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10
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.



7
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.

 



6
APR

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!



4
APR

Trending in Wellness: Why Turmeric Is Everywhere

Filed Under: Health Foods,Herbs,Superfoods,Supplements at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Trends come and go but when something that is getting trendy is able to provide health benefits and taste delicious in so many different ways, you got a potential long-term hot item in the making.

That’s the case of turmeric (curcumin). Nicknamed the “Spice of Life”, the health benefits turmeric offers can be attributed to curcumin, a well-studied bioactive compound. It seems like this bright yellow Indian spice is getting more popular every day. Known to help reduce pain, turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Turmeric supplements have been used to treat osteoarthritis as well as joint pain and can be a natural replacement to drugs such as ibuprofen.

Additionally, the compound curcumin in turmeric can efficiently help to reduce digestive issues such as bloating, IBS, and colitis. Plus, these same anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive properties may enable turmeric to support the liver, the body’s natural detox system.

Since turmeric provide all these health benefits, people are getting creative to add this amazing spicy into their diets. Often used in culinary as ground spice, turmeric has been a very popular tea too. Now, turmeric is getting fancy and is being used in juices, smoothies, golden lattes, and many other creative ways. For example, adding a little bit of turmeric to scramble eggs has become a staple of a healthy breakfast. Turmeric soup is another great way to add it to your diet, particularly if you enjoy spicy soups. Lastly, turmeric is one of the best all-natural food colorings and can be used in a variety of ways.



30
MAR

Good, Healthy Oats

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutrition at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If breakfast is the most important meal of the deal, should we start with something that is really nutritious and healthy? Yes, of course and oats are one of the greatest breakfast foods.

Oats are a whole-grain food, known scientifically as avena sativa. Commonly eaten for breakfast as oatmeal, which is made by boiling oats in water or milk, oats are very nutritious and contain a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan. Oats also contain more protein and fat than most grains.

Also often included in muffins, granola bars, cookies and other baked goods, oats are loaded with important vitamins such as B1, B5, B6 and niacin as well as minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, and iron. Whole oats are high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols. Most notable is a unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are almost solely found in oats.

Avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. In addition, avenanthramides have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects.

Oats contain many powerful antioxidants which may help reduce blood pressure and provide other benefits. For example, it contains large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber. Beta-glucan partially dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut. It helps reduce LDL and total cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels and insulin response. It can also help promote healthy gut bacteria in the digestive tract and increase feelings of fullness.



29
MAR

Your Complete Spring Cleaning Checklist

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 9:40 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Beautiful young woman makes cleaning the house. Girl rubs dust.

Bright, airy, living spaces aren’t exclusive to Pinterest boards and lifestyle blogs. Like most of you, I found motivation to refresh my space with warmer weather on the radar. Looking around my house at every misplaced item, dusty surface, and dirty article of clothing—I couldn’t help but dread the daunting task at hand.

Deciding this wouldn’t be a successful or enjoyable experience if I attempted to clean my entire house at once, I wrote out every task and created a master checklist for spring cleaning! Print it out and check off each completed task as you go (such a satisfying feeling!). Take on one room per day and you’ll have a clean house in two weekends!

 

Some tips on getting started…

#1 Use natural, household products to get a thorough clean that’s free of dangerous chemicals and better for the environment! You can even make your own! Find out how here.

#2 Tackle the kitchen and bathroom first! They’ll take a lot more energy than other rooms, so check those boxes off early.

#3 When decluttering, take items out of their usual places, put them in a pile, pick up each item one-by-one and ask yourself “Do I need this? Do I use this? Does this make me happy?” I’ve found physically handling each item makes me more selective in what I keep, leading to much less clutter to manage! I learned this tip from the KonMari tidying method. It was an instant life-changer, you can learn more here!

