Prebiotics and probiotics. Two similar words, two completely different things. Probiotics have been popular for quite some time as they are essential for gut health and overall wellbeing. However, what’s interesting about this debate is that prebiotics are actually one of the best ways to improve probiotics and get even better results but many people still wonder: what are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. Prebiotics help your good bacteria grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio, which is essential to your health and overall wellbeing.
Additionally, prebiotics provide a wide range of health benefits which have been medically proven. These amazing non-digestible fiber compounds are known to improve gut health and enhance digestion as well as lower inflammation, reduce risk of heart disease, boost immune function and promote weight loss.
Found in many fruits and vegetables, sources of prebiotic fiber include greenish bananas, raw garlic, raw asparagus, raw leeks, onions, artichokes, chicory root, and beans. However, it’s nearly impossible to obtain the ideal amount of prebiotic from food sources as one would have to eat in large quantities every day.
Prebiotic supplements are a great option as most products are mild in texture, nearly tasteless, and can be easily added to water or any other food. Prebiotics powders are not affected by heat, cold, acid or time, unlike probiotics which must be kept alive and may be killed by heat or simply die with time.
Kefir is a fermented dairy drink known for its gut-friendly benefits. And if you are interested in trying to make your own we sell a great DIY starter kit here. This kit contains healthy bacteria including S. Lactis, S. diacetylactis, S. cremoris, L. casei, L. acidophilus and lactic acid yeast strains which will do your gut some good.
Kombucha known by diehard fans as “booch,” this is another popular fermented drink made using tea and a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and sweetened tea. The process of brewing your own is similar to making beer. Kombucha contains antioxidants and the healthy acids created by the fermentation process aid digestion and help detoxify. However, if you’re not a brew master, no worries, you can find plenty of delicious pre-brewed varieties here at LuckyVitamin.
Ginger contains phenolic compounds like gingerol and volatile oils that are hugely beneficial to your digestive system. Herbalists for thousands of years have known of the healing powers of ginger, including Ayurvedic practitioners who have used it to activate the body’s internal energy to help regain balance and harmony.
Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s no surprise this overall health tonic is great for digestion too! ACV can jump start the production of HCL, the digestive juices that help breakdown food. Try adding a tablespoon to eight ounces of water and drink 15 minutes prior to a meal to help ensure that everything goes down smoothly. Did you know that LuckyVitamin makes their own apple cider vinegar? Oh yeah1 Get yours here (it has the “mother” too!)
Coconut Oil is an anti-inflammatory food. Unlike other fats, the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil are broken down easier by your GI tract. Plus, the anti-viral and anti-microbial properties can help kill the bad micro-organisms that cause inflammation. This explains why many people who suffer from Crohns and colitis use coconut oil as a healing food.
Lucky Vitamin continues to introduce new brands to our customers and today we are adding a pretty cool, modern line of homeware products: Black + Blum.
Black + Blum offers a one-of-kind line of products to help you get healthy, save money, and protect the environment. Black + Blum has taken a fresh and much needed look at lunch boxes as well as water bottles, cutlery and other accessories that go with them.
Taking your own food and drink to work or school has many health benefits. When you know what you are eating, it’s easier to follow a balanced diet and maintain portion control. Plus, you can save money instead of buying overpriced convenience take-outs. It’s also important to help the environment and Black + Blum products are ideal to minimize food waste by eating reinvented leftovers and reduce packaging waste by avoiding takeout food.
Black + Blum is passionate about creating beautiful, original designs which are underpinned with functionality. With an eclectic taste shown through the varying aesthetics of the products’ different ranges, Black + Blum designs in house but also collaborates with the most talented designers worldwide, bringing the finest products to market. Whether you are eating al desko or al fresco, frugally feasting on last night’s leftovers or a foodie experimenting with new recipes; use your lunch break as the chance to escape, recharge, talk with family and friends and celebrate what you eat.
The Paleo diet continues to get more popular as this unique diet is considered by experts as the healthiest way you can eat. The Paleo diet is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and healthy. Lucky Vitamin is wasting no time to follow this good trend and is happy to introduce another premium brand of Paleo products: Paleo Ranch.
