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21
JUL

Skin, Hair & Nails Advice From Over 18,000 Dermatologists

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Supplements at 9:15 am | By: Guest Blogger
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Want the best advice on skin, hair, and nails? Follow these simple tips from The American Academy of Dermatology, one of the largest organizations of dermatologists (over 18,000 dermatologists) in the world.

Best Tips for Your Hair

  • Match frequency of shampooing to your hair type.
    If your scalp is oily, wash it once a day. For chemically treated hair, wash it less frequently. As you get older, your scalp makes less oil so you may not need to shampoo as often.
  • Concentrate shampoo on the scalp.
    When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily the scalp, rather than washing the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse.
  • Use conditioner after every shampoo.
    Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength, and offering some protection from harmful UV rays.
  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type.

Best Tips for Your Skin

  • Apply sunscreen when outdoors.
    Use a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance.
  • Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
    Never, ever, scrub your skin. It irritates your skin and can actually worsen any skin condition, including acne.
  • Wash your face gently.
    Wet your face with lukewarm water, apply a mild cleanser, and use a gentle, circular motion with your fingertips. Rinse and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Always wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.

Best Tips for Your Nails

  • Keep nails clean and dry.
  • Cut nails straight across, then “round off.”
    Use sharp nail scissors or clippers, then round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength.
  • Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.
  • Do not remove the cuticle as it can damage your nails.


What to do when all else fails!

Tried everything, and nothing seems to work. You’re not alone. Fortunately, skin, hair, and nail researchers have identified a compound that’s been clinically proven to increase skin elasticity 89%, thicken and strengthen hair by 13%, and strengthen and clarify nails dramatically. The compound “choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid” (ch-OSA®) can be found in a product called BioSil® Hair, Skin, Nails from Natural Factors. BioSil is one of supermodel Christie Brinkley’s secrets to looking youthful, beautiful, and healthy!




13
JUL

5 Key Ingredients to Look For In A Meal Replacement

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Convenient and tasty, it’s no wonder meal replacement supplements are popular right now. They’re a great choice for people on weight-loss diets, and also help folks on a fitness program as well as those running on a tight schedule. With so many options flooding the shelves, it can be hard to choose the best for your needs.

The majority of top-quality meal replacements contain most if not all of these ingredients but some products may adjust the quantities to target a specific nutritional need. If you are interested in trying out a meal replacement and perhaps joining this eating trend, let’s look at 5 key ingredients to look for in a meal replacement.

1. Protein

Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass and muscle repair but it also plays an important role on fat burning and metabolic rate. Every single meal replacement product contains protein but some of them may come from vegan sources.

2. Vitamins and Minerals

The importance of vitamins and minerals requires no explanation but its addition to meal replacement supplements ensures that you are not missing nutrition required to keep your body healthy. Low sugar carbs are a main source of vitamins and minerals.

3. Healthy Fats 

Healthy fats are extremely important to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they can improve joints, control inflammation, support brain health and maintain eyes and skin in great condition. Good sources of healthy fats include coconut oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, almond butter, almonds, and walnuts.

4. Low Sugar Carbohydrates 

Low sugar carbohydrates provide sustained energy for your body as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Low sugar carbohydrates are broken down slowly to minimize peaks and troughs in blood glucose levels and are often a valuable source of fiber too.

5. Probiotics

Considered a plus in many meal replacement supplements, probiotics keep you healthy by topping up the bacteria in your gut. Adding probiotics to your meals can help minimize digestive upsets, weight gain and issues digesting food properly. Look for foods high in probiotics such as natural yogurt, Greek yogurt, raw cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and acidophilus.




12
JUL

How To Choose A Resveratrol Supplement

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Ask The ND,Supplements at 3:10 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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Some of the biggest buzz words in science, as well as the wellness world right now, are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Everyone is looking for ways to stay healthy and live longer. Enter Resveratrol. For years now, researchers have been studying resveratrol trying to find the exact mechanisms in which it may help promote a longer healthier life. Resveratrol belongs to a class of plant-derived chemicals known as polyphenols—which have been studied with growing interest due to their antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In plants, polyphenols are responsible for the vibrant colors and help to prevent against ultraviolet radiation, pathogens, oxidative damage and any harsh climate conditions.

