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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.




21
MAR

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 9:03 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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

DIY Natural Cleaner

Filed Under: Green Living,Natural Cleaning Aids at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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 (were not going to name names). Well we’ve got the perfect tile cleaner for you! It’s great for kitchen back splashes, 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 and scoop onto a sponge and scrub away.




19
DEC

New Brands Showcase: EcoSouLife

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing an eco-friend line of products to our customers: EcoSouLife.

EcoSouLife manufactures environmentally friendly apparel, accessories, and tableware made from plant based sources and recycled materials. The sustainably modern designs are all biodegradable or biodisposable, replacing everyday harmful plastics and melamines with guilt-free and affordable alternatives.

All EcoSouLife products are non-GMO and available with accessible prices. The company ensures that designs are modern, unique, and functional. Convenient and easy-to-use, EcoSouLife products are the perfect fit for busy lifestyles, whilst ensuring the health of our planet and the people we love.

EcoSouLife is an award winning Australian brand that aims to inspire an ever-growing environmentally conscious global network. The company is fully dedicated to changing consumer habits by offering eco-friendly, biodegradable tableware, and specifically aim to educate the next generation, hoping to create a society of environmentally aware adults who understand the part they take in guaranteeing a cleaner environment.

EcoSouLife products are made from the latest natural fibers and sustainable materials. With a range of rice husk, corn starch, and sugarcane, these products are safer for you and safer for the planet. With clever processing methods, EcoSouLife transforms these vegetable based waste products into everyday table, lifestyle and outdoor ranges as an alternative to traditional plastics. Choose from picnic and camper sets, tableware, cutlery outdoor products, cups, storage boxes, and much more.

Save even more when you shop EcoSouLife 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.




6
DEC

4 Natural Swaps For Conventional Skin Care Products

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 10:34 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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You made the switch to organic food. You exercise daily. You even have a favorite green juice recipe. Now it’s time to graduate to the next level of green living.

Take the plunge by giving your vanity and medicine chest a complete overhaul, swapping out conventional skin care products for these eco-friendly alternatives.

Body Lotion – Light, unscented, this natural body lotion is packed with rich botanical emollients to soothe and soften even very sensitive skin while providing 100% daily hydration. It contains high quality, natural ingredients like aloe vera, green tea and chamomile extracts plus antioxidants to nourish and replenish skin on contact.

Hand Soap – Just in time for flu season, stay clean (and green) by avoiding soaps that contain triclosan, triclocarban or fragrance.  This hand soap uses high quality ingredients such as olive oil, aloe vera and vitamins a and e to hydrate and replenish precious lost moisture with every application.

Face Lotion –As of today, not one study proves that repeated and prolonged use of parabens is safe. This low-cost synthetic preservative is so prevalent in popular face lotion brands that it’s hard to avoid – unless you know where to go for a safer alternative. One of our paraben-free faves contains fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10 and super antioxidants that boost dermal vitality and ultra-sheer SPF 18 to provide daily protection from the sun’s rays and the effects of aging.

Body Wash – Most body washes contain synthetic compounds. such as parabens, sulfates and triclosan, that multiple studies have been linked to cancer. If you find any of them lurking in your favorite product’s ingredients we recommend switching to this safer alternative. This wash is non-gmo, contains no parabens, lauryl/lauretha sulfate, propylene glycol, polysorbates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, dyes or any other unidentifiable junk that you would never want to apply to your skin. It’s pure and simple stuff, as your soap should be!

 




29
NOV

New Brands Showcase: Repurpose

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a line of sustainable tableware that looks out for the health of you, your family, and the planet: Repurpose.

Repurpose offers an entire line of eco-friendly products exclusively from plants and are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment. Single use plastics are not sustainable and Repurpose believes we can positively impact the environment by changing everyday behavior.

Less than 10% of single use plastic is recycled in the United States. These products are designed to be thrown away but unfortunately are made of a finite resource: petroleum. Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exist today and about 8% of the world’s oil supply is used to make single plastics.

These alarming numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as waste is by far the biggest issue. The North Pacific gyre off the coast of California is home to the great Pacific garbage patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. In order to give you a better idea, the floating mass of plastic found in these waters is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1.

Repurpose creates products that are made from only plants, which are annually renewable resources. The company compostable are currently produced from the annually renewable resource corn (maize), the lowest cost and most widely available fermentable sugar in the world as well as sugar cane and bamboo. Repurpose products fit into any waste management system including traditional landfills.

Save even more when you shop Repurpose 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.




23
NOV

Lucky Vitamin Presents: Notagmo

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

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

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

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

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




14
NOV

Uses for Cinnamon Essential Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




27
OCT

New Brands Showcase: La Colombe

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a premium coffee brand to our customers: La Colombe.

