EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Good Patch, a wellness brand that offers a variety of plant-infused patches, today announces their most recent wellness product – Rise. Rise, an effervescent tablet that quickly dissolves in water, infuses delicious flavors with vitamins and aims to help give a boost to your immune system.
Rise is available online in refreshing Berry and Citrus flavors – simply drop the tablet in water, watch it fizz, drink, and enjoy. Each Rise tablet provides a powerful burst of 1,000 mg of Vitamin C along with 13 other vitamins, minerals and herbs. Individuals seeking an immune boost can add Rise to their daily routine and seek the rich benefits of Vitamins A, C, and E. The tablets are high in antioxidants, have 350 mg of herbal blend including echinacea and ginger, and are an excellent source of zinc and selenium.
“The Good Patch is dedicated to improving overall wellbeing so we can feel as beautiful on the inside as we are on the outside,” said Betsy Scanlan, co-founder and CEO of The Good Patch. “Our team continues to develop innovative products keeping strong women in mind, and Rise is a prime example of this. We hope consumers can rise up physically and mentally with our new Rise tablets.”
The Good Patch recognizes that in order to support overall wellbeing, support is needed in community, environment and education, which is why they have partnered with Ambition, a non-profit school-based entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth. With every purchase of Rise, a percentage of the sale will be directly donated to Ambition’s scholarship fund so that the youth can continue to rise up to their full potential. The Good Patch team will also be dedicating their time to weekly mentorship with the Ambition students.
“The Good Patch is excited to not only offer our new product, Rise, to consumers, but to also bring forth change and positivity in our community through our work with Ambition,” said Cedar Carter, president & COO of The Good Patch. “Our Rise customers can feel good that they are giving love to their bodies, while also brightening the future for all the youths that will directly benefit from these donations.”
The Rise tablets come after the recent announcement of The Good Patch’s newest product and first-ever bedtime patch for children, The Nite Owl – a line of owl-shaped nighttime patches for kids ages 3 and up, comprised of safe and natural ingredients sold at thegoodpatch.com/niteowl.
Rise is sold in tubes of 10 for $9 and can be bought in bulk to lower the price per tablet. The Good Patch recommends users enjoy one a day, or up to three per day for adults 14 and up. For more information or to purchase, visit: thegoodpatch.com/rise
(All statements included in the above media release have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a physician if you are pregnant, on medication, breastfeeding, have a medical condition or have questions.)
About The Good Patch The Good Patch offers an array of safe, tested and pure products with plant-based ingredients. The Good Patch products are available to customers seeking results for everyday ailments, such as fatigue or minor aches and pains. The company was founded in 2017 with one simple idea in mind: when the people around you feel good, life is more beautiful.
Set on Spain’s Costa Blanca, SHA Wellness Clinic is one of the world’s premier wellness destinations. This health resort has been known to attract everyone from elite athletes, to Hollywood celebrities and Victoria’s Secret models, as well as assorted oligarchs and billionaires. They come to lose weight, detox, or participate in SHA’s Healthy Aging program. Others want to reset their minds and bodies, adopt new healthy habits, or simply get away from it all.
Devised by wellness guru Alfredo Bataller, the immensely successful SHA method is based on a holistic approach to wellness that combines the latest advances in Western medicine and progressive natural therapies, with a particular focus on healthy, balanced nutrition and exercise.
Since reopening in July, SHA has introduced a series of new services specially designed for the COVID-19 era. Immunotherapy and lymphocyte profile consultations have been added to all bookings to assess the state of the guest’s immune system, while a new immune system strengthening pack has also been developed. A comprehensive “SHA insurance” covers medical and related expenses in the event of positive COVID-19 test on arrival.
So, how can we apply the SHA method to our everyday lives to give our immune systems an extra boost in times of COVID-19? Here are some tips from Alfredo Bataller and his team of experts at SHA Wellness Clinic:
1. Choose seasonal fruit and vegetables
Alfredo Bataller, founder of SHA Wellness Clinic: A balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, vitamin C and antioxidants helps reinforce the immune system and prevent disease. It’s highly recommended to choose fruit and vegetables that are in season to ensure that they are as fresh and nutritious as possible.
2. Enjoy immune-boosting superfoods
Melanie Waxman, healthy nutrition expert: To keep the immune system in perfect working order, we should enjoy a diet based on fresh food that helps to maintain the balance of the intestinal microbiota. It should include whole grains, beans, seaweed (spirulina), nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, such as kale, onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus, and fruit, such as apples.
3. Take moderate exercise
Luis Ganso, personal trainer: Moderate exercise, such as 30 minutes of fast-paced walking, has been shown to improve the function of the immune system. This type of exercise strengthens our respiratory capacity, mobilizing antibodies and white blood cells to circulate more quickly, and detect and neutralize external attacks. Meanwhile, raising the body temperature helps to prevent the development of infection.
4. Exercise outdoors if possible…
Alfredo Bataller: It’s always a good idea to spend some time during the day walking outdoors—preferably in nature. Spending time outdoors is important for breathing fresh air and absorbing the vitamin D provided by the sun, which is so crucial to support calcium absorption and the proper functioning of the immune system.
5. …Even when you don’t feel like it
Alfredo Bataller: Exercise is always good, even if we may have lost motivation during lockdown or if we feel tired or low on energy. Exercise strengthens the immune system and makes our bodies secrete “happy” hormones, or endorphins, while reducing the level of the stress hormone, cortisol. Stress is harmful to the body, and, having less of it actually strengthens the immune system.
6. Use deep breathing to stimulate lymph flow
Rachel Rose, body and mind expert and yoga coach: Stable mental health is basic to managing stress, which, in turn, impacts the immune system. Lymphocytes are found in lymph nodes and organs, and in the blood. Lymph nodes are the body’s first line of defense against disease. Breathing is directly related to lymph flow, and lymph flow is directly related to immunity.
The diaphragm muscle, located between the lungs and the abdomen moves down when we inhale and up when we exhale. This movement causes a series of pressure differences that generate movement in the body. Lymph flow, or the mechanism that transports the lymph containing our infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body, is one of the most crucial movements supported by deep breathing.
7. Get enough rest
Alfredo Bataller: Getting quality sleep is essential to reinforcing our immune system, while not getting enough sleep can cause our immunity to decline, making us more prone to infectious diseases. Adults should sleep at least seven to eight hours a day.
8. Rethink breakfast
Maria Romeralo, healthy nutrition expert: When we start the day with sugary coffee and a pastry, we instantly feel good and full of energy. However, after a while, our energy levels drop and our bodies demand more sugar. This is why it’s important to avoid refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and honey at breakfast.
At SHA, we serve miso soup for breakfast. Miso soup is a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. You can make it even richer by adding wakame seaweed, onions, tofu, carrots or pumpkin. It’s a wonderful way to cleanse the body while providing quality nutrients. Miso is a fermented food and therefore a source of probiotics that also help strengthen our immune systems.
9. Keep in touch with friends and family
Alfredo Bataller: Confinement can lead to loneliness, sedentariness and depression, all of which are detrimental to the proper functioning of the immune system. Contact with our loved ones helps calm the mind, enables us to cope with the stress of these uncertain times, and also reduces the risk of obesity and alcohol and tobacco abuse.
10. Look for lasting lifestyle change, not quick fixes
Melanie Waxman, healthy nutrition expert: It’s important to transition to a healthy lifestyle gradually, with a view to maintaining it long term. At SHA, we give our guests the necessary tools to start leading that lifestyle once they leave: healthy cooking classes, yoga classes, outdoor exercise, nutrition and medical advice on everything from quitting smoking, to sleeping, and strengthening the cognition. Once back in their routine, they’re encouraged to adopt these activities until they become habits.
Once the domain of high-school sweethearts and awkward introverts in every Netflix coming-of-age film ever, journaling has quickly become a hallmark of the self-care movement – right up there with doing yoga and listening to Beyoncé on repeat (yes, really). And for good reason: science prizes the practice as a modern-day panacea. For those who remain unconvinced, here are four benefits of journaling you need to know.
Increases emotional intelligence
Creating a habit of exploring your emotions through writing will not only deepen your awareness of them, but also enhance your ability to quickly dissect them – because practice makes perfect, right? As you write about your experiences, namely interactions with the people around you, you begin to better understand how your emotions and feelings impact others.