Benefits of Resveratrol

  • Strong antioxidant
  • Promotes anti-aging effects on the body.
  • Protects the cardiovascular system in the following ways:
    • Improved health of blood vessels (endothelial lining)
    • Improved circulatory system function
    • Improved cholesterol/lipid profiles
    • May protect heart muscle
  • Improves nitric oxide availability
  • Promotes anti-inflammatory mechanisms
  • May protect the nerves against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • May help offset effects of obesity and poor diet/lifestyle choices
  • May have cancer-preventing benefits
  • Can help improve blood flow to the brain
  • May improve exercise endurance.

Where can you find resveratrol in foods?

  • Peanuts, grapes, purple grape juice, red wine, Japanese knotweed and a variety of berries such as blueberries and cranberries are great sources of resveratrol.

How much resveratrol do you require?

  • The standard dosage ranges from 250mg-500mg, but many researchers recommend anywhere between 100mg to 500mg per day. The best route to take is speaking with your health care provider to find the proper dosage for your body before starting any resveratrol supplements.

What’s in your supplements?

  • When choosing a resveratrol supplement, it’s best to look for supplements that use whole grape skins. One of the best sources of resveratrol in nature and for supplementation are muscadine grapes, as they tend to have the highest concentration of resveratrol.
  • Resveratrol comes in two forms, the cis form and the trans form, both of which refer to its chemical structure.
    • The trans form is regarded as the more biologically active form. If possible look for supplements that list the percentage of trans resveratrol the label.
    • The cis form is still active, but more research has been conducted on the trans form. As a result, we have not seen all of the benefits in the cis form that can be seen with the trans form.
  • Many professionals believe that the purity level of trans-resveratrol should be around 98%.
  • Look for products that explicitly say “resveratrol” on the label and not “red-wine complex” or proprietary formula. 300mg of resveratrol is not the same as 300mg of red wine complex.
  • Try to avoid supplements with fillers and additives.
  • Always read the ingredients label before purchasing any supplements!

Other Helpful Information

  • Resveratrol may inhibit platelet aggregation, which means it may increase the risk of bleeding in individuals who are on anti-clotting medications.
  • Although red wine is a good source of resveratrol, it is important to not drink large quantities as alcohol may have toxic effects on the body.
  • It may be best to take your resveratrol supplements in the morning as they may be slightly more bioavailable vs. in the afternoon or evening.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take resveratrol as it has not been well studied as safe.
  • Some supplements such as quercetin can work in conjunction with resveratrol and may boost its effectiveness.




29
JUN

4 Surprising Health Benefits of Hempseed Oil

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Can you think of a supplement which offers a variety of proven health benefits but it has yet to become popular in the United States? Hempseed oil comes to mind as this intriguing oil perfectly fits the label of a multi-purpose natural remedy.

Hemp oil is still considered sketchy to some as its association with cannabis has kept it from common use by many people. However, it’s important to understand that hemp is a health food and not marijuana. Hempseed oil contains virtually no THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis, and will not make you high!

Hemp seeds are rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, and omega 3 as well as tocopherols, and vitamin E antioxidants. Plus, hemp seeds are packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus. A great source of high-quality nutrients, hemp can certainly provide a lot of health benefits. So, let’s look a 4 surprising health benefits of hempseed oil.

1. Cholesterol

Considered a great product to promote proper cardiovascular function, hempseed oil can help lower cholesterol by accelerating metabolic processes as it contains an optimal 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Higher metabolism ensures that fats burn at a quicker rate and are not deposited on the artery walls. An excellent vegetarian option for omega-3 and omega-6, hempseed oil is also a safer, mercury-free fatty acid supplement.

