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20
JUN

5 Reasons To Add Acai To Your Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 9:19 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Raw smoothie drink.

These days, everyone is on the hunt for antioxidant-rich, nutrient-packed superfoods—and it’s no surprise why! Purchasing food with the most benefits is not only great for your health but also ensures the most bang for your buck. Acai berries are increasing in popularity—you’ve probably seen vibrant, Instagram-worthy acai bowls all over social media—but are they worth the hype? While new and trendy in American culture, these berries have been used for their medicinal properties in Central and South America for centuries. Let’s explore some of the properties of acai and how you can reap all of their sweet, juicy benefits.

1. Antioxidants, antioxidants, antioxidants…

Acai’s best quality is its amazing antioxidant content. While a lot of berries contain high levels, none quite pack the free-radical fighting punch of acai. According to a study done by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (NSRC), acai has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits in the world. Because of this, acai has powerful healing properties that earned them the superfood title. Adding Acai berries to your diet will help boost your body’s ability to fight free radicals, helping to prevent cancer and other diseases.

2. Skin health & anti-aging effects

Another amazing result of Acai’s high antioxidant content is its effect on the skin. It can help slow down the aging process caused by oxidative damage to the cells. It also increases the regrowth and regeneration processes in the body due to ample amounts of vitamin C and Iron and can help skin stay firm and youthful due to its fatty acids content.

3. Healthy digestion

If you’re in the process of switching over to a healthier diet, incorporating acai into your new routine can help cleanse the body of toxins collected from unhealthy eating habits. Like other berries, they’re a great source of fiber which helps keep the digestive system functioning properly.

4. Immune system booster

Due to its high vitamin C content, Acai berries are helpful at boosting your immune system. Their phytochemicals and antioxidants help increase the functionality of immune cells, making it easier to fight infections and ward off free radical damage.

5. Energizing effects

Acai berries can help increase the body’s energy levels and stamina. They contain amino acids which are incredibly helpful in boosting energy, as well as other properties that help improve cognitive function and focus—reducing fatigue and brain fog.

The best way to get acai…?

I’m all about the acai bowl craze. Not only do they taste as amazing as they look, but they’re an easy, versatile way to work the beneficial berries into your diet. I opt for the dried powder acai, but frozen works just as well!

Energizing Acai Bowl Recipe

Smoothie bowl with fresh berries, nuts, seeds and homemade granola for healthy breakfast

Ingredients

1 tbsp acai powder
1/2 avocado
1 cup spinach or kale (or another leafy green you prefer)
1 serving of plant protein (This one is my favorite)
1 dash vanilla extract
3-4 drops of stevia if you like extra sweetness
1/2 cup frozen strawberries (optional, adds a bit more flavor)
Assorted fruits, nuts & seeds for toppings (i.e bananas, strawberries, blueberries, almonds etc)

Instructions

Add all ingredients together and blend away! The mixture should be thick enough so that you can eat it with a spoon. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever you like. I like to keep my sugar intake low, so my go-to toppings are chia seeds, hemp seeds, and sliced almonds, but many people add additional fruits like bananas & blueberries. It’s highly customizable to your nutrition needs!

Have you tried acai berries and experienced the benefits? What are your favorite ways to eat them? Let us know below!




8
JUN

How To Follow A Mediterranean Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 2:28 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Salmon seasoned with salt, cashews, walnuts, sliced avocado, and olive oil on a butcher block, garnished with parsley.

Over the last couple of decades, the Mediterranean diet has been studied by researchers all over the world. The general consensus from these studies revealed that the diet is nothing short of amazing. The Mediterranean diet consists of increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains and fish, while limiting red meat and sweets. So, why has this diet become so popular? Maybe because it’s flexible and offers users ease of compliance. Maybe it’s because Mediterranean food is delicious and the diet allows users to drink red wine in moderation. Or, maybe it’s because all of the research over the past couple of decades shows an incredible amount of health benefits. One meta-analysis article showed that greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with significant improvement in overall health status.

