As more and more women are facing reproductive health concerns every day, the list of lifestyle changes and to-do’s can become overwhelming. What if improving pelvic health could be easy and fun? Here are 5 simple tips for pelvic health that you can begin practicing today!
Practice Hip Swivels
We live in an extremely sedentary culture, and sitting constantly wreaking havoc on our pelvic health. Pelvic wellness is governed by the health of our blood. Healthy blood must circulate through the pelvis daily. One of the easiest ways to do this is to turn on a song that inspires you to move your body, focusing on shaking your hips. Do hip circles, practice your twerk, get the blood moving and to bring oxygen to your pelvic bowl. Do this for the whole song (or a few songs). You may notice how alive your pelvis feels from this simple practice.
Uncross your legs when seated
Crossing legs while seated is a go-to position for most women. When we cross our legs, we minimize blood flow to our pelvis. Reproductive health is determined by healthy blood that flows freely through the pelvis to oxygenate and energize the pelvic organs and musculature. Crossing your legs while seated shunts nerve-flow, leading to prolonged and continued disconnection of sensation to our lower torso, pelvic bowl, and upper thighs.
Let it flow days 1-3 of your period
The menstrual cycle is a powerful internal monthly detox. Every time we have a period, our body eliminates waste and toxins from our blood and pelvic organs. Our body is primed for this elimination process, and when we hold the blood internally for too long, this can create a toxic overload (toxic shock syndrome). Allow the blood to flow freely particularly on the early end of your cycle, days 1-3. This means no tampons or cups which allows the body to expel physical and energetic debris from the last cycle, helping your pelvis maintain homeostasis.
Add sea salt to your water
The human body is made up of roughly 55-70% water, and when we become dehydrated, our body can’t function in the way that it should. Mineralized drinking water will actually help your kidneys absorb the water necessary to keep you hydrated. Water without minerals in it quickly passes through your system but doesn’t absorb. Up your mineral intake by drinking a glass of water upon waking with a pinch of sea salt in it. Sea salt (Himalayan pink salt, Celtic sea salt) restores the water’s minerals to help your body more easily absorb it.
Urinate to Keep Safe
Urine cleanses the vulva and kills any bacteria which may have been transferred in the process of anything entering or exiting your vestibule and vagina. After sex, masturbation, inserting a tampon or menstrual cup, or after a pelvic exam, urinating right after will help keep harmful bacteria out of your urethra and vagina, preventing yeast infections, Bacterial Vaginosis, and UTIs.
You can take charge of your pelvic health by including these simple practices into your life. We reclaim our power and practice self-care when we center pelvic health.
Denell Nawrocki, MA is an author, speaker, and holistic health expert specializing in Women’s health and wellness. As the author of INFORMED, AWARE, EMPOWERED: A Self-Guided Journey to Clear Paps, Denell guides women on the ways they can self-heal to find cervical wellness through body intelligence, energetics, lifestyle application, a cervical tool kit, and more. In 2016, Denell founded Cervical Wellness, an online-education platform guiding women to self-heal their cervix, as well as reconnect to their female sacred-anatomy in new and empowering ways.