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24
NOV

5 Natural Products to Battle Indigestion

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Teas at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Thanksgiving is a great celebration but some folks often end up eating more than they should. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little overeating in one of America’s oldest tradition but the after dinner bad feeling doesn’t have to last long. Many natural supplements can help minimize indigestion, bloating and gas, making you feel better and reducing growling stomach, abdominal pain, burning sensation in the upper abdomen, as well as preventing vomiting. Here’s a quick list of 5 natural products to relieve indigestion.

1. Chamomile

Chamomile is effective for relieving many gastrointestinal complaints, including indigestion. Drinking herbal chamomile tea after eating a heavy meal can help calm your stomach and relieve digestive problems.

2. Ginger

Ginger offers a variety of health benefits including digestive support. Ginger has the ability to not only soothe the gut but also aid digestion by increasing the wavelike muscle contractions (peristalsis) that move food through the intestine. Plus, ginger stimulates digestive juices and the flow of enzymes that help you digest your food, especially when it is caused by overeating.

3. Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds can be really helpful for indigestion particularly when caused by very spicy or fatty food. Fennel seeds, and alternatively you can drink fennel tea, contain volatile oils that can help reduce nausea and control flatulence.

4. Papaya

Papaya contain enzymes that break down protein, called proteolytics. Research suggest that papaya enzymes can be helpful for relieving indigestion, specially provide good relief for pain in the abdomen.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is often used to kick start a slow stomach. Though acidic in nature, it also has an alkalizing effect that helps settle indigestion.




10
NOV

Why Supplement with Cod Liver Oil

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cod Liver oil has been one of the most beneficial supplements in recent years. Known to offer numerous health-promoting effects, this omega-3 supplement is made from the Gadus fish, popular known as cod, and has been a traditional health food in Nordic countries. The most common species of cod are the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), most supplements are made from this fish which lives in the colder waters and deeper sea regions throughout the North Atlantic, and the Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), found in the northern Pacific.

People have known the benefits from cod fish in northern Europe for centuries as this unique oil can help enhance immunity and provide natural relief for joint pain and stiff muscles. Cod Liver oil contains anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and it is also a nutrient-dense source of essential vitamin such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Each teaspoon of cod liver oil has about 41 calories and 4.5 grams of fat according to the USDA, split between monounsaturated, saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Cod Liver oil supplementation can help reduce levels of pain and swelling due to inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis, and decrease morning stiffness and pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, Cod Liver oil can help decrease risk of heart disease, prevent blood clotting, lower high cholesterol and high triglycerides, prevent and treat diabetes, lower high blood pressure, support brain health, and reduce the risk for eye disorders such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

With so many potential health benefits, Cod Liver oil is a highly recommended supplement to improve overall health, particularly for those who are lacking omega-3 in their diets.




10
NOV

5 Ideas for Stress Relief

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mindfulness,Supplements at 10:47 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
stressreliefTry to relax and reduce anxiety with some of these stress reducing tips!

 Meditation – Research published din the JAMA Internal Medicine found meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. It’s easy and free. We suggest beginning with a morning meditation for ten minutes daily. To get started find a quiet space and sit comfortable. Start to focus on the breath and close your eyes. If your mind begins to wander, stop yourself and bring your focis back to your breathing.

Coloring – Once associate with an activity for children, coloring is now trending as a therapeutic creative way to combat stress. The e American Art Therapy Association views the process for creating art as an outlet to resolve emotional conflict, explore feelings and relieve anxiety. When we color we focus on the activity itself and not our problems.

Ecotherapy – this relative new form pf psychology also known as green therapy or nature therapy, believes idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature.

Supplements – There are a variety of supplements out there to relieve stress but the one we’re going to focus on is magnesium.  In today modern diet, our body is depleted in various vitamins and minerals due to poor soil and polluted waters which causes our food to be void of these vital nutrients. One important mineral is magnesium because it plays an important role in many biochemical reactions. It’s basically natural chill pill that has been shown to enable muscle relaxation.

