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5
DEC

Top 10 2016 Winter Health & Wellness Trends

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Superfoods,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:19 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 winter.

SUPERFOODS IN SKIN CARE

Superfoods aren’t just taking over the local grocery stores, they are also taking over your skin care products. More and more superfoods such as chia, moringa, camu camu, spirulina, maca, quinoa, and kale can now be found throughout the personal care and beauty aisle. Superfoods are foods which have a high content of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Camu Camu is a berry that contains a substantial amount of minerals as well as a range of amino acids, organic acids and fatty acids. It is also an antioxidant power house and an extremely rich source of vitamin C. Camu Camu can be found incorporated into Alba’s new individually wrapped Fast Fix Anti-Wrinkle Mask. Another super food making its way into skin care products is chia seeds. Chia seeds have recently been reported as one of the richest botanical sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega 3. One study found that topical chia seed oil may be effective for neuritis (severe itching of the skin associated with a variety of conditions) and moisturizing skin. Chia seed oil can be found in products by Nubian Hertiage and CocoKind.

MEN’S GROOMING

Let’s face it, trends in the natural beauty and personal care industry aren’t just for women. With more & more men growing beards, companies all over are outfitting all natural beard oil, washes, and balms for men. Beard oil works to soften and condition facial hair while moisturizing the skin to prevent dryness, itching and irritation. Badger’s, certified organic man care beard oil is one of my personal favorites. Beard wash is generally a combination of herbs, extracts and other ingredients intended to clean, moisturize and condition the hair and skin of the face. Lastly, beard balms offer a little hold for grooming but also condition the beard to help stop dryness, split ends, tangles and frizz. Use of these products can help any man turn their 5 o’clock shadow into the manliest of beards.

ZINC

Zinc is a nutritionally vital mineral that is found in foods such as sunflower seeds, red meat, eggs, oysters and beans. It functions as anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and is required by over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body. One of the major benefits of zinc, quite possible one of the reason it is trending right now, is because adequate zinc intake is essential in maintaining the integrity of the immune system. If you are deficient in zinc you may be more susceptible to a variety of infections agents. Researchers have also found that zinc when taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms for example, a scratchy throat, may reduce the duration of the common cold by as many as 3 days. Taking mega doses of zinc for long periods of time is not suggested as too much zinc may actually weaken the immune system. Check out some of our top rated brands for Zinc as well as LuckyVitamin’s own Zinc formula.

FLOUR ALTERNATIVES

White flour is unfortunately a big part of most individual’s daily food consumption even though it provides little nutritional value. With more and more individuals following specific diets free of allergens or other restrictions, limiting white flour can make baking, cooking and eating out very difficult. It’s no wonder more companies are providing alternative flour options like rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour and many more. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of alternative flour options from top brands such as Bob’s Red Mill, Nutiva, NOW Foods, Arrowhead Mills and more.

DIGESTIVE SUPPORT

With gas, bloating and heart burn becoming common complaints among many individuals, more and more people are turning to remedies to help improve their digestive health.  Probiotics, prebiotics, fiber and digestive enzymes are at the forefront of the digestive support industry. With gut health affecting more than just digestion, for example its role in our immune system function, it’s no wonder that this field is booming with new and innovative products. These products aren’t just found in tiny capsules these days, they can be found in bars, chews, gummy bears, wafers, powder packets and many more delivery methods. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of professional grade and top rated digestive support products to help support you gastrointestinal system health needs.

 CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. This ingredient is making its way to the beauty realm, from face masks to shampoos, tooth powders and deodorants. These products use activated charcoal, which means the coal has been heated to increase its adsorptive power, increasing the rate at which molecules bind to a surface. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbing dirt and oil, absorbing 1,000 times its own weight in moisture.  Some great beauty products using activated charcoal include Piperwai Natural Deodorant, Dr. Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Indigo Wild, Level Naturals, and Collective Wellbeing.

 BONE BROTH

Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

There is nothing new about drinking apple cider vinegar, yet there is a lot of fresh buzz surrounding this popular health trend.  In fact vinegar itself has a long history of use as it dates back to around 3000 BC. Vinegar can be made from almost any fermentable carbohydrate source. This includes apples, pears, grapes, potatoes, beets and more. Apple cider vinegar is traditionally sourced from crushing fresh apples and extracting the liquid. The liquid is then added to barrels where yeasts ferment the natural food sugars to alcohol. Next, acetic acid bacteria converts the alcohol to acetic acid. Acetic acid is responsible for the tart flavor, pungent odor and many of the proposed health benefits of vinegar. Popular uses for apple cider vinegar include blood sugar balancing, improving blood cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, weight loss, detoxification, digestive stimulant, household cleaners and as an anti-fungal. Check out our new LuckyVitamin’s brand raw organic apple cider vinegar with the mother now available online, as well as many of our other great apple cider vinegar products.

