A-list actresses seem to effortlessly ooze good health with their flawless skin, luscious locks and toned bodies. But it’s amazing what all that glitz and glamor can cover up.
Hollywood actress Maggie Q knows this only too well. Born in Honolulu, Maggie Q has always embodied high energy, strength, and incredible fitness both on and off the screen.
As a broke student, who’d only left Hawaii twice in her life, she followed a modeling career to Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong in order to make money to go back to school. One thing led to another and eight years later Maggie Q ended up a fully-fledged action superstar in Asia after bursting onto the Hong Kong movie scene. This led to huge action blockbusters back in the US such as Mission Impossible III (alongside Tom Cruise) and Live Free or Die Hard (alongside Bruce Willis). She secured the title role in CW’s action-thriller Nikita, played the kick-ass Tori Wu in the Divergent trilogy of films and you can currently see her as ballsy Agent Hannah Wells on ABC’s Designated Survivor, alongside Kiefer Sutherland.
Often utilizing martial arts in many of her roles, it was, in fact, Jackie Chan that first got Maggie Q trained up in the field. When she was very young and working in Asia, Jackie noticed her and immediately had his team of guys start training her in different martial arts disciplines. He then cast her in his Rush Hour 2.
Maggie Q is incredibly proud of her physical skills and has said that though many think it comes easily to her she is truly working her butt off to make it believable in every role.
But Behind Closed Doors Maggie Q Had a Secret
Though she was portraying all of this energy, health, and highly skilled athletics, Maggie Q was actually feeling quite the opposite – she was constantly exhausted and battling a swollen, bloated belly that robbed her of her confidence. Further compounded by the tight costumes that she was forced to wear for her hyper-athletic characters. Maggie says,
“It made me feel so unattractive. So I started eating well, but I was still feeling bad. Irritable bowels caused me to bloat and I felt tired all the time. I would have puffy eyes – even when I would get enough sleep – which made me look like crap and hurt my confidence even further. Little did I know, it was all related to digestion.”
This from a woman who has more images online of her crazily-toned stomach than anything else.
After feeling less than herself for what Maggie Q confesses was an incredible 12 years, and with no tangible help from doctor after doctor, she knew that she had to empower herself. She began actively researching everything she could about attaining optimal health. and discovered that digestive issues affect people of all shapes, sizes and diets. Which began to make sense as though she had changed her diet for the better, and cut out all the foods she was told were bad, it didn’t seem to help.
During this research, Maggie Q came across Dr. Edison de Mello and his Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica CA. It was Dr. de Mello who was finally able to lead her back to full health. Which, she notes, was beyond anything she was doing on my own. Says Maggie,
“I’ve never experienced such a comprehensive and loving approach to understanding my own body.”
The Birth of ActivatedYou
Dr. de Mello is the founder of the world-renowned Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, CA.
He is a member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM), The Institute of Functional Medicine (IMF), The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), The American Association of Integrative Medicine, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
At the Akasha Center, Dr. de Mello has treated thousands of patients using his signature east-meets-west approach to total-body wellness and now with his joint venture with Maggie Q he feels that he can reach even more people.
Maggie Q and Dr. de Mello became fast friends and after Maggie’s years of anguish they discussed how they truly wanted to help other people that may find themselves in the same situation. People who may find themselves without a support network or solution. So they set out to create something and that became, ActivatedYou. A platform, educational program and supplement system that people could actually follow and be a part of. A community of optimal health.
Too often people are given a product and then left to their own devices but the duo didn’t want to work that way with ActivatedYou. They wanted to create a community for those who were challenged by their health just as they both had been. One that would support people on their individual journeys back to health. That also had the potential to further help friends and families of those people to find access to information that might also change their lives. In Maggie Q’s words,
“Dr de Mello and I knew that we were going to create something together that was going to help people… We didn’t want to just create a product. We wanted to create a community.”
The ActivatedYou Probiotic System
Maggie Q refers to the effects of ActivatedYou’s Probiotic System as a “magic moment”. Though you can never tell when it will happen for each individual – perhaps a few days or maybe even a few weeks – it will happen. And that magic moment is, she says,
“When you wake up one day and realize that something is different. Your senses are more powerful, you’re more alert, you’re more centered, and on point. The air feels crisp. Your body feels alive. Your serotonin levels have soared, and you just feel like everything is, is right. Then you realize that’s the way you were supposed to feel all along.”