Benefits of a Mediterranean diet to consider:

  • Prevention of major chronic diseases
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity
  • Reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cancer
  • Low in processed foods and sugar
  • May help to lose or maintain a healthier weight
  • May improve mood and decrease depression
  • Naturally low-glycemic foods, which may help control blood sugar

Key components of the Mediterranean diet

Base every meal on these foods and eat them daily:

  • Legumes and Beans: chickpeas, lentils, and fava beans
  • Olives and Olive Oil: extra virgin olive oil is preferred
  • Whole grains and whole wheat pasta
  • Nuts: cashews, almonds and sesame seeds
  • Vegetables such as leafy greens, garlic, onion and other non-starchy veggies like eggplant cauliflower, artichokes and tomatoes
  • Fresh organic fruits such as grapes, apples, strawberries and avocados

Eat these at least two times per week:

  • Fish (wild caught preferred) and seafood

In moderate portions (daily to weekly):

  •  Eggs
  • Low-fat cheese & yogurt
  • Poultry

Eat these a few times per month in small amounts:

  •  Red meat
  •  Sweets

Organic Mediterranean bean salad recipe

Organic Ingredients:
◦ 15 ounce can of dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
◦ 15 ounce can of fava beans drained and rinsed
◦ 15 ounce can of black beans drained and rinsed
◦ 1 cup of organic corn
◦ 1 large organic tomato, chopped
◦ 1 small organic red onion, chopped
◦ 1 avocado, sliced
◦ ½ organic cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped.
◦ 1 cup of organic parsley, chopped.

Dressing:
◦ ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
◦ 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
◦ 2 garlic cloves, minced
◦ ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
◦ ½ teaspoon of cumin
◦ salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1.  In large mixing bowl, combine kidney beans, fava beans, black beans, corn, tomato, onion, cucumber and parsley. Mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, apple cider vinegar, cumin, salt and pepper and whisk.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss together.

Other helpful information:

  • On top of diet, the Mediterranean lifestyle encourages individuals to be physically active and enjoy meals in a relaxing environment with others vs. on the go. Try to set aside time to sit down and enjoy your meals.
  •  Most of the foods found in the Mediterranean diet can be found on the perimeter of the grocery store.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables that vary in choice of colors as each color has specific properties and nutrients.
  • Replace butter and margarine with healthy, unrefined oils as often as possible.
  • The Mediterranean diet has broad definitions since there are many countries around the Mediterranean Sea.
  • In summary, the diet should focus on vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, legumes and whole grains. Enjoy fresh, wild caught fish and seafood, while limiting poultry, eggs and cheese. Rarely eat red meat and avoid sugar.




30
MAY

New Brands Showcase: System LS

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and failed, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are introducing System LS, a new brand that offers unique products which will help reach your weight-loss goals.

This time you will succeed. System LS do things a little differently, taking a completely fresh approach to leading a healthy lifestyle. The company does not believe that only one product can help you lose weight as well as counteract all the side effects of limiting your calories. That’s the reason System LS did not develop just the one elusive ‘all-purpose/easy fix’ product, the likes of which just doesn’t exist. Instead, this brand has developed a complete system of products designed to make losing that unhealthy weight not just easy, but actually pleasant.

Each of System LS products has undergone rigorous research and testing in its development phase, incorporating potent doses of natural ingredients, proven to reduce your weight, burn fat and boost your energy.

Additionally, System LS products are natural and organic, and won’t give you any unpleasant side effects, quite the opposite. From the very first day you should start to feel better, lighter, and more energized.

System LS includes six innovative products developed after rigorous scientific testing; each product provides natural and organic ingredients designed to support weight loss and a modern lifestyle. Further, the products include a revolutionary patented phone app, which offers ongoing motivation for consumers.

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18
MAY

5 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Apple cider vinegar has been a fountain of health benefits for quite some time now. Loaded with acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, enzymes and polyphenols, apple cider vinegar is known to help weight-loss but it can also help with so much more. Let’s look a 5 benefits of apple cider vinegar.

1. Support Weight Loss and Metabolism

The number one health benefit from apple cider vinegar continues to be weight loss. Researchers have concluded that consuming apple cider vinegar could promote weight loss by reducing sugar cravings, improving detoxification, and reducing body fat up to 10%.

2. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

Apple cider vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels and fight type 2 diabetes, characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. When avoiding refined carbs and sugar, apple cider vinegar may have a powerful positive effect on regulating blood sugar levels.

3. Detox Your Body

Used by many detox products, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body.  It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage.

4. Kills Bacteria

Acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar has the ability to kill pathogens, including bacteria and, at the same time, foster the growth of beneficial bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria when it comes into contact with it, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic.

5. Digestive Support

Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce bloating. Vinegar increases the acidity in the stomach, which allows it to digest the food you’ve eaten and helps propel it into the small intestine.




16
MAY

Paleo Meal Planning On A Budget

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 10:30 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Raw tenderloin steak with seasoning, garlic, and asparagus

Whole foods, healthy fats and limited carbs and sugars—it’s easy to see the appeal in going Paleo! Shifting your focus to real, unprocessed food is great, but when the time comes to actually restock the fridge it can be difficult to know where to start. What are the best foods to buy? What foods should you not buy? Is there any way to do this on a budget?

We’ve provided a quick breakdown of Paleo-approved foods to help you plan your next grocery trip. Not all the foods on this list are required to go paleo, but many are excellent staples to always have on hand or in the freezer!

 

The Paleo Rundown:

Say YES to:
– Lean Meats, preferably grass-fed!
– Fish
– Eggs are approved!
– Vegetables are incredibly important
– Work in some fruit, but keep it light.
– Nuts – except peanuts! They’re classified as legumes
– Unrefined, natural oils like olive, coconut & avocado

Say NO to:
– Sugars, candy and artificial sweeteners
– Starchy veggies like potatoes & corn
– Legumes (peas, beans, lentils, soy, etc.)
– Processed foods & meats (such as hot dogs or spam)
– Grains (cereal, bread, oatmeal, etc.)
– Dairy (cheese, butter, milk, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Paleo Shopping List:

Pantry Staples:
__ Coconut oil
__ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
__ Coconut Milk
__ Coconut Flour
__ Almond Meal
__ Dried Fruits
__ Variety of Nuts & Seeds
__ Bone Broth
__ Coffee or Tea

Produce:
__ Broccoli
__ Brussel Sprouts
__ Cabbage
__ Carrots
__ Cauliflower
__ Celery
__ Cucumbers
__ Leafy Greens (Kale, Spinach, etc)
__ Mushrooms
__ Onions
__ Squash
__ Sweet Potatoes
__ Berries
__ Grapefruit
__ Kiwi
__ Lemons
__ Limes

Meats:
__ Bacon (YAY!)
__ Beef
__ Bison
__ Chicken
__ Duck
__ Lamb
__ Pork
__ Turkey
__ Venison

Seafood:
__ Cod
__ Salmon
__ Shrimp
__ Tilapia
__ Tuna

Dairy:
__ Eggs

Money & Time Saving Hacks

1. Get thoughtful about your grocery list
Walking into a grocery store without a plan can be overwhelming and will make it difficult to successfully stick to the diet. Spend a little extra time planning your week and create a shopping list accordingly. Highlight the essential foods your family eats daily and make sure you’re always stocked. This will also prevent picking up excess items you may not need.

2. Buy in bulk
Try buying the staple foods in bulk—such as the meats and veggies your family likes and eats regularly. Buying in bulk ensures there is always something to thaw out for dinner, and you will often save money in the long run too! Check in with your local farmer, as many sell their meat and produce in large quantities.

3. Meal prep & freeze!
It’s very difficult to grab food on-the-go and stay paleo-friendly. Spend some time on the weekend thinking ahead and cooking up meals for the week. Even if it’s just what you’ll take to work for lunch, it will take the pressure off of breakfast and dinner and save you time. Buying in bulk with a planned and good shopping list will help you at the meal-prepping stage as well!

4. Focus on quality
While buying in bulk is a great way to save money and time on the paleo diet, make sure you’re stocking up on high-quality foods. This means aiming for organic veggies when possible and making sure all meat, fish and eggs are unprocessed and preferably free-range and grass-fed.

While the Paleo Diet is incredibly popular and many people have experienced great health benefits, ALWAYS check with your physician before making any major dietary changes!

