LAU­RIE STEELSMITH, ND

Better Nutrition - - NATURAL BEAUTY -

“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.”

Per­sonal Fa­vorites

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

Sup­ple­ments

“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.

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