2. Immunity

Hempseed oil is a great product to boost the immune system. The essential fatty acids in hempseed oil have been shown to promote and regulate healthy flora in the intestines and support immune system response and function, increasing the resilience of the body against the common cold and flu.

3. Healthy Skin

Hempseed oil can support healthy skin and promote beautiful hair and nails as it helps increase the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues.  Hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. Plus, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties from hemp may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin, reducing skin dryness to alleviating itching and irritation.

4. Hormonal Balance

Hemp is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid which can help regulate hormonal balance. Gamma-linolenic acid is eventually converted to the protective hormone prostaglandin PGE1 that regulates the hormonal balance and supports menopausal health.




26
JUN

Why You Might Have Gut Issues & 4 Ways To Fix Them

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Aids,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 2:30 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
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Hearing a lot of talk about your gut microbiome lately? There’s a lot of information circulating around the wellness world about how important it is to keep our microbiome balanced…but what exactly is a microbiome? In short, it’s the complex ecosystem of microbes—bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc—located in our bodies, the majority of which live in our gut and digestive system.

Why it’s important to keep your gut healthy

 So far, researchers have found poor gut health as a root cause for a number of diseases, ailments and health issues. The Standard American Diet (SAD) has been linked to the state of our of digestive health, so what we eat greatly impacts our microbiome. As additional studies about the microbiome continue to surface, we are learning more and more about the different ways our gut can have a serious affect on our overall health.

1. Vitamin production and nutrient absorption

It makes sense that nutrients need a healthy environment to do their job! Research shows that bacteria live in the gut and feed off undigested food, and in turn produce vitamin K for the body to use, as well as B vitamins that help generate and maintain energy. Microbes also help with the absorption of nutrients such as antioxidants, helping the body to fight free-radicals and inflammation.

2. Immune system regulation

According to studies like this one, 80% of our immune system greatly relies on the functionality of our microbiome. Because of this, researchers are able to deduce that autoimmune diseases like IBS, type 1 diabetes, lupus and arthritis can be traced back to an unbalanced and unhealthy microbiome.

3. Mental health and brain function

While not responsible for deep thoughts and understanding, the second brain (a.k.a your gut) is responsible for housing 95% of our body’s serotonin levels. Researchers say there is actually an elaborate system of neurons embedded in the walls of our gut, which can explain why gastrointestinal distress can affect our mental health and create mood swings.

4. Weight management

Some research shows that the condition of our microbiomes can greatly affect weight gain and our ability to lose weight, and obesity has also been linked to an unbalanced gut. Our microbes appear to have influence over appetite regulation, and our diet is crucial in determining the type of bacteria, good or bad, that develops in our gut.

What we can do to keep our gut healthy and balanced

If you have concerns about your digestive health, talk with your doctor about the best approach. Every person’s microbiome is different, so work with a physician to create a plan that suits your specific needs. Below are a few tips to offer guidance and help start a conversation with your doctor.

1. Be wary of inflammation

We are learning more and more that diet and lifestyle play a huge role in maintaining good gut health.  Staying away from foods that cause inflammation, like refined vegetable oils, refined carbohydrates and sugars and trans fats can help keep your gut in check. Dairy can cause inflammation and many people find they have sensitivities. Making sure to incorporate high-antioxidant foods and anti-inflammatory foods like cruciferous vegetables, healthy fats, and probiotic-rich foods.

2. Be mindful of stress levels

Too much stress weakens your immune system and causes inflammatory responses in the body. Chronic stress throws off the balance of bacteria in your gut, and when your body thinks it’s in danger you become more susceptible to infections. Try working in some mindfulness meditations in the morning. Even just 10 minutes a day can help keep your stress levels in check.

3. Exercise!

Speaking of stress relievers, exercise is extremely helpful in reducing the stress that can cause damage to your microbiome. Research shows that exercise is critical for balancing your gut, and sitting at a desk all day can actually negatively impact your gut flora. Try to get up, walk around and stretch every 20 minutes or so, and make an effort to work more intensive exercise into your schedule.

