Healthy Gift Guide, Products I Love

2012 Healthy Holidays Gift Guide

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. ;)

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Berkey Water Filters

Meet our new favorite water filter…
The Big Berkey! It removes bacteria, cysts, parasites, and toxic chemicals like chlorine to levels higher than 99.99%, without removing essential minerals. Plus the fluoride/arsenic filter reduces 95% of fluoride to less than 50ppb.
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.
If you drink 10 gallons of water a week, the filters will last over 11 years at a cost of only 1.7 cents per gallon!
Totally awesome to have in an emergency like Katrina or Sandy.
We even took ours on vacation with us this year.

 

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Survival Seed Bank
Ok we don’t use this next one every day, but while I’m on survival and disaster preparedness, one of my favorite gifts that I’ve received in recent years was the Survival Seed Bank.
It comes with 22 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom seeds in a water proof container that even can be buried for up to 20 years. There’s enough seed to plant a full acre crisis garden that can produce thousands of pounds of food. Also included are detailed growing instructions for each variety and how to harvest the seed stock for the following year.
Having this little ” food insurance” has really given me some peace of mind about our worst case scenario plan. Hope I never have to use it!

Buy The Survival Seed Bank Here

More Cool Survival Gear Here

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Showerwise Shower Filter

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.

Buy the Showerwise filter here

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Spa Technologies – Marine Based Skin Care

Detoxify, regenerate, and rebalance your skin, naturally.

Despite all the label claims, there are very few truly natural, non-toxic, chemical-free skin care lines on the market today.  Spa Technologies is one of my wife Micah’s favorite brands.
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.
All products are phosphate and paraben free with no artificial fragrances, chemicals, or preservatives.
Micah especially loves the Hydrating Vitamin C &E Complex and I use the Organic Revitalizing Sea Cleanse to wash my face and shave with every day.

Buy Spa Technologies Products Here

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Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps
I love Dr. Bronner’s Organic Soaps. They use a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils to create a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves your skin silky-smooth and refreshed.
The liquid soap has 18 uses. You can use it to wash your hair and skin, clean your house, wash clothes and even brush your teeth with it! (Yes I have) Plus the bottles are covered with all kinds of poems, proverbs, and random quotes for shower reading fun. The peppermint soap is my fave because it leaves my skin all tingly and pepperminty.

Check Out Dr. Bronner’s Products Here

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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.

Buy Lifefactory Glass Bottles here

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Teavana Glass Stovetop Tea Kettle

Since we’re on the glass theme, you should know that metal tea kettles leach heavy metals and metallic taste into your tea when they’re exposed to high heat.

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.

Buy the Teavana Glass Tea Kettle here

 

 

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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
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The Champion Juicer

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

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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.

Price The Maker’s Diet on Amazon

 

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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:

Buy the Vita-Mix 5200 Blender here

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The Oreck Air Purifier

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

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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

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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.

Find out more about the ReboundAir models and prices here

Price other rebounders here

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Food, Inc.

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!

Buy Food, Inc. here

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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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  1. Isabelle says:

    Thanks for the list and congrats on getting it out early :) I have more than half of these items on my wish list. Thanks for your encouragement and sharing your experience and knowledge with all. It is greatly appreciated!!! Best wishes and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Trisha says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your top favorite items. I absolutely really appreciate it. It is a great gift. You are so wonderful. :-)

  3. Tricia says:

    This is a great list. Thank you. I am needing new pots and pans. Can you recommend any that are health safe? What do you use?
    Have a Merry Christmas!

    • Christine Klug says:

      I’m ordering new pans today from Guy at 760-505-7057 on sale today and end Tuesday at 9:00 AM tell him you got the info from Sean Croxton’s email. You can check out the info at stainlesscookware4u.com

      Hope this helps you out. I had been worried about good cooking pans for a while now and I’m buying them today. I spend so much on food and don’t want to loose the vitamins in my food anymore and I don’t want the toxins found in so many pans. Take care, Chris

    • El says:

      Tricia

      I highly recommend Lodge Logic Enamel Coated caste iron cookware – similar to Le Creuset but a fraction of the cost. Have heard Martha Stewart has a new line of these pots also but not sure what the base metal/medium is or what the reviews are if you are looking for style and function.

  4. gia says:

    awesome ur great I came accross ur blog and can’t get enough please keep it coming!!

    :)

  5. Denisa says:

    awesome….just found whole bunch of X-mas gifts for myself…..LOVELY! ;-))
    Yes, I would greatly appreciate some input on “safe pots and pans”….as Tricia has inquired as well ;-)
    Thanx Chris

  6. Melissa says:

    Xtrema also has great customer service! One of my pots broke (which is really rare). They happily sent me a new one! Love that!

  7. Janiris says:

    Great! Thanks for the information, your hard work and dedication.

  8. VMB says:

    Hi Chris,
    Have wanted to purchase the Big Berkey but…I have read that the fluoride/arsenic filter leaches aluminum “dust” particles into the newly filtered water. I live in an area where fluoride is added to the water supply. So what to do?

    • Chris Wark says:

      Berkey filtration removes more aluminum from the water than is added by the PF-2 arsenic and fluoride water filters.

      Here’s a more thorough explanation copied directly from http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com

      The media used in the PF-2 filter elements contains high-grade activated aluminum oxide, which currently is the most efficient media available for extracting fluoride from water. Below are the results we obtained when testing the PF-2 arsenic and fluoride water filters (the water was not pre-filtered through the Black Berkey elements). The reduction over time is due to additional residual process dust being washed free from the PF-2 arsenic and fluoride water filters as the system is used. To give a scale for comparison purposes we include test results from a national brand toothpaste and water boiled in an aluminum pan.

      National brand toothpaste 52.878 ppm aluminum
      Water boiled in an aluminum pan for five minutes: 2.791 ppm aluminum
      PF2 after conditioning (5 cycles): .178 ppm aluminum
      PF2 after 10 Cycles: .037 ppm aluminum
      PF2 after 20 Cycles: .029 ppm aluminum

      While the above results indicate that the residual process dust adds a minute amount of aluminum to the water, the Black Berkey purification elements reduce aluminum from the water. We tested water that naturally contained .320ppm aluminum and filtered it through the combination of the Black Berkey and the post conditioned PF-2 arsenic and fluoride water filters (5 cycles). The results showed a net reduction in aluminum contamination (Raw influent: .320ppm – Effluent after passing through the Black Berkey and PF-2 arsenic and fluoride water filters: .232ppm). In other words, the Black Berkey elements removed more aluminum from the water than was added by the PF-2 arsenic and fluoride water filters.

  9. Elaine says:

    After reading this post I purchased a LifeFactory flip top at my local Whole Foods. Got home and decided that the basic screw on top would work better for the person I’m giving it to. Going with a color and size that my Whole Foods doesn’t carry so to the Internet I went . . . .
    Discovered:
    The Lifefactory website offers pricing identical to Amazon, has no sales tax (helpful for those of us in states where there is now Amazon sales tax), and for the month of December is offering free ground shipping on any order.

  10. Kristin says:

    I’m FINALLY getting a Vitamix 5200!!

  11. Thanks a bunch for this list. It makes it easier to help people get healthy. I got my mini tramp for Christmas this year.

  12. Kayleen says:

    I read on the Berkley website it’s actually 600 galloons, not 6,000 .. so about 2 years before needing a replacement. Confirm?

  13. Jennifer says:

    Hi Chris,
    I was wondering if you have heard of the wheat belly book and blog by Dr. William Davis? If so, and you are implementing the no wheat because of it’s GMO status, what do you use in place of wheat products? Just curious. May God keep blessing you and yours. You’re really helping a lot of people, and being a great witness!! Thank you.


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