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10
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Meal Prep Haven

Filed Under: Home,Water Purification and Storage at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce Meal Prep Haven, a superior line of food containers for meals and snacks.

Meal Prep Haven offers high quality, portion control food containers designed by fitness enthusiasts eager to help others meet their goals and made with only BPA free and FDA approved polymers.

Built for meal preppers, by meal preppers, Meal Prep Haven knows preparation is the key to meeting your fitness goals, providing the right tools and mindset to help you stay happy, fit and healthy.

Meal Prep Haven airtight food containers are built to last. Fully reinforced to ensure long-term use while preventing cracks, these lunch containers will last with you and come with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Each meal prep container stores up to 17 oz. of food, making it an excellent way to control portion size and effectively lose weight and build muscle. Meal Prep Haven’s lunch boxes can withstand the freezer, fridge, microwave and dishwasher (top rack). Stackable and easy to store while prepping meals in advance for the week ahead, you can pop them in the freezer for long term storage and thaw them in the fridge overnight for the next day’s meal.

Meal Prep Haven food containers are perfect for eating on the go, at home or wherever you are. Save time and money by prepping your meals in advance and never fall behind your diet schedule.

You can save even more when you shop Meal Prep Haven 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.



9
DEC

Feeding the Littles: Baby Chia Pudding

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition,Recipes,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
chiapuddingChia seed is a superfood because let’s face it, it’s pretty super which is also it’s a great food for your little one. Even plain yogurt and squeeze pouches in the grocery store contain over 5 grams of sugar which is something you don’t want your kids to have very often. Well, why not make your own yogurty, pudding that’s gluten and dairy free with zero preservatives. This is so easy to make ahead of time and it can keep in the fridge for up to three days.

FUN FACT – Did you know chia contains five times more calcium than milk, three times more iron than spinach and twice the potassium content of one banana.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons chia seed

1 mashed banana

1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)


DIRECTIONS

Mash the banana in a small bowl with a fork

Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl

Combine both bowls together in a mason jar

Leave in the refrigerator overnight so the chia can gel

Feed to baby in the morning and top with his or her favorite fruit

 



7
DEC

Get Plant-Based Nutrition On-The-Go

Filed Under: Nutrition,Nutritional Bars,Superfoods at 11:10 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
barsonthegoIn the words of my personal hero, Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Multiples studies and research has shown that plant-based diets can help prevent, and even reverse, chronic diseases ranging from high blood pressure and cholesterol all the way up to cancer.

So, here’s the issue: time – and it’s not on our side. How is a busy person supposed to stay healthy in today’s multitasking, instant gratification, on-the-go world? Say hello to “the bar”. No, not the one you hit up at happy hour for half-price apps. We’re talking about a condensed, nutrition-packed, powerhouse that you can take with you and eat in your car, at your desk, on a plane, or just about anywhere else. Check out our top five yummiest faves:

Vega One All-In-One Meal Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

One of my personal favorite bars, this company was founded by Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling author on plant-based nutrition. Its layers of chocolate-dipped goodness will make you glad you didn’t reach for that second cup of coffee. Vega’s All-in-One bars contains 12 grams of plant protein plus fiber, omegas, one billion dairy-free probiotics and an absurd amount of vitamins and minerals.

Health Warrior – Chia Bar Acai Berry

For our money this may be the perfect snack. Think a smoothie bowl wrapped up in a pretty wrapper ready and that’s what you got with the low-sugar and 100-calorie Health Warrior Chia bar. It’s a fruity and tangy alternative to the usual expired vending machine suspects.

GoMacro – Organic MacroBar Everlasting Joy Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips

Vegan, soy-free and non-GMO, man does this bar deliver. Along with it being about a quarter of the recommended protein intake and reminiscent of your favorite childhood candy bar, this almond butter and chocolate combo is simply divine. Not only does it taste amazing but you can feel good knowing that proceeds of your purchase will go toward feeding the homeless.

