Thank you for requesting our A-Z Wellness Guide! This guide is an ongoing work in progress because we are always open to learning new ways to improve our own lives and the lives of others. So check back because we update it and expound upon the items listed often.
Some of the items listed below are broad lifestyle recommendations (e.g., “Exercise”), some are specific product or company recommendations, and many are also recommended in our book, Happy Lawyer: The Art of Having It All Without Losing Your Mind. Some are items that might inspire you to do some additional research on your own. With a few exceptions, these are recommendations that we follow in our own lives often, if not daily.
A word of caution: This list, while admittedly not an exhaustive list, can still feel daunting – especially for those who are being exposed to some of these health and wellness concepts for the first time. We are here to help. Whether you’ve been on your own health and wellness journey for a long time or are just getting started, please reach out to us at info (at) Balanced-Way (dot) com if you’d like additional support and expertise in incorporating these and other BALANCED Way™ recommendations into your own life.
Air Purifiers/Ionizers – Air inside your home or office can become stagnant and can often be full of dust, allergens, airborne bacteria and viruses, etc. All of these things have to be dealt with by your immune system when you breathe them in.
Alkaline Water and Food — See Chapter 6 of Happy Lawyer, and you can read more about alkaline living HERE.
Antioxidants – See Chapter 6 of Happy Lawyer, and you can read more about antioxidants HERE.
Bedding – We like bamboo, and we bought our mattress and sheets from Cariloha. Synthetic household materials are constantly off-gassing toxic fumes, including furniture, carpet and your bed. Your bed, and especially your pillow, can be the largest source of inhaling these fumes. We recommend transitioning to natural materials in your home. The best place to start is with your bedding.
Candles – Most candles are made from paraffin wax, which are derived from petroleum. They emit toxic fumes when burned. Beeswax candles are the healthiest to use. They emit negative ions and function as an air ionizer. However, they burn a little differently and require a lot of attention. A healthier alternative to paraffin candles that are much lower maintenance are soy candles.
Cannabis Oil (where legal) – Read about how it can help support your immune system and more HERE.
Coconut Water – Use with a pinch of Himalayan salt instead of sports drinks for electrolyte replacement – Say no to that multi-colored “aid” full of garbage ingredients. Read more about the benefits of coconut water HERE.
Coffee Enemas – See Chapter 8 of Happy Lawyer; and read more about the benefits of coffee enemas HERE.
Colon Hydrotherapy – See Chapter 8 of Happy Lawyer, and you can read more about colon hydrotherapy HERE.
Cookware (preferably, titanium) – Ceramic, glass, stainless steel and cast iron can be good to use as well. However, it depends on how those are manufactured. Ask us for more information, if you’re (hopefully) looking to ditch and switch your aluminum or Teflon cookware.
Dehydrated Foods – One of the best ways to make healthy snacks is to use a food dehydrator. We love the flax crackers and kale chips that we make in ours.
Earthing – See Chapter 8 of Happy Lawyer, and you can read more about earthing HERE.
EMF Protection – Electromagnetic Frequencies permeate every corner of the earth now. In addition to broadcast microwaves, radio waves, etc., all electronic devices emit electronic signals that interfere with your body’s normal electrical impulses. More and more studies are showing the detrimental health effects of this. A DefenderPad or other scalar energy products help shield your body from EMF radiation. You can also read more about the effects of EMF radiation HERE.
Exercise – So important! – See Chapter 9 of Happy Lawyer and get moving! You can also read more about the benefits of exercise HERE.
Fermented Foods – See Chapter 7 of Happy Lawyer for types of fermented foods and kombucha. Also, you can read more about the benefits of fermented foods HERE.
Fooducate app – download this app onto your phone and try it out next time you are grocery shopping.
Forager Project vegetable chips. Both the healthiest and tastiest organic store-bought chips we’ve come across.
Green Foods & Juice – See Chapter 7 of Happy Lawyer and watch the documentary called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.
Green Tea – It’s loaded with antioxidants. We prefer Miracle Tree’s organic green tea and moringa blend.