With journals being safe, self-directed spaces to express and unravel your feelings in, they allow you to healthily detemine when and how to express yourself in the world beyond. The result? Happier and healthier relationships with not just those around you, but also yourself. So yes, we’d chalk all our succcesful relationships up to those winding diary monologues we all wrote about being in love with Brad Pitt (don’t pretend you didn’t).
Boosts your immune system
Forget sipping questionable wellness drinks your found on Instagram – research suggests that just writing can boost immune functioning in patients with a number of illnesses such as asthma and arthritis. Much like the effects of exercising, writing about negative experiences reduces the chemicals that stress incites our bodies to release and frees our brains from the enormously taxing job of processing them. This leads to improved sleep, better body functioning, and a strengthened immune system. Who knew waxing lyrical about a bad day was the secret all along?
Improves mental health
You can’t deny the therapeutic quality of those explosive adolescent meltdowns we’d all document in our diaries. Now that we’re (a little) grown up, we can actually embrace that quality a little more deliberately.
Keeping a journal that details your mental wellbeing from day to day can help you not only recognise the interactions and experiences that aren’t doing you good, but also determine ways to mitigate their effects. In moments you need a little pick-me-up, journals provide an excellent opportunity for positive self-talk and you can also crack lame (read: elite) dad jokes to your heart’s desire without any judgemental stares.
Keeps your memory sharp
Journaling can boost your memory in several ways. The very act of writing something down solidifies that experience in your mind and improves your ability to remember it later on. Those journal entries can then also act as prompts that trigger memories you’d long forgotten – kind of like time capsules, except with less visual reminders of bad haircuts and questionable fashion choices.
Alongside boosting memory and comprehension, expressive journaling also squashes intrusive and avoidant thoughts, thereby increasing working memory capacity, which may reflect improved cognitive processing.
So, you probably get it now: Journaling is seriously good for you. But if you still find yourself frozen, glaring fruitlessly at a blank page, fret not. You can start by casting aside any unrealistic expectations of yourself as well as any internalised guilt of not instantly being an ultra-zen journaling guru.
Start where you are. It can help to jot down a simple sentence – possibly about your breakfast, or how hot the weather is, or how many times your cat has pleaded for another meal that day (you know, just your standard elevator small talk). Continue onto whatever your mind takes you to. Once you find your flow, the whole process will become much less daunting. Pro-tip: you don’t have to express yourself in prose comparable to Shakespeare. Dr Suess is great too.
For so many of us, this period of mandated isolation has led to reflection. It has been a time to pause, ask questions and scrutinize our actions and routines. Ask almost any health and wellness expert, and they will tell you that being healthy and eating well, it’s really a lifestyle. And herein are a handful of skilled professionals, products and programs to help achieve balance and hopefully bring a little joy to your day-to-day.
Spanx Leggings At Selfridges
Designed with the flattering lift and sculpting that we’ve all come to expect of the Spanx brand, this collection is all about form and function. Designed with the perfect amount of stretch, the collection includes classic black designs, faux leather and a handful of bold prints, it’s an activewear collection that can be worn day-to-day as well as in the gym. The waistband-free design ensures each pair is outrageously comfortable and the additional features, like four-way stretch, breathability and an anti-odour finish, means you never want to take them off.
Detox Kitchen Happy Gut Package
The easiest way to keep healthy is to avoid temptation. And better yet, is when the available diet-friendly food is also delicious. The new happy gut package from Detox Kitchen in London, created in partnership with nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik, includes 10 days of gut-cleansing foods, with dishes such as a kimchi bowl, seed crispbread and super grains salad. Choose between a vegan, protein, or green with protein package. But perhaps the best part about this concept is that it’s not just about nutrition but also includes a series of supporting gifts, such as seven live-stream classes with Stretch London to get you moving and feeling more relaxed; a £50 voucher to spend online and cult activewear brand Ernest Leoty, as there’s no better motivator than a new pair of leggings; a Neom Organics SPF moisturiser, and a bag of pink Himalayan bath salts to press reset.
Susie Mermaid is a new luxury wellness brand that aims to bring a wellness retreat into the home. The range consists of a capsule face and body products. Founded by holistic facialist and bodyworker Susie Mermaid, all the product formulations were inspired by her years hosting wellness retreats on the coasts of Italy and Swiss lakes—the scents are transportive and the products work to deliver spa-level facial results, at home.
Award-winning facialist and skincare expert Lisa Franklin has launched her own at-home range. Lisa founded the line after witnessing the effects pollution and city life had on the skin. Combining the latest scientific knowledge and a holistic, clean approach, the result is a range of ultra-effective products. The brand has also been awarded the Positive Luxury Mark for its approach to sustainability.
Box Of Style By Rachel Zoe
Created and curated by A-list stylist Rachel Zoe, Box of Style offers customers a slice of happiness by post every season.”This summer edit has been curated with the hope that each piece will bring joy and, in some way, be part of lasting memories,” said Zoe. “I can truly say that everything in this selection makes me happy, and that certainly means more to me now than ever before.” The box of luxury and lifestyle items includes a cream and caramel Henry + Lev weekender; a pair of Pansea beaded tassel earrings; a tube of rich and hydrating hand cream from Grown Alchemist; a Kosas colour and light illuminating palette; and a Peter Som Dream Floral Sarong available in Meteorite or Rose Quartz prints, both of which have been designed exclusively in partnership with Zoe. Delivered directly to consumers’ homes, it helps to fulfil a much-needed jet-set agenda and offers a reminder of Bohemian barefoot glamour, ideal for a summer night—even if it’s just at home.
Paul Edmonds in Knightsbridge and Battersea Power Station offer a one-stop-shop to experience the world’s leading hair, beauty and nail experts. Paul Edmonds has long been considered one of the UK’s top hairdressers and colourists, counting Emma Thompson, Christina Hendricks and Sam Smith among his clients. Having now reopened, the salons were designed to feel more like a home, with its plush sofas and warm colour palette.
Bvlgari Spa Tips
With everything going on right now, self-care has never been more important. Therapists from Bvlgari Hotel London’s Spa have created a special series of at-home treatments. Some are designed to ameliorate the specific ailments and tensions that can arise from working and staying at home, while others provide indulgent care and escapism.
Immunity-Boosting At-Home Ritual
Lie down in a quiet soothing environment, and carefully pour warm aromatherapy oil onto the centre of your body, spreading the oil across your abdomen from the base of your ribcage for ten clockwise circular motions.
Use the flat surface of four fingers to apply gentle pressure to the area surrounding your belly button in clockwise circles, repeating the action all the way around your abdomen for three minutes.
Place the palm of your hand on your solar plexus below the centre of your ribcage and move in five slow, static anti-clockwise circles with very light pressure, and then repeat in the opposite direction.
Move your palm to your lower abdomen and repeat the same movement. These two steps focus on two of the seven chakras, the body’s energy centers.
End the ritual by stroking the palm of your hand in clockwise circular motions three times across your abdomen from the base of the ribcage. Be sure to rest and drink plenty of water afterwards.
Of the comany, founder and CEO Gary LeBlanc explains that, “When creating Zero dB, it was imperative that our product was based on hard science, targeting actual benefits. Much of the anxiousness people experience today can be traced to the high volume of noise we have in our minds due, to our multi-tasking reality. People who have tried our beverages describe the benefit of feeling more focused, relaxed, and able to take on their next challenge. Whether it’s that critically important work presentation or even a golf game that requires a sharper edge, I like to describe our products as the world’s first noise-canceling beverages.”
Curate Beauty was founded by Samantha Freedman, an award-winning beauty journalist (who was previously the beauty editor of Grazia Magazine) and Margot Vitale, who has a background in retail, having worked for Sachs Fifth Avenue. A digital beauty wholesale marketplace for indie brands, Curate Beauty currently has over 80 indie brands on the site—covering all aspects of the industry—including skincare, makeup and hair. All brands on the site are curated by Samantha, who is always researching the latest indie beauty trends and innovations.
Green People Hand Sanitiser
Cult organic beauty brand Green People has extended its range with a new germ-fighting deep-cleansing hand foam that can be used with or without water. Made with naturally antibacterial actives, including a powerful tea tree extract and Manuka honey, the product is 91 percent organic and made without alcohol so it’s ideal for sensitive skin.