The secret to paleo is planning and smart shopping. If you’re a seasoned paleo veteran, what are some of your tips for success? Let’s talk about it in the comments below! 🙂




7
MAY

New Brands Showcase: BMI Smart

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of weight loss products to our customers: BMI Smart.

A more intelligent, healthy, effective and authentic approach to weight loss, BMI Smart believes in utilizing advanced science and technologies to develop weight loss products that are a natural and safe alternative to drugs.

With rigorous and continual research and testing to ensure all weight loss products are effective and produce real results, the company also believes that the hardest parts of dieting is balancing control and the spontaneity of life, and that perfection and complete adherence to regimented diets are not realistic. Everybody comes in different shapes and sizes. That also means everybody has different goals and motivations in terms of weight management. This includes different views of what the ideal body is, and different ideas of how to get there.

BMI Smart recognizes this and uses it as a driving factor to optimize weight loss. It is especially designed to embrace diversity in people through supporting effective and sustainable weight loss for everyone. That’s the reason BMI Smart is chosen by consumers in over 25 countries worldwide, making it a leader in the weight loss industry. BMI Smart believes your health is just as important as your weight-loss goals, and that losing weight should also be about gaining a healthy lifestyle.

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17
APR

3 Health Benefits of MCT Oil

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Nutrition,Supplements at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The MCT oil versus Coconut oil debate is often making the headlines. These two products are considered beneficial and provide many health benefits. Both offer abundant levels of lauric acid, antibacterial properties, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. The main difference between MCT oil and coconut oil is that MCT oil is more concentrated and, while coconut oil certainly has MCTs in it, concentrated MCT oil is almost entirely MCTs. But what should you take MCT oil for? We present 3 health benefits of MCT oil.

1. Improve Digestion

MCT oil is known for balancing bacteria in the gut microbiota, which in turn has positive effects on digestive symptoms, energy expenditure, and the ability to absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Medium-chain fats can help kill a wide range of pathogenic viruses and strains and bacteria that cause digestive issues, including candida, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, stomachaches and so on.

2. Weight Loss

Compared to other types of oils and fats, MCTs seem to have positive effects on fat burning and weight reduction as it helps increase satiety and even raise the metabolic rate at which the body functions. Studies demonstrate that dietary MCTs suppress fat deposition through enhanced thermogenesis and fat oxidation, helping the body produce ketones, which gives you the same benefits as the ketogenic diet without needing to cut carbs to drastically low levels. MCTs are sometimes called “the ultimate ketogenic fats” because of their heating effect in the body and ability to rapidly be used for energy.

3. Energy

Medium-chain fats are believed to be one of the most easily digested, utilized and protective fatty acids that exists. MCTs may help improve memory problems including Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. It only makes sense that a food that supplies fuel for your brain and also helps you absorb vitamins and minerals better will also make you feel more clearheaded, energetic and positive.




11
APR

4 Health Benefits of Coconut

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Personal Care,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Coconut can provide a lot of health benefits but it’s quite interesting that this tropical fruit can be helpful in so many different ways. Coconut products vary from natural supplements to cosmetic lotions, cooking oil to shampoos, skin moisturizers to nutritional bars ingredients, and much more. The one thing in common: coconut makes efficient products. Let’s look at 4 health benefits of coconut products.

1. Cosmetic

Coconut is great for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. Individuals with dry skin can benefit from coconut oil as it can improve the moisture and fat content of the skin. Plus, coconut oil can be very protective against hair damage and used as an effective sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

2. Cholesterol

Coconut oil is cholesterol-free and can help regulate cholesterol levels. Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats which may help with lowering bad LDL cholesterol as well as boosting good HDL cholesterol. It may also improve other risk factors and therefore protect against heart disease.

3. Weight-Loss

Often associated with weight-loss, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day.

4. Alzheimer’s

Several different studies have shown that coconut oil can be helpful to minimize the effects of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Coconuts are a source of food that the body can easily convert into ketones, essential for stalling the mental decline of Alzheimer’s, like Ginkgo biloba, Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.




27
MAR

Health And Wellness Trends To Watch In Spring 2017

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living,Health Foods,Personal Care,Supplements at 3:34 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Female athlete getting ready for running in spring park. Fitness workout outdoor concept.

