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APR

Battling Spring Allergies

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring is a beautiful, colorful and happy season but for some people is the time of the year to battle allergies. The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. Trees are known to cause spring allergies as the pollen produced by them can traveled far by the spring breeze. Some types of trees are common triggers of hay fever in spring such as oak, maple, red cedar, elm, birch, cypress, and walnut, among others.  Grass and weed also release tiny grains into the air and can cause allergic reactions. The most common symptoms of spring allergies are sneezing, sniffling, congestion, and itching.

You’ll get some relief from spring allergy symptoms on rainy or cloudy days, or when there’s no wind to make the pollen airborne. However, when the weather is warm and dry (just like most people want), and especially when the wind picks up, allergies are likely to become worse.

The immune system mistakenly sees the pollen as a danger and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. That leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms that are all too familiar if you have allergies.

Getting relief from spring allergies is actually quite simple. Just keep your doors and windows closed, use allergy filters on your air conditioning unit, wash your clothes and take a shower after you’ve been exposed to pollen and mold spores. You may also avoid doing yard work or exercising outdoors on days when pollen counts are high, such as sunny and breezy days.



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APR

New Brands Showcase: Florapy

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is adding another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Florapy.

Florapy offers a unique line of beauty products designed by aromatherapy enthusiasts who have intensely studied Flower Essence Therapy and Aromatherapy to select the most powerful flower ingredients and healing essential oils. The company truly believes nature heals all and is fully committed to ensure this amazing product can become a staple in beauty routine.

All Florapy products are paraben-free, contain no synthetic fragrance, harsh dyes or pigments, and are never tested on animals. A safe choice for those with sensitive skin, Florapy products are also vegan friendly.

Florapy is a brand created and developed by a beauty product obsessed team that has been coveting the South Korea sheet mask trend for years. As lovers of this skincare concept and true experienced believers in the powerful hydration benefits this product provides, the company is proud to bring this premium product to the United States.

This new therapeutic skincare collection has a very special sheet mask delivery system, which contain floral ingredients proven to aid in skin health, along with essential oils proven throughout history to enhance mood and improve mind and body balance.

The primary function of Florapy is to provide extreme hydration to your skin along with a unique combination of ingredients help to restore, replenish and protect the skin from all the damaging elements we encounter in our everyday lives.

You can save even more when you shop Florapy 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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APR

8 Morning Habits To Boost Productivity All Day

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing,Mindfulness at 10:58 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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How many times have you gone to bed determined to wake up, early only to hit “snooze” five times before finally getting up and bolting out the door? I am far from an “up-with-the-sun” kind of person, but getting in the practice of rising earlier gave me more time to clear the morning brain fog and get energized for a productive day.

Here are my 8 tips for creating and actually sticking to a morning routine that enhances your mood and focus all day long!

1. Define your “why”
Why are you getting up so early? Defining your purpose is key to finding motivation to get out from under the covers. Maybe you want to clean your room, squeeze in a run or yoga session, or work on the novel you always wanted to write. Whatever your motive, write it down, set a phone reminder and make it a priority so you don’t have to think when the alarm sounds!

2. Set yourself up for success
When you’re half-awake, pressed for time and willpower is low, limiting your morning tasks and responsibilities the night before is helpful. While this seems like a no-brainer, actually making sure our clothes are laid out, lunch is packed, dishes are done and the laundry is folded before hitting the pillow is easier said than done.

3. Write something 
Setting aside time to put pen to paper in the morning is the equivalent of a cup of coffee for a creative brain. Believe it or not, creativity peaks in the morning while the analytical side of our mind is still snoozing, allowing for a free flow of thoughts and ideas. Even if you’re job doesn’t demand a ton of creative thinking, giving your brain an early workout will allow you to hit the ground running once you’re at your desk.

4. Create an energizing environment
My favorite part about mornings is waking up and feeling happy in my space and connected with myself. I light a few candles or throw on my diffuser to gently wake up my senses and soak in the aromatherapy benefits. Make your space one that’s clear of clutter and distractions so you can wake up feeling stress-free. Try opening the curtains for some natural light or listening to a podcast or upbeat music while you get ready. Fill your environment with the good vibes you want to exude all day long!