Essential Oils – The beautiful aroma of plants can be a natural solution for stress relief. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to quiet the mind and promote overall well-being. Essential oils are created using an extraction method utilizing different parts of a plant including flowers, bark, leaves and roots. It’s always best to look for pure grade essential oils that don’t have chemical additives. Our favorites for calling your nerves are lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang and bergamot.




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.




29
OCT

Understanding L-Citrulline

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
L-Citrulline supplements are often labeled as sport nutrition products as they are known to help build muscles and improve athletic performance. This non-essential amino acid can help support nitric oxide metabolism and muscle protein synthesis as well as relieve muscle fatigue. One of the best health benefits from the amino acid L-Citrulline is its ability to support vascular health.

The whole process starts when your kidneys change L-Citrulline into another amino acid called L-arginine and a chemical called nitric oxide. These compounds are important to your heart and blood vessel health and may also boost your immune system. L-Citrulline boosts nitric oxide production in the body, helping your arteries relax and promoting vascular dilation which improves oxygen and blood circulation throughout the body.

Since proper blow flow is essential for good health, L-Citrulline can help prevent and treat a variety of issues such as lower blood pressure in people with prehypertension and blood vessel problems in people healing from diabetes. In addition, L-Citrulline supplements may ease symptoms of mild-to-moderate erectile dysfunction (ED) and, despite the fact it may not be as effective as other drugs, it’s considered a very safe option.

Food sources containing L-Citrulline include watermelon, milk, legumes, meats, and fish. Eating watermelon regularly helps to increase levels of citrulline and arginine, which may be beneficial for people suffering from high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels.

Click here to shop L-Citrulline supplements at LuckyVitamin.com.




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.




15
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Liquid I.V.

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Healthy hydration is essential for our bodies and Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a revolutionary product to our customers. Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier is a great-tasting, portable powder drink mix that uses the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) to deliver hydration to your cells faster and more efficiently than water alone.

Based on science pioneered by the World Health Organization to combat dehydration in developing countries, Liquid I.V.’s Cellular Transport Technology (CTT) uses a specific ratio of potassium, sodium, and glucose to deliver water and other key nutrients directly to your cells. The specific ratio of electrolytes used in CTT creates a current in the bloodstream that allows water to be absorbed in the upper digestive track. Typical fluids pass through the entire digestive system, losing water and vital nutrients along the way, before entering the bloodstream. Think of Cellular Transport Technology as an expedited water delivery system in your body, resulting in rapid hydration and a wholesome feeling for you.

Liquid I.V allows your body to perform at the highest level and is great for exercising. Additionally, it can minimize the effects of jet lag as dehydration is one of the primary causes of it as well as its negative symptoms including fatigue, headache, nausea, and anxiety. It can also enhance calorie burn as Liquid I.V. helps you more efficiently absorb water, stay hydrated, and improves your ability to physically perform and increase calorie burn. Plus, drinking the proper amount of water daily is critical as you age as it aids in digestion, circulation, absorption, and even secretion.

You can save even more when you shop Liquid I.V 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.




11
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Bite Fuel

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of health food products to our customers: Bite Fuel.

Bite Fuel offers functional premium foods that are non-GMO, gluten-free and taste delicious. The company has specialized in protein cookies and protein granola, available in a variety of tasty flavors. Bite Fuel was created to provide an alternative food snack to help people who struggle working long hours and eating healthy throughout the day. Bite Fuel is a great product to help with a challenge many people face on a daily basis: avoid immediate cravings and stick to a healthy diet.

Bite Fuel Power Bites Protein Cookies are guilt-free protein packed treats that will delight your taste buds and fuel your body with the energy you need to go about your busy day. They are perfect for post-workout, at work, or anytime you need some convenient protein that tastes great. Each bag contains 18 grams of protein and is made with premium quality ingredients.

Bite Fuel Protein Granola Trail Mix fuels your body with energy, strength, and satisfaction. Each bag is loaded with premium quality protein granola, nuts, and dried fruit, a perfect combo of all the proper nutrients to keep you physically and mentally in high gear. Each serving contains 13 grams of protein and is sure to give you the energy and strength that you need to fuel your day. You can try it for breakfast with milk, sprinkle it on Greek yogurt, or eat it straight out of the bag.

You can save even more when you shop Bite Fuel 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 9/30/2016.