Hackney-based sustainable home fragrance brand SUN.DAY of London was founded by fine artist Natasha Garbawi. The brand uses only the highest-quality aromatherapy-grade essential oils, a sustainable wax blend and pure-cotton wicks. The candles are handcrafted and housed in apothecary jars, which are produced in the UK and blended without any synthetic perfumes or paraffin.
111Skin Selfridges Pop-Up
111SKIN will be hosting a Master-Masking pop-up shop in the main Beauty Hall within Selfridges’ London flagship until August 12th. Customers will have the opportunity to select an assortment of targeted masks to address their skincare concerns. Following a purchase of four or more single sachets, customers will receive a complimentary Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask and branded silver bag to carry their products. The products and cult-favourite sheet masks are beloved by celebrities and supermodels alike, including Cate Blanchett, Margot Robbie and Priyanka Chopra.
Alpha Glow Flash Facial By 001 London
A three-in-one product that acts as a serum, primer, facial, Alpha-Glow Flash Facial from 001 Skincare is made with nine specially selected ingredients to help target key skin concerns. The effective active ingredients include hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin A and C, and aloe vera, which combine to hydrate, plump, brighten and soothe the skin, revitalising the skin’s tone, texture and glow.
The Theragun was created in 2008 and officially launched in 2016 by chiropractor Dr. Jason Wersland after suffering a life-altering injury. Building on over a decade of research and development, the Theragun uses state-of-the-art technology to effectively reduce muscle tension, accelerate recovery and improve performance. Used by professional sports teams around the world, it remains the leader in at-home massage.
Eclat Skin London is a luxury skincare brand that started out creating a 24-carat-gold anti-ageing collection. Behind the brand is the belief that combining natural extracts and oils with active-science-based ingredients is the most efficient way to create skincare formulations. The resulting products are nourishing with proven science-based actives that make a real difference to the skin. And specifically, the Collagen Day Moisturiser contains hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid and collagen amino acids.
Dr Jack Nourish Relax Supplement
London-based Dr. David Jack has built a reputation for being a considered and holistic practitioner in the field of aesthetic medicine. It is well known that stress, anxiety and insomnia can have major effects on the skin, both in terms of ageing and progressing adult acne. This is what led Dr. Jack to create a supplement that helps address some of these issues, using the most up-to-date natural and plant-based ingredients. Relax is a blend of 17 ingredients, each chosen for their relaxing and mood-boosting effects. Relax combines adaptogens, which are used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to regulate the effects of stressors on the body, including holy basil, maca, ashwagandha and liquorice root. It can be taken in the evening and comes as a naturally flavoured powder that is mixed with hot water to create a powerful fortified hot chocolate-like drink.
Eve And Keel
Vegan, cruelty-free, hand-crafted and organic, wherever possible Eve & Keel creates its products in recycled or recyclable packaging, particularly beautiful milk glass bottles. The balancing chakra rollers come in a range of seven scents, each which serves a particular purpose, encouraging creativity, clarity, stability and more. Roll the blend between your brow and around your temples to support well-being and encourage a sense of balance. The brand also makes body oil, hand creams and a reset facial mist.
Dermatica has created anaffordable prescription skincare line formulated to treat all types of acne. Offering access to powerful prescription ingredients that are not available in over the counter products, this subscription-based brand promises powerful results. Whether you suffer from the occasional breakout, or more severe cystic acne, the brand offers personalised treatment plants for all skin types. To get started, simply fill out an online questionnaire and upload a few photograph of your skin, then a team of dermatologists and doctors provide a diagnosis and prescribes a customised treatment, which arrives through the post each month.
Maapilim has a new US-based FDA- approved quick-absorbing hand sanitiser. The chic packaging and incredible-smelling formulation mean this product ticks all the boxes. The gel is boosted with an essential oil blend of bergamot, jasmine, and cedarwood that dries quickly with no stickiness. Most importantly, it kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria and has been formulated with aloe vera to keep the hands moisturised.
Born in Västerås Sweden, Maya Njie (pronounced ‘Maia En-jai’) moved to London in her late teens. Having studied design and photography at the University of the Arts London, Maya always had a sense she would later found a boutique brand. With its focus on quality, she founded Maya Njie Perfumes in 2016, creating artisanal scents that took influence from both her Swedish and West African heritage. Each batch is hand-bottled and all the scents, colourways and packaging has been designed by Maya. She even incorporates sepia-toned family photographs into the designs.
Aimee Victoria Long
Aimee Victoria Long takes the philosophy that training is all about nourishing the mind and the body. Fitness, food and beauty all go hand in hand, and Aimee has honed her Body Beautiful method with that in mind. After spending years obsessing over her weight, counting calories and following fad diets Aimee decided she’d had enough. Now one of London’s leading personal trainers, she has trained at top studios such as Bodyism and Heartcore. Mixing Pilates, strength and conditioning, her sessions are far from easy, but they are dynamic and help clients achieve the results they’ve always asked for and never-yet achieved.
Juni‘s hydrating lipsticks are plastic free, vegan and organic. The aluminium bullet case has been designed to be reused, and you can swap in any of the brand’s five dynamic lipstick shades each time you run out. The colours are bold, wearable and modern, while the formulas are nourishing and hydrating.
These multi-purpose balmies from Axiology can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks. Plastic-free they have been designed with no unnecessary packaging, you simply tear the outer paper as you use them. There are singles and sets, created in a range of bold and glossy colours. Packed with oils and antioxidants, such as elderberry, hemp and plum oil, they also nourish, heal, and hydrate the skin.
Glow Bar Elixirs
Glow Bar in London has recently introduced five new adaptogenic elixirs to its online store. Whisk or stir a small amount of the powder into your favourite drink and enjoy as part of your night-time routine. Reishi promises to deliver a good night’s sleep—something most adults struggle with. Reishi has been used in traditional Eastern medicine for centuries; it works to give the immune system a major boost and reduces fatigue.
Body oils are brilliant, offering the skin a highly concentrated dose of nourishing ingredients, including jojoba, buriti and organic coconut oils. As well as soothing and conditioning, RMS beauty body oil helps to balance the skin. Perfect for morning and night, it’s super concentrated, so just three or four drops are required for each application.
Fable & Mane
A clever new haircare brand, Fable & Mane is a haircare brand that uses plant-based ingredients and takes its inspiration from Indian traditions and heritage. The range includes a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask, all of which are beautifully packaged and designed.
Nourish Hair Formula
Nourish by SK Hair Formula has been formulated by an expert nutritionist who has put in years of research and experience. Specifically, the ingredients have been carefully selected and uniquely combined to support all rounded wellness and support the structure of healthy hair.
Cosmic Molecule Bone Broth Protein has been crafted from healthy grass-fed, pasture-raised cows. To make it, the bones are gently simmered to extract all the essential nutrients. The result is a broth, packed with collagen and 19 amino acids. The product works perfectly added to a morning coffee or tea, blended into a smoothie or mixed into a soup, stew or sauce.
Anatomē started to provide high-quality vitamins, supplements and therapeutic oils that have both physical and emotional benefits, all made using active natural botanical extracts, organic and scientifically proven ingredients. The range has been developed with the help of sports scientists, nutritionists and aromacologist. Anatomé products help the user to connect with their emotional and physical health, sleep better, manage stress, and support the immune system.
British sustainable swimwear brand Gyko is working to solve women’s swimwear struggles by creating form-flattering modular pieces. The London-based swimwear began after its founder Sophie Flora found herself unable to find the perfect fit in tops and bottoms of a bikini set. A self-professed bikini addict, Flora has always had a huge collection of swimwear, and she often found she liked a top from one set and the bottoms from another. Having been left some money by her grandmother and told to invest it into something that would make her happy, Sophie started researching the idea of creating her own swimwear line and launched in 2019, creating a brand where each top can be paired with any bottom to create the ultimate set.
Founded in 2016 by Simman Dulay, Overly Opulent has become an established and highly sought-after luxury event planning service. Beauty is their speciality and before lockdown, Overly Opulent hosted a one-of-a-kind make-up masterclass series at The Dorchester. The day is comprised of a welcome breakfast, four-course luncheon, afternoon tea and a goody bag stuffed with premium beauty brand. They have been sponsored by over 40 different world-renowned brands, including: Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Huda Beauty, Beauty Blender, Tarte, Tatcha, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Patrick Ta, Elemis, Dermalogica, Rodial, and 111 Skin.
