Self-Care Starters

 
 

The body knows when it's out of balance. But sometimes the mind refuses to go along for the self-care ride, and drives us to the doctor's office one day. Before you choose the latter, check out our simple DIY toolkit to put health back into your own hands.

 

01.  Check out your thyroid function

If your thyroid's out of whack chances are a lot of other things might be too — from hormones, to metabolism, to digestion, to energy, to hair loss, to mood. Get your basal thermometer and read these instructions.

via Forefront Health  


02.  Test for dehydration 

Dehydration starts long before your mouth goes dry. And it can easily become a state of being if you aren't consistently supplying your body with water and minerals. Find out how much you need to drink up.

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03.  Read your blood results 

Lab results from blood samples are an excellent way to get information about hormone levels, glandular function, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, liver function, etc. Watch your first lesson in reading lab results.

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04.  Stick out your tongue

Both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine know that the tongue tells a story about our current state of health. For example, geographic tongue suggests lack of digestive enzymes in the stomach. See what your tongue says.

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05.  Monitor your Vitamin D

Beyond bone health, Vitamin D boosts our immunity, reduces risks of cancer, reduces inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease. Are you deficient?

via Vitamin D Wiki →


06.  What about Magnesium?

Magnesium is crucial for making Vitamin D work for you. Magnesium contributes to energy production, enabling enzyme activities, building new cells and mineral balance Without it, not a muscle in our body would be able to move. Need magnesium? Look for these signs.

via Ancient Minerals →


07.  Rate your emotional intelligence

From our bodymind vantage point, we believe emotions are instrumental in personal and collective wellbeing. If you can read Meryl Streep's expressions below, you're in pretty good shape. See how you rank.

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08.  Look at your cervix

One of the most important self-care practices women can do is self-evaluate their tutu. Get a baseline on your cervical health so you can monitor changes.

via Feminist Women's Health Center →