Did you know that the uterus produces hormones that enhance immune health and emotional mood? Here are 5 steps to improve and protect uterine health and your overall health (even if you don’t have a uterus):

Step #1 Straighten Up–Sitting at a desk all day, in cars and even on the couch after a long day compromises the blood flow and compresses nerves connected to the uterus and ovaries which can have a detrimental effect on your health and hormones. If you spend much of your time sitting, get up and move as often as possible–your body will thank you! If your work requires being at a computer frequently, consider transitioning to a stand up desk. Research shows it can add years to your life and keep you feeling better. I recently switched to a stand up desk and it feels great!

Step #2 More Iron Please–Good mineral intake is extremely important for every stage of life. Many women can frequently become anemic without realizing it. I know this because it’s happened to me and it can wreak havoc on your health. New research shows that iron supplementation can help reduce PMS. If needed, iron can give you more energy and revitalize you no matter what age you are. If you frequently feel tired, dizzy, have fibroid tumors, have breast fed your children, are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding during peri-menopause, have PMS or just feel run down, get tested to see if you might be anemic. Eat plenty of iron rich foods such as spinach, artichokes, beans, or dried fruit and consider a gentle iron supplement to restore your blood and boost your energy.

Step #3 Supplement with Chasteberry–Also, known as Vitex, research shows that supplementing the herb Chasteberry can reduce menopausal symptoms as well as PMS. If you take any medications or think you might be pregnant, always check with your health care provider before you start taking herbs and consult a qualified herbalist to find out the correct dose for you.

Step #4 Get Some Sunshine–For everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, this is an important time of year to begin to get out and receive some nourishing Vitamin D from the sun. Use hats and other coverings much of the day and take at least 20 minutes several times a week to expose your arms and legs to the sun and let your skin begin to assimilate this essential nutrient that has such an powerful, positive impact on your hormones, bones, brains and so much more. While you are outside, let yourself relax, connect with nature and unwind.

Step #5 Eat More Super Foods to Boost Your Energy and Health–This is great news because many of the super foods such as Raw Virgin Coconut Oil, Goji Berries, Olives, Acai Berry, Figs, and Chia Seeds are delicious. Choose two or three you like the most and incorporate into your daily diet. Every month, try a new super food and notice how you feel!

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