Since good nutrition and proper self care have become a regular committed practice for me, I’m often asked about my tips for healthy hair and clear skin. I’m happy to tell you that it’s easier than you think, and it certainly doesn’t involve any expensive products or outlandish procedures. Our bodies respond beautifully to proper care! Here, my top secrets revealed.
Want thick, lustrous hair?
Eat real food. So many things we eat contain just what we need for beautiful hair! For hair growth, silica is key – include lots of green leafy vegetables, cucumber, zucchini, mango, and beans. Zinc is equally important and can be found in things like eggs, pecans, Brazil nuts, and fresh oysters. Oily fish is another must for shiny hair!
Consider supplements. If you eat your greens (and drink your green juices), lean proteins, nuts and seeds, you are sure to get those vital minerals, but you can also invest in a quality multivitamin supplement. Consider vitamin C with zinc, silica, fish oil and 1-2 B complex supplements per day to rejuvenate hair follicles.
Want glowing skin?
A clean diet is key. This means unprocessed foods with lots and lots of greens, lean protein, and healthy fat from things like nuts, seeds, and oily fish. This is where we obtain most of the vitamins and minerals that are so vital for skin repair – and that coveted glow!
Stay hydrated. That means at least 8 glasses of water a day. Keep a full bottle with you as you go about your day as a reminder. Hydrated skin is happy skin!
Decrease stress. I firmly believe it is the number one thing that sabotages our health and beauty. If you feel it on the inside, it shows on the outside. Be sure to fit in at least 10-20 minutes of downtime daily – yoga, a brisk walk, belly breathing, reading, or some pampering.
Want bright, shining eyes?
Detox your body body. Toxic build up the environment and the things we eat can cause dull, cloudy eyes. The JSHealth Detox Guide is the perfect solution to cleanse your system and start fresh.
Plenty of rest. 8 hours of sleep is non-negotiable for me. I power off as soon as I can in the evenings to ensure I get the proper rest my body needs to repair.
Want clear, blemish-free skin?
Drink warm lemon water. I enjoy this hydration boost every morning to prepare my body for digestion and detoxification.
Take care of your gut. Dark circles could be a sign of toxic overload from the liver. This causes digestive issues, among other things. Ensure you eat clean and minimize liver loaders such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol and dairy. I recommend my clients try a dairy and gluten-free and dairy free diet, take a daily probiotic and thoroughly chew their food.
And my top tip for stunning beauty?
Rest, rest, rest. I cannot emphasize enough how important proper rest is for our overall wellbeing. A stressed, exhausted body cannot possibly function the way it is meant to. Rest is not a luxury – it is a necessity. Identify time each and every day that allows you to relax and do something truly enjoyable – whether it’s a walk, meditation, reading a good book, treating yourself to a manicure, or simply unplugging and getting solid sleep, your body will thank you by looking AND feeling beautiful.
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
I want to empower you to make good choices, every day. I want you to enhance your understanding of health and nutrition. I'm committed to making sure you live the best life. Because you deserve it. Are you ready to start feeling great?
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