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15
MAY

LuckyPlanet Natural Cleaning Products

Filed Under: Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 3:56 pm | By: admin

LuckyPlanet is a line of cleaning products created by the LuckyVitamin team. They are powerful on dirt and grime but safe enough to use around your family and pets. From dish soap to window cleaner, everything in the LuckyPlanet assortment is plant-based, non-toxic and cruelty-free. The whole line is free and clear, which means there are no extra scents or weird smells that you’re going to get from these products. If you want to DIY it, you can add some essential oils from our LuckyAromas brand and maybe make your toilet bowl smell like lavender!

LuckyVitamin created these products with you in mind. They are free of synthetic dyes, colors, fragrances, parabens, phthalates, chlorine, bleach, phosphates and ammonia. So keep your home clean and green with LuckyVitamin!

 

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4
MAY

11 Things You Don’t Want to Forget While Camping

Who wants to de-stress, unplug, connect with nature and give their overall wellness a boost? Everyone, of course! But who has the time? Everyone, of course!

Why? Because one single activity provides all of these benefits and more: camping.

Camping is a chance to enjoy the outdoors, re-energize and create lasting memories with family and friends. Make sure those memories are good ones by packing these 11 essentials (plus the tent…don’t ever forget the tent):

First Aid

A first-aid kit tops the list. A bare-minimum kit includes bandages, gauze, antibacterial ointment and tweezers (vital in tick-prone areas). To bulk up your kit, add medications you might need like those for pain or stomach problems.

Baby Wipes

All-natural, biodegradable baby wipes can clean a scraped knee, wash hands before dinner, scrub the sunscreen off your face before bed and so much more.

Matches or a Lighter

Or both to be extra cautious. You’re going to be cooking on a campfire or camp stove (don’t forget the propane in that case), so don’t forget the method to light it!

Water Bottle

Bring plenty of water in a reusable, refillable water bottle, especially if you won’t be near a water source (most campgrounds have water fountains). If you’re in the backwoods, bring a water bottle with an integrated filter to clean as you collect. Dehydration is a real danger when camping, so bring and drink plenty.

Healthy Snacks

Camping provides fun exercise opportunities, but activities like day hikes, swimming, kayaking and climbing will torch calories. Keep your energy up with healthy snacks like seeds, nuts, granola or dried fruit.

Toilet Paper

Enough said.

Headlamp

A flashlight is great, but a headlamp is better. Why? Late-night bathroom dashes are much easier if you’re hands-free. Same with washing dishes by campfire. Having both hands free to complete tasks in the early morning or evening hours is invaluable. (Stash a flashlight, too, to cover your lighting bases.)

Sunscreen

Even under a canopy of trees, you need sunscreen. Sun damage is real, and sunscreen is a simple way to keep yourself safe. Choose a natural formulation that will work for the activities you plan on doing (e.g., active, sport, water-resistant).

Bug Spray

Know before you go: What kinds of bugs are prevalent where you’ll be camping? Choose an insect repellent formulated for the worst offenders. Then, don’t forget to toss an anti-itch stick or cream in your pack to combat any bites you do get.

Waterproof Storage

Hopefully you have nice weather throughout your entire camping trip! Unfortunately, that’s never guaranteed, so waterproof storage is a must. Keep food and food prep items sealed tightly in food storage containers, and keep your matches or lighter in a separate waterproof container. As for clothes, here’s a packing hint: Pack outfits in reusable, waterproof storage bags. That way, they stay dry if it rains, and when you change your clothes, you can pack dirty, wet, stinky, sunscreen-covered clothes into the storage bag to keep your other outfits clean and dry.

Large Totes

Whatever you bring into your campsite, you must bring out. Stash large reusable totes to collect trash and recycling. If you’re camping with your car, keep them tucked inside to prevent wildlife from getting too interested; if not, be sure to hang your trash and recycling just as you do your food.

