I’ve been taking my VITAMINS (featuring master antioxidant: Glutathione)

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You guys know that I am a huge supplement fan. I always try to be aware of things I can take to feel, or look better.

Right now I have a really good supplement stack going. I’m taking a probiotic I love, a solid multi that has Vitamin D and B12, and a few herbs here and there when I need. There’s nothing better than knowing that you’re covering all your health bases.

(Regardless of your diet, you should feel like you’re getting it all in! #canilive?)

If I can take two seconds of my life to swallow a pill, and feel better, do better by my body…then I’M IN.

I’ve tried and taken it all.

So when Kyowa Hakko reached out to me on trying their Setria® Glutathione I was PUMPED because I have been hearing about Glutathione lately in L.A. It’s been a topic of conversation in workout classes and by chatting with other wellness babes who are in the know.

Glutathione (although the word may be hard to pronounce) is naturally occurring in your body. Yes, we all have it!  It’s a powerhouse antioxidant that, is found to be low even in healthy people.

(Major key for me here, so much that I need to repeat it: It’s naturally occurring in your body so, it’s nothing weird or out of the norm if you take it).

You can ALSO find foods that are rich in Glutathione, such as avocados, tomatoes, grapefruit, garlic, pears, spinach…all of the good stuff like that. The usual suspects for healthy living!

BUT! What’s causing the lower levels of this master antioxidant?, Poor diet, chronic stress, environmental toxins UV light and even aging are just a few of the things that can decrease our bodies ability to produce it.

YUP.

Sorry y’all but most likely if you’re a living breathing human you could have low levels..


I can safely say that those things are happening in most of our lives (stress, toxins, … Dr. Axe says,

“Glutathione (GSH) is a peptide consisting of three key amino acids that plays several vital roles in the body. Longevity researchers believe that it is so pivotal to our health that the level of GSH in our cells is becoming a predictor of how long we will live.

Glutathione supports the function of the liver kidney, GI tract and intestine-the body’s major detoxification pathways by:

·       Eliminating toxins and ingested chemicals that the body has already absorbed.

·       Intercepting and neutralizing toxins in the GI tract before they can be absorbed.

Glutathione helps fortify the immune systems in two way:

·       Plays a central role in the proper function of white blood cells

·       Supports the natural killer ability of some immune cells

Setria® Glutathione may:

·       Support healthy aging and overall health

·       Support immune health

·       Support liver health by eliminating harmful toxins in the body


All of these things just speak to me. It’s like a list of things I like to do all in one place.

My thing is just, why not be safe, get the vitamin, take it daily and call it a day.

I’ve been taking it for the past three weeks, and having it in the mix has been really nice. I like knowing that my immune function is in tip-top shape, that I’m always detoxifying, and that I’m getting a dose of a great antioxidant. 

So, yes, you can get it through food (using the list above) but if you want to make it easy, there are a number of glutathione supplements out there.

The one I am taking is NOW foods, but there are other quality ones you can pick up on Amazon (for under $25).  Shop it now here:  NOW Foods Glutathione

So good right? I’m excited to share my new secret weapon with ya!

What questions do you have for me? Ask away! Also keep in mind I am 0% a doctor so whatever I say take with a grain of pink Himalayan sea salt!

Xoxo

Krista

HUM NUTRITION BEAUTY GIVEAWAY: My anti-aging arsenal (saving me from my tanning bed days)

How was your Thanksgiving? 

Full of family and food?

Hoping you relaxed and got some hang time in. I took a day or so away from social which was nice. I was in Florida with my dad, who lives in Siesta Key. I love that as I get older, I cherish family time so much more. Especially being with my sister, I CRAVE chill family time.

Anyone else with me? 

I'm also trying to ease back into life, but it's SO BAD all I am looking forward to is Christmas now - eek!

But, to this weeks post and the last giveaway for November!

Writing today, with all of the Almost 30 feels, to talk about SKIN. 