#4 Have fun with it! When your physical space is clean and tidy, your mental space will feel a lot clearer as well! Think of it as active meditating. 🙂

 

The LuckyVitamin Spring Cleaning Checklist

Kitchen

__ Declutter! Go through all products/utensils.
__ Clean stove and surfaces
__ Clean Dishwasher and small appliances (blender, toaster etc.)
__ Wipe out and reorganize pantry
__ Scrub fridge and toss expired food
__ Clean the sink and the area underneath
__ Wipe out and reorganize cabinets
__ Wipe walls, garbage can, and mop floors

Bedroom

__ Tackle your wardrobe: declutter, reorganize, donate or discard!
__ Clean any mirrors, windows, blinds etc.
__ Deep clean mattress, wash pillows and bedding
__ Vacuum/mop floor, get under the furniture!
__ Clean all furniture, dust surfaces, knick-knacks & décor

Bathroom

__ Declutter all hygiene/beauty products!
__ Clean out medicine cabinet and other shelves/storage
__ Clean shower & tub
__ Clean blinds & walls, mop floor
__ Clean toilet, dust mirror & surfaces, empty trash!

Living Room

__ Declutter odds & ends—discard, donate or sell!
__ Wash cushions, blankets & any sofa covers
__ Clean carpets/rugs, wipe surfaces
__ Clean TV and electronics
__ Vacuum, sweep & mop the floor—getting under the furniture!
__ Clean walls, dust décor
__ Clean windows, blinds & curtains

Miscellaneous

__ Clean washing machine & dryer
__ Sweep back deck/patio (time for outdoor furniture?!)
__ Wash car
__ Cleaning day of choice! Do a final sweep & tidy up loose ends
__ Empty vacuum, organize cleaning supplies & do a happy dance because YOU DID IT!

 

Take a deep breath and enjoy your fresh start to spring! How did you do? Share your spring cleaning tips and organization hacks below!



28
MAR

Improve Digestion with Papaya

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Indigestion has become so common that some people don’t even considered it as a problem. Poor eating habits can lead to digestive system issues but one might be surprised how many people believe indigestion will just “go away” after a few hours. On the other hand, many people go the other way and take tons of medication to improve digestion when they may actually not need to. Natural supplements to support the digestive system are likely the best way to resolve this common issue without going to extremes. If you are looking into natural ingredients to enhance your digestion, a tropical fruit might just be the perfect fit.

Papayas have been used to improve digestion for many years. Native to Central and South America, this tropical fruit is often used for juices and smoothies but it has also place in salads, desserts, salsa, and some cooking recipes.

Papayas are a rich source of fiber, antioxidant nutrients, minerals, vitamin A, C and E, beta-carotene and lycopene. The fiber found in papayas may help with the symptoms of those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Papayas are the only natural source of papain, an effective natural digestive aid, which breaks down protein and cleanses the digestive system. Papain helps to digest food, maximizing nutrients which is essential for people trying to lose weight. Papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements and it’s often used as an ingredient in combination with other enzymes in products to improve the digestive system. Additionally, papaya supplements are used to treat sports injuries as the enzyme papain has been shown to help lower inflammation and support muscle recovery as well.



27
MAR

Health And Wellness Trends To Watch In Spring 2017

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Green Living,Health Foods,Personal Care,Supplements at 3:34 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Female athlete getting ready for running in spring park. Fitness workout outdoor concept.

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 spring.

Coconut

Everyone is still going cuckoo for coconuts. What may have started as a health trend with using coconut oil for cooking has now turned into a coconut takeover. In today’s market, it seems as if there is no part of the coconut that can’t be used. One of the newest trends for coconuts are coconut wraps. By using the white meaty part of the coconut, coconut wraps offer a vegan, gluten-free and Paleo friendly alternative to traditional wraps. NUCO now featured on LuckyVitamin offers a USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher and raw coconuts wrap to replace traditional bread and tortillas.  But it wouldn’t be much of a trend if the uses for coconuts stopped there. While traditional coconut products continue to sell, new coconut products can now be found such as coconut vinegar salad dressings, coconut sugar, coconut aminos, coconut flour and even coconut butter. So why the coconut craze? Coconuts are a healthy alternative to some of the most commonly used foods. They are a rich source of dietary fats, vitamins, fiber electrolytes, enzymes and amino acids.

