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29
AUG

Is Coconut Oil Good or Bad for Your Health?

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Nutrition at 5:23 pm | By: Megan Sullivan

A Harvard professor recently caused an online frenzy when she called coconut oil “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat” in a viral video. Her bold statements add further controversy to the great fat debate in scientific circles. Meanwhile, the rest of us are left wondering, is coconut oil good or bad?

In a lecture titled “Coconut Oil and Other Nutritional Errors,” Karin Michels, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that health claims surrounding coconut oil are “absolute nonsense.” (Michels is also director of the Institute for Prevention and Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg in Germany, where the lecture took place.)

When it comes to fats, the answer isn’t clear cut. Yes, coconut oil is high in saturated fat (between 82 and 92 percent), but some recent studies have challenged the notion that saturated fat is “bad” for our health (1). If there is one idea that everyone can get behind, it’s this: dietary fat is only part of the equation.

“I believe that the ‘dose makes the poison’ when it comes to food,” says Becky Kerkenbush, a clinical dietitian and media representative for the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “A person’s overall dietary pattern is what is important. Saturated fat is just one piece of the puzzle. The intake of fruit, vegetables and whole grains are also vital in the quality of a person’s diet.”

Many enthusiasts tout coconut oil as a healthy fat because it’s a naturally rich source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are broken down more rapidly and metabolized at a faster rate than long-chain triglycerides. Coconut oil consists of about 60 percent MCTs, nearly half of which are lauric acid (2).

Lauric acid is said to have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties and may even aid in weight loss (3). However, some nutrition experts believe that lauric acid behaves more like a long-chain fatty acid (as opposed to a medium-chain one) with regard to digestion and metabolism.

Evidence suggests that coconut oil, when compared with unsaturated plant oils, raises total cholesterol, though not as much as butter (4). “More research needs to be done before we recommend that people start adding coconut oil to their daily routines,” Kerkenbush notes.

The American Heart Association recommends that people who need to lower their cholesterol reduce saturated fat to no more than 5 to 6 percent of their total daily calories (5). That’s about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat for someone eating 2,000 calories a day. One tablespoon of coconut oil contains about 13.5 grams of fat, 11.2 of which is saturated, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database.

That doesn’t mean you should go on a crusade against all saturated fat. “There’s no need to cut out all saturated fat (it wouldn’t be realistic as well), just reduce the amount consumed daily,” Kerkenbush recommends.

Fat is an essential nutrient and a crucial source of energy for the body. Without a certain amount of fat in your diet, your body would cease to perform a number of critical functions, such as enhancing absorption of fat-soluble nutrients (6). In fact, new research suggests that full-fat dairy foods are unlikely to increase risk of heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States often associated with a diet high in saturated fat (7).

Marcia Otto, one of the study’s authors and an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health, raises a valid point about the importance of evidence-based research in educating people about nutrition.

“Consumers have been exposed to so much different and conflicting information about diet, particularly in relation to fats,” she stated in a press release. “It’s therefore important to have robust studies, so people can make more balanced and informed choices based on scientific fact rather than hearsay.”

So, is coconut oil safe to eat or not? Again, it’s all about moderation, says Katrina Trisko, a registered dietitian based in New York City. “If you enjoy the taste of coconut oil, use it less often, and in smaller amounts,” she says. “It’s also important to take other factors into consideration when it comes to our relative risk for disease. Physical activity plays a very large role in our health—in parallel with what we’re eating.”

Most research shows that monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, like those found in olive, avocado and canola oils, are the most beneficial, Trisko says. “Focus on getting in the majority of your fats from these unsaturated sources, which are linked to improved cardiovascular health,” she recommends.

For everyday use, Kerkenbush suggests olive, peanut, avocado, canola, sesame, sunflower and safflower oils as healthy options. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should douse your food in oil with reckless abandon. “Adding oil to your diet without decreasing fat intake elsewhere also leads to increased calorie intake, which can result in weight gain,” she warns.

When making dietary choices, it’s best to take a holistic approach. “Focus less on demonizing or glamorizing a single food, and prioritize the bigger picture of your overall health and wellness,” Trisko says. “Eat a wide variety of minimally processed, whole foods, and stay active as often as possible.”




