Here, the former I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! star gives WHO the lowdown on her own health journey and why she’s determined to help other Aussies start theirs...
Congratulations on the new show! Can you tell us a little bit more about it?
I would describe it as a bit of a joyful exploration of what options are available to us in the beauty, health and wellbeing market. It’s basically me setting off on a bit of an adventure. I speak to wellbeing experts and try to draw out the most insightful, informative information for viewers, which hopefully makes them more open-minded as to what else is out there and what could enhance their life.
Have you always been so health conscious?
Absolutely not [laughs]. I was quite sporty growing up, really into my netball and basketball, and had quite a sporty family. But in terms of what I was eating, it makes me cringe a little bit now. If only I knew what I know now!
What kicked off your health journey?
I fell ill in my early 20s with an autoimmune condition [Martin has been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome], so I had to change my entire diet, which was probably one of the things that was really different moving forward from that point.
What’s your approach to more alternative forms of beauty and wellness practices?
I’m very open-minded. In saying that, you know, I use conventional methods as well. I’m not someone who won’t take antibiotics when I need it, I’m very much practical and make decisions as to where I’m at and what I need at the time.
Are there any wellness trends you have personally really loved?
I found my health and even my happiness really improved – so much so that I got one for my family home – with an infrared sauna. It’s just changed everything for me!
I feel like I was doing a lot of detoxing over the years, a lot of really strict diets and things that my health experts were encouraging. But when I use the infrared sauna regularly, I honestly feel like my skin is more clear, my mind is more clear and I have more energy. It’s just been a really great health tool for me personally.
Do you have any health and wellness tips for those who are just starting out?
Start slow! Try not to adopt too many new ways of eating or exercising all at once. I can only speak from a place of someone who had an autoimmune diagnosis and it felt like I was given all of this information and all of these things that I had to do straight away. And it’s really hard to get your head around trying to introduce new things.
Can we expect a second season?
I think there’s so much more that we can explore in the industry of health and wellbeing, and I’m really loving how open-minded people are being about the various options that are out there. There are so many things I tried that I wish I knew about earlier. So giving people the ability to see various products and services that may improve their quality of life is a bit of a gift. I feel really, really blessed to be able to host a show like this!
(Watch Natural Living with Tegan Martin on 7Flix or stream on 7Plus)