We expect celebrities to look polished and put together, but not all of them have the kind of inner glow that practically defines Mandy Moore, who turned 35 this week. The This Is Us star, who recently celebrated her star on the Walk of Fame, takes a holistic attitude to health.“I listen to my body,” she says. “I stay in tune with it and what it really wants.”
Moore admits that wellness and self-care wasn’t always a priority when she was younger. "You feel invincible and indestructible," she says, "but now it’s something I value and feel passionate about."
But the actress, singer, and songwriter says is making health a bigger priority in her life—and she shared with us just how she's doing it. "Strict regimens don’t work for me," Moore says. But here are some self-care practices she keeps to help her stay healthy and in shape.
She drinks a big glass of water twice a day
As soon as she wakes up and right before she goes to bed, Moore drinks a big glass of water. "This is a new thing for me," she says. "It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution, but more of an intention. I know I’m starting the day on the right foot and ending it on the right foot."
Getting enough H20 is key to maintaining good health, as your body needs water to properly function. It's how your heart stays pumping—and your skin glowing! Most experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. If you have trouble remembering to sip, consider investing in an insulated water bottle. Fill it up first thing in the morning and drink from it throughout the day. When you start running low, it's a good reminder to fill it back up and take a swig.
She takes her vitamins
Moore is a spokesperson for Nature’s Way, a line of dietary supplements with a 50-year history, and her diet routine includes taking three of their supplements first thing in the morning.
One is vitamin D3. Vitamin D is essential for building strong, healthy bones, absorbing calcium, and reducing inflammation. The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults get 600 IU of vitamin D daily and 800 IU for people over 70. And, you can start by incorporating more vitamin D-rich foods into your diet, like wild-caught fish, eggs, and mushrooms.
Moore also takes a vitamin C supplement, which is essential for supporting a strong immune system and has been shown to have anti-ageing properties that helps brighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. That's why you'll find vitamin C in many face serums and masks. Lastly, Moore takes Nature’s Way's Alive! multivitamin with 16 different health-boosting vitamins and minerals.
She enjoys all foods in moderation
Two years ago, Moore underwent an endoscopy to see whether she has celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder that makes someone adverse to gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. "I found out that I don't actually have celiac, but I have a severe gluten intolerance," Moore says. "So I try to stick to a mostly gluten-free diet. Not super strict, like I'll have soy sauce and stuff like that, but I'll stay away from bread and other big culprits."
Moore says she likes to cook a big chicken and salmon at the beginning of the week, which she'll toss into salads or soups. "We travel a lot. I'm home by myself a lot because of work, so I like to have easily accessible things."
She hikes for exercise
Moore works out with a trainer sometimes or goes to group fitness classes. But she enjoys hiking the most and does it often. "It’s my favourite. It’s what I gravitate toward most," she says. "It’s quiet, uninterrupted, and peaceful."
The connection with nature is important to Moore, and numerous studies show a link between spending time in nature and improved mental health. Apps like AllTrails can help you find hikes near you at various levels.
She has an open mind about holistic practices
Moore is open-minded and curious about all kinds of wellness treatments. She likes acupuncture, jade rolling, and Ayurveda—one of the oldest forms of medicine—and likes breaking a sweat in an infrared sauna, which proponents claim to help with de-stressing, sleep, detoxing, and more.
But there's only so much you can do in a day, so Moore says she prioritises exercise and seeing a therapist. "Therapy and exercise are always going to be at the top of my list," Moore says. "Quality of life is so important. I’m a big proponent of balance and moderation. I want to feel like I’m operating at 100 per cent."
This article originally appeared on Prevention US.