With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this spring.

Coconut

Everyone is still going cuckoo for coconuts. What may have started as a health trend with using coconut oil for cooking has now turned into a coconut takeover. In today’s market, it seems as if there is no part of the coconut that can’t be used. One of the newest trends for coconuts are coconut wraps. By using the white meaty part of the coconut, coconut wraps offer a vegan, gluten-free and Paleo friendly alternative to traditional wraps. NUCO now featured on LuckyVitamin offers a USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher and raw coconuts wrap to replace traditional bread and tortillas.  But it wouldn’t be much of a trend if the uses for coconuts stopped there. While traditional coconut products continue to sell, new coconut products can now be found such as coconut vinegar salad dressings, coconut sugar, coconut aminos, coconut flour and even coconut butter. So why the coconut craze? Coconuts are a healthy alternative to some of the most commonly used foods. They are a rich source of dietary fats, vitamins, fiber electrolytes, enzymes and amino acids.

The Ketogenic Diet

Similar to the Atkins diet, although much stricter, the Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein and low-carbohydrate diet. The diet was first designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder and is commonly used as a treatment for children or individuals with epilepsy. However, many researchers are starting to look at the use of the ketogenic diet for disorders other than epilepsy. This includes other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, migraines and autism. Like the Atkins diet, it too is also in the spotlight for its weight loss potential. New research has shown on top of weight loss, following a ketogenic diet may also help decrease total cholesterol, increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, lower LDL (the “bad”), decrease triglycerides and lower blood sugar levels. Even professional athletes and endurance athletes are catching on to this popular diet. The diet works by forcing the body into a state of ketosis.  Ketosis is the result of ketones building up in the bloodstream when people eat a low- or no-carbohydrate diet. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy, fat becomes the primary fuel source.  The diet isn’t as simple as just cutting back on carbohydrates; there are specific calculations that go into figuring out the right percentage of fat to protein to carbohydrate ratio.  LuckyVitamin’s new ketogenic specialty page is designed to help support your ketogenic diet needs. It’s important to note that you should be under the care of a trained health care provider during this diet or at least in the beginning.

Cannabidiol

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in public awareness for the possible health benefits of cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is one of at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis and is the major non-psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa. CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system. This system is thought to play a key role in memory, mood brain reward systems and certain metabolic processes. Possible therapeutic uses for CBD include anxiety, nausea prevention, pain management, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cancer and more. But how can makers of CBD oil legally sell CBD in the United States when marijuana is illegal? Enter, hemp. The difference in hemp and marijuana lies in the fact that hemp is a low resin, low THC, high CBD form of cannabis. Currently, there are a wide variety of CBD hemp oil extracts products available including pure oils, dark chocolates, gummies and even chewing gum.

Athleisure

What happens when you combine the comfort and convenience of workout clothes with the style and fashion? You get athleisure.  Athleisure is a trend in fashion in which individuals wear clothing intended for workouts and other athletic activities in other settings, such as during work as well as casual or social occasions. It has become one of the biggest trends in the fashion and retail industry today and it continues to grow and expand into new venues and marketplaces. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of fitness apparel for both men and women from top brands such as Chaser, Purusha People, Soybu, Manduka and Teeki. Many of these brands offer products that are not just beneficial to you but incorporate materials such as fair trade cotton and recycled plastic that are also beneficial to the environment.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms belong to a unique group of organisms called fungi. While new mushroom trends are emerging in the health and wellness industry, the health promoting benefits of mushrooms are well-known and have been around for a long time. For thousands of years mushrooms have been known to be both nutritious and immune building, and now modern research is beginning to validate traditional herbalists beliefs about mushrooms. Mushrooms are a natural source of vitamin D precursors, contain proteins, minerals and are packed with polysaccharides like beta-glucans which have immune-boosting effects. For years traditional mushroom supplements and extracts have been available, but new trends are popping up everywhere. The new products include mushroom powder, elixir mixes, coffee and hot chocolate all with the same added benefits. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of all the mushrooms products you need to help you be a fun-gi or fun-gal.

