Question: when’s the last time you took a moment to love on you? We can't give what we don't have. Self care is often overlooked in our busy-bee culture, and though becoming overly-focused on yourself can drain your energy and steal your joy, it’s important to put some fuel in your tank from time to time. It’s the only way to keep the vehicle running for the long-haul. Read on to find three ways to show love to you:
There are two gifts we can give to our minds: what we put in and what we keep out. This principle applies to information as well as nutrition. What are your major goals, passions, or purpose? And are there time stealers, distractions, or negative triggers that keep you from accomplishing them? From a nutritional standpoint, what nutrients bring increased mental clarity? And what can we avoid that creates mental fog?
As far as nutritional gifts for the mind goes, I am in love with the new n* by Nutrilite Turmeric Latte. Is this a delicious beverage? Yes. Does it deliver powerful functional benefits? YES! Blended with black pepper (shown to increase absorption of curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, by 2000%) & healthy fats, bioavailability is this latte's jam. A 250mg dose of turmeric root extract delivers the same amount of curcuminoids to the blood as 1602mg of standard turmeric! What does that have to do with your mind? BDNF, a growth hormone of the brain, drives the increase in neural connections and even the number of neurons in the brain. Low BDNF can impact mood, depression, and is even linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Enter turmeric curcumin, which can increase BDNF levels, improving mood, memory, and cognitive function! As if this weren’t enough, these lattes also boast 250mg of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) sourced from coconut oil. Called ‘Rocketfuel for your Brain’, MCTs can be converted into ketones, allowing them to pass through the blood-brain barrier and to become a source of energy for your brain cells. MCT oil can also help optimize your gut bacteria which is surprisingly important to brain health. And speaking of the brain/gut connection, our next category of love…
We are what we eat, for better or for worse, and the gut is so much more than a place we digest food. How we feel, how we think, and our energy levels are seriously impacted by our gut health, and the foods we put into our bodies. We can help ourselves by avoiding excessive amounts of inflammatory foods (red meat, sugar, gluten, alcohol, etc.). And we can give back to our gut with positive probiotics to help balance our microbiome! You can find these good bugs in fermented foods (yogurt, kimchee, kombucha, etc.) - but if you turn your nose at these types of tastes, or you need more support than diet alone can provide, try a probiotic supplement.
Nutrilite Balance Within Probiotic contains an exclusive blend of 5 probiotic strains of 6.3 billion CFU. These 5 strains were specifically chosen for their natural strength and ability to resist the harsh conditions of the stomach, so they can arrive alive to the gut. These warrior bugs were also chosen for their ‘stick to it’ nature: they naturally adhere to the gut for better belly balance. I've loved this product for its immediate results and also for its on-the-go convenience factor (innovative packaging allows for a convenient, no-fridge-needed delivery). With prebiotics to boot, Balance Within is a gift you give to your gut. And finally our last category of love:
I’ve been blessed with high-maintenance skin for most of my life. As a pale redhead, I’ve always needed to spend serious amounts of time slathering on sunscreen so I didn't turn lobster red in the sun. As a teenager and young adult, I struggled with acne. And premature aging set in at 24 years old. But I’m grateful that I was never the girl that only had to slap on a little mascara to look great. Learning to care for my skin early in life is a discipline that has served me well, and now decades later I find my skin is looking healthier than ever!
So much of how we look on the outside depends on what we do on the inside. I’m so excited to announce the launch of a product that takes this concept to the next level: a nutritional beauty product that doesn’t just go on your body, it goes in your body. *n by Nutrilite Collagen Shots features a powerful blend of collagen, hyaluronic acid (a molecule found naturally in the skin that acts like a magnet for moisture), the acerola cherry superfruit (hello antioxidants!), vitamin C, and biotin. These cherry berry flavored shots are truly beauty in a bottle. Cheers to a fabulous you!