In this interview, popular holistic physician Dr. Christiane Northrup shares her top 10 tips for women’s health:
- Get enough sleep: Proper sleep is essential for optimal health, and it helps metabolize stress hormones better than any other known entity.
- Meditate for at least 3-12 minutes each day, to calm and soothe your mind.
- Begin your day with a positive affirmation.
- Exercise regularly. Ideally, aim for a comprehensive program that includes high intensity exercises and strength training along with core-building exercises and stretching.
- Breathe properly. When you breathe in and out fully through your nose, you activate your parasympathetic rest-and-restore nervous system, which expands the lower lobes of your lungs, and therefore engages the vagus nerve.
“Relax the back of your throat. So many women have thyroid problems – it’s from chronic tension here; because you’re pretty sure your feminine voice isn’t going to be heard. It hasn’t been heard for 5,000 years. You’re not alone. But it’s being heard now,” Dr. Northrup says.
- Practice self-love and unconditional acceptance. Northrup suggests looking at yourself in the mirror at least once a day and saying: “I love you. I really love you.”
“After 21 days, something will happen to you. You’ll see a part of you that looks back at you, and you begin to believe it. ‘I love you. I really love you.’”
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. Get your vitamin D level checked. Ideally, you’ll want your levels within the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml.
According to Dr. Northrup: “Sunlight is not the enemy. It’s lack of antioxidants in your diet that is the enemy. Natural light is a lovely source of vitamin D; you can’t overdose. But many people – to get their levels of vitamin D into the optimal range – are going to need 5,000 to 10, 000 international units per day. So, vitamin D is important.”
- Cultivate an active social life; enjoy some face-to-face time with like-minded people, using social distancing and proper masks.
- Epsom salt hot water baths (20 minutes, three times per week) are a simple, inexpensive way to get magnesium into your body.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each night, before you go to bed, write down five things that you are grateful for, or five things that brought you pleasure.
“Remember: every emotion is associated with a biochemical reality in your body. So, you want to bring in the emotions of generosity, pleasure, receiving, and open-heartedness. The same things that create heart health create breast health.”