Kind Bar – Healthy Grains Bars Oats & Honey

Oats, quinoa, millet. amaranth and supergrains combine with ingredients you can pronounce to create a perfectly chewy barwith a satisfying crunch. These bars are gluten-free and contain one whole serving of grains per bar! There’s health and tasty and Kind’s Oat & Honey delivers on both.

RXBAR – Protein Bar Peanut Butter

There’s no b.s. in this bar. Literally, the ingredients are printed in a large font on the front of its packaging showing complete transparency and pride in their product. RXBAR only uses five ingredients — all free of gluten, soy, GMOs, sugar and dairy and featuring 12 grams of protein. Real food and real ingredients, without compromising on taste.

 



6
DEC

4 Natural Swaps For Conventional Skin Care Products

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 10:34 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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You made the switch to organic food. You exercise daily. You even have a favorite green juice recipe. Now it’s time to graduate to the next level of green living.

Take the plunge by giving your vanity and medicine chest a complete overhaul, swapping out conventional skin care products for these eco-friendly alternatives.

Body Lotion – Light, unscented, this natural body lotion is packed with rich botanical emollients to soothe and soften even very sensitive skin while providing 100% daily hydration. It contains high quality, natural ingredients like aloe vera, green tea and chamomile extracts plus antioxidants to nourish and replenish skin on contact.

Hand Soap – Just in time for flu season, stay clean (and green) by avoiding soaps that contain triclosan, triclocarban or fragrance.  This hand soap uses high quality ingredients such as olive oil, aloe vera and vitamins a and e to hydrate and replenish precious lost moisture with every application.

Face Lotion –As of today, not one study proves that repeated and prolonged use of parabens is safe. This low-cost synthetic preservative is so prevalent in popular face lotion brands that it’s hard to avoid – unless you know where to go for a safer alternative. One of our paraben-free faves contains fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10 and super antioxidants that boost dermal vitality and ultra-sheer SPF 18 to provide daily protection from the sun’s rays and the effects of aging.

Body Wash – Most body washes contain synthetic compounds. such as parabens, sulfates and triclosan, that multiple studies have been linked to cancer. If you find any of them lurking in your favorite product’s ingredients we recommend switching to this safer alternative. This wash is non-gmo, contains no parabens, lauryl/lauretha sulfate, propylene glycol, polysorbates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, dyes or any other unidentifiable junk that you would never want to apply to your skin. It’s pure and simple stuff, as your soap should be!

 



6
DEC

When to Eat Protein Bars

Filed Under: Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Protein bars have been a popular product for years for many reasons. Convenient, affordable, and loaded with important nutrients, these bars are an excellent way to help obtain the required amount of daily protein, particularly when you are on the run.

However, one question always seems to be unanswered: when is the best time to eat a protein bar? Is it after workout? During breakfast? Perhaps as a snack, between meals?

A simple answer is “after workout”. Eating small amounts of protein after exercising is ideal as studies have shown that high quality protein can be most effective for your muscles after exercising. After a workout, the body needs amino acids to help repair any muscle damage caused from the activity, as well as helping muscle grow. A recommended 10-20 grams of protein after a training session may be sufficient to give the muscles the nutrients needed.

Additionally, eating protein bars for breakfast can be helpful too as early hours are the best time to obtain protein. So, if not the best time, early hours are a great time to eat protein bars as a recommended healthy breakfast should contain protein-dense foods. Making things even more interesting, eating protein bars prior and during workout time can also be beneficial. Consuming up to 40 grams of protein and around 60 grams of carbs in the 30 minutes before you start your workout, or even while training, may provide benefits as it can provide a boost of energy often needed during your exercise.

In conclusion, one may say the best time to eat a protein bar is right after workout and that is likely the “best answer”. On the other hand, it seems like there is no “bad time” for protein as breakfast, early hours, as a snack, prior workout, during workout, and even late hours, all have some benefits to your health. Nutritional supplements should never take the place of whole foods in your diet but protein bars are an excellent and perfectly acceptable alternative to food and sometimes an essential compliment to your diet. Click here to check out Lucky Vitamin’s Nutritional Bar Sale.



5
DEC

Top 10 2016 Winter Health & Wellness Trends

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Superfoods,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:19 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this winter.

