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10 Holiday Presents That Allow You to Give the Gift of Health

10 Holiday Presents That Allow You to Give the Gift of Health
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By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 11:29 AM

What better way to show your love than to give the gift of health for the holidays?

Although you can’t exactly order good health from Amazon or buy it at the mall, there are a lot of products you can give friends and family that promote well-being. And they don’t have to bust the bank, either.

Here are 10 gifts you can find for under $50 that will help your loved ones enjoy a healthier 2018:

Pedometer: Experts recommend taking 10,000 steps a day to help optimize health. Obviously, it’s not easy to keep track yourself, which is why people like Dr. Mehmet Oz swear by their pedometers. Studies show that regular exercise, such as walking at a brisk pace, can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Pedometers count steps taken, helping motivate people to hit their daily walking goals.

Organic teas: Warm and comforting, teas are often blended with flowers, herbs, spices and/or dried fruit that all together provide a host of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. The healing powers of green tea in particular are well-proven in numerous studies. But regular consumption of all types of teas has been linked to a lower risk of both heart disease and cancer.

Vegetable spiralizer: Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables, but people can painlessly, and deliciously, sneak some into their diet by using one of these kitchen gadgets. Replace carb-heavy pasta by spiralizing squash or eggplant into vegetable noodles. Or use it on carrots, cucumbers, and beets for a salad. Slice up onions without shedding a tear. Spiralizers take a lot of the tediousness out of preparing veggies.

Mini trampoline: Connect with your inner child by bouncing on a small trampoline. “Rebounding” is an easy and effective exercise, burning more calories than walking or jogging. It’s also a low-impact activity that uses the force of gravity to give every cell in the body a workout. It can even boost immunity by improving lymph flow. And on top of all that, it’s fun.

Foam roller: For people who don’t have the time or money for regular massage sessions, foam rollers are a do-it-yourself way to work kinks out of fascia. That’s important in keeping your body limber and injury-free, because fascia is the thin layer of connective tissue that supports and protects muscles and organs. And when it get crimped, you feel it. Using a foam roller as part of a regular stretching regimen means saying goodbye to a lot of aches and pains.

Essential oils/diffuser: For thousands of years, people have been finding relief for all sorts of ills through essential oils. Distilled from plants such as lavender, tea tree, frankincense and eucalyptus, the oils are used in aromatherapy. They are most commonly applied directly to the skin or misted in a diffuser. For under $50, you can get a starter kit that includes a diffuser and sample oils.

Citrus fruit: What better way to spread a little sunshine to friends in northern climes than sending them a basket of oranges, tangerines, grapefruits or other citrus fruits. Along with vitamin C, citrus is rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, folate, niacin, B6 and thiamin. And the winter months typically produce the sweetest fruit.

Mediterranean diet cookbook: A plethora of studies shows that eating a diet high in healthy fats, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seafood like the people of the Mediterranean is not only heart healthy but also reduces risk of cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other scourges common in the U.S. Learning to cook like people in Greece, Italy, Spain and other lands around the Mediterranean Sea is one healthy gift that keeps on giving.

Herb garden: For the price of a few small pots and seeds, you can empower loved ones to grow their own organic herbs right at home. Fresh herbs spice up food as well as offer health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, bolstering the immune system and lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Buy a kit or simply put one together yourself.

Himalayan salt lamp: Looking like something out of The Hobbit, these lamps are natural air purifiers. That’s because the salt attracts and traps water molecules, along with the dust, pollen, smoke and other nasty particles they may have picked up in the air. Proponents say that salt lamps can ease allergy and asthma symptoms, increase energy levels, and help improve mood, concentration and sleep.

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Stumped for what to give a friend or loved one this holiday season? Consider giving the gift of health with one of these diet, wellness, and fitness items that can make for a healthier new year for that special someone.
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