JOY STEPHENSON- LAWS
“It’s very important that as women, we educate ourselves about what nutrients we may need to adjust at different periods in our lives.”
Nearly 30 years ago, Joy Stephenson- Laws founded a law fi rm that specializes in healthcare, and she continues to be its managing partner. Over the years, she says, “I saw fi rsthand how the lack of credible and easy- to- understand health information negatively aff ected lives, and I was determined to do something about it.”
She became a health advocate, founding two nonprofi t organizations, The Bili Project ( thebiliproject. org) to fi ght bile duct cancer, and Proactive Health Labs ( phlabs. org) to educate people about health and provide nutritional testing. She’s also the coauthor of Minerals— The Forgotten Nutrient.
Along the way, a personal health challenge helped fuel her mission. In her early 40s, her doctor predicted that even with a healthy diet and exercise, she would inevitably need medications to control menopausal symptoms such as hot fl ashes, depression, diffi culty sleeping, weight gain, and water retention.
Not ready to accept such a fate, Stephenson- Laws dove into research and found that nutritional testing was vital. For example, she learned that her body couldn’t absorb vitamin C well from food and most supplements, but liposomal vitamin C solved the problem and improved her energy, mood, sleep, and resistance to colds. And the doctor’s prediction never came true. “Being nutritionally balanced and performing some type of physical activity allowed me to skip the symptoms,” she says.
HEALTHY FOOD: Avocado PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Playing golf and walking the course WAY TO UNWIND: Listening to music and playing with her four German Shepherds
Top Healthy Habits
Avoiding processed foods and soda Getting enough exercise to maintain healthy muscle and keep body fat below 26 percent Periodically testing nutrients and keeping them balanced Drinking alkaline water
Based on nutritional test results: liposomal vitamin C, vitamin D, B complex, and magnesium.