SUPERFOODS IN SKIN CARE

Superfoods aren’t just taking over the local grocery stores, they are also taking over your skin care products. More and more superfoods such as chia, moringa, camu camu, spirulina, maca, quinoa, and kale can now be found throughout the personal care and beauty aisle. Superfoods are foods which have a high content of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Camu Camu is a berry that contains a substantial amount of minerals as well as a range of amino acids, organic acids and fatty acids. It is also an antioxidant power house and an extremely rich source of vitamin C. Camu Camu can be found incorporated into Alba’s new individually wrapped Fast Fix Anti-Wrinkle Mask. Another super food making its way into skin care products is chia seeds. Chia seeds have recently been reported as one of the richest botanical sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega 3. One study found that topical chia seed oil may be effective for neuritis (severe itching of the skin associated with a variety of conditions) and moisturizing skin. Chia seed oil can be found in products by Nubian Hertiage and CocoKind.

MEN’S GROOMING

Let’s face it, trends in the natural beauty and personal care industry aren’t just for women. With more & more men growing beards, companies all over are outfitting all natural beard oil, washes, and balms for men. Beard oil works to soften and condition facial hair while moisturizing the skin to prevent dryness, itching and irritation. Badger’s, certified organic man care beard oil is one of my personal favorites. Beard wash is generally a combination of herbs, extracts and other ingredients intended to clean, moisturize and condition the hair and skin of the face. Lastly, beard balms offer a little hold for grooming but also condition the beard to help stop dryness, split ends, tangles and frizz. Use of these products can help any man turn their 5 o’clock shadow into the manliest of beards.

ZINC

Zinc is a nutritionally vital mineral that is found in foods such as sunflower seeds, red meat, eggs, oysters and beans. It functions as anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and is required by over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body. One of the major benefits of zinc, quite possible one of the reason it is trending right now, is because adequate zinc intake is essential in maintaining the integrity of the immune system. If you are deficient in zinc you may be more susceptible to a variety of infections agents. Researchers have also found that zinc when taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms for example, a scratchy throat, may reduce the duration of the common cold by as many as 3 days. Taking mega doses of zinc for long periods of time is not suggested as too much zinc may actually weaken the immune system. Check out some of our top rated brands for Zinc as well as LuckyVitamin’s own Zinc formula.

FLOUR ALTERNATIVES

White flour is unfortunately a big part of most individual’s daily food consumption even though it provides little nutritional value. With more and more individuals following specific diets free of allergens or other restrictions, limiting white flour can make baking, cooking and eating out very difficult. It’s no wonder more companies are providing alternative flour options like rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour and many more. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of alternative flour options from top brands such as Bob’s Red Mill, Nutiva, NOW Foods, Arrowhead Mills and more.

DIGESTIVE SUPPORT

With gas, bloating and heart burn becoming common complaints among many individuals, more and more people are turning to remedies to help improve their digestive health.  Probiotics, prebiotics, fiber and digestive enzymes are at the forefront of the digestive support industry. With gut health affecting more than just digestion, for example its role in our immune system function, it’s no wonder that this field is booming with new and innovative products. These products aren’t just found in tiny capsules these days, they can be found in bars, chews, gummy bears, wafers, powder packets and many more delivery methods. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of professional grade and top rated digestive support products to help support you gastrointestinal system health needs.

 CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. This ingredient is making its way to the beauty realm, from face masks to shampoos, tooth powders and deodorants. These products use activated charcoal, which means the coal has been heated to increase its adsorptive power, increasing the rate at which molecules bind to a surface. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbing dirt and oil, absorbing 1,000 times its own weight in moisture.  Some great beauty products using activated charcoal include Piperwai Natural Deodorant, Dr. Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Indigo Wild, Level Naturals, and Collective Wellbeing.

