Healthy Gift Guide, Products I Love

2011 Healthy Holidays Gift Guide

This is what we got when we yelled at Kenzie to stand still and smile for our Christmas photo.
(Yes we apologized)
Childrens photographers of the world I salute you!

Well it’s that time of year again.  And I’m excited to unveil my second annual
Healthy Holidays Gift Guide for 2011.

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas, here are seven phenomenal health products ranging from $15-$399.  Some of them are new discoveries and some are old favorites.

Add them to your wish list or give them to someone you love.
Note: Giving these products to someone you don’t like may result in them living longer,
so keep that in mind.  ;)


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.

These are normally $89, but are now on sale for $69!

Buy the Showerwise filter here


Spa Technologies – Marine Based Skin Care

Detoxify, regenerate, and rebalance your skin, naturally.

Despite all the label claims, there are very few truly natural, chemical-free, cosmetic skin care lines on the market today.  Spa Technologies ($27-120) is my wife Micah’s favorite brand, hands down.
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


Waterwise 8800 Distiller

Despite many recent trends in drinking water, we’re still using our Waterwise 8800 Countertop Water Distiller ($399), because steam distillation removes more contaminants than any other method.  We add minerals back in with a pinch of sea salt.
We fill it up every night before bed and the next morning we have a gallon of pure, clean H20 ready to drink.  It’s especially gratifying to look in the boiler and see all the crud it has removed from our drinking water like fluoride, chorine, lead, and bacteria.
If you have a large family, you should order an extra carafe.  That way you can always have one in the fridge and one filling up in the distiller.  The 8800 distills a gallon of water every 4 hours.  They also have a smaller model for $297.

Buy Waterwise Distillers here


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.  It comes in 16oz and 22oz sizes, lots of colors, and they even make kids cups and baby bottles!

Buy Lifefactory Glass Bottles here


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


Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants.
Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game ($37) is a cooperative board game that teaches you how to identify and use 25 important edible and medicinal plants, especially in first aid situations.

This could definitely come in handy if the world collapses in 2012. ;)
We ordered it and can’t wait to play it with the kids after Christmas, if we can hold out until then!

For kids of all ages and it’s made in the USA with green materials.

When you order directly from the company they throw in a bunch of cool free stuff like a herbal medicine chart, a herbal gift ideas book, two kids books, Herbal Roots Zine, and more!

Buy Wildcraft! here


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

Be sure to check out my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for more great ideas!

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  • J Hambrick

    Thanks for the cool gift ideas!

  • Diane Henry

    What a great idea! Thanks for putting this list together! You have made my job pretty easy:)
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

  • I take long showers and I’ve often thought of getting a filter. Will share on Facebook.

  • These are GREAT gift ideas! I didn’t know that there were glass water bottles, this is a brilliant idea. Thanks Chris!

  • Jan

    hi chris, great post! i’m interested in your water distiller. did you find in your research that memphis water has high levels of contaminants? i was under the assumption that memphis water was great water, but i haven’t done the research on it like you probably have. with two little ones at home, i can’t seem to find the time to learn what i need to learn. i’d love it if you offered a quick crash course for those of us who are just learning! also, i just discovered that your dad works up at the office. my husband also works there…kert. your dad will know him.

    • Hi Jan
      Memphis water is very clean compared to other parts of the country, because contaminants are much lower than EPA limits.
      But there are definitely still contaminants in the water.
      These contaminants come from pesticides, fertilizers, industrial manufacturing waste, human and animal sewage, radioactive waste, etc.
      As Memphis water travels through miles of pipes to get to your house, it picks up lead, copper, and coliform bacteria.
      Chlorine and fluoride are added to the water, which are two very toxic chemicals that you don’t want in your body.

      Read my post on Fluoride for more about that:

      For anyone else reading this, google “(your city) water report” to find out what’s in your water.

      Here is the water report for Memphis, but it does not disclose all the potential contaminants,
      only a few.

      Small world! That’s great that your husband works with my dad!

      • Jan

        thank you! that’s very helpful. perhaps i should use Christmas funds to get a distiller. do the brita and zero water filters not get all the fluoride, lead, etc. out? i had already read your fluoride blog post, but reread it to refresh my memory. my maiden name is vining so my dad actually knows your dad really well since he’s been working at the office for so long. i very much enjoy your blog and have learned a lot…so thank you for taking the time to educate the rest of us!

        • The majority of water filters on the market do not remove any fluoride,
          because there is a still a prevailing belief that we need it in our water for healthy teeth.
          We haven’t had fluoridated water or used toothpaste with fluoride at our house since 2004.
          Healthy teeth, no cavities.

  • Ruth

    How does the Waterwise shower filter compare to the Aquasana shower filter? I’ve tried researching online but can’t come to any conclusive opinion.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Ruth, you’re right, there really isn’t any conclusive evidence that proves which one is a better filter.
      Both are made by good companies and they’re both about the same price. ($67-69)

      So here are four reasons why I went with Waterwise over Aquasana:
      1) The Waterwise reduces 95% of chlorine, Aquasana reduces 91%
      2) The Waterwise filter lasts 12-18 months, Aquasana only last 6 months.
      3) The Waterwise replacement filters are $37, Aqusanas are $52.
      4) The Waterwise filter is better looking. ;)


  • Joan

    What are the names of the teas that you use.