The Ketogenic Diet

Similar to the Atkins diet, although much stricter, the Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein and low-carbohydrate diet. The diet was first designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder and is commonly used as a treatment for children or individuals with epilepsy. However, many researchers are starting to look at the use of the ketogenic diet for disorders other than epilepsy. This includes other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, migraines and autism. Like the Atkins diet, it too is also in the spotlight for its weight loss potential. New research has shown on top of weight loss, following a ketogenic diet may also help decrease total cholesterol, increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, lower LDL (the “bad”), decrease triglycerides and lower blood sugar levels. Even professional athletes and endurance athletes are catching on to this popular diet. The diet works by forcing the body into a state of ketosis.  Ketosis is the result of ketones building up in the bloodstream when people eat a low- or no-carbohydrate diet. Because the body can’t use glucose for energy, fat becomes the primary fuel source.  The diet isn’t as simple as just cutting back on carbohydrates; there are specific calculations that go into figuring out the right percentage of fat to protein to carbohydrate ratio.  LuckyVitamin’s new ketogenic specialty page is designed to help support your ketogenic diet needs. It’s important to note that you should be under the care of a trained health care provider during this diet or at least in the beginning.

Cannabidiol

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in public awareness for the possible health benefits of cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is one of at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis and is the major non-psychoactive component of Cannabis sativa. CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system. This system is thought to play a key role in memory, mood brain reward systems and certain metabolic processes. Possible therapeutic uses for CBD include anxiety, nausea prevention, pain management, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cancer and more. But how can makers of CBD oil legally sell CBD in the United States when marijuana is illegal? Enter, hemp. The difference in hemp and marijuana lies in the fact that hemp is a low resin, low THC, high CBD form of cannabis. Currently, there are a wide variety of CBD hemp oil extracts products available including pure oils, dark chocolates, gummies and even chewing gum.

Athleisure

What happens when you combine the comfort and convenience of workout clothes with the style and fashion? You get athleisure.  Athleisure is a trend in fashion in which individuals wear clothing intended for workouts and other athletic activities in other settings, such as during work as well as casual or social occasions. It has become one of the biggest trends in the fashion and retail industry today and it continues to grow and expand into new venues and marketplaces. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of fitness apparel for both men and women from top brands such as Chaser, Purusha People, Soybu, Manduka and Teeki. Many of these brands offer products that are not just beneficial to you but incorporate materials such as fair trade cotton and recycled plastic that are also beneficial to the environment.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms belong to a unique group of organisms called fungi. While new mushroom trends are emerging in the health and wellness industry, the health promoting benefits of mushrooms are well-known and have been around for a long time. For thousands of years mushrooms have been known to be both nutritious and immune building, and now modern research is beginning to validate traditional herbalists beliefs about mushrooms. Mushrooms are a natural source of vitamin D precursors, contain proteins, minerals and are packed with polysaccharides like beta-glucans which have immune-boosting effects. For years traditional mushroom supplements and extracts have been available, but new trends are popping up everywhere. The new products include mushroom powder, elixir mixes, coffee and hot chocolate all with the same added benefits. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of all the mushrooms products you need to help you be a fun-gi or fun-gal.

Collagen

Nutrition is a key factor for influencing skin health and its overall appearance. Maybe that’s why the saying goes “beauty comes from within.” This is why nutricosmetics, or the use of supplements to help improve skin health, is a growing trend. At the forefront of the nutricosmetic industry is collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein found in animal connective tissue and it can be found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. This is why it is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen can be found in supplements, protein powders, protein bars and even beauty chews. Shop our top selection of collagen products from NeoCell, Reserveage Nutrition, Primal Kitchen, Vital Protein and many more if you’re looking to give your skin and joints a little health boost.

Plant-Based Proteins Powders

 Plant-based protein powders were featured in our 2016 trend report and they continue to dominate the market. With new formulas like chia protein, what was once advertised mostly to body builders looking to get “jacked,” is now marketed to triathletes, marathon runners, weekend warriors, vegans, moms, yoga enthusiasts and even business people constantly on-the-go. Plant-based formulas are often hypoallergenic, free of common food irritants making them easier on the stomach. They contain a blend of foods such as pea, quinoa, artichokes, hemp, amaranth and rice. Because of this blend, they contain an excellent variety of amino acids while also delivering quality protein.  LuckyVitamin has a large selection of top brands including Plant Fusion, Garden of Life, Aloha, Orgain and much more.