La Colombe offers a superior line of products which was created and developed to improve the coffee experience for Americans. By sourcing and roasting with care, and borrowing on ancient and modern coffee traditions from around the world, La Colombe brings more than 20 years of hard work and innovation into delicious products that can be shared in cafes and homes across the country.

La Colombe is fully committed to the wellbeing of coffee-growing communities and are keenly aware of where its coffee comes from, how it was grown, and, most importantly, the needs of the people involved in the coffee’s journey from seed to cup. The company strives to implement the best business practices to increase that wellbeing.

Additionally, La Colombe is one of the early pioneers of direct trade as well as proactive, long-term relationships with small-holder farms and socially responsible coffee-growing associations. The company believes that the quality of coffee starts with the quality of these relationships and by working directly with farmers to create mutually beneficial partnerships, La Colombe can increase transparency in the supply chain, guide farming practices to yield better and better beans, and support the livelihoods of coffee-producing communities.

You can save even more when you shop La Colombe products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.




23
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Good Boy Organics

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a new brand of health food products to our customers: Good Boy Organics.

Good Boy Organics provides healthy products created by biodynamic farming practices and verified by the Non-GMO project. Founded in 2012 by the nice people of Integrated Organics Company (IOCO) and Integrated Global Organics (IGLO), the company is fully committed to discover the best organic products and distribute them all over the US, bringing awesome organic goodness to shelves near you.

Good Boy Organics relies on strong relationships with the best producers and processors across the globe to streamline supply channels and provide the greatest quality, competitively priced, certified organic products to you and your family.

Conventional agriculture uses high levels of synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides that are harmful for people and their environment but Good Boy Organics creates tomato puree sauces that are grown in harmony with the Earth on Demeter certified Biodynamic farms. All tomatoes are harvested at the peak of ripeness and jarred within six hours of picking, using minimal ingredients and processing to yield fresh, flavorful and sustainable sauces. Biodynamic farming is a holistic agricultural system that creates vibrant, diverse and self-sustaining ecosystems, resulting in top soil fertility and producing delicious organic tomatoes.

You can save even more when you shop Good Boy Organics products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.




3
OCT

10 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Health Tonic –Add two tablespoons of ACV and lemon juice with one tablespoon of raw honey to eight ounces of green tea. Drink daily for overall good health.
  2. Hair Rinse – Combine ½ cup of water with ½ cup ACV and add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Store in a spray bottle and use three times a week to replace your conditioner. You won’t believe your hair’s new, natural shine. Oh, and we promise it won’t smell like vinegar!
  3. Facial Toner – Fight acne and clear blackheads with a simple recipe consisting of one cup of witch hazel, one tablespoon ACV add five drops of lavender essential oil. Combine all ingredients, store in a sterile bottle and you’re good to go.
  4. Garden – Combine one part ACV to eight parts water in a spray bottle to form a potent, yet non-toxic, garden weed killer.
  5. Produce Wash – For a simple fruit and veggie wash combine two tablespoons of ACV with two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda. So simple, so effective.
  6. Immunity Booster – Add one tablespoon of ACV to one teaspoon of honey, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and one cup of warm water for an immunity-boosting cold season cider. Drink it as soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, three times daily.
  7. Salad dressing – Combine two tablespoons of ACV with a half cup of olive oil and one cup of apple cider. Whisk together and add salt, pepper and two tablespoons of honey for a refreshing, autumnal vinaigrette. Keep in a mason jar for several days.
  8. Sunburn – Heal a sunburn and avoid nasty blisters by pouring some ACV on a damp wash cloth and applying to the affected areas for 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture complete dry and follow that up with a light application of coconut oil. The ACV helps dull the burn while the coconut oil hydrates the skin.
  9. Detox bath– Add one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of ACV for a relaxing and restorative soak.
  10. Wart Remover – Put ACV on a cotton ball and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat every day for a week and save yourself a trip to the dermatologist.




15
SEP

4 Yoga Poses for Workout Recovery

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living at 1:46 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Stretching after a workout is vital to improving flexibility and especially in preventing injury. You put in all that hard work at the gym, so don’t blow it by not cooling down the right way. Help your body recover with these perfect workout-ending yoga poses.

Kneeling Crescent Lunge, or Anjaneyasana, is perfect for those with tight, closed hips (hello, anyone who sits at a desk all day).

TIP! Make sure your front knee does not extend forward over your toes.

Cobra, or Bhujangasana, is a great stretch for the abs and shoulders. This back-bending pose helps to open the chest and is good for building strength in the back.

TIP! Remember to keep your hips on the mat and your shoulders away from your ears.

Bridge Pose, also known as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, opens your chest, shoulders, spine, and hip flexors. Marathon runners, take note, this pose helps alleviate some of the painful side effects of heavy marathon training, such as loosening up your hips.

TIP! For assistance with this pose, use a block under your lower back.

