Empowering Women To Achieve Optimal Health
Empowering women is a significant advocacy in this modern day and age. Whether it be career women, female students or homemakers, women play a major role in society. However, because of our busy lives, we tend to neglect our health. Hence, I brought in today Dr. Tasneem “Taz” Bhatia who will explain why empowering women became the focus of her practice.
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia developed her mission of empowering women by accident. She initially went to medical school, gradually took her residency, and eventually worked in pediatrics and at the emergency room. Dr. Tasneem Bhatia loved her job, but as time wore on, she was frequently getting sick from consuming too many sodas and junk food.
Her family, later on, noticed that her hair loss was getting worse. Dr. Tasneem Bhatia developed acne problems as well. Consequently, she knew it was an internal thing and suffered a lot from aching joints as well.
“I didn’t know that essentially, I needed to be gluten-free because the gluten was affecting my thyroid. And my thyroid was affecting my other hormones,” shares Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. “Hair loss comes in different forms, so it’s hard to generalize it. Usually, it is caused by nutritional issues and sometimes hormonal or stress-induced.”
However, despite countless consultations with various doctors, nobody was able to figure out what was the root cause of those symptoms. Hence, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia decided to take matters into her own hands and took prescription drugs. It proved to be a wrong decision since there were numerous side effects like low blood pressure. In fact, the side effects got so bad that Dr. Tasneem Bhatia almost passed out.
Not one to give up, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia looked for other options to healing her body. After intensive study and research, she then discovered Holistic Medicine and the benefits of proper nutrition. She likewise got interested in the principles of Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia eventually realized she needed a formal education in a world opposite from Western medicine. Hence, she did a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil, a famous doctor known as the “guru” of Alternative Medicine.
Fortunately for her, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia’s husband was supportive of her career shift. Dr. Tasneem Bhatia recalls that it was practically a leap of faith. Her husband was just starting his dental practice at that time, and she got pregnant. They had a lot on their plate, but the couple persevered to build their respective practices.
“Every single thing leads to the next. It is critical for us to own the responsibility to take care of ourselves and be able to have the empowered life that we’re all meant to have,” said Dr. Tasneem Bhatia.
Super Woman RX
The story behind how Dr. Tasneem Bhatia’s book, ‘Super Woman RX’ came to be is so endearing! Dr. Tasneem Bhatia relates that there were so many reasons for writing this book about empowering women.
“I felt very passionate about empowering women to achieve what they want to achieve and be who they want to be. My daughter suggested naming the book Super Woman RX because she says everyone calls me Superwoman. That’s how the title was born,” Dr. Tasneem Bhatia said.
Another reason for writing the book was after Dr. Tasneem Bhatia realized there were patterns that her patients were falling into—nutritional, hormonal, emotional, ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Hence, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia felt she was empowering women by helping them identify what their type is, use that information to learn how to eat, live, what best supplements are there for them, and how they should be exercising.
“Trying to relate this concept of power types and the importance of finding your power type, as well as understanding what your power plan should be, is not simple,” said Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. “It was hard for me because I was initially educated in Western medicine but pulling it out of my head was way harder.”
According to Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, there are five main power types—boss lady, savvy chick, gypsy girl, earth mama, nightingale. Consequently, empowering women is all about having an essence of individuality. Each woman is indeed created in a very distinct way.
“We have a shift as women when we can start to identify patterns and trends. Only then can we collectively change ourselves,” Dr. Tasneem Bhatia said.
First of all, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia recommends setting aside at least two to three hours each week for personal self-care. Women take on multiple roles. Hence, we need to make sure we have sufficient energy to keep us going. One way to do this is to take magnesium every night and use essential oils.
“Be alone by doing meditation, yoga or pray to connect with yourself for five to ten minutes a day. Analyze your behavior and understand where the motivation comes from,” said Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. “We have a responsibility to change our DNA. We have a lot of stuff that we’re carrying around internally, but that DNA can change.”
As far as nutrition is concerned, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia cautions on easing up on the sugar consumption and eat mushrooms like the turkey tail. She also advises taking supplements like vitamin D especially during wintertime.
“One way to prevent cancer is by safeguarding against inflammation. Watch your hormones and metabolism. Furthermore, cut down out on consuming wheat, dairy and high meat which is rotten meat,” enumerates Dr. Tasneem Bhatia.
She adds, “Cancer is ultimately not a genetic disease. It is an environmental disease, and until we understand that, we’re never going to solve the whole cancer equation because too many people are fixated on what their gene markers are,” said Dr. Tasneem Bhatia.
Secret of Good Health
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia attests that no matter how much you work on your health until you get the food component of your health right, everything counteracts. Consequently, food is everything and food matters.
“You have to treat food like medicine. Understand the foods you need, where it’s coming from and how it is sourced,” advises Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. “It is also important for women to understand their hormone levels. Lastly, eat right, detoxify, and learn to manage stress, hormones, as well as inflammation.”
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. is a board-certified integrative medicine physician and wellness expert, specializing in women’s health, weight loss, nutrition and family wellness. She is the author of “What Doctors Eat,” “The 21 Day Belly Fix,” and the breakthrough “Super Woman RX.” She has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Today Show, Dr. Oz and Live with Kelly.
Personal health challenges in her twenties combined with a broken health care system motivated Dr. Tasneem Bhatia to pursue an alternative definition of health and healthy living. Early in her medical practice, as a young resident, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia began searching for answers to her health issues. Studying various systems of medicine, she found a wealth of information not yet taught in conventional medical schools.
A pioneer and trailblazer, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia opened her unique and innovative practice, CentreSpringMD (formerly the Atlanta Center of Holistic and Integrative Medicine) in 2009. The practices serve as integrative medical homes for the whole family – from pediatric care to adults, prevention, and advanced therapy for the disease. Expansion continues with multiple locations and providers and the launch of CentreSpringMD Spa and CentreSpringMD Pediatrics.