“If you want real results beauty and body-wise, you can’t just think about calories alone,” says celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, who counts Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, and Kerry Washington as clients (and friends).
In her new book, Radical Beauty, Snyder collaborates with Deepak Chopra (nbd) to outline “Six Pillars of Radical Beauty,” which equates to food choices, skin care habits, living conditions, physical activity, and spiritual stuff. Here, Snyder hooks us up with a Radical Beauty cheat sheet–five beautifying habits to help you feel healthier right now.
Cure a Hangover
Snyder and Chopra aren’t anti-alcohol, but they want you to make smarter choices. Darker liquors such as whiskey and Scotch contain more congeners (chemicals), which can hit your body in a harder and more damaging way. To avoid hangovers, switch to clear liquids like vodka and gin.
Quit Ice Water
Icy water is about 35 degrees Fahrenheit below body temperature, which shocks your system, inhibits fat metabolism and digestion, and contributes to toxic buildup in the body. Excessive toxins congest your body and can lead to faster aging of your skin and lower energy. Instead, Snyder recommends hydrating with room temperature beverages. “Cool is okay, but ice is not.”
Give Yourself a Massage
Hear us out: Touch soothes the nervous system, which helps reduce the stress that contributes to wrinkles. It also enhances immunity and the functioning of your endocrine system. Snyder recommends using sesame oil in cooler months (coconut oil or herbal oil in warm months) to massage the body toward your heart, with extra attention to the scalp and feet.
Blue lights from your phone, tablet, and computer are proven to disturb sleep, explains Snyder. An easy way to boost sleep is to switch to the “nighttime” setting on your iPhone, which naturally turns your device’s tones more red after sunset.
Skip a Workout
Working out like crazy can create oxidative stress, a form of free radical creation that can lead to inflammation and accelerated aging. Chronic soreness is not a good thing! But Snyder and Chopra outline specific yoga asanas, such as cat-cow, which do help with circulation, revitalization, and beauty.
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