Here it is! My third annual Healthy Holidays Gift Guide for 2012!
I’m really proud of myself because the last two years I didn’t publish this until about two weeks before Christmas. But this year I am on the ball!
So if you’re looking for some great gift ideas, here are some health products we love and most of which we use EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Some of them are new discoveries for 2012 and some are old favorites that have stood the test of time. Add them to your wish list or give them to someone you care about.
Note: These products may extend the life of the recipient, like your Mother-in-Law, so keep that in mind. ;)
Berkey Water Filters
The Big Berkey is portable, requires no power or water pressure, and will even filter pond water. Get this: the two filters inside will purify 6000 gallons of water before needing replacement.
Is there anyone in the world that doesn’t love to take long, hot, steamy showers?
No. There is not.
Which is why this is going to bum you out:
Taking long hot showers exposes you to more toxic chemicals than actually drinking 2 liters of the same water!
This is because toxins evaporate out of the water and are inhaled into your lungs, and they are also absorbed through your skin.
Chlorine alone has been linked to allergies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, heart disease, strokes, cancer, and even premature aging of your skin.
The Showerwise Shower Filter removes 95% of chlorine as well as iron, lead, mercury, hydrogen sulfide, etc. It also inhibits bacterial, fungal and mildew growth. I never thought my shower steam had an “odor” until I installed our Showerwise filter. I noticed right away that the chlorine odor (and who knows what else) was gone. It comes with a massaging shower head and the Chlorgon KDF-55 filter typically last 12-18 months.
Detoxify, regenerate, and rebalance your skin, naturally.
All of their products are formulated with essential oils, botanicals, seaweed, and algae harvested off the coast of Brittany and Iceland. If you didn’t know, seaweed is nature’s storehouse of minerals, trace elements, and natural antioxidants.
Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottles
Obviously we’re very particular about the water we drink in our house, and we like to take it with us wherever we go, but plastic water bottles make our water taste plasticky and metal bottles make it taste metallic. Sooo….
Micah and I both use the Lifefactory Glass Bottle ($15). This is a BPA-free, soda lime glass bottle with a silicone sleeve that’s easy to grip and helps protect against breakage. They come in lots of sizes and colors, and they even make kids cups and baby bottles!
Here’s mine, and our cat.
Teavana Glass Stovetop Tea Kettle
If you’re familiar with this blog you may know that I recommend the Joyce Chen Ceramic Tea Kettle.
The Teavana Glass Tea Kettle ($40) is my other favorite. They both brew clean tea without leaching anything into the water
Note: It doesn’t whistle, so you better keep an eye on it, or set a timer.
The Beautiful Truth:
The World’s Simplest Cure for Cancer
In The Beautiful Truth ($15) Steve Kroschel and his 15 year old son Garrett embark on a cross-country road trip to investigate The Gerson Therapy and the link between diet and a cure for cancer.
They meet with scientists, doctors and cancer survivors who reveal how it is in the best interest of the multi-billion dollar medical industry to dismiss the notion of alternative and natural cures.
This is a great documentary to have in your library.
I recommend sharing it with anyone you know who is diagnosed with cancer.
Buy The Beautiful Truth here
Juicing is the best way to quickly extract massive amounts of nutrients from vegetables and fruit and get them into your body. The Champion Juicer is my favorite. I drank eight glasses of veggie juice every day as part of my anti-cancer diet, but you don’t have to drink that much. Even just one glass per day will do you lots of good. Make sure you get the one with the commercial motor. (That’s what we did.) The Champion Juicer is super easy to clean and has been in our kitchen working like a “Champ” since 2004.
Buy The Champion Juicer Here
The Maker’s Diet
The one health book I recommend more than any other is The Maker’s Diet.
Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not a weight-loss book. Like the cover says, it’s a 40-day health experience that will change your life forever (and help you lose weight if you need to).
This is one of my favorite books on health, nutrition, and natural living I’ve ever read, and trust me I’ve read a lot!
Plus you can often find this book used on Amazon for 1 cent.
Seriously, one penny.
