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The Gift of Health – It's the holiday season!

What is the most important thing in life? Whenever I ask someone this question, the answer is always "your health." When I founded Aviva Natural Health Solutions my goal was to integrate all the key elements that combine to help achieve optimum health.

Some of the key elements that form our complete approach to health and wellness include diet, nutrition, cooking, full spectrum lighting, seating, fitness, energizing footwear, water and air quality, cleanliness, adequate sleep, optimal thinking, and stress control.

While any one of these elements could be expanded upon and easily take up this entire article, I will focus on some products that would make ideal gifts. Giving a loved one a gift designed to improve health might be the most thoughtful gift of all.

Nutrition / Diet: The gift of a quality nutritional supplement may not be the first thing we think about when shopping for a gift, but why not? What could be more rewarding than to hear a month or two later how much better a loved one feels since they started to regularly take the supplements you gave to them? Aviva customers tell us that as a direct result of the recommended supplements almost every aspect of their health has improved. Higher energy levels, better digestion, sounder sleep, reduced stress (poor nutrition can contribute to increased stress), improved hair, skin, and nails, better sex, weight loss, and even a more cheerful, positive attitude, are comments we hear regularly from our customers.

Aviva has a broad selection of highly absorbable super high quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, herbal and homeopathic remedies, essential fats (Omega 3 and Omega 6) and fibre supplements (including colon and intestinal cleanse products). Our large selection of green super food products are rich in phytochemicals, and our adaptogenic herbs like Rhodiola, Ashwaganda, Ginseng, Suma and Maca help bring renewed energy to those who are under stress. Prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes help us more effectively absorb the nutrients in our food, giving us more energy and a stronger immune system. Our organic herbal and green teas combine valuable nutrients with cancer fighting anti-oxidants, and taste great too.

It’s my opinion that while all people will benefit from nutritional supplements, they are designed to complement a healthy diet, not to replace food. As to the preparation and cooking of food, Aviva can make it easier and more fun with our healthful, beautifully designed and durable kitchen products. Here are some of our favourites:

BORNER V-SLICER: I originally purchased one of these 'gadgets' at a home show in Chicago 30 years ago, and have been hooked on this amazing kitchen tool ever since. With a V-Slicer you can do more with fruits and vegetables in seconds than with an expensive food processor, for an amazing bargain price. This has to be one of the best gifts of all time.

QUALITY BLENDERS: Vitamix is the innovative leader in the commercial blender market. No other blender offers the power, ease of operation and state of the art engineering. The half-gallon GE Lexan jar is lightweight and easy to clean, while the powerful 3-peak horsepower motor makes any blending chore a breeze.

OTHER KITCHEN PRODUCTS: Other great kitchen gifts include Air Filtration and Purification Systems and the Aviva Soymilk Sensation Soymilk Maker. I wouldn’t be without a terrific digital electronic kitchen scale, which makes weighing ingredients a snap for consistent cooking results.

AVIVA HEALTHY WATER SYSTEM: The Aviva Healthy Water System [now known as the OPUS Advantage Water Purification System] and Shower Filter are reasonably priced state of the art technologies that produce better tasting and more healthful water than expensive bottled products. Removes all contaminants, bacteria, heavy metals and fluoride.

AVIVA BIDET TOILET ATTACHMENT: This may be awkward to give as a gift, but possibly the best one to receive. Now you can turn any standard toilet into a bidet for a fraction of the cost of a stand-alone bidet.

SKIN AND BODY CARE: Aviva carries an amazing selection of natural soaps, shampoos, conditioners and body care products, including skin rejuvenation products, all night and all day moisturizers and crèmes, and a selection of anti-aging, wrinkle-reducing products.

FOOTWEAR: If you want to give a gift that helps someone improve their health, our MBT and Orthaheel shoes may be just the thing. Comfortable and good looking, MBT footwear can help improve hip, back, and knee problems. Our customers tell us that MBT is the most comfortable footwear they have ever owned.

BACK PAIN AND HEALTHFUL SEATING SOLUTIONS: I have had recurring back problems for many years. In my quest to solve my own back pain problems I’ve tried many products. The most successful products are now recommended and sold at Aviva, including inversion tables, the Invertrac, Back Medic, Chi type Machines, the Gravity Arc and the Swopper chair. Combined with natural anti-inflammatory supplements that relieve pain with no side effects, I can now control the pain and be back to normal within a day or two. Ask Aviva for recommendations.

Those who have back problems know that you must maintain regular exercise and be careful not to put any undue strain on the back. But no matter how careful you try to be, you sometimes do something that puts you out of commission with back pain.  I have found that, for me, sitting in a normal chair can be extremely painful. Then I read about the Swopper chair. Once I tried it, I was hooked. You haven’t experienced true ergonomic seating until you’ve sat on a Swopper. Designed by an Osteopathic Physician and endorsed by orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors and physical therapists, Swopper may be the world’s most perfect chair. Swopper addresses the issues that cause people to suffer from the ravages of sitting still (static seating) all day long, by providing a truly unique alternative to traditional seating. It gives you the daily maintenance required to promote a healthier, stronger spine, stronger lower back muscles, improved circulation to the legs and improved nutrition to the inter-vertebral discs. The sensation that the Swopper creates feels like you are hovering over the floor, making the shifting from position to position smooth and effortless. 'Sitting in Motion' with Swopper is wonderful for the body and mind.

Healthful Treats: Chocolate, especially quality organic chocolate, is one of the healthiest foods, higher in antioxidants than green tea and red wine. Chocolate is also high in bioflavonoids, shown to help improve capillary strength and boost the immune system. Aviva has a broad selection of the most decadent chocolates, available by the bar or by the box.

Aviva also sells a wide variety of healthful mints, chewing gums, and nutritious health bars that can be meal replacements, weight loss aids, or just snacks for high energy.

Glass Nail Files: This may not sound like the most glamorous gift, but more customers buy these as gifts than any other product at Aviva. The glass material is perfect for smoothing nails, and continued use helps keep nails from splitting. Plus, you can wash the nail file, and it will last indefinitely.

Essential Oils: Aviva has searched the world for the finest organic essential oils, which can be used for a wide range of health benefits, and they smell fantastic.

By now you realize that Aviva is not your average health food store. Our approach is to integrate those elements that combine to help achieve optimum health. The more elements you combine, the healthier you can be. At Aviva, our knowledgeable staff is available and ready to help you in making this a healthy holiday season, and an even healthier New Year.


Health Disclaimer. Copyright ©2008. Nathan Zassman is a trained nutrition practitioner and the owner of Aviva Natural Health Solutions.