Women are complex, and our health issues deserve special consideration. We have a plethora of hormones that are constantly fluctuating, and imbalances in these leave us with all sorts of symptoms and conditions. Most of us have resided our fates to having acne, painful periods, fertility issues and crazy menopausal symptoms, normalizing these symptoms to “just a part of being a woman”. However, we can all learn to break the cycle of suffering from these symptoms and to take charge of our bodies, and we can do it naturally.
In this 5-part women’s health blog series, we will be discussing some common conditions we treat women for and will give you tips on how to combat these naturally.
Generally for women’s health, age is only one factor of hormonal health. Diet, environment and lifestyle habits also play a major role in how our hormones behave throughout our life. So what are some things you can do to improve your general health as a female?
Are you taking these supplements?
B-vitamins are required for red blood cell production, nerves, energy, stabilizing mood, reducing PMS symptoms and improving our cycles. We often don’t get enough B-vitamins, especially from our standard North American diets, and every woman can benefit immensely from adding a B-complex to their day.
Magnesium levels fluctuate during a woman’s cycle, and increasing our magnesium intake can help significantly with headaches, bloating, cramps, water-retention and sugar-cravings, all symptoms most women experience at some points of their lives.
How’s your diet?
Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, collard greens, cabbage, etc have compounds called indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which help to detoxify unwanted hormones from our bodies, improve hormonal balance, and reduce cancer risk. These should be added in raw or cooked forms every day to our diets.
If you are concerned about your health, talk to your Naturopathic Doctor today. We are experts in women’s health concerns, and can help you work towards feeling your best.
Stay tuned next week for tips on Taking Charge of your Menopause!