This list isn’t all-encompassing, of course, and so much of your camping packing list will be determined by your location and activities. That said, if you have these 11 items, the basics are covered and you can focus on the fun!




2
APR

3 Easy Ways to Help the Planet Right Now

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 4:53 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

It can be difficult to ignore the state of the environment these days. Each news cycle brings about staggering information on the direction the planet is headed (1). While action is being taken across the globe to counteract the damage that has been done, much more needs to happen to create a lasting difference (2, 3). The best way to show Mother Earth a little bit of TLC is by taking action yourself. Saving the world might seem like an insurmountable task, but real change can come about when individuals decide to step up and take a swing.

You don’t necessarily need to rush off to a snowy tundra to save the polar bears. Instead, you can find ways to create lasting change right in your own community. Start a ripple effect by exploring these ideas and see how you can get started with improving the environment.

1. Ride Your Bike

Instead of driving your car everywhere, ride your bike! This might sound simple but it can lead to big results. In recent years, several studies have been conducted on how using bicycles instead of motor vehicles can reduce harmful vehicle emissions and lower the overall pollution in an area. For instance, a 2010 study on the impact of bikes on local air quality in Wisconsin estimated a 57,405-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions if 20 percent of short car trips were replaced by bicycle trips in Milwaukee and Madison (4).

For some of us, foregoing the car for a bike can be a bit more of a challenge. If you live in an area where getting around requires an automobile, then you might have limited options. When a bicycle isn’t the most sensible mode of travel, take public transportation. These vehicles are already running, and taking advantage of them can still assist with reducing carbon dioxide emissions, especially in regions where “green” initiatives are enforced with public vehicles (5).

2. Reduce Food Waste

Wasting food is, not surprisingly, another big issue when it comes to environmental sustainability. While you are probably not trying to actively throw away perfectly decent food, you might also not know what to do with leftovers when they are sitting in your fridge. The easiest way to keep your conscience clear is by learning how to use your leftovers to make healthy new meals.

Another great way to cut back on how much food your household is wasting is by being a more mindful shopper. Many people go to the grocery store without any kind of real plan. This leads to items being purchased that are never actually used and get thrown away months down the line when they are discovered in the back of dark pantries and cabinets. A simple way to avoid this is by shopping for specific items and ingredients online. This step requires you to be a bit more focused and take a more active part in selecting what will fill your cupboards.

Donating food to local charities and food kitchens can be another great idea when you want to make a positive change in your community.

3. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaners

Some people love cleaning their homes. Whether you are the type who relishes when spring cleaning comes around or you only break out the supplies once every few months, it can be wise to think about how you are going about this task. Many household cleaning products are packed with dangerous chemicals. Though these chemicals are not always outright harmful to you and your family members, disposing of these bottles can lead to dangerous substances leaking into the ground, water supplies, and more (6).

Buying eco-friendly cleaning products can be a great idea when you want to do your part to keep toxins out of the air and sea. Some people also suggest making your own cleaning supplies! There are some great ideas out there to help you create natural cleaners and still allow your home to sparkle the way you’d like it to.

Taking action in small ways might not seem like much, but it is often all we can do to make real change happen.

 




12
JAN

Keep Your Home Clean With These 7 Essential Oils

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Essential oils are wonderful. They smell great, offer tons of health benefits and can even help cleaning your home. Loaded with naturally antibacterial properties, essential oils are the ideal ingredient for homemade DIY cleaning products. Add oils to clean up and sanitize your kitchen or bathroom or use to enhance your laundry routine. Let’s look at some of the best oils for cleaning and disinfecting your home.

1. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil fights germs, bacteria and viruses in everything from homemade wipes to hand soap and much more. Plus, tea tree oil can be used against bugs helping to deter lice and other pests.

2. Rosemary

Loaded with natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rosemary essential oils can be used in many different ways for home cleaning. From homemade soaps to laundry detergent, air freshener sprays to remove stubborn stains, rosemary can be mixed with washing soda,
baking soda, and vinegar to create a powerful stain remover product.

