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APR

New Brands Showcase: Sophie’s Kitchen

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is adding another top quality brand of health food products to our customers: Sophie’s Kitchen.

Sophie’s Kitchen offers a unique and revolutionary product that can be used in vegan and vegetarian plant-based diets. Sophie’s Kitchen creates great-tasting, plant-based seafood products which are delicious and are a great sustainable alternative to seafood from the ocean.

The company believes easy access to delicious, plant-based alternatives will help more people create healthier meals for themselves and the community. These revolutionary, ready-to-eat, vegan and vegetarian plant-based food products are perfect for children of all ages who can enjoy the unique flavors of the ocean without being tempted to eat precious fish.

The current dependence on dwindling foods from the sea should be a concern. The Japanese have traditionally used konjac as a health food with a high source of fiber, and contains very few calories. Also known as Elephant Yam Root, amorphophallus konjac has been used across Asia for centuries, as the base for many products. Asian culture use traditional land and sea plants, such as highly nutritious seaweed, as the foundation of their philosophy and their products.

Sophie’s Kitchen gourmet plant-based seafood meals are designed to be prepared with love, plated with purpose and devoured with joy. A little goes a long way, so add that lemon slice, simmer with Cajun seasoning and garnish with arugula to create a beautiful dish inside and out.

You can save even more when you shop Sophie’s Kitchen 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.




18
APR

The Healing Properties of Coconuts: 5 Ways You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Immunity,Nutrition,Supplements at 1:38 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
coconuts

The coconut’s status as one of those elusive “good fats” has skyrocketed in recent years, with the tropical stone fruit being repurposed as a dairy substitute (think coconut milk and butter), beauty product (hair masks, skin lotion) and household cleaner among countless other uses. Coconut oil even has an SPF of 8! Check out some additional ways that the coconut can be added to your health, beauty and healing regimens.

Heart Health
According to many studies, lauric acid—a protective type of fatty acid—has been linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health. Because coconuts contain minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow, coconut milk is also useful for lowering blood pressure and keeping blood vessels flexible, elastic and free from plaque buildup.

Digestion
The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) in coconuts can help rid your gut of harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil, which can be used in baking and as an alternative to butter and oil for sautéing, is considered an anti-inflammatory food. Those anti-inflammatory benefits help heal injury to the digestive tract in patients who suffer from diseases like Crohn’s. Finally, coconut fats fight candida yeast that lives within the digestive tract.

Skin
It’s no wonder that coconut products make the perfect natural additions to add to your beauty regimen. Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is an excellent body moisturizer and it penetrates hair better than other “typical” hair conditioners. However, be careful not to overdo it when applying it to your skin. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it may clog pores.

Immunity
Monolaurin and Monocaprin are the naturally occurring fatty acids in coconuts than can boost the immune system. For an example of what they can do, consider that Monolaurin is found in breast milk as a way for mothers to boost the immune strength of babies.

Energy
Compared to the long-chain fatty acids found in most of your diet, the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are metabolized a bit differently, heading from your digestive tract straight to the liver. There they are converted to energy which helps nourish and rejuvenate the body.

 




10
APR

New Brands Showcase: SimpleMD

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a new brand of protein bars to our customers: SimpleMD.

SimpleMD offers a variety of protein bars based on the Mediterranean Diet which can help people begin to adopt this unique and healthy diet. The company believes that protein bars are just part of a bigger nutrition plan. Eating sensible, Mediterranean-inspired meals will make all the difference in reaching or maintaining your health goals.

SimpleMD was founded by a cardiologist on the premise that the key to better health is simplicity. Basic, honest, accessible ingredients can make up a healthful snack or meal, and those ingredients can taste good and be good.

SimpleMD fully believes the Mediterranean Diet represents nutritional goodness and its protein bars can be part of a daily regimen that embraces the principles of this unique diet. A nutritional regimen that dramatically improves your health, the Mediterranean Diet promotes long-term health that is connected to a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

SimpleMD protein bars are made with extra virgin olive oil and red wine. These ingredients are the heroes of the Mediterranean Diet, delivering a range of irrefutable health benefits but also happen to give these bars their distinctive and delicious flavor.