Vita-Mix 5200 Blender
If you don’t have a Vita-Mix 5200 yet, this is a great time to ask for one!
This is the single most versatile kitchen appliance on the planet.
It comes with 400 recipes for smoothies, blended veggie juice, nut butters, soups, salsa, guacamole, healthy ice cream, even how to churn fresh butter and mill whole grains.
It’s also Consumer Reports’ highest rated blender!
They give you a 30 day free trial and a 7 year warranty. And it comes in red, white, black and stainless. We have a red one and it also travels with us.
This link through my site will get you free shipping:
Accoding to the EPA, the air in your house may be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside AND we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors! Indoor air pollution is caused by mold, viruses, dust mites, bacteria, pet dander and the outgassing of chemicals from furniture, paint, carpet, cleaning supplies, candles, air fresheners…yep pretty much everything in your house.
We’ve had an Oreck Air Purifier cleaning the air in our house since 2004. It works great it’s easy to clean, and the filter parts are easy to find and replace. Our first one lasted over 8 years and we replaced it with the updated model shown above. It has three settings: high, low and silent mode. We like the white noise of the low setting at night while we sleep. Especially great for folks with allergies and asthma.
Buy the Oreck Air Purifier here
RF3 ENVi Air Tube Headset
Did you know that cell phone microwave radiation penetrates two inches into an adult skull? And research has shown that heavy cell phone users have a high risk of developing a brain tumor on the same side of their head that they use the phone. Yikes!
One obvious solution is to not put the phone up to your head. But even if you use earbuds or a bluetooth headset you are still exposing your brain to harmful Electro Magnetic Frequencies.
You can protect yourself from cell phone radiation and EMFs with the RF3 ENVi Air Tube Headset. These are similar to normal ear buds except that the speaker is in a bead and the sound waves travel into your ear naturally through a 4″ long air tube.
The ENVi comes as standard earbuds, or the earhook (shown), and in a stereo pair or mono (one ear bud). And they look really cool with the dark wood and aluminum construction.
Note: there is another product on the market called the “blue tube” headset. I’ve owned it and don’t recommend it. The Envi is much better quality.
Buy the ENVi Air Tube Headset here
Rebound-Air Mini Trampoline
Rebounding is a great low impact aerobic excercise and the most effective way to stimulate your lymphatic system, which is a critical part of your immune system.
I did this several times a day as part of my anti-cancer strategy; and my wife used rebounding workout dvds to lose weight and get back in shape after Marin was born. It’s really fun and it works! I wrote a big ol’ post about it here.
The Rebound-Air Quarter Fold is the one we have. It’s super high quality, folds up for easy storage, and it is the only brand with a Lifetime Warranty. It’s been featured on the Today Show and is even used on The Biggest Loser campus.
There are a lot of different rebounders on the market from $99-$299. I’m partial to Rebound-Air, but Cellerciser, Needak, Jumpsport and Bellicon are also quality brands.
Having a hard time resisting junk food and making healthy choices?
Food, Inc. ($14) is a must-see documentary about the food industry. Don’t worry, it’s not like a gross-out PETA video, but there is some very surprising and powerful information that will motivate you make healthy choices. Most of us have no idea where our food comes from and what’s in it. This is a great one to show to friends and family.
They’ll never look at dinner the same way again.
Two thumbs up!
Xtrema Ceramic Cookware
This was a late addition due to several requests from readers for a cookware recommendation. We use ceramic cookware, but the brand we bought years ago is no longer available. If I were to replace it I would buy Xtrema Ceramic Cookware.
Handcrafted by highly skilled artisans, Xtrema ceramic cookware is 100% green, environmentally safe and non-toxic. Withstanding temperatures up to 2700 degrees Fahrenheit, the non-scratch surface is easy to clean and won’t leach harmful chemicals into your food like conventional metal and non-stick cookware.
(Psst this is the exact same cookware Dr. Mercola sells with his name on it.)
The 24 piece set shown above is the best value, but you can also buy pieces individually.
Ok so that’s the end of my list this year, hope it gave you some good ideas!
I’d love to know what your favorite healthy products are, please post them in the comments below.
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