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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.




6
FEB

Heart Healthy Grocery Essentials

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Supplements,Teas at 10:27 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Shopping in the supermarket

February is Heart Month so show it some love with these must-haves that support cardiovascular health. Don’t miss a beat! Shop our top picks for heart health today.

Supplements

Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can lower blood triglyceride levels. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, we have to get them from our diet so it’s no wonder that fish oil is one of the most popular supplements in the United States. The most beneficial omega-3s that most of us are missing out on are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and the richest source to find them is – you guessed it — fish oil. So reduce your risk of coronary disease with this fish oil that’s purified and free of detectable levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, and PCBs.

Teas

Centuries ago, Greek herbalist Diosocrides discovered the heart-healthy benefits of hawthorn, and it’s been a staple for health enthusiasts ever since. Using the entire plant, including the leaf, flower and berry will assists in extracting all of its benefits. This tea combines hawthorn with the tart flavor profile of hibiscus to create this deeply red heart tonic.

Food

Flaxseeds contain heart-friendly properties that have been shown to do wonders for your heart. Studies show flaxseeds affect low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and lipoprotein, both of which increase the risk for atherosclerotic diseases (i.e. coronary heart disease). Plus, they are a rich plant-based source of omega-3 fats and fiber that’s also good for the ticker. Add a sprinkle to your smoothie or baked goods to add a subtle nutty flavor and powerful nutritional punch to your diet.

Herbs

Garlic has been used for centuries, as not just a food, but as medicine, too. Today garlic supplements can be used to improve heart conditions including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and may lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol as well as other health conditions. This brand’s supplements are some of our favorites. They use organically grown garlic bulbs that undergo a unique aging process that mellows harsh and odoriferous crude compounds, resulting in an odorless experience – guaranteed.




1
FEB

Healthy Super Bowl Swaps

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
superbowlfavesSuper Bowl Sunday doesn’t mean you have to eat yourself sick. Snack without regrets with these two healthy and delicious recipes. Swap your dairy-laden dips for a creamy avocado and kale hummus or try our cauliflower “wings” that are so good you’ll actually think you’re chowing down on chicken. Now that’s something to cheer about!

Kale and Avocado Hummus

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups chopped curly kale

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook kale in coconut oil until tender
  2. In a blender combine avocado, lemon, slat and pepper
  3. Rinse, drain and quarter the artichokes
  4. Combine avocado cream, kale and artichoke hearts in a bowl and mix well
  5. Store in an air tight container and can be made 1-2 days ahead of time

Cauliflower “Wings”

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • For the batter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • dash of sriracha sauce
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • For the BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup BBQ Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut the head of cauliflower into pieces
  3. In a separate, medium sized bowl, combine all the batter ingredients
  4. Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter and place on a lined baking sheet
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes until the batter just hardens
  6. In another separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce
  7. Remove cauliflower and brush with the “wing” sauce
  8. Bake for additional 5 minutes
  9. Enjoy with celery and blue cheese




9
JAN

Season Foods to Keep Winter Weight Off

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Holidays, cold weather, and busy schedules are just some of the reasons some people struggle to keep the winter weight off. Many people tend to gain a few pounds during the winter months and some people prefer to put workouts on hold until the spring. However, eating a healthy diet can significantly help maintain your ideal weight. So, we present you some of the best season foods to keep winter weight off.

Sweet Potatoes

A staple of holidays, sweet potatoes are known as one of the healthiest foods with a very low glycemic index. Sweet potatoes keep blood sugars level during the winter months and these delicious potatoes are also packed with satiating fiber, which fills you up.

Grapefruit

A traditional winter fruit, grapefruit is associated with weight-loss as research has shown that this citrus fruit can help reduce body fat and as well as total body weight. A common ingredient in weight-loss supplements, grapefruit is a top source of vitamin C, which experts believe can boost fat-burning during exercise, and is high in water.

Oatmeal

Need a healthy hot breakfast for the cold winter months? Oatmeal is the answer. Loaded with prebiotic fiber, oatmeal boosts beneficial bacteria in the gut, and influences how the body stores up fat. Top your hot oats with Greek yogurt for additional probiotic. Plus, some studies suggest that oatmeal can help keep hunger at bay for hours, making you eat up to 50% less at lunch.

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is loaded with calcium and magnesium which are known to keep you bones strong and also work to help satiate appetite. Known as the official green of winter, Swiss chard contains very high amounts of vitamins particularly vitamin K, A and C.




4
JAN

Your Go-To Skinny Green Smoothie

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:01 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Green smoothie with seeds

Get on the plant-based bandwagon and shed those pounds with this skinny green smoothie! It’s got fiber, enzymes and nutrients to de-bloat and feel your best inside and out! Spirulina provides a full array of micro and macro nutrients including all the essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, healthy fats and vitamin A which elevates your body’s nutritional profile.  Chia seeds contain fiber absorbs large amounts of water and expands in the stomach, which should increase fullness and slow the absorption of food. Take this smoothie on the go in your favorite blender bottle, along with a healthy diet and exercise and you steps closer to a better you!

