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Here’s What the Founder of 8Greens, Suggests for Living a Healthier Life

Dawn Russell gives us her top tips.

Wellness has become such a fad and trend that it is difficult to know what works, what has true science efficacy behind it, and what is just a passing moment. With it becoming a billion dollar industry and not much research done and validated, it’s hard to know what is real and what is something you could be wasting a lot of money on. To figure this out, we have to turn to the experts—those who have been in the business and have knowledge about the things that give your life longevity and make you feel at home in your body. We interviewed Dawn Russell, Founder of 8Greens, to learn more about what she suggests for a healthy life. Dawn is a health advocate, mom, and cancer survivor. In 2015, she founded 8Greens after recovering from stage III cancer, having been the first patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering to forgo Chemo-Radiation and exclusively do integrative medicine. During her recovery Dawn learned the power of real greens, and was committed to making greens easy, tasty, and accessible for everyone. 87% of Americans do not get their daily minimum requirements of greens. By creating 8Greens, Dawn aims to improve this statistic by offering essential nutrition and reputable health trends in convenient forms. Keep reading to learn more!

The Founder of 8Greens, Dawn Russell Suggest These Tips for Living a Healthier Life

1) Get your daily dose of greens, vitamins, and nutrients

Drink 8Greens Skin Tablets to both hydrate and get Marine Collagen (Type 1). Type I collagen is the type that our body naturally produces, and sadly also loses daily as we age. With 8Greens Fizzy Tablets, when you stir the tablets into water (or into a liquid of your choice), there are no clumps in your beverage–plus, there is no need to plug your nose, as is the case with many other collagen products. When you get enough of those vitamins, nutrients, and vegetables can make you feel absolutely incredible and get your body all the greens it needs. Wondering how much you might need? The USDA recommends “two to three cups of vegetables per day for adults. But because greens aren’t very dense, it actually takes about two cups of raw greens to make the nutritional equivalent of a one-cup serving of vegetables. That’s also true for sturdier leafy greens such as kale, chard, collards, and bok choy”, according to the Harvard Health Medical School.

2) Natural beauty is your best friend

I learned a tip from the chicest Parisian which is to wipe lemon wedges on your nails to fix any discoloration, as nails often get yellow from all the polish in the summer months. Since we shave our legs so often in the summer, a great tip is to use a hair conditioner rather than shaving creme or shampoo to shave. This gives the skin moisture, rather than drying the skin even further. Neux is a summer favorite. Not only does it give your skin moisture, but it also gives you that added bronze that makes any skin tone look even better in the skin beating summer months. When I use it, there are no yellow self-tanning streaks, just a pure bronze glow. One of my top tips for summer is using coconut oil in your hair. I swear by this. Put loads in your hair and on any dry areas of the body. I also recommend sleeping with it in your hair and on your body, when you wake up the following morning, everything is deeply moisturized. We know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but doing some good old self-care can make you feel incredible inside and out.

3) Make your drink healthy 

We all deserve a summer cocktail in the sunshine. Try stirring an 8Greens Tablet into vodka to get your daily dose of real greens, with an amazing taste, all at the same time (you can find more cocktail recipes can be found in the 8Greens Cookbook). There’s also a mocktail route! Have you ever tried one? There are so many fun ones to try that can allow you to go alcohol-free. There are many reasons that some decide to go without alcohol, but for us, it simply makes us feel better to go without it sometimes. Healthy for your brain and your body. Our suggestions for a non-alcoholic beverage or mocktail recipe? Try Ghia, Kin, or a new favorite, Figlia. Any of these choices are perfect for any time of the season—winter, spring, summer, or fall.

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