 BONE BROTH

Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

There is nothing new about drinking apple cider vinegar, yet there is a lot of fresh buzz surrounding this popular health trend.  In fact vinegar itself has a long history of use as it dates back to around 3000 BC. Vinegar can be made from almost any fermentable carbohydrate source. This includes apples, pears, grapes, potatoes, beets and more. Apple cider vinegar is traditionally sourced from crushing fresh apples and extracting the liquid. The liquid is then added to barrels where yeasts ferment the natural food sugars to alcohol. Next, acetic acid bacteria converts the alcohol to acetic acid. Acetic acid is responsible for the tart flavor, pungent odor and many of the proposed health benefits of vinegar. Popular uses for apple cider vinegar include blood sugar balancing, improving blood cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, weight loss, detoxification, digestive stimulant, household cleaners and as an anti-fungal. Check out our new LuckyVitamin’s brand raw organic apple cider vinegar with the mother now available online, as well as many of our other great apple cider vinegar products.

FACE MASKS

Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply and are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to help hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.

BEETS

Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease.  While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Beet Chips, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.

 



5
DEC

Best Foods to Prevent Winter Dryness

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Maintaining healthy skin during winter can be difficult but there are a few ways to prevent the common winter dryness. First, and the most obvious one, is to get a good moisturizing product. Lotions, creams and soaps can help keep your skin in good shape. On top of that, have you ever thought about moisturizing from the inside out? Yes, some foods can help with that as they provide nutrients to maintain your skin beautiful and in good health during adverse weather conditions. Here’s a quick look at how to beat winter dryness with naturally hydrating foods.

Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Any fruit of veggie loaded with beta-carotene may be very helpful to maintain healthy skin as this antioxidant is known to protect the skin and prevent damage. These orange goodies include sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins as well as papayas, peaches, and grapefruit. Additionally, sweet potatoes and carrots are a great source of vitamin A, helping the body to repair tissues, necessary to produce collagen. Vitamin A helps lock in moisture, gives your skin a healthy glow and protects it from damage too.

Coconut

This tropical food is rich in healthy fats that help your skin stay in great condition and glow in every way possible. Research suggests that coconut’s fats provide lubrication to the skin due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Since fresh coconut fruit may not be available during the winter months, try coconut oil, considered the most helpful, as well as coconut butter and coconut shreds.

Olives

Extra virgin olive oil is filled with vitamin E and healthy unsaturated fats, which moisturize the skin from the inside out and provide anti-aging benefits. Vitamin E is considered a powerhouse nutrient to treat and prevent dry skin naturally. Organic olives combined with quinoa and kale can provide additional antioxidants, fiber, and protein, all wonderful for skin health.



3
DEC

Winter and Vitamin D

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Winter is coming and it may be the best time of the year to talk about vitamin D. An estimated 85 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient and over 95 percent of senior citizens in the US may possibly be deficient. These numbers may be even higher during the winter months as sun exposure is reduced and vitamin D synthesis is very unlikely across the country.

Vitamin D is extremely important as it plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal health and preventing diseases. Vitamin D can help reduce the risk of several health conditions including type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as cancer. Plus, vitamin D exhibits its infection-fighting abilities in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds, and flu.

Cases of vitamin D deficiency are more frequently in the winter months from early December to late February as people tend to spend more time indoors than outdoors. On top of that, the sunlight exposure may not be enough to produce D, depending on where you live in the US. People living in Northern states are unlike to produce D as there is very little sun exposure and the sun rays aren’t strong enough to produce vitamin D. Exposing your skin to the sun is not likely to produce vitamin D when the temperature is lower than 50F. This occurs in most regions in the US during the winter months.

Aside from sun exposure, vitamin D is obtained from food sources and supplementation. Common types of vitamin D are vitamin D2 and D3. Compared to D2, vitamin D3 is 87 percent more effective, and is the preferred form for addressing insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D supplements may be an excellent addition for the winter months, keeping your D levels healthy at least until you get the chance to get outdoors and product it naturally.

Image credit: www.epa.gov



1
DEC

New Brands Showcase: Z!nt

Filed Under: Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a brand of revolutionary products to help boost that empowered feeling of vitality, enthusiasm and zeal for wellbeing: Z!nt.