FACE MASKS

Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply and are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to help hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.

BEETS

Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease.  While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Beet Chips, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.

 




5
DEC

Best Foods to Prevent Winter Dryness

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Maintaining healthy skin during winter can be difficult but there are a few ways to prevent the common winter dryness. First, and the most obvious one, is to get a good moisturizing product. Lotions, creams and soaps can help keep your skin in good shape. On top of that, have you ever thought about moisturizing from the inside out? Yes, some foods can help with that as they provide nutrients to maintain your skin beautiful and in good health during adverse weather conditions. Here’s a quick look at how to beat winter dryness with naturally hydrating foods.

Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Any fruit of veggie loaded with beta-carotene may be very helpful to maintain healthy skin as this antioxidant is known to protect the skin and prevent damage. These orange goodies include sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins as well as papayas, peaches, and grapefruit. Additionally, sweet potatoes and carrots are a great source of vitamin A, helping the body to repair tissues, necessary to produce collagen. Vitamin A helps lock in moisture, gives your skin a healthy glow and protects it from damage too.

Coconut

This tropical food is rich in healthy fats that help your skin stay in great condition and glow in every way possible. Research suggests that coconut’s fats provide lubrication to the skin due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Since fresh coconut fruit may not be available during the winter months, try coconut oil, considered the most helpful, as well as coconut butter and coconut shreds.

Olives

Extra virgin olive oil is filled with vitamin E and healthy unsaturated fats, which moisturize the skin from the inside out and provide anti-aging benefits. Vitamin E is considered a powerhouse nutrient to treat and prevent dry skin naturally. Organic olives combined with quinoa and kale can provide additional antioxidants, fiber, and protein, all wonderful for skin health.




30
NOV

The Power of Royal Jelly Supplements

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
It seems like many people can use a little energy boost around this time of the year. The holiday season brings us so much joy but it can also use all the energy we have left. Energy supplements, as well as energy drinks, can be very helpful in stressful times and one natural energy enhancer may be a great choice for you: royal jelly.

Royal jelly supplements are known to offer a variety of health benefits but most people know this product as an energy booster. Loaded with vitamins, royal jelly contain good amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin C as well as niacin, biotin and folic acid. Plus, this rich, creamy, milky substance produced by worker bees is a rich source of proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, and minerals.

Royal jelly is considered by many as the cream of the crop of beehive products. This unique product is the result of a mixture of honey and bee pollen, two top-shelf ingredients loaded with excellent nutrients that are very gentle to the human system. Most products have antibacterial and antibiotic components and are safe to be taken on a daily basis.

In addition, royal jelly supplementation may offer other benefits aside from improving energy levels. Research suggests that royal jelly supplements can help maintain lower cholesterol, enhance the immune system, promote mental alertness, and reduce stress.

Available in liquid form, tablets and capsules, nutritionists may recommend an average of 100mg per day, the amount which has been used in most of the studies, to obtain significant results from royal jelly. Proper cold storage is recommended since some royal jelly products are perishable and warmer storage may affect potency. Natural beeswax may be added to royal jelly to aid its preservation.




19
NOV

New Brands Showcase: To Your Health

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new brand of health products to our customers: To Your Health.

To Your Health offers a unique line of freshly milled flours products created to provide the fabulous benefits of organic sprouted grains. The sprouting, drying, and milling processes are all done in-house, and the company was built by hands-on experience and research to create a quality product with very high standards of production. To Your Health has engineered a method that retains all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes in each product.

To Your Health’s passion is making organic sprouted grain flours for the traditional art of baking healthy, delicious, nutrient-rich foods. The company believes in the traditional practice and artistry of preparing whole foods as God gave them to us to eat. To Your Health also believes that the traditional diet our great-great-grandmothers and our ancient ancestors served up is the same diet our bodies need today in order to enjoy abundant health.

