The Story Behind Elle Macpherson's Wellness Brand, WelleCo
Why does the body need to stay alkaline?
Elizabeth Clarke (EC) When the body is nourished and maintains a healthy pH balance, it assists with lowering acidity in the body that can lead to inflammation, low energy, weight gain and accelerated ageing of the cells.
What are the benefits of taking a green powder like WelleCo's Super Elixir Greens?
EC When our nutritional doctors were formulating the Super Elixir Greens, they looked at the average imbalances of an adult and thought about what specific ingredients could be included to support and balance all 11 systems.
Some of the key ingredients are horsetail and omega-3 for hair, skin and nails, probiotics and prebiotics to support the entire digestive system, and shiitake and maitake mushrooms that when combined, are great for immune function. Our considered approach has made the Super Elixir the ultimate multivitamin.
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How does the Super Elixir Greens standout?
EC Our elixirs use premium plant-based nutrients. When organs are nourished with absorbable bio-live nutrients, the body recognises them as food and absorbs them at a cellular level with a high efficacy. Our nutritional doctors worked to find the right blend of premium plant-based nutrients that could work together to address acidity in the body, maintain a healthy pH range, and nourish the body right down to the mitochondria.
What are the daily protein needs for the average adult?
EC Protein forms the building blocks of the human body and unlike fat, protein is not stored and must be consumed regularly for optimal body function—ideally, 10-20 per cent of our daily intake should come from protein. It benefits muscles, tissue repair and growth, supports a healthy metabolism and promotes feeling full for longer.
What's the difference between plant-based protein over whey-based protein?
EC A lot of protein supplements are created using non-organic whey containing oestrogen, a predominantly female hormone, and lactose, which is very hard to digest. WelleCo Nourishing Plant Protein is a plant-based alternative, which uses organic sprouted brown rice and pea protein that provides all nine essential amino acids and has far superior utilisation and uptake into the cells and muscles than whey. Plant proteins generally absorb better and more easily than any product derived from dairy foods.
What is the best way to use the green powder/protein powder?
EC I take two teaspoons of Super Elixir with 500ml of water every morning. It’s my perfect morning tonic because it is satisfying, tastes great and properly sets me up for the day.
Nourishing Plant Protein is my go-to any time of day—breakfast, snack or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. I like to make a chocolate mousse, blitzing one scoop with half an avocado, filtered water and lots of ice. It's great for increasing my energy levels.
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What are your secrets to staying healthy and beautiful?
EC Over the years my idea of beauty has changed. Today, to me, wellness is beautiful. I believe health and true beauty radiates from within, and peace, happiness and health shows on a person’s face.
Ideally, my day begins quietly with meditation. Drinking enough water is vital for fuelling my energy, so I start each day with warm water and lemon, sometimes adding cayenne pepper to boost my metabolism. I follow with two teaspoons of Super Elixir in water and routinely drink three litres of water a day.
Quality sleep can have a huge impact on my health, which is why I am a solid seven-hours-a-night girl. Before going to bed, I brew a pot of WelleCo Sleep Welle Calming Tea and spritz my pillows with WelleCo Sleep Welle Calming Mist. The lavender scent really adds to the sense of calm I try to create before bed.
I firmly believe in detox steam and love the healing home sauna Therasage. I also body brush to stimulate the lymphatic system and exfoliate with WelleCo Japanese Green Tea Salt Scrub. Moisturising is very important, and I use La Mer The Moisturising Cream or Dr Sebagh, and Los Explorer as an organic solution.
Find out more at welleco.com.
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