NOV

Lucky Vitamin Presents: Notagmo

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of aromatherapy products to our customers: Notagmo.

Notagmo offers a unique line of Non-GMO Project Verified aromatherapy products designed and manufactured for a better state of mind. The company believes that nature should be kept pure and is fully committed to sustainability. Not only are all products made with sustainable plants, but all the internal operations are 100% paperless for reduced environmental impact. Plus, Notagmo is fully Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant.

Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and is a fascinating alternative medicine that involves the use of plant materials, known as essential oils, which can be aromatically inhaled by patients of a wide variety of health conditions. Aromas are powerful and some of aromatherapy health benefits include its ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, induce sleep, minimize headaches, boost cognitive performance, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.

Notagmo products are made of 100% pure essential oils, one of the few Non-GMO Project Verified product lines for 100% pure essential oils. By using Non-GMO Project Verified essential oils you are using a product that was made the way nature intended. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO product supply chain, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. They believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.

Family owned and operated by three generations of the same family, Notagmo is 100% committed to manufacturing only premium, Non-GMO Projected Verified aromatherapy products. Click here to shop Notagmo product at LuckyVitamin.com.



19
NOV

How To Keep A Health Journal

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Mindfulness,Nutrition at 11:28 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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With the New Year “write” around the corner it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to accomplish in 2017. Not surprisingly, many people choose to take this time of year to focus on improving their overall health. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to assess your health needs is to create a daily personal health and wellness journal. This journal can help you to understand your current health status and inspire improvements to better your overall health. Research has shown that individuals who write about traumatic, stressful and emotional events are more likely to have improvements in physical and emotional health than those who do not.

Combine these experiential writings with a log of other daily events such as what you’ve eaten during the day, how you feel, time slept, sleep quality, medications/vitamins/supplements taken that day, physical activity and overall mood, you have the makings of a personal wellness journal that can help you discover causes or correlations among behaviors, symptoms and health issues. These findings can help you assess your current health and help you form goals on where you would like to be in the coming New Year.

Short Term & Long Term Benefits to Consider of Journaling

  • Identify personal habits
  • Identify potential allergens/sensitivities
  • Personal growth and development
  • Problem solving
  • Stress reduction
  • Better diet
  • More frequent exercise
  • Improved working memory
  • Reduced number of visits to general practitioner or health center

10 Tips for Successful Journaling

  • Commit to a journaling schedule
  • Keep your notebook or journal where you won’t miss it
  • Try using email or calendar reminders so you don’t forget
  • Write in a private place, free from distractions
  • Stay organized
  • Keep it short
  • Keep it fun and interesting
  • Don’t worry about being perfect – write what comes naturally to you
  • Make time for some reflection
  • Reward yourself!

How to Keep a Health Journal

There are pre-made health journals that you can use to keep yourself organized, but don’t worry, a general spiral notebook will also work just fine. To start, be sure to note the date and day of the week. You can record your blood pressure and sugar level if necessary, along with weight and body temperature. It is best if these are recorded at the same time each day. Record the total amount of sleep you had for that day including naps. You can also record the number of times you woke up during the night and your overall sleep quality.

Since many individuals feel that their health is affected by changes in the weather, you can note the temperature for the day along with any present weather patterns (such as sunny, cloudy, humid, rainy, snowy, windy, etc.). Log any medications you took as well as any over-the-counter items and vitamins, herbs or supplements. Indicate the brand name, the type of medication or supplement and the dosage or strength. As you get comfortable with journaling, you can simply write “same as usual” to save time and only make notes when changes occur. You should also write down any physical activity that you performed that day, including walking, running, weight training or even vigorous housework, gardening, dancing, etc.