You can save even more when you shop SimpleMD 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.




4
APR

Trending in Wellness: Why Turmeric Is Everywhere

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods,Supplements at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Trends come and go but when something that is getting trendy is able to provide health benefits and taste delicious in so many different ways, you got a potential long-term hot item in the making.

That’s the case of turmeric (curcumin). Nicknamed the “Spice of Life”, the health benefits turmeric offers can be attributed to curcumin, a well-studied bioactive compound. It seems like this bright yellow Indian spice is getting more popular every day. Known to help reduce pain, turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Turmeric supplements have been used to treat osteoarthritis as well as joint pain and can be a natural replacement to drugs such as ibuprofen.

Additionally, the compound curcumin in turmeric can efficiently help to reduce digestive issues such as bloating, IBS, and colitis. Plus, these same anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive properties may enable turmeric to support the liver, the body’s natural detox system.

Since turmeric provide all these health benefits, people are getting creative to add this amazing spicy into their diets. Often used in culinary as ground spice, turmeric has been a very popular tea too. Now, turmeric is getting fancy and is being used in juices, smoothies, golden lattes, and many other creative ways. For example, adding a little bit of turmeric to scramble eggs has become a staple of a healthy breakfast. Turmeric soup is another great way to add it to your diet, particularly if you enjoy spicy soups. Lastly, turmeric is one of the best all-natural food colorings and can be used in a variety of ways.




30
MAR

Good, Healthy Oats

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If breakfast is the most important meal of the deal, should we start with something that is really nutritious and healthy? Yes, of course and oats are one of the greatest breakfast foods.

Oats are a whole-grain food, known scientifically as avena sativa. Commonly eaten for breakfast as oatmeal, which is made by boiling oats in water or milk, oats are very nutritious and contain a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan. Oats also contain more protein and fat than most grains.

Also often included in muffins, granola bars, cookies and other baked goods, oats are loaded with important vitamins such as B1, B5, B6 and niacin as well as minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, and iron. Whole oats are high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols. Most notable is a unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are almost solely found in oats.

Avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. In addition, avenanthramides have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects.

Oats contain many powerful antioxidants which may help reduce blood pressure and provide other benefits. For example, it contains large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber. Beta-glucan partially dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut. It helps reduce LDL and total cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels and insulin response. It can also help promote healthy gut bacteria in the digestive tract and increase feelings of fullness.




28
MAR

Improve Digestion with Papaya

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Indigestion has become so common that some people don’t even considered it as a problem. Poor eating habits can lead to digestive system issues but one might be surprised how many people believe indigestion will just “go away” after a few hours. On the other hand, many people go the other way and take tons of medication to improve digestion when they may actually not need to. Natural supplements to support the digestive system are likely the best way to resolve this common issue without going to extremes. If you are looking into natural ingredients to enhance your digestion, a tropical fruit might just be the perfect fit.

Papayas have been used to improve digestion for many years. Native to Central and South America, this tropical fruit is often used for juices and smoothies but it has also place in salads, desserts, salsa, and some cooking recipes.

Papayas are a rich source of fiber, antioxidant nutrients, minerals, vitamin A, C and E, beta-carotene and lycopene. The fiber found in papayas may help with the symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Papayas are the only natural source of papain, an effective natural digestive aid, which breaks down protein and cleanses the digestive system. Papain helps to digest food, maximizing nutrients which is essential for people trying to lose weight. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements and it’s often used as an ingredient in combination with other enzymes in products to improve the digestive system. Additionally, papaya supplements are used to treat sports injuries as the enzyme papain has been shown to help lower inflammation and support muscle recovery as well.




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.




25
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Redd

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of superfood energy bars packed with vitamins, protein, and a shot of natural caffeine: Redd.

Redd nutritional bars were created to propel your active lifestyle. The company ensures that no other bar available at any price is made with better ingredients. Redd bars do not contain gluten, dairy, soy, GMO’s and any other harmful ingredients.

