By Jessica Sepel

Since good nutrition and proper self care have become a regular committed practice for me, I’m often asked about my tips for healthy hair and clear skin. I’m happy to tell you that it’s easier than you think, and it certainly doesn’t involve any expensive products or outlandish procedures. Our bodies respond beautifully to proper care! Here, my top secrets revealed.

Want thick, lustrous hair? 

Eat real food. So many things we eat contain just what we need for beautiful hair! For hair growth, silica is key – include lots of green leafy vegetables, cucumber, zucchini, mango, and beans. Zinc is equally important and can be found in things like eggs, pecans, Brazil nuts, and fresh oysters. Oily fish is another must for shiny hair!

Consider supplements. If you eat your greens (and drink your green juices), lean proteins, nuts and seeds, you are sure to get those vital minerals, but you can also invest in a quality multivitamin supplement. Consider vitamin C with zinc, silica, fish oil and 1-2 B complex supplements per day to rejuvenate hair follicles.

Want glowing skin? 

 A clean diet is key. This means unprocessed foods with lots and lots of greens, lean protein, and healthy fat from things like nuts, seeds, and oily fish. This is where we obtain most of the vitamins and minerals that are so vital for skin repair – and that coveted glow!

Stay hydrated. That means at least 8 glasses of water a day. Keep a full bottle with you as you go about your day as a reminder. Hydrated skin is happy skin!

Decrease stress. I firmly believe it is the number one thing that sabotages our health and beauty. If you feel it on the inside, it shows on the outside. Be sure to fit in at least 10-20 minutes of downtime daily – yoga, a brisk walk, belly breathing, reading, or some pampering.

Want bright, shining eyes? 

Detox your body body. Toxic build up the environment and the things we eat can cause dull, cloudy eyes. The JSHealth Detox Guide is the perfect solution to cleanse your system and start fresh.

Plenty of rest. 8 hours of sleep is non-negotiable for me. I power off as soon as I can in the evenings to ensure I get the proper rest my body needs to repair.

Want clear, blemish-free skin? 

Drink warm lemon water. I enjoy this hydration boost every morning to prepare my body for digestion and detoxification.

Take care of your gut. Dark circles could be a sign of toxic overload from the liver. This causes digestive issues, among other things. Ensure you eat clean and minimize liver loaders such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol and dairy. I recommend my clients try a dairy and gluten-free and dairy free diet, take a daily probiotic and thoroughly chew their food.

And my top tip for stunning beauty? 

Rest, rest, rest. I cannot emphasize enough how important proper rest is for our overall wellbeing. A stressed, exhausted body cannot possibly function the way it is meant to. Rest is not a luxury – it is a necessity. Identify time each and every day that allows you to relax and do something truly enjoyable – whether it’s a walk, meditation, reading a good book, treating yourself to a manicure, or simply  unplugging and getting solid sleep, your body will thank you by looking AND feeling beautiful.