Collagen

Nutrition is a key factor for influencing skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This is why nutricosmetics, or the use of supplements to help improve skin health, is a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and it can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. This is why it is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen can be found in supplements, protein powders, protein bars and even beauty chews. Shop our top selection of collagen products from NeoCell, Reserveage Nutrition, Primal Kitchen, Vital Protein and many more if you’re looking to give your skin and joints a little health boost.

Plant-Based Proteins Powders

 Plant-based protein powders were featured in our 2016 trend report and they continue to dominate the market. With new formulas like chia protein, what was once advertised mostly to body builders looking to get “jacked,” is now marketed to triathletes, marathon runners, weekend warriors, vegans, moms, yoga enthusiasts and even business people constantly on-the-go. Plant-based formulas are often hypoallergenic, free of common food irritants making them easier on the stomach. They contain a blend of foods such as pea, quinoa, artichokes, hemp, amaranth and rice. Because of this blend, they contain an excellent variety of amino acids while also delivering quality protein.  LuckyVitamin has a large selection of top brands including Plant Fusion, Garden of Life, Aloha, Orgain and much more.




24
MAR

How To Follow A Ketogenic Diet

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Diet & Weight Loss at 3:09 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
Selection of healthy products. Balanced diet concept. Rustic background. Top view. Copy space.

Introduction:

One of the hottest diet trends right now is the Ketogenic diet. Similar to the Atkins diet, although much stricter, the Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein and low-carbohydrate diet. The diet was first designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder as a treatment for those with epilepsy. However, many researchers are starting to look at the use of the ketogenic diet for disorders other than epilepsy. This includes other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, migraines and autism. Even professional athletes and endurance athletes are catching on to this popular diet. The diet works by forcing the body into a state of ketosis.  Ketosis is the result of ketones building up in the bloodstream when people eat a low or no carbohydrate diet. This is due to the body using fat as the primary fuel source, which then breaks down into ketones. The diet isn’t as simple as just cutting back on carbohydrates; there are specific calculations that go into figuring out the right percentage of fat to protein to carbohydrate ratio. Lastly, it’s important to remember that some fats are healthier than others. Read below to learn more about the ketogenic diet and click here to shop our ketogenic diet friendly page.

 

Benefits to consider:

  • May help with weight loss
  • May increase HDL “the good” cholesterol
  • May lower LDL “the bad” cholesterol
  • May lower total cholesterol
  • May decrease triglyceride levels
  • May lower blood sugar levels
  • May improve insulin resistance
  • May reduce seizure frequency

 

The Ketogenic Diet and Its Variants:

  • The Classic Ketogenic Diet – A calorie level is determined by a trained healthcare provider based on age and activity level of the individual. The classic diet consists of a ratio in grams of fat to non-fat (protein & carbohydrates) of 4:1 and 3:1. This means that there is 4 times as much fat as there is protein and carbohydrates combined. At each meal, a specific amount of each food variant is consumed. The total amount of carbohydrates allowed each day depends on the ratio that you are following.
  • Modified Ketogenic Diet – The modified ketogenic diet consists of ratios of 2:1 and 1:1, instead of 4:1 and 3:1.
  • MCT Oil Diet – Although not widely used in the United States, the MCT Oil supplement diet is more flexible and allows for a larger variety of food due to the higher carbohydrate and protein allowance. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides and is a type of oil which produces ketones. Since the MCT oil produces ketones, less total fat is needed in the diet, which allows for more carbohydrates and proteins to be included.
  • Modified Atkins – This diet is a variant from the original low carbohydrate diet proposed by Robert Atkins. It is modified to allow for lower carbohydrate levels compared to Atkins’s recommendations and puts more emphasis on high-fat foods as required on the ketogenic diet. It is a less restrictive form of the diet and is primarily used for teenagers and adults.
  • Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT) – The glycemic index (GI) measures the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. In general, carbohydrates that are digested slowly have a low GI, while carbohydrates that are digested rapidly have a high GI. This diet is a special high-fat diet similar to the ketogenic diet, however, it focuses on both the type and amount of carbohydrates in the diet as well as the glycemic index.

