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Beauty starts from within – we all know that a healthy inside leads to a radiant outside and we share in that same DNA positioning as one of our favorite vitamin company, HUM Nutrition. Backed by science and substantiated clinical results, we had the opportunity to sit down with Alex Caspero | HUM RD Nutritionist, to learn more about the pulse behind the brand and what we can learn about how to incorporate wellness into our lives.

A little bit about Alexandra Caspero MA, RD, CLT, RYT: She is the owner of Delish Knowledge and author of Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation. Her award-winning blog, Delish Knowledge, focuses on making whole-food, vegetarian eating deliciously simple. Alex is the co-founder of Plant-Based Juniors, an evidence-based platform that helps parents navigate the world of plant-based prenatal and pediatric nutrition. Additionally, she is the co-author of Joyful Eating, Nourished Life, which helps others discover a happier, healthier relationship with food and their body. 

 

HUM has made such a splash within the beauty and wellness industry. Can you tell us how it all started?

It all starts with our passionate co-founders, Walter and Chris. Walter used to struggle with acne and once he started working with a nutritionist, they got to the root of the problem and he cleared his skin! This inspired him to develop a line of vitamins with the best nutrients to deliver on specific goals: gorgeous skin, lustrous hair, and overall better health.

What’s your best-selling product and it is the same as your favorite product within the line? 

We have a few best-selling products and one of my favorites is a new product that launched this year, Skin Heroes. Unlike most probiotics on the market, Skin Heroes contains both prebiotics and skin-specific probiotic strains that help decrease breakouts, create an even texture and tone, and hydrate the skin. In an in-house study, 88% reported a decrease in breakouts and 81% reported an improvement in digestion. 

What can we expect from using HUM products? Is there an overall goal in mind when creating the products? 

Everything HUM creates is designed with the customers needs in mind. Most of the supplements are geared toward beauty concerns, whether that’s stronger, healthier hair, firmer skin, reduced wrinkles or glowing skin. As beauty starts from within, nutrition is often the first line of defense in common beauty concerns. Other products are designed for overall wellness: multivitamins, detox herbs, adaptogens and products that support digestion. 

What does your typical wellness and beauty routine look like?

I’m a beauty minimalist; I wear make-up only when I have a TV interview or want to dress up for date-night. Therefore, I need my bare skin to look it’s absolute best. I rely on Red Carpet, a GLA supplement from HUM that’s helps with overall skin tone and reduces any redness. I’m also predominantly plant-based and strive to eat a diverse plant-based diet. That means that I aim to keep a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans/lentils, nuts, seeds and healthy plant-based fats. I occasionally enjoy an ice cream cone and potato chips, but aim to eat this way most of the time. This diet pattern is not only amazing for gut health, but it also keeps my skin looking radiant. In addition to being a dietitian, I’m also a yoga teacher and find that meditation is my saving grace; it keeps me focused on what’s important and able to cut through a lot of the noise that can be very distracting. 

How do you Detox (tips/rituals)? 

I aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day and typically do a face mask 2-3 times a week. As I mentioned above, I also focus on diversity of plants in my diet which provides plenty of fiber. Eating enough probiotic-rich fiber helps keep my digestion system moving and rid of toxins naturally. If there’s one piece of advice I could give when it comes to nutrition is that most of us are not eating enough fiber. The average American only eats 14g of fiber, which is less than half of the recommended amount. Consider that 70-80% of your immune system lives in your gut, and fiber is needed for a healthy gut! 

What advice can you offer people trying to transition into a more healthy and clean lifestyle? Are there any tips that you can offer on specific foods to avoid or must-have products to incorporate into our diet/regimen? 

As a dietitian, I prefer to meet people where they are at. For the vast majority of my clients, they aren’t eating enough plant foods so typically, I start there. That usually feels like an easier ask of people and they get to decide how that looks like with their taste and food preferences. That may mean swapping in more whole grains instead of refined ones, cutting back on animal-based foods or a fruit and vegetable intake challenge. Consider that only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough of the recommended produce amounts, this is usually an easy place to begin. 