3. Citrus Seed Extract

A powerful antimicrobial agent, citrus seed extract is often used for dishwashing products. Also labeled as grapefruit seed extract, these essential oils are considered natural degreasers and can be very helpful in your kitchen

4. Lavender

One of the best-smelling naturally antibacterial essential oils, lavender can be mixed with another common natural cleaner: vinegar. Just add 4-5 drops of lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for its natural antibacterial properties as well as an enhanced scent.

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a natural germicide which can help clean and sanitize your home leaving a “great smell” in the air. A powerful dust mite buster, eucalyptus is great for stinky jobs in the kitchen and bathroom, plus it can help to deter pests.

6. Peppermint

Another essential oil that can leave your house smelling great after cleaning, peppermint contains antibacterial properties that can be used in spray cleaners and natural deodorant spray. Easy-to use, you just need to mix 10-15 drops of peppermint with a cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and use the air freshener along cracks and crevices to deter ants and spiders.

7. Pine

A common ingredient in cleaners, pine oil is effective at killing yeast spores, E.coli and other household germs. Pine is a strong and powerful ingredient, perfect for ridding the bathroom of mold and mildew and cleaning hard floors while leaving a natural fresh scent.




31
AUG

3 Reasons To Switch To Himalayan Salt

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods,Nutrition at 2:57 pm | By: Jessica Justh
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Everyone knows the health risks of regular table salt. For decades, the medical profession has urged us to limit our intake of the flavorful additive. But what you may not know is that all salt is not created equal.

Still not convinced why you should make the switch? Before you get all salty, read below…

Nutrients, nutrients, nutrients

Himalayan salt is so much more than its pretty pink hue. Packed with 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, it’ll make the transition away from standard table salt seamless. Plus, it’s naturally occurring without chemical processing or refinement. Due to the high mineral content, you actually get less sodium per serving, too. Wins all around.

It’s a culinary thing

Gourmet cooks recommend the exquisite taste of wholesome, natural, pink Himalayan crystal salt for cooking and curing. Compared to table salt, it’s more easily metabolized by your body. Ready to elevate your grilled veggies? Trying cooking on a Himalayan salt slab. Your taste buds will thank you!

Look at the source

Currently, our oceans and waterways are polluted with toxic chemicals. So it’s safe to say that Himalayan salt is a healthy alternative compared to sea salt. About 250 million years ago, the Himalayan mountain range was covered by a primordial ocean. When the ocean floor rose, it created a salt lake that evaporated and formed the salt range across most of Asia where one of our favorite Himalayan salt brands are from. Some believe it to one of the purest forms of salt around.

Remember, everything in moderation – even Himalayan salt. Before you go dousing your food with it, remember to limit your sodium consumption to no more than 2300 mg per day, and if you suffer from high blood pressure,  keep it under 1500 mg.

 




15
AUG

7 Fermented Foods You Can Easily Make At Home

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Fermentation is essentially one of the oldest forms of food preservation but did you know that consuming fermented foods can provide a lot of health benefits? When you eat fermented foods you obtain probiotics known to promote a healthier digestive system as well as enhance your immunity. Even better, some of these foods are easy to ferment at home. So, let’s present you 7 fermented foods that are easy to make at home.

1. Yogurt

Make your own yogurt. Known for its probiotic content, yogurt is perhaps the most popular fermented food. Super easy to make, there are a lot of yogurt recipes available online from the conventional ones made with milk and acidophilus to the alternative ones such as soy or coconut yogurt.

2. Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is made from fermented cabbage, caraway seeds, dill or other spices, and contains natural prebiotics as well as vitamins and is known to improve overall digestion. One of the easiest fermented foods to make, sauerkraut simply requires that you add the ingredients into a clean jar and ferment for a few days.