5. If you can’t work out, stretch out
Exercising first thing is a great way to boost energy levels all day long, but if you’re not morning workout person, don’t sweat it (pun intended)! Instead, block out some time (preferably right after you wake up) to stretch out and get your blood flowing. The American Council on Exercise says stretching in the morning can reduce aches, pains and lead to greater amounts of energy and focus throughout the day.

6. Take your time with your coffee 
In many cultures, the morning cup is a daily ritual meant to be savored and enjoyed. Don’t settle for blah tasting coffee or tea that’s just a shortcut to caffeine. Pour a cup of superfood spiked coffee to start your day with some essential fats and nutrients as well as a healthy jolt. If tea is more your style, try savoring earthy, herbal teas in the morning to stimulate your senses and help feel more grounded. You’ll be amazed at how the simple luxury of a good morning cup can enhance your mood all day.

7. Break from the screens & set intentions
When you jump right into e-mails, news updates and Facebook over breakfast, it can be over-stimulating and your morning time shifts to the needs of others. I like to silence my phone and set my own personal intentions for the day. I use this time to create to-do lists and write out my goals for the day and week. Taking the time each day to focus on yourself and your tasks puts you in an organized, productive mindset early, and visualizing your goals keeps your days filled with purpose!

8. Reward yourself!
Have one part of your routine that you absolutely love and look forward to each day. For me, sitting down to a podcast over my morning cup of tea and bone broth collagen smoothie is my reward for getting up early and giving myself extra time to settle into the day. Maybe you make time to read, make a tasty breakfast or stop for a good cup of coffee on your way to work. Saving time for little indulgences will boost your mood for the day and create an incentive to do it all again tomorrow!

Remember to keep your morning goals realistic and flexible. While you should hold yourself accountable to sticking to a routine, be patient with yourself and treat it like a practice: it’s okay if you miss a day so long as you get back to it tomorrow!

What are your favorite morning routines and rituals? Let’s talk about it in the comments!



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APR

Ester-C: The Unique Vitamin C

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Many people are often intrigued by some words or terms when shopping for vitamins and supplements. For example, some people get confused when choosing vitamin C products by the word “Ester-C” whcih appear on labels of a some supplements. What is Ester-C? The answer is quite simple.

Ester-C is a unique form of buffered Vitamin C with metabolites which may offer some additional benefits when comparing to regular vitamin C. These metabolites are compounds derived from nutrients that are normally created in the body. One of the main functions of these metabolites is to activate the vitamin C molecules, making it easier for the body to transport them from cell to cell, leading to several health benefits.

Consequently, the main benefit of taking Ester-C is its quick absorption and the 24-hour retention in the immune system. So, if you struggle with absorbing minerals and vitamin, Ester-C may be the recommended product for you.

Additionally, many people do not tolerate vitamin C due to the acidity. Ester-C, however, is a combination of non-acidic vitamin C in conjunction with metabolites to increase the levels of retention of vitamin C by the blood cells and tissues. As a result, people struggling taking regular vitamin C can tolerate a pH neutral product such as Ester-C.

When searching for Ester-C products, you may notice that some products contain a blend of bioflavonoid, acerola, rose hips, and rutin, creating a superior and more complete product.

Click here to check Ester-C supplements available at Lucky Vitamin.com.



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APR

New Brands Showcase: Sophie’s Kitchen

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is adding another top quality brand of health food products to our customers: Sophie’s Kitchen.

Sophie’s Kitchen offers a unique and revolutionary product that can be used in vegan and vegetarian plant-based diets. Sophie’s Kitchen creates great-tasting, plant-based seafood products which are delicious and are a great sustainable alternative to seafood from the ocean.

The company believes easy access to delicious, plant-based alternatives will help more people create healthier meals for themselves and the community. These revolutionary, ready-to-eat, vegan and vegetarian plant-based food products are perfect for children of all ages who can enjoy the unique flavors of the ocean without being tempted to eat precious fish.