Feeling healthy also goes beyond just diet. Focusing on water intake, sleep, stress and relationships are all part of individual wellness.

 

Detoxification means cleansing the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin (which is our largest organ). Detox plays an integral role in our daily lives and it’s often an overwhelming subject to say the least as there are so many facets that play into proper detox.

After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. She is an acclaimed author, LA-based nutritionist and our go-to when it comes to learning all about how to properly detox. We asked Elissa to give us the 411 on all of her Detox-related tips in an interview you don’t want to miss.

What is your definition of Detox?

To really detox you need to focus on lowering viral, bacterial, fungal loads in the body on a daily basis. You can cleanse your tissue and organs using whole foods, sleep, and herbs. Sleeping is hugely detoxifying to all of the organs, sleeping 8-9 hours and going to bed as close to 10pm as possible is crucial, this is the time your body can focus on detoxification. Juicing daily (all greens + lemon and ginger) to detox organs is another crucial component, the antioxidant boost is especially cleansing for your skin and other organs.

How do you Detox (tips / rituals)?

Having a green juice daily is a non-negotiable for me (example: cucumber, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger, romaine or other greens), I eat a plant-based diet and eat as many leafy greens and vegetables as I can, I have also been making a smoothie mid morning for even more nutrients. I use a superfood greens protein powder from PlantFusion and add wild blueberries, frozen cauliflower and spinach, and unsweetened nut milk. I also like to infrared sauna sessions for deep detoxifying. I eat lots of soup (from my SOUP Cleanse), soups are an easy way to add in a lot of nutrients and give your digestive system a break. I also take different herbals for lowering my viral, bacterial, and fungal loads and add barley grass juice powder or spirulina in addition to superfood greens. To detox my mind, I meditate – I’m currently doing the Unplug Meditation 30-day challenge which has been great for me, and I prioritize my sleep!

What does your typical Beauty Routine look like?

I’m religious about cleaning my face before bed, I never sleep in my makeup, I also prioritize sleep and manage my stress (because I feel like in addition to diet those two factors do the most damage our skin), I moisturize in the evening and in the morning. I get a facial every season from Skin Worship, which always leaves me feeling amazing (I think I need to get those more often!). Other than that, my routine is basic, I prefer products with natural ingredients and simplify as much as I can.

What was the last book you read?

Ketotarian by Dr. Will Cole

Perfect day…is?

I’d wake up to the sound of the ocean crashing outside my window, spend time on the beach with my family, soaking up the sun, zoning out and reading a book. There would definitely be an afternoon nap. In the evening, I would host a dinner party with friends and spend the night with lots of good conversation, laughter, and maybe a little dancing.

When you need to destress what is your go to?

Definitely using my Unplug meditation app for a 5-20 minute meditation (depending on the day!), booking reflexology massage, and going to a hot yoga class.

What is your favorite room in your home?

It’s not a room, but I consider it my outdoor living “room”.  I love spending time in my outdoor living space, lounging or reading by the pool with water trickling in the background. I even find myself working out there, it’s much better than being inside!

Best advice anyone has given you is…?

To never give up

First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Drink 16 ounces of my Hallstein water (I go to bed with this on my bedside so it’s right there when I wake up)

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

I’ve been doing this practice of writing down everything that has been on my mind to release the craziness of the day. I write and write and write until nothing is on my mind and that’s when I sleep like a baby!

Any tips/advice for people looking to improve their daily eating habits?

Focus on what you can add. I have my clients start by adding in as many servings as veggies in their day as possible, just by having one green juice per day, they are adding in 3-4 servings of veggies! Cut animal protein intake down to a few times per week and replace with vegan protein options like tempeh, beans and legumes, seeds and nuts. Don’t be afraid of healthy fats – avocado, coconut, olive oil, nuts are all great sources of fat that keep you feeling energized and satiated (meaning less cravings). Sleep also plays a role in your daily eating habits – a good night’s sleep can help keep you committed to eating well.

Read more about Elissa’s detox tips here