3. Kombucha

Another popular choice, kombucha can be easily made at home. Kombucha products can be pretty expensive but you can save money by making your own sugar-tea solution fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast).

4. Kimchi

A traditional Korean sauerkraut made through the process of lacto-fermentation, Kimchi is an easy-to-make great source of probiotics. It is made in a base of cabbage but contains peppers and a variety of vegetables rich in antioxidants

5. Kefir

Kefir contains about 10 times more probiotics than yogurt as this ancient healing beverage is known to boost the immune system and regulate digestion. If you do not tolerate dairy, you can make an alternative version of water or coconut kefir.

6. Fermented Juice

Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make, fermented apple juice is a probiotic rich drink made from fresh apples. You can find several different recipes on how to make a probiotic sparkling apple juice loaded with vitamins and minerals.

7. Pickles

Organic cucumbers, salt and water. Simple and easy-to-make, pickled cucumbers contain probiotics as well as gut healing properties along with sources of minerals like silica which aids the health of the hair, skin, and nails.




10
AUG

Switching To A Natural Beauty Routine? Here’s What You Need To Know

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 3:47 pm | By: Jessica Justh
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So you buy organic food, shop at the local farmers market and own more reusable bags than there are days in month – but what about your personal care? Did you know that you are exposed to more than 100 chemicals found in cosmetics, soaps, and other personal hygiene products before leaving the house each morning? Sad but true.

But before you swear off showering forever, you should know that there are other safer, greener options out there for you. Read on to get the lowdown on some of our favorite basic beauty supplies.

Let’s start in the shower. For shampoo and conditioner, go with a combo that’s fragrance-free and lacks the synthetic scents that can be derived from crude oil and contain carcinogenic derivatives. A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that synthetic fragrances often contained hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction. Our solution? A shampoo and conditioner ranked first overall by the Environmental Working Group, so you know it’s that good.

Castille soap isn’t just for cleaning floors. My favorite brand, Dr. Bronners, with 18-in-one uses, goes above and beyond the shower. It contains a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, that when combined with pure essential oils creates a refreshing, velvety lather that cleans effectively without being aggressive.

Out of the shower, you’ll want to nourish your skin with a lotion like this that combines emollient-rich olive oil and healing aloe. And it works under makeup too!

Now that you have the basics, keep in mind that this transition won’t happen overnight. Just remember to read labels and look out for the major three no no’s: parabens, phthalates and triclosan. Once you find a product that fits the bill, it may or may not work for you—this is especially true when it comes to deodorant! Everyone’s body chemistry is different so allow yourself at least two weeks for your body to detox and adjust.




5
JUN

6 Items To Always Bring On A Hike

flatlay top hiking with shirt hiking shoes and wristwatch

I’ve been hiking for a few years now and I still ALWAYS manage to forget (at least) one essential item when packing. Hoping you can learn from my mistakes, below are six things I always double and triple check before heading on an outdoor adventure!

1. Water
This may sound obvious, but often water is easily overlooked. No matter how long or how far you’re hiking, water is a “must-not-forget” item. Opt for a reusable water bottle that’s light weight & can fit comfortably in your backpack. Refill at a ranger station if necessary, or along the trail if the water sources are clean and your bottle has a filter. This also minimizes the amount of plastic waste you could potentially leave behind with on-time-use bottles.

2. Food storage
If you’re planning to have lunch at the overlook, you’ll need something to carry it in! Bringing a food container with a packed lunch is an excellent solution. It saves money to bring your own food and cuts down on packaging waste from convenience store lunches (another win for the environment!).

3. Trash bags
Since you will most likely need some snacks to keep you fueled for the day, have a plan to store the trash and wrappers from any protein bars, jerky and other trail snacks. As the biggest rule of thumb in regards to nature goes: take nothing with you and leave nothing behind. Make sure you bring along something to collect your trash!

