Whether you know her face from Instagram or your recipe book collection, you’ve no doubt heard of Jessica Sepel before. She’s a clinical nutritionist, a best-selling author, an international health blogger and the face and voice behind JSHealth and @jshealth.
Passionate about helping people overcome fad dieting and disordered eating – having gone through her own struggles with food – Jess’s philosophy is focused around balance, rest and building a healthy relationship with food.
She recently launched the JSHealth App, which features a world-first nutrition clinic, hundreds of healthy recipes, a daily meal planner, health guides, body love support and much more. And, if she wasn’t busy enough, she’s just dropped her newest addition to her vitamin range of the same name.
haven sat down with Jess to talk her latest release, the benefits of vitamins and why they may be a busy parents’ secret weapon.
Tell us a bit about your vitamin range, JSHealth – what sets it apart from the rest?
I’m passionate about helping people improve their overall health and happiness, which is why I created JSHealth Vitamins, my own range of nutritionally formulated vitamins. I’ve always been obsessed with vitamins and when I was working in a clinic as a nutritionist, I saw first-hand the therapeutic benefits of vitamins. The most important thing when creating our vitamins was purity and ensuring that we sourced premium ingredients. Our kelp, for example, is sourced from the pristine waters of Nova Scotia, ensuring that it’s the best quality.
Can you share a bit about your new Skin + Digestion vitamin? What benefits does it offer, and what ingredients make it so special?
This vitamin was created based on feedback from our community. So many people struggle with common skin conditions such as acne, pimples and skin eruptions and as a nutritionist, I can tell you that our skin health and gut health is interrelated. So, when creating a supplement to promote skin health, it must also aid our gut health.
Our Skin + Digestion formula contains vitamin B2 and vitamin C that maintain and support skin health. Vitamin C maintains and supports connective tissue health, collagen formation and wound healing. Zinc relieves the symptoms of acne, pimples, and minor skin eruptions. Burdock is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as a blood cleanser and to relieve minor skin eruptions and symptoms of mild eczema and dermatitis.
On the digestion front, the vitamins contain turmeric, which is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve digestive discomfort and to promote bile secretion. Zinc maintains and supports gastrointestinal system health. Vitamins B5 and C, and zinc assist in the metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
How did the process of developing JSHealth come about – has this always been in your long-term plan, or do you feel it’s been a spontaneous yet natural progression from your work in nutrition?
JSHealth evolved organically from a blog and dedicated Instagram following. Now, it’s a fully-fledged business with full-time employees, a website, an app, an 8-week program and our range of vitamins.
Should everyone be taking vitamins? If not, what are some of the common issues someone might start taking vitamins to address?
Where you source your nutrients and minerals does matter. I’ve spent two years formulating a product to ensure the ingredients are very high purity. I’ve ensured that my kelp comes from pristine waters as opposed to polluted waters. It really matters that my supplements are of high quality.
Also, I’ve ensured that the dosage of my product is quite potent. The maximum iodine you’re meant to have a day is 300mcg and mine contain 275mcg, which shows that we’re giving the maximum, most potent amount in one go. Unlike other supplements, the JSHealth vitamins only need to be taken once a day. People often forget to supplement twice a day, so I wanted to make it as easy as possible.
Speaking broadly, what are some differences a person might notice when they start taking vitamins?
It really depends on the person, as we’re all biochemically unique. Generally speaking, it takes around three to six weeks for noticeable changes. That said, we have received feedback that people have experienced increased energy and hair thickness almost immediately after taking our Hair + Energy Vitamins. And others have noticed improved skin health within days of taking our Skin + Digestion Vitamins.
Tell us about your favourite vitamin in your range – which one works the best for you?
I think my favourite one has to be my latest Sleep + Calm tablets that are coming out next month. I tend to struggle with sleep and since taking them I have never slept better – genuinely.
Which vitamin might busy parents/mums (our readership) be most interested in trying for themselves?
I would say the Hair + Energy for energy production and post-partum hair loss – which is a really common issue. We’re also coming out with an amazing multivitamin for energy, stress and immune function which almost every mother needs help with.
What has the response to JSHealth been like?
Incredible. Honestly, I could have never imagined the response we’ve received with the brand, the vitamins and the app. We’re constantly receiving messages and transformations form our community. From weight and hormone balance to improved skin and energy levels, it’s incredible to see how far reaching the effects are! Every day, I wake up and feel blessed to do what I love and help people reclaim their health and happiness while doing so. It’s a privilege and something I never take for granted.
What’s next on the agenda for Jessica Sepel?
JSHealth is constantly growing an evolving. We’re working on some incredible new vitamin formulations, releasing my third book and updating our JSHealth App every week with new recipes, clinic guides, body love content and so much more! Stay tuned.
JSHealth Skin+Digestion vitamins – the run-down…
Skin: Skin + Digestion contains Vitamin B2 and Vitamin C that maintain and support skin health. Vitamin C maintains and supports connective tissue health, collagen formation and wound healing. Zinc relieves the symptoms of acne, pimples, and minor skin eruptions. Burdock is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as a blood cleanser and to relieve minor skin eruptions and symptoms of mild eczema and dermatitis
Digestion: Turmeric is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve digestive discomfort and to promote bile secretion. Zinc maintains and supports gastrointestinal system health. Vitamins B5 and C, and zinc assist in the metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates.