Fact: everyone benefits from a good night sleep! If you’re holiday shopping for a night owl or someone whose sleep is disrupted by shift work, insomnia, jet lag, or children, you’re guaranteed to find some gift ideas here. The gift of better sleep is priceless because even just minimal sleep loss takes a toll on your mood, energy, hunger hormones, and ability to handle stress. A combination of any two or more gifts would make a great gift basket, which I personally love receiving!

To Promote Sleep

Sweet Dreams Melatonin Products: For the traveler experiencing jet lag or the loved one who just changed work shifts, melatonin is such a simple remedy for sleep deprivation considering it can take over one’s life! Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in the body that helps control sleep and wake cycles. It helps reset our internal clock, and may promote sleepiness, lessen the time it takes to fall asleep, and lengthen sleep duration. This product comes in liquid or capsule form.

Dr. Mercol...

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Your holiday shopping just got easier. Everyone knows a traveler or someone who’s always on-the-go. This Christmas gift guide is suitable for the person who always seems to be on vacation or never seems to be home, that busy mom, the businessman who is regularly on the road or flying for work, and the soon-to-be honeymoon travelers. Also consider combining several of these items for a killer “themed” gift basket, which I personally love receiving!

Here are our top picks this holiday season with just that person in mind.

Dr Mercola sleep mask with lavender: This mask combines the benefits of eliminating light with the aromatherapy benefits of lavender and chamomile. Wearing a sleep mask at night blocks light from clocks, electronics, and outside lights, helping the body to get the uninterrupted, rejuvenating rest it needs. The scent of lavender promotes a sounder, more restful sleep. With over 100 million Americans reporting occasional sleep problems, the gift of better sleep is sure to b...

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Chocolate lovers will melt over any one of these delicious gifts, and combining several items would make a sweet “themed” gift basket, which I personally love receiving!  

Chocolate gets a bad rap for being "bad" or unhealthy. The commercial varieties found on the shelves of your supermarket may deserve the less-than-stellar reputation, but real chocolate doesn’t! Really rich, high quality, low sugar chocolate with 85% or more cacao is considered a superfood. Cacao is a rich source of antioxidants and feel-good neurotransmitters and has numerous other health benefits.

Homemade Chocolate: If the person on your list enjoys baking, why not give them a gift basket filled with the ingredients necessary to make their own homemade chocolate? This includes cacao butter, cacao powder, and a sweetener such as honey,  coconut nectar, or coconut palm sugar.

Cacao liquor is a second option for making homemade chocolate. Don’t let the name fool you—no alcohol here, just a mix of cacao powder and cacao ...

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Holiday shopping for the special man in your life just got easier! Whether you’re shopping for your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, son and more, you’re sure to find something they’ll love with these unique gift ideas.

Awesome Products For His Face and Body:

Theraneem Naturals Men’s Shaving and Body Bar: This bar will be your guys’ daily go-to, and is perfect for a gentle, clean shave. It also works great for faces and body. Made with eight different essential oils, it’s gentle on the skin. 

Morrocco Method Feng Shea Exfollient & Facial ScrubGuys enjoy silky soft skin just as much as the Ladies. This gentle exfoliating cleanser will tone and soften your skin, and leaves skin with a healthy glow.  

Dude, Where’s My Lotion??? Nova Scotia Fisherman products understand men. Any one of these all-natural lotions, soaps, balms and scrubs would make awesome gifts for any man you’re shopping for. They’re infused with kelp, which has amazing anti-aging properties, and comes from the shores of...

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Yacon is a very special sweetener! It’s actually good for your gut, which may sound like an oxymoron, but this tuber contains an impressive concentration of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), which are indigestible carbohydrates that pass through the body unabsorbed. The FOS in yacon is considered a prebiotic, helping to promote the growth of probiotics—think, food for the probiotics, and in doing so improves gut health.

Yacon’s sweetness is unique because it has a low glycemic index, meaning its impact on blood glucose is minimal. It’s also low in calories, benefiting those following a low sugar or low carbohydrate diet (ie: diabetics) and trying to lose weight.

Uses For Yacon

Yacon can be extracted into a luxurious syrup which is used similarly to maple syrup or honey. Drizzle it on top of pancakes or porridge, use it to adorn desserts or mix a little into sauces and marinades that need a sweet touch, like a barbecue glaze.

In addition to a syrup, yacon can also be purchased in whole dehydra...

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Kefir for Gut Health

11/22/2016 6:00 AM

Think of kefir as a supercharged version of yogurt, offering a similar flavor and function but significantly enhanced with an increased variety and quantity of gut-friendly probiotics. These “friendly” bacteria can help with everything from enhancing absorption of nutrients from the food you eat and easing digestive problems to bolstering the immune system and preventing disease – and they act as an antibacterial (the good bacteria help fight and crowd out the bad). For those who are avoiding dairy, fear not: non-dairy varieties of kefir made with superfoods like coconut are available as well.

More Uses For Kefir

Aside from being a stand-alone beverage, kefir can also be added to various types of recipes such as smoothies and breakfast bowls. Try it as a substitute for cream in chilled soups, or blend kefir with fruit or make ice pops. Remember high heat can destroy probiotics, so always aim to use kefir in uncooked contexts.

Make Your Own

Superier to commercial kefir, homemade kefir is ea...

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