To Your Health is fully committed to the provision of healthy, nutritious, easily digestible, sprouted grains, legumes, and flours. All products are organic, sustainable, non-GMO, regulated, and rated superior by AIB, tested and proven to contain all the benefits of the time-honored tradition of properly prepared grains for consumption by sprouting.

Save even more when you shop To Your Health 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.




15
NOV

New LuckyEats Apple Cider Vinegar Launches at LuckyVitamin

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Superfoods at 9:30 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
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Raw apple cider vinegar is one of the simplest, most effective health remedies and routines available.  Now LuckyVitamin has their own!   Brewed in small batches, the ingredients could not get any simpler: water and organic apples.

LuckyEats Raw Apple Cider Vinegar visually stands apart from the usual pasteurized apple cider vinegars found on supermarket shelves by retaining its naturally cloudy appearance.  The cob-web like sediment floating around the bottom of the bottle is referred to as “Mother”.  This swirly “Mother” structure resides only in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and is brimming with rich, beneficial minerals and enzymes.  Lucky Eats Apple Cider Vinegar is certified organic, non-GMO verified, kosher, and gluten-free to fit all healthy lifestyles.

Some of the most coveted health benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar:

  • Cholesterol – Recent studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may reduce bad LDL cholesterol, while raising good HDL cholesterol.
  • Weight Loss – Widely used in aiding weight loss as a metabolic support tool, an appetite suppressant, and a possible fat burner.
  • Digestive Aid – Often used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, soothe intestinal spasms, and other digestive ailments. It is also believed to help aid in nutrient absorption when consumed with wholesome meals.
  • Blood Sugar Control – Studies have found that raw apple cider vinegar may help balance glucose levels.
  • Boost Immunity – Consumed as an aspect of a daily routine to prevent illness, it can also be used as a gargle for sore throats.
  • Skin Care & Body Care – Topically, it is often used as a toner or rinse for blemishes and acne, as well as an anti-inflammatory compress for bug bites, fungal infections, sunburn, and rashes. Commonly used to naturally combat undesirable odors, vinegar is used as a mouth wash for bad breath, an underarm and foot rinse, as well as a natural household cleaning agent for people with respiratory sensitivities.
  • Beauty – In beauty regiments, it makes an invigorating hair rinse to increase shine and reduce dandruff.

Aside from the multitude of possible natural health uses, raw apple cider vinegar is deliciously nutritious and so simple to incorporate into any diet.  Add a splash to a favorite vinaigrette salad dressing, marinade, or beverage for a refreshing tonic with a delightful zing.  As little as a spoonful or two a day could naturally provide relief to a plethora of ailments.  Sometimes the simplest things in life really are the most essential.  All natural, organic, and relied on for thousands of years, there is indeed something wondrous about this coveted elixir known as Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.

 




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.




4
NOV

New Brands Showcase: Just Chill

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a revolutionary drink to our customers: Just Chill.

Just Chill offers a new beverage product that is like meditation in a can. Just Chill is the world’s first drink designed to help reduce stress and improve focus. Powered by a unique amino acid called sun-theanine that helps to enhance cognitive function, Just Chill products are nature’s secret weapon on stress.

Sun-theanine is the only clinically studied and patented form of L-theanine you can get your hands on. This unique amino acid is found in green tea and has been shown to help improve performance by reducing stress and increasing focus without causing drowsiness. One can of Just Chill has 15X the amount of L-theanine found in a single cup of green tea.

On top of that, sun-theanine contains vitamin B, which helps regulate the nervous system and improve mood, Vitamin C, which promotes a healthy response to stress, magnesium, which helps relax the nervous system and relieve tension, and zinc, which helps strengthen the immune system.

Just Chill is available at Lucky Vitamin in three delicious flavors: tropical, Jamaican citrus, and Rio berry.

You can save even more when you shop Just Chill 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.




1
NOV

Fall’s Perfect Snack: Pumpkin Seeds

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:23 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Pumpkin seedspuimpkinseeds are as nutritious as they are delicious. Cholesterol-free, which makes them heart healthy, pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, phosphorus and magnesium – that’s a lot of good stuff. Their signature crunch also helps lend an enjoyable snap to salads, soups and side dishes.

Here’s some additional health benefits:

– These small but mighty seeds contain L-tryptophan which may combat depression and help resolve restless sleep issues.

– A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis of the hip and spine. Pumpkin seeds are zinc superstars which make them a great weapon against osteoporosis.

– A great source of Vitamin E, pumpkin seeds contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.