Take note to any pain or discomfort that you feel throughout the day. You can log the area where the pain occurs and number it on a scale of 1-10 in terms of its severity (1 being very mild, 10 being severe). Sometimes pain occurs at the same time of the day, so be sure to take note if this happens. In addition to pain and discomfort, you can also note any symptoms that you felt throughout the day. These may include fatigue, nausea, gas, bloating, watery eyes, diarrhea, heart palpitations, constant hunger, etc.  Focus on all the areas of the body (from your head all the way down to your feet) and don’t forget to include any mental or emotional symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness, sadness or anger. You may also want to rate the symptom severity and take note to what time of day they occurred. If you notice any rashes, bruises, bites or other skin conditions take note of these and log them as well.

Finally, log your diet for the day including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Feel free to note the amount of calories, fat, sodium, protein, sugar and other nutritional information consumed at each meal. Also log your water consumption throughout the day. Keeping track of what you eat may help you discover trends in your day to day health to figure out if you are allergic or sensitive to certain food ingredients. For instance, every morning after drinking milk at breakfast you may have noticed excessive gas and diarrhea, which could identify lactose sensitivity. Leave a final section for comments or to include anything else that comes to mind. Congratulations, you’ve finished day one of your health journal!



16
NOV

Baby’s First Cookie

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
cookie2After celebrating my son’s first year of life, I was torn about what to make for his infant class at school. One thing I knew for sure was that I didn’t want to whip up a batch of sugar-laden cookies or cupcakes for a classroom full of babies. Luckily, I was able to pull a few tricks out of my vegan baking bag which helped me swap out junk ingredients for healthier alternatives.

Did you know that applesauce and bananas make for great egg substitutes? It’s true, they do. And they also add a hint of sweetness, which is important if you’re reducing or cutting out sugar, entirely. After making a few other modifications I was able to create a cookie that passed my test…healthy, homemade and delicious. This recipe is a daycare must-have!

With childhood allergies on the rise, you can deliver a dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, sugar-free cookie that actually tastes good. Plus, any busy mom or dad can whip these up, end-to-end, in less than an hour.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup organic unsweetened applesauce

1 ½ cup of gluten free rolled oats

2 ripe bananas mashed

¼ cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

¼ cup of organic dried cranberries

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp of vanilla extract

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla in a small mixing bowl
  3. In a separate medium sized bowl mash bananas until smooth and creamy consistency
  4. Add oats, walnuts and cranberries to the mashed bananas
  5. Mix together the applesauce mixture with the banana mixture and let sit for 10 minutes
  6. Roll into balls and place on a greased baking sheet
  7. Flatten tops with a spoon and bake 25-30 minutes

 



15
NOV

Camilia is Your Worry-Free Solution for Problem Teething

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Homeopathy at 5:38 pm | By: Guest Blogger
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For a parent, when that first tooth pops up it is like seeing the first flower of spring—a new milestone, a Facebook life event status update! However, the cutting of teeth is different from other childhood milestones in that it isn’t a one-time occurrence, but rather an ongoing process, sometimes lasting up to three years.  

And while the first tooth is a photo opportunity and a special notation in your baby book, the rest can just be, well, uncomfortable for not only baby but also for mom. So it’s important to find a teething relief medicine for your child that is easy to administer, contains natural active ingredients and relieves the pain instead of just masking it. Many parents have found this solution in Camilia®, made by Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines.

Camilia is a homeopathic medicine that relieves teething pain* without risk of overdose or drug interactions. Camilia’s sterile, single-use liquid oral doses are pre-measured and worry-free. They do not cause numbness, drowsiness or an upset stomach. The single-use doses are also extremely convenient; keep them in your diaper bag, car, purse, etc., so they’re ready to use when needed. The drops contain the following three plant-based natural active ingredients that work together to relieve pain and restore the peace:

  • Chamomilla 9C HPUS (German chamomile) – Relieves teething pain accompanied by irritability.*
  • Phytolacca decandra 5C HPUS (Poke plant) – Relieves painful gums.*
  • Rheum 5C HPUS (Chinese rhubarb) – Relieves minor digestive disorders associated with teething.*

Camilia can be used for children ages one month and older, and parents can administer the medicine as frequently as every 15 minutes, up to nine doses per day. With Camilia, there’s no risk of overmedicating, drug interactions, masking of other symptoms, or numbing your baby’s gag reflex. It is made without benzocaine, dyes, sugar or preservatives, and is tasteless.  Visit camiliateething.com for more information or connect with Camilia on Facebook or Twitter.