4. Natural bug spray
When exploring a new trail, it’s hard to predict what the bug situation will be like. Bugs are not only annoying, but can carry diseases, so it’s a good idea to slip bug spray in your pack. Make sure it’s natural so as not to expose your skin or the environment to harsh chemicals!

5. First Aid
You never know what can happen outdoors, so always be prepared for even the most minor cuts and bruises. I don’t wear my hiking shoes often, so I know from experience it is the WORST when your shoes start to give you blisters. Because of this, I always have extra band-aids or some moleskin on hand.

6 Sunscreen!
Hiking can often include large portions of uncovered trail, so don’t get caught without sun protection! Same as with your bug spray, make sure to opt for something natural to protect your skin and water-resistant to prevent it from running in your eyes.

What are some of your hiking/outdoor adventuring essentials? Let us know in the comments!




9
MAY

DHA: The Fructose-Fighting Fatty Acid

Filed Under: Green Living,Supplements at 4:23 pm | By: Guest Blogger
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What is Fructose?

Fructose is a type of sugar naturally found in many fruits, vegetables and honey. Fructose is also found in high-fructose corn syrup, a cheap liquid sweetener derived from corn starch. High-fructose corn syrup is used in thousands of different food products, including desserts, soda, bread, sauces, and other packaged goods.

According to the Department of Agriculture, the average American consumed approximately 27 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup in 2014. Furthermore, The American Heart Association estimates that the average American consumes double, or triple, the recommended amount of sugar each day.

 

The Negative Side Effects of Fructose:

Eating too much fructose can have extremely negative side effects on the body. It can lead to diabetes and heart disease, and can increase cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.

To make matters worse, fructose can also negatively impact the brain. A team of researchers at UCLA discovered that high fructose levels can damage the communication between brain cells and increase the amount of toxic molecules in the brain. This can lead to memory loss and make it hard for us to learn information. It can also lead to a number of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorder and depression.

 

The Positive Side Effects of DHA:

Because fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, is so prevalent in the foods we eat, it can be hard (even for the most health-conscious consumer) to properly regulate their fructose levels. However, it’s not all bad news. The same study, conducted by researchers at UCLA, found that the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can help eliminate the harmful side effects of fructose.

DHA is a type of omega-3 typically found in fatty fish and more recently in algae (you can check out a high in DHA algae omega-3 supplement here). DHA is an essential nutrient that makes up nearly half of the fatty acids in the brain. DHA strengthens the synapses in the brain, improves memory and cognitive functioning, and helps support eye and skin health.

 

The Effects of DHA on Fructose:

The team at UCLA tested the effects of DHA on fructose using rats. First, they trained rats to escape from a maze. Then, they separated the rats into three groups. The first group of rats was given water mixed with fructose (the equivalent of about one liter of soda). The second group was given the same water and fructose mixture, but also fed a diet rich in DHA. The third group was given plain water without fructose or DHA. After six weeks, the researchers watched the rats try and escape from the same maze.

The rats that had been given water mixed with fructose completed the maze at about half the speed as the rats that were given only water, proving that the fructose had impacted their memory.

However, the group that was given water mixed with fructose and a diet rich in DHA completed the maze at the same speed as the group that was given only water – evidence that the DHA eliminated the negative side effects of the fructose.

Lesson learned: to avoid becoming like these fructose-loving and forgetful rats, make sure you’re getting enough DHA each day. Taking a DHA supplement, like this one, will help combat the harmful side effects of sugar and keep your brain healthy.




4
MAY

New Brands Showcase: AvoSeedo

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Lucky Vitamin has added an innovative and super cool brand that can help you grow your own avocados: AvoSeedo.

AvoSeedo is a revolutionary product that is simply the perfect tool to grow avocado trees at home. This small plastic bowl features an indentation with a hole in it. A single avocado seed can be inserted with the flat-end facing down. Afterwards, AvoSeedo can be placed in a sufficiently large, water-filled pot. Due to its low weight and high displacement, it will remain at the surface all the time and, as the water level lowers, AvoSeedo will sink accordingly.