The great thing about pumpkin seeds at this time of year is that there is definitely no shortage of them to be found. Instead of tossing out all of those post-carving innards, set them aside in a small bowl or mason jar and try this simple recipe on for size.

Preheat your oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the seeds out in an even layer on the baking sheet to guarantee a nice, even roasting. The ideal way to roast the seeds is at a low temperature – to help ensure that they crunch up nicely without burning – for about 20 minutes.

Once you have these bad boys all toasty, you can try some of these delish, sweet and savory flavor combos below.

Pumpkin Seeds 3 Ways

Using 1 cup of previously roasted pumpkin seeds

Salt & Pepper

1 tsp coconut oil

Salt to taste

¼ tsp pepper

Pizza

¼ tsp Garlic powder

¼ tsp Basil

¼ tsp Oregano

Lightly dust with some Parmesan

Cinnamon & Sugar

1 tbsp Coconut sugar

¼ tsp Cinnamon

½ tbsp. Olive oil

Dash salt




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.




25
OCT

Nutrients Needed For Healthy Breakfast

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but what we may not be 100% sure is what nutrients should be added to our first meal of the day. A boost of nutrients in the early hours is essential to refuel the body and provide energy for the day ahead. Let’s look at 5 nutrients needed for a healthy breakfast.

1. Protein

Protein is one of the most important nutrients for a healthy breakfast as it makes you feel full and helps burn more calories throughout the day. Eggs are a great choice as an average size egg contains 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories. Just be careful with high-fat protein choices such as bacon or sausage, linked with higher risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

2. Whole grains

Morning hours are the best time for carbohydrate intake and whole-grain choices are the way to go. Whole-grain foods such as oatmeal, cereals, low-fat granola, breads, and English muffins are full of essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

3. Fiber

Fiber is really important for digestion and adding fruits and whole grains to your breakfast can be a great idea. Insoluble fiber helps prevent constipation and can be found in these traditional breakfast foods such as bananas, apples, cereals, muesli, and oatmeal.

4. Low Sugar

Choosing low sugar ingredients are not only a good choice for the morning hours but also for lunch and dinner. The time between dinner and the next morning’s meal is the longest your body goes without food and eating a full and healthy breakfast can improve the way you metabolize glucose, or blood sugar, all day.

5. Water

Waking up thirsty is a sign that the body is naturally dehydrated after a long night of sleep. Breakfast is the best time to refill the tank and nothing better than water or juice to provide the cells much needed fluids as well as helping flushing out unwanted toxins out of the body.




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.




22
OCT

How To Have A Healthy Halloween

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 2:15 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
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The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and the kids are back in school, this can only mean one thing. Fall has officially begun. One of the biggest highlights to fall besides enjoying the incredible temperatures is the fun that Halloween brings. Children and adults get to dress up in costumes, enjoy parties either at homes or in school and eat delicious treats. It’s common for people to focus on unhealthy snacks this time of year (Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween), but it’s important to note that healthy snacks can be just as enjoyable.

We know avoiding traditional, unhealthy candy is the best option for our health. Besides the high sugar content, there are also other unwanted ingredients you might not want yourself or your children to consume. While it’s understandable that we may indulge a little this Halloween, maybe we should all think about fueling those splurges with healthier alternatives instead.

The SpOoKy Ingredients Inside Candy

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
    1. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made from corn and an alternative to sucrose (table sugar). Much of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, making high fructose corn syrup highly likely to be a GMO product.
  2. Saturated and Trans Fats
    1. Saturated fats come mainly from animal sources and can raise total blood cholesterol levels and LDL levels which can increase the risk for heart disease. While some trans fats occur naturally, most are artificial and made through the process of hydrogenation. Partially hydrogenated trans fat can increase unhealthy LDL levels and may lower healthy HDL levels which may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Hydrogenated Oils
    1. Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form. Partially hydrogenated oils are full of trans fat which may negatively impact your heart health.
  4. Artificial Flavoring
    1. While natural flavors must be derived from plant or animal material, artificial flavors are synthesized in a lab.
  5. Synthetic Coloring
    1. Natural dyes have been used for centuries to color food; however, synthetic dyes can be mass-produced at a fraction of the cost. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have granted approval to just seven synthetic food colorings for use in food. These include; Blue #1, Blue #2, Green #3, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6. Today, most synthetic food dyes are derived from petroleum, or crude oil.
  6. Chemical Emulsifiers & Preservatives
    1. These pertain to ingredients such as Polyglycerol polyricinoleate or PGPR and Tertiary Butylhydroquinone or TBHQ. These preservatives and emulsifiers may have detrimental health effects.
  7. Artificial Sweeteners
    1. Artificial sweeteners include acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose (splenda) and aspartame.