Childs Pose, in Sanskrit called Balasana, is a resting posture that stretches and opens the back to prevent tightness. Rest on your mat, with your arms by your sides and take long, deep breaths. You can hold this pose for 3 breaths or for a few minutes.

TIP! Increase the stretch by reaching your arms forward.




6
SEP

3 Reasons to Switch to Natural Toothpaste

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
People continue a good trend of switching to natural products. Every day, more and more people realize the issues caused by dangerous ingredients in food and personal care products and are switching over to more natural options. It’s no different with toothpaste and you don’t need a lot of reasons to make a switch to natural toothpaste.

First, as a healthier alternative to chemical-filled toothpaste, natural products contain little to none ingredients that can harm you and your family. Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in toothpaste products as a thickener as well as to help create that nice lathery soap you get in your mouth. Unfortunately, this chemical has been linked to a number of different health dangers such as skin and eye irritation. It can also alter the structure of the skin which may mean more toxins are able to absorb into your body. In addition, most conventional toothpastes have glycerin, a pretty controversial ingredient as it provides no health benefits but it’s used in toothpaste to improve the texture of the paste.

Second, natural toothpaste products contain natural antibacterial ingredients to help eliminate bacteria and keep your mouth healthy. However, one common ingredient in many products is not really necessary on your toothpaste: fluoride. We have all heard that fluoride is essential for dental health but, in fact, fluoride is toxic in high doses and may not help your teeth at all. Most people get enough fluoride from city-treated drinking water to fight cavities. You can find several flouride-free natural toothpastes.

Lastly, conventional toothpaste products are more likely to increase sensitivity in your mouth. A good number of regular products are known to irritate and burn the mouth. On the other hand, natural toothpaste contains mild ingredients known to decrease sensitivity and make brushing less painful.




8
AUG

The Benefits of DIY

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
diy2Know Your Ingredients – Health junkies read labels in the same way that lit fans devour classic novels. By doing your own research you know EXACTLY what is in a product to make sure that every ingredient is clean and pronounceable — no Googling required. All that’s left to do is relax and enjoy a lavender Epsom salt soak (that you made yourself, obviously.)

Save Money – This is a no-brainer. In almost all cases, making your own products (think household cleaners, soy candles, dryer balls, etc.) is a lot cheaper than buying someone else’s. Plus, mastering a skill – like brewing your own kombucha — may even lead to a new source of revenue if you’re willing to hone your craft. Sell what you make or teach classes on how to be as awesome as you are!

Gratitude – There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making something out of scratch with your own two hands. Putting in all that time and effort fosters a greater feeling of fulfillment knowing that it was YOU who crafted something out of nothing. That feeling you get when the first tomato of the season begins to ripen on the vine? Priceless.

Hand-Ons – Instead of busying your hands texting, scrolling or swiping right, put them to good use by learning a valuable new “hands-on” skill. One of our favorites is bread baking…yum!

Brain Health – Work. Commute. Eat. TV. Bed. Repeat. Sound familiar? Break out of the classic work-week rut by feeding your brain’s thirst to learn by tackling a new project. You’re not only learning something new but you’re keeping your brain as sharp as if you drank a cup of your own cold-brewed coffee.

 




2
AUG

Pack These Cleaners For College Move-In

Filed Under: Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Aaah, college. Where studying (wink!) all night, early morning classes and microwaved meals become part of the new normal. But one thing that doesn’t have to change is your adherence to your eco conscious lifestyle. While keeping your dorm room spic and span may not rank high on your to-do list you can still use cleaning products that are safe for you and the earth.

Air Fresheners – Don’t get a rep for having a stinky dorm room or apartment! Before you grab that aerosol can, did you know that conventional air fresheners can be endocrine disruptors and cause major health problems? Ditch them for one of our favorites, made with natural essential oils and fragrance to quickly freshen that mile-high pile of dirty laundry. The non-aerosol bottle is earth-friendly and its lavender fragrance will be sure to relax, soothe and relieve fatigue for even the most stressed out scholar.

Multi-Surface –Between studying and classes, who has time to think about cleaning solutions for all of the different surfaces in your room? Keep things simple with an easy spray-and-wipe multi-surface cleaner. This brand eradicates over 99.99% of household germs from hard, nonporous surface, including Influenza A, Salmonella and E. coli. You can use it on everything from bathroom sinks, desks, garbage cans and mini fridges.

Wipes – Don’t fall victim to the classic “we’re in the area so we’re just going to drop in for a few minutes” surprise visit from mom and dad. Use these natural wipes to give your room a polished look in mere minutes. No water, suds or rinsing required! Effortlessly wipe away dirt from your books, desk, floors and window sills with these biodegradable, durable and disposable wipes. And, because they are biodegradable, you can safely toss them without harming the environment.