Dr. Nadia Musavvir is a naturopathic doctor, health and beauty expert.  She’s also a certified health coach, trained in functional medicine, craniosacral therapy and therapies using platelet rich plasma.

With her extensive medical training, she incorporates Eastern and Western medicine to identify the root cause of a health issue, and begin restoring the body’s normal physiology.  Based in California, she is passionate about empowering women to listen to their bodies to achieve lasting health, and takes pride in helping her patients go from simply “getting through the day,” to feeling energized, healthy and radiant.

Curious to learn more, we recently jumped at the chance to ask Dr. Musavvir some questions of our own, including what a natural beauty like her keeps in her fridge!  Here’s the healthy scoop:

Q: You posted on Instagram “evolving involves eliminating”. Can you elaborate a bit more on what this means for our health and wellness?

A: I believe that in order to become your best self you need to clear the path and remove whatever is in the way to allow for complete healing and overall wellness. You can’t grow into your picture of health (or any goal in reality) by continuing old habits that have proven ineffective. On a physiologic level, wastes can slow and stop many cellular processes, namely detoxification processes. In order for these processes to return to normal function, the waste has to be removed and whatever is causing the waste to build up has to be removed. I believe this elimination process applies to various aspects of a person for healing and therefore optimal function.

Q: Recognizing beauty starts within, what are your thoughts on cosmetic enhancements, such as fillers, Botox, lasers? Aside from eating kale, let’s be honest, women and aging have it tough and standards are high.  For example, 50+ is looking pretty darn good these days – especially if you’re Cindy Crawford or Sandra Bullock who are showing no signs of real aging (!).

A: Yes, I recognize beauty starts from within and to me that means taking of care of yourself to feel better which always radiates and makes a person more beautiful. I also recognize how a woman takes care of herself can vary and may be in the form of green juices/healthy lifestyle, skincare, or cosmetic enhancements – or all of the above!

In a perfect world, we would all embrace the aging process, live a healthy lifestyle to minimize the rate at which we age and be happy. For some however, embracing the process entails enhancements along the way and I don’t see a problem with that. After a certain age eating kale alone definitely won’t cut it depending on your goals and ideals; skincare regimens and procedures should all be adjusted to age and individual needs to attain the desired outcome.

I do believe that the approach in reaching this goal should be holistic though—addressing physical needs, internal imbalances, emotional complexes –to yield not only the desired result but contentment upon reaching it. The contentment is key in my opinion; without it you have a constant search for the next and newest and it will never really make a difference.

Q: We love following you on Instagram, particularly for your focus on practicing self-love.  Seems like you really believe that is part of being healthy?

A: Thank you :). I believe one hundred percent self-love is a part of being healthy. I have yet to meet someone whose health doesn’t improve upon adding the element of self-love. More and more research is proving the connection between mind and body and I’ve experienced myself the key role that self-love plays in health. You can’t make lasting change if the changes don’t come from a place of loving yourself.

Q: If you had to pick 3 supplements every woman should take, regardless of age, what would they be?

A: Magnesium, fish oil plus a probiotic.  (Learn more about magnesium, and why she says it’s absolutely essential for everything (!).

Q: What about protein powder?

A: I am a fan of protein powder as a way to ensure adequate amounts of protein in the diet but not as a sole source of protein. My favorite types are hydrolyzed grass fed beef protein, collagen protein and hemp protein.

Q: As a busy practitioner in LA, you must witness some powerful transformations. Like women who come to you with severe adrenal exhaustion as an example. What are some other health issues or trends you’re seeing more of in your patients, requiring your care and counselling to overcome?

A: I’m seeing a lot of issues stemming from “toxicity overload” (whether environmental, physical, and/or mental, emotional) and resulting in issues such as chronic digestive issues and hormonal imbalances including young women with either menstrual irregularities/fertility concerns after stopping years of birth control, along with PCOS and overlooked thyroid dysfunction.

Q: Like you, we’re big fans of Oprah and Deepak’s meditation series.  What have you learned, and/or why would recommend this to others?

A: I learned how to quiet my mind. I remember a big struggle for me was quieting my thoughts and being present; figuring out HOW to get to that point. I’ve listened to many guided meditations, but none have provided the motivation or consistency to keep practicing like this one. And because you can listen to it as a program, it encourages on-going engagement and commitment.  However you choose to meditate, it’s a great way to slow down, while providing the ideal “training” to be more present in every moment.

Q: Last, can we get a photo of the inside of your fridge?  Champagne bottles, coffee creamer, and all? Lol.  Or maybe you can list the food and kitchen staples you always have on-hand?

A: Absolutely! I think being transparent is so important. Social media allows us to show how we want to be portrayed and can be so damaging for people. As you’ll see, my fridge is a bit empty currently as it’s been a busy week and my husband and I will be out of town for a few days. We tend to keep some staples such as eggs, turkey bacon, cooked quinoa, cooked lentils and nut milk. As well as seeds to put in our smoothies and salads. Typically, we’ll have some leftovers from our favourite Pakistani restaurant – when we’re craving food similar to our moms’ cooking. Along with a LOT of sauces to make our own healthier versions of dressings, condiments and base dishes. And La Croix of course :).

For more on Dr. Musavvir, visit: www.drnadiamusavvir.com