Hemp – especially hemp seeds and hemp oil. The science behind why hemp oil is proving to be so effective is based on the Human Endocannabinoid System. This elaborate network is part of our immune system, and when it is activated by taking phytocannabinoids, humans (and animals) have better ability to fight, resist, and assist in repairing the mind and body. Hemp oil and seeds can be used as a nutritional supplement, in smoothies and on salads, as well as lots of other ways.
Infrared Sauna – See Chapter 8 of Happy Lawyer and find more information on the benefits of infrared saunas HERE.
Interval Training – See Chapter 9 of Happy Lawyer, and you can read more about interval training HERE.
Iodine – Iodine is your friend, and most of us don’t get enough of it. You can, though, by incorporating more sea vegetables like seaweed, dulse and kelp into your diet. Read more about the benefits of iodine HERE.
Kitchen appliances that support good nutrition include:
- Vitamix or BlendTec Blender
- Excalibur Dehydrator
- Omega Juicer
- Spiralizer for
making raw zucchini “pasta” and other tasty things
- Food Processor
Kombucha – it’s a fermented tea that’s loaded with probiotics and might be a good soda replacement for you if you like fizz. Find it at your local health food store, farmer’s market, or try making your own. Read more about the benefits of kombucha HERE.
Lemon – fresh squeezed juice or essential oil in your drinking water.
Mary’s Gone Crackers – Both the healthiest and tastiest organic store-bought crackers we’ve come across.
Massage – See Chapter 8 of Happy Lawyer and get massages often. They’re a healthy treat for yourself. Read more about the benefits of massage HERE.
Microwave Ovens – stop using them; even better, remove them from your house entirely so you’re not tempted. Read more about the dangers of microwave ovens HERE.
Nutrition – See Chapter 7 of Happy Lawyer and read The China Study and other books on our Recommended Reading list below.
Oil Pulling – See Chapter 8 of Happy Lawyer and learn more about oil pulling HERE.
Organic Foods – Consume organic foods as much as possible and stay away from pesticide-laden, genetically modified foods. Read more about the benefits of going organic HERE.
Outdoors – Get outside often!
Pasta – switch to pastas made of brown rice, quinoa, einkorn, or other healthier grains instead of white or wheat flour. Always read the ingredients on labels though because sometimes products indicating their pasta is made out of these healthier grains on the front of the label will also sometimes contain less-healthy ingredients like corn or wheat. Even better, try spiralizing zucchini and other veggies for a raw “pasta” or use spaghetti squash.
Personal Care — A few good online sources for natural cosmetics and other skin and personal products are: Young Living, Nature’s Brands, and Gourmet Body Treats. We used to carry these companies’ products in our wellness center; and we still use them ourselves daily. You can learn more about the products you’re currently using by entering the name of the product in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Not all companies and products are listed, especially the smaller, lesser known or newer companies/products. However, if your product is not listed, you can enter it plus its ingredients for a rating. We also recommend reading, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (see our Recommended Reading list below).
Plant-Based vs. Omnivore – eat plants at least 90% of the time. Watch Forks Over Knives
Protein – Read The China Study to learn why you really don’t need to worry that you’re not getting enough. Also watch the documentaries Forks Over Knives and What the Health (see our Recommended Reading and Recommended Viewing lists below).
Quinoa – Pronounced, “keen wah,” this grain is an excellent source of protein. It’s very easy to prepare as a breakfast food, salad, or used in other ways. Read more about the benefits of quinoa HERE.
Raw Foods – there are so many good raw food resources available. Just do a google search for recipes and food prep techniques, or email us at info (at) balanced-way (dot) com if you want more information including some of Bev’s delicious raw foodie recipes. Also, you can read more about the benefits of eating raw foods HERE.
Rebounder – mini-trampoline that is great for stimulating your lymphatic system among a host of other benefits. They are fairly portable, too. Read more about the benefits of exercizing with a rebounder HERE.
Salt – Real Salt®, Himalayan, Celtic Sea Salt. We actually carry our own travel size containers of Real Salt® into restaurants when we eat out. Yes, we get some strange looks sometimes, but it’s worth it to us to use healthy salt instead of highly processed table salt that is laden with chemical residues. This is an easy switch.
