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Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon Shares 8 Ways to Get That Healthy Glow

With margarita-worthy weather and Instagram-worthy blossoms in full bloom, it’s clear to see that summer is coming in hot. Ready to de-stress, adopt a healthy mindset, and feel your best before hitting the beach for a much-needed vacay? Us too! In search of healthy secrets that’ll help us glisten and glow from the inside out, we reached out to Amanda Chantal Bacon, the founder of Los Angeles natural juice hotspot Moon Juice (and its crazy popular Beauty Dust). A bona fide expert when it comes to sustainable wellness and creative foods that help and heal, Bacon shared eight things anyone can do to achieve a healthy glow.

1. Go raw. According to Bacon, raw food has so many benefits that’ll help you glisten and glow. “They’re nutrient dense, versatile, delicious, easily available, and form the basis of simple snacks and meals that require only a few minutes of preparation,” she explains. “Some easy raw staples to keep on hand include activated cashews, avocados, cacao, green leaves, and fermented veggies.” She tells us that regularly eating good raw fats will radically enhance your mood and mental capacity, deeply affecting relationships and performance. Perfect!

2. Get alkalized. “When you balance your pH, you make your body an inhospitable environment for disease,” Bacon says. “Existing in an alkaline state is key to maintaining a calm and joyful life.” She says that alkalinity will help you experience an overall glow, with radiant skin and sparkling eyes. When it comes to what you should eat to balance your levels, she tells us the greener the food or drink, the better. “One of the best alkaline foods is actually bee pollen, as it’s an amazing beauty and muscle food.”

3. Mineralize. Give your brain and body the nutrients they need to thrive and you’ll begin to glisten from the inside out. “Eat an abundance of mineral-rich foods like activated nuts and seeds, pink salt, cacao, leafy greens, bananas, sweet potatoes, figs, seaweed, almonds, chia, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and mulberries to enhance and sustain glow-boosting beauty and joy,” Bacon suggests. “Even more, becoming mineralized will soothe inflammation, tame degeneration, and fully activate enzymes in your cells. You can expect nourishment for your skin, hair, and nails.”

4. Eat good fat. “We need good fat for brain function, hormone production, metabolism, weight loss, energy, immune function, and inflammatory response,” Bacon tells us. To get your glow on by eating healthy fats, she tells us to reach for raw plant fats like avocado, coconut, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and green juice, which have good fat in the form of omega-3s. “Contrary to how we’ve been trained as a culture to think of fat as fattening, properly eating fat can help you reduce fat levels in the body,” she says.

5. Rewild yourself. “Your gut accounts for two-thirds of your immune system and is the true foundation of health, happiness, and beauty,” Bacon tells us. She says to remember that fermented foods are a superlative source of enzymes and probiotics, which nurture intestinal microflora, heal the gut, and even recolonize the intestines with organisms that defend against disease, viruses, and yeast. Whoa! “These immunity-building foods will improve your digestion and nutrient absorption, create glowing skin, and improve your mood and brain function.” Not so sure? Bacon swears that rewilding is most delicious (and cost-effective!) with fermented foods like cultured veggies, nut cheeses, coconut kefir, and yogurt. Yum.

6. Opt for lower glycemic foods. Bacon tells us that eating in a low-glycemic fashion will help your digestive system with good bacteria and not candida, which feasts on sugar. “Eating fermented foods will actually *support* your efforts to cut back on sugar,” she notes. So, if you have a sweet tooth, try having a glass of kefir or some fermented veggies to combat your craving instead of giving into the urge for a sugary treat. “You’ll immediately notice brain clarity, elevated energy, tamed inflammation, glowing skin, and access to a steady, calm happiness.” Bacon also sings the praises of organic stevia, calling it a game-changer.

7. Amino-fy. Think of amino acids in terms of your body’s proteins, which Bacon reminds us are the “workhorse nutrients of life, totally critical to happy, healthy, and energetic bodies.” She explains that protein is important to achieving health that glows from the inside out because it builds lean muscles, helps you feel satiated, boosts your metabolism, and aids your cells in tissue growth and repair — helping you truly glisten. “The best way to take care of your amino and protein intake is to eat the right amount of calories across a colorful diet of fruits and veggies (especially dark greens), nuts or nut butters, seeds, and activated foods.” Her faves include pistachios and pumpkin seeds, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, oatmeal, kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, and oranges. Talk about tasting the rainbow!

8. Adopt adaptogens.Adaptogens are plants, mushrooms, and minerals that help combat the effects of stress —whether the source is mental, physical, or emotional,” Bacon tells us. “These are important because they support our innate homeostasis (or bodily balance). These will affect each person in a different way, based on the body’s need.” Since adaptogens work to restore the physiologic functions of the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems, feeding body, beauty, and consciousness from the inside out, they’re the final key to achieving your full-on glow.

Will you try any of Bacon’s tried-and-true tips? Tweet us the deets on how it goes @BritandCo!

(Photos via Amanda Chantal Bacon)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)