The current dependence on dwindling foods from the sea should be a concern. The Japanese have traditionally used konjac as a health food with a high source of fiber, and contains very few calories. Also known as Elephant Yam Root, amorphophallus konjac has been used across Asia for centuries, as the base for many products. Asian culture use traditional land and sea plants, such as highly nutritious seaweed, as the foundation of their philosophy and their products.

Sophie’s Kitchen gourmet plant-based seafood meals are designed to be prepared with love, plated with purpose and devoured with joy. A little goes a long way, so add that lemon slice, simmer with Cajun seasoning and garnish with arugula to create a beautiful dish inside and out.

You can save even more when you shop Sophie’s Kitchen 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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APR

The Healing Properties of Coconuts: 5 Ways You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Immunity,Nutrition,Supplements at 1:38 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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The coconut’s status as one of those elusive “good fats” has skyrocketed in recent years, with the tropical stone fruit being repurposed as a dairy substitute (think coconut milk and butter), beauty product (hair masks, skin lotion) and household cleaner among countless other uses. Coconut oil even has an SPF of 8! Check out some additional ways that the coconut can be added to your health, beauty and healing regimens.

Heart Health
According to many studies, lauric acid—a protective type of fatty acid—has been linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health. Because coconuts contain minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow, coconut milk is also useful for lowering blood pressure and keeping blood vessels flexible, elastic and free from plaque buildup.

Digestion
The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) in coconuts can help rid your gut of harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil, which can be used in baking and as an alternative to butter and oil for sautéing, is considered an anti-inflammatory food. Those anti-inflammatory benefits help heal injury to the digestive tract in patients who suffer from diseases like Crohn’s. Finally, coconut fats fight candida yeast that lives within the digestive tract.

Skin
It’s no wonder that coconut products make the perfect natural additions to add to your beauty regimen. Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is an excellent body moisturizer and it penetrates hair better than other “typical” hair conditioners. However, be careful not to overdo it when applying it to your skin. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it may clog pores.

Immunity
Monolaurin and Monocaprin are the naturally occurring fatty acids in coconuts than can boost the immune system. For an example of what they can do, consider that Monolaurin is found in breast milk as a way for mothers to boost the immune strength of babies.

Energy
Compared to the long-chain fatty acids found in most of your diet, the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are metabolized a bit differently, heading from your digestive tract straight to the liver. There they are converted to energy which helps nourish and rejuvenate the body.

 



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APR

3 Health Benefits of MCT Oil

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Nutrition,Supplements at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The MCT oil versus Coconut oil debate is often making the headlines. These two products are considered beneficial and provide many health benefits. Both offer abundant levels of lauric acid, antibacterial properties, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. The main difference between MCT oil and coconut oil is that MCT oil is more concentrated and, while coconut oil certainly has MCTs in it, concentrated MCT oil is almost entirely MCTs. But what should you take MCT oil for? We present 3 health benefits of MCT oil.

1. Improve Digestion

MCT oil is known for balancing bacteria in the gut microbiota, which in turn has positive effects on digestive symptoms, energy expenditure, and the ability to absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Medium-chain fats can help kill a wide range of pathogenic viruses and strains and bacteria that cause digestive issues, including candida, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, stomachaches and so on.

2. Weight Loss

Compared to other types of oils and fats, MCTs seem to have positive effects on fat burning and weight reduction as it helps increase satiety and even raise the metabolic rate at which the body functions. Studies demonstrate that dietary MCTs suppress fat deposition through enhanced thermogenesis and fat oxidation, helping the body produce ketones, which gives you the same benefits as the ketogenic diet without needing to cut carbs to drastically low levels. MCTs are sometimes called “the ultimate ketogenic fats” because of their heating effect in the body and ability to rapidly be used for energy.

