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1
NOV

A Tea for Every Ailment

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Teas at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Teas have been used medicinally for hundreds of years and it is quite easy to understand the reasons people continue to drink tea around the world. Just look into some of the popular tea ingredients and you will find out how many can be used for treatment and prevention of various health issues. Plus, teas are a great source of vitamin and minerals. So, let’s look at 4 teas and which ailment it can be helpful to.

Ginger Tea

Known as a wonderful digestive aid, ginger tea can also help to curb nausea, vomiting and minimize motion sickness. A good number of teas labeled to support digestion contain ginger as a main ingredient. You can also make fresh ginger tea by simmering ginger root on the stove for about 15 minutes.

Elderberry Tea

Elderberry contains antioxidant-rich flavonoids and it’s known to provide relief for cold and flu. It can also be helpful to soothe sore throat and coughing as well as help treat bacterial sinusitis, an infection more commonly known as a sinus infection. Elderberry and other herbs combined with a decongestant and antibiotic may help clear up sinus infections more quickly than decongestant and antibiotic treatments alone.

Dandelion Tea

Known to gently stimulate the liver and supports healthy digestion, dandelion tea supports the body’s natural detoxification process. Dandelion root tea has shown choleretic effects as it can stimulate the liver to increase bile flow which, once released by the liver, can carry away waste and break down fats during digestion.

Chamomile Tea

The relaxing and calming chamomile is known to improve sleep and can be helpful for insomnia. It can also improve digestion as well as help treating cold and fever, minimize cough and bronchitis, and be used as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth.



1
NOV

Fall’s Perfect Snack: Pumpkin Seeds

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:23 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Pumpkin seedspuimpkinseeds are as nutritious as they are delicious. Cholesterol-free, which makes them heart healthy, pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, phosphorus and magnesium – that’s a lot of good stuff. Their signature crunch also helps lend an enjoyable snap to salads, soups and side dishes.

Here’s some additional health benefits:

– These small but mighty seeds contain L-tryptophan which may combat depression and help resolve restless sleep issues.

– A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis of the hip and spine. Pumpkin seeds are zinc superstars which make them a great weapon against osteoporosis.

– A great source of Vitamin E, pumpkin seeds contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.

The great thing about pumpkin seeds at this time of year is that there is definitely no shortage of them to be found. Instead of tossing out all of those post-carving innards, set them aside in a small bowl or mason jar and try this simple recipe on for size.

Preheat your oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the seeds out in an even layer on the baking sheet to guarantee a nice, even roasting. The ideal way to roast the seeds is at a low temperature – to help ensure that they crunch up nicely without burning – for about 20 minutes.

Once you have these bad boys all toasty, you can try some of these delish, sweet and savory flavor combos below.

Pumpkin Seeds 3 Ways

Using 1 cup of previously roasted pumpkin seeds

Salt & Pepper

1 tsp coconut oil

Salt to taste

¼ tsp pepper

Pizza

¼ tsp Garlic powder

¼ tsp Basil

¼ tsp Oregano

Lightly dust with some Parmesan

Cinnamon & Sugar

1 tbsp Coconut sugar

¼ tsp Cinnamon

½ tbsp. Olive oil

Dash salt



29
OCT

Understanding L-Citrulline

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

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

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

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

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27
OCT

New Brands Showcase: La Colombe

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a premium coffee brand to our customers: La Colombe.

La Colombe offers a superior line of products which was created and developed to improve the coffee experience for Americans. By sourcing and roasting with care, and borrowing on ancient and modern coffee traditions from around the world, La Colombe brings more than 20 years of hard work and innovation into delicious products that can be shared in cafes and homes across the country.

La Colombe is fully committed to the wellbeing of coffee-growing communities and are keenly aware of where its coffee comes from, how it was grown, and, most importantly, the needs of the people involved in the coffee’s journey from seed to cup. The company strives to implement the best business practices to increase that wellbeing.