4. Supplement when advised and necessary

When paired with a healthy diet that reduces inflammation and the amounts of bad bacteria in your gut, probiotics can replace the bad with the good. Talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement regiments, and make sure to get a good quality probiotic. Getting a healthy amount of antioxidants in your diet is a great way to help to prevent free-radical damage from disturbing your microbiome.

Want to know more about prebiotics and digestive health? Learn more from our ND, Dr. Jeremy Wolf!

 

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24
JUN

10 Great Sources of Antioxidants

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Adding antioxidants to your diet is essential for overall good health. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the process of oxidation, a common chain reaction in a cell that eventually leads to the damage or death of the cell. Foods rich in antioxidants can help to reduce this oxidation process, keeping the cells healthy. Measured by the ORAC scores, let’s look at 10 great sources of antioxidants to add to your diet.

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best antioxidant foods and can be easily added to your breakfast. Loaded with antioxidants, particularly wild blueberries which have a 14,000 ORAC score, blueberries can also be added to your diet in juice, smoothie, and yogurt form.

2. Goji Berries

A popular superfood, goji berries have a 25,000 ORAC score and have become a staple source of antioxidants. Goji juice is one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of this amazing berry.

3. Kidney Beans

Beans contain cysteine, which is an antioxidant that helps flush out free radicals from the body. Kidney beans in particular are one of the best sources of antioxidants among all types of beans.

4. Cranberries

Cranberries are known for their high antioxidant properties, especially flavonoids that may increase the antioxidant activity in the body, but the fresh fruit isn’t so easy to add to your diet. The best option is cranberry juice, when the fruit is usually processed to supply the juice in the market.

5. Dark Chocolate

Some people may be surprised by this but dark chocolate has a 21,000 ORAC score and is a delicious option of a high antioxidant food.

6. Nuts

Nuts are rich sources of vitamin E, which in turn are a great food source to supply antioxidants to your body.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli contains a high amount of vitamin C, making it another food source rich in the amount of antioxidants. Plus, broccoli has selenium which helps fight the damage to human body cells.

8. Fish

Fish has high amounts of selenium, which helps to save the cells of the human body from getting ruptured or damaged in any form. Among fish, you can consume various types like shellfish, salmon, and cod to keep the adequate amount of antioxidants flowing in the body.

9. Coffee

Yes, a good cup of coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. Like many teas which contain lots of antioxidants, coffee is an easy way to get antioxidants on a daily basis.

10. Ripe Bananas

Did you know that the riper a banana is, the higher is the antioxidant property? That’s right. A ripe banana plays a big role in controlling the oxidation process in the body.




15
JUN

7 Reasons To Take An MSM Supplement

Filed Under: Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Suffering from joint pain, muscle cramps or even wrinkles? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supplements may be able to help. MSM offers a variety of health benefits because it contains anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties. It’s found in green plants, animals and humans, and this naturally occurring mineral supplies sulfur to make other chemicals in the body. MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis but MSM has much more to offer. So, let’s check out 7 reasons to take an MSM supplement.

1. Joint Pain

Known to help decrease joint inflammation, improve flexibility and restore collagen production, MSM 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. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility and reducing joint pain, and when combined with glucosamine, MSM is an excellent natural treatment for arthritis.

2. Muscle Cramps

MSM can also help reduce muscle cramps. Research suggests that MSM can act like a natural analgesic, helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility. Plus, MSM may help muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries.

3. Wrinkles

Essential for proper collagen production, MSM is one of the best products to prevent wrinkles as well as dry and cracked skin. MSM works together with vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues and can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Using an MSM supplement helps to hold on to precious collagen and keratin because sulfur is required for the production of these youthful compounds.

4. Weight Loss

MSM is important in insulin production and blood-sugar levels, directly affecting energy levels and carbohydrate metabolism, two important aspects to any weight loss program. Additionally, MSM’s ability to alleviate joint problems and reduce pain can help people become more active.

