Your Healthiest Self
Welcome to Week 3!
In week 3, we cover:
- Why it’s important to exercise and how it benefits the body
- Hormone spotlight: estrogen
- Stress and anxiety reduction using mindfulness and optimizing digestion
Make sure to get this week’s homework at the end of the page!
We will discuss the homework and any questions you have at next week’s live Q and A.
Benefits of Exercise
Why do we need to exercise? In this video, Victoria discusses the conditions for which exercise is important.
All About Estrogen
Dr. Liz breaks down what estrogen is, and how it impacts your body and your health.
Digestion is just as important as the food that you are eating. At the end of the day, you are what you absorb, not what you eat. For optimal digestion, it’s important to practice mindful eating as discussed in the previous week’s video by Dr. Rehan. Another thing to remember is to keep stress down throughout the day, by using mindful micro-practices, and giving your mind the chance to “unplug” and feel safe.
Micro-practices are ideal for those who are too busy to meditate. They are short, mindfulness breaks that help ground you and bring you back into the present moment. Perform this 3 minute mindfulness micro-practice daily to bring down stress levels, and optimize your digestion throughout the entire day.
Mindful Movements and Stretches
Another great way to bring attention to the present moment and relieve bodily stress is to perform mindful movements and stretches. Here is a video demonstrating stress relieving stretches you can perform in under 10 minutes. Aim to perform these 3 times per week.
Herbs for Digestion
If you have performed the micro-practice daily, and the stretches above 3x/week for 2 weeks, and you are finding that you still have a hard time digesting, you might want to try some herbs to improve your digestion.
Two of the more common herbs used to heal the lining of the gut are marshmallow and slippery elm. You can purchase them in a tea form from retailers such as Blue Mountain Tea Company, by sending them an email asking for a tea made with the two herbs, and brew as per their directions.
Exercise 1 – Band Pull Apart
Exercise 2 – Rows
To be filled out daily for 1 week. Just mark off what day you performed the exercise and give a brief description with how you felt; good, bad, easy, hard, pain in this particular spot, etc.
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That’s it for week 3, stay tuned for week 4!
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