We call them the Clean Team: the select band of nutritionists, trainers and other wellness-minded warriors who coach Dr. Junger’s Clean Program clients through cleanses, life transformations and health overhauls. Lucky for us, The Clean Program’s West Coast headquarters are located in our very own neighborhood. On a regular basis, we run into (read: hunt down) the team to swap wellness tips, pick up new health insights…and share the occasional healthy cocktail.
Every one of the Clean Program teammates share the three founders’ generous attitude and wealth of health wisdom. Between the lot, these folks have the natural health world covered and we take their advice whenever we can get it. We asked the team to share a few of their favorite things with us in this list of wellness picks. Whether you’re after better sleep, better skin or a better life in general, check out the team’s holistic picks below and try a few for yourself…
11 Holistic Wellness Picks From Dr. Junger’s Clean Team
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream is the best all-natural deodorant that we have found on the market. It is effective, non-toxic and popular with the men on our team as well. Take it for a test run – literally!
The skin elixir Skincredible! by Simply Divine Botanicals can be used as a spot treatment or overall face moisturizer. Plus, it smells fantastic!
Tilvee Age Defying Cream is an ultra-rich moisturizer, and is a must-have during the colder months. It leaves your skin feeling healthier, younger and nourished.
Clean Reds is great-tasting berry formula that includes over a dozen fruits and vegetables in each scoop. It focuses on the reddish color found in antioxidant-rich produce like beets, raspberry, elderberry, acai, and acerola cherry. It’s an easy and delicious way to get more colorful plant food into your diet.
The protein-rich Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate powder is a must-have for cell renewal. It provides great support for gut healing and repair, and is a favorite for supporting healthy, glowing skin and nails. We love the Great Lakes brand – mix it with soups and drinks two to three times a day for the most benefits.
Get Some Sun
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that is closer to a hormone, like cortisol or testosterone. This is important to note because it means vitamin D has a deeper functionality than a simple vitamin compound. You can get vitamin D from three sources: sun, food and supplementation. Because most of us aren’t getting 20-30 minutes of direct sunlight each day on most of our body (think bathing suit!) and food alone is not enough to resolve deficiencies or maintain daily levels of vitamin D, we recommend a daily D supplement. Take 2,000 to 4,000 IU per day depending on the time of year. More in the winter, less in the summer. Talk to your doctor if you suspect vitamin D deficiency.
If you don’t have Eclipse Blackout Curtains in your bedroom, buy them now or go to a craft store and make them this weekend. Sleeping in a completely dark environment connects us with our prehistoric roots and shields us from white lights that may enter our bedrooms.
Sleep In Style
A sleep mask, like the one from Tempur-Pedic, is not just for prima donnas or the aristocracy. A sleep mask quickly reduces all light and visual input, giving your body the sign to ramp up melatonin and send you off to dreamland. A must-have for travel when you’re less in control of your sleep surroundings.
If you have trouble falling asleep, amber lights are for you. When we’re exposed to the white and blue spectrum found in our evening lights, our body’s hormones are thrown off. This makes it more difficult to fall asleep. In the evenings, turn off your normal lights and go amber. Amber lights will calm and relax you, giving the impression of being around a fire. You’ll fall asleep faster and over a few weeks, your circadian rhythms will balance out.
Jump For It
In the winter, we spend more time indoors and move less. A rebounder, or mini-trampoline like the JumpSport trampoline is a simple and fun way to keep moving and literally shake your cells. Doing this helps to move the lymph system, which needs movement to get it going. Lack of movement is one of the most common causes of wintertime blues and wintertime colds. We’ve added one to the Clean office so we can spend a few minutes here and there jumping around, working on our trampoline dance moves, and keeping ourselves cold-free.
That Clean Life
Most multivitamins don’t have enough of the good stuff like vitamin C, D3, K and magnesium, and have too much of the stuff we don’t want in excess like iron, folic acid, and manganese. To remedy this, we’ve recently created our Essentials Multi, which we think is the most balanced multivitamin on the market. Give it a try!