With AvoSeedo, you can significantly raise the success rate when it comes to avocado germination. Without any risk, you can decrease the watering intervals drastically. Only from time to time you will have to check the water level of the pot containing AvoSeedo plus avocado seed. Compared to the original toothpick method, there’s another advantage: the avocado seed doesn’t need to be perforated, reducing the risk of damage and thus, failed germination efforts.

AvoSeedo is simple, easy to use, and the demanding germination period can now be mastered with almost no effort, giving your new trees an edge right from the beginning.

You can save even more when you shop AvoSeedo 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.




13
APR

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils at Home

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Green Living,Health Concerns & Ailments,Home at 4:45 pm | By: Jessica Justh
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Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds that have been around for centuries. Frankincense was even used to anoint Jesus upon birth. A hydrophobic, concentrated liquid of plants and flowers can be used to heal, clean and do just about anything else for the body, mind and soul that you can imagine. Here’s how you can introduce these “magical” healing oils into your home.

Aches & Pains
The analgesic compounds in essential oils are their secret to easing a variety of common pains and ailments. Our winner for headache relief is lavender by a landslide. If you suffer from arthritis, then frankincense can help limit the production of inflammatory molecules. If your back is causing you pain try several drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to cool inflamed joints. We always recommend using a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil to help dilute the essential oil and strongly advise that you never apply it directly to the skin!

Cleaning
Did you know that some essential oils have the power to kill bacteria and mold? Oh yes! But remember, a little can go a long way, so don’t overdo it.  Try lemon, tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus oils combined with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar for an all purpose, DIY cleaner.

Personal Care
Free yourself of the harmful chemical and phony fragrances found in most personal care products. Make them over with essentials oils! Lavender, which can be applied directly to the skin, makes a great perfume. Tea tree is great for acne-prone or oily skin and clary sage fights fine lines. Many natural personal care brands incorporate essential oils into their products, or you can experiment with your own mixes and blends!

Topically
As mentioned above, you want to use a carrier oil when applying most essential oils topically to the skin. Tea tree and lavender are great for topical use, however, you’ll want to do a small, isolated skin test to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction before going all-in on a major application. Some great areas of the body to apply oils are your temples for stress, the bridge of your nose for a sinus infection and between the eyebrows when you’re trying to fall asleep.

Gardening
Yup, that’s right, you can control garden pests with essential oils! Throw out your chemical-laden garden bug killer. Just combine 8 ounces of water with a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s soap and 6 drops of essentials oil (like peppermint) to repel unwelcome garden guests such as beetles and aphids. Apply every few days to keep the pesky guys at bay.

Remember that essential oils are derived from plants and can cause a reaction if you are allergic! Like we mentioned earlier, always test a small patch of skin before using all over. Also, like with any major change in your routine, consult a professional before making the long term switch!

How do you use essential oils in your daily life? Share below!




6
APR

5 Ways To Reduce Waste in Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 2:40 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
Beautiful young Asian woman bends down to pick up trash in the park. Male volunteers pick of trash behind her. They are wearing gray volunteer t-shirts.

Recycling is more than sorting the appropriate waste into blue plastic bins. While separating and recycling what we haul out to the curb once a week is incredibly important, there are even more ways we can better care for the planet, help reduce emissions and care for our future health!

Buy products made with recycled materials
Thanks to a strong push in the eco-friendly movement, there are more and more environmentally responsible brands stocking shelves with products made from recycled materials. Buying recycled paper and disposable products reduce the need to cut down more trees. Most recycled products are unbleached and free of dyes and harsh chemicals—making them hypoallergenic and safer for your home!