5. Hair Growth

MSM has been shown to help boost both collagen and keratin levels, two nutrients needed to form new hair strands. MSM can help reverse hair loss by providing the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.

6. Detox

One of the most important features of MSM is that it makes your cells more permeable, allowing toxins and metabolic waste products to easily be moved out of the cells, while essential nutrients and hydration can be moved in.

7. Energy Booster

MSM is known to naturally increase energy due to the increased permeability of the cells, less energy is required to deal with the accumulation of toxins.  This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing.




8
JUN

8 Benefits of a Daily Chlorella Shake

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Superfoods,Supplements at 10:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The term “superfood” is definitely overused these days. Everything seems to be a superfood but when it comes to chlorella, the endless list of health benefits that this algae can provide speaks for itself. Green shakes have been a hot topic as a refreshing cold beverage may be one of the best ways to ensure you get your daily dose of nutrition. Let’s look at 8 benefits of a daily chlorella shake.

1. Detox

The phytonutrients in chlorella promote detoxification, especially heavy metal excretion such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium. Plus, chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to detoxify radiation by protecting the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body.

2. Anti-Aging

Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) is the algae’s capability to provide DNA. Known as the fountain of youth, CGF can rejuvenate every cell of the human body, slowing the process of aging. Chlorella contains 17 times the amount of DNA found in sardines, the second richest natural source of these nucleic acids.

3. Weight-Loss

Chlorella can be helpful in weight control by promoting weight loss and regulate hormones. Known to reduce body fat, chlorella supplements can help regulate your metabolism, total cholesterol, blood glucose levels, improve circulation, and boost energy levels.

4. Immune System

Chlorella can enhance immune system functions as this algae is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid, zinc, and vitamins A, C, B6, B12, and E.

5. Digestion

Chlorella has an alkalinizing effect upon the body, promoting the growth of lactobacilli in the intestines and, as a result, improving overall bowel health. It’s also packed with protein, a 100-gram serving of chlorella contains over 58 grams of protein.

6. Cholesterol

Chlorella supplements may help regulate cholesterol levels as studies have shown that taking 5–10 grams of chlorella daily lowered total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in people with high blood pressure and/or slightly elevated cholesterol. It contains niacin, fiber, carotenoids, and antioxidants, all known to supporte healthy cholesterol levels.

7. Blood Pressure

Chlorella may help with lowering blood pressure to healthy levels. Studies have shown that regular supplementation can regulate blood pressure as well as lowered hypertension-related symptoms.

8. Respiratory Diseases

Chlorella has some components that can help reduce inflammation. Research suggests that the antioxidants in chlorella may have anti-inflammatory effects, which can possibly improve asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other respiratory diseases.

 




31
MAY

All About CBD Oil And How You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Homeopathy,Personal Care,Supplements at 10:33 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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If you’re keeping tabs on wellness trends, chances are you’ve come across cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It’s all over wellness blogs and even landing on the shelves of health stores—but what exactly does it do?

CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant and contains the potent health benefits of the plant minus the THC (the psychoactive part that makes you high). Researchers find CBD oil extremely useful as an anti-inflammatory and has even replaced over the counter pain relief drugs like NSAIDs for some users. It’s being used both clinically and by health conscious consumers as it proves extremely effective at promoting an overall healthy balance in our bodies.

Not sure if CBD is right for you? Here are a few of the many benefits of taking a cannabidiol supplement:

1. Relieves pain
CBD oil often substitutes traditional over-the-counter pain relievers and has been said to reduce pain and discomfort from a number of health conditions. Scientists believe that when CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system, it creates an anti-inflammatory effect. It has even been useful in alleviating pain from chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

2. Helps ease nausea
The cannabis plant has actually been used for centureis to manage nausea and vomiting. In large doses, nausea can be a side effect of CBD, but when taken in small, therapeutic amounts it can actually help curb nausea. Researchers found that CBD indirectly activates what’s called 5-hydroxytryptamiine-1A (5-HT1A)—a very complex name for a compound that plays a major role in reducing nausea sensations. Because of this, CBD is often used to reduce queasiness and vomiting from chemotherapy treatments.

