When I tell just about anyone about my life—that I have five kids and a new, demanding business (and still find time to hit the gym)—almost everyone has some version of the same response. How do you do all that without burning out? And it’s a fair question. With so many demands on my time and responsibilities on my shoulders, it would be easy to fall apart at the seams.
We hear about burnout all the time. In 2012, Rihanna was hospitalized (“One morning I woke up and started crying so hard,”) after recording a particularly demanding album. In 2013, Beyoncé canceled a concert in Belgium due to “dehydration and exhaustion.” In 2014, it was Selena Gomez. Arianna Huffington collapsed at her desk in 2007 while she was answering emails due to exhaustion. Fine. We may not be quite as busy as Beyoncé, but the bottom line is that when we ask too much from our bodies and don’t take care of ourselves, we can bottom out.
Our bodies need the proper nutrients, especially when we aren’t getting as much sleep as we should and running at full speed day in and day out. But unfortunately, eating right and exercising isn’t always enough to ensure your body is working at peak performance. That’s why Glo Derma recently teamed up with SpectraCell Laboratories, a company that specializes in micronutrient testing and analysis to measure the function of 35 nutritional components, including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids within the white blood cells so we can analyze the body’s deficiencies and customize a plan designed to ensure your body is working at its best.
I believe that by being proactive about your health, we can help you heal faster, increase energy, sleep better, and slow the progression of degenerative conditions such as arthritis. That’s why we introduced Wellness 360, which assesses your body’s specific deficiencies and helps you address them with a personalized wellness plan using vitamin infusions best suited for your individual needs.
I was the first guinea pig to try out the SpectraCell testing. I sent away my blood, and it turned out that I was deficient in biotin (also known as vitamin H), a group of key nutrients needed for healthy metabolic, nerve, digestive and cardiovascular functions. Despite the fact that I eat a lot of the foods in which biotin is found—fish, avocados, berries, legumes, mushrooms, and cauliflower—my body was depleted. So I started adding a biotin boost to my vitamin drips a few weeks ago. I noticed within a few days that my skin was clearer, my nails were stronger, and my hair was a little shinier.
But those are just the physical differences. Being deficient in micronutrients can be a significant factor in low energy, depression, trouble sleeping, the rate of progression of diseases and disorders, and even learning disabilities and focus.
Most of us don’t have time to be sick. Burnout isn’t really an option—too many people rely on us and need us to be top of our game. So it’s no longer enough to get symptoms checked out when they arise. As a medical professional, I believe we have to work harder to prevent diseases and illnesses. It’s true, plenty of things are out of our control, and that’s why we need to do everything we can to do to impact the things that are within our reach.