Paleo Ranch provides people with delicious health foods that are compatible with the renowned Paleo Diet. The company is also proud to conduct environmentally friendly and ethical ranching methods that provide a more natural and happy lifestyle for animals.
Founded in 2009, Paleo Ranch began with an unbreakable, unparalleled commitment to health, nutrition, and animal treatment. To successfully win the battle of animal cruelty, the company decided to focus on creating a healthy, most nutritious, delicious, safe, cruelty-free protein snack option, starting with their own cattle and ranches. Promoting all natural products starts with how the beef is raised and treated. From cruelty-free living to 100% grass-fed and grass-finished and pasture-raised, each and every member of Paleo Ranch’s cattle family is treated humanely.
Paleo Ranch protein snacks are healthy, nutritious options for athletes, runners, yogi, animals, but it is healthier for human consumption. With higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin E, CLA, and antioxidants, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef jerky makes the most sense for everyone.
Let your outer beauty shine with MyChelle and NeoCell and stay instantly ageless.
Did you know our skin is the largest organ and is made up of mostly water and collagen, which is the foundation for our skin’s structural support and thickness? Collagen consists of proteins made of long chains of amino acids fastened together like chains on a linked fence. In our youth we have an abundance of collagen giving us firm, even skin; however, as early as 25 collagen production naturally declines causing fine lines and wrinkles.
To support, nourish and protect all layers of the skin, incorporate these two essential ingredients into your daily skin care routine.
Topical Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging ingredients, and everyone can benefit from using it! Thousands of independent clinical studies show that L-Ascorbic Acid, naturally found in the skin, is the BEST skin care ingredient for promoting skin health. Be sure to select the L-Ascorbic acid version of Vitamin C, as it is chirally correct and better absorbed by the skin. Additionally, you want to look for concentrations of 10% or higher to get all of the excellent benefits vitamin C offers. Lastly, you want to make sure your topical vitamin C is always formulated with other great antioxidants.
As a supplement, Vitamin C is also critical in the formation of healthy collagen within the skin, allowing interlaced collagen fibers to remain strong and flexible. Nearly all forms of Vitamin C found in supplements are in the correct L-Ascorbic Acid form, but daily supplementation is essential to maintaining healthy levels within the skin. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is eliminated from the body quickly, so to protect against deficiency – and therefore decreased collagen production – incorporate Vitamin C into your daily routine.
C The Difference with these awarding-winning MyChelle products:
Perfect C PRO™ Speed Peel 10% – A professional-level, one-step, one-minute, fast-acting 25% Citrus Fruit puree peel. Formulated with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid blended with L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, and Retinal to deliver youthful, soft, and glowing skin.
Perfect C™ Serum 17% – Advanced multi-tasking Vitamin C formula reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cells brighten and protect against photo-damage and combat the visible signs of aging. Non-irritating. Dermatologist and Allergy Tested.
Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion 12% – This velvety-rich, nutrient- and moisture-restoring lotion deliver a potent 12% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid combined with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help brighten and protect skin from the effects of environmental pollution for a smoother and more luminous complexion.
Be your best you with these NeoCell products containing Vitamin C:
NeoCell Beauty Bursts are a delectable way to get your collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid for skin hydration, and Vitamin C in a soft chew you’ll actually look forward to eating! Choose either the Super Fruit Punch or Chocolate Mint to snack your way to a beautiful day!
NeoCell Beauty Infusion is a comprehensive formula that infuses your body with beauty nutrients. High dose collagen, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Biotin, and ALA are included in this refreshing collagen drink mix, which comes in two delicious flavors Tangerine Twist or Cranberry Cocktail.
NeoCell Super Collagen Tablets are tried and true best-selling collagen supplements for over two decades. The convenient tablets contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C along with clinically proven NeoCell Collagen Peptides for outstanding skin health.
Powerhouse Peptides – It’s ideal to start incorporating peptides into your routine as early as your 20’s. Peptides are long or short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen (proteins) within the skin. Since peptides are tiny amino acids, they are able to penetrate the skin’s protective barriers and work their magic. Peptides are intrinsically linked to proteins, allowing the user to see powerful results quickly. As an internal supplement hydrolyzed collagen peptides have been shown to work at the cellular level to naturally boost collagen production and support skin beauty from within.