7
JUN

Frozen Produce May Contain Same Health Benefits as Fresh

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Food Politics,Health Foods,Nutrition at 4:17 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

  • Despite the rise in popularity of buying fresh fruit and vegetables, experts believe frozen produce is just as healthy
  • Obsession with fresh produce has led to a dramatic spike in food waste

When asked to choose between fresh or frozen produce these days, the average consumer is likely to opt for fresh. While some might even believe fresh produce is “obviously” better than frozen, the theory may not actually hold up to scrutiny, NPR suggests. Despite cultural beliefs, there is very little scientific evidence to suggest that frozen fruits and veggies are less nutritious than their fresh counterparts. In fact, fixation on fresh produce has led to an increase in food waste in recent years.

“About 43 percent of all food waste occurs in consumers’ homes,” said JoAnne Berkenkamp, advocate of the Natural Resources Defense Council, in a 2017 interview with the Washington Post. “It’s the largest single contributor to food waste, and much of that will be fresh product.”

While most people buy fresh produce thinking it will be consumed in a timely manner, evidence suggests otherwise (1). Most fresh produce has a short shelf life and the average consumer tends to buy more than needed in a single trip. Worse still, fear of “imperfections” with fruit and veggies has lead to perfectly-fine items being left to rot on the shelves (2).

Consumers who recognize their own wasteful tendencies might hesitate to switch to frozen due to the current cultural climate of “fresh is better.” In truth, most frozen produce options contain an appropriate dose of vitamins and nutrients (3).

The best way to judge frozen purchases is by looking at the ingredients. Frozen products that contain exclusively produce will boast much more nutritional value than options containing processed seasonings or sauces (4). Additionally, frozen produce prepared through blanching methods should be avoided, as this might reduce the nutritional quality of the product.

Fresh produce might be all the rage, but there is little evidence to suggest frozen produce isn’t just as good. Consumers who want the health benefits of fresh produce without the fear of it going to waste in a crisper drawer may find frozen options offer a practical and efficient choice.




6
JUN

Consumers Prefer Milk Alternatives, Recent Report Shows

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Nutrition at 1:48 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

  • Sales of milk alternatives have risen remarkably over the last five years while traditional dairy milk sales have dropped significantly
  • Plant-based milk options provide many of the nutrients found in dairy milk, but further research is required before bold claims can be made

Traditional dairy milk has long been considered a healthy source of calcium and protein. Still, there has been a pushback in recent years against dairy, and many consumers are turning to plant-based alternatives like soy or rice milk. Dairy alternatives were initially products aimed at individuals with lactose intolerance, though other factors like vegan dieting and animal cruelty concerns have contributed to this shift.

Whatever the exact reasons are for the change in consumer attitudes, it seems to be taking a toll on the dairy industry. Dwindling dairy sales and rising sales of milk alternatives were recently reported by CNBC. The report explains that shoppers are far more likely to gravitate toward almond milk, hemp milk or coconut milk.

Despite the push away from dairy, some experts warn there needs to be more research on milk alternatives before any claims can be made about any actual health benefits. “Nutritionally, cow’s milk and plant-based drinks are completely different foods, and an evidence-based conclusion on the health value of the plant-based drinks requires more studies in humans,” according to a 2016 study testing the health benefits of traditional milk (1).

While there might not be a ton of hard data, milk alternatives still contain a number of essential vitamins. A study released in 2017 compared the nutritional value of cow’s milk with alternatives like soy and almond. Soy milk was found to be rich in protein and a glass can provide the body with a comparable level to that of the same serving of dairy milk (2). Almond milk also proved to be low in calories and balanced in nutritional value. Still, allergies to soy or almond can prevent consumers from taking advantage of these alternatives.

Until more research is conducted, consumers are left to their own judgment on which milk alternative fits their needs best. And, of course, which tastes best with a little chocolate syrup mixed in.




25
MAY

In Move to Protect Endangered Coral Reef, Hawaii Bans Certain Sunscreens

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:38 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

  • Hawaii becomes first state to ban sunscreens containing harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate
  • Legislators hope this move will protect endangered coral reef

Remembering to slather on some sunscreen is vital when you are going to be exposing your skin to sunlight for long durations. While the importance of sunscreen has been well-researched by scientists for years, leaders in Hawaii are hoping recently-passed legislation will make the products safer for the environment.