INGREDIENTS

1 celery stalk

½ cucumber

1 cup spinach

½ cup frozen pineapple

1 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk

6 ice cubes

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon spirulina

Juice from one lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine all the ingredients in your Blendtec and enjoy!




31
DEC

Looking Back: Favorite Health Food Trends from 2016

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
2016 is over. Every year new food trends may come and go. Some stick around a little longer while some others disappear very quickly. Looking back, let’s look at some of our favorite health food trends from 2016.

Bone broth

Bone broth became a healthy food trend thanks to its use in detox programs and weight-loss diets, many of them endorsed by celebrities. All the hype is somehow justified as this combination of water meat, bones, vegetables, and seasonings is a potent anti-aging, can improve digestion, and promote joint health benefits.

Moringa

Moringa also had a moment this year with many healthy eaters looking for this “miracle food”. Native to India and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, moringa is loaded with antioxidants and can boost energy levels, lower cholesterol, and help in weight-loss.

Turmeric

Not really a trend only in 2016 but almost every year, turmeric had its popular moment this year once again. This time, a warm beverage made from coconut milk and turmeric became the latest healthy hit as this ancient spice is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Baobab

Started in late 2015 and gained speed in early 2016, baobab is considered one of the new “superfoods”. Native to mainland Africa, this fruit is 50% fiber, rich in vitamin C, and natural electrolytes. Baobab is considered a great anti-aging food and a natural laxative.

Poké

Originally from Hawaii, poké is traditionally prepared with raw fish, such as tuna, salmon, or yellow tail, that’s been cut up into small cubes and seasoned with ingredients like soy sauce, scallions, and sesame oil. Poké is loaded with protein without needing sauces which contain extra calories.




30
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Cookie+Protein

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a revolutionary brand of health food products to our customers: Cookie+Protein.

Cookie+Protein specializes in creating boutique level products at a non-premium level price. The company is fully focused on using quality ingredients and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes in order to deliver a top-notch product that consumers will love. By producing products in a facility with the highest rating possible for food safety, you will have the confidence that their unique and flavorful treats are not only delicious but safe.

Cookie+Protein’s goal is to improve upon existing products in the marketplace as well as striving to introduce new and innovative products that consumers will love. People want delicious, enjoyable, affordable food but also want food that is neither harmful to them nor the environment around them. Cookie+Protein believes food can and should be all of these things and that people should know and understand what’s in their food.

Cookie+Protein products aren’t your typical health snack. With 22 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, these wholesome cookies are perfect for your post workout needs or your nutrition on the go. Packed with protein, thess amazing cookies deliver on all the nutrition your body needs and all the flavor you crave.

You can save even more when you shop Cookie+Protein 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.




28
DEC

Recipe: Turmeric Protein Soup

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 12:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lentilchickpeasoupThis hearty soup is perfect for cold days. It can fill you up and is packed with a ton of plant-based protein. There are eight grams of protein per cup of quinoa. Chickpeas contain twelve grams per cup. And lastly, a whooping eighteen grams of protein are in a cup of lentils. Now let’s get to the turmeric, it contains compounds curcuminoids found in curcumin which have amazing anti-inflammatory affects. Also known as “queen of spices,” turmeric is a potent antioxidant. Basically, this is one healthy soup.

TIP – You can make this soup on the weekend and portion in mason jars for your lunch for the week!

INGREDIENTS

1 quart of vegetable stock

2 carrots

1 celery stick

1 onion

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon gram masala

1 tablespoon garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

1 cup red lentils

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat coconut oil in a stock pot
  2. Add celery, onion and carrots cook for 5-7 minutes
  3. Add turmeric and gram masala and cook for an additional minute
  4. Add tomatoes, stock and lentils bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes covered
  5. Lastly, combine with quinoa and chickpeas and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes




23
DEC

Why We’re Putting Butter (and other Superfoods) in Our Coffee

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Nutrition at 12:01 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
coffee

 

Sugar and creamer is so passé. Health connoisseurs are adding everything from collagen to butter and beyond – hey, the more the merrier. The great part is that you can run wild with tons of mix-ins and or experiment until you hit on a combination that works for you . Either way, the health benefits can be amazing. Either way it’s time to add mo’ to ‘yo cup o’ joe.

TIP – We suggest blending all the ingredients below for a smoother, more homogenous drink.

Collagen – Collagen peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from pasture-raised collagen protein. Unlike gelatin, this brand of peptides easily dissolve in both hot and cold liquids. It’s a natural anti-aging supplement which makes your hair and nails grow as well as lubes up your joints and cartilage. It goes down easy in coffee but it also makes a great addition to smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods, too.

Ghee – Heal you gut naturally with ghee. Its high levels of butyric acid and vitamin k2 make it good for oral and digestive health. Those with dairy intolerances can handle ghee since it only contains small amounts of casein and lactose. Use one to two tablespoons in place of milk for a super creamy texture.