Pump up your daily peptide routine with these MyChelle and NeoCell fan favorites:
Supreme Polypeptide Cream – This multi-peptide, nutrient-rich cream is enriched with four powerful anti-aging peptides: Matrixyl® Synthe’6™, Syn-Coll®, AC DermaPeptide Revitalizing PF, and Proteasyl® TP Pea Peptide to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore tone and texture.
Peptide+ Anti-Wrinkle Serum – This concentrated, multi-peptide serum helps visibly improve skin’s texture and reduce the telltale signs of aging. Argan Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus extract help promote natural skin renewal while Squalene and Rapeseed Oil increase moisture retention for long-lasting hydration.
NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the choice of millions of Glow Getters worldwide for their collagen peptide beauty routine. The high dose, affordable and clinically-proven hydrolyzed collagen peptide powder is unflavored, making it an ideal addition to beverages like coffee or tea, or recipes like soups, dressings or sauces.
NeoCell Glow Matrix makes the ideal complement to Super Collagen powder or tablets by working internally to hydrate the skin for a dewy, soft complexion. Containing clinically proven Ceramosides, high dose hyaluronic acid, and many other activated moisturizing nutrients, Glow Matrix is being hailed as the most effective hydration supplement on the market!
Losing weight isn’t easy. Some people may need all the help they can to shed a few pounds off and one of the best ways to start that is increasing your daily fiber intake.
Low fiber intake may lead to many health issues and proper intake can help regulate the digestive system. Fiber is known to promote weight-loss as it’s slower to be absorbed and digested, filling up your belly and making your feel full. If you are not sure which fiber can help up your daily intake, we present you 3 great sources of fiber.
Flaxseeds are fiber packed seeds that also contain a very versatile omega-3. These delicious flaxseed meals contain 4 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoon serving as well as lignans, a special antioxidant that has anti-estrogenic actions. Flaxseed meals are an excellent way to increase your fiber as when the flax is ground, your body can extract all the nutrients.
A bulking agent which swells considerable when added to liquid, psyllium husks are known to help support healthy gastrointestinal function. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10–30% mucilage and it forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water, resulting in healthy bowel movement. Plus, psyllium husks may help decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome as it seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin, and blood fats.
Oatmeal is a great source of fiber as a quarter cup of steel cut oats contains 5 grams of fiber. On top of that, oats contain a super fiber called beta-glucan, known to have cholesterol lowering effects. It is the beta-glucan in oats that will also help slow down the digestion of your meal.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a new brand of pet products to our customers: PetAlive.
PetAlive’s mission is to inspire more people to embrace a natural approach to complete family wellness. This unique line of homeopathic medicines is made using 100% natural ingredients and are free of added gluten, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, and are never tested on animals.
PetAlive ensures quality by selecting whole herbs, wild crafted whenever possible, and use the Full Spectrum method of extraction to create the most effective supplements. All homeopathic medicines are manufactured according to the highest pharmaceutical standards, in FDA registered facilities, according to the principals of cGMP in certified facilities.
Additionally, the company wants to educate customers on the benefits of holistic living and the dual modality approach, using herbal and homeopathic remedies together, while providing unbiased, factual, and useful information to help you make informed decisions about ailments and remedies.
PetAlive partakes in a hands-on approach to complete wellness, from incorporating natural remedies into our own daily routines to encouraging others to adopt a holistic approach to health.
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.
Improved immune system
Fewer coughs and seasonal colds
Reduction in allergies
Reduces symptoms of arthritis
Improved skin/reduction of skin complaints
Alleviation of digestive issues
Improves joint flexibility
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.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another premium brand to keep you prepared both in fitness and outside the gym: Hydracup.
Hydracup was originally developed for carrying pre and post workout in one shaker but it didn’t take time to realize it can be used to replace all other shakers. Today, this innovative shaker bottle is being used by hundreds of thousands of followers in over 100 countries. With over 400,000 sold in only two years, Hydracup has added something original and fresh to an industry that was flooded with cookie cutter and knock off products but, more importantly, the company has helped customers save time and stay prepared.
Designed to help customers take control of their fitness goals, Hydracup’s 28oz total capacity is equal or bigger than comparable shakers and is super easy to use. Just fill both sides up with the same ingredients or when you don’t need two drinks, use it as a regular shaker. Even if the dual function isn’t your main priority, use Hydracup just like a normal shaker and you will never need another shaker again.
