The world of health and wellness is ever-evolving, and we’ve got our eyes on the future. Whether they’re touting the benefits of healthy food and clean eating, reinventing the wheel as far as fitness is concerned, or helping us to unite mind, body, and soul through mindfulness, here are 50 wellness warriors who are changing the way that we – and the rest of America – are thinking about our health.
Food and Clean Eating
1. Melissa Hartwig
The co-founder of the Whole30 program changed the way millions of people think about food and wellness. Hartwig, who is a Certified Sports Nutritionist, first developed the 30-day dietary experiment in 2009. Since then, it has become a key for many people investigating their own food intolerances and the way that they approach eating on the whole with a no-nonsense, tough love approach.
2. Nick Green, 3. Gunnar Lovelace, 4. Kate Mulling, & 5. Sasha Siddhartha
The founders of Thrive Market are bringing organic food to the people at lower prices, with a membership-based site first founded in 2014. For every paid Thrive Market membership, a free membership is donated to a family in need.
“Our mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone,” they say.
6. Cassie Johnston
The blogger behind Wholefully has been charting her personal journey with health and wellness since 2010. Johnston’s honest approach has shown that she isn’t afraid of falling down and getting back up again and makes steps towards healthy living achievable for everyone.
7. Diane Capaldi
After she was told that she had an inoperable brain tumor and Multiple Sclerosis, the self-described PaleoBOSS Lady turned to silent retreats, daily yoga, and the paleo diet to heal herself. She has shared her inspirational story via writing and TED Talks, and today she offers her services to individuals, helping them to reach the same awareness as she has.
8. David Wolfe
David “Avocado” Wolfe is one of the most vociferous proponents of a raw food diet. The spokesman of the NutriBullet, Wolfe touts the detoxification benefits of the consumption of raw foods, particularly superfoods.
9. Tal Winter & 10. Kate Cutler
Winter and Cutler are the women behind Bkr, the eco-conscious water bottle that has replaced chemical-ridden plastic for many health-conscious exercisers. The glass bottles are wrapped in silicone casings for easy, safe transportation and hydration.
11. Phoebe Lapine
A self-taught cook, health writer, and blogger Lapine turned to a gluten-free, whole foods diet after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Her journey and tips are chronicled in her award-winning blog, Feed Me Phoebe, as well as her memoir, “The Wellness Project.”
12. Jason Vale
An author and lifestyle coach who has styled himself as “the Juice Master,” Vale claims that raw juicing has helped him overcome his addictions to smoking, alcohol, and junk food as well as chronic psoriasis, eczema, and hay fever. He has published several books, runs juice detox retreats, and owns several international juice bars.
13. Kimberly Snyder
A certified nutritionist, the best-selling author of “The Beauty Detox Solution,” and the creator of Glow Bio, an organic smoothie, juice and cleanse company, Snyder is an active proponent of a plant-based diet. Vogue named her one of the top “results-oriented nutritionists.”
14. Amanda Chantal Bacon
Amanda Chantal Bacon is the founder of LA’s Moon Juice “plant-sourced alchemy.” Moon Juice got its start with its Moon Dusts, consisting of powders made from unadulterated raw vegetables, fruits, petals, herbs, roots, nuts, and seaweeds, but today, the brand also produces organic pressed juices, shakes, and more.
Alternative and Holistic Medicine
15. Chris Kilham
Kilham has conducted medicinal plant research in over 45 countries and works with companies to develop traditional plant-based medicines into marketable products. Also known as the Medicine Hunter, Kilham was dubbed “the Indiana Jones of natural medicine” by CNN.
16. Robin Berzin
Robin Berzin is a functional medicine doctor and founder of Parsley Health. This unique doctor’s office is in line with her philosophy of getting to the root cause of disease rather than just treating the symptoms.
“The best medicine cherry picks from the best of east and west,” she says.
17. Michael Lam
Dr. Lam is one of the foremost experts on adrenal fatigue and was the first to scientifically tie in Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) as part of the overall neuroendocrine stress response continuum of the body. He has dedicated his practice as well as his online presence to offering support to those suffering from this omnipresent issue of the modern age.
18. Joan Borysenko
Borysenko is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. A licensed psychologist and former Harvard instructor of medicine, her work revolves around the all-important link between health, healing, and spirituality.
19. Bernie Siegel
Bernie Siegel is a retired pediatric surgeon who writes about the relationship between the patient and the healing process, notably with regards to cancer treatments. His best-selling book “Love, Medicine and Miracles” highlights this all-important relationship between mind and body when it comes to healing and health.
20. Alejandro Junger
Founder of the Clean Program, Junger first completed training in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases before studying eastern medicine in India and becoming an adrenal fatigue expert. He notably developed vitamin and supplement protocols for Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.