Additionally, La Colombe is one of the early pioneers of direct trade as well as proactive, long-term relationships with small-holder farms and socially responsible coffee-growing associations. The company believes that the quality of coffee starts with the quality of these relationships and by working directly with farmers to create mutually beneficial partnerships, La Colombe can increase transparency in the supply chain, guide farming practices to yield better and better beans, and support the livelihoods of coffee-producing communities.

You can save even more when you shop La Colombe products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.



25
OCT

Nutrients Needed For Healthy Breakfast

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but what we may not be 100% sure is what nutrients should be added to our first meal of the day. A boost of nutrients in the early hours is essential to refuel the body and provide energy for the day ahead. Let’s look at 5 nutrients needed for a healthy breakfast.

1. Protein

Protein is one of the most important nutrients for a healthy breakfast as it makes you feel full and helps burn more calories throughout the day. Eggs are a great choice as an average size egg contains 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories. Just be careful with high-fat protein choices such as bacon or sausage, linked with higher risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

2. Whole grains

Morning hours are the best time for carbohydrate intake and whole-grain choices are the way to go. Whole-grain foods such as oatmeal, cereals, low-fat granola, breads, and English muffins are full of essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

3. Fiber

Fiber is really important for digestion and adding fruits and whole grains to your breakfast can be a great idea. Insoluble fiber helps prevent constipation and can be found in these traditional breakfast foods such as bananas, apples, cereals, muesli, and oatmeal.

4. Low Sugar

Choosing low sugar ingredients are not only a good choice for the morning hours but also for lunch and dinner. The time between dinner and the next morning’s meal is the longest your body goes without food and eating a full and healthy breakfast can improve the way you metabolize glucose, or blood sugar, all day.

5. Water

Waking up thirsty is a sign that the body is naturally dehydrated after a long night of sleep. Breakfast is the best time to refill the tank and nothing better than water or juice to provide the cells much needed fluids as well as helping flushing out unwanted toxins out of the body.



24
OCT

Feeding the Littles: Sweet Potato Hemp Balls

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Nutrition,Recipes at 1:04 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
sweetpotatoballsThese delicious sweet potato balls are packed with nutrition and easy for tiny hands to hold to practice hand/eye coordination. The nutty flavored hemp seeds give baby Omega 3 & 6 plus protein. Flax meal has lignans which, contain both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. And finally the one tablespoon of wheat germ provides your babe with one gram of dietary fiber, five percent of recommended daily value of folic acid and four percent of recommended daily value of phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.

INGREDIENTS

1 sweet potato

1 Tbsp wheat germ

1 tbsp flax meal

1 tsp hemp seeds for topping

1 tsp cilantro

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wrap sweet potato in foil and bake for 45-60 minutes
  3. Once cooled, place in bowl and mash together with remaining ingredients
  4. Roll in balls and place in a greased baking sheet
  5. Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees

 

 



23
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Good Boy Organics

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a new brand of health food products to our customers: Good Boy Organics.

Good Boy Organics provides healthy products created by biodynamic farming practices and verified by the Non-GMO project. Founded in 2012 by the nice people of Integrated Organics Company (IOCO) and Integrated Global Organics (IGLO), the company is fully committed to discover the best organic products and distribute them all over the US, bringing awesome organic goodness to shelves near you.

Good Boy Organics relies on strong relationships with the best producers and processors across the globe to streamline supply channels and provide the greatest quality, competitively priced, certified organic products to you and your family.

Conventional agriculture uses high levels of synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides that are harmful for people and their environment but Good Boy Organics creates tomato puree sauces that are grown in harmony with the Earth on Demeter certified Biodynamic farms. All tomatoes are harvested at the peak of ripeness and jarred within six hours of picking, using minimal ingredients and processing to yield fresh, flavorful and sustainable sauces. Biodynamic farming is a holistic agricultural system that creates vibrant, diverse and self-sustaining ecosystems, resulting in top soil fertility and producing delicious organic tomatoes.

You can save even more when you shop Good Boy Organics products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.