The company believes in taking chances and being different as opposed to the corporate approach of only chasing $ signs. That’s the reason Hydracup is always making progress to bring you the freshest colors and as well as fun and motivational quotes that you’ve never seen before.
You continue to hear that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” or if you are trying to lose weight, “eating breakfast is essential”. Both sentences are true but what can you do if you are not hungry when you wake up and do not feel like eating first thing in the morning?
The majority of breakfast bars are calorie-counted treats made to provide nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you would get when you eat a healthy breakfast. Most products contain ingredients such as fruits, oats, granola, low-fat yogurt, nuts, seeds, and other things you would normally eat for your morning meal.
A perfect product for those who are short on time in the morning, breakfast bars are also a great on-the-go meal for those on weight-loss diets. Research suggests people who eat breakfast are slimmer because they tend to eat less during the day, especially high-calorie snacks. However, some people do not feel hungry in the morning but starting a new routine may lead to new habits. For example, eating a breakfast bar every morning can make you feel hungry when you wake up and, after a while, your morning appetite will naturally increase and you’ll probably find you eat less throughout the day, including snacks and unhealthy food choices.
Choose your favorite breakfast bar and start a new routine. With some many choices available, you can be sure to find one that fits perfectly for your needs. Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s nutritional bars.
First, washing your hair every day isn’t really necessary as it may dry your hair out, leaving it prone to breakage. Hair produces a natural oil called sebum and shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair. Since it takes in average 2-3 days for the hair to “get dirty” with excess oil and dirt, most people do not need to wash it every day, but there are some exceptions. People who exercise a lot should wash their hair daily to remove sweat as well as those with very fine hair, people with oily scalp, and people living in very humid places.
The type of hair is another important factor to be considered. People with thicker and long hair may only need to wash it once or twice a week. For the average person, every other day, or every 2 to 3 days, without washing is generally fine but if you have fine hair that it’s more likely to look limp the day after a wash, you may want to wash it more frequently.
Another important aspect is the environment. For example, people living and working in big cities (urban areas) are exposed to more fumes from cars and pollution and daily shampoo and conditioning may be a good idea.
Rounding up our list, the quality of shampoos and conditioners. Today, these products are much better than 20-30 years ago as companies have developed different formulas for each and every type of hair. Most shampoos and conditioners use good ingredients putting goodness back into the hair in the form of proteins or moisture rather than being just a plain detergent.
So, the final answer is up to you. Check the type and length of your hair, how dirty in get from environment and exercise, and the type of products you use, to decide how often you should be washing your hair.
Lucky Vitamin continues to add new sport nutrition products to our customers. The latest addition is an innovative, fast growing company that provides high quality products with the most up-to-date formulations: Swole Sports Nutrition.
Swole Sports Nutrition strives to provide supplements to all athletes who are looking to amplify their current workout routines. The company creates and develops products that are designed to help everyone train like a professional athlete.
Swole Sports Nutrition innovative formulas can deliver high potency with low dosing, a perfect combination to obtain optimal results. Additionally, Swole is fully committed to researching and formulating the best supplements that haven’t been created yet. The company seeks to push the limits of sports supplementation and the evolution of athletics through science.
Swole Sports Nutrition believes that training and proper nutrition are extremely important, and that proper supplementation can give you that extra drive and push you beyond your expectations, improving your results in less time. It’s time to experience the next level of sports nutrition.
Choose from pre-workout supplements to post-workout formulas, BCAA products to creatine supplements and much more.
Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation and a distinct philosophy. Because of its historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy, yoga was once considered ancient practice. However, all over the world, yoga is gaining popularity. In America specifically, the growth of yoga is astonishing. Since 2012, the percentage of Americans aware of yoga has increased from 75% to 90%. In addition, approximately 37 million Americans practice yoga today, which is a significant increase from the roughly 20 million Americans reported to be practicing yoga in 2012. It’s not just consumers who are catching on to the practice of yoga. Therapeutic yoga programs are now in place in many hospitals and health centers. Why has this practice gained such popularity? It might be because yoga compliments other forms of exercise or maybe it’s simply because yoga is good for you.