Though sunscreen helps to protect the skin from melanoma, skin damage and an array of other conditions, many brands contain dangerous toxins that can have a seriously negative impact on the environment. In Hawaii, where tourists and locals alike use copious amounts of sunscreen, the chemicals have found their way into the water.

In recent years, researchers have discovered oxybenzone and octinoxate, two active ingredients in most sunscreen brands, in the water surrounding the chain of islands. Worst of all, oxybenzone and octinoxate have been linked to causing serious, lasting damage to coral reefs (1)According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, coral reefs around the world are dying from a number of human-related causes. Without an active coral reef, the ecosystems surrounding Hawaii will fall apart and lead to serious issues with local flora and fauna, and even run the risk of damaging Hawaii’s tourist scene.

By banning sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, Hawaii legislators hope to undo some of the damage and become the first state to make lasting change on this front. “Everyone has come together to support this legislation, from local nurses and doctors, to resorts and airlines, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit of new sunscreen companies to supply reef-safer products,” Craig Downs, the executive director of the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, told The New York Times.

With summer around the corner, many consumers will be purchasing sunscreen in the coming months. To remain a smart shopper and do your part to protect the oceans, you want to opt for brands that do not contain harmful agents like oxybenzone or octinoxate. Use a discerning eye to find brands that contain chemical alternatives like titanium oxide or zinc oxide. It can also be helpful to educate yourself on ways to protect your skin with natural sunscreen.




24
MAY

Watch Out for Sugary Drinks This Summer, Researchers Remind Us

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Diet & Weight Loss,Nutrition at 12:49 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

  • Sugary drinks are popular during the summer, but experts warn against consuming too many of these beverages
  • A recent research paper points out how natural and artificial sweeteners impact an individual’s health

For many, summer is the season to spend outdoors. Whether you’re lounging on the beach or enjoying a day at the park with friends, you’ll most likely want to indulge a bit. Delicious cocktails are a signature of summer, but most people forget that these recipes can often include far too many unhealthy elements, like sugar.

A group of nutrition researchers recently agreed that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems (1). Sugar-heavy beverages like soda and juice have been the subject of research for many years now, with nutrition experts linking the consumption of these sugars to unhealthy weight gain (2).

Very few people want to hear that they are putting on weight when the summer arrives, as it tends to be a popular time of year for hyper-focused diet and exercise. This means you need to stay extra mindful when mixing up a few cocktails while on vacation.

Healthier Summer Drink Alternatives

Luckily, there are many healthier drink options to choose from. Cucumber juice can be an excellent base for a refreshing drink, as cucumber is hydrating, packed with useful fibers and naturally low in sugar (3). Toss in some fresh sprigs of mint or a squirt of lime for added flavor.

Watermelon is ubiquitous in the summer, and it might also be a great option for low-calorie drinks. This fruit is high in water content, low in sugar and easily incorporated into an array of seasonal cocktails and mocktails. Experts believe watermelon might even be able to help with weight loss (4), though the science behind this is still being researched.

Stick with low-calorie options like fresh cucumber and watermelon and be sure to avoid sugary mixers. While there is nothing wrong with indulging now and again, it can be a slippery slope. If you don’t want to double down on your diet due to an unforeseen sugar overload at the beach, explore alternative options and stay healthy while enjoying the season.




22
MAY

Garlic May Reduce Risk of Certain Cancers, Study Suggests

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 4:21 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

  • Garlic has long been considered useful in the fight against certain cancers and other serious diseases.
  • Scientists consider sulfur compounds the main force behind garlic’s many health benefits. Unfortunately, the inconsistent nature of these compounds has led to varied research results.
  • Generally, researchers agree that garlic is useful in fighting cancer, but the exact nature of the connection is still mysterious and difficult to repeat.

For millennia, garlic has been used around the world to treat various diseases. Over the years, researchers have typically agreed on the fact that garlic is useful in preventing certain cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Still, a recent study conducted at the University of Nottingham has elaborated on why the composition of garlic makes it difficult to make bold claims about garlic’s impact on our health.

Sulfur compounds found within garlic are what give the vegetable its robust and distinct flavor. Over the years, researchers have also suggested these compounds give garlic its reputation as a cancer-fighting agent. Unfortunately, there seems to be a great deal of inconsistency on how the human body absorbs these sulfur compounds. How the garlic itself is cooked, prepared and consumed can alter the effect of the garlic.