I don't know about you, but I am a freak-a-leek about my anti-aging regime these days. I'll never forget seeing my first forehead wrinkle, a year ago just chilling in the middle of my forehead. It actually gets smaller or larger with how hydrated, or well slept I am which is CRAZY.

Not against botox or anything like that, but I want to hold out as long as possible, since it seems like a slippery slope, like once you commit, you gotta do it! Plus needles. I mean, do I need to even say? HATE them. 

Sadly my tanning bed loving past, combined with my former years of drinking, lack of sleep and just reckless behavior, definitely did a bit of work on my face. 

Nothing crazy, I think that I've made HUGE improvements in the past two years being vegan, drinking MASS amounts of water and not drinking often. 

But I really want to be sure that I am doing everything I can now to prevent wrinkles, hold off aging and stay super smooth and young forever.


Anti-Aging Secrets:

Hydrate: SO key. I know, I sound like your mother, but honestly I can tell on my face if I've had enough to drink by the amount of fine lines I can see. Your skin is basically water, so add some flavor, or squeeze a lemon in to make sure you get your water each day. I have a gallon of water daily (crazy I know) and it's huge. 

Diet: I have to be real here. Being vegan changed the game for my skin. Removing dairy, gluten and avoiding white sugar will absolutely change your skin. I can't say this without bragging, but I do get compliments often on my skin, and it's all because of my vegan diet I think. It wasn't always this way!

Sleep: Bags under your eyes? Dark circles? From the sleep baby. I can tell right away how much sleep I've gotten because you do look so much more refreshed when you've slept, 

Moisturize: Slather it on baby. Morning and night, I lather my whole body up. 

Lay off the booze: Mom again, I know. But it makes your skin red, breaks up capillaries, and leaves you flush.

Eat things like: Kidney beans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, dark chocolate, dark leafy greens, green tea, walnuts, citrus fruits 


Products to keep that baby face:

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Vitamins I SWEAR by:

Lately I've been taking these three from HUM Nutrition, and it's been so interesting to see the difference in my skin hydration and texture. Along with my favorite BB from Tarte Cosmetics (get it here), these have really saved me from the dry LA weather, and overall helped me glow from the inside out. I just feel a bit more dewey, always.

I am a HUGE fan of collagen. It keeps my skin from the little cracks, just making it overall smoother, softer, and it feels more plump. 

TURNTIME: Polypodium leucodoms UV guard, skin nurturing complex.  You can get it here. I seriously need the UV guard being in L.A., but you can never have enough sun protection!

ARCTIC REPAIR: Clinically shown to rejuvenate the skin and reduce wrinkles with wild arctic lingonberry seed oil. Get this one here. I'm sooooo into this natural remedy.

COLLAGEN LOVE: Supports skin elasticity and firmness, with collagen types I, II and & III. Buy this one here

...Plus there's the GREEN powder drink that tastes, seriously incredible. My favorite, you can get here.

I've been through SO MANY green drinks, and whenever I force them down my throat, anyone around me assumes I took a shot of tequila at 7 A.M. they've just never been good. 

But this one tastes so rich, smooth and it sometimes confuses me that I enjoy it. The flavor, I LOVE, in just water. Huge fan of this one for getting your greens in. I take it in the afternoon as a little treat (it's that good) after my lunch and as a pick-me-up. It gives me energy that coffee never did. 



The GIVEAWAY:

It's simple!

Comment below your young skin secret, and you'll be entered to win these HUM NUTRITION products! Turntime, Collagen Love, Arctic Repair, and Green drink!

A $200 value, all for you! Just because it's giving back November, baby. 

What sort of tricks do you guys use to keep your skin healthy and young? Would LOVE to know.

Can't wait to see who wins. Hope you like!

xoxo

Krista

**Thanks to Hum Nutrition for partnering with me on this post. 

Vitamins for beauty, energy and stress + my diet pill disaster

Oh hi! How are you? How are things?

I was realizing the other day when I was taking a fist full of vitamins that I needed to share them with you!

Vitamins, anything to make me feel/look better, I'm in.

I have been taking vitamins for SO long now but really just did a whole lot of research to find some natural/herbal remedies recently that I'm really into.

(Right here I have the OG vitamin - good old HEALTHY EATING!) This juice is from Juice Served Here.

A little backstory, let me tell ya something sad.

In HS and college I would take diet pills, like, hmmmmm, everyday? All the time? Whatever it was, I was into it. Just part of that obsession to be thin and not really understanding the ramifications it had on my body. Some worked, some not, but I mean, it's not sustainable as you know.

It also makes you feel cray cray. Like coffee x100. Diet Pills are the OG of coffee. So hype - ALWAYS.

So a few years ago, I stopped and was like cold turkey, I'm done, etc. etc. but in the meantime, started taking pre-workout, started finding other stimulants to keep myself HYPE.

Long story short they have really messed with my hormones and ability to digest/process sugar, so I had a rude awakening the last year trying to manage it. Definitely had some weight gain, energy issues, and really just a need to reevaluate what I am putting in my body.

Bummer right? I can write a longer post on this whole thing later if you want, let me know!

Also, did anyone else do crazy diet things? Crash diets? Is that just me?

So in my quest for balance, health and overall healthy natural energy I've really found some game changing vitamins!

I wanted to share some of the best I discovered to help prevent aging, enhance your mood, reduce anxiety, lower cortisol, balance your hormones, increase energy, weight loss, all of the good buzz words. 

P.S. not a doctor, k.


Natural Vitamins that are changing the game 

MACA

What it does:

Maca helps to balance your mood, improve your skin, increase libido (to keep things spicy!) and is rich in vitamins B, C and E. It has lots of magnesium and amino acids as well. It's also high in phytonutrients and helps to balance hormones naturally. As an adaptogen, it helps the body naturally adapt to enivornmenetal stressors. It's also been said to help women's mood during that lovely time of the month. I think it really balances my mood, and the hormone thing I definitely have noticed a difference with. 

How to take it:

You can take it in a pill form or powder. It's really nice to add to smoothies and beverages. Take between 500 and 1,000 milligram daily. 

Buy it here

Holy Basil

What it does:

Holy Basil helps you to balance your cortisol levels in the body, and reduce anxiety. (AMEN RIGHT?) It's been shown to assist in adrenal fatigure, hypothyroidism, acne and managing blood sugars. I am a huge fan of it's benefits related to balancing my sometimes out of wack blood sugar.

How to take it:

Orally in a pill, or some people take it in the form of a tea. I do the pill :)

Buy it here

DHEA

What it does: DHEA apparently naturally declines with age in the body. So supplementing it, helps to balance hormones, build up the adrenal gland, strengthen the immume system, provide more energy, improve mood and memory and build up bone and muscle strength. At a high level, it's been said to slow down the overall aging process. 

How to take it: Orally in a pill once daily

Buy it here

Ashwagandha

What it does: I think this is a really hot vitamin right now in L.A. I keep hearing so much about it! Ashwagandha is an apdogenic herb, that has been said to combat the effects of stress, reduce anxiety and depression, stabilize blood sugar, protect the immune system and overall make you feel happier. 

How to take it: Orally in a pill, or power form you can add to drinks, beverages. I think personally it's more potent in a beverage!

Buy it here

Astragalus Root

What it does: This adaptogen lowers cortisol levels in the body, acts like an anti-inflamintory and boosts the immune system. Cortisol, being the stress hormone that makes you feel fat, this is a great combat for that.

How to take it: You can take it as a pill or just consume the natural root! 

Buy it here


I'm also a hug fan of all things HUM Nutrition. I LOVE their packaging, branding and quality.

Some of my favorites are below:


Have you guys tried any of these? Any vitamins that you swear by? I definitely try to get it in from food, but a little supplementing seems to be a great idea to make sure you are getting it all in!

Let me know - I am sure other babes here too would LOVE to know what you take.

All my love,

Krista