If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch or the Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked nutritionist Daphne Javitch about the lip balm, dry brush, and kitchen appliance she can’t live without.
My go-to for my lips had always been Aquaphor, but it’s not homeopathic and not very chic. But I think this packaging is just so cute. It’s the simplest natural lip balm — there’s no flavor, no residue. It’s one of those Parisian pharmacy things where you can get it on Amazon. I went to Paris a year ago and I bought ten of them. I throw one in every bag; they last forever.
I was really thinking: What are the things I cannot live without? And I cannot live without the juicer. That’s because it’s so much a part of my daily routine. It’s a horizontal juicer, so it’s a slow juicer, like a masticator, rather than a centrifugal juicer, which uses an engine that heats up the vegetables. I just want to stress that all juicing is amazing, and I am pleased with anyone who has a juicer and is juicing on a daily basis. The main reason I love this juicer is it preserves more enzymes and prevents them from oxidizing. People also say that centrifugal juicers are easier to clean, but the Omega 900 is extremely easy to clean. It looks insane: you’re like, What is this robot monster on my kitchen counter?, especially if you live in New York. My daily juice is cucumber, celery, fennel, green apple, and lime, but I have 12 different recipes that I send my clients. Sometimes I add cilantro, ginger, turmeric.
I really love recommending the dry brush — it’s portable, affordable, and something you can do in 30 seconds. Not everyone is going to juice, not everyone is going to do a sauna, not everyone is even going to exercise, but everyone can apply a gentle pressure and sweep their body for thirty seconds. Once you get into the groove of using it, it activates your lymphatic system, which helps moves toxins from your tissue to your blood for elimination. It also increases circulation. My philosophy of cleansing and healing and wellness is the idea that we always want there to be motion and flow in the body because that is the definition of vibrancy and vitality and youth. And stagnation or congestion or accumulation in the body is disease and aging, etc. So this is a tool that we can use to activate that flow, and also it’s just so nice to sweep your body and rinse off any debris in the shower.
I mostly use Natren probiotics — I take them at night. Your gut bacteria loves food (it’s very piggish). I notice the biggest difference in my digestion if I take it before bed. The Dr. Ohira probiotics are slightly more affordable and also don’t need to be refrigerated, so they’re great to take in your travel bag or to work if you feel a cold coming on. We are mostly gut, so if you don’t have diversity and strength in your gut, your [health] can be compromised. When I’m not feeling so hot, I find that it helps to take two extra probiotics a day.
MaryRuth Ghiyam was one of my teachers before I went to school and got certified. She went from being a nutritionist to fully focusing on her product line. I love her daily liquid vitamins and nightly liquid minerals because I’m not really a supplement person and can neither remember nor feel good about popping six, seven pills a day. She just designed these super high-quality, effective formulas — you just take a capful in the morning and a capful at night. It’s full-spectrum, and everything is there. I just trust her so much, her standards are so high. If you’re just taking those two things, you’re good.