3. Can help manage seizures
While more research is needed to fully understand how it works, CBD oil has been said to have anti-seizure properties. One study found that CBD may have similar effects to current drug treatments for seizures and it may even be a safe and effective treatment for patients with schizophrenia.

4. Balances and supports mental health
While CBD does lack the psychoactive component (THC) of cannabis, it does have several effects on the brain that can possibly help ease anxiety. Research has shown that CBD can boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which is often the goal of mental health treatments. Evidence found in animal studies are paving the way for more CBD testing on humans to provide more effective solutions for mental health disorders.

5. Excellent for hair, skin and nails
In addition to its clinical uses, CBD is an excellent beautifying oil! it contains a number of essential nutrients that are helpful in maintaining youthful skin, hair and nails, such as vitamins E and C. It’s also been said that CBD oil is helpful in treating acne by controlling inflammation, and is also great at calming irritated scalps for soft, shiny, dandruff-free hair.

6. Can improve your sleep cycle
You may already associate sleepiness with THC, but CBD can help you catch some needed Zs in a different, non-psychoactive way. While it won’t make you drowsy, a therapeutic dose can help those with sleep disorders maintain a regular REM cycle by staying asleep once they’re dozing. Considering CBD oil can help you maintain a more balanced state of mind, falling asleep may prove easier while taking it as well.

How Can You Take CBD Oil?

Tinctures
If you’re concerned about taste and not a fan of taking capsules, CBD oil tinctures are an enjoyable way to take the supplement. Tinctures are dropper bottles of sweetened and flavored CBD oil designed to yield all of the health benefits and make you actually want to take it!

Capsules
For a more convenient way to get your dose of cannabidiol, you can purchase the supplement in capsule form. These are great for taking with you on-the-go or for adding into your daily vitamin and supplement capsule regiment.

Liquids
If pills are not your style, CBD also comes in liquid form. This is a great option if you were looking to add cannabidiol into your daily smoothie or if you wanted to use it topically. Many CBD liquids come blended with other fatty acids such as MCT oil for additional benefits.

Body Care
Cannabidiol is also finding its way into personal care products! There are more and more products infusing CBD into their formulas to leverage its amazing topical benefits.

No matter how you decide to take CBD (internally or topically) always be sure to test a patch of skin for allergic reactions or start with small internal doses and consult with your doctor to ensure it is a right choice for you.

Has anyone had success while using CBD Oil? Share below!

 




31
MAY

3 Effective Digestive Enzymes

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Digestive enzymes can improve the functionality of your digestive system and make you feel a lot better after eating a meal. The majority of digestive support supplements contain a blend of enzymes, but with so many ingredients on every label, it can be hard to choose the right supplement for your needs.

Below are three highly effective digestive enzymes to consider when choosing a supplement.

1. Papaya
Papayas are a rich source of valuable proteolytic enzymes, such as papain, chymopapain, caricain and glycyl endopeptidase, that can greatly aid in the digestive process. The enzyme papain is one of the most effective at breaking down meat and other proteins, comparable to the enzyme pepsin that we produce in our pancreas.

In fact, papain is often considered a more effective enzyme than pepsin. Eating the papaya enzyme papain in a meal containing meat can significantly speed up its digestion. It may also help with the breakdown of other troublesome proteins, such as the gluten in wheat and the casein in milk, that are often implicated in digestive problems.

2. Bromelain
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem and is known to improve digestion. Used for reducing swelling and inflammation, bromelain has been shown to treat a bowel condition that includes swelling and ulcers. Often used in digestive support products, bromelain can also help improve the absorption of antibiotics. Bromelain seems to cause the body to produce substances that fight pain and inflammation.

3. Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)
Hydrochloric acid, also called HCL, is one of the many chemicals released in our stomach when we eat a meal. The role of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, along with the other gastric juices, is to break down foods and cause the release of enzymes that further aid digestion. HCl also protects the body from illness by killing pathogens commonly found in foods.

HCL supplements can aid the stomach’s acid to destroy harmful bacteria as well as relieve the symptoms of heartburn. Low stomach acid causes indigestion, gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea. Supplementing with Hydrochloric Acid in the form of Betaine HCL can dramatically help people with low stomach acid. Make sure you choose an HCL product that contains pepsin because, without it, the body can’t break down proteins into the peptides required for proper absorption.




30
MAY

New Brands Showcase: System LS

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and failed, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are introducing System LS, a new brand that offers unique products which will help reach your weight-loss goals.

This time you will succeed. System LS do things a little differently, taking a completely fresh approach to leading a healthy lifestyle. The company does not believe that only one product can help you lose weight as well as counteract all the side effects of limiting your calories. That’s the reason System LS did not develop just the one elusive ‘all-purpose/easy fix’ product, the likes of which just doesn’t exist. Instead, this brand has developed a complete system of products designed to make losing that unhealthy weight not just easy, but actually pleasant.

Each of System LS products has undergone rigorous research and testing in its development phase, incorporating potent doses of natural ingredients, proven to reduce your weight, burn fat and boost your energy.

Additionally, System LS products are natural and organic, and won’t give you any unpleasant side effects, quite the opposite. From the very first day you should start to feel better, lighter, and more energized.

System LS includes six innovative products developed after rigorous scientific testing; each product provides natural and organic ingredients designed to support weight loss and a modern lifestyle. Further, the products include a revolutionary patented phone app, which offers ongoing motivation for consumers.

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27
MAY

Probiotics Promote Strong Gut and Immune System

Filed Under: Immunity,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking for a product that can help promote a strong digestive systems and at the same time enhance your immune system, probiotics are the answer.

One of the best supplements to be taken on a regular basis, probiotics are dietary supplements that provide beneficial bacteria which can prevent gastrointestinal infections and convert sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid. Found in foods such as yogurt and dairy products, probiotics are known as the “good bacteria” and can fortify the immune system as well as help lowering cholesterol, managing lactose intolerance, lowering blood pressure, preventing colon cancer and reducing inflammation.

Probiotics are live microorganisms very sensitive to high temperature. The majority of products must be kept refrigerated in order to maintain high potency. During the summer months, hot temperatures may a problem for probiotic products but shelf stable probiotics are also available. Although shelf stable probiotics do not have the same potency as live products, you can still benefits from these products as they contain good amount of probiotics bacteria in their formulas.

Probiotics contain many different stains and they provide different benefits. Here’s a quick list on how to choose a probiotic if you are looking to improve you immune system or to enhance your digestive system.

Immune system

Bifidobacterium lactis

Lactobacillus reuteri

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Lactobacillus casei

Bifidobacterium lactis

Digestive system

Sacchromyces boulardii

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Lactobacillus casei

Bifidobacterium infantis

Lactobacillus plantarum




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MAY

New Brands Showcase: VBurst

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a revolutionary brand of vitamin products to our customers: VBurst.

VBurst aims to bridge the gap between quality and flavor. These unique vitamin shots are specially formulated nutritional blends, delivered in liquid form, to provide superior delivery and absorption of essential nutrients. Powered by 16 vitamins and minerals, and fortified with antioxidants and amino acids, VBurst shots offer complete and convenient nutrition with an uncompromising taste, so you can get the nutrients you want, conveniently bottled them into three delicious flavors for life on the go.

Recognizing that many vitamins on the market have poor rates of absorption, VBurst has created liquid shots packed with vitamins, minerals and three types of antioxidants to fuel your lifestyle. The idea for VBurst was born to offer a better vitamin product as most of the vitamins and nutrients in pills and capsules do not fully dissolve in our stomachs and many of those nutrients pass through the body unabsorbed.

