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Give the Gift of Health—Dr. Cook's Holiday Gift Guide

Make this holiday season a healthy one with gifts that will inspire joy and health for everyone on your list. Here are some of my favorite gift ideas:

Elate Cosmetics for Looking as Great as You Feel 

Elate Cosmetics for Natural and Enviro-Friendly Beauty

After searching and experimenting for many years with a huge variety of so-called “natural” cosmetics, I finally discovered Elate Cosmetics and immediately fell in love. And, having sensitive skin and a strong reaction to most toxic chemicals and hidden fragrances, I am a good person to test the products. Elate’s products are the only ones I’ve found to be pure enough to wear or recommend.

The company is committed to using cruelty-free ingredients, ethical marketing, and sustainable practices. Additionally, the cosmetics are clean, vegan, 100% gluten-free (safe enough for those people with celiac), made in Canada, and even use green-certified, fair trade and reusable bamboo packaging, compacts, and palettes. They practice fair trade, use 90% organic ingredients, and completely avoid planet-polluting nanoparticles. Committed to “never compromis(ing) the health of any person, animal, or the planet,” I can’t help but feel good about my decision to use the products.

Unlike most of the “natural” products I’ve tried, Elate Cosmetics’ products just feel good on my skin. The lipsticks are creamy but long-lasting, the eyeliner is gorgeous but doesn’t leave my eyes feeling irritated or achy like most products I’ve used. The lipsticks, eye shadows, eyeliners, and other products come in a huge range of colors. The foundation superbly covers blemishes without feeling heavy and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth afterward.

And, the company’s commitment to the environment is bar none. Consider that they don’t use any excess packaging, and go the extra mile for the planet: the pressed powder actually comes in seed paper that can be planted afterward to grow wildflowers or herbs. Elate Cosmetics goes the extra mile to create healthy, planet-friendly products that I feel great about using and recommending.

Lips & Lashes Kit (Includes Elate’s best selling Essential Mascara and a Better Balm or Lipstick all found within a reusable bamboo canister—no need to waste time gift-wrapping or great for gift wrapping, storing brushes, or holding delicates while travelling). $64 Canadian with your choice of several lip balm and lipstick colors.

Not sure what your friend, family member or coworker will want? Check out the Give a Ritual Kit which comes with your choice of a $50, $75, or $100 gift card in a reusable bamboo capsule ready to add blush, powder, or eye shadows, as well as the Essential Mascara.

Want to keep that gift under $25? No problem. Check out the classic red (or any other color you prefer) Grace Lipstick. It offers all the beauty with none of the harmful junk found in most cosmetics.


Urban Cultivator for Growing Superfoods at Home

The Urban Cultivator is my favorite indoor gardening equipmentThe Urban Cultivator is my favorite indoor food growing product. My husband and I installed it in our new kitchen, making certain our design incorporated the compact yet high-producing residential model, but it can be added to any kitchen as it comes with the option of a cutting-board top as well. Now we can enjoy microgreens, herbs and leafy greens year round...and they are grown right in our home. You can't beat that for fresh and nutritious!

For most of us, even the healthiest of foods we buy are shipped in from other locales and sit on store shelves for days before we buy them. And, let’s face it: if you’re like most people you’re probably worried about the recalls on grocery store greens. Not to mention that the decline in nutritional value is staggering during the shipping period and, as a result, our best intentions to eat a healthy diet are compromised. The Urban Cultivator delivers nutrient-packed produce from your kitchen to your plate in minutes.  Your body reaps the rewards and your taste buds will thank you.

The Urban Cultivator requires virtually no assembly and is easy to use.  It can be plumbed into your household water system or used independently but either way keeps the work to a minimum: simply add your seeds of choice to the growing medium and use the simple control panel to set the optimum growing conditions. Watch your food grow through the large glass window while you plan your delicious menu. Your Urban Cultivator harvest can be enjoyed in salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, smoothies and so much more. Let your imagination run wild!

The Urban Cultivator residential model is the size of a dishwasher and grows an abundance of produce for an average family. It can be plumbed into an existing dishwasher space or be used as a stand-alone appliance. I found it easy to use either way but am especially happy that I got my plumber to hook it up—now it waters and drains at the push of a button. Within days, I’m enjoying superfoods right out of my own kitchen garden. What could be better or healthier? Discover the great deal I’m offering for the holiday season hereFresh microgreens are among the most nutritious superfoods available

Microgreens are among the most nutrient-dense foods available to us.  In other words, eating them is one of the single best things we can do for our health.