Mushrooms – Pump up your coffee with shrooms! Chaga mushroom is known as the “black gold” that grows on birch trees and is fantastic source of antioxidants and other immunity boosters. Try this blend of chaga, Siberian ginseng, and rose hips. The anise undertones make it a delicious addition to your next coffee break.

Coconut oil – This fatty brain food adds just a hint of exotic coconut flavor to your coffee. Unlike other oils, coconut oil is medium-chained instead of long-chained, which are absorbed faster and not stored as fat. All you need is 1-2 teaspoons per cup and you’re on your way to better nutrition absorption, pain relief, increased energy and a lot more.

Raw cacao powder – chocolate and coffee…heck yeah! Raw cacao has minerals — like magnesium and iron — flavonoids and antioxidants said to help prevent cancer and increase cardiovascular health. A little cacao powder goes a long way, though, so try not to overindulge, as hard as that may be (we’re talking raw chocolate here).




16
DEC

The Latest Research on Coffee Benefits

Filed Under: Health Foods,Teas at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Coffee is a wonderful beverage. Many people cannot start their day without a cup of coffee but some people may not know that their must-have morning beverage is actually loaded with beneficial nutrients that can improve overall health.

Coffee contains lots of vitamins including riboflavin (B2) pantothenic acid (B5), and niacin (B3) as well as good amounts of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and manganese. On top of that, coffee is a great source of antioxidants.

It’s well known coffee can provide benefits particularly as an energy booster and as a fat burner. Caffeine is known to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine, which lead to an increase of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, improving brain function, including memory, energy levels, and reaction times. It’s also known that caffeine is a natural substance proven to aid fat burning and boost the metabolic rate.

While these health benefits are well known, recent research is linking coffee to newer potential benefits. For example, new studies have found that coffee may help lower risk of type 2 diabetes. A few different studies have concluded that people who drink coffee regularly have up to 50% lower risk of getting the disease. Additionally, coffee can be helpful to treat another common health issue: liver diseases such as hepatitis and fatty liver disease that can lead to cirrhosis.

It’s important to remember that most research is done with drinking pure coffee, without the addition of milk, and specially sugar, which can significantly alter the results of studies.




13
DEC

Recipe: Crockpot Mushroom & Lentil Soup

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lentilsoup

 

Winter is here which means it’s time for filling and hearty soups. And what’s easier than a crock pot dinner? This hearty combo of mushrooms and lentils will make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Mushrooms are a great low-calorie food that contain a variety of nutrients, enzymes and b vitamins. You’re also getting additional b vitamins from lentils along with minerals zinc, magnesium and iron. Add the greens and viola, dinner is done.

INGREDIENTS

1 quart of vegetable stock

2 carrots diced

1 onion diced

¾ cup lentils

1 bay leaf

I cup of mushrooms sliced

2 cups of greens (spinach chard or kale)

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1 teaspoon of thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sauté the onion in a pan with olive oil until translucent (about 5 minutes
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 5 hours
  3. When 30 minutes are left of cooking time add your greens




12
DEC

5 Mushrooms to Boost Immunity

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Mushrooms are known to boost immunity, provide energy, and inhibit the grown of some malignant tumors, among other health benefits. However, the most common types of mushrooms found in supermarkets, such as white, brown/button, are not the best choice as far as medicinal benefits. So, let’s look at 5 mushrooms that can help boost immunity and provide other health benefits.

1. Maitake

Maitake is recognized by the American Cancer Society to boost immunity and limit and even reverse tumor growth. These powerful mushrooms are high in beta glucans, helpful sugars found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and algae. Research shows beta glucans have immune-system enhancing effects and may also help control both high blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Beta glucans work by stimulating the immune system to activate certain cells and proteins that attack cancer and pathogens that don’t belong in a healthy body. Maitake is an excellent choice to boost immunity in those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

2. Shiitake

A popular mushroom and easily found in grocery stores, shiitake contains a number of health-stimulating agents including the powerful beta glucans. Plus, shiitake mushrooms contain B vitamins, such as B2, B5 and B6, and tons of minerals including selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc, making this delicious mushroom a great food defense against virus and inflammation.

3. Reishi

Known as the mushroom that can fight cancer, Reishi is strictly a medicinal mushroom that can boost immune function tremendously and is often used to prevent and treat the flu and other lung conditions like asthma and bronchitis. Reishi contains compounds that may help reduce the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another cancer-fighting substance in Reishi is canthaxanthin.

4. Cordyceps

Cordyceps is used as a tonic and great to treat general weakness. Known to enhance energy, strength, endurance and stamina, this mushroom has the ability to improve oxygen uptake, assisting in the synthesis of ATP. A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, cordyceps has also hypoglycemic and antidepressant effects and can help normalize cholesterol levels.

5. Turkey Tail

A purely medicinal mushroom, Turkey Tail is also known as coriolis, or cloud mushroom and is known to boost immunity. Studies have shown that Turkey Tail can help improve immune function with no adverse effects when dosed daily to women with stage I–III breast cancer.




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
winterwellness

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.

 




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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.