Ava Isa Sun-è-Serum Drops SPF 35 is an all-mineral sunscreen that feels as lightweight and silky as your favourite serum. Transparent on all skin tones (Michelle Obama is a fan), it is vegan and cruelty-free.
Created by women, for women, Equi London is an award-winning range of supplements backed by science and led by nature. Designed to restore inner and outer health and beauty, the brand uses adaptogenic herbs and medicinal mushrooms, vitamins, minerals, plant superfoods and probiotics, in order to help balance the body and optimise health, beauty and well-being.
British makeup artist Pat McGrath has been called the fashion world’s most important makeup artist. Born and raised in Northampton, McGrath consistently credits her Jamaican mother for introducing her to the world of hair, makeup, and fashion. McGrath has launched a new campaign to coincide with her Dark Star mascara and eyeshadow palette. The campaign by Meisel includes Naomi Campbell, who is already the global face of Pat McGrath Labs, and also Marisa Berenson, Irina Shayk and Damien Hurley among others. Each muse wears the ultimate mascara in the campaign.
Whole Story is committed to fixing the problem at its core. One thing that sets the brand apart, Whole Story owns all their formulas, uncommon in this industry and their team of cell biologists and chemists curate custom formulas using botanically rich ingredients that are cold-pressed at the time of harvest, ensuring a high quality of ingredients throughout the hard-working range.
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While the weather sure feels like it’s summer, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is putting a damper on everything from backyard barbecues with friends to music festivals. However, we can still enjoy a few warm weather rituals (socially distanced, of course), including heading outdoors to hike, swim and even picnic. Which is why now is the time to take stock of your summer wellness and beauty routine: Are you applying enough SPF? Can your natural deodorant really banish body odor? And are you moisturizing your hands, as well as cleaning them? If you’re looking to update your day-to-day summer regimen, keep reading for our top product picks.
The Right Deodorant
Finding a deodorant that doesn’t stain your clothes, damage your skin, and counteracts underarm odor is an exhausting task. That’s why Denver-based James Bauer, a former finance professional with a background in physics and engineering, formulated Mineralized—an eco-friendly, unscented deodorant powder. This gentle, spring water-based formula incorporates food-safe ingredients, including the essential minerals magnesium and calcium, while also free of all the things we don’t want in a deodorant: Baking soda, aluminum, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, and additives. Just apply the powder with the included sponge applicator and you’re set for the day. It cleanly rinses off in the shower and leaves no residue on clothing. Bonus: Mineralized was developed as a zero-waste product, and refills are offered in biodegradable packaging, making this product both safe to use and sustainable. $22; mineralized.com
Frequent hand washing and sanitizing is destined to leave your hands feeling dry. Luckily, the fix for dehydrated skin is Denver-based Bota’s Age Defying Hand Lotion with Apricot Kernel Oil + 150 mg CBD. The combination of natural emollients (shea butter) and essential fatty acids (coconut, apricot, argan, and avocado oils), along with rice bran and hemp extract soothes and hydrates skin. It even helps prevent signs of aging by fading age spots and fine lines. Bota Age Defying Hand Lotion + Apricot Kernel Oil – 150 mg CBD, $15; botaskin.com
Body Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oils are a great way to remove makeup and oil build up from the face, so why can’t it work for the body? Aura Cacia’s Bodi Cleansing Oil produces a foam that gently washes away the day’s dirt and sweat. Its combination of sunflower seed and sweet almond oils nourishes and moisturizes skin, while anti-inflammatory rosemary leaf extract soothes and Vitamin E protects skin from UV damage. Best of all, this cleanser is formulated with just seven ingredients and not one of them is water (H2O in skincare usually is an indication that the majority of the product is tap or distilled tap water). Sensitive skin will love the unscented version, but if fragrance is your thing, choose from energizing citrus, calming floral or relaxing lavender. $14.99; purchase from Aura Cacia or from Amazon
All Day SPF
If you thought that using SPF daily was a one and done thing—apply it to your face in the morning, and you’re good to go for the day—you are mistaken. Unfortunately, to keep your visage protected, you need to reapply SPF throughout the day (ideally, every couple of hours). That’s why Ilia’s Radiant Translucent Powder with SPF 20 is a favorite. Compact enough to toss in your handbag, this powder and brush duo banishes shine, while simultaneously pampering skin with aloe leaf extract for hydration and soothing rosemary oil. Use it anywhere you need added sun protection – face, décolleté and even hands. $34; Aillea, Cherry Creek Shopping Mall, 3000 E. First Ave., 303-551-0564, aillea.com.Or purchase from Amazon
Protect Your Peepers
The skin around the eyes always requires extra special attention, but Denver’s altitude and high desert climate makes this delicate area even more prone to early signs of aging—especially if you’re out in the sun a lot. Vinésime uses Pinot Noir grapes from the Burgundy region of France, which contain the highest concentrations of polyphenols in the world, making them an ideal ingredient to repair skin and protect it from further sun damage. Using a combination of vine stem cells, Burgundy black Cassis bud and ice wine extracts, along with seawater and silk tree extract, this smooth, lightweight serum helps build collagen, reduces the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet, as well as lightens dark circles and diminishes puffiness. Bonus: Besides being almost 100 percent entirely natural, the red clover extract in the formula improves the length and thickness of lashes and brows, so apply the serum daily from lash to brow bone. $65; purchase from Vinésime or from Amazon
DIY Face Masks
Even if you were never a beauty DIYer, lockdown may have made you a bit more self-reliant. One of the best ways to make your own face mask—and even body scrub—is with herbal teas. All tea varietals are packed with antioxidants and an array of essential nutrients, making them nourishing for your skin, as well as a source for addressing specific concerns. For example, matcha can help in reducing redness and inflammation, tighten pores, and combat signs of early aging and dullness. If you want to try your own DIY skincare, check out Vahdam Teas, which sources premium, handpicked teas from the best tea gardens in India and then sells them direct to the consumer. I tried their Moringa + Matcha Superfood Green Tea powder in a mask combined with water and honey, and it made my skin glow and smelled divine. $9.99; purchase from Vahdam Teas or from Amazon
That positive feeling you get from being outdoors has been found in medical studies to have real physical benefits for humans. Being in nature lowers stress and blood pressure, improves immunity and increases overall happiness. The Japanese have even developed a practice around it: Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. Considered a form of nature therapy, Shinrin-yoku is about consciously being in and connecting our senses to nature. But what do you do when you can’t actually go outside?
That’s a question husband and wife team Claire and Nathan Adams asked when they began dividing their time between Jackson Hole and New York City three years ago. Their demanding jobs and frequent travel schedules didn’t give them enough time outdoors, so they started a tree essential oil practice to relieve stress. It came in especially handy once the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine hit.
The duo decided to develop their regimen into a user-friendly mist that distills the scientifically proven benefits of being outdoors by combining modern aromatherapy with self-care. Their spray, I’m Outside, gives a healthy dose of forest air (phytoncides, shown to lower cortisol levels, manage stress and anxiety, and boost the immune system), the sunshine (vitamin D3) which helps prevent seasonal depression, and microalgae which improves the microbiome by encouraging good bacteria to flourish. At a time when we’re being asked to stay at home to keep our families, our communities and ourselves healthy and safe, I’m Outside gives you the benefits of being in nature even if you can’t actually get outdoors. $28; im-outside.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville-based Hectare’s Wellness Innovations, which manufactures and sells its own proprietary nutraceuticals and Kentucky-grown Hemp CBD-infused Wellness Shots, was not idled by the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, the startup pressed forward in 2020 on several fronts — and made a quick, bold pivot.
In a matter of weeks, the one-year-old company developed and launched a new product line, drinkable immune-boosting Hectare’s Wellness Shots, to help people looking for ways to help fight off the coronavirus and other illnesses. Company leaders tapped connections in the nutraceutical industry to create a 2.5-ounce immune-boosting Elderberry shot for daytime use and travel size 2.5-ounce immune-boosting Ginger Turmeric shot for nighttime use. The immunity products sell for $4.99 on the company’s website, Hectares.com, Amazon, and at several health and nutrition stores.
Meanwhile, Hectare’s has ramped up for an Aug. 1 full-production run that will place its products in more than 300 health and nutrition stores, such as Fresh Thyme markets, across the country. The product placement includes the company’s CBD wellness shots as well as the immune-boosting products.