25
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Redd

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand of superfood energy bars packed with vitamins, protein, and a shot of natural caffeine: Redd.

Redd nutritional bars were created to propel your active lifestyle. The company ensures that no other bar available at any price is made with better ingredients. Redd bars do not contain gluten, dairy, soy, GMO’s and any other harmful ingredients.

Redd superfood energy bars are all killer, no filler. This revolutionary brand was created by a hungry college kid who couldn’t afford to eat out and wasn’t willing to eat junk food. The result is a superior line of product which contain 11 all-natural, all-giving superfoods, 9g of protein, equal to 2-3 egg whites or a slice of seitan (sans the gluten), 23 vitamins and minerals, and 35g of natural caffeine, courtesy of yerba mate. All Redd bars are certified gluten free and non-GMO (separation of food and science.) And as always, no ingredients have been included for reasons of cost, simplicity or ease of production.

Redd uses 11 superfoods known for a variety of health benefits: mangosteen, yerba mate, chia, quinoa, pumpkin seed, acai, maca, gogi, schizandra, dark chocolate, and cacao.

You can save even more when you shop Redd 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
MAR

How To Follow A Ketogenic Diet

Filed Under: Ask The ND,Diet & Weight Loss at 3:09 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND
Selection of healthy products. Balanced diet concept. Rustic background. Top view. Copy space.

Introduction:

One of the hottest diet trends right now is the Ketogenic diet. Similar to the Atkins diet, although much stricter, the Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein and low-carbohydrate diet. The diet was first designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder as a treatment for those with epilepsy. However, many researchers are starting to look at the use of the ketogenic diet for disorders other than epilepsy. This includes other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, migraines and autism. Even professional athletes and endurance athletes are catching on to this popular diet. The diet works by forcing the body into a state of ketosis.  Ketosis is the result of ketones building up in the bloodstream when people eat a low or no carbohydrate diet. This is due to the body using fat as the primary fuel source, which then breaks down into ketones. The diet isn’t as simple as just cutting back on carbohydrates; there are specific calculations that go into figuring out the right percentage of fat to protein to carbohydrate ratio. Lastly, it’s important to remember that some fats are healthier than others. Read below to learn more about the ketogenic diet and click here to shop our ketogenic diet friendly page.

 

Benefits to consider:

  • May help with weight loss
  • May increase HDL “the good” cholesterol
  • May lower LDL “the bad” cholesterol
  • May lower total cholesterol
  • May decrease triglyceride levels
  • May lower blood sugar levels
  • May improve insulin resistance
  • May reduce seizure frequency

 

The Ketogenic Diet and Its Variants:

  • The Classic Ketogenic Diet – A calorie level is determined by a trained healthcare provider based on age and activity level of the individual. The classic diet consists of a ratio in grams of fat to non-fat (protein & carbohydrates) of 4:1 and 3:1. This means that there is 4 times as much fat as there is protein and carbohydrates combined. At each meal, a specific amount of each food variant is consumed. The total amount of carbohydrates allowed each day depends on the ratio that you are following.
  • Modified Ketogenic Diet – The modified ketogenic diet consists of ratios of 2:1 and 1:1, instead of 4:1 and 3:1.
  • MCT Oil Diet – Although not widely used in the United States, the MCT Oil supplement diet is more flexible and allows for a larger variety of food due to the higher carbohydrate and protein allowance. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides and is a type of oil which produces ketones. Since the MCT oil produces ketones, less total fat is needed in the diet, which allows for more carbohydrates and proteins to be included.
  • Modified Atkins – This diet is a variant from the original low carbohydrate diet proposed by Robert Atkins. It is modified to allow for lower carbohydrate levels compared to Atkins’s recommendations and puts more emphasis on high-fat foods as required on the ketogenic diet. It is a less restrictive form of the diet and is primarily used for teenagers and adults.
  • Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT) – The glycemic index (GI) measures the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. In general, carbohydrates that are digested slowly have a low GI, while carbohydrates that are digested rapidly have a high GI. This diet is a special high-fat diet similar to the ketogenic diet, however, it focuses on both the type and amount of carbohydrates in the diet as well as the glycemic index.

