Best practices for that mind-body connection.
Beauty is achieving an equilibrium both inside and out; it is the reflection of a deeply nurtured inside, physically and emotionally. We consulted some of our go-to wellness experts on best practices when it comes to creating a balance from within and while the methods vary, the importance of starting from within remains a constant. At the core of these experts' practices is education and overall awareness of the mind-body connection, and once that is understood, supplementing your inner health is at your fingertips. Overwhelmed as to where to begin? Have no fear—these wellness gurus not only reveal their personal journeys and beliefs on fostering beauty from within, but also provide a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the benefits of certain supplements, herbs, and powders and how to determine if they are for you.
Now, more than ever, we are looking inward, reflecting, and adopting new self-care practices. While indulging in a calming face mask or vowing not to use heat styling products on your hair delivers satisfying outward results, the below wellness experts pose the challenge to look inward, as well. And when you do, you will find that beauty does indeed come from within.
Self-Care Advocate, Cannabis Educator, Urban Cultivator, and Founder of Green Goddess Glow, an educational platform sparking culture-shifting conversations around cannabis and self-care as well as a community grow initiative.
“In terms of supplements I’m taking right now, Aster Farms sun-grown flower is getting me through. I also enjoy Barbari Shop’s smokable blends. I start my day with Ashwagandha from Nappily Naturals and Moon Juice’s Mucuna. I also take Moon Juice Probiotics. Sometimes I’ll cook with my Lion’s Mane by Sun Potion. And in the evening, I’m taking Pure Calm Hemp CBD supplements for sleep.
“Overall, education is so important! We live in a time where we’re much more aware of how connected we are, especially in light of this public health crisis. And one of the magical things about inner beauty is how contagious it can be. It’s with gratitude that I can be a resource to my community as I continue on my own journey. The more light we can shine on educating one another, sharing our different approaches to achieving our own inner glow, the more we’ll find beauty in collectively healing.”
Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Hilma, a new brand upgrading your medicine cabinet with natural remedies, backed by science.
“My go-to supplements are an immune support powder for my general health and a collagen powder for my skin. For stress and head tension, I also highly recommend finding a product that includes nervines, which are a class of herb that is clinically proven to balance the nervous system and reduce tension. Hilma Immune Support is my go-to daily supplement for immune health. It is filled with powerful herbs and minerals like vitamin C from a whole food source, the camu camu berry, as well as turmeric, ginger, zinc, echinacea, and ivy leaf extract. I love taking it in the morning in hot water with a bit of honey. I put Bulletproof Collagen Protein in my coffee every morning. Collagen gives your body amino acids, which can help to hydrate your skin, as well as support bone health. Hilma Tension Relief: On long workdays, I get really bad screen-induced head tension, and I always reach for our Hilma Tension Relief in those moments. I love it because it includes skullcap, which is a nervine that helps balance your system, as well as magnesium, which many people (myself included) are deficient in.
“Generally when choosing supplements and looking for the right herbal product, it’s so important to look for a brand that is transparent about its ingredients and production process. Look for brands that explain why each ingredient is in their product, and try to find some research that supports whatever claims are being made. If the brand provides that upfront, that’s an added bonus!”
“There are three primary pillars to healthy life that we address when people come to Parsley Health: Nutrition, Prescriptions and Lifestyle. These same three pillars are relevant to cultivating beauty from within. Start with a foundation of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich foods, then build with prescriptions for supplements that reduce inflammation and build elasticity while supporting regeneration, then top off with a lifestyle that reinforces a healthy body through sleep meditation and movement. I’d recommend the following supplements for each:
“The first pillar is nutrition and our core nutrition plan is to emphasize anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, whole foods (fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, well sourced animal/plant protein, GF grains) and avoid foods that are frequently inflammatory: gluten/wheat, dairy, and sugar in the form of sweets, refined carbs (breads, pastas, cookies, crackers) and processed foods. Also, supplement this plan with the Parsley Health Protein Powder as it is both a high quality multi-vitamin to fill any nutritional gaps not being met by the diet and a complete source of vegan protein. This formula contains potent anti-inflammatory ingredients such as curcumin and green tea extract—both of which have been studied to help with depression and cognitive function—along with methylated B-vitamins such as vitamin B12 that play a major role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and mental health.
“The second pillar is prescriptions, which in this case are supplements. We focus on Omega-3 Fatty Acids as they are vital for normal brain function and development. Collagen is literally the ‘glue’ that holds our tissues together. It is a major component of skin and plays a role in improving the elasticity and hydration of skin cells. You can add more collagen to your diet by consuming well-sourced bone broth and other collagen boosting foods such as fish, eggs, beets, kale, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, and sweet potatoes. Alternatively, you can supplement with a high quality collagen protein powder, just make sure you get a grass-fed, pasture-raised version that doesn’t contain chemicals or antibiotics. And finally, magnesium glycinate—I like to call it nature’s Xanax because of its powerful relaxation properties. Magnesium plays a major role in calming the nervous system by mildly lowering blood pressure and quickly relaxing smooth muscle throughout the body. I recommend taking 200-400mg of magnesium glycinate nightly. You can also take it earlier in the day if your anxiety peaks more in the morning.
“Lastly, the third pillar is lifestyle, encompassing stress, sleep and movement. Here I recommend meditation as it improves overall mood and decreases inflammation that harms your health and skin, movement to stimulate the body to produce endorphins, and sleep to clear out toxins overnight that naturally build throughout the day.”
“Ongoing vibrancy and vitality come from within so caring for ourselves from the inside out is key. I believe external matches internal! Establishing an awareness and reverence for our insides can help alleviate an obsessive or critical attitude towards our external body. For example, I used to focus on my cellulite, but now I'm obsessed with the health of my colon as its functions are to promote internal flow, release debris, and naturally detox the body. It's liberating and more productive. It's so important to balance a focus on the external body and appearance with a curiosity, trust and respect for internal function. I believe supplements will enhance a healthy lifestyle, not create one. The foundation of internal health/beauty truly comes seven-to-nine hours of nightly sleep, hydration, stress management, regular exercise, social connection and a diet that prioritizes unprocessed, single ingredient, natural foods. With that in mind, my favorite supplements are MaryRuth Organics.
Oriental Medicine Specialist, Acupuncturist and CEO and Founder of The Juhi-Ash Center
“A few more suggestions to boost your immune system:
“The vast array of Ayurvedic herbs and spices are all nourishing health and beauty boosters, but turmeric reigns. Internally reducing inflammation it has the same power externally to improve skin tone minus the chemical additives. Simply mix a teaspoon each of turmeric and sandalwood powder with a few drops of rose water for a rosy cheek face mask. But always remember, external beauty may fade over time but internal beauty endures.”
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