Skin Brushing – this is more rejuvenating than you might think. Buy a skin brush made of natural materials and give this a try about once a week. Read more about the benefits of dry skin brushing HERE.
Smoothies – See Chapter 7 of Happy Lawyer. A little goes a long way. You really don’t need to consume a quart of smoothie every morning. And skip the whey. Your body doesn’t need that, either. Read more about the benefits of smoothies HERE.
Soap Nuts for laundry and other detergents
Stevia – Healthiest sweetener available. There are a lot of products these days that have “stevia” on the label, but most of them are not pure, 100% organic stevia, which is what we recommend. We like KAL, NOW or Pyure the best. We carry our own stevia into restaurants when we eat out, too. Read The Miracle of Stevia for more info on the benefits of using Stevia as a sweetener.
Sunscreen – Most readily-available sunscreens are toxic and carcinogenic. Your best bet for sunscreen is clothing. However, there are some natural sunscreens on the market that are much safer for you than the “normal” brands. Read more about sunscreens in general, and see a great list of safe sunscreen brands HERE. You can also make your own. We like a blend of coconut oil, zinc oxide, and carrot seed essential oil.
Sunshine – she’s your friend. Just don’t abuse her.
Superfoods – Superfoods are, in a nutshell, foods that have the best nutrient-to-weight ratio. They are comprised of certain vegetables, algae, herbs, berries, seeds, nuts and spices. They are loaded with nutrients and are typically alkaline-forming in the body. The more you can incorporate these foods into your routine, the better. See our expanded superfood section below for recommendations.
Supplements – See our expanded supplement recommendations below.
Thieves essential oil and oil-infused products. Find them HERE. We are often asked, if we could only travel with one bottle of essential oil, what would we take with us. The answer, hands down, is Thieves.
Ukon – The brand of turmeric that we take daily and that we recommend. You can find it HERE
Vaccinations – Do your homework. This is an area where some folks disagree with us, but we chose not to get any vaccinations when we did our RTW. That’s right. None. We won’t tell you what to do or not do, but we encourage you to research this for yourself further. A couple of good places to start are HERE and HERE.
Vegetables – Make fresh, raw, organic vegetables the biggest part of your diet on a daily basis. Juice them, chew them, spiralize them, dehydrate them, whatever it takes. When you do cook them, ideally you will steam them lightly or use a healthy oil such as coconut oil and stir fry them.
- We recommend alkaline, ionized drinking water. See Chapter 6 of
- Water ionizers – The best choice for drinking water is a countertop ionizer. We recommend THESE.
- The next best thing to a countertop water ionizer is a hydrogen
water bottle. We use THIS ONE when we are traveling.
- Shower filters – It is as important to filter your shower water as
much as it is to filter your drinking water. We recommend THIS ONE.
- Drinking water filters – It is very important to filter your drinking water. It is also recommended to pre-filter your water with a robust filter if you are using an ionizer, even though they do have filters. The higher quality water that goes into one, the higher quality the finished product will be. There are lots of options here, but we prefer to use an undersink filter like THIS ONE.
- Whole-house filter – Your best bet is a whole-house filter system
that will filter all water entering your house. We use THIS ONE.
- An excellent resource to find out what is in your local drinking water is the Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database.
Whole Foods vs. Processed foods – always go for whole, plant-based foods vs. processed foods
Xylitol. It’s not the healthiest sweetener out there, but it’s one of the better options. It’s definitely better than really unhealthy options like sugar, corn syrup, aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, etc. If you’re going to chew gum, chew gum that uses xylitol as a sweetener. We like Spry.
Yoga – Find a class near you and get started. You’ll soon fall in love with yoga if you haven’t already. Read more about the benefits of yoga HERE.
Zinc oxide. When you need sunscreen, look for a natural one containing zinc oxide or search for a “DIY non-toxic sunscreen” recipe. Don’t forget to add essential oils. We like a blend of coconut oil, zinc oxide, and carrot seed oil.
There is no precise definition of a superfood. You can find many lists of superfoods, and there is of course debate on what should be considered a superfood. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of plants and herbs in the world that could be considered superfoods. However, most of them have probably never been on a supermarket shelf near you. Here are 21 that we consider to be at the top of the list, that are typically readily available. These should be consumed raw whenever possible. Once cooked, they lose the majority of their beneficial properties.
