A PURA Muse is a woman who inspires us with their content, business, work ethic, values or beliefs. This woman is aligned with the goals and motivations that we strive for each day here at PURA Botanicals (if they are already a PURA lover, it makes it all the better!). Our muse is working to elevate their community through their business, volunteerism, or their commitment to wellness, and they consistently advocate for well-being & intentional living.
THE PURA MUSE JUNE 2022: MEGHAN KENNEDY BRIND
Meet Meghan Kennedy Brind, PURA's June 2022 Muse. Meghan is a passionate health & wellness advocate and the founder of NaturoDetox - a website offering a selection of personally tested and curated products for your mind, body and home as well as a resource for learning more about natural and functional medicine. For Meghan, the road to NaturoDetox was one of necessity - finding no answers from the medical community after experiencing chronic health symptoms, she delved into Naturopathic Medicine - and now she desires to share healing resources with others.
Tell us a bit about your health journey and how it brought you to founding NaturoDetox…
My healing journey began during my early twenties, when I started experiencing chronic symptoms, lasting well over a decade. With little to no answers from the medical community, the process of trying to find a ‘cure’ became wholly exhausting. I grew tired of the perplexed expressions and closing doors, so I finally took matters into my own hands. I left my career in teaching and enrolled in the Naturopathic program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (I am currently licensing). After graduating, I continued to scan the globe for information by delving into the functional/integrative world of medicine. Slowly, I finally began to uncover truths about myself, my condition, and my healing journey forward. Through copious amounts of research and interaction with some of the best functional doctors, researchers, and authors, I began to see how patterns of toxicity (and hence inflammation) were extremely common in almost all chronic symptoms and diseases. I began incorporating proper detoxification protocols and products into my daily routine, and combined with other diet and lifestyle factors, the veil of illness began to lift. After healing myself, I became determined to share with the world what I have learned. NaturoDetox was born from my story of healing, and I want you to have access to the information and products that can help you live the best version of YOU!
What are your top three summer wellness tips?
- Hydration (from a good quality water source).
- Morning sun to set tone of day, improve mood and nervous system support.
- Eating fresh, local and organic. Hello Farmer's Markets!
Great skin is often referred to first as an ‘inside job’...what are your tips for achieving optimal skin health from the inside out?
You’re absolutely right - our skin is our largest detox organ. It is imperative that we support gut health and proper nourishment of our other detox organs, such as the liver and kidneys, in order to have the ‘glow’ we all seek. Problem skin is often caused by poor gut microbiome, sluggish drainage and weakened or stagnant detox organs. Working one on one with someone you trust and is knowledgeable on proper detoxification is your first step.
There are some really simple things you can do to encourage your drainage systems to move and gently detoxify (which will all help to improve the skin!):
What are your favourite PURA potions? Why is using non-toxic skincare important?
Princess Clementine Lite - The subtle clementine and vanilla aroma is so refreshing and gentle to the senses. I loved the light feel of the lotion on the skin, making it so enjoyable and easy to use. My skin felt so alive and refreshed for the day - it was incredible!
Overnight Watermelon Mask - I love the versatility of this formula! Its luscious and thick texture is so nourishing for the face and can be used as an overnight 'mask' or daily lotion under makeup. The watermelon scent is incredibly refreshing and dissolves all of my hard to treat dry spots. One of my favourites for sure!
Hyaluronic Ruby Serum - Who doesn't love a completely natural and healthy way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles?! My face feels so hydrated and youthful when I apply this formula. So light and luxurious!
It is imperative to be using non-toxic skin care for so many reasons. Due to the large volume of skin absorbency, it is the fastest and easiest route for the body to accumulate toxins. As a result, a build up of toxicities can cause an array of skin and health issues such as hormone imbalance, acne, accelerated aging, etc. Switching to clean beauty products is one of the simplest ways for people to begin gently detoxing and allowing their detox organs to avoid stagnation and overwhelm.
Discovering PURA has been such a treat for us at NaturoDetox. The market is inundated with skin care products and we are approached quite often to sell various companies products. Most simply do not carry the quality we are seeking. PURA's products are not only completely free of any chemicals or harmful agents, they are made in-house to ensure that their standard of quality is priority. This is not just a skin care company, but a lifestyle brand centering on clean and sustainable living. PURA has mastered the scent and texture level of any skin care company I have ever tried. The quality is undeniable and so are the results.
What’s on the horizon for NaturoDetox and how can we tune in?
We have some great plans coming in the fall of 2022 and hope you can share the journey with us. Our hope is to continue to build a community of health - accessible, current, and an unbiased knowledge base of the best products on the market.
If you haven’t listened to our podcast, The NaturoDetox Show, it’s a great way to learn incredible health knowledge from experts all over the globe - without the astronomical fees associated with seeing these practitioners!
Where will you be spending the summer?
We usually spend part of our summers in Cape Cod, however this summer we are staying local at our cottage/home in the country. We also venture out for little weekend getaways, but lounging by our pool with friends and family seems so fitting this year! It goes so quickly, so I really just want to savour it as best I can!
Follow along with Meghan on Instagram, visit NaturoDetox online or tune into her podcast.
Interview and article by Marla Boehr