Acclaimed Health Educator & Health Coach, Daphne Javitch, believes that “we are each designed and hard-wired to express health”. Join The RéView Editors as they learn more about Daphne’s unique and uplifting approach to skin health and wellness.
Skin Health & Wellness with Daphne Javitch
Q: Tell us a little bit about your nutritional journey and how you found your calling working with clients on integrative nutrition.
A: I struggled with debilitating periods since I was 13 years old. When I was 34, a cyst burst on my ovary, multiple other cysts were discovered, and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis. At the time, I had just started learning about cellular health and I decided to explore a holistic approach before following allopathic doctor's orders (immediate surgery and birth control). Within 6 months, my symptoms were in remission. I also quit smoking after 15 years! I began to relate to my body in a new way. As a woman in fashion, I had spent most of my life harshly criticizing my body and approaching "health" from the perspective of my physical appearance. Something had shifted. I realized that my passion had changed, and my profession would soon follow. I studied with teachers in New York and then became certified as a Health Educator at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida. I started my private practice in 2015. As a coach, I guide people (both individually and in groups) towards improving their daily life and long-term health. My approach focuses on gentle and sustainable adjustments that have a big cumulative impact.
Q: What type of skin issues do your clients face when they come to see you that may be a result of other challenges (diet, lifestyle, etc.)?
A: Eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry skin, itchy skin, food allergy/stress related skin issues, mystery flare ups, skin recovery (post-partum, post medical intervention, post weight gain/loss)… You name it!
Q: Do you think food and lifestyle affect skin?
A: Without a doubt! It's becoming more widely recognized that both food and lifestyle have an impact on most health conditions.
Q: What are some common food causes for skin inflammation, dryness or breakouts that people may not know of?
A: Dehydration is universal, and I think most people don't realize that they're dehydrated. Labels can be deceptive, so it must be kept in mind that packaged/processed foods don't improve or enhance healthy skin. Beyond those two, it's unique to the individual. Some people are sensitive to high histamine foods while others may react to common allergens (wheat, eggs, nuts, dairy, shellfish) or nightshades.
Q: What are some of the foods that you encourage clients to add to their routines to experience skin improvements?
I emphasize unpackaged, unprocessed, single ingredient, whole and natural foods. And, of course, lots of water and an abundance of leaves and veggies which are water containing, rich in vitamins, minerals, as well as disease-preventing phytonutrients (aka antioxidants). I also encourage clients to incorporate fresh green juices or smoothies into their morning routine.
Q: Is water as important for skin as we are told?
It's even more important than we're told! Water is an affordable way to age backwards. Water creates buoyancy in our cells which plumps up dull, tired skin. It also aids in the elimination of toxins through sweating, for example. Furthermore, it improves circulation, reduces inflammation, relieves constipation, curbs cravings and energizes the body. Water is a GAME CHANGER.
Q: What supplements do you suggest for clients who are looking for glowing skin?
A: Regular sleep, stress management, social connection, laughter, veggies and green juices, fewer packaged foods and more home-made meals. Less technology and more community!
Want to learn more about Daphne? Visit her website www.doingwell.com or follow her on Instagram @doingwell.