You’ve heard that “age ain’t nothing but a number” – but what if age wasn’t even a number? Dr. Christiane Northrup, ob/gyn, NYT bestselling author, and the ultimate women’s wellness warrior, is determined to change the conversation around aging, arguing that we are entitled to thrive and flourish at all stages of life.
After decades spent helping women redefine how they understand their bodies and processes, Dr. Northrup took her teaching to the next level with her NYT bestseller, Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being. Goddesses Never Age is the modern day manifesto for truly ageless living – and a staple on our TCM bookshelf.
Earlier this year, we sat down with Dr. Northrup to learn her top five tips for growing older in style – today, we’re digging even deeper to find out what it is this wellness Wonder Woman does to stay vibrant and, yes, ageless, herself. You can bet we’re taking notes…
Living Well With Dr. Christiane Northrup
My daily supplements:
Vitamin D 6,000 IU. USANA My HealthPak customized (includes omega 3s, coenzyme Q10, antioxidant formula, and minerals.) Also probiotics, digestive enzymes and Pueraria mirifica.
Sprouted quinoa, raw milk Greek yogurt, berries.
5 things always in my medicine cabinet:
Arnica 30X, hydrogen peroxide, lavender essential oil, rose essential oil and tea tree oil.
High intensity interval running (30 seconds running/1.5 minutes walking, eight times) through the woods.
Once a week for my health I:
Get a one hour massage.
Best fast food option:
Chipotle Grill: beans, organic chicken, guacamole, greens, iced tea.
Best healthy restaurant tip:
Skip the bread. Enjoy dessert and share it with everyone if you decide you want it.
At least once a week I cook…
Can’t live without my:
Bathtub! And epsom salt baths.
If I could give just one piece of health advice it would be...
Access the power of Divine Love, first and foremost. As in, “Seek you first the kingdom of heaven and all else will be added onto you.”
Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver. The Mind Body Code by Mario Martinez, PhD. Being at One with the Divine by Robert Fritchie.
Go-to health resources:
Crazy health idea that actually works:
Stop giving your age. Step out of the cage of age. Make 21 the last number you actually associate with a birthday.
Health trend to skip:
Routine annual physical exam.
My health passion:
Getting assisted stretching from Bob Cooley’s elite trainers.
My food philosophy in one sentence:
Eating organic natural food is like breast feeding from Mother Earth herself.
Sleeping as long as I need to.
Simplest way to improve health:
Walk barefoot on the earth and watch the sunset regularly.
Fave healthy getaway:
My back yard.
My current mantra:
“It all comes to me. And it just keeps getting better and better.”
Dr. Northrup’s Ginger Smoothie
2 organic cucumbers, chopped (if you can’t get organic cukes, just peel them)
thumb-sized piece of raw ginger
2 handfuls raw organic spinach
juice of half a lemon
½ organic apple (Granny Smith is good)
Put everything through a juicer.
Compost the fiber that is left, or use it to make crackers in a low oven or dehydrator.
Turning 62 in a couple of months…working in public schools (my 40th year) sure doesn’t lend itself to weekly massages, but I DO see the sunrise every morning during my run/bike or swim, eat TONS of bread (because I like it and I need the carbs/calories) and am up at 4 to be at work by 7. Everyone knows how old I am, and I am proud to tell them. I run circles around the ladies/guys at work, including the little ones (special needs preschoolers) with whom I work. My daily/weekly routine allows me to be training for my 124th triathlon. Skipping the Swim from Alcatraz this year due to paying off the house and work schedules. Saving for a small boat trip in Alaska next year. Never. Too. Old.
Wowww! You are a true inspiration, and just plain awesome! 124th triathlon?? RESPECT!
I LOVED reading that!! Good for you – not that 62 is old, I just come from a mother who really fears aging and its been a challenge for me to get (and keep) a new mindset for myself as I age. So I really appreciate reading about women who are continuing to kick a** 🙂
just want to say that I just turned 72 and I am still going strong in spite of several health challenges. I paint, do a bit of Tai Chi and Yoga. Take care of three horses on 10 acres, and do a lot of reading. Last year I earned a certification in Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning.
What keeps me young? Curiosity!
Cheryl, your comment has inspired me more than I can say!
What a wonderful post! As always = love your input. Thanks for sharing.
Why is “Routine annual physical exam” the “HEALTH TREND TO SKIP”?
That annual exam seems pretty important to me — while I understand the aim of trying to live a life that is not ruled by the fear and expectations surrounding age, I don’t think that means we should pretend that we aren’t aging and forgo routine checkups to make sure all is well . But perhaps I misunderstood what she means here and/or there is more to her response than is given. Could use expansion!
I would also like to know!
Me too! I have to have one to qualify for a reduced health insurance premium at work.
I don’t agree with that answer either. Yearly physical exams can help catch health problems early, leading to better health outcomes. They are generally non-invasive and provide insight into changes from the year before.