Z!nt was created to help promote proactively healthy lifestyles. Eat well, exercise, be adventurous, positive and focused. Live a harmonious life physically, mentally and spiritually. Of course this isn’t always easy, but by sprinkling a little Z!nt throughout your day, it all becomes possible.

Z!nt was founded with the mission of delivering super ingredients for maximum nutrition while making them simple to integrate into your daily routine. Whether these foods are found at the far ends of the globe or in your own backyards, Z!nt is constantly on the search for the world’s most natural, nutrient-rich ingredients that enhance lives through vibrant health, increased energy and overall wellbeing.

Z!nt is a super-ingredients company committed to producing simple, natural, and high quality xylitol, gelatin, and collagen hydrolysate. All products are certified Non-GMO, gluten-free, and derived organically from pasture raised animals.

You can save even more when you shop Z!nt products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.



30
NOV

The Power of Royal Jelly Supplements

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
It seems like many people can use a little energy boost around this time of the year. The holiday season brings us so much joy but it can also use all the energy we have left. Energy supplements, as well as energy drinks, can be very helpful in stressful times and one natural energy enhancer may be a great choice for you: royal jelly.

Royal jelly supplements are known to offer a variety of health benefits but most people know this product as an energy booster. Loaded with vitamins, royal jelly contain good amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin C as well as niacin, biotin and folic acid. Plus, this rich, creamy, milky substance produced by worker bees is a rich source of proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, and minerals.

Royal jelly is considered by many as the cream of the crop of beehive products. This unique product is the result of a mixture of honey and bee pollen, two top-shelf ingredients loaded with excellent nutrients that are very gentle to the human system. Most products have antibacterial and antibiotic components and are safe to be taken on a daily basis.

In addition, royal jelly supplementation may offer other benefits aside from improving energy levels. Research suggests that royal jelly supplements can help maintain lower cholesterol, enhance the immune system, promote mental alertness, and reduce stress.

Available in liquid form, tablets and capsules, nutritionists may recommend an average of 100mg per day, the amount which has been used in most of the studies, to obtain significant results from royal jelly. Proper cold storage is recommended since some royal jelly products are perishable and warmer storage may affect potency. Natural beeswax may be added to royal jelly to aid its preservation.



29
NOV

New Brands Showcase: Repurpose

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a line of sustainable tableware that looks out for the health of you, your family, and the planet: Repurpose.

Repurpose offers an entire line of eco-friendly products exclusively from plants and are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment. Single use plastics are not sustainable and Repurpose believes we can positively impact the environment by changing everyday behavior.

Less than 10% of single use plastic is recycled in the United States. These products are designed to be thrown away but unfortunately are made of a finite resource: petroleum. Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exist today and about 8% of the world’s oil supply is used to make single plastics.

These alarming numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as waste is by far the biggest issue. The North Pacific gyre off the coast of California is home to the great Pacific garbage patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. In order to give you a better idea, the floating mass of plastic found in these waters is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1.

Repurpose creates products that are made from only plants, which are annually renewable resources. The company compostable are currently produced from the annually renewable resource corn (maize), the lowest cost and most widely available fermentable sugar in the world as well as sugar cane and bamboo. Repurpose products fit into any waste management system including traditional landfills.

Save even more when you shop Repurpose 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.



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.



23
NOV

Lucky Vitamin Presents: Notagmo

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of aromatherapy products to our customers: Notagmo.

Notagmo offers a unique line of Non-GMO Project Verified aromatherapy products designed and manufactured for a better state of mind. The company believes that nature should be kept pure and is fully committed to sustainability. Not only are all products made with sustainable plants, but all the internal operations are 100% paperless for reduced environmental impact. Plus, Notagmo is fully Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant.

Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and is a fascinating alternative medicine that involves the use of plant materials, known as essential oils, which can be aromatically inhaled by patients of a wide variety of health conditions. Aromas are powerful and some of aromatherapy health benefits include its ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, induce sleep, minimize headaches, boost cognitive performance, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.

Notagmo products are made of 100% pure essential oils, one of the few Non-GMO Project Verified product lines for 100% pure essential oils. By using Non-GMO Project Verified essential oils you are using a product that was made the way nature intended. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO product supply chain, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. They believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.

