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Wellness Gift Guide

By Jacqueline Frasca
Regardless of the stresses involved, the end of one year and beginning of the next is a time for celebration. As we welcome a new year full of possibilities it’s important to get on track with your plan, whether that’s to achieve health and wellness, get active or reach a new level of eco-friendliness. At Today’s Chiropractic LifeStyle, we realize that finding exactly what you need to get started is not always easy, so we’ve compiled some thoughtful gifts to promote wellness in your life. These are all products that support and are inspired by the ideas inherent in the wellness portfolio: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, physical and environmental wellbeing.
 
For the Diet-Conscious
Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800 JEXL – Breville is a major player in the kitchen appliance industry, focusing on everything from one-touch tea makers to milk carafes. This Breville model is rated the best juicer on the market and has received top ratings from Cooking.com and Amazon reviewers. brevilleusa.com

Core Bamboo Kitchenware –
Includes bamboo and silicone utensils, bamboo spatulas and salt boxes. All of the bamboo is 100-percent organically grown, and the products are finished with food-safe, water-based adhesives and top-grade natural oils. From bakeware and servers to home décor and storage, these make beautiful and responsible gifts. corebamboo.com
 
EasyGreen MikroFarm – Grow your own organic, naturally nutritious wheatgrass, greens, shoots, seeds and other sprouts at home with this complete, automated sprouting system. easygreen.com

“The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet” by Karin Knight and Tina Ruggiero – Know exactly what goes into every bite with the most comprehensive baby food book available today. Written by a registered dietitian and a registered nurse, the book contains more than 200 delicious, wholesome recipes. It also provides information about what foods are safe to introduce to babies from weaning to age 2. homemadebabyfood.net


Xtrema Cookware by Ceramcor – Ceramcor’s scratch-resistant vessels for cooking, baking and tea-brewing are made of non-toxic glazed ceramic to cook foods faster with less energy and no chemical leaching. ceramcor.com
 
For the Green
Aquabarrel Rain Barrels – Made of recycled, food-grade plastic, these barrels come in multiple sizes to help you collect and reuse rainwater runoff. aquabarrel.com
 
Brooks Green Silence Shoes – Every part of these groundbreaking running shoes has a sustainable element, including soy-based inks and recycled materials. “Green” goes hand-in-hand with the great performance you expect from Brooks. They also have BioMoGo, the world’s first biodegradable midsole. brooksrunning.com


PURE Glass Bottles – A new portable, re-usable glass drinking bottle that allows people to enjoy that pure taste of their favorite beverage in glass without worrying about spills or injury resulting from broken glass. Patent pending SafeShell technology is used to apply a clear protective coating to the outside of the glass bottle to create a protective covering. If the glass breaks, the coating encapsulates all the glass and liquid, preventing messes and injuries. The exterior of the bottle remains smooth to the touch so it can be disposed of or recycled safely and easily. pureglassbottle.com


River City Candle Company – These hand-poured candles, made from 100 percent NGI soy wax harvested in the U.S., are free from dyes, paraffin blends and phthalate. All fragrances are from essential oils or non-phthalate fragrances. Soy wax is non-toxic, renewable, burns cooler, washes out with soap and water and is sustainable. facebook.com/rivercitycandleandbath

Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler – This recycled plastic barrel mounted on a steel frame and equipped with a center aerating rod produces no-mess compost four times faster than traditional methods. Great preparation for next year’s garden and a huge reduction in your environmental footprint. tumbleweedcompostbin.com


WoollyPocket Living Wall Planters – Did you know that plants love pockets? These living wall planters utilize Pocket Science: simple hanging and smart watering. A moisture barrier protects walls and keeps them dry, which results in strong roots. Made from 100-percent recycled plastic bottles. woollypocket.com


For the Active
Buddha Board – The special design of the Buddha Board allows you to paint on the reusable surface using only pure water. The brush marks will fade after several seconds, encouraging the painter to focus on the moment and let creativity flow.
buddhaboard.com

Chaco Footwear – A favorite among hikers, canoeists, kayakers and other amphibious adventurers, Chaco’s BioCentric footbeds are designed for ultimate foot comfort, support and performance, and are made of recycled rubber. Whether you’re around trails, water or just need something casual, they’ve got you covered. chacousa.com


Hugger Mugger Cork Block – Natural, renewable, non-toxic cork makes this yoga block a sturdy, comfy companion for back stretches and hand support during standing poses. huggermugger.com


Releaf Neck Rest – Ideal for frequent computer users and travelers, this supportive, adjustable and stylish neck rest from Caldera International reduces neck and shoulder tension and allows you to sleep or work comfortably while sitting. calderaintl.com


Vibram FiveFingers Footwear – The original “barefoot shoes” allow feet to move like they were meant to—naturally stretching and gripping without the hindrance of a hard, stationary sole. vibramfivefingers.com
 
For the Purity-Seeking
Alen T100 Desktop HEPA Air Purifier – Remove up to 87 percent of airborne particles like pollen, pet dander, mold spores, dust and dust mites from up to 125 feet of space with this compact, portable air filter from Alen. store.alencorp.com


“Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One” by Joe Dispenza, D.C. – You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,” Dispenza, renowned author, speaker, researcher and chiropractor, combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible. barnesandnoble.com


Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food – Created by a leading plant researcher, Dr. Alkaitis products use certified organic, biologically active plant ingredients to create skin care products so pure, they are actually edible. alkaitis.com


New Wave Enviro Premium Shower Filter – This easy-to-install shower filter fits any standard shower pipe to remove chemical chlorine that is otherwise absorbed by the skin or inhaled via the shower steam. newwaveenviro.com


Pelindaba Lavender Products – Pelindaba Lavender is a premier grower of lavender plants, distiller of lavender essential oils and handcrafter of lavender products. From their farm on San Juan Island with organically-certified fields, every product produced from the plants is in accordance with the highest environmental and aesthetic standards. From these flowers and essential oils, they handcraft on-site a wide range of botanical, culinary, personal care, therapeutic, household and pet care products. pelindabalavender.com


Priti NYC – Though no nail polish is completely chemical-free, Priti NYC succeeds in banishing the “big three” toxic traditional nail lacquer ingredients—toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DHB) and formaldehyde—replacing them with soy and corn bases in 100-plus shades. Certified vegan and cruelty-free. pritinyc.com
 
Looking for other ways to reduce your impact on the planet and embrace wellness this year? Check out these great resources: Etsy (etsy.com), the No. 1 source for handmade, DIY products supports local entrepreneurs, creative recycling/repurposing and other eco- and socially responsible practices; Local Harvest (localharvest.org) where you can find organic produce, dairy, meat and other farmed products in your area, connect with other local produce buyers and sellers and get current news on issues affecting the local and small farm industry; Saffron Rouge (saffronrouge.com) is the first beauty retailer in the world to offer exclusively organic products from trusted suppliers, providing detailed information on thousands of the best organic beauty products available today.