Tis the season of giving and receiving. We wanted to share with you some of our most favorite health-focused gifts this year. We often feel guilty prioritizing our well-being, so what a wonderful time of year to give back to your health and the health of those that you love. We hope you enjoy our selections and recommendations.
1. Safe Food Containers- Give the gift of Safer Food Storage
The short story is get rid of plastics. There are many chemicals in plastics that cause havoc to your immune and detoxification systems. You can read more about it here.
So our rule of thumb is to ditch the plastic and opt for safer containers for food storage- such as glass or stainless steel. You can find these anywhere (sometimes Costco will have good deals).
If anyone knows of a local Nashville maker, please let us know as we love supporting local.
2. Muse headbands – Give the gift of Calm
Re-train your brain with muse.
Muse is a brain sensing headband. It is a fitness tool that measures brain signals known as EEG. These are the type of brain waves that we capture and train with our personalized Neurofeedback training sessions at the MaxWell Clinic.
Muse uses wearable EEG technology and Neurofeedback in order to train you to a calm, yet, active brain. It is essentially brain training that alters your ingrained brain patterns, improves stress resilience, and offers improvements with blah and restless moods.
We often forget about the brain. So this year let’s celebrate your brain!
3. Healthy Cookbooks- Give the gift of Recipes
Eating healthy and clean starts in your own home. We love it when patients profess that they cannot cook. Everyone can make delicious easy meals at home. It might take a little more preparation on the front end, but the satisfaction that comes from making nourishing meals for yourself is invaluable. Let some of our favorites show you how.
Laura Lea Goldberg– teaches you how to make Whole Foods a part of your daily life. She is great with explanations, cooking tips, and meal planning help. Her recipes are on point when it comes to flavor.
Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook– Paleo tends to get a lot of food sensitivities and triggers out and works really well for certain individuals, especially those with autoimmune challenges
4. Vielight– Give the gift of Light
Vielight makes amazing portable photobiomodulation devices. Photo biology is the study of the effects of non-ionizing radiation on biological systems. Vielight devices focus on creating change with your body at a cellular level. If physiology geeks are on your list this year, then wow them with a Vielight system.
5. Herbal Teas- Give the gift of Warm Teas
Warm drinks are phenomenal for the body at any time, but especially during the winter. There are many benefits of herbal teas. Local Nashville folks can visit High Garden for a variety of blends and tinctures.
6. TrueDark Glasses– Give the gift of Dark
Light affects our physiology and especially our circadian rhythms. Circadian disruption can contribute to many chronic conditions. With enhanced technology also comes more “junk light” from artificial sources such as TVs, phones, and computers. These TrueDark glasses are a great solution to blocking the light that disrupts our systems so that your brain and body can be happier
7. Vital Choice– Give the gift of Salmon
We love using food as medicine. Wild caught salmon is one of the best ways to optimize your omega 3 levels. Not any salmon will do. It is extremely important to make sure you are choosing clean sources of salmon. We love the salmon from Vital Choice. It is a nice thought without the fish smell.
8. HeartMath– Give the gift of Variability
HeartMath offers a series of products that help reduce stress and anxiety by increasing inner balance and self-security through a training of heart rate variability. Essentially, it is technology that gives you a window into your emotional soul. We run this test on every new patient as it gives insight and data into stress resilience. These home training programs are invaluable to your health and wellbeing.
9. Gift certificates to local health food restaurants- Give the gift of Food
The journey of eating clean whole food based meals can be challenging coupled with the pace we are living. We love leaning on local health food establishments to help us get through our weeks.
Food delivery services can also be helpful. Dinner Belle Nashville is a great local option for those in the area. If you don’t live in Nashville, then we encourage you to source local clean restaurants and services to make your weeks easier.
10. Safer personal care products- Give the gift of Better Beauty
Part of our work with patients is to minimize toxic input. We tend to be great at thinking of food and airborne sources and can often forget about our personal care products. According to the Environmental Working group (EWG), the average adult, on average, uses 9 personal care products everyday. That type of daily exposure adds up. So again, we recommend switching to cleaner, safer products. We have lots of thoughts on this but some of our favorites are:
We love this detoxifying charcoal mask from Beautycounter.
Lemon Laine, a Nashville local retailer, offers many things we love- particularly their hydrating aloe eye masks (I mean who doesn’t need help under their eyes) and Native brand deodorant.
Clary Collection is a local brand that makes lots of products right here in Nashville. Their all purpose balm is a perfect go to for everything.
11. UrgenC– Give the gift of Immune Support
UrgenC is our favorite supplement go to when we start to feel the “sick ick” coming on. Each capsule contains the trio of olive leaf extract, Vitamin C, and beta glucan. These ingredients support the body’s natural immune mechanisms. Recommended therapy is short term.
12. Intellipure Air Filters- Give the gift of Clean Air
Clean air is key. We are not able to control the quality of all the air that we breathe, however we can alter the environments where we spend the majority of our time- work and home. We recommend intellipure air filters. They claim to be 40 times more efficient than conventional HEPA air filters. Air filters work to trap and eliminate potentially harmful ultrafine particles in your indoor air.
13. Water filter- Give the gift of Pure Water
Clean water is so important. We don’t care where you get a filter from- just start drinking cleaner water. Starting somewhere is important. Also, please make a resolution this year to stop drinking water from plastic bottles. Aquasauna has good filters that we trust as well as Berkey.
14. Ondamed sessions- Give the gift of Energy
At MaxWell Clinic we have all types of tools in our toolbox. Ondamed is a well studied cellular-electrical biofeedback program. The sophisticated machine produces a highly focused electromagnetic field that targets cellular and tissue responses. This type of stimulation can help support the innate healing pathways of the body. Reported benefits include decreased pain and improved energy. Contact the MaxWell Clinic to schedule a series of sessions.
15. Body work gift certificates- Give the gift of Touch
It’s too few and far between that we actually create time to receive. Body work is a great way to release stress and emotion for improved structural alignment and function. Give the gift that people do not tend to buy for themselves which is the time to slow down. There are many great bodyworkers in town- massage, chiropractor, and acupuncture. We love our friends at Ha.Lé Mind and Body. Check out their holiday deals on bodywork sessions and group classes.