Acai Berries – High in antioxidants and plant sterols. Aids digestion, boosts immune system, and protects cellular health.
Goji Berries – Very high in antioxidants, with numerous vitamins and minerals. High in protein and essential fatty acids. Immune system, vision, kidney and liver support. Numerous other benefits.
Cacao Powder – High in antioxidants. Heart support, protects against heart disease. Mood elevation. Protects against hypertension. Protects against sunburns and skin cancer. Fights tooth decay. Improves cognitive function. Yes! Chocolate can be good for you!
Seaweed – High in antioxidants, iodine, calcium, potassium, Vitamin C, and a wide range of other vitamins. Helps regulate estrogen and estradiol levels.
Chia Seeds – Very high in nutrients but very low in calories. Very high in antioxidants. High-quality protein. High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Protect against heart disease and diabetes. High in calcium and other bone nutrients. High in fiber.
Mangosteen – High in Vitamin C. Combats inflammation, protects against cancer and diabetes, and is good for allergies. Boosts heart health and bolsters immunity.
Spirulina – Very high in protein. Very high in antioxidants. High in iodine. High in B12, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Fights allergies and regulates blood pressure. Protects against heart disease. Boosts immunity and improves memory. Protects the brain and is highly anti-inflammatory. Protects against anemia, regulates blood sugar levels and improves muscle strength. Protects against liver disease. Eliminates candida (that’s huge!) Keeps skin healthy and preserves bone health.
Chlorella – Similar properties to Spirulina. High concentration of antioxidants.
Moringa – High in protein. Has all necessary amino acids. High in Vitamin C and other vitamins. High in calcium, iron and other minerals. Helps control blood sugar and protects against cancer. Reduces inflammation. Boosts immune function. Aids in digestion. Improves kidney and thyroid function. Provides relief from arthritis. Improves skin health.
Hemp Hearts – High in protein. Has all necessary amino acids. Excellent source of essential fatty acids like Omega-3. High in Vitamin E. Reduces inflammation and improves circulation. Helps regulate blood pressure and protects against clots. Many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. High in fiber.
Nutritional Yeast – High in glutathione. High quality, complete protein. Wide array of vitamins, particularly B complex, and minerals. Preserves immune function. Has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Supports proper digestion. Promotes healthy hair, skin and nails.
Black Garlic – High in antioxidants. Protects heart health. High in calcium. Protects against diabetes. Protects against liver diseases, helps it heal from alcohol damage. Provides allergy relief.
Quinoa – High in protein. High in essential fatty acids like Omega-3. High in flavonoids. High in certain tocopherols. High in phytonutrients. Anti-inflammatory. Reduces risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Contains lysine and is high in minerals. High in fiber.
Matcha Green Tea – Regular green tea counts itself, but Matcha green tea has a concentration of nutrients that is about three times stronger due to the process by which it is made. Very high in antioxidants and polyphenols. Improves brain function. Protects against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Antibacterial and antiviral. Protects against diabetes and heart disease.
Ginger – Contains gingerol, a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Protects against stroke and heart disease. Boosts immunity and respiratory function. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Protects against cancer and diabetes.
Wheatgrass – Nutritionally complete. Up to 70% chlorophyll. Full spectrum of vitamins and minerals. Rich in protein. Super detoxification agent. Improves digestion. Great for blood disorders. High in oxygen. Purifies the liver.
Coconut Oil – We could write an entire book just on coconut oil. Anti-microbial. Protects against heart disease. Protects the brain. Promotes skin health. Promotes oral health. Protects the kidneys and liver. Reduces inflammation and protects against cancer. Improves digestion. Protects against Osteoporosis. Promotes hormone balance. Supports thyroid functioning. Enhances your anti-oxidant defense system. It’s also great between the sheets. Just sayin’.
Cilantro – Supports skin health. Excellent mercury detox agent. Helps regulate blood pressure. High in iron. Allergy support. High in calcium and other minerals. Supports efficient digestion. Protects against diabetes. Anti-inflammatory. Protects against cancer.