Hectare’s launched the immune system products through a collaboration with Louisville-based NiroWell, a natural, raw material supplier to the dietary supplement and nutraceutical industries. Hectare’s vertically integrated business model allowed it to use its existing bottling and supply chain network to produce the immune-boosting wellness shots.
“Our team deserves significant praise for quickly figuring out how Hectare’s could play a positive role in response to COVID-19,” said Hectare’s CEO Bart Miller, who founded First Omni Mortgage Lending in 2000 and led it for a decade before profitably exiting in 2011. Since then, Miller’s business leadership experiences have focused on real estate, marketing and healthcare.
Hectare’s is led by an experienced group of corporate executives and serial entrepreneurs. In addition to Miller, Hectare’s day-to-day management team includes co-founder and serial entrepreneur Jeff Stum, who co-founded Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey and founded Rooibee Red Tea Company, where he worked from 2007-14. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Stum was a Brown-Forman Corp. manager for 12 years.
Other leadership includes Mike Fulkerson, director of operations and business development, a former Ale-8-One business and brand development executive, and Doug Keeney, chief marketing officer, who is an experienced beverage entrepreneur and creator of Old Limestone LLC as well as a New York Times best-selling author. Marketing Director Kristina Bell brings a decade of experience in the wine industry and digital marketing.
Other directors and advisers to Hectare’s include serial entrepreneur Chris Lavenson, president of NiroWell and a founder and investor in numerous startups, and Bob Marino, COO of Upstrem Inc., founder and CEO of “Thank You Back” by Soniram LLC, and former CEO of CafePress.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Hectare’s has managed to stay on track with its ambitious growth strategy for 2020 by managing increasing product sales, contacting out-of-state institutional investors, establishing a presence on Amazon.com, finalizing a Shopify Application, conducting research, and opening its new corporate office and retail center. In late May, Hectare’s moved into space at 819 East Market Street in the burgeoning NuLu Marketplace development. Hectare’s offices are in the back of the 3,400-s.f. space with the storefront portion set aside for retail sales. The retail operation is expected to open in mid-August.
Prior to launching the immune-boosting shots earlier this year, Hectare’s lineup of patent-pending products included small-batch, artisan, liquid CBD wellness shots with specialized formulas designed to provide extra energy or enhanced tranquility. The Tune Up caffeine-infused CBD formula comes in two flavors, Cold Brew and Simply Berry. The Tone Down melatonin-infused formula’s flavors are Calming Chamomile and Heavenly Hibiscus. Citrus Ginger and Goji Blackberry CBD shots that do not contain caffeine or melatonin will be added to the lineup soon. Until the Aug. 1 full-production launch, the 2.5-ounce shots can be found at hectares.com, on Amazon.com and at some specialty retailers. Wellness shots sell for $4.99.
“With our Kentucky hemp-based products, we are committed to ensure our wellness solutions are natural, safe, chemical-free and effective,” Miller said, noting that all Hectare’s products undergo third-party testing to ensure purity. “We are extremely bullish on the therapeutic benefits of nutraceuticals — products found at the intersection of science and the food supply. The nutraceutical industry is expanding rapidly as consumers search for natural solutions to make their bodies stronger and healthier.”
Demand for cannabis-based products continues to grow, and the cannabis industry provides a broader business landscape for Hectare’s to pursue. In fact, Hectare’s is poised to become a national leader in the $20 billion cannabis industry, which is projected to grow at a rate of 21 percent annually for three years, reaching a value of $23 billion by 2023. Those figures are cited in a detailed industry analysis by FinancesOnline. The report also projected that the global market value of legal marijuana will reach $146.4 billion by the end of 2025. (See the Finances Online report here: https://financesonline.com/cannabis-industry-statistics/).
Miller acknowledged the industry’s fast growth rate and noted that investors are eager to back Hectare’s as they learn about the strong anticipated trajectory of the cannabis industry. Company officials met with institutional investors in Chicago in the fall and continue to meet with potential backers on a regular basis.
In less than a year, Hectare’s has raised $700,000, and the company is currently securing final placements in a $1 million Convertible Note Round, which is anticipated to close in late July. A $1.5 million Series A Financing Round will open shortly thereafter to bring on investors as Hectare’s continues to get unsolicited calls from potential backers, Miller said. He noted that one-third of the investors in Hectare’s are medical professionals, which company officials believe significantly increases the credibility of the efficacy of their products.
“We tell potential investors this is the right time to get behind the cannabis industry,” Miller said. “We are the perfect addition to the portfolio of an investor who is seeking a ROI well in excess of what current markets can provide. This moment with cannabis is the equivalent to the early years of Apple — not long after Steve Jobs moved the business out of his garage.”
While the sale of marijuana or products containing THC is not yet legal in Kentucky, the company’s home base, Hectare’s has established its footprint in the 11 states that have legalized the sale of marijuana. Hectare’s leadership believes the future of legalized marijuana in Kentucky is inevitable, and the company is currently conducting research and development on THC-infused cannabis products in Arkansas, Florida and California.
“We see the hemp and marijuana industries following in the footsteps of the thriving bourbon industry that is strong in manufacturing, product development and tourism in Kentucky,” Miller said. “Hemp was the number one crop in Kentucky decades ago. We see its resurgence as a leading Kentucky crop, as well as legalized marijuana, eventually taking off the same way bourbon has.”
Until then, Hectare’s has plenty of opportunity to thrive within the THC-free hemp-based product sector. “We’ve been extremely busy this year, and we’ve had to work extremely hard to stay on top of everything,” Miller said. “It feels good to be where we are at this juncture. Things are right on track for Hectare’s.”
Vive Organic, makers of doctor crafted, cold-pressed wellness shots, announces closing of a $13-million Series B funding round led by Monogram Capital with participation by Cambridge SPG and Powerplant Ventures.
Vive is currently one of the leading functional beverage brands in the market, providing customers with cold-pressed wellness shots that are formulated with a focus on boosting the immune system. The brand has seen explosive growth since inception in 2015, with an average of 400% growth year over year, and has cemented itself as the leader in this space. This backing from industry veterans further validates the growth opportunity within this category and consumer demand more broadly for immunity-boosting products. Vive will deploy this latest capital raised to expand its digital footprint, foster its innovation pipeline and make its plant-powered products more accessible to consumers nationwide.
“Vive has tapped into an incredible opportunity to provide consumers with sustainably sourced, functional products that promote and support wellness needs, whether that be targeting uses case for enhanced immunity, restoration, or energy”
-CEO Wyatt Taubman, COO Kyle
Vive Organic was founded in 2015 by CEO Wyatt Taubman, COO Kyle Withycombe and VP of Sales JR Simich, health-conscious friends and entrepreneurs. The brand was inspired by Taubman’s personal experience taking a ginger and turmeric shot from a local farmers market to help him overcome a cold during a business trip. The trio recognized there was rising consumer interest in wellness shots and saw an opportunity to develop an industry leading brand designed to support and motivate consumers to proactively boost their immune system. The company works with a team of holistic medicine doctors in its formulation and goes to great lengths to identify the very best ingredients globally, with an emphasis on sourcing some of the purest ginger, turmeric, elderberry and other immunity enhancing ingredients anywhere in the world. Vive leverages cold-pressed technology to extract juice from the roots, herbs and flowers used in their products to provide the freshest product with maximum health benefits. The company’s beverages are organic, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan. Beginning with a focus on the natural channel, Vive has expanded to meet rising demand from customers in 8,000 doors across natural, conventional, mass and drugstore accounts including key banners such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Safeway, Wegman’s, Target, and CVS.
In February 2020, the brand launched on Amazon and built a direct-to-consumer platform from the ground-up, adding subscription services and extending the brand’s reach to include the entire United States. Over the last several months Vive’s e-commerce sales have increased by 52 times, with production increasing fivefold to allow the brand to keep up with climbing demand at retail. When Taubman set out to raise the Series B, his primary objective was to ensure that Vive could continue to supply its loyal customers during this seminal time in which wellness is their top priority. Armed with a strong balance sheet and investor support network, Vive is well-positioned to capitalize on its vision.