[T]hat’s what makes this research so complex, because we don’t really understand how these compounds are metabolized in humans and it’s very difficult to identify common mechanisms of action for these molecules,” stated Peter Rose, one of the authors of the recent study.

Rose and his collaborators believe there might be a connection between sulfur compounds found in garlic and gaseous signaling molecules found in human beings. These molecules, like nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide, are responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Higher quantities of these molecules are usually present when a person is fighting a particular disease. Researchers have also noted that consuming garlic can increase the production of gaseous signaling molecules, which Rose and his colleagues believe might be the answer to how garlic works its health magic.

The researchers said further studies must be conducted in order to figure out exactly how garlic helps to fight cancerous cells. Until then, scientists and researchers alike agree that consuming garlic regularly through your meals and other supplements is an excellent move for your overall health and wellness.




29
JAN

LuckyAromas Essential Oils Launch at LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Flower Essences at 10:32 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor

Introducing LuckyVitamin’s newest addition — LuckyAromas 100% pure essential oils!

Essential oils are quintessential ingredients for aromatherapy and the handcrafting of personal care items and home sprays. Unlike other brands, LuckyAromas Essential Oils are extracted from superior quality plants and are highly concentrated and pure, not diluted with alcohol or water. Plus, all LuckyAromas Essential Oils are packaged in premium amber glass bottles which provide protection from UV light so the essential oils remain stable, pure, and fresh. They are all also Certified Cruelty Free by Leaping Bunny.

Lavender

Lavender Oil is a top priority item on every essential oil user’s list. Its aroma is fresh, clean, and gentle, imparting a soothing calm that promotes relaxation and sleep. In addition to its amazing scent, Lavender Oil provides antiseptic, expectorant, and analgesic properties.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Oil is one of the most powerful plant remedies that has been used therapeutically and medicinally for centuries. It has a strong, fresh, outdoorsy, evergreen scent that is popular for its ability to clear nasal congestion. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is potent enough to help treat and relieve many conditions such as colds, coughs, sinus problems, cold sores, muscle and arthritis pain, acne, foot fungus, and an itchy scalp. It’s also able to aid in minor wound healing, decrease inflammation, and act as an insect repellent, among many other uses and benefits. Plus, Eucalyptus Oil is the perfect addition for homemade cleaning solutions due to its many properties including antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant, and deodorizing.

Lemon

Lemon Oil is a well-loved scent by essential oil users. It can be used simply for its bright, fresh scent and in body care products, plus for home cleaning. Its aroma is as versatile as the oil itself – ranging from uplifting, cheerful, and energizing to calming and soothing. Lemon oil promotes relaxed concentration and can boost low energy. In addition to its refreshing scent, Lemon Oil provides astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and disinfectant properties.

Rosemary

Rosemary Oil is a versatile and potent item for every essential oil user. Its aroma is energizing and herbaceous, with the ability to promote mental clarity. In addition to its amazing woody, evergreen scent, Rosemary Oil provides antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and analgesic properties.

Peppermint

Peppermint Oil is a versatile item for every essential oil user. It’s one of the most powerful plant remedies available and it’s been used therapeutically for centuries. Its aroma is refreshing and stimulating while also having the ability to impart a nostalgic calm. In addition to its amazing scent, Peppermint Oil provides antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic properties.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a well-known seasoning in Thai cooking, but it’s also a versatile item for every essential oil user. It can relieve muscular aches and pains, reduce depression, kill bacteria, and aid skin healing. Its aroma is fresh and stimulating. In addition to its amazing scent, Lemongrass Oil provides antimicrobial, deodorant, anti-fungal, and analgesic properties.

 

 

Shop all LuckyAromas Essential Oils.




26
APR

LuckyVitamin Partners With Alibaba To Reach Chinese Consumers, Headlines Gateway ’17 Conference

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 3:18 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor

LuckyVitamin, a family-run online retailer in the health and wellness space, is partnering with worldwide ecommerce leader Alibaba to reach increasingly health-conscious Chinese consumers.