Upgrade your vitamins and experience the benefits of liquid supplements. Easier consumption and better absorption with a smooth, refreshing taste. Each vitamin shot comes in a 2 oz. bottle with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. In addition to 16 different vitamins and minerals, an antioxidant blend is fortified with green tea extract, grape seed extract, and panax ginseng, three powerful antioxidants that fight to keep your body happy and healthy.

You can save even more when you shop VBurst 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.




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MAY

How To Choose A Black Seed Oil

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Recipes,Supplements,Uncategorized at 10:11 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Nigella sativa (Black cumin) on wooden spoon.

Introduction:

You may already be familiar with castor oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, red palm oil and many other oils currently on the market. However, one of the most widely used oils today with great medicinal properties is Nigella Sativa or more commonly known as black cumin. This plant is native to southern Europe, northern Africa and southwest Asia and its use can be traced all the way back to King Tut. In old Latin, it is called “panacea” which translates to “cure all.” The shrub of this plant produces fruits that have tiny black seeds that can be pressed to extract the oil. Its medicinal properties stem from the presence of thymoquinone—one of the major active chemical components of the essential oil. Thymoquinone is believed to have a wide range of medical applications and benefits we’ll discuss below. This plant has become one of the top-ranked, evidence-based herbal medicines to date, and there have been over 600 scientific, peer-reviewed articles published about black seed oil benefits.

 

Benefits of black seed oil to consider:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Supports liver health and helps protect the liver
  • May have anti-cancer properties
  • Contains protein, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc and iron as well as both fixed oils (fatty acids) and volatile oils
  • May help treat a variety of common health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, bronchitis and asthma
  • May be helpful in treating against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • It may help increase milk production in nursing mothers
  • May act as an appetite stimulant
  • May help to boost the immune system
  • Rich Source of Essential Fatty Acids

 

What to look for when choosing a black seed oil

  • Extraction: the method by which the oil is expressed or extracted from the seeds matters! Slow, cold-pressed means that no heat is used during the extraction process. High temperatures may cause rancidity or cause some of the more volatile oils to evaporate. Avoid any oils that use chemical extraction.
  • Purity: the product should be 100% pure Nigella Sativa oil and not filled with additives.
  • Storage: look for oil that is stored in a dark, glass bottle that will protect it from both air and light.
  • Quality: Look for unrefined vs. refined oil and make sure it’s organic!

Other important tips about black seed oil

  • Make sure to store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  • It can be used as a spice or preservative! In fact, the seeds have been added to many Persian foods including bread, pickles, sauces and salads.
  • Do not confuse it with black cohosh, cumin, curcumin or nutmeg.
  • Supplements made from black seeds are usually made up of the basic seed extract in either a crushed powder or oil form.

 

Homemade black cumin seed salad dressing:

  • ½ cup black seed oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 fresh chopped garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp. Ginger root
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and mix/shake until blended together.




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MAY

5 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Apple cider vinegar has been a fountain of health benefits for quite some time now. Loaded with acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, enzymes and polyphenols, apple cider vinegar is known to help weight-loss but it can also help with so much more. Let’s look a 5 benefits of apple cider vinegar.

1. Support Weight Loss and Metabolism

The number one health benefit from apple cider vinegar continues to be weight loss. Researchers have concluded that consuming apple cider vinegar could promote weight loss by reducing sugar cravings, improving detoxification, and reducing body fat up to 10%.

2. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

Apple cider vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels and fight type 2 diabetes, characterized by elevated blood sugars, either in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. When avoiding refined carbs and sugar, apple cider vinegar may have a powerful positive effect on regulating blood sugar levels.

3. Detox Your Body

Used by many detox products, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body.  It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage.

4. Kills Bacteria

Acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar has the ability to kill pathogens, including bacteria and, at the same time, foster the growth of beneficial bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria when it comes into contact with it, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic.

5. Digestive Support

Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce bloating. Vinegar increases the acidity in the stomach, which allows it to digest the food you’ve eaten and helps propel it into the small intestine.