 

Healthier Fat Options While on a Ketogenic Diet:

  • Eggs
  • Fatty fishes like salmon
  • Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Olives and Olive Oil
  • Nuts and Nut Butters
  • Seeds
  • Ghee
  • Coconut Oil

 

Recipe Ideas (These are just ideas and may not within the recommended proportions for you)

  • Breakfast – Egg omelet mixed with heavy cream and shredded cheese of your liking. For extra healthy fats, you can add an avocado as well.
  • Lunch – Greek salad with chopped gyro meat, black olives, avocado, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and olive oil dressing.
  • Dinner – Teriyaki turkey lettuce wraps with ground turkey, chopped peanuts, gluten free soy sauce and shredded unsweetened coconut.

 

Tips to Consider Before Starting a Ketogenic Diet:

  • Heavy creams, butter and vegetable oils provide the necessary fat while on the diet.
  • The diet completely eliminates sweets such as candy, cookies and desserts.
  • All foods should be carefully prepared and weighed on a gram scale.
  • It’s best to start the diet gradually and increase to the full amount over a 3 to 4 day period or longer.
  • Certain vitamin and mineral supplements may be required to help meet nutritional needs.
  • Make sure you are staying hydrated and avoid unnecessary snacking.

 

*Disclaimer – While I can inform you on the elements of the Ketogenic Diet, this diet is not a perfect fit for all individuals. It’s best if you are evaluated by your health care provider before starting this diet and work under the supervision of a trained professional while on it.




16
MAR

Start Up Your Fitness, Slowly but Surely

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The winter is almost over. Longer days and warmer weather seems like the perfect combo to get some people exercising and burning the extra calories from the winter months. So, it’s time to start up your fitness program.

Overdoing your fitness capabilities is one of the most common mistakes people make when starting, or re-starting, a new exercise routine. It’s understandable. Many people get excited about it and want to burn off a 3-month, sometimes 5-month, extra weight in 2 weeks or less. Unfortunately, our bodies do not work like that and time is needed to lose weight properly.

Slowly but surely. It fits perfectly as it’s more important to take time and ensure you are doing a fitness program that fits your needs than trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

If your goal is the upcoming summer, no hurry, you have plenty of time. Organize a good monthly plan and go from there. Another great tip: set up short-time goals. Some people find it helpful to divide the goal in stages. For example, if you are trying to lose 10 lbs. by mid-August, it may sound too difficult and you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. Let’s say you set up a goal to lose 2 lbs. per month and you may find that you are way more likely to reach this goal. Short-time goals with less intensity are a great way to reach better results.

Lacking energy is another issue many people face when starting to exercise. Your body isn’t used to a higher amount of activity and as a result, you may need an extra kick. On top of that, many people eat less when trying to lose weight and this combination may result in lack of vitamin and minerals and, therefore, lack of energy.
Energy supplements or drinks can be helpful as these products provide the necessary energy for your workout without the unwanted calories.

Get started, slowly but surely, and you will reach your fitness goals without any issues.

 




28
FEB

3 Great Sources of Fiber

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Losing weight isn’t easy. Some people may need all the help they can to shed a few pounds off and one of the best ways to start that is increasing your daily fiber intake.

Low fiber intake may lead to many health issues and proper intake can help regulate the digestive system. Fiber is known to promote weight-loss as it’s slower to be absorbed and digested, filling up your belly and making your feel full. If you are not sure which fiber can help up your daily intake, we present you 3 great sources of fiber.

Flaxseed Meal

Flaxseeds are fiber packed seeds that also contain a very versatile omega-3. These delicious flaxseed meals contain 4 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoon serving as well as lignans, a special antioxidant that has anti-estrogenic actions. Flaxseed meals are an excellent way to increase your fiber as when the flax is ground, your body can extract all the nutrients.

Psyllium Husks

A bulking agent which swells considerable when added to liquid, psyllium husks are known to help support healthy gastrointestinal function. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10–30% mucilage and it forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water, resulting in healthy bowel movement. Plus, psyllium husks may help decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome as it seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin, and blood fats.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a great source of fiber as a quarter cup of steel cut oats contains 5 grams of fiber. On top of that, oats contain a super fiber called beta-glucan, known to have cholesterol lowering effects. It is the beta-glucan in oats that will also help slow down the digestion of your meal.




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
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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.