words. Odyssia Houstis
photography. WelleCo + Ellen von Unwerth
issue 6 – reinvention

@ellen von unwerth | elle macpherson in elissa poppy, wolford + alexis bittar

Dr. Simone Laubscher, a leading expert in wellness and health, is the driving force behind Rejuv, a holistic health brand, and formulates the WelleCo collection of ingestible beauty supplements alongside the iconic Elle Macpherson. Dr. Laubscher’s extensive knowledge in nutritional medicine has been pivotal in formulating WelleCo’s array of products, blending science with nature to offer unparalleled wellness solutions. Her partnership with Elle Macpherson, which came about when Macpherson sought her help in improving her own health, was not just a meeting of minds but a fusion of visions – to create a wellness line that is not only effective but also rooted in scientific principles and natural ingredients. The company’s range of elixirs and health products has not only garnered a loyal following but has also been recognized with numerous awards. Our exclusive interview with Dr. Laubscher explores how to rejuvenate our bodies and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

In today’s fast-paced world, many people are overwhelmed with stress, tight schedules, and constant distractions. For those feeling lost in their routines and wanting to improve their health, a common question is: what is the first step toward healing and rejuvenating their body? Dr. Laubscher emphasizes the importance of individual wellness journeys amidst the overwhelming wellness space. She highlights the seven wellness pillars, acknowledging our uniqueness yet shared biological makeup, the same 11 systems, and 100 trillion cells in our bodies. The seven pillars of wellness are crucial in order to have a healthy immune system, and they are: Sleep, Movement, Environment, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Body Balance, and Supplementation. She debunks one-size-fits-all health protocols as bad science, advocating for personalized approaches.

Dr. Simone Laubscher suggests starting with a free online quiz based on seven health pillars to pinpoint your top three health priorities. The foundation of this approach includes using WelleCo’s revolutionary supergreens powder The Super Elixir to balance the body’s systems, alongside incorporating WelleCo’s Sleep Welle Tea for supporting better sleep. Additional specific protocols for goals like weight loss or gut health can complement the foundational regimen temporarily. For more personalized guidance, she offers personal consultations to craft custom protocols, emphasizing the body’s natural healing abilities and the need for cellular functional support, drawing from her own experiences and clinical success.

She has been involved in formulating products for both Rejuv and WelleCo for 20 and 10 years, respectively. Rejuv is a practitioner line targeting specific health issues with 35 products, while WelleCo offers a broader range of wellness products, featuring elixirs and immune supplements. Dr. Laubscher highlights the non-competitive, distinct nature of the two lines, both of which she passionately formulates and uses personally.

Dr. Simone discussed her battle with breast cancer and her husband’s severe depression, from which they both recovered. These experiences prompted them to study neuroscience, realizing the necessity of incorporating mental health as a crucial component of overall well-being. They recognized that despite following six health pillars meticulously, including diet and exercise, their mental health was neglected. This led to the addition of the seventh pillar, mindfulness, which she views as essential to holistic health, equating physical health without mental wellness to a body without a head.

When asked about the overwhelming presence of supplements online and if taking too many supplements can be harmful, she emphasizes the potential downsides of excessive supplement intake, particularly synthetic ones. Dr. Simone cautions that overconsumption burdens the kidneys and introduces unnecessary elements into the body. She notes that plant-based supplements like those from WelleCo or Rejuv are safe and will be naturally absorbed by the body.

Dr. Laubscher also emphasizes the importance of timing and routine in consuming supplements. She advises against mixing supplements with tea or coffee and suggests taking vitamin D and omega-3s at night with fats for better absorption. Her approach to supplementation is holistic, considering the body’s needs throughout the day, from morning hydration to nighttime wind-down routines. Furthermore, she touches on the benefits of protein intake, particularly post-exercise and during afternoon cravings, to support physical and mental strength, aiding in making healthier choices throughout the day.

Dr. Simone Laubscher

Dr. Simone Laubscher speaks passionately about her personal journey from obesity to anorexia and bulimia, linking these experiences to her development of a metabolic reset pack. She emphasizes the significance of blood sugar regulation in overall health, mentioning its impact on hormones, mental health, and body fat. She advocates for natural methods over injections for those who don’t medically require them, highlighting her new blood sugar balancing pack and related protocols available on her website. She regards blood sugar control as a top biohacking tool. Additionally, she discusses the components of her blood sugar balancing pack, which includes ingredients like Indian barberry (berberine) and an antioxidant complex, designed to mimic the effects of medications like Ozempic but through natural pathways. She emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet alongside these supplements and her commitment to using these methods personally for over 20 years.

Dr. Laubscher excitedly shares that her ongoing Masters in neuroscience might extend into a PhD. This deep dive into neuroscience has profoundly influenced her approach to patient care. For Dr. Simone, the day now begins with mindfulness, prioritizing mental health even before discussing diet. She emphasizes the importance of self-talk, comparing it to conversations with a best friend, as a critical first step in her treatment protocol. For Dr. Laubscher, these practices are not just professional protocols but personal ones, integrated into her life and those of her family and patients. She reflects on how her journey and insights from neuroscience research have been transformative, leading to a radical shift in her health approach at Rejuv and WelleCo, and in her personal life.

WelleCo introduces “The Evening Elixir” and talks about a breakthrough in the realm of “ingestible” beauty. The chocolate elixir is consumed hot and promotes relaxation and skincare during sleep. It contains natural vitamin C from Acerola to support collagen, niacin for healthy skin, and magnesium for nerve and muscle function. A soothing blend of passionflower, chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm contributes to relaxation. An evening beauty ritual with a rich chocolate taste – and only 13 calories. WelleCo co-founder Elle Macpherson emphasizes the transformative effect of the elixir on sleep and skin. Available worldwide from January 18, 2024.

For more information about WelleCo please visit welleco.eu.

words. Odyssia Houstis
photography. WelleCo + Ellen von Unwerth