“We feel so fortunate to have found such exceptional partners in Monogram, Cambridge SPG, Powerplant Ventures and our roster of investors,” said Wyatt Taubman, CEO and Co-Founder of Vive Organics. “We have a powerful product that we believe in deeply, which is quickly becoming the go-to for immunity boosting in lieu of other traditional beverages, powders and supplement solutions. We are very proud of what we’ve created and greatly value the expertise our investors will provide in this next stage of our business as we look to further develop our online offerings and find new, unique ways to connect with consumers at retail.”
Monogram Capital seeks opportunities to partner with founders and strong management teams of high growth brands to help them become the next generation of brand leaders in their respective categories. Current and realized investments include Country Archer Provisions, Chewy.com, Koia, Olipop, 4th & Heart, Kidfresh and more.
“Vive has tapped into an incredible opportunity to provide consumers with sustainably sourced, functional products that promote and support wellness needs, whether that be targeting uses case for enhanced immunity, restoration, or energy,” said Jared Stein, Co-Founder and Partner of Monogram Capital. “We are thrilled to join together with this pioneering brand at this prescient time where consumers have never been more focused on their health and wellness needs and prioritizing their immunity. Led by an outstanding team, Vive is at the forefront of providing these wellness solutions in a convenient, ready-to-drink format that consumers love and we look forward to continue supporting the brand through their new innovations to come.”
Vive Organic is the pioneer in cold pressed and plant-powered 2oz ready-to-drink wellness shots made from organic and sustainably sourced super-herbs. With the first function-focused shots on the market and the only ones formulated by a team of doctors, the Venice, California based brand strives in harnessing the power of nature’s most powerful ingredients for consumers seeking easy yet potent solutions to their daily wellness routines. The brand currently produces eight functional formulations including Immunity Boost, Wellness Rescue, Antioxidant Detox, and more. For more information on Vive Organic, please visit www.vive-organic.com.
About Monogram Capital
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and founded in 2014, Monogram Capital Partners has approximately $300 million in equity capital under management and focuses exclusively on investing in emerging consumer brands. The firm seeks opportunities to partner with Founders and strong management teams of category leading brands to help foster their strategic expansion into new product innovation and to reach customers across new channels/geographies. The investment into Vive represents the firm’s thirty-second investment across twenty platform portfolio companies. To learn more about Monogram, please visit: www.monogramcapital.com.
About Cambridge SPG
Cambridge Companies SPG (“Special Projects Group”) is a strategic opportunity investment firm founded by Filipp Chebotarev and Polina Chebotareva. Cambridge SPG has been an investor in Vive Organic since early 2018 and continues to believe that immunity building behavior and products will occupy the mindshare of consumers of an entire generation. More information on Cambridge Companies SPG can be found on their website www.cambridgespg.com.
About PowerPlant Ventures
PowerPlant Ventures (PPV) is a growth equity fund committed to transforming the world’s health through the power of people, plants and purpose-driven companies. For more information about the fund visit www.powerplantvc.com.
VENICE, CALIF. — Vive Organic, a manufacturer of cold-pressed wellness shots, has closed a $13 million Series B funding round led by Monogram Capital with participation by Cambridge SPG and Powerplant Ventures. Vive plans to deploy this capital to expand its digital footprint, foster its innovation pipeline and make its plant-based products more accessible to consumers nationwide, the company said.
Founded in 2015 by chief executive officer Wyatt Taubman, chief operating officer Kyle Withycombe and vice president of sales JR Simich, Vive Organic offers a range of wellness shots formulated with a focus on boosting the immune system. The company works with a team of holistic medicine doctors to develop its products and uses cold-pressed technology to extract juice from the roots, herbs and flowers used in its products. Vive Organic shots are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan and come in seven varieties: Immunity Boost Original, Immunity Boost with Cayenne, Immunity Boost with Elderberry, Wellness Rescue, Antioxidant Detox, and new Electro Restore and Energy + Focus.
“We feel so fortunate to have found such exceptional partners in Monogram, Cambridge SPG, Powerplant Ventures and our roster of investors,” Mr. Taubman said. “We have a powerful product that we believe in deeply, which is quickly becoming the go-to for immunity boosting in lieu of other traditional beverages, powders and supplement solutions. We are very proud of what we’ve created and greatly value the expertise our investors will provide in this next stage of our business as we look to further develop our online offerings and find new, unique ways to connect with consumers at retail.”
Monogram Capital is a capital market company focused on “developing the next generation of category leaders by providing flexible capital, deep domain knowledge, access to transformative industry relationships and strategic and operational expertise,” the company said. Monogram also has invested in Country Archer Provisions, Koia, Olipop, 4th & Heart and Kidfresh.
“Vive has tapped into an incredible opportunity to provide consumers with sustainably sourced, functional products that promote and support wellness needs, whether that be targeting uses case for enhanced immunity, restoration, or energy,” said Jared Stein, co-founder and partner of Monogram Capital. “We are thrilled to join together with this pioneering brand at this prescient time where consumers have never been more focused on their health and wellness needs and prioritizing their immunity. Led by an outstanding team, Vive is at the forefront of providing these wellness solutions in a convenient, ready-to-drink format that consumers love and we look forward to continue supporting the brand through their new innovations to come.”
Cambridge SPG is a private equity, venture capital and real estate development firm that invests in “disruptive category leading companies” in the food and beverage and CPG sector. Along with Vive Organic, the company has invested in Once Upon a Farm, Wild Friends, Foodstirs, Tosi Health, Ancient Nutrition, Powerful Foods, Après, Matchabar, Owl’s Brew, Nona Lim, LIFEAID, HFactor, 4th & Heart, Cece’s Veggie Co., Modern Pop and Tiesta Tea.
Powerplant Ventures is a growth equity fund that invests in plant-centric food, beverage and foodservice companies. Its investment portfolio includes Beyond Meat, Apeel Sciences, Thrive Market, Nutriati, Rebbl, Beanfields, Hail Merry, Just, Farmer’s Fridge and Ripple.
SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, (about 90 minutes south of Valencia) announced new measures to put its guests’ health, safety and peace of mind. Upon reopening on July 22, SHA will offer a comprehensive “SHA Insurance” as a benefit at no additional cost. This service will be active from the moment guests check-in until the end of their stay.
The insurance includes:
Medical and healthcare, including COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection during their stay should they test positive upon arrival
Full coverage of repatriation or healthcare transportation of injured or ill patients
Prolonged stay expenses due to medical quarantine
Loss of unused services
Possibility of medical teleconsultation service
Reimbursement for vacations not taken
This insurance is an addition to a variety of reopening measures recently announced, including the addition of a health pack for immune system strengthening, UV technology and intensified cleaning protocols to ensure all rooms and space are properly disinfected, thermal cameras as access points and more.
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Guests are required or recommended to take a COVID-19 PCR or Igm/IgG test before arriving at SHA, based on the presence of symptoms or likelihood of infection. As soon as guests arrive at SHA, they will be given a medical check-up which, from now on, will include an antibody test (IgM/IgG). In addition, all staff must be tested before returning to work. Guests will also be given a health kit, which includes a face mask, disinfectant hand gel and gloves.
Good to know: All stays this year include an immunotherapy consultation and lymphocyte profiling to assess the current state of guests’ immune system. SHA has also developed and increased treatments for boosting the immune system, including stem-cell therapy, infra-red heat, optimum electromagnetic balancing, ozone treatments, saline therapy treatments, vitamin C megadosage, stress management sessions, immunosenescence profiling, cell regeneration and more. Further, the wellness clinic has developed a specially designed immune system strengthening pack combining the most effective therapies.
The Magic Immunity Pill: Lifestyle comes at the perfect time. Co-authored by Holistic Lifestyle Coach — Integrative Medicine Luke Coutinho and actor, entrepreneur and wellness influencer Shilpa Shetty Kundra — this is an A-Z manual for better living, minus the meds. Expect simple but powerful lifestyle changes suggested by way of tangible action steps. Antiviral foods, movement as medicine, and quality sleep are just tasters of what is in store. In a way, as we grapple with more symptoms caused by the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 — this book puts the control back in your hands. Apart from the obvious buzzword of the times in its title — these pages take you from an ambiguous place of ‘what if’ to ‘here’s what I can do’.