Redd superfood energy bars are all killer, no filler. This revolutionary brand was created by a hungry college kid who couldn’t afford to eat out and wasn’t willing to eat junk food. The result is a superior line of product which contain 11 all-natural, all-giving superfoods, 9g of protein, equal to 2-3 egg whites or a slice of seitan (sans the gluten), 23 vitamins and minerals, and 35g of natural caffeine, courtesy of yerba mate. All Redd bars are certified gluten free and non-GMO (separation of food and science.) And as always, no ingredients have been included for reasons of cost, simplicity or ease of production.

Redd uses 11 superfoods known for a variety of health benefits: mangosteen, yerba mate, chia, quinoa, pumpkin seed, acai, maca, gogi, schizandra, dark chocolate, and cacao.

You can save even more when you shop Redd 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.




18
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Smashmallow

Filed Under: Health Foods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another new brand of delicious food products to our customers: Smashmallow.

Smashmallow is an all-natural puff of sweet-tooth satisfaction and is made from only the very best all-natural ingredients. Whipped to perfection for an instant, Smashmallow products are the perfect sweet-tooth satisfying pick me up. These delicious marshmallows come in seven delicious flavors.

Smashmallow is no ordinary marshmallow. The company ensures that all products are made with organic cane sugar and all-natural ingredients, creating the a unique snack for every-day, anytime-of-day and it allows a guilt-free indulgence at under 80 calories and less than 1 gram of fat on average per serving.

The unique flavors are another highlight of these mallows. Lemon chia seeds, espresso bean, mint chocolate chip, root beer, coconut pineapple, strawberries and cream, and the unique cinnamon-churro make an excellent and delicious lineup. All products use Certified Kosher bovine gelatin.

Smashmallow is an incredible alternative to other sweet treats because of the better-for-you ingredients like Organic cane sugar. While it’s still considered an ‘indulgence,’ it’s comparatively much healthier than the same amount of ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, or brownies. If you’re going to incorporate sweets into your child’s or grandparent’s routine, Smashmallow is the way to go.

Save even more when you shop Smashmallow 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.




16
MAR

5 Ways to Get Calcium without Drinking Milk

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
calciumDid you know that you can get the bone-health benefits of milk without drinking it? Whether you’re lactose intolerant, a vegan (or both!), or just not much of a liquid dairy fan, there are plenty of foods that can help you get your 1000mg — aka your daily intake  – of calcium that your body needs.

Almonds – More than just a tasty snack, almonds contain 183mg of calcium per half cup. They are also packed with protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Here’s a fun fact to impress your friends: almonds aren’t technically a nut. They are seeds of the almond tree. The more you know!

Black Strap Molasses – IE, the dark, viscous, syrupy remnants of extracting the sugar from raw sugar cane. This stuff is nutrient dense! One tablespoon contains 137mg of calcium.  Plus, black strap molasses boasts other essential minerals like magnesium, which promotes superior absorption of calcium.

Tofu – Pressed, coagulated soy milk curds, aka tofu, are a great source of calcium for strong bones. This low-fat and heart-healthy food is a great alternative to eggs and meat. However, make sure to read the label before purchasing. You can get 20% of your calcium in just half a cup of tofu, but this value depends on the coagulating agent used during the production process. Tofu that is prepared with calcium sulfate will contain far more calcium than tofu made with nigari.

Chia Seeds – These seeds may be tiny, but they bring the calcium in a big way — three tablespoons roughly equal about 233mg of the bone-strengthening mineral. That’s almost as much as a cup of milk (299mg). You can them seeds to yogurt, smoothies or even use them in baking as an egg replacement. It’s no wonder humans have been using chia seeds as far back as 3500 BC!

Sesame Seeds – Here’s another small yet mighty seed whose calcium value exceeds that of milk! One-quarter cup of sesame seeds yields 351mg of calcium. These little guys are also high in zinc, magnesium, copper, vitamin B1, and dietary fiber. When heat is added to the picture, up go the calcium levels. Amazingly, studies have shown that toasting one ounce of sesame seeds equals almost 27% of your daily recommended intake all on their own.




11
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Coffee Blocks

Filed Under: Health Foods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
CBLucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another premium brand of coffee products to our customers: Coffee Blocks.