 

Healthier Fat Options While on a Ketogenic Diet:

  • Eggs
  • Fatty fishes like salmon
  • Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Olives and Olive Oil
  • Nuts and Nut Butters
  • Seeds
  • Ghee
  • Coconut Oil

 

Recipe Ideas (These are just ideas and may not within the recommended proportions for you)

  • Breakfast – Egg omelet mixed with heavy cream and shredded cheese of your liking. For extra healthy fats, you can add an avocado as well.
  • Lunch – Greek salad with chopped gyro meat, black olives, avocado, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and olive oil dressing.
  • Dinner – Teriyaki turkey lettuce wraps with ground turkey, chopped peanuts, gluten free soy sauce and shredded unsweetened coconut.

 

Tips to Consider Before Starting a Ketogenic Diet:

  • Heavy creams, butter and vegetable oils provide the necessary fat while on the diet.
  • The diet completely eliminates sweets such as candy, cookies and desserts.
  • All foods should be carefully prepared and weighed on a gram scale.
  • It’s best to start the diet gradually and increase to the full amount over a 3 to 4 day period or longer.
  • Certain vitamin and mineral supplements may be required to help meet nutritional needs.
  • Make sure you are staying hydrated and avoid unnecessary snacking.

 

*Disclaimer – While I can inform you on the elements of the Ketogenic Diet, this diet is not a perfect fit for all individuals. It’s best if you are evaluated by your health care provider before starting this diet and work under the supervision of a trained professional while on it.



21
MAR

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Green Living,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 9:03 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Portrait of a Woman Mopping Floor
It’s the time of year again, and with the Spring Equinox comes a time of renewal. That also means that it’s time to clean house, literally. And we are all about products that are good for the environment while simultaneously standing strong against dirt and grime.

Here’s some multi-purpose green cleaning essentials to help you get started…

Dr. Bronners is not your average soap. How can you be average when, as its iconic label clearly states, it has “18 in one uses” and features plant-based surfactants with natural spruce and fir-needle oils. See? Not your run-of-the mill ingredients. Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner is equally effective with hard or soft water and is 100% cruelty-free.

Baking soda can be used in a ton of DIY cleaning recipes in virtually every room of the house. It can be used as a vital ingredient in toilet bowl scrub, all-purpose clean, even air freshener. It’s deodorizing properties make it perfect for tackling tough cleaning jobs.

Here’s some other type of products you should use to give your house a green clean from top to bottom. Check out our DIY recipes for making your own, but if that’s not your thing or your don’t have the time, we shared some other options too.

Wood Cleaner

DIY Recipe

¼ cup olive oil

1/3 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon glycerin

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

10 drops lavender

Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle.

Time Saver

This wood cleaner not only cleans wood but its nutty aroma will have you happy to be cleaning (sorta). It’s formulated to clean grease and make your wood surfaces shine. It’s non-toxic biodegradable, never tested on animals.

 

All-purpose Spray

DIY Recipe

2 cups water

½ teaspoon Dr Bronners

1 tablespoon baking soda

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Do not use on wood.

Time Saver

This is an all-around great cleaner. Seventh Generation is known for creating authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. They select ingredients that have minimal scent and don’t assault your sense of smell like so many conventional, chemical-based products.



20
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Air Repair

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of products to our customers: Air Repair.

Air Repair offers a unique line of products designed to meet the specific issues of skin care for the traveler. Air Repair was created specifically to combat environmental stresses that affect the health of the skin including travel and flight fatigue. Each of the five naturally inspired products contain a ground breaking combination of ingredients to help heal chronic inflammation which can cause pre-mature aging. The company has researched highly effective skin care brands and successful performance regiments with the goal of creating unique and effective products that are luxurious and effortless.

The Air Repair Kit is the only system available in the market specifically created to combat the effects of flying and environmental changes that are directly related to one’s skin. Dry and dehydrated skin, fine lines, redness, dull appearance and irritation are quickly and effectively treated with the kit. The Air Repair Kit uses a ground-breaking formulation which contains no petroleum, mineral oil and parabens. Targeted ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for moisture retention, the powerful anti-oxidant cloudberry seed oil, and heat shock proteins (climate-adjusting) deliver superior results that are ideal for any and all skin types. Whether in the air or on the ground, Air Repair is the premiere “take care anywhere” skincare kit choice available. The kit is packaged in a see-through travel bag for carry-on convenience.