As part of this global expansion, LuckyVitamin will offer more than 10,000 products for direct shipping to Chinese customers through Alibaba’s Tmall Global. Tmall offers LuckyVitamin a way to directly connect with the company’s 443 million Chinese customers within their platform.

LuckyVitamin was selected to showcase Alibaba Group’s upcoming Gateway ’17, a conference designed to help small U.S. businesses learn about the opportunities available to them in the China market and network with like-minded entrepreneurs.

See LuckyVitamin’s featured U.S. business story and learn more about how they are leading the direct to consumer export of American-made health and wellness items.




21
DEC

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Exercise and Fitness,Home at 12:01 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
It’s not too late. Shopping holiday gifts can literally be done in the last-minute. A lot of people seem too busy to shop presents ahead of time and the only option left is to do it as time expires. Since online shopping has become very popular, last-minute shopping is now a little bit easier as you can still find the perfect gifts and have it delivered to your door only a few days, even hours before you need them.

Lucky Vitamin has prepared a special Healthy Holiday Gift Guide to help your find the perfect gift. Click here to see all the suggested ideas available at our discounted prices.

Here you can find tons of exercise and fitness products, the perfect present for the fitness fanatic or anyone aiming to reach their fitness goals. The New Year is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for these types of gifts.

Personal care items can also be an excellent choice. Choose from items FOR HER or FOR HIM, and find great gifts for you mom, dad, brothers, sisters, and friends.

FOR THE DIYERS is one of the most interesting sections. Here you can find a perfect gift to support their next great project. Choose from many options that may spark their creativity and can also be fun.

Let’s not forget our furry friends. You pet deserves just as much love as anyone else on your gift list. Click here and find the perfect present for your furry friend.




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.

 




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:




12
OCT

6 Ways To Save Money When Wellness Shopping

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 12:24 pm | By: Jessica Justh
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In an ideal world, healthy food would be available en masse no matter your geographic region, or social class. Of course, reality falls quite short of that dream, and many of the highest quality health and wellness items come at a premium. But think—would you rather pay the cost up front at the grocery store or down the road to your medical practitioner’s office?

Let’s face it, unless you can afford your own personal shopper (in which case you probably don’t care much about clipping coupons anyway), most people are too busy to hop from four or five different grocery and health stores to get the best prices. As a new mom, those days of hanging out in health food aisles reading labels are but a fond, distant memory.

However, thanks to the ease of online shopping, saving on health and wellness items doesn’t have to be such a time-suck! Below you’ll find some of my strategies for living the healthy life on a budget.

1. Do your homework
This tip is number one for a reason. You need to do some initial research to figure out where you can get the best price on a favorite herb or mushroom growing kit. How anyone was able to do this pre-Google, I have no idea! Now, all you have to do is search a product and viola! You can scan multiple sites and compare to see who’s offering the best deal. Nine times out of ten, you’ll find the best prices here. 🙂

2. Be a savvy shopper
Companies realize that there is a booming market for health and wellness items. The competition is fiercer than ever, with many brands now offering their own private label versions of your favorite products at a cheaper price in order to undercut the competition. ALWAYS check the labels. If the ingredients in the “generic” line are the same as those the brand name is offering, you’re essentially getting the same exact product for a fraction of the price.

3. DIY whenever possible!
This is probably my favorite method because you save money, learn something new and get the pride and satisfaction of knowing that YOU made something with your own two hands. You just need to know where to get supplies. Whether you’re canning, making personal care products, dabbling in aromatherapy or brewing some booch (kombucha, that is), DIYing is an effective and fun way to save!

4. Pay attention to holidays
You can rest assured that during major holidays like Independence Day, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Labor Day, online health suppliers offer some pretty sweet site-wide sales. Take advantage of these times to order big ticket items that you’ve been eyeing up but have yet to take the plunge on. I saved big on what I call the “mother of all yoga mats” by waiting until Memorial Day to order.

5. Check your inbox
Online health and wellness sites offer weekly and monthly sales constantly. It’s hard to keep up with the constant blitz of promotional emails, but it does pay to open them from time to time. You could be missing out on saving an extra 10% off your favorite brands or getting the newest products to hit the health scene for an extra 15% off. I know my mom friends were totally in awe of my Calm-A-Mama drops formulated to eliminate tension and promote positive vibes (even during teething.)