Coffee Blocks is the easiest, most perfect butter coffee created to innovate the way you start your mornings. Instead of having coffee with your breakfast, make coffee be your breakfast. The company strives to provide an easy way for people to replace sugars in their morning breakfast with healthy fats like clarified butter and coconut oil. The body loves to use healthy fats for energy and Coffee Blocks makes replacing sugar easy and enjoyable.

Putting healthy fats in your “cup of joe” will turn it into super brain fuel, giving you a boost of energy, making you more focused, and can even help you feel full until lunch. Plus, no more mid-morning “crash” which you normally get from eating a carb-filled breakfast. When you first wake up, your body has been in fat burning mode all night and you can keep the fat burning going with a morning dose of healthy fat and coffee.

Coffee Blocks is packaged in convenient, portable squeeze packs that make a consistently smooth, creamy cup of energizing butter coffee. Using the highest quality ingredients such as grass fed butter, organic coconut oil, organic egg yolk and organic vanilla, Coffee Blocks is the only instant mix butter coffee that actually has coffee in it. Coffee Blocks is Paleo and Keto Diet friendly, naturally gluten free and all the ingredients are GMO free.

You can save even more when you shop Coffee Blocks 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
MAR

5 Foods for Digestive Health

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 3:50 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
guthealth

Kefir is a fermented dairy drink known for its gut-friendly benefits. And if you are interested in trying to make your own we sell a great DIY starter kit here. This kit contains healthy bacteria  including S. Lactis, S. diacetylactis, S. cremoris, L. casei, L. acidophilus and lactic acid yeast strains which will do your gut some good.

Kombucha known by diehard fans as “booch,” this is another popular fermented drink made using tea and a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and sweetened tea. The process of brewing your own is similar to making beer. Kombucha contains antioxidants and the healthy acids created by the fermentation process aid digestion and help detoxify. However, if you’re not a brew master, no worries, you can find plenty of delicious pre-brewed varieties here at LuckyVitamin.

Ginger contains phenolic compounds like gingerol and volatile oils that are hugely beneficial to your digestive system. Herbalists for thousands of years have known of the healing powers of ginger, including Ayurvedic practitioners who have used it to activate the body’s internal energy to help regain balance and harmony.

Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s no surprise this overall health tonic is great for digestion too! ACV can jump start the production of HCL, the digestive juices that help breakdown food. Try adding a tablespoon to eight ounces of water and drink 15 minutes prior to a meal to help ensure that everything goes down smoothly. Did you know that LuckyVitamin makes their own apple cider vinegar? Oh yeah1 Get yours here (it has the “mother” too!)

Coconut Oil is an anti-inflammatory food. Unlike other fats, the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil are broken down easier by your GI tract. Plus, the anti-viral and anti-microbial properties can help kill the bad micro-organisms that cause inflammation. This explains why many people who suffer from Crohns and colitis use coconut oil as a healing food.




3
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Paleo Ranch

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
PRThe Paleo diet continues to get more popular as this unique diet is considered by experts as the healthiest way you can eat. The Paleo diet is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and healthy. Lucky Vitamin is wasting no time to follow this good trend and is happy to introduce another premium brand of Paleo products: Paleo Ranch.

Paleo Ranch provides people with delicious health foods that are compatible with the renowned Paleo Diet. The company is also proud to conduct environmentally friendly and ethical ranching methods that provide a more natural and happy lifestyle for animals.

Founded in 2009, Paleo Ranch began with an unbreakable, unparalleled commitment to health, nutrition, and animal treatment. To successfully win the battle of animal cruelty, the company decided to focus on creating a healthy, most nutritious, delicious, safe, cruelty-free protein snack option, starting with their own cattle and ranches. Promoting all natural products starts with how the beef is raised and treated. From cruelty-free living to 100% grass-fed and grass-finished and pasture-raised, each and every member of Paleo Ranch’s cattle family is treated humanely.

Paleo Ranch protein snacks are healthy, nutritious options for athletes, runners, yogi, animals, but it is healthier for human consumption. With higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, CLA, and antioxidants, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef jerky makes the most sense for everyone.

Save even more when you shop Paleo Ranch 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.




