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19
FEB

New Brands Showcase: Swole Sports Nutrition

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin continues to add new sport nutrition products to our customers. The latest addition is an innovative, fast growing company that provides high quality products with the most up-to-date formulations: Swole Sports Nutrition.

Swole Sports Nutrition strives to provide supplements to all athletes who are looking to amplify their current workout routines. The company creates and develops products that are designed to help everyone train like a professional athlete.

Swole Sports Nutrition innovative formulas can deliver high potency with low dosing, a perfect combination to obtain optimal results. Additionally, Swole is fully committed to researching and formulating the best supplements that haven’t been created yet. The company seeks to push the limits of sports supplementation and the evolution of athletics through science.

Swole Sports Nutrition believes that training and proper nutrition are extremely important, and that proper supplementation can give you that extra drive and push you beyond your expectations, improving your results in less time. It’s time to experience the next level of sports nutrition.

Choose from pre-workout supplements to post-workout formulas, BCAA products to creatine supplements and much more.

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




18
JAN

New Brands Showcase: Run Gum

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Running is one of the most popular physical activities and,despite being a simple, easy-to-do exercise, it’s not always easy to go for a run. Many people feel lack of energy and soreness which can lead to discomfort and eventually stopping a run or running a shorter distance than what was originally planned. In order to help people achieve their goals and really go the distance, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a revolutionary product that can give you a quick boost of energy when you need it the most: Run Gum.

Run Gum utilizes chewing gum as the delivery vehicle for stimulants to the body. This allows runners to have a lightweight, zero calorie option instead of traditional liquid supplements.

Run Gum products are designed with athletes in mind yet created for anyone on the run. This chewing gun is packed with caffeine, taurine, B-Vitamins and is available in three amazing flavors.

Run Gum is the fastest way to help energize and maximize your performance in sport and life. This one of kind energy gum is similar to many energy drinks and energy shots, only you don’t need to put anything in your stomach. Plus, as a gum, ingredients enters your system faster than drinks, shots or gels, so you will be ready to perform at your highest when it matters the most.

You can save even more when you shop Run Gum 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
JAN

How To Actually Stick To Your New Year’s Goals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 




9
JAN

Season Foods to Keep Winter Weight Off

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

Sweet Potatoes

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

Grapefruit

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

Oatmeal

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

Swiss Chard

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




6
JAN

Go, Rest, and Go!

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

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

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

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

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




4
JAN

New Brands Showcase: Detoxwater

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

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

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

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

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




31
DEC

Looking Back: Favorite Health Food Trends from 2016

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

Bone broth

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

Moringa

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

Turmeric

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

Baobab

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

Poké

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




24
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Restore

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing Restore supplements to our customers. Created and developed to help restore gut health, Restore produces a unique soil-derived mineral supplement that helps maintain a healthy immune system through strengthened gut health.

The company believes complete well-being begins in the gut and is fully dedicated to provide a product that can enhance gut health by creating an environment where good gut bacteria can flourish.

Restore is easily added to your daily health plan to provide support for natural healing from environmental exposures. This supplement is the first supplement on the market that functions as an antidote to glyphosate and gluten toxicity at the tight junction.

Restore is a new generation, earth-derived supplement that promotes an optimal gut environment. It is not a probiotic. It is not a prebiotic. Rather, it is a carbon rich, alkaline liquid, with lignite derived trace organics and essential trace amino acids. With 70% of the immune system located in the gut, this optimal gut environment leads to great gut health. Restore is the first dietary supplement that delivers a balanced family of bacterial metabolites to promote a healthy firewall of tight junctions in the gut wall and blood brain barrier. Restore provides the communication network to support the return of biodiversity to the gut ecosystem that supports normal immune function, reverse fatigue, and help you reclaim mental clarity.

Save even more when you shop Restore 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.




22
DEC

Blocks of Health: Understanding Weight Loss

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Webinars at 1:52 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This presentation will cover how to achieve weight loss with diet and/or exercise. The webinar will help give you and understanding of how macronutrients help to achieve weight loss as well as an understanding of the harm that you cause to your metabolism from dramatic diets.

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15
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Motiv8

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce Motiv8 Performance supplements to our customers.

Motiv8 Performance offers a complete line of products which combine state of the art science, the latest ingredients and breakthroughs in sports supplements. The company has an unwavering commitment to deliver the most effective and safest products in the industry to help athletes and fitness minded individuals achieve the results they work so hard for.