9
OCT

White Kidney Beans Health Benefits

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
White kidney bean extract has been one of these unconventional products that have helped many people with weight loss. But what is all the buzz about it?

Featured in many television shows, white kidney bean extract supplements have been considered as an efficient weight loss product after a study published in The Journal of Applied Research concluded that supplementation 15 minutes before each meal may led to a reduction in both weight and waist circumference. Of course, just like with any other weight loss product, results may vary and exercise and a healthy diet are essential to obtain significant results but the fact that many people have experienced a boost in weight loss from taking white kidney bean extract is encouraging.

White bean extract has been linked to one of the best ways to lose weight as supplementation can help maintain lean body mass or muscle, and most of the weight lost consists of unwanted body fat. As an efficient fat burner, white bean extract may be helpful for weight loss because the beans produce substances that interfere with an enzyme called amylase that is necessary for the breakdown of carbohydrates, which are one of the main sources of calories in many diets. If carbohydrates aren’t broken down into small enough units, your body can’t absorb them and can’t make use of the calories they provide. Absorbing fewer calories can help create the calorie deficit necessary for weight loss. Of course, this is most effective with complex carbohydrates, such as starches. Some sugars are already in small enough units that they can be readily absorbed by the intestines, so white bean extract wouldn’t affect their absorption.

As always, exercise and a well-balanced diet are essential to any weight loss program but if you are looking for a little bit of help, white kidney bean extract is a natural and safe alternative.




7
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Tummydrops

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a new product which is a natural choice for upset tummies: Tummydrops.

Tummydrops are the best, natural way to help nausea, morning sickness and upset stomachs. Gluten-free and non-GMO Project Verified, these unique drops were designed to provide a natural alternative to prescription medications and chemicals.

Developed by science, Tummydrops are hand crafted in small batches using only the most premium natural ingredients to provide a convenient, great tasting drop that works efficiently to improve digestive health.

Each drop contains a special blend of ingredients, which may assist with occasional stomach upset, nausea, morning sickness, and even motion sickness. Mother Nature has provided an answer in the form of zingiber officinale, better known as ginger. Prized for its culinary uses, the root-like structure of ginger, called a rhizome, contains multiple active substances, including gingerol, which may assist with occasional nausea and vomit.

When formulating Tummydrops, the company started by carefully selecting a natural and potent source of gingerol. Next, premium natural ingredients were added to complement the natural taste of the ginger. The result is an easy to carry, great tasting drop that you can take anywhere.

You can save even more when you shop Tummydrops 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.




30
SEP

Why You Must Try Aloe Vera Juice

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Superfoods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Aloe Vera has been one of top-selling products for quite some time now. A premium ingredient in personal care products, this amazing natural product is known to treat sunburn as well as improve skin condition. In addition, Aloe Vera supplements are known to provide health benefits including enhancing the immune system and relieve constipation, but how about the juice? Aloe Vera juice may be that one product you must try.

Aloe Vera juice contains leaf pulp that is rich in natural nutrients and fiber and it also contains vitamins A, C, E, and B12, minerals like potassium, zinc, and magnesium as well as powerful antioxidants. Drinking Aloe Vera juice is great because it enables you to ingest the plant’s nutrients without dealing with the unpleasant taste of fresh aloe.

When ingested as a nutritional drink, Aloe Vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion and even relieves occasional constipation. It has the ability to decrease irritation and enhance healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe Vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut.

Additionally, Aloe Vera juice contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that may help the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens. Research suggests that Aloe Vera helps to balance the immune system to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies and other inflammatory immune disorders.

On top of these great benefits, Aloe Vera juice can be a great addition to your heart. Taking Aloe Vera internally may help improve blood circulation in the body as it can decrease total fat levels in people with high cholesterol. This helps reduce fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries of the heart and body.




29
SEP

New Brand Showcase: Aiya

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Teas at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is presenting a new brand specialized in a very unique product: premium Matcha by Aiya.

Aiya is a family owned company specializing in Matcha green tea since 1888. This natural product is known to provide energy and support the body and its health benefits surpass anything that is available on the market.