In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers found that microgreens contained up to forty times as many nutrients as their full-grown vegetable counterparts. The study found that microgreen leaves can contain up to 40 times more nutrients like vitamin C, carotenoids (beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin), and vitamin E, than their mature counterparts. 


Cellfood for the Gift of Health

There are some great healing products in the Cellfood family

We can’t live without sufficient oxygen, yet most people breathe so shallowly due to stress, posture, and our sedentary lifestyles. Give the gift of oxygenation, the lack of which is a factor in most health conditions.

I love a liquid supplement called Cellfood®, which has the unique ability to split water molecules within the body, releasing oxygen and hydrogen at the cellular level. It doesn’t create free radicals, but instead bonds with any free radicals found in the body, transforming them into stabilized oxygen. In my experience, Cellfood® provides the deepest and most abundant cell oxygenation of any supplement I’ve tried. Additionally, it contains 129 trace minerals, enzymes, amino acids and electrolytes, thereby providing cellular nutrition.

Cellfood® has been shown in laboratory tests to destroy harmful bacteria and pathogens on contact without harming the body’s beneficial intestinal flora. Other benefits of Cellfood® include: the normalization of pH balance; strengthening of the immune system; support for lung and breathing function; improvement in brain function, alertness and concentration; and it increases the absorption of other supplements taken in the same 24-hour period.

Cellfood® is made from all-natural, plant-based ingredients, and is yeast-free and gluten-free. I’ve found in my clients that as they introduce more pure, stable oxygen into their system, it’s a matter of time before their body responds with new levels of vitality, energy, endurance and, most of all, profound wellbeing. Learn more about the product here.

VitaClay for Healthy and Delicious Meals

I love the VitaClay for making healthy and delicious meals.

There are many crockpots, instant cookers, and other types of cooking appliances on the market, I prefer the VitaClay. Not only can you cook soups, stews, chilli, chicken, fish, roasts, bone broth, vegan “bone” broth, curries, and vegetable dishes, it can all be done from an organic clay pot devoid of the toxic chemicals found in most other cookers. It’s better for your health and easy to clean as clay is the original non-stick cookware that lacks the carcinogens found in other types of non-stick pots.

What’s more: it’s four times faster than a conventional crockpot. And, unlike pressure cookers that cook quickly but can be dangerous to operate, the VitaClay preserves many more nutrients in your food.

You can set it for a delayed start so you can wake up to warm, cooked oatmeal or other delicious breakfast or a scrumptious dinner when you get home from work.

You can keep your meal hot for up to 12 hours on the “warm” feature and can even use the VitaClay to make effortless soups and soup stocks. You can cook dry beans or perfect rice without worrying about pots boiling over on the stove. Simply select the “rice” or “stew” option and let the VitaClay do the rest.

Now that I’ve tried the VitaClay, I can’t imagine cooking without it. It has a prominent spot in my newly-renovated farmhouse kitchen, helping me to create farm-inspired home cooking without the headaches or slaving over a stove.

Check out this video to learn more about the advantages of a VitaClay.


Alchema for Homemade Cider or Wine Making

Alchema automates wine-, cider-, and beer-making and you can use only natural ingrdients

Want to enjoy the health benefits of wine without the harmful preservatives? Simply download the app, pick the recipe you want to make (beer, wine, cider, or mead), follow the step-by-step instructions, and within a few days to a week, you can start enjoying the fruits of your labor.

I’ve been making organic, heritage apple wine from the apples on our property with almost no effort on my part. I simply add the apple chunks, organic sugar, and a packet of yeast and let the machine monitor my brew.

I can view the percentage of completion, number of days left on the batch, as well as the amount of alcohol it contains at any given time. Thanks to the Alchema, I can create professional quality apple wine with little effort on my part. Considering I’ve never made wine or any other alcoholic beverage before, I’m amazed with the results.

And, the taste is so fresh and superior to most of the chemical-laden store-bought options. Plus, I know exactly what went into it. If I use organic fruit, I know there are no brain-damaging or cancer-causing pesticides in my final product. The same is true about sulfites and other preservatives. I don’t use them and know there are none in my delicious apple wine.

The Alchema makes the whole process effortless and trackable on a smart phone. Use coupon code COOK10 to save 10%.

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