You may consider it cliché, but health is indeed our greatest wealth. Living in societies focused on happiness from material things, retrospection is required to realise how truly blessed we are when we’re in good health. Be that as it may, health isn’t a given, and certain modern-life lifestyle habits, foods that lack nutrition, and environmental pollution (including in our own homes!) can take their toll on our well-being.
That said, it’s your responsibility to do everything to lessen these harmful impacts. Unfotunately, sometimes eating wholesome meals, getting enough shuteye, and exercising several times a week may not be enough. Especially when you’re a woman and you have things called hormones and the endocrine system that are pretty sensitive to external factors, toxins from makeup and cosmetics, and above all, stress.
Hormonal Imbalance, the New Smoking
Rough estimates state that around 80% of women suffer from hormonal imbalances. Not surprisingly, a hormonal imbalance that results from all factors I’ve just covered can lead to various concerns and problems. Among the most common are: mood swings, low libido, irregular and painful periods, unwanted weight fluctuations, fertility issues, sleep issues, skin issues, gut issues, thyroid issues, fatigue, and insulin resistance.
Some of these, if left untreated, can easily lead to more serious and life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. After my recent scare of hypothyroidism (covered in the weight loss tips text) and the risk of eventually developing an autoimmune disease, I’ve taken matters into my hands by substituting my toxic cosmetics with natural formulas, finding ways to unwind and relax, improving sleep and my physique.
And, most importantly, by boosting my nutrition with carefully chosen supplements like quality vitamins for women. I’ve made sure to pick products free from allergenic ingredients such as GMOs, wheat, gluten, fructose, soy, egg, artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, and preservatives. This way, I support the healthy function of the endocrine system, avoid hormonal imbalance and the issues it brings about, plus prevent future problems from arising.
Now, before I cover my daily essentials, I need to point out that what works for me may not work for you, so check with your physician to see what your requirements are for optimal health. Once they point you in the right direction, it’s important to keep up with the daily recommended dose for desired effects.
Multivitamin Formulation for Women
Often, despite our best efforts in maintaining a wholesome and nutritious diet, we end up with deficiencies in some of the most crucial vitamins required for our bodily functions. My first line of defence in preventing issues is the BioCeuticals formulation of vitamins for women that also have some crucial minerals, with active ingredients like pomegranate and KSM-66® withania herb.
Women’s Essential is perfect for offering the