Motiv8 Performance believes that with every workout comes a chance to get closer to your goal. Regardless your goal, Motiv8 Performance supplements maximizes every training session, helping you achieve the results you are looking for. Committed to producing safe and effective sports supplements that show results, Motiv8 gives athletes the boost they need to surpass boundaries. This exclusive line offers everything you need for your workout diet from fat burners pre-workout formulas to protein supplements, detox full body cleansers to amino acids supplements for recovery, and much more.

One of the company’s best sellers, Motiv8 Performance Amino Recovery is a sugar-free supplement drink with added electrolytes that increases endurance and enhances recovery. With Motiv-8 Amino, ultimately you can train harder, longer, and sooner after your last workout.

You can save even more when you shop Motiv8 Performance 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.




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
Workout and fitness dieting copy space diary.

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!




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.




17
OCT

What You Need to Know About MCT Oil

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Imagine if you could find a supplement that can help improve digestion and maintain a healthy weight by reducing stored body fat and raising metabolic function. On top of that, this product may help balance hormone levels, improve cognitive function, work as an energy booster, fight bacterial infection and viruses, and absorb fat-soluble nutrients from foods. Sounds good? This wonderful supplement is MCT oil.

MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that can offer all the numerous health benefits mentioned above. Coconut oil is the best source of MCTs as roughly 65% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs.

MCT oils contain good fats which ideally should be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and might even have more benefits related to heart health, obesity prevention and brain health. Compared to longer-chain fats, MCTs are absorbed more easily since there’s less work for the body to break apart carbon bonds. MCTs are smaller and can permeate cell membranes more easily without requiring special enzymes in order for our bodies to utilize them.

After digested, MCTs healthy fats are sent directly to the liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter the metabolism. Additionally, MCTs contain antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

Aside from coconut oil, smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in other foods with saturated fats including whole milk, butter, cheese, full-fat yogurt, and palm oil.




9
OCT

White Kidney Beans Health Benefits

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
White kidney bean extract has been one of these unconventional products that have helped many people with weight loss. But what is all the buzz about it?

Featured in many television shows, white kidney bean extract supplements have been considered as an efficient weight loss product after a study published in The Journal of Applied Research concluded that supplementation 15 minutes before each meal may led to a reduction in both weight and waist circumference. Of course, just like with any other weight loss product, results may vary and exercise and a healthy diet are essential to obtain significant results but the fact that many people have experienced a boost in weight loss from taking white kidney bean extract is encouraging.

White bean extract has been linked to one of the best ways to lose weight as supplementation can help maintain lean body mass or muscle, and most of the weight lost consists of unwanted body fat. As an efficient fat burner, white bean extract may be helpful for weight loss because the beans produce substances that interfere with an enzyme called amylase that is necessary for the breakdown of carbohydrates, which are one of the main sources of calories in many diets. If carbohydrates aren’t broken down into small enough units, your body can’t absorb them and can’t make use of the calories they provide. Absorbing fewer calories can help create the calorie deficit necessary for weight loss. Of course, this is most effective with complex carbohydrates, such as starches. Some sugars are already in small enough units that they can be readily absorbed by the intestines, so white bean extract wouldn’t affect their absorption.

As always, exercise and a well-balanced diet are essential to any weight loss program but if you are looking for a little bit of help, white kidney bean extract is a natural and safe alternative.




23
SEP

New Brand Showcase: MealEnders

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing MealEnders, a great tasting, low-calorie, stimulant-free signaling lozenge that help you avoid overeating and master portion control using a combination of behavioral psychology and sensory science.

This revolutionary product addresses the psychology of eating and helps breaking the behavioral cycle of overeating and snacking, but how does it work?

MealEnders uses a duo-sensory taste system as its active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First, the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert, a signal typically associated with the end of a meal. Then, the Inner Core’s Active Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.

Unlike other diets or diet aids that focus solely on your stomach, MealEnders cue the cessation of eating by targeting the mind’s attention and the body’s reaction to sensations.  By engaging your trigeminal nerve, MealEnders keep your mind occupied for up to 20 minutes, the so-called overeating zone, giving your natural satiety process time to kick in and catch up.  When the MealEnders experience dissipates, your body’s natural signaling process of satiation will have begun.

MealEnders fit easily into your existing routine, helping you learn healthy portion control. A straightforward, common-sense way to assist you in reducing the amount of food you eat, MealEnders naturally transition you away from your desire to eat too much and help train the mind and body to eat healthy, right-sized portions.

You can save even more when you shop MealEnders products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.