25
FEB

The Many Health Benefits of Kombucha

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Teas at 10:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
Top view on homemade Kombucha with fruits

Many people are continuing to look to alternative medicine when it comes to improving our health and curing various ailments.

Kombucha is a health drink that is being increasingly consumed by people all over the world, after health experts have spread the word that those from the Far East have known for thousands of years – that it has many health benefits.

Similar to probiotic drinks, kombucha is an easy way to consume some of the essential acids and vitamins that help our body to perform to the best of its ability.

 

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a sweet fermented drink made from combining black tea with sugar and a kombucha culture, also known as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast).

The sound of fermented tea may make you scrunch up your nose, but the taste is actually quite pleasant and can be similar to sparkling apple juice.

At only 30 calories per cup (where no other ingredients are added), kombucha is a low-calorie way to boost your health by providing your body with essential nutrients.

Due to the popularity of kombucha, you can now buy ready made drinks that have interesting flavors, such as pear and peach added. Capsules are also available if you are looking for a more convenient way to consume kombucha.

If you are concerned about the amount of caffeine in black tea, there are low caffeine options too, such as green tea and lemon tea.

The brewing process for kombucha is simple, but once it begins, it produces a range of vitamins, minerals, acids, and enzymes that have amazing health benefits.

 

The Benefits of Kombucha

This nutrient rich drink improves a person’s health in many ways due to its antiviral, antifungal, and antibiotic properties. The fermenting process of kombucha produces the below acids:

  • Lactic Acid—Assists blood circulation and can help with constipation and stomach complaints
  • Acetic Acid—Can inhibit bacteria that is harmful to the body
  • Usnic Acid—A natural antibiotic
  • Oxalic Acid —Encourages cells to produce energy
  • Malic acid—Aids the detoxification of the liver
  • Gluconic Acid—Reduces instances of thrush and other candidiasis
  • Butyric acid—Strengthens the wall of the gut

 

Because of the presence of the above acids and vitamins in Kombucha, the following health benefits can be seen, although it is important to point out that none have been scientifically proven.

  • Reduced stress
  • Improved immune system
  • Fewer coughs and seasonal colds
  • Reduction in allergies
  • Increased energy
  • Reduces symptoms of arthritis
  • Improved skin/reduction of skin complaints
  • Alleviation of digestive issues
  • Improved concentration
  • Liver detox
  • Improves joint flexibility
  • Weight loss

The list above is not extensive, as kombucha will have different effects, depending on the person’s current health. You will also be pleased to know that there are many health benefits of this tasty drink emerging all of the time.

 

How Often to Consume Kombucha

When taking kombucha capsules, adults should consume 2 capsules, 2-3 times a day. If you decide to drink kombucha in its many forms, you can do so every day.

Aside from the health benefits listed above, it is refreshing to know that there is a fizzy drink on the market that is not laden with calories and chemicals. You can even enjoy drinking it on the go, knowing that you are boosting your health.




13
FEB

How Much Protein Should You Consume Each Day?

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Staying healthy
When we talk about protein and its daily recommended intake, we may find out that the popular question “how much protein should I be taking?” may have many different answers and, most of them, are correct answers.

Protein plays a role in every critical function of the body as it’s important for bone health as well as to produce new hair, connective tissue, antibodies, enzymes, among other things. Most Americans get more than enough protein each day and good sources include meat, fish, poultry, egg, yogurt, milk, nuts, pasta, and beans.

It’s nearly impossible to come up with an exact number of how much protein one should consume every day as age, gender, diet, amount of physical activity, and other factors play an important role to determine this number. One can certainly say that not everyone needs the same amount of protein.

Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get 10% to 35% of their day’s calories from protein foods. It’s common for athletes and bodybuilders to get extra protein to bulk up as it plays an essential role in building muscle. Protein requirements are also different for certain groups such as pregnant and breastfeeding women who need an extra 10 and 20 grams of protein respectively to support milk production.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is a modest 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds). You may also use an online protein calculator to check your RDA for protein. Just remember that the RDA is the minimum amount of a nutrient you need to meet your basic nutritional requirements and not the specific amount you are supposed to eat every day.

It’s a difficult question with many correct answers but with a little research, you should be able to find how much protein you should be consuming every day.