3. Energy

Medium-chain fats are believed to be one of the most easily digested, utilized and protective fatty acids that exists. MCTs may help improve memory problems including Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. It only makes sense that a food that supplies fuel for your brain and also helps you absorb vitamins and minerals better will also make you feel more clearheaded, energetic and positive.



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APR

How To Choose A Folate Supplement

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 10:16 am | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
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Introduction

While shopping for supplements or simply browsing your local grocery store, you may come across the words “folate” or “folic acid.” What are folate and folic acid, and do you know the difference between the two? Folate is the general term that refers to both natural folates found in food and folic acid—the synthetic, man-made form—used in supplements and fortified foods. Also known as Vitamin B-9, folate is a water-soluble vitamin that belongs to the B-Vitamin complex. Our bodies do not make folate so we must get it from the foods we eat or the supplements we take. So what is the best way to get folate? Should we be taking folate or folic acid or both? Read on to find out all the answers to these questions and more!

 

Benefits of folate

  • Detoxification
  • Supports mental health
  • Metabolizes amino acids.
  • Helps form red and white blood cells and platelets
  • Aids neurotransmitter production
  • Reduces the risk of neural tube defects during pregnancy
  • Assists in methylation—a process responsible for a number of functions in the body.

 

Where to find folate in food

  • Beans: lentils, lima beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas and chickpeas
  • Green Leafy Veggies: asparagus, broccoli, okra, brussel sprouts and spinach
  • Juices: orange and tomato juice.
  • Fortified Foods: spaghetti, cereals, white rice, and bread.

 

How much folate should you take?

  • The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for folate from the food you eat and the supplements you take in micrograms/day are as follows:
Life Stage Age Males (mcg/day) Females (mcg/day)
Infants 0-6 months 65 65
Infants 7-12 months 80 80
Children 1-3 years 150 150
Children 4-8 years 200 200
Children 9-13 years 300 300
Adolescents 14-18 years 400 400
Adults 19 years and older 400 400
Pregnancy All ages 600
Breast-feeding All ages 500

 

What’s in your folate supplements?

Synthetic Forms

  • Folic Acid: A man-made form of folate not found naturally in foods. Though the body absorbs it well, it does not get used to its full potential. For maximum potency, folic acid needs to be absorbed and then transported through our blood via proteins to a receptor that allows it to enter our cells. Once inside the cell, folic acid needs to be converted to its active form to reap all the benefits mentioned above. Too much folic acid that isn’t utilized has the potential to block the natural form from getting into the cells.

Natural Forms

  • Folinic Acid: A natural form of folate that is readily converted by the body into its active form. Plays a role in DNA-based productions.
  • Methylfolate: This has a variety of names including L-5-Methylfolate, L-Methylfolate, Methylfolate, 5-MTHF and others. Like folinic acid, this a natural form of folate that can be readily used by the body. Methylfolate supports methylation—a process responsible for turning your genes on and off, building neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine), building immune cells, energy production, preventing hormone imbalances, managing your stress response and a host of other functions.  

Folate and pregnancy

Folate deficiencies during pregnancy have been associated with abnormalities in both the mother and baby, so adequate folate intake is necessary for healthy growth and development, especially of the neural tube where the brain and spinal cord form. Folate helps decrease the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus and may help prevent anemia and peripheral neuropathy in the expecting mom. Because the neural tube develops very early on in pregnancy, it’s important to make sure you start taking folate supplements before you even start trying to conceive. On top of neural tube defects, folate during pregnancy appears to also be beneficial in the prevention of congenital heart disease and oral clefts such as cleft lip and cleft palate. 

Important tips about folate

  • A deficiency in folate may increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • The symptoms of folate deficiency are very subtle. You may see signs of Anemia, which can occur due to folate deficiency. Anemia may present as pale skin, shortness of breath, persistent fatigue, weakness and lethargy.
  • Folate works in conjunction with B12. So if you believe you are deficient in either, taking them together may bring better results.
  • Extensive cooking may destroy 50-95% of the folate in food.
  • New research has shown that some individuals may have antibodies that can either bind or block the folate receptor, which prevents folate from entering the cell.
  • Certain health conditions such as alcoholism or inflammatory bowel diseases can cause a folate deficiency.

