LAURIE STEELSMITH, ND
“Joyful exercise not only works out your physical body but also contributes significantly to your mental well- being.”
“I believe that we’re all born with an inherent ability to create health and wellness,” says Laurie Steelsmith, ND ( drsteelsmith. com), a leading naturopathic doctor and author of Growing Younger Every Day and other books. And she’s dedicated to helping patients unleash that ability. “I love to see the huge transformations naturopathic medicine can bring to people’s lives,” she says. “It is deeply fulfi lling.” But a health condition once threatened her ability to function.
While in naturopathic medical school, Steelsmith was diagnosed with borderline lupus, a potentially crippling autoimmune disorder. “As my condition worsened, I was faced with the frightening prospect of losing the use of my hands,” she recalls. But instead of giving up, she focused on fi nding the root cause.
Months of working with naturopathic physicians revealed underlying food allergies and leaky- gut syndrome, and treating these left her symptom- free. “I knew then that I had found my life’s work, and that this unique form of medicine could dramatically change people’s everyday lives and relieve suff ering in ways that the mainstream allopathic, Western medical model could not.”
HEALTHY FOOD: Green drinks
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Open- water swimming in the ocean in big waves while listening to my favorite music
WAY TO UNWIND: Iyengar yoga
Top Healthy Habits
Exercise, exercise, and more exercise A centering meditation fi rst thing every morning Eating a healthy and varied diet Finding ways to laugh at bad situations
“Everyone is unique,” says Steelsmith, “so the supplements I take are specifi c to my particular needs and not necessarily recommended for everyone.” They include reishi mushroom, zinc, vitamin D, chaste tree berry, and fi ber.