The thyroid, a little butterfly shaped gland in the neck, can have immense effects on our bodies if it’s not working properly. Dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, weight-gain abnormal menstrual cycles, fatigue, impaired memory – are just a few of the symptoms related to thyroid deficiencies. Synthetic medications to combat these ailments are available (and were the route I ended up taking to rebound my hair loss), but they may not be the right path for everyone. Natural food therapies and supplements are alternatives available to support thyroid health, or can work to complement pharmaceuticals. To discuss this further, I’ve reached…

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The health and diet space in the American psyche is evolving. We are finally entering what I hope will be the final frontier leaving behind the last two decades of meal shakes, starvation, extreme diets, like juicing and Atkins and a misplaced emphasis on calories versus nutrition. It’s taken a while, but we’re here now with an ever growing understanding of the importance of organic sourcing and the power of mindful, balanced eating. We are collectively shifting towards reconnecting with food – real food. Processed is out, farmers’ markets are in. But the new challenge with healthy eating is the oh so…

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   Last Friday, my partner-in-crime and fellow beauty lover, Chrissy, and I ventured to Venice for a tasting at the hip juice bar Moon Juice. If you haven’t been, it’s a MUST while in LA. I especially recommend venturing to their Venice location which feels more intimate than the others. There you’ll find tonics, milks, elixirs, juices, fermented snacks and adaptogen powders all created by Amanda Bacon with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic principles in mind. The wellness brand currently has twenty juices/elixirs/milks available with rotating seasonal additions. While the juices seem on par with other juiceries, like Pressed Juicery, their milks and tonics,…

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When a container of Happy Tea landed on my doorstep from the San Francisco based, green beauty shop, Ayla Beauty, I was very excited. I love tea. When I finally gave up my three cups of black coffee a day (a necessary evil while I lived in New York City), I moved onto tea (and a healthier lifestyle in Los Angeles). The shift started with black tea, English Breakfast and Darjeeling were my faves, then I was able to taper my caffeine intake down even more to green tea. The last few years I even quit drinking green tea and have been…

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Last month I was gifted the Lumity Anti-Aging Nutraceutical Dietary Supplement kit. Each kit includes 84 morning soft gels and 84 nighttime soft gels. The instructions say to take three pills in the morning and three pills in the evening. I reviewed the ingredients, like I normally do with supplements, and everything looked good: Flax seed oil, vitamins, trace minerals and the Lumity Renew Complex and the Lumity Vita Complex; both made up of amino acids.  After one week of taking the supplements, I started to experience nausea, lightheadedness, and extreme fatigue in the mornings until midday. One night I even woke up with my heart…

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