Stock up and save now at LuckyVitamin.com. Save 15 percent through December 31 on Camilia in 10- and 30-dose size boxes.

*These “Uses” have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

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15
NOV

New LuckyEats Apple Cider Vinegar Launches at LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Superfoods at 9:30 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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Raw apple cider vinegar is one of the simplest, most effective health remedies and routines available.  Now LuckyVitamin has their own!   Brewed in small batches, the ingredients could not get any simpler: water and organic apples.

LuckyEats Raw Apple Cider Vinegar visually stands apart from the usual pasteurized apple cider vinegars found on supermarket shelves by retaining its naturally cloudy appearance.  The cob-web like sediment floating around the bottom of the bottle is referred to as “Mother”.  This swirly “Mother” structure resides only in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and is brimming with rich, beneficial minerals and enzymes.  Lucky Eats Apple Cider Vinegar is certified organic, non-GMO verified, kosher, and gluten-free to fit all healthy lifestyles.

Some of the most coveted health benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar:

  • Cholesterol – Recent studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may reduce bad LDL cholesterol, while raising good HDL cholesterol.
  • Weight Loss – Widely used in aiding weight loss as a metabolic support tool, an appetite suppressant, and a possible fat burner.
  • Digestive Aid – Often used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, soothe intestinal spasms, and other digestive ailments. It is also believed to help aid in nutrient absorption when consumed with wholesome meals.
  • Blood Sugar Control – Studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may help balance glucose levels.
  • Boost Immunity – Consumed as an aspect of a daily routine to prevent illness, it can also be used as a gargle for sore throats.
  • Skin Care & Body Care – Topically, it is often used as a toner or rinse for blemishes and acne, as well as an anti-inflammatory compress for bug bites, fungal infections, sunburn, and rashes. Commonly used to naturally combat undesirable odors, vinegar is used as a mouth wash for bad breath, an underarm and foot rinse, as well as a natural household cleaning agent for people with respiratory sensitivities.
  • Beauty – In beauty regiments, it makes an invigorating hair rinse to increase shine and reduce dandruff.

Aside from the multitude of possible natural health uses, raw apple cider vinegar is deliciously nutritious and so simple to incorporate into any diet.  Add a splash to a favorite vinaigrette salad dressing, marinade, or beverage for a refreshing tonic with a delightful zing.  As little as a spoonful or two a day could naturally provide relief to a plethora of ailments.  Sometimes the simplest things in life really are the most essential.  All natural, organic, and relied on for thousands of years, there is indeed something wondrous about this coveted elixir known as Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.

 



14
NOV

Uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Health Foods at 9:03 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Most of us know cinnamon best as the star ingredient for so many of our most beloved breakfasts and baked goods. From french toast to coffee cake to snickerdoodles, none of them would be possible without the familiar cinnamon stick.

But what about cinnamon oil? Yes, there is such a thing!

Cinnamon oil has been used around the globe to treat numerous medical issues — everything from diabetes to immune support. Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties and is versatile enough to be ingested (yum!) or applied topically.

Diabetes – If you know someone with high blood sugar levels, then we definitely recommend cinnamon. Researchers at the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center found that cinnamon has a polyphenol compound called MHCP which synergizes with insulin to help those suffering with type 2 diabetes.

