Shailene Woodley (Getty)
Divergent actress Shailene Woodley isn’t your average 20-something actress. Starting her career as Marissa’s younger sister Kaitlin in The OC, Shailene was nominated in 2012 for a Golden Globe after co-starring in The Descendants alongside George Clooney. What’s more, the Californian beauty is about to star in the upcoming Divergent, the flick based on the popular young-adult book that is set to be the next Hunger Games.
But it's not just her life in front of the camera that is extraordinary. In fact, Shailene is all about organic, clean, simple living rather than the standard glitzy Hollywood fare. And when we say organic, we mean really, REALLY organic.
The actress has been an "avid environmentalist since high school" and is a keen herbalist. Now, in an interview with Into The Gloss, Ms Woodley reveals her quirky beauty rituals - everything from giving her lady areas plenty of sunshine to eating clay to detox her body.
So does eating clay actually work?! It’s certainly not your average green juice. We caught up with nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik to get the full lowdown. “The short answer is yes," she tells us. "Bentonite clay can have some internal cleansing benefits, binding not just to heavy metals but also things like parasites, herbicides and other toxins in the digestive system. It’s actually composed of aged volcanic ash and produces this negative electromagnetic charge when it’s hydrated (i.e. mixed with water) and bonds to the positive charge in many toxic substances.”
Does eating clay work? We ask Eve Kalinik [Getty]
Tempted? Eve’s advice is not to go too hard too fast. “Try half a teaspoon mixed in water and left for 30 minutes before drinking and on an empty stomach. When it reacts with water it swells like a sponge and attracts toxins.” And remember Eve’s golden rule. “At the end of the day clay internally still behaves in the same way we use clay for other purposes, it dries and binds, so too much can most certainly not be a good thing. Also be mindful if you are taking any medications or remedies as the pulling action in the clay may affect these so always consult your practitioner or GP.”
Read on for a recap of Shailene's, err, unconventional health and beauty secrets...
She detoxes by eating clay
“I first heard about the benefits of eating clay from a taxi driver. He was African and was saying that, where he’s from, the women eat clay when they’re pregnant…So, I've discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes.”
She uses vitamin D in unusual ways
“Another thing I like to do is give my vagina a little vitamin D. I was reading an article written by an herbalist I studied about yeast infections and other genital issues. She said there’s nothing better than vitamin D.”
Foraged food from Shailene's Twitter (@shailenewoodley)
She practices oil pulling
“It really makes your teeth whiter, because the plaque on your teeth is not water-soluble, it’s fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth. I prefer sesame oil.” FYI, this practice entails swishing organic, unrefined coconut or sesame oil in one’s mouth for up to 30 minutes, pulling toxins from the cheeks, killing bacteria and whitening teeth in the process.
She forages for her food and beauty products
“I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food. I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils,” she told Flaunt, adding that she also makes her own medicines and cheese: “It’s an entire lifestyle. It’s appealing to my soul.”
She stays active
“I wind down with 15 to 45 minutes of yoga at night… I love to hike, bike, run, jog, walk, and swim… pretty much anything that has to do with nature,” she told Teen Vogue.
She eats clean
“I think it’s easy to not eat junk food, especially when some vegetables and fruits are just as sweet, such as raspberries and beets. When I feel like eating chips, instead of eating potato chips, I eat plantain chips!” she said to Teen Vogue.