Drink Up:  Two Cool New Beverages to Quench Your Thirst

Tired of drinking down your meal with the same sodas?  Your taste buds will be awash with gratitude when you sample these new brews.

Going Coconuts

Seems everything cools comes out of Brazil these days – Acai berries, Brazilian blow outs, and the latest craze, coconut water.  Once only sucked from the hairy husk of an actual coconut, now this refreshing beverage can be found at just about every grocery store.  But not satisfied with the original, ZICO brand has added flavorings and juices to concoct an assortment of coconut water drinks including chocolate, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit.  While the natural flavor drink has zero fat and zero cholesterol, the boosted drinks up the calories but still nets about half the calorie count of regular fruit drinks; and all the  ZICO products contain five naturally-occurring electrolytes, including as much potassium as a banana. Many enjoy coconut water to hydrate after exercise, as an alternative to sports drinks, but with the new flavors, coconut waters are finding themselves at the dinner table, and even in cocktails. As most fans of coconut water will agree, its best served very chilled.  ZICO Chilled Premium Coconut Water and Juice Blends (ZICO Chilled Juices) are available in the refrigerator aisle of major grocery stores nationwide.

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Tea Time

Parents everywhere cringe daily as they pack their kids’ lunch boxes and slip in a juice box, knowing they are sending their child off with the devil in a cardboard package.  Typically these juice boxes are loaded with unhealthy sugar and who-knows-what chemicals; but darned if they are the handiest option for busy working moms and dads.  Until now, the pickings of kids’ drinks in boxes was dismal, but Drazil Kids Tea is changing that. The herbal tea company was launched by Christine Wheeler, a former Procter and Gamble brand manager, who wanted to bring Japan’s tea culture to the US in an effort to offer a better option for parents and kids.  Herbal tea has many health benefits for kids, giving them needed antioxidants and minerals, and helping combat childhood obesity, to which experts agree sugary drinks are a major factor.  Drazil is the first herbal tea mix with 100% juice added, for mild sweetness, which helps kids enjoy the tea flavor. With 35% less sugar than typical juice box drinks, Drazil cuts the sugar and keeps the antioxidant and minerals. Drazil tea drinks are sold at southwest grocery retailers, including select Whole Foods, Southern California Bristol Farms, Amazon and www.drazilfoods.com.

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Improve Your Posture, Improve Your Life in 2015

Only 8 percent of people keep their New Year’s resolutions, but if you are motivated to rid yourself of muscle pain, improve your posture and feel your best in 2015, here are some DIY health products that can help you keep your promise to yourself for a healthier New Year and beyond.

Sit Straight

Good posture can not only make you look better, it can make you feel better from head to toe.  Proper alignment can not only relieve back and neck pain, but it improves breathing and body movement for better circulation and helps your organs better perform their functions. Improved posture can also give the appearance of a 10-pound weight loss instantly. BackJoy’s SitSmart Posture Plus ($39.99) seating aid helps you achieve ideal sitting posture by tilting your hips upright and comfortably “floating” your spine over the seat. Crafted from a durable, flexible proprietary material base, it supports you in optimal posture, yet reacts to every move you make.  Posture Plus is completely weatherproof for indoor or outdoor use and fits adults 100 to 300 lbs.BJPPS-006_ALT150

Stand Tall

When you are on your feet, maintain good posture with the help of BackJoy’s StandRight Bliss shoes (women’s Lace Style, $64.99).  This unique footware line is created with active stabilization technology to help you stand and move better with optimal posture from head to toe, and 85 percent of wearers report improved balance. BackJoy’s Natural Gait Line System is crafted into each shoe to guide your foot so you walk correctly. A neutral footbed keeps your head, hips and feet balanced in good posture, so that you stand correctly.  Shock-absorbing materials cushion the foot and heel at impact for extra comfort and support.  FWWBL-001_IS
Move Right
Remember when your mom told you to stand up straight? Those reminders often made you pull your shoulders back and stand straighter and taller, but mom can’t always be there. That’s where BackJoy’s Posture Wear Elite comes in. The Comfort Fit Shirt ($89 for men’s and women’s styles) is designed to enhance your posture and relieve back pain. The shirt’s unique active stabilization system pulls the shoulders back while correctly aligning the spine and promoting optimal posture while allowing complete range of motion.  The shirt features a seamless construction and moisture-wicking fabric that is comfortable enough to wear during all intensity of sports wicks away moisture. APMTS-001_IS
Sleep Well

A good night’s sleep can help you feel rejuvenated for your day, but waking up with a stiff neck can put a damper on productivity.  BackJoy’s patented, handcrafted SleepSound Pillow ($99) combines the support of memory foam and the soft comfort of down fill to comprise a pillow that self-adjusts to your body and sleeping position to support optimal sleeping posture.  The layered design does not clump or flatten and provides a breathable downy surface that allows you to fall asleep in comfort, while the Cool Comfort Memory Foam layers conform to support your head and neck in proper alignment throughout the night. Available in standard and travel sizes.PLDEP-001_IS

Kneel Right

Whether you are doing chores around the house, gardening or other jobs and hobbies that require kneeling, you should focus on the task at hand rather than uncomfortable knee pain. The BackJoy Kneeler ($19.99) puts a firm cushion between your knee and hard surfaces to give your knees a break while you work.  The ergonomically designed pad transfers the pressure of kneeling onto the product while stress free acupressure nodes take additional strain off the body.KNLER-002_IS

These and other BackJoy products available at Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, Staples and www.backjoy.com.