:::A life full of laugher is a life well-lived•
I’m frequently asked what my favorite dietary supplements are for smoothies. I always tell people that it’s preferable to get the majority of nutrients from actual whole foods, but supplements are great additions when we need an extra boost of specific nutrients. With that said, here are some of my favorites! 🌱Green powders: Love these to get more minerals, fiber, and plant-based protein in! Really helpful for folks wanting to transition into more of a plant-based lifestyle. It can be hard to just start eating a bunch of greens if that’s not something you’re accustomed to, so green powders help. 🌱Protein powders: This is what most folks are used to especially in the fitness realm. Really great for those wanting to build muscle mass or for those wanting to ensure they get enough dietary protein. There are a lot of thoughts about which types of proteins are best, and that varies on a case by case basis. While I personally prefer plant-based protein powders, there are benefits to non plant-based protein powders such as whey. 🌱Collagen powder: If you follow my IG stories, then you’ll know I’ve been having a huge collagen moment. Collagen is great for hair, skin, bone, joint, and nail health. Collagen goes pretty well in smoothies, but I like it best in my coffee,teas,&broths because it melts and blends uniformly. While there are a couple of plant-based collagen powders out there, I actually prefer the animal-based ones. 🌱Maca powder: Love love love maca for hormone balancing and overall female health. 🌱Turmeric powder: THE anti-inflammatory wonder of the world! Not the tastiest,but effective. 🌱Seeds: I’m a huge fan of hemp, flax, and chia seeds. Each one is a little different and offers different benefits. Love hemp for its diverse nutritional profile & taste. Love flax for hormone balancing. Love chia for its fiber + omega 3 content. Plus, it has this nice thickening effect when it sits in liquids for a period of time. 🌱🌿🌱🌿 The list goes on! I have a TON more that I use regularly. But, hopefully these few shoutouts help! If you need guidance around brands, doses, or other powder options, reach out to a wellness provider to help you navigate that!
Back in one of my favorite cities! Feels so good to be back on the west coast. ✌🏾 📷: @soliloquyen
Happy Spring dear ones! We’ve survived the deep introspection of the winter. We’ve explored the darkness. We’ve experienced the depth of our emotions. We’ve planted seeds. Now, it’s time to blossom. It’s time to manifest. It’s time to stretch towards the sun and glow brighter. It’s our time to shine! Spend a little time outside to take some deep breaths and let the warmth of the sun kiss your skin. 🌸🌱🌺🌿🌼🌱🌸
I get a ton of DM’s and emails from students and colleagues about how to create a business and perhaps more importantly, how to survive and THRIVE in business. Though I’m certainly not an expert, I’ve picked up some gems of knowledge along the way. Here’s what I’ve learned! ✨Be willing to jump in and follow your heart ✨Trust the process ✨Stay organized ✨Be authentic ✨Don’t take things personally ✨Be impeccable with your word ✨Take care of yourself ✨Be willing to lose a little to gain a lot ✨Share your value with joy ✨Ask for help when you need it ✨Believe in your gifts ✨Keep learning and refining your craft ✨Stay humble ✨Leave space for miracles Now go! Chase that dream of yours! The world is waiting for what you and only you can bring. We need you. Big big big love to you. ♥️
Body in New York. Heart still in Mexico. 🌴
🌿Anti-inflammatories, Anti-oxidants, and gut-healers, oh my!🌿 What you put inside of your body is as important as what you put on your body. I whipped up a gut and skin healing herbal elixir the other day that I wanted to share! 🌿🌿🌿🌿 🌱A little burdock root and dandelion root for some liver cleansing. 🌱A little chamomile and lemon verbena for digestive support and anti-inflammatory actions. 🌱And a little rose and hawthorne berry for a nice anti-oxidizing flavonoid boost. 🌿🌿🌿🌿 Want to learn more about herbs and foods for skin health? If you happen to be in LA next weekend, then you should definitely come to my facial cupping workshop with @natural_feeling_spa on March 24th! Link in bio to RSVP!