Published by BUUKS and over 300 pages long — we can tell you straight off the bat that there are no promises of instant fixes here. Although, we do like that we can seek out specific remedies for ailments ranging from insomnia to acidity to clearing up our sinuses. A quick browse also reveals that it covers alternative modalities to wellness, such as boosting your immunity through music and the impact of prayer on a genetic level. As you can tell, the stairway to good health has multiple doorways. What’s liberating is that the keepers of these keys are giving away all of this knowledge for free.
Can you take us through a quarantine day in your life? The day starts early. By 7.30 am, I start my routine and check on work scheduled for the day. From 8.30 am to 10.00 am — I am with my son and daughter. Then, I get into practicing yoga, which is followed by giving my newborn a massage, feeding her, and tucking her into the bed. Lunch is where the whole family eats together, after which we play some games. During the afternoon, I am busy attending some work calls and spending time with my daughter. In the evening, we usually take a stroll in the garden or meditate for about 15 to 20 minutes. This is followed by dinner with the family. It’s just a regular kind of day for me. My husband and I watch a movie or perhaps catch up on a new series. By 10.30 pm, my day ends and it’s time for bed.
What Shilpa eats in a day 7.30 am: Giloy tea and papaya 8.00 am: Overnight soaked oats in almond milk, with flax and chia seeds along with mango and pomegranate 10.30 am: Tea with almond milk, ginger, cinnamon and cloves Lunch at 1.15 pm: Steamed peanut corn salad, aloo gobi, turai, steamed beet, jowar roti with ghee. Followed by homemade organic jaggery chikki with black and white sesame seeds and saunf. 2 pm: Fresh Coriander, Cumin and Fennel tea (CCF tea) Post work out at 4.45 pm: Ravauttapam 5.30 pm: Tea with almond milk, ginger, laung, and coconut sugar 7 pm: Lauki soup with garlic and leeks Dinner at 7.30 pm: Oats khichdi with spinach, cauliflower and carrot 8 pm: CCF tea again
What have you been doing to boost immunity levels at home under lockdown? I actually have been trying new things to ensure we’re all eating clean and healthy, especially in times like these. Some of the concoctions I recommend are:
Ginger, tulsi, cinnamon, Pepper, Amla (Indian gooseberry), haldi (turmeric) and jaggery Giloy: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Amla, dudhi (bottle gourd), adrak (ginger), tulsi (Holy basil) and pink salt. CCF tea (cumin, coriander seed, fennel). Have this an hour after food.
What was the process of co-writing this book with Luke Coutinho like? When Luke suggested the idea of this book, I didn’t even need a second to decide because I know that Luke is the best in this milieu; he is an authority in the field of nutrition. But for me, he is someone whose sensibilities I can trust implicitly. While most of us do things and then obviously expect payback, Luke and I believe in the philosophy of giving back.
Are there any memorable conversations or Zoom calls that led to chapters in the book? We did not have any Zoom calls, but we did have a couple of sessions filled with intense discussions and conference calls regarding chapters of the book, followed by generating the content, putting all of it together, editing, and proof-reading. All of this was done at breakneck speed as there was a lot of material to compile. It was done with good intent and I am really happy that we have received positive reactions for the book, which has been downloaded by so many people. I am glad to be able to play a catalyst in getting people to improve their immunity and have better health.
Moms around the country are going a little crazy right now with kids not in school, domestic chores piling up, topped off with all the anxieties that emerge in the face of a global pandemic. As a mom, how are you doing? And what would you say to other mothers who need a little pick-me-up right now? I went crazy myself with all my son’s virtual schooling so it can be very difficult. I totally get it but thank God for my husband who is technologically savvy (I take a long time to get my head around these things). So, I just think you should ask for help and I hope that you have partners who also share the responsibility with you and don’t expect that it is only the woman’s job to teach.
Meditation is a great escape and tremendously calming, so that would be my suggestion… take some time out to just calm your nerves down and you will find a way to get around it.
Have you picked up a lockdown hobby that you might not have otherwise had the time to try? Well, I don’t have the luxury of time to start a new hobby, because I have a newborn daughter and my eight-year-old son who is not going to school currently, so I am totally occupied. I am also working from home so that keeps me busy.
My husband and I have turned to vegetarianism. We take time out to meditate, read, and write. We also try and catch up on some movies and show while feeding my daughter. I think my favourite hobby currently is to try out new dishes along with my son, who has a keen interest in cooking. This way I also spend more time with him. Alongside, I also spend time doing more yoga.
Anxiety: Virabhadrasana Acidity: Mandukasana, Pawanmuktasana or Paschimottanasana Insomnia: Definitely Savasana For menstrual problems: Dhanurasana
(The accurate way to perform all the asanas are available on the Simple Soulful App by Shilpa Shetty)
Our bodies can heal themselves: Luke Coutinho
How long have you been working on this book? In our line of work, immunity has been the basic foundation for health and wellness always. I believe that a strong immune system is the first and last line of defence and thus most of our content, coaching, and teachings are immunity centered. We have been harping about the importance of having a strong immune system for the longest time, and have done various videos on this topic right from the right nutrition to emotional wellness.
When the thought about writing this book crossed my mind, I quickly got my team and Shilpa on a call and shared the idea. Since most of our content was ready, we literally took 10-12 days to put it all together because we had a timeline to follow. Luckily, everything worked out in our favor. We got timely support and help from BUUKS, our publishing partner as well. Largely, it was only possible because ways to boost immunity has always been our core focus.
And what made the both of you, mutually decide to give it away for free? Considering that a strong immune system is the need of the hour, we wanted to share information free of cost hoping that it will help add value to lives and health in the easiest and simplest ways. Access to the right information around immunity is everyone’s right and we wanted to provide this experiential and research-backed information to every single person on this planet.
Cuddles, soil & coconut oil
Oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, is number one on your prescription for immunity beyond medicine. But given that we can’t touch people anymore as a precautionary measure to COVID-19 — what are some alternatives to help our bodies produce it? Even when family members hug or hold hands, oxytocin release is stimulated. Lovemaking and physical intimacy between partners also release oxytocin. Even pets, gifts, exercise, breastfeeding are various ways to stimulate the release of oxytocin. Apart from that, the right kind of nutrition, gut health, and sleep habits are also crucial for the adequate release of this neurotransmitter.
You recommend playing with soil for a few minutes each day to prevent and heal allergies. How does this work? It helps to play in the mud and soil because the microbes in them get into our fingernails, skin and reach the gut, making the gut as well as their immunity extremely strong. Handling soil also improves the ratio of good bacteria versus bad bacteria (basically the gut microbiome), making your immunity grow stronger. Strong immunity means better prevention of allergies that you currently have, and possibly healing them. However, if you don’t live in a place where you have access or you have a limitation on space, you must think of investing in building a microbiome or mud box. It contains organic soil and a few leaves (to basically generate and feed the microbes). It is therapeutic; it connects you with nature. This way, you can get microbes into your system; natural microbes that will feed your gut better than any supplement. It will make your child’s and your immunity much stronger. It’s fun and healthy too. After playing, wash your hands but not with soap.
Could you give us a quick list of antiviral foods? The first is pure cold-pressed coconut oil. This is because of the presence of monolaurin. The rest include garlic, holy basil or tulsi, green tea, fresh and local berries if in season, black pepper, turmeric, oregano, star anise, amla, and neem.
How can prayer affect us on a genetic level? Prayers have the ability to awaken certain emotions in our system that have the ability to turn on (upregulate) and turn off (downregulate) certain genes. Every gene has an activation or deactivation switch and our lifestyles have a huge role to play here. This is called epigenetics, where ‘epi’ stands for the environment (both internal and external) and how it can control the functionality of a certain gene. In fact, a study found that women with metastatic breast cancer who highly valued spiritual expression had significantly increased immune function (increased white cell counts and lymphocytes).
It’s not common to find a chapter on forgiveness in a book centered around nutrition and health. What is the connection between unforgiveness and disease? There is a huge connection between unforgiveness and disease and today science is proving the same. In our line of work, we get to interact with terminal stage patients and when we spend time diagnosing the root cause and lifestyle history, we notice the inability to forgive as one of the biggest dampeners of their health and immunity, and the moment they begin to start forgiving, they feel liberated from their own prisons and start to feel better. It lifts off a huge load from the heart and the immune system.
Forgiveness is releasing, and releasing is healing in every way. Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can lower the risk of heart attack, improve lipid profiles, reduce pain and blood pressure, improve sleep quality, and levels of anxiety. Studies also point out the correlation between an increase in forgiveness and health as we age. There are various ways to express this: send a forgiveness note, message, text or email or silently offer a prayer for them or talk to them and express your feelings.