6. Consider autoship
As a working mom, my brain can never remember how much protein powder I have left, but my prayers have been answered with this Autoship program. Not only does my favorite protein powder come monthly with no effort on my part, but I also save an extra 10% off!

What are some of your favorite ways to save? Let us know below!




4
OCT

Breast Cancer: Not Just For Women

healthcare concept-woman`s hands holding pink breast cancer awareness ribbon

Pink – it’s either Spring or it’s October! In this case, we’re talking about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us are aware we should be checking for breast cancer, but do you? And have you read up on some of the latest news and findings?

Male Breast Cancer

Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,600 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.  

There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.

First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breasts? Young boys and girls both have breast tissue that includes ducts. Once puberty begins, while girls will continue to develop, male hormones such as Testosterone suppress the growth of breast tissue, however, it still exists. Male breast cancer has the same causes as for women, higher levels of estrogen, family history, genetics, lifestyle or other exposures.

Genetics

Although a large percentage of breast cancers for women and men are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background.  Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene).  BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for approximately 20-25 of hereditary breast cancers.  Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast (including male or female) and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. If you’re concerned, seek a genetic counselor to find out more. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated. Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms or breast MRIs (yes, men can have these and should do self exams!). These are important tools for early detection.

Additional Advances

There are many new types of hormone therapy used to prevent estrogen from binding to estrogen receptor positive cancer. New studies discuss remaining on treatment from 5 to now 10 years. Learning more about your type of cancer, the Oncotype DX and MammaPrint, help to determine the risk of recurrence or spread of the disease. This is important information for the plan of treatment. PARP inhibitors have recently been studied to be helpful against some cancers especially that are caused from BRCA mutations.

There are also advances in the study of supplements being tested to determine how they may help reduce breast cancer risk. Some of these supplements includes: grapeseed extract, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, turmeric/curcumin, vitamin D3, green tea and melatonin, just to name a few.

Lifestyle, the foods we eat (organic, hormone free, etc), less meat, more cruciferous vegetables, the products we put on our body and use around our home (less chemicals) the amount of exercise we get and alcohol intake all may make a difference to our health. It’s important to feel that even though our genetic background may say one thing, we can make certain choices that are in our control.

For more information on breast cancer in men, genetics, prevention tips and more visit: HIS Breast Cancer Awareness




26
AUG

LuckyFit Sports & Fitness Nutrition Supplements Launch at LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Sports Nutrition at 1:43 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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We’re excited to announce our new line of fitness nutrition supplements and products called LuckyFit! These products contain high-quality protein & ingredients, and are make with custom formulas to support recovery. This line contains a variety of items including Ready to Drink Protein, Lean Mass Gainer, CLA softgels and Whey Protein. The Lean Mass Gainer and Whey Protein are Informed-Choice Certified, meaning the supplements have been rigorously tested for banned substances indicated by the world class sports anti-doping lab. You’ll also find a variety of products that are low carb, gluten-free and lactose-free.

Shop all LuckyFit supplements to find products to help with weight loss, improve muscle tone and burn fat. Keep checking back for new products being added to the LuckyFit line!




16
JUN

Healthy Snacks ‘LuckyEats’ & ‘LuckyRoots’ Launch at LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Nutrition at 4:06 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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LuckyVitamin is excited to announce the arrival of our newest private label brand product lines – LuckyEats and LuckyRoots! Our new lines of natural foods and superfoods were founded on high-quality, simple ingredients and farmed from non-GMO sources that you can trust.

The new line of LuckyEats has 18 products in total, ranging from coconut oil to pumpkin seeds, ginger medallions to dark chocolate almonds. All LuckyEats products are Kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified and the majority are also USDA Certified Organic. The beauty of the LuckyEats line is how affordable the items are compared to their quality. These products are a true “bang for your buck” and contain high-quality ingredients for a fraction of the cost of other brands. Shop the full list of products here.

Our new LuckyRoots line of products features two of our favorite superfoods — flax seeds and chia seeds. These two products are Kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of artificial colors and flavors. Our raw flax seeds are also USDA Certified Organic. You can take home either of these LuckyRoots products for under $5. How great is that?!

The new LuckyEats and LuckyRoots lines allow customers to shop high-quality snacks at an affordable price. We’re excited to offer these as an added supportive source for customers on their journey towards Happy Wellness™.