See you this Sunday 2:30-4:30 at @healhaus for Community Acupuncture~ Come through for some healing~ Come through for a collective zen vibe~ Music and candles included~ ✨✨✨ Link in bio to RSVP~ •••••••••• 📷: Gorgeous image by the amazing @brocollete
I’ve always fancied a treehouse as my home. Thanks @azuliktulum for making that dream come true at the dreamy IKLAB space. ✨✨✨
🌺roses are red, violets are blue, baby girl don’t worry, all you need is you. 🌺
Feeling so blessed to be in a position to vacation, to meet such beautiful people, to eat such delicious food, to have such life-changing experiences, to just wake up every day really. Thank you Tulum for being everything my spirit needed. I’m going to enjoy these last few days in paradise. 🌴
Enjoying all the fruit, sun, and good vibes out here. [Still on the hunt for some ripe mango though!]😎🌴🍍
First full day of Tulum has been an absolute dream! ✨slept in just a tad ✨read, journaled, and meditated ✨ate delicious healthy food ✨laughed with the locals (who also laughed at me-I really am a jokester at heart ♥️) ✨haggled my way through town and KILLED it (so many authentic and unique Mexican goodies) ✨planned some really cool activities for the rest of our stay ✨thanked God for everything I have because this life is a beautiful expression of endless possibilities
Aaaaaand I’m off to vacation! 🌴 ....But can I confess something to you? I felt so incredibly guilty when I booked this trip in December. It’s funny because I used to chuckle when I’d hear entrepreneurs talk about their guilt when taking vacations or any time for self-care. I used to think “...well, that makes no sense because everyone deserves a break”. But let me tell you how quickly my mindset changed once I opened my practice last January. Don’t get me wrong, my practice is my baby and I love what I do. Every day literally feels like a blessing. But, if there’s anything I’ve learned from being a healthcare provider for a year is that I GET TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF AND LOVE UP ON MYSELF AND REST AND HEAL TOO. I mean whatever, I still feel guilty. LOL. But I’m ok with it because this week of rest will rejuvenate me and fill me up with all the love, joy, and good vibes that I need to push forward and show up as the best Naika I could be. Believe me. I have a love-hate relationship with cliches just like everyone else. But my oh my, how can we adequately give to our loved ones and to our communities if we can’t first give to ourselves? Looking forward to filling my cup abundantly over the next week. Cheers! 👍🏾
Are you coming to my Facial Cupping event at @natural_feeling_spa on March 24th?! What you’ll learn at this workshop: ✅Chinese Medicine approaches to skin health and radiance ✅The connection between skin health, hormone balance, digestive health, and stress ✅How to do Facial Cupping on yourself One topic that I’m especially excited to cover is: the effects of cupping and cosmetic acupuncture on darker skin tones. This is something that was largely lacking in my curriculum so it’s something I’m excited to cover because terms often used in the cosmetology world include “Rose-y”, “red” and “pink”, which actually only accurately describe reactions on fairer skin. I’ll be chatting about the range of beautiful colors you can expect to see in a diverse variety of skin tones. Sign up for this event by heading to the link in my bio. It’ll take you right to the Eventbrite page, where you can RSVP! So excited to glow up with my LA babes! ✨
Me, laughing at the fake blizzard...that never happened. ❄️
I’m constantly asked how I got started and what inspired me. In all honesty, it started with Haitian castor oil, or l’huile maskreti as we call it in Kreyol (…or “stinky oil” as my cousins and I called it growing up). L’huile maskreti is that miracle oil that all Haitians reach for in all circumstances, without hesitation, and for both internal and external use. Every household has at least one bottle, stashed in the bathroom cabinet. It’s just what we do. It’s awesome. 🌿 I’ll never forget when it came to me to write about castor oil in January 2012. I had recently graduated from college & was deep in the medical school application process. I was in a space of exploring my own healing & chose to do so holistically & through the lens of my Haitian culture. I was constantly reading, creating, & experimenting. I remember deciding that I would formalize & share my research into my own culture’s healing practices with the world, using my blog “Naika in Balance” as the catalyst. After writing about l’huile maskreti, I wrote about more & more Haitian healing practices, eventually creating an extensive catalogue of knowledge for myself & for my community. I literally wouldn’t be a Naturopathic physician if it wasn’t for Haitian castor oil, which is wild to think about. Since starting this journey in 2012, so many connections have been formed with loved ones & strangers alike, as we’ve bonded over the love of our culture & the brilliance of our people. 🌿 One of the loveliest connections I formed was with Kat of @kreyolicious . I woke up this morning so sad to hear of Kat’s passing earlier this year. She was such a beacon of love & light in our community, encouraging everyone to shine brightly & beautifully. She wrote to me right after I wrote that first blogpost on Haitian castor oil, & we began a friendship. She always let me know how proud she was of me, & she always shared my work with her audience. I remember how honored I was when she let me interview her for my blog & when she wrote a 2 piece feature on me last year on her site. Today, I want to lift & bless up Kat’s spirit in loving memory.May you rest well in the presence of God & our ancestors.🙏🏾
Guess who’s coming to Los Angeles?! ✨ I’m so thrilled to share that I’ll be hosting a Facial Cupping workshop with @natural_feeling_spa on March 24th! This workshop is all about self-care, whole-person wellness, and natural beauty! ✨ I’ll be talking about the many benefits of facial cupping, the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine as it pertains to skincare, and so much more. We’ll then proceed to the hands-on segment, where you will learn how to do facial cupping on yourself using facial cups from @lotusmoonskincare and incredible products from @natural_feeling_spa . We are going to show you how to unlock that inner glow and shine bright! ✨ This is going to be a super fun and decadent afternoon of self-care and of course...good vibes. ✌🏾 ✨ Cali peeps, this one is for you! Head to the link in my bio to RSVP to this workshop and I’ll see you there!