Similarly, what is the correlation between meditation and immunity? Meditation helps in shifting our body from a state of stress to a state of calm. While stress increases a hormone called ‘cortisol’ in the body, meditation helps reduce its levels and teaches you to not react and respond to the stress in your life. This is not to say that meditation will make your problems disappear in one go. What it means is that meditation puts you in a space of clarity and thoughtfulness so you know how to tackle a particular stressor. We have two choices to respond to a stressor: either act or react. Meditation encourages the former and not being a victim of the stressor. An elevated level of the stress hormone, aka cortisol is one of the most potent suppressors of our immune system. Apart from managing stress levels, meditation improves sleep, cellular oxygenation, mood, emotions, instills mindfulness — all of which help in improving our immunity in the long run.
Sugar, according to the book, is the number one immunity suppressor. But how do we replace it in a sustainable fashion? After all, sugar is in everything from our morning chai to kitchen staples like ketchup and cornflakes. Going back to roots, our ancestors always used natural forms of sweeteners like raw honey, dates, jaggery (gud), raisins to sweeten food. These are far better and nutritious than white refined sugar that is completely stripped of any nutrition. A little bit of sugar, in maybe a cup of tea or an occasional cookie, is fine, the problem is over-consumption of sugar and unfortunately, sugar is lurking in every single processed and packaged food. Hence it’s always better to cook fresh or read ingredient labels if buying packaged foods to be sure of the sugar quantity.
Oh sheep, I can’t go to sleep! Sleep is a non-negotiable aspect of health, and there is no replacement for sleep. When it comes to insomnia, firstly, be sure if it’s actual insomnia. A couple of nights of sleep deprivation because you were emotionally disturbed doesn’t mean you have to tag yourself as an insomniac. Sometimes the way we tag ourselves plays a huge role in determining our behavior. Secondly, be self-disciplined around your sleep routine and for that, one needs to have a sleep routine, to begin with. Most of us do not have a sleep routine which is necessary to disconnect ourselves from the day time chaos. We may have the best of sleeping gadgets, aids, and other tools, but without self-discipline, all of this is useless. Thirdly, set bedtime rituals as this helps train our mind and body to fall asleep easily and are a great way to unwind.
• Reduce the blue light (artificial light) exposure in the evening by switching off all gadgets and screens. • Avoid eating heavy meals right before your sleep. Leave a minimum of two hours gap. A sunset-to-sunrise-fast works wonders for sleep. • Do not take caffeine late in the day. Wind down with an herbal tea if you wish to have a warm beverage before bed. • Exercise regularly but do not exercise just before going to bed. • Practice deep breathing to shift your body to a relaxed and calm state. • Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Have a set routine around sleep and wake cycle to allow the melatonin to naturally work. • Get some sunshine. You must try looking straight at the sun during early sunrise or sunset when the sunlight is not very strong. This helps in absorbing sunlight through your eyes and in turn resetting one’s circadian rhythm which is crucial for us to fall asleep.
Having said that, take professional help if you need to. In severe cases, you may need to get on a melatonin supplement since your body is unable to produce it. It is easy for our body to get used to sleeping pills and supplements, so one must take it with a parallel focus on lifestyle so you can eventually wean off those pills.
Your list of Indian superfoods includes sambar and rasam, which are much-loved staples at every South Indian table. Do break down their benefits for us. Rasam is an elixir of health. If you have a cold, have a warm bowl of rasam and notice how it helps loosen up your mucous and congestion — an indication that it’s helping you heal. Rasam, rich in spices like kali mirch (black pepper), kadi patta (curry leaves) and jeera (cumin), has the ability to break down the mucus in your lungs faster. Some people even add lentils or veggies to them. Similarly, sambar contains turmeric, lentils, black pepper, and pumpkin as well. Pumpkin is an amazing vegetable when it comes to boosting the immune system.
Another important ingredient of sambar is the drumstick. Drumstick, also known as moringa, is an excellent immunity booster too. The leaves and seeds of drumstick are beneficial for your health. Sambar is the perfect balance of good protein, fiber, zinc, folic acid, iron, vitamins, and minerals, which boost your digestion and your immunity. And the best part about these dishes is that both rasam and sambar are easy to digest.
Four pillars of immunity
When we take into account each of these pillars and make an effort to improve on them, we build a great platform of health and immunity. We can go on popping supplements and eating all superfoods, but if we are feeding our minds with negative emotions and toxic thoughts – we are still feeding a disease. Every cell in our body is affected by the way we eat, sleep, move, and think. Not just immunity, but every single condition and concern around human health needs focus on each of these four pillars. This is holistic health.
• Balanced nutrition: We believe, as did the Hippocrates, that ‘food is medicine’. It’s information to our genes and nourishes every single cell we are made up of. The right kind of food can promote good health, while the wrong kind of food can deteriorate our health. Balanced nutrition means you don’t eat too much or too little, you eat in moderation and strike the right balance of nutrients — carbohydrates, proteins, fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and not just focus on one specific nutrient. We do not believe in any fad diets or restrictive eating plans and give equal importance to every nutrient unless a clinical condition demands otherwise. Additionally, how we digest and absorb food is also as important as how we eat, which makes gut health for effective digestion, absorption, assimilation, and elimination one of our primary areas of focus.
• Adequate exercise: Our bodies have been designed to move. While being sedentary is unnatural, movement is medicine for us. With adequate movement, we enable better circulation of oxygen, nutrients, and effective detoxification of wastes from our body. Also, it is not just about exercising the body, but also the mind with tools like meditation and pranayama.
• Quality sleep: Sleep is the in-built intelligence of our body that allows true healing to take place. We need sleep for hormonal balance, weight loss, growth, repair, recovery, recharging every single cell in our body, to boost immunity, detoxification. Sleep deprivation is the no.1 reason for low immunity, poor growth, delayed healing, bad moods, mood swings, cravings, crippled metabolism, belly fat, and rapid aging. Also, it is not just about sleeping long enough. It’s also about sleeping well enough. Quality sleep over quantity sleep. Thus, we focus on investing in good sleep for good health and life.
• Emotional health: This is perhaps the most important. What we feed our minds and souls is as important as what we feed our bodies. Trillions of cells in our body respond to every thought that crosses our minds. While a happy and positive thought/emotion can take us a step forward, a negative thought/emotion can move us a few steps backward in our journey towards good health. Thus, tools like deep breathing, yoga, meditation, gratitude, visualisation, hope, belief and faith are some of the important aspects of our treatment plan.
One of the more serious symptoms of the coronavirus is difficulty breathing. And in your book, we stumbled upon a mention of zinc which can help prevent respiratory problems. What are the best food sources of this mineral and what can we do to ensure our bodies effectively absorb it? Zinc is a powerful trace mineral for boosting immunity. Apart from zinc supplements, zinc is naturally found in oysters, grass-fed beef, pumpkin seeds, moringa, roasted channa and pine nuts. Zinc is easily absorbable when it comes through animal sources because most plant sources have anti-nutrients in it that inhibit absorption, hence a thorough soaking of nuts, seeds, lentils, pulses, and dals is recommended to get rid of these phytonutrients. Secondly, zinc and copper can inhibit each other’s absorption. So a gap between two is advised.
What are some of the meal staples in your household? It’s mostly khichdi, dal-rice, Goan fish curry, and rice and vegetables cooked the Indian way.
And we are curious. What are you currently researching for your next book? We are currently researching ways to motivate and help people to go back to their roots.
You write that we should instill in our children and loved ones the belief that: our bodies can heal themselves. How far does this apply — ranging from a cough to cancer, how fast and how do we get started? Absolutely, for every single thing right from a bruise to cancer. The subconscious mind of our children from the age of two to seven years is like a sponge. Teach them things that they will absorb and remember well forever. In parenting, we can make use of this quality and help them believe the amazing capacity of our body as well. I encourage all parents to teach their kids to affirm that our body heals itself. When they know that the body heals, they start to respect their bodies. As they grow up, they may experiment in their teenage years, but in the end, they will believe that their body must not be abused. It is the need of the hour to program our subconscious mind every single day.
The Magic Immunity Pill: Lifestyle published by BUUKS is available for free download online.