*Disclaimer* There is a lot to understand about the different forms of folate and how they work in the body. Make sure to speak with your health care provider before starting a folate or any other supplements, as side effects and interactions may occur!



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APR

New Brands Showcase: Älsa

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 9:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Finding a healthy energy drink can be a difficult task but to help make this challenge a little bit easier, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are proud to introduce Älsa, a twice-daily solution for active adults seeking a steady, long-lasting physical and mental energy boost without the jitters or crash of the typical energy drinks.

Älsa offers energy products created with special mixed formulas packed with vitamins, electrolytes, white tea, and yerba mate extracts to deliver sustained energy and focus. This unique blend of clinically tested premium ingredients delivers a steady, measured flow of energy to support the way you live every day, all day, Älsa uses two key ingredients: Cognizin citicoline for enhanced mental focus and Purenergy for long-lasting energy.

Citicoline is a natural substance found in every cell of the body that is especially vital to brain health. Cognizin citicoline is a patented, branded form clinically proven to provide sustained mental energy, enhanced focus and healthy memory function.

An innovative, patent-protected caffeine ingredient that combines caffeine and pTeroPure pterostilbene, Purenergy provides caffeine 25% longer and delivers 51% more at six hours when compared to ordinary caffeine.

Älsa also contains Vitamins C, B6 and B12 for immune support, electrolytes for enhanced hydration, white tea and yerba mate extracts to boost energy and deliver antioxidants. Vegan and gluten-free, Älsa is naturally sweetened with fructose and stevia extract and naturally flavored for a healthy energy drink with a light, pleasing taste.

You can save even more when you shop Älsa 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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APR

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils at Home

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Green Living,Health Concerns & Ailments,Home at 4:45 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds that have been around for centuries. Frankincense was even used to anoint Jesus upon birth. A hydrophobic, concentrated liquid of plants and flowers can be used to heal, clean and do just about anything else for the body, mind and soul that you can imagine. Here’s how you can introduce these “magical” healing oils into your home.

Aches & Pains
The analgesic compounds in essential oils are their secret to easing a variety of common pains and ailments. Our winner for headache relief is lavender by a landslide. If you suffer from arthritis, then frankincense can help limit the production of inflammatory molecules. If your back is causing you pain try several drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to cool inflamed joints. We always recommend using a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil to help dilute the essential oil and strongly advise that you never apply it directly to the skin!

Cleaning
Did you know that some essential oils have the power to kill bacteria and mold? Oh yes! But remember, a little can go a long way, so don’t overdo it.  Try lemon, tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus oils combined with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar for an all purpose, DIY cleaner.

Personal Care
Free yourself of the harmful chemical and phony fragrances found in most personal care products. Make them over with essentials oils! Lavender, which can be applied directly to the skin, makes a great perfume. Tea tree is great for acne-prone or oily skin and clary sage fights fine lines. Many natural personal care brands incorporate essential oils into their products, or you can experiment with your own mixes and blends!

Topically
As mentioned above, you want to use a carrier oil when applying most essential oils topically to the skin. Tea tree and lavender are great for topical use, however, you’ll want to do a small, isolated skin test to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction before going all-in on a major application. Some great areas of the body to apply oils are your temples for stress, the bridge of your nose for a sinus infection and between the eyebrows when you’re trying to fall asleep.

Gardening
Yup, that’s right, you can control garden pests with essential oils! Throw out your chemical-laden garden bug killer. Just combine 8 ounces of water with a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s soap and 6 drops of essentials oil (like peppermint) to repel unwelcome garden guests such as beetles and aphids. Apply every few days to keep the pesky guys at bay.

Remember that essential oils are derived from plants and can cause a reaction if you are allergic! Like we mentioned earlier, always test a small patch of skin before using all over. Also, like with any major change in your routine, consult a professional before making the long term switch!

How do you use essential oils in your daily life? Share below!