How do ActivatedYou Probiotics Differ From Other Probiotics?
When the latest advances in science meet the wisdom of Eastern tradition, the wellness possibilities are endless. Maggie Q and Dr. de Mello’s ActivatedYou probiotics are made from a unique proprietary blend and are one of the only probiotics on the market backed by real human clinical studies. Something, she says, that one only needs to feel to believe.
Their powerful 30-strain Advanced Restorative Probiotic blend is formulated to help optimize your digestive system from the inside out. Which can mean smoother digestion, reduced gas and bloating, improved mood, and immune function.
Today, science and clinical studies are consistently showing what Hippocrates tried to tell people centuries ago – that good health begins in the gut. And not just gut health, all health.
ActivatedYou’s Advanced Restorative Probiotic is one of the most potent probiotic formulas on the market today and is medically formulated to revolutionize your health. It starts by colonizing the digestive system with billions of healthy bacteria to improve overall digestive health and comfort and to help your body perform at its peak, day after day. It also improves mood and energy levels and works to enhance immune function, encourage radiant skin, and leave you with fewer frustrating health problems.
In an effort to make their mission sustainable, Maggie Q and Dr. de Mello keep the environment in mind every step of the way. That means using recycled packaging whenever possible. They also use top-of-the-line amber glass bottles to package supplements, and are committed to using green packaging in all new products that are created in the future.
Maggie Q, The Advocate
Not one to shy from the spotlight, Maggie Q has long been an advocate for those in need. She is a passionate vegan and animal rights activist, posing for several PETA campaigns – in not much more than lettuce leaves – and in 2008, she earned the honor of becoming PETA Asia-Pacific’s “Person of the Year.” She also co-produced the documentary Earthlings, about our dependence on the animal kingdom for economic exploitation, that was narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.
She also advocates for martial arts on the screen. When she went into production for The CW’s Nikita series she actually set up training for herself and the rest of the cast when there wasn’t the money available to train them. She felt that it was important that everybody in the show was incredibly believable so for the three weeks prior to filming she had them trained so hard that they could barely walk. For the good of the production, of course. And it worked.
Maggie Q has been known to say that eliminating meat from her diet was one of the best things she’s ever done, however, she found that even going vegan wasn’t enough to shift her digestive issues. So she became her own self-prescribed doctor, and researched everything – from supplements to cutting-edge doctors.
She wanted to design ActivatedYou to inspire communication between people struggling with health issues, especially those that were at their wit’s end trying to find solutions from doctors. Maggie Q wants to empower people to not only take care of their bodies but to understand that they have the power to actually change their own health.
Maggie Q believes that to help someone, you need to treat them as a whole person – mind, body and spirit. The exact same philosophy that has driven Dr. de Mello’s entire career.
As a platform of like minded people, ActivatedYou, is a place where even those with hectic schedules can get quick, accurate information to help them live their healthiest, happiest life.
Maggie Q’s Personal Commitment
Through her own personal experiences, Maggie Q has been driven to educate not only those around her, but to actively participate in creating a new framework for the health of many more.
Her friends will tell you that Maggie Q knows more about how to look and feel your best than most nutritionists or dietitians. Purely because Maggie’s struggle with her own health led her to undertake such extensive nutritional research,
“I’ll get texts in the middle of the night from people going, ‘You know, Maggie Q, I’m feeling this way,’ or ‘I have this infection,’ or ‘What do you think and what can I do?’ It’s hilarious, and I am not a medical doctor. I’m just somebody who’s self-educated, really.”
If you’re struggling with digestive issues, you can be comforted by the fact that even an A-lister understands your anguish. In fact, she felt just as bad about herself as you might currently feel. She understands what it’s like to get no answers from the experts, to feel like no one believes you, and to feel like there is no hope. So much so, that she desperately wants to make sure that as many people as possible never feel like this again.
ActivatedYou was built to help all kinds of people achieve optimal health – you need not be a Hollywood star or an action hero (though we’d all love those abs).
In fact, Maggie Q believes so wholeheartedly in this product that it’s also 100% backed by a moneyback guarantee.
But mostly she believes in her product because it’s part of her own daily existence. In Maggie Q’s words,
“I can confidently say, ‘I trust this product’. I take it myself.”