well-being can be a billion dollar company, but the world is small. We’ve known mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob for years. Its OG health platform has been a go-to for health-conscious people since 2009.
When the trusted platform launched a line of science-based supplements, we knew they would be a hit from the start. Our editor used their daily multi to fill in the gaps, their collagen powder brought us back to one of our favorite lattesand their vitamin D is a timely, high dose staple. You can order any of their supplements with our exclusive code CHALKBOARD20 and get 20% off your first mindbodygreen purchase.
We caught up with Jason to ask him (what else) about his daily routine – nothing is more telling, what supplements he’s loyal to and what else is on his radar in the wild transition times we now live in…
On Wellness Tech, Coffee + A Good Routine with Jason Wachob,
The founder of mindbodygreen
What are the top wellness habits in your morning routine lately? After about a minute of silent prayer or meditation, I go straight to our espresso machine and make a double. Then I will take 3-4 glasses of water with our probiotic supplement+. It’s the only probiotic blend in the world with this four-strain combination, specifically designed to relieve bloating, an issue I’ve had for years.*
nothing better than a double espresso. What is your opinion of coffee in general? So much coffee, always black. We just moved to Miami, and I like to walk for coffee in the morning before our girls wake up, so I’ll do that after I have my double espresso. That said, once in a while, I’ll have a coffee with homemade ghee with Dave Asprey’s Danger Coffee.
You’ve seen it throughout the years at MBG. What have been the most exciting developments in space? The two that come to mind are at opposite ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, I think the technological innovation is incredibly impressive with wearable technologyand then on the other side of the spectrum, I’m still impressed by the practices and traditions that have been around for thousands of years.
Wearables have come a long way. We’ve moved from just tracking steps to tracking more meaningful metrics like HRV and resting heart rate, and it looks like there’s still a long way to go. i like it too breathing is front and center. We take over 20,000 breaths a day and the simple practice of breathing through your nose (not your mouth) has huge, proven health benefits. We talk about everything from sleep to stress to immune function. So simple and free.
You have amazing work to do – the site, the podcast, the supplement line – you are also a husband and a father. What is the key to maintaining energy? Did I mention I love coffee? I practice intermittent fasting daily — from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., depending on how I feel — and eat mostly plant-based during the week. My favorite lunch is a monster smoothie that features our chocolate beauty and intestinal collagen+, alongside MALK almond milk, a handful of arugula, an avocado, as much nut butter as I can fit, and frozen fruits and vegetables. I like broccoli and raspberries or blackberries. This smoothie works wonders for me and is my go-to lunch Monday through Friday. I always feel better afterwards.
Sleep is obviously huge, and I swear by our sleep aid+which I take every night 2 hours before bed with our calm +. For me, this is a powerful and long-lasting combo that helps me relax before bed and ensure deep, restful sleep.*
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You started out as a publisher, but have grown in this world of supplements. What were you most looking forward to accomplishing? Cardiovascular problems run in my family, so I wanted to get more sophisticated around health testing in my 40s. As I felt fine, I was shocked to discover that I had suboptimal methylation, exorbitant homocysteine levels, and the MTHFR gene variant (which half the population has, by the way).
A few months after targeted supplementation with a specific range of bioactive B vitamins and betainemy methylation function and homocysteine levels were stellar.* This combination became our methylation carrier+ product and the inspiration behind our mbg supplements+ range. I feel like this formula saved my life, and I’m beyond grateful to be here to tell this story to bring you the product I’m most proud of.
Wow! Yes, supplements are a modern non-negotiable, yet many of us are overwhelmed by it all. What do you wish more people knew? We at mbg agree – supplements are non-negotiable. This is especially true with certain nutrients that are difficult to consume in adequate amounts through diet alone (or, in the case of vitamin D, through diet and sunlight alone) – such as vitamin D, omega -3, vitamin C, vitamin K, key B vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. This realization led to the creation of our vast ultimate multivitamin+ (for women and men), plus bioactives designed for longevity.*
When we consider the basic needs of the average American, daily essentials like a complete multivitamin, high potency vitamin D3, and a sustainably sourced omega-3 supplement with enough EPA and DHA are a good starting point.
What are some of the key things every consumer should know about buying supplements? Above all, we must remember that supplements are designed to meet unique health needs, whether it’s a basic need like a lack of nutrients or a more targeted need like sleep, resilience stress, regularity, etc.
Ask yourself what your desired health outcome is. Then find out how science says meet it with high quality ingredients.
Read supplement labels— does the product actually have the dose it sells on the front of the packaging? Is this dose clinically meaningful based on science? Are the ingredient forms gentle and bioavailable? Are the ingredients from a clean, high-quality source that has been tested for purity? Is there a more sustainable option?
Consumers should also research the brand they buy supplements from. Trustworthy supplement brands take real steps to create an innovative and effective product. Value is rooted in the quality of a supplement’s ingredients, sources, potency (meaning science-backed doses), and packaging – do your research before you buy.
What are your main resources for getting advice on this topic? We partner with functional medicine physicians, nutritionists, researchers, and a wide range of other experts to enrich our knowledge and portfolio of supplements. But our referral source is the resident nutrition scientist, Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., RDN.
Dr. Ashley spearheads the formulation of mbg supplements, tracks the latest scientific advancements (to lead the supplement production process and ensures that we share the latest research in our articles) and reviews the content of educational supplements (including articles, emails and videos) for scientific accuracy.
You can find Dr. Ashley’s expert insights and professional opinions on supplements at mindbodygreen.com.
For scientific studies and reviews published in peer-reviewed journals, PubMed is our go-to source. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center at OSU are also amazing resources.
Finally, the podcast is full of great pros – Which guests and topics do you find most fascinating right now? I am very passionate about the subject of longevity and for our 400th episode we have compiled the greatest nuggets of lifetime and lifespan advice we heard on the podcast. Consider it the ultimate longevity installment in our established and thriving library of incredible doctors, experts, and deep dives into emerging science. So I think this show is a must!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.