Benefits of Yoga
Enhanced performance in other forms of exercises
May reduce fatigue and inflammation
May reduce low-back pain
May lower heart rate and blood pressure
May help to relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia
May improve quality of life
Common Types of Yoga
This is the term that is used to describe any type of yoga that teaches physical poses. Any Hatha class you attend will focus on postures. Most Western yoga classes are a form of Hatha yoga. These classes tend to be slower paced and more relaxing.
This style of yoga incorporates six poses broken down into a series and performed in a sequential manner. Each pose is connected and every movement is linked to a breath. It is a more rigorous and physically demanding style of yoga.
Vinaysa is a more active and movement-rich style of yoga that incorporates a sequence of poses. Unlike Asthanga yoga, the poses change from class to class depending on the teacher and what they have choreographed for that day. Similar in intensity to Ashtanga yoga, these classes are generally fast-paced, physically demanding and lively.
This type of yoga incorporates poses performed in heated studios at temperatures around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. In order for it to be truly considered Bikram, these classes must include a series of 26 unchanging scripted poses that were created by the founder Bikram Choudhury.
Yin is a quiet more relaxing and meditative form of yoga. The slow-paced style of yoga incorporates poses that are held for longer periods of time.
As the name implies, this form of yoga is for expecting mothers. It incorporates breathing, gentle stretching, poses and relaxation. This form of yoga is great for helping moms-to-be stay in shape, develop or maintain strength and flexibility and may even help prepare them for labor.
Yoga mats come in different sizes, depending on the amount of cushion you are looking for. For example, a 1mm yoga mat will offer less cushion between you and the ground than 3mm yoga mat.
Fitness Apparel – Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is sweat-wicking and has stretch is ideal.
Yoga Blocks – These are intended to help support poses and aid alignment.
Yoga Straps – Like blocks, straps provide help with support, alignment and posture.
Mat Carrier – Some mats can be heavier than others, but all are awkward to carry by hand. Yoga mat bags and straps can make lugging your mat around much easier.
Tips to Consider if You’re Going to Start Practicing Yoga
You don’t have to incorporate yoga into your life every day at first. You can start slowly with one or two classes per week. You may even want to get started by just adding some poses into your cool-down routine after a run or workout.
If you have any medical conditions make sure you speak with your health care provider before starting any type of yoga practice.
Start by taking a beginners yoga class, although not as common as the classes above, many studios offer them.
Find a studio that is convenient and easy for you to get to.
Make sure to attend classes from experienced and certified instructors.
Educate yourself on the type of class you are taking before taking it.
Inform the teacher of any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries.
Go with friends or workout partners.
If practicing at home, find a clean and quiet area where you will not be distracted or bothered.
Everyone is different. Make sure to modify postures based off your individual needs and abilities.
Try out all different styles of yoga until you find the style that fits you.
At the heart of Organic India is their commitment to be a living embodiment of consciousness in action. They work with thousands of family farmers in India who cultivate thousands of acres of organic farmland. Organic India actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays a premium market rate to their farmers. All of their products promote wellness and are certified organic. Each product you hold in your hands is one link in a chain of love, respect and connectedness between their farmers and you. By choosing Organic India you are completing this chain, which gives training and a living wage to the Indian farmers, creates a sustainable environment and brings happiness and well being to you.
Whether you are looking for breakfast that will keep you feeling satiated throughout the morning, tasty afternoon snack or nutritious after-work out treat, this smoothie is for you! Protein shakes aren’t just for body builders; our bodies need protein to help make new cells and repair old ones.
This is my all-time favorite protein powder. It’s made from real, whole-food ingredients and is packed with 20 grams of plant-based protein per serving. Best of all, it takes just like a chocolate milkshake. For an extra antioxidant boost I add a dash of matcha powder, which has 10-15 times the overall nutrients and over 100 times more antioxidants than black, green and white teas. Finally, I top this nutritional powerhouse with a healthy sprinkle of bee pollen and shredded coconut. Bee pollen is considered one of nature’s most perfect foods and is rich in proteins, free amino acids and vitamins — including B-complex and folic acid. The coconut adds a healthy dose of medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) and flavor. Say hello to your new favorite smoothie!