Bad Breath – Instead of masking bad breath with one of the many offshoots of the mint family tree, try using cinnamon. Why? Because cinnamon’s properties don’t just hide olor-causing bacteria lurking in your month, it kills it. Try making your own mouthwash using one cup of water and one teaspoon of cinnamon, baking soda and honey. Add the juice of two lemons and store in a mason jar. Way better than the scary “antiseptic”, mouth-burning blue stuff.

Digestion – Cinnamon can eliminate excess gas from the intestines and creates a more alkaline environment in your digestive organs making it a great natural remedy for an upset stomach or morning sickness.

Room Freshener – The aroma of cinnamon ignites nostalgic thoughts of home-baked goods, fall and warmth. Now is the time to fill your home with these scents. Try a lovely room diffuser or candle.

Mosquito Repellent – We all know bug spray is loaded with toxic chemicals. Deter those skeeters the natural way withcinnamon. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, cinnamon is a great source of cinnamaldehyde, which contains an active compound that kills mosquitos dead.

If you are interested in learning more about aromatherapy try blending several healing oils to create your very own scent and enhance their effectiveness. Some of our favorite blending oils with cinnamon are lavender, lemon, rosemary and geranium. Remember to always use a carrier oil when blending and do a test spot to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.



14
NOV

Pre-Holiday Workout Program

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The holiday season is right around the corner and it’s that time of the year when sticking to your fitness program and eating a well-balanced diet becomes so much more difficult.

Many people are likely to start thinking that it’s better just to take break now and star over January 1st. However, a pre-holiday workout program can be an excellent alternative to relieve stress and make the restart a lot easier come January 1st.

Planning a pre-holiday workout program can be challenging but a few tips can be helpful. First, splitting up your game-plan may be a great start. The first stage can be the week before Thanksgiving. Set up between 3-5 activities based on your schedule and try to reach that before turkey day.

Next, post-Thanksgiving workout. Set up a 2-week program that should get you anywhere between 6-10 activities from the Monday after the holiday to mid-December. Then, round up the exercise program with another one week, 3-5 workouts for the 10 days before Christmas and New Year.

Trainers often suggest a workout program divided in blocks to make it easier to reach your goals. The same principle can be applied on a pre-holiday workout program as you can anticipate busy days for party planning and shopping as well as some overeating at holiday parties and end of year celebrations. Finding time may be an issue as people tend to get busier during the two last months of the year but remember that your workout doesn’t have to be an hour long. A short session of 15-30 minutes can still keep you active instead of going into “holiday hibernation” until the first week of January.



12
NOV

New Brands Showcase: PEScience

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing PEScience supplements to our customers. This revolutionary brand is determined to produce sports nutrition products that don’t just work but provide astounding real world results.

PEScience (Physique Enhancing Science) offers a sensational line of sport supplements designed and produced with top quality control. Having proper quality control staff and procedures in place is an extremely expensive cost to a company, and many companies avoid following true GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). All of the facilities in which PEScience products are manufactured must be audited by selected professionals or third party firm, and then qualified before the next step of business. Having a true GMP facility manufacturing products is only step 1 of a proper quality control program, but unfortunately it is the last step that most companies take. Just because the manufacturer is operating under GMP does not mean that the road ends there. Every supplement brand who has finished products being stored in and distributed from a warehouse must operate those facilities under true GMP regulations, with full quality control systems and experienced, qualified staff in place.

Additionally, PEScience take research and development very seriously. Each product is very carefully researched prior release, developed into the best final formula, and geared towards giving the best results for customers. The company prefers to slowly and properly formulate each product and rather sacrifice time to make the perfect product with the best taste than rush something out just to have it out.

Save even more when you shop PEScience 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.



11
NOV

Holiday Gift Guide

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 9:16 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor

The holidays are almost here and gift giving time is quickly approaching.  Luckily, we have thousands of unique gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.  Give a gift that inspires health, and Spread the Wellness along with some holiday cheer this year.

