It is no secret that what you put into your body has a direct relation to how you look and feel. Being as health-obsessed as I am, and living in Hollywood amongst many models, I am always one to seek out advice from the experts and try new products to see if they work.
These days, “Beauty Beverages” and health drinks have been flooding the market, promising to help with anti-aging, skin perfection, and help your overall health & wellness. According to market research firm Mintel, nearly 600 new food and drink products with “functional beauty benefits” have launched since 2009, and the number continues to increase as the “health-trend” continues to grow worldwide.
“Drinks with beauty and additional health benefits usually contain vitamins, amino acids, or botanicals that possess antioxidant activities,” says dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD. “A person should usually get enough of these nutrients through diet. But drinking them is a reasonable way to supplement.”
CJ Comu, the creator of EarthWater (also known as FulHum), which is a black-colored beverage made from 100% natural minerals from within the Earth, tells me, “As a manufacturer of a healthy brand of beverages we do not make any medical claims, but third party reports clearly state two important facts (1) drinking water is very important to your health and hydration as well as removing toxins from your body (2) drinking FulHum puts the much needed micro nutrients into your body to fight off bacteria and disease. Drinking proper ph level water like FulHum and infusing natural minerals will make you look and feel better.”
And if you are looking to feel better with another option too, Vandana Sheth, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics tells me that people should give Alo Drink (sold at Whole Foods) a test. Sheth explains, “This juice contains sea buckthorn berry, which boasts omega-3s,-6s,-7s, and-9s. Together, these aid digestion, regulate inflammation, and maintain healthy skin and muscle.”
But why not stick to just drinking normal, regular water like most people have been doing forever?! Comu of EarthWater details the differences stating, “Regular water lacks a high ph (very important for the body) and more importantly regular water does not carry or deliver much needed micro nutrients from the Earth into the human body to keep it healthy longer. It’s important to drink H2O, but it’s more important to put something that delivers nutrients into the body and blood stream and not flush the body of nutrients you need.”
And while we are on the topic of giving your body the proper nutrients it needs, one of the most important “glam secrets” is that everyone should eat a healthy breakfast along with a proper morning drink – not coffee!
Hollywood-based health expert Michael Steiner explains further saying, “Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day; It gets you up and fuels your body with the proper ingredients to last throughout the day. But what people may not know is that drinking green tea in the morning – over water or coffee – is best for feeling good and glamorous all day long. Green Tea contains L-theanine which has been found to induce a calming effect on the mind by releasing dopamine, the body’s feel-good chemical.”
In addition to Steiner’s advice, research proves that Green Tea is great for the memory and keeping the mind sharp. This is because it contains a very small amount of caffeine which is wonderful for helping you wake up in the morning. The level of caffeine is far less than that found in coffee, so you can enjoy the benefits without the inevitable crash that comes after drinking a coffee.”
So, whether its improving your focus, enhancing your beauty/skin, boosting your mood, or giving you some added energy, what you drink (even if its just regular H20) has everything to do with how you look and feel. There are so many options for beverages out there, but make sure you do some research beforehand, and don’t be afraid to try something new!