Ditch the one-time-use plastics
We’ve known for a while that one of the biggest environmental offenders are plastic water bottles. On average, it takes one plastic water bottle 450 years to decompose! Making the simple switch to a reusable water bottle can make a huge, positive impact on the environment. We can also be conscious about purchasing products that are returnable, reusable or refillable when possible. Buy in bulk to limit individually wrapped products, and keep an eye out for products with recyclable packaging!

Limit food waste
Fresh produce and foods are excellent for your health, but often food goes bad before you can eat it—especially when shopping for multiple family members. Spoiled food that is tossed ends up in landfills where it rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Store leftovers properly and track what your family eats in a week and try shopping for a week at a time. This allows you to buy fresh foods, and even though your trips to the store will be more frequent, less of the food will end in the trash!

Reduce the mail you receive
Going paperless is a great way to reduce paper waste in your home. Unsubscribe from print catalogs and magazines and opt for digital versions instead. Even most credit card companies and banks offer paperless payment options so all your bills can be waste-free as well. Going digital will reduce your junk mail accrual and will be less paper waste to manage on recycle day!

Be mindful of e-waste
Technology is rapidly changing and electronics are becoming obsolete more frequently than ever, and e-waste can be toxic if not disposed of properly. If your electronics are broken and can’t be donated, check to see if the manufacturer offers a take-back program. Retailers like Best Buy and Staples also offer free electronic recycling services!




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
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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.




21
MAR

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 9:03 am | By: Jessica Justh
Portrait of a Woman Mopping Floor
It’s the time of year again, and with the Spring Equinox comes a time of renewal. That also means that it’s time to clean house, literally. And we are all about products that are good for the environment while simultaneously standing strong against dirt and grime.

Here’s some multi-purpose green cleaning essentials to help you get started…

Dr. Bronners is not your average soap. How can you be average when, as its iconic label clearly states, it has “18 in one uses” and features plant-based surfactants with natural spruce and fir-needle oils. See? Not your run-of-the mill ingredients. Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner is equally effective with hard or soft water and is 100% cruelty-free.

Baking soda can be used in a ton of DIY cleaning recipes in virtually every room of the house. It can be used as a vital ingredient in toilet bowl scrub, all-purpose clean, even air freshener. It’s deodorizing properties make it perfect for tackling tough cleaning jobs.

Here’s some other type of products you should use to give your house a green clean from top to bottom. Check out our DIY recipes for making your own, but if that’s not your thing or your don’t have the time, we shared some other options too.

Wood Cleaner

DIY Recipe

¼ cup olive oil

1/3 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon glycerin

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

10 drops lavender

Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle.

Time Saver

This wood cleaner not only cleans wood but its nutty aroma will have you happy to be cleaning (sorta). It’s formulated to clean grease and make your wood surfaces shine. It’s non-toxic biodegradable, never tested on animals.

 

All-purpose Spray

DIY Recipe

2 cups water

½ teaspoon Dr Bronners

1 tablespoon baking soda

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Do not use on wood.

Time Saver

This is an all-around great cleaner. Seventh Generation is known for creating authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. They select ingredients that have minimal scent and don’t assault your sense of smell like so many conventional, chemical-based products.




20
JAN

The DIY Natural Cleaner You’ll Want To Use Again & Again

Filed Under: Green Living,Natural Cleaning Aids at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh
Cleaning.

Store-bought tile cleaners are loaded with dozens of contaminants, many of which have been linked to cancer as well as fertility issues and hormone disruptors. Research done in 2009 detected formaldehyde, toluene and benzene, compounds usually found in gasoline, also in a popular cleaner (we’re not going to name names). Well, we’ve got the perfect tile cleaner for you! It’s great for kitchen backsplashes, tile floors and bathroom tiles. It’s time to start cleaning greener, and we can help!

INGREDIENTS                                                                                                      
1 cup baking soda

¼ cup Dr Bronners

5 drops of tea tree oil

5 drops of lemon essential oil

DIRECTIONS

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together baking soda dish soap until a creamy consistency is formed. Add essential oils, scoop onto a sponge and scrub away.