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APR

New Brands Showcase: Polyn

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is now offering a new brand of personal care products that can help improve the quality of our lives, our animals, and our planet: Polyn.

Polyn offers 100% plant-based products that are 100% pure, cruelty-free, synthetic ingredient-free, GMO-free and safe for adults, children, babies, animals and our planet. The company wants to educate costumers on how our skin is a living organism to our health. With focus on the difference between synthetic ingredients, natural ingredients and what we call pseudo-natural ingredients, Polyn wants to supply the world with information of products that will improve lives by helping people feel better (aromatherapy of products), look better (healthier skin), and be more confident through education.

For the last 20 years, Polyn has been following standards in the product line using only 100% food-grade ingredients which are verified by Natural Ingredient Resource Center. Plus, nothing is ever tested on animals, which is certified by PETA. Polyn has sourced ingredients, created packaging, and forged partnership to ensure the best, highest quality products to all customers. Unlike companies that outsource formulation, sourcing, and manufacturing, Polyn manages the entire supply chain to ensure products you can trust.

Let’s not forget the environment. 100% plant-based and food grade ingredients that are so safe you can eat them. 100% Non-GMO from inception (we don’t need to modify what nature has perfected. 100% Cruelty-free, never using products tested on animals. 100% of our packaging is made with recycled, reusable or compostable materials.

You can save even more when you shop Polyn 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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APR

4 Health Benefits of Coconut

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Personal Care,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Coconut can provide a lot of health benefits but it’s quite interesting that this tropical fruit can be helpful in so many different ways. Coconut products vary from natural supplements to cosmetic lotions, cooking oil to shampoos, skin moisturizers to nutritional bars ingredients, and much more. The one thing in common: coconut makes efficient products. Let’s look at 4 health benefits of coconut products.

1. Cosmetic

Coconut is great for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. Individuals with dry skin can benefit from coconut oil as it can improve the moisture and fat content of the skin. Plus, coconut oil can be very protective against hair damage and used as an effective sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

2. Cholesterol

Coconut oil is cholesterol-free and can help regulate cholesterol levels. Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats which may help with lowering bad LDL cholesterol as well as boosting good HDL cholesterol. It may also improve other risk factors and therefore protect against heart disease.

3. Weight-Loss

Often associated with weight-loss, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day.

4. Alzheimer’s

Several different studies have shown that coconut oil can be helpful to minimize the effects of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Coconuts are a source of food that the body can easily convert into ketones, essential for stalling the mental decline of Alzheimer’s, like Ginkgo biloba, Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.



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APR

New Brands Showcase: SimpleMD

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a new brand of protein bars to our customers: SimpleMD.

SimpleMD offers a variety of protein bars based on the Mediterranean Diet which can help people begin to adopt this unique and healthy diet. The company believes that protein bars are just part of a bigger nutrition plan. Eating sensible, Mediterranean-inspired meals will make all the difference in reaching or maintaining your health goals.

SimpleMD was founded by a cardiologist on the premise that the key to better health is simplicity. Basic, honest, accessible ingredients can make up a healthful snack or meal, and those ingredients can taste good and be good.

SimpleMD fully believes the Mediterranean Diet represents nutritional goodness and its protein bars can be part of a daily regimen that embraces the principles of this unique diet. A nutritional regimen that dramatically improves your health, the Mediterranean Diet promotes long-term health that is connected to a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

SimpleMD protein bars are made with extra virgin olive oil and red wine. These ingredients are the heroes of the Mediterranean Diet, delivering a range of irrefutable health benefits but also happen to give these bars their distinctive and delicious flavor.

You can save even more when you shop SimpleMD 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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APR

The 5 Best Supplements to Take Before a Workout

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Some people tend to focus only on post-workout supplements and while it is no secret these products are essential to help recovery, let’s not forget that something else can really make a difference on your workout. Pre-workout supplements may be equally as helpful as they provide the extra energy push needed to get through the entire workout.

Since you already know what to take after your workout, let’s look at the 5 best supplements to take before your workout.