22
OCT

How To Have A Healthy Halloween

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 2:15 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
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The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and the kids are back in school, this can only mean one thing. Fall has officially begun. One of the biggest highlights to fall besides enjoying the incredible temperatures is the fun that Halloween brings. Children and adults get to dress up in costumes, enjoy parties either at homes or in school and eat delicious treats. It’s common for people to focus on unhealthy snacks this time of year (Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween), but it’s important to note that healthy snacks can be just as enjoyable.

We know avoiding traditional, unhealthy candy is the best option for our health. Besides the high sugar content, there are also other unwanted ingredients you might not want yourself or your children to consume. While it’s understandable that we may indulge a little this Halloween, maybe we should all think about fueling those splurges with healthier alternatives instead.

The SpOoKy Ingredients Inside Candy

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
    1. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made from corn and an alternative to sucrose (table sugar). Much of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, making high fructose corn syrup highly likely to be a GMO product.
  2. Saturated and Trans Fats
    1. Saturated fats come mainly from animal sources and can raise total blood cholesterol levels and LDL levels which can increase the risk for heart disease. While some trans fats occur naturally, most are artificial and made through the process of hydrogenation. Partially hydrogenated trans fat can increase unhealthy LDL levels and may lower healthy HDL levels which may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Hydrogenated Oils
    1. Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form. Partially hydrogenated oils are full of trans fat which may negatively impact your heart health.
  4. Artificial Flavoring
    1. While natural flavors must be derived from plant or animal material, artificial flavors are synthesized in a lab.
  5. Synthetic Coloring
    1. Natural dyes have been used for centuries to color food; however, synthetic dyes can be mass-produced at a fraction of the cost. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have granted approval to just seven synthetic food colorings for use in food. These include; Blue #1, Blue #2, Green #3, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6. Today, most synthetic food dyes are derived from petroleum, or crude oil.
  6. Chemical Emulsifiers & Preservatives
    1. These pertain to ingredients such as Polyglycerol polyricinoleate or PGPR and Tertiary Butylhydroquinone or TBHQ. These preservatives and emulsifiers may have detrimental health effects.
  7. Artificial Sweeteners
    1. Artificial sweeteners include acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose (splenda) and aspartame.

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Make sure you leave some time this Halloween to be active. If possible walk from house to house when trick-or-treating instead of driving. Remember to be safe, wear reflective materials and walk on the sidewalk not in the streets.

Lifestyle Tips for a Healthier Halloween

  • Just because you fill up an entire king size pillowcase with treats doesn’t mean you have to eat it all in one night or even one week. Moderate the intake of candy and other treats by setting limits and discussing with children beforehand how much they are allowed to eat.
  • Balance the intake of candy with other healthy alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, crackers and pretzels.
  • Don’t spend the night filling up on candy and junk foods. If you are having a party, give your guests some healthier alternatives and more nutrient-dense foods.
  • Remember to eat a well-balanced dinner before trick-or-treating. This will prevent children from overeating candy and snacking throughout the night.
  • Remember that there are healthier choices for candy which have less fat, calories and sugar content.
  • Use smaller size bags that help to limit the amount of candy you collect.
  • Store the leftover candy in places that are “out of the way” so you are less likely to indulge in a treat.
  • There are plenty of options for parents and children besides throwing away leftover candy. You can donate to a local Ronald McDonald House, children’s hospital, or help support the troops by giving leftover candy to Operation Gratitude.



21
OCT

My Favorite Oatmeal Toppings

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition,Recipes at 8:35 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Nothing staves off the Fall’s early morning chills like a warm, comforting bowl of oatmeal. But let’s be honest, it’s hard to get too excited about what is essentially breakfast’s equivalent of a favorite pair of slippers. After all, oatmeal is just some cold flaky oats and some heated water or milk, right? In its purest form, sure. But it doesn’t have to be! Add a little flair to your oatmeal game with some of these healthy add-ins.

The Perfect Bowl of Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS

½ cup rolled oats

1 ½ cups of coconut milk or almond milk

2 tbsp of chia seeds

Dash of salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Bring milk to a boil
  • Stir in oats and reduce heat
  • Cook for 10-20 minutes for until desired consistency is achieved

Chia seeds are a must-have add-on for your oatmeal. Plus, it’s an easy way to get your omegas in.