Gifts For The Fitness Fanatic:

Gifts For Her:

Gifts For Him:

Gifts For The Home:

Gifts For New Moms, Dads, And Kids:

Gifts For The DIYers:

Stocking Stuffers:

Gifts For Furry Friends:



10
NOV

Why Supplement with Cod Liver Oil

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cod Liver oil has been one of the most beneficial supplements in recent years. Known to offer numerous health-promoting effects, this omega-3 supplement is made from the Gadus fish, popular known as cod, and has been a traditional health food in Nordic countries. The most common species of cod are the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), most supplements are made from this fish which lives in the colder waters and deeper sea regions throughout the North Atlantic, and the Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), found in the northern Pacific.

People have known the benefits from cod fish in northern Europe for centuries as this unique oil can help enhance immunity and provide natural relief for joint pain and stiff muscles. Cod Liver oil contains anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and it is also a nutrient-dense source of essential vitamin such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Each teaspoon of cod liver oil has about 41 calories and 4.5 grams of fat according to the USDA, split between monounsaturated, saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Cod Liver oil supplementation can help reduce levels of pain and swelling due to inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis, and decrease morning stiffness and pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, Cod Liver oil can help decrease risk of heart disease, prevent blood clotting, lower high cholesterol and high triglycerides, prevent and treat diabetes, lower high blood pressure, support brain health, and reduce the risk for eye disorders such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

With so many potential health benefits, Cod Liver oil is a highly recommended supplement to improve overall health, particularly for those who are lacking omega-3 in their diets.



10
NOV

5 Ideas for Stress Relief

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mindfulness,Supplements at 10:47 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
stressreliefTry to relax and reduce anxiety with some of these stress reducing tips!

 Meditation – Research published din the JAMA Internal Medicine found meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. It’s easy and free. We suggest beginning with a morning meditation for ten minutes daily. To get started find a quiet space and sit comfortable. Start to focus on the breath and close your eyes. If your mind begins to wander, stop yourself and bring your focis back to your breathing.

Coloring – Once associate with an activity for children, coloring is now trending as a therapeutic creative way to combat stress. The e American Art Therapy Association views the process for creating art as an outlet to resolve emotional conflict, explore feelings and relieve anxiety. When we color we focus on the activity itself and not our problems.

Ecotherapy – this relative new form pf psychology also known as green therapy or nature therapy, believes idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature.

Supplements – There are a variety of supplements out there to relieve stress but the one we’re going to focus on is magnesium.  In today modern diet, our body is depleted in various vitamins and minerals due to poor soil and polluted waters which causes our food to be void of these vital nutrients. One important mineral is magnesium because it plays an important role in many biochemical reactions. It’s basically natural chill pill that has been shown to enable muscle relaxation.

Essential Oils – The beautiful aroma of plants can be a natural solution for stress relief. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to quiet the mind and promote overall well-being. Essential oils are created using an extraction method utilizing different parts of a plant including flowers, bark, leaves and roots. It’s always best to look for pure grade essential oils that don’t have chemical additives. Our favorites for calling your nerves are lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang and bergamot.



8
NOV

Country Life: Beauty from Within Webinar

Filed Under: Webinars at 2:54 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Learn about the layers of the skin and the different types of collagen within the body as well as the intricate structure of collagen. You will discover specific supplements targeted towards skin health that contain collagen and vitamins, and their effect on the skin.

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8
NOV

Garden of Life : The Power Of Clean, Plant Based Proteins Webinar

Filed Under: Webinars at 2:53 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Join us for a journey into proteins, what they do for us, and why they are necessary for human health. Discover the differences between animal-sourced proteins and plant-sourced. Learn about the bonus benefits of plant proteins, especially when they are truly clean, dual certified, and traceable to the seed.

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8
NOV

Garden Of Life – RAW Probiotics Webinar

Filed Under: Webinars at 2:49 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This Webinar focuses on the human microbiome and the functional problems that arise when our microbiome becomes unhealthy. Great webinar for anyone wanting to know more about probiotics and their role and importance in our health.

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