Matcha is a shade-grown, all-natural, powdered Japanese green tea. Unlike other teas, Matcha undergoes a number of additional steps in the production cycle, such as shade growing, hand picking, and granite milling into a fine powder, before it makes its way into your cup. Created over 800 years ago by Buddhist monks as a meditational tool, Matcha is known today as the healthiest, rarest, and most premium of all tea varieties from Japan.

A historic tea cultivating region dating back to the 1200s, Nishio’s stable climate, fresh pristine river waters, fertile soil, and remoteness from urban development foster tea leaves that are more resiliently green and full of nutrients. Currently, Aiya holds over 80% of the exclusive harvesting rights to the Nishio tea plantations.

A lot of different factors can affect the quality of Matcha: region, geographical conditions, skill of the tea farmers, and the variety of the tea bush. A good quality Matcha should be smooth and sweet with just a hint of astringency. The sweetness comes from the L-theanine amino acids in the tea. Matcha is a vibrant jade green due to the increased chlorophyll content that occurs during the shading process and a top-quality product should be ground using slow-turning granite grinders, which minimizes friction, allowing the tea to be ground without “burning,” retaining the chlorophyll.

You can save even more when you shop Aiya products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 9/30/2016.




29
SEP

Why These 5 Supplement Specialties Matter

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 2:53 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
supplementspecialty
Soy-Free
– If you are highly allergic or trying a paleo diet than you probably avoid soy like the plague. In their purest form, soybeans contain phytochemicals that may have negative effects on the body as well as anti-nutrients like enzyme inhibitors, which fortunately, are removed as part of the fermentation process.  And if you didn’t know, all soy in the US is genetically modified so it’s not a bad idea to enjoy it in moderation and choose supplements that are soy-free.

Dairy-Free – Did you know that 75% off the world is genetically unable to digest dairy products, specifically milk? Lactose intolerance is no joke – try to imagine a life without pizza — which is why dairy-free supplements are a must-have for your regimen. Another component of milk to be mindful of is casein. Though a select few may have an intolerance or allergy to this phosphoprotein it’s still important to look for the dairy-free symbol on your supplements to prevent annoying side effects like gas, bloating an diarrhea.

Vegan – If you are a hardcore vegan than you know most vitamin d3 supplements are derived from lanolin, a waxy substance derived from fish oil or sheep. Another a relatively “harmless” additive to look out for if you are vegan is gelatin, which is the end product of a process that starts with boiling down bovine body parts. See all of the things you don’t think about?

Gluten-Free – A recent study found the presence of gluten in 23.8% of supplements and probiotics which can cause major problems for those who have celiac disease. The supplement manufacturing process often times uses grain as a filler. Even worse, ingredients such as natural flavors and colors could really be gluten in disguise. Look for the gluten-free certified label just to be safe.

Non-GMO – Most US crops — we’re talking 80-90% — are genetically modified. And vitamin c supplements are derived from corn. You know where we are going with this. Yup, GMOs can potentially be in your supplements. Raise the standard for yourself by looking for brands that feature the Non-GMO Projectverified label. Don’t see the label? Contact the manufacturer. You will be happy you did for yourself and for the planet.




29
SEP

Why You Need Vitamin D

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Supplements at 11:18 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Wolf gives you the rundown on Vitamin D and how it interacts with the body.

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26
SEP

Reduce Joint Pain with MSM

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If joint pain has become part of your life, you may want to learn about MSM supplements.

MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, has been used around the world for relief from osteoarthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and inflammation. A naturally occurring mineral, MSM is an organic source of sulfur-containing compound, which has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties that can block pain response in nerve fibers. It can also reduce scar tissue by altering the cross linking process in collagen to allow quicker tissue repair.

MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis as this incredible product has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out.

A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that MSM supplementation was very effective in reducing exercise-induced muscle and joint pain. Three weeks of MSM supplementation at 3g per day attenuated post-exercise muscle and joint pain at clinically significant levels compared to placebo. It’s important to remember that results may take time to appear as some people may feel relief in as little as two weeks while others may only feel significant results after two or three months of supplementation. A good number of supplements for osteoarthritis as well as products to reduce joint-pain contain MSM in their formulas. These products often contain other effective ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.