Save even more when you shop Air Repair 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.



18
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Smashmallow

Filed Under: Health Foods at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another new brand of delicious food products to our customers: Smashmallow.

Smashmallow is an all-natural puff of sweet-tooth satisfaction and is made from only the very best all-natural ingredients. Whipped to perfection for an instant, Smashmallow products are the perfect sweet-tooth satisfying pick me up. These delicious marshmallows come in seven delicious flavors.

Smashmallow is no ordinary marshmallow. The company ensures that all products are made with organic cane sugar and all-natural ingredients, creating the a unique snack for every-day, anytime-of-day and it allows a guilt-free indulgence at under 80 calories and less than 1 gram of fat on average per serving.

The unique flavors are another highlight of these mallows. Lemon chia seeds, espresso bean, mint chocolate chip, root beer, coconut pineapple, strawberries and cream, and the unique cinnamon-churro make an excellent and delicious lineup. All products use Certified Kosher bovine gelatin.

Smashmallow is an incredible alternative to other sweet treats because of the better-for-you ingredients like Organic cane sugar. While it’s still considered an ‘indulgence,’ it’s comparatively much healthier than the same amount of ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, or brownies. If you’re going to incorporate sweets into your child’s or grandparent’s routine, Smashmallow is the way to go.

Save even more when you shop Smashmallow 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.



17
MAR

Surprising Health Benefits from Licorice

Filed Under: Herbs,Supplements,Teas at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Sometimes we find out that some foods offer benefits when you had not idea they were even considered healthy. It seems to be the case for licorice. Native to the Mediterranean but now grown throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, this herb is commonly used to flavor foods and beverages but what some people may not know is that it can provide a variety of health benefits.

Licorice is known to support various issues in the digestive system including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and chronic gastritis. A formulation containing licorice root along with slippery elm bark, lactulose, and oat bran has been used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Licorice contains chemicals that are thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus secretions, decrease cough, and increase the chemicals in our body that heal ulcers.

Additionally, licorice can also be taken to help sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses. Along with the herbs Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum, licorice can help improve the function of the adrenal glands, especially in people who have taken steroid drugs long-term. Steroids tend to suppress the activity of the adrenal glands, which produce important hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress. Licorice is used intravenously to treat hepatitis B and C, as well as mouth sores (lichen planus) in people with hepatitis C.

A good number of licorice products manufactured in the U.S. actually don’t contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the characteristic smell and taste of “black licorice” and is often used as a substitute. Licorice tea is another popular product that can provide the health benefits mentioned above.



16
MAR

Start Up Your Fitness, Slowly but Surely

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The winter is almost over. Longer days and warmer weather seems like the perfect combo to get some people exercising and burning the extra calories from the winter months. So, it’s time to start up your fitness program.

Overdoing your fitness capabilities is one of the most common mistakes people make when starting, or re-starting, a new exercise routine. It’s understandable. Many people get excited about it and want to burn off a 3-month, sometimes 5-month, extra weight in 2 weeks or less. Unfortunately, our bodies do not work like that and time is needed to lose weight properly.

Slowly but surely. It fits perfectly as it’s more important to take time and ensure you are doing a fitness program that fits your needs than trying to get it done as quickly as possible.

If your goal is the upcoming summer, no hurry, you have plenty of time. Organize a good monthly plan and go from there. Another great tip: set up short-time goals. Some people find it helpful to divide the goal in stages. For example, if you are trying to lose 10 lbs. by mid-August, it may sound too difficult and you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. Let’s say you set up a goal to lose 2 lbs. per month and you may find that you are way more likely to reach this goal. Short-time goals with less intensity are a great way to reach better results.

Lacking energy is another issue many people face when starting to exercise. Your body isn’t used to a higher amount of activity and as a result, you may need an extra kick. On top of that, many people eat less when trying to lose weight and this combination may result in lack of vitamin and minerals and, therefore, lack of energy.
Energy supplements or drinks can be helpful as these products provide the necessary energy for your workout without the unwanted calories.

Get started, slowly but surely, and you will reach your fitness goals without any issues.