Family owned and operated by three generations of the same family, Notagmo is 100% committed to manufacturing only premium, Non-GMO Projected Verified aromatherapy products. Click here to shop Notagmo product at LuckyVitamin.com.



19
NOV

How To Keep A Health Journal

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Mindfulness,Nutrition at 11:28 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Workout and fitness dieting copy space diary.

With the New Year “write” around the corner it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to accomplish in 2017. Not surprisingly, many people choose to take this time of year to focus on improving their overall health. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to assess your health needs is to create a daily personal health and wellness journal. This journal can help you to understand your current health status and inspire improvements to better your overall health. Research has shown that individuals who write about traumatic, stressful and emotional events are more likely to have improvements in physical and emotional health than those who do not.

Combine these experiential writings with a log of other daily events such as what you’ve eaten during the day, how you feel, time slept, sleep quality, medications/vitamins/supplements taken that day, physical activity and overall mood, you have the makings of a personal wellness journal that can help you discover causes or correlations among behaviors, symptoms and health issues. These findings can help you assess your current health and help you form goals on where you would like to be in the coming New Year.

Short Term & Long Term Benefits to Consider of Journaling

  • Identify personal habits
  • Identify potential allergens/sensitivities
  • Personal growth and development
  • Problem solving
  • Stress reduction
  • Better diet
  • More frequent exercise
  • Improved working memory
  • Reduced number of visits to general practitioner or health center

10 Tips for Successful Journaling

  • Commit to a journaling schedule
  • Keep your notebook or journal where you won’t miss it
  • Try using email or calendar reminders so you don’t forget
  • Write in a private place, free from distractions
  • Stay organized
  • Keep it short
  • Keep it fun and interesting
  • Don’t worry about being perfect – write what comes naturally to you
  • Make time for some reflection
  • Reward yourself!

How to Keep a Health Journal

There are pre-made health journals that you can use to keep yourself organized, but don’t worry, a general spiral notebook will also work just fine. To start, be sure to note the date and day of the week. You can record your blood pressure and sugar level if necessary, along with weight and body temperature. It is best if these are recorded at the same time each day. Record the total amount of sleep you had for that day including naps. You can also record the number of times you woke up during the night and your overall sleep quality.

Since many individuals feel that their health is affected by changes in the weather, you can note the temperature for the day along with any present weather patterns (such as sunny, cloudy, humid, rainy, snowy, windy, etc.). Log any medications you took as well as any over-the-counter items and vitamins, herbs or supplements. Indicate the brand name, the type of medication or supplement and the dosage or strength. As you get comfortable with journaling, you can simply write “same as usual” to save time and only make notes when changes occur. You should also write down any physical activity that you performed that day, including walking, running, weight training or even vigorous housework, gardening, dancing, etc.

Take note to any pain or discomfort that you feel throughout the day. You can log the area where the pain occurs and number it on a scale of 1-10 in terms of its severity (1 being very mild, 10 being severe). Sometimes pain occurs at the same time of the day, so be sure to take note if this happens. In addition to pain and discomfort, you can also note any symptoms that you felt throughout the day. These may include fatigue, nausea, gas, bloating, watery eyes, diarrhea, heart palpitations, constant hunger, etc.  Focus on all the areas of the body (from your head all the way down to your feet) and don’t forget to include any mental or emotional symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness, sadness or anger. You may also want to rate the symptom severity and take note to what time of day they occurred. If you notice any rashes, bruises, bites or other skin conditions take note of these and log them as well.

Finally, log your diet for the day including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Feel free to note the amount of calories, fat, sodium, protein, sugar and other nutritional information consumed at each meal. Also log your water consumption throughout the day. Keeping track of what you eat may help you discover trends in your day to day health to figure out if you are allergic or sensitive to certain food ingredients. For instance, every morning after drinking milk at breakfast you may have noticed excessive gas and diarrhea, which could identify lactose sensitivity. Leave a final section for comments or to include anything else that comes to mind. Congratulations, you’ve finished day one of your health journal!



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New Brands Showcase: To Your Health

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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