But don’t stop there. Have fun experimenting with some of our favorite sweet and savory flavor profiles:

Goji & GingerGoji berries and candied gingers give you a tart and sweet flavor explosion in your mouth.

Cranberry Walnutdried cranberries and walnut pieces pair perfectly to make your oatmeal taste like a cookie.

Maple Pecan – Add one tablespoon of maple syrup and top off with a sprinkling of finely chopped pecans is perfect for fall.

Mango Coconut – This combo of mango and coconut will give you a taste of the tropics. You can even pretend you’re on a warm sunny beach while you eat it (just kidding.)

Other Add-Ons

Supplementsflax, wheat germ, protein powder, collagen

Butter ghee, coconut oil or MCT oil



20
OCT

Homeopathic Medicine with Ollois

Filed Under: Homeopathy,Webinars at 1:03 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar addresses the definition of homeopathy, its status around the world and the benefits of homeopathic medicines for the entire family.

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20
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Nergia

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing Nergia, a natural energy shot made from the finest seeds and berries on the plant.

Nergia shots are gluten-free, vegan, eco-friendly, and contain non-GMO ingredients. Created by America’s Naturals for health-conscious men and women in need of a natural boost, these delicious shots are the perfect product for people who want more out of life but aren’t willing to compromise to get it.

A little extra energy will help you get through the day but when you’re committed to watching what you eat, keeping it natural, and avoiding artificial sweeteners, preservatives and products with ingredients you can’t pronounce, this task may not be easy. Nergia is the perfect solution for this problem with 100% natural energy made from the finest seeds, berries and bark. Instead of using preservatives, Nergia is pasteurized and contains no high fructose sweeteners or artificial sweeteners, using only pure and natural low and no calorie sweeteners.

Nergia has under 20 calories per serving and is made from botanicals sourced from South America, creating a perfect bland of seeds and berries from deep within the Brazilian Amazon rainforest where some of the world’s most important botanical resources have been discovered.

Additionally, Nergia is packaged in a glass bottle to deliver you pure and natural taste without the flavor of plastic. All renewable glass bottles are naturally BPA free and PVC free.

You can save even more when you shop Nergia products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/30/2016.



17
OCT

What You Need to Know About MCT Oil

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Imagine if you could find a supplement that can help improve digestion and maintain a healthy weight by reducing stored body fat and raising metabolic function. On top of that, this product may help balance hormone levels, improve cognitive function, work as an energy booster, fight bacterial infection and viruses, and absorb fat-soluble nutrients from foods. Sounds good? This wonderful supplement is MCT oil.

MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that can offer all the numerous health benefits mentioned above. Coconut oil is the best source of MCTs as roughly 65% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs.

MCT oils contain good fats which ideally should be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and might even have more benefits related to heart health, obesity prevention and brain health. Compared to longer-chain fats, MCTs are absorbed more easily since there’s less work for the body to break apart carbon bonds. MCTs are smaller and can permeate cell membranes more easily without requiring special enzymes in order for our bodies to utilize them.

After digested, MCTs healthy fats are sent directly to the liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter the metabolism. Additionally, MCTs contain antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

Aside from coconut oil, smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in other foods with saturated fats including whole milk, butter, cheese, full-fat yogurt, and palm oil.



15
OCT

New Brand Showcase: Liquid I.V.

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

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

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

You can save even more when you shop Liquid I.V products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/30/2016.



13
OCT

Flora : How To Fuel For Athletic Performance Webinar

Filed Under: Webinars at 4:39 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and for athletic performance. While most people understand the importance of nutrition, many are unsure of what healthy eating looks like. Stephanie’s goal is to provide nutritional guidelines that are based on actual scientific evidence that will help you reach your goals.

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13
OCT

DIY Holiday Gifts with Essential Oils

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Flower Essences,Webinars at 9:59 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
By gaining deeper understanding of essential oils and how to use them safely, you can understand how to bring more balance, happiness and vitality into your daily life. Learn how to make DIY essential oil holiday gifts to share with others this holiday season!

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