Elle Macpherson: 13 things I do every day to optimise my health

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In her new monthly column for Get The Gloss, our founder shares her ‘bio-tweaks’ for a beauty-full life.

It’s been almost a decade since I turned 50. In that time, I’ve reunited with what it feels like to be well. Back then, I realised I could no longer rely solely on my genetics for a healthy body. I felt run down and irritable. I wasn’t sleeping well, I had no energy to exercise, I was eating too much sugar and I felt uninspired and unmotivated. At a loss as to how to feel better, I went to see nutritionist Dr. Simone Laubscher PhD at her London clinic. That visit changed the course of my life. She explained to me the importance of an anti-inflammatory body and lifestyle by lowering inflammation in the body. She went on to create a potent nutritional greens protocol for me.


She was right. After just a few weeks of combining the greens with other life-style changes, I was feeling better than ever. In no time at all, the quality of my skin, hair and nails had improved, sugar cravings reduced, I regained my sense of vitality, my sleep improved, and my energy levels were higher than they’d been for a long time. I felt stronger and leaner with greater vitality.


For me, it was truly miraculous. That composition of greens and almost 50 ingredients, carefully curated to work in synergy with each other and amplify each other to support all 11 systems of the body, proved to be remarkable. I couldn’t believe it could be so effortless and simple as taking two teaspoons in water every day, consistently. I was so grateful for such a transformation.


That nutritional greens powder went on to become what is now The Super Elixir™ — so powerful it birthed a business. It inspired me to set up WelleCo to share my discovery with others around the world. Now we have an entire collection of plant-based beauty-through-wellness elixirs. Ten years ago, no one had heard of ‘ingestible beauty’ but I realised beauty is soul deep, not just skin-deep. I was passionate about wanting to change the age-old perception of beauty founded on youth to beauty founded on wellness. It’s a very empowering realisation.


Today, health is universally acknowledged as true wealth, something I experienced so profoundly first-hand. On my journey, I have spent so much time optimising my day-to-day, that I often get asked about what I’m currently trying to master or what I’ve recently learned. Some might call that ‘biohacking’.
So what is biohacking? Clinical nutritionist Dr Josh Axe explains: “Biohacking is the process of making changes to your lifestyle in order to ‘hack’ your body’s biology and feel your best. You know the saying, 'You are what you eat'? That actually applies to humans in a broader sense. Everything we put into our bodies — our foods, our thoughts, our physical movement — affects how we behave.” By “biohacking yourself”, he says “you can actually transform your body so you feel more energized, more productive and, overall, like the best possible version of yourself.”


While I am very comfortable being thought of as an ‘optimiser’, for me, the idea of overwriting the body's natural genius — that innate intelligence and wisdom — is neither possible nor wise!


Read on to find out what Elle considers to be her top ‘bio-tweaks’, the everyday tools our founder uses to enhance and optimise her life through her relationship with her body.


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