1. BCAA’s – Branched-Chain Amino Acids

Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are essential to regulate protein metabolism, stimulate protein synthesis, and suppress protein breakdown.It is important that you get the ideal ratio of 2:1:1 for leucine to isoleucine to valine respectively. Taking BCAAs before your workout allows your body to break them down and use them as an energy source. Drinking them during the workout can prevent the decrease in BCAA levels, helping to delay fatigue. On top of that, BCAAs help decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) the following day.

2. Caffeine

You can’t exercise if you don’t have energy and no matter how much some people avoid it, caffeine is an effective performance booster for both endurance training as well as short, sprint workouts. Plus, caffeine will not only fire you up for a workout but it can also help decrease the rate of fatigue, increase muscular endurance, enhance the rate of fat oxidation, and improve mental focus and drive.

3. Citrulline Malate

A natural amino acid, Citrulline Malate is produced in the body from other amino acids you consume. Boosting the levels of Citrulline Malate in your body can help increase energy levels and performance while speeding up the recovery rate. If you often wake up sore from a hard workout the next day, this ingredient can be helpful. Citrulline also helps remove the byproduct of lactic acid from your muscles during a set, which would otherwise create that intense burning sensation, causing you to stop early.

4. Beta-Alanine

A great ingredient to increase muscular endurance and improve overall training volume, beta-alanine works by buffering hydrogen ions which help keep the intensity up for longer periods of time. Beta-alanine is excellent at diminishing the sensation of fatigue you experience during each session by maintaining a favorable pH level in the body.

5. Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine monohydrate is a well-proven ingredient you’ll want in any pre-workout product as it saturates muscles with the energy source needed to produce fast and big energy pumps. Used by bodybuilders for decades, creatine works by boosting the level of ATP generation in the muscles, allowing you to perform more before hitting the point of fatigue, as well as enhancing strength, lean mass muscle, and sprinting capability.

 



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5 Ways To Reduce Waste in Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 2:40 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
Beautiful young Asian woman bends down to pick up trash in the park. Male volunteers pick of trash behind her. They are wearing gray volunteer t-shirts.

Recycling is more than sorting the appropriate waste into blue plastic bins. While separating and recycling what we haul out to the curb once a week is incredibly important, there are even more ways we can better care for the planet, help reduce emissions and care for our future health!

Buy products made with recycled materials
Thanks to a strong push in the eco-friendly movement, there are more and more environmentally responsible brands stocking shelves with products made from recycled materials. Buying recycled paper and disposable products reduce the need to cut down more trees. Most recycled products are unbleached and free of dyes and harsh chemicals—making them hypoallergenic and safer for your home!

Ditch the one-time-use plastics
We’ve known for a while that one of the biggest environmental offenders are plastic water bottles. On average, it takes one plastic water bottle 450 years to decompose! Making the simple switch to a reusable water bottle can make a huge, positive impact on the environment. We can also be conscious about purchasing products that are returnable, reusable or refillable when possible. Buy in bulk to limit individually wrapped products, and keep an eye out for products with recyclable packaging!

Limit food waste
Fresh produce and foods are excellent for your health, but often food goes bad before you can eat it—especially when shopping for multiple family members. Spoiled food that is tossed ends up in landfills where it rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Store leftovers properly and track what your family eats in a week and try shopping for a week at a time. This allows you to buy fresh foods, and even though your trips to the store will be more frequent, less of the food will end in the trash!

Reduce the mail you receive
Going paperless is a great way to reduce paper waste in your home. Unsubscribe from print catalogs and magazines and opt for digital versions instead. Even most credit card companies and banks offer paperless payment options so all your bills can be waste-free as well. Going digital will reduce your junk mail accrual and will be less paper waste to manage on recycle day!

Be mindful of e-waste
Technology is rapidly changing and electronics are becoming obsolete more frequently than ever, and e-waste can be toxic if not disposed of properly. If your electronics are broken and can’t be donated, check to see if the manufacturer offers a take-back program. Retailers like Best Buy and Staples also offer free electronic recycling services!