Turmeric – Powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Improves brain function and protects against brain disease. Protects against heart disease and cancer.
Dandelion Greens – High in antioxidants. High in protein. Powerful detox agent. Allergy relief. Helps regulate blood sugar levels. Liver detoxification. High in calcium and other minerals. High in B vitamins.
Avocado – An abundant source of vitamins B6, B9, K1, E and C, and more potassium than a banana. Very high in carotenoid antioxidants. It also contains small amounts of iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3. Helps reduce symptoms of arthritis. Lowers triglyceride levels. Protects eyesight. Protects against birth defects. Protects the liver. High in fiber and healthy fats. Promotes healthy skin.
- GeneLink Biosciences – DNA-customized supplements. They analyze twelve SNP’s of DNA that are related to aging and detoxification. The supplements are then formulated to give you extra support where you need it.
- Enriching Gifts Complete Vitamins-Plus – Very comprehensive daily multivitamin.
- AgilEase – Excellent joint health supplement that utilizes many essential oils.
- Core Health Joint Health – Another excellent joint health supplement.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
- Core Health Core EFA’s – Krill oil. High in Omega 3 Fatty Acids including EPA and DHA, abundant phospholipids and Astaxanthin.
- New Earth Wild Essentials Mind and Body – Wild microalgae superfood containing a wide spectrum of nutrients and enzymes.
- Enriching Gifts Plant Enzymes – The creator of this product was actually nominated for a Nobel Prize for these enzymes.
- Enriching Gifts Probiotics – Top-notch probiotics.
- Core Health Digestive Health – Excellent product that contains both plant enzymes and probiotics in one very affordable supplement.
- Stop Aging Now Revolution D – Excellent Vitamin D3 supplement.
- Enriching Gifts Telezyme – Cutting edge telomere enzyme.
- Ukon – It is primarily a turmeric essential oil supplement, but has many other vitamins in it that effectively make it a multivitamin. It also uses ionized water in part of the manufacturing process.
- MegaHydrate from Phi Sciences is a water supplement that achieves similar results as a water ionizer, although not as strong.
Note: Our full Recommended Reading list consists of dozens of books, many of which go beyond the scope of Happy Lawyer and our A-Z Wellness Guide. The books listed below are books we recommend you read first, before delving into our expanded list. Email us at info (at) Balanced-Way (dot) com for additional recommendations after you’ve read these:
- Ask and It Is Given – Hicks, Esther and Jerry (2004)
- Confessions of a Skeptical Physician – McKnight, Tim M.D. (2012)
- Killing Cancer – Not People – Wright, Robert G. (2011)
- Lucy Libido Says…There’s an Oil for THAT – Libido, Lucy (2016)
- Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat – Lyman, Howard
- Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry – Malkan, Stacy (2007)
- Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating
Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! – Freedman, Rory and Barnouin, Kim (2005)
- The All-Day Energy Diet – Elkaim, Yuri (2014)
- The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term
Health – Campbell, T. Colin and Campbell, Thomas M. (2006)
- The Enzyme Factor – Shinya, Hiromi MD (2010)
- The Hidden Messages in Water – Emoto, Masaru (2001)
- The UltraMind Solution – Hyman, Mark (2008)
- Wear Clean Underwear! – Neely, Alexis Martin (2008)
- You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty – Batmanghelidj, Fereydoon (2003)
Note: Our full Recommended Viewing list consists of dozens of documentaries, many of which go beyond the scope of Happy Lawyer and our A-Z Wellness Guide. The documentaries listed below are videos we recommend you watch first, before viewing our expanded list. Email us at info (at) Balanced-Way (dot) com for additional recommendations after you’ve watched these:
- Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
- F.L.O.W. (For Love of Water)
- Food, Inc.
- Forks Over Knives
- Hungry for Change
- Mad Cowboy
- May I Be Frank?
- Poison on Tap
- The Beautiful Truth
- What the Health?
And, there you have it! A-Z, we’ve got you covered. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to us at info (at) Balanced-Way (dot) com for additional support and expertise in incorporating these and other BALANCED Way™ recommendations into your own life. Here’s to a happier, healthier YOU!