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Make sure you leave some time this Halloween to be active. If possible walk from house to house when trick-or-treating instead of driving. Remember to be safe, wear reflective materials and walk on the sidewalk not in the streets.

Lifestyle Tips for a Healthier Halloween

  • Just because you fill up an entire king size pillowcase with treats doesn’t mean you have to eat it all in one night or even one week. Moderate the intake of candy and other treats by setting limits and discussing with children beforehand how much they are allowed to eat.
  • Balance the intake of candy with other healthy alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, crackers and pretzels.
  • Don’t spend the night filling up on candy and junk foods. If you are having a party, give your guests some healthier alternatives and more nutrient-dense foods.
  • Remember to eat a well-balanced dinner before trick-or-treating. This will prevent children from overeating candy and snacking throughout the night.
  • Remember that there are healthier choices for candy which have less fat, calories and sugar content.
  • Use smaller size bags that help to limit the amount of candy you collect.
  • Store the leftover candy in places that are “out of the way” so you are less likely to indulge in a treat.
  • There are plenty of options for parents and children besides throwing away leftover candy. You can donate to a local Ronald McDonald House, children’s hospital, or help support the troops by giving leftover candy to Operation Gratitude.




21
OCT

My Favorite Oatmeal Toppings

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:35 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Nothing staves off the Fall’s early morning chills like a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal. But let’s be honest, it’s hard to get too excited about what is essentially breakfast’s equivalent of a favorite pair of slippers. After all, oatmeal is just some cold flaky oats and some heated water or milk, right? In its purest form, sure. But it doesn’t have to be! Add a little flair to your oatmeal game with some of these healthy add-ins.

The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS

½ cup rolled oats

1 ½ cups of coconut milk or almond milk

2 tbsp of chia seeds

Dash of salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Bring milk to a boil
  • Stir in oats and reduce heat
  • Cook for 10-20 minutes for until desired consistency is achieved

Chia seeds are a must-have add-on for your oatmeal. Plus, it’s an easy way to get your omegas in.

But don’t stop there. Have fun experimenting with some of our favorite sweet and savory flavor profiles:

Goji & GingerGoji berries and candied gingers give you a tart and sweet flavor explosion in your mouth.

Cranberry Walnutdried cranberries and walnut pieces pair perfectly to make your oatmeal taste like a cookie.

Maple Pecan – Add one tablespoon of maple syrup and top off with a sprinkling of finely chopped pecans is perfect for fall.

Mango Coconut – This combo of mango and coconut will give you a taste of the tropics. You can even pretend you’re on a warm sunny beach while you eat it (just kidding.)

Other Add-Ons

Supplementsflax, wheat germ, protein powder, collagen

Butter ghee, coconut oil or MCT oil




20
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Nergia

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing Nergia, a natural energy shot made from the finest seeds and berries on the plant.

Nergia shots are gluten-free, vegan, eco-friendly, and contain non-GMO ingredients. Created by America’s Naturals for health-conscious men and women in need of a natural boost, these delicious shots are the perfect product for people who want more out of life but aren’t willing to compromise to get it.

A little extra energy will help you get through the day but when you’re committed to watching what you eat, keeping it natural, and avoiding artificial sweeteners, preservatives and products with ingredients you can’t pronounce, this task may not be easy. Nergia is the perfect solution for this problem with 100% natural energy made from the finest seeds, berries and bark. Instead of using preservatives, Nergia is pasteurized and contains no high fructose sweeteners or artificial sweeteners, using only pure and natural low and no calorie sweeteners.

Nergia has under 20 calories per serving and is made from botanicals sourced from South America, creating a perfect bland of seeds and berries from deep within the Brazilian Amazon rainforest where some of the world’s most important botanical resources have been discovered.

Additionally, Nergia is packaged in a glass bottle to deliver you pure and natural taste without the flavor of plastic. All renewable glass bottles are naturally BPA free and PVC free.

You can save even more when you shop Nergia 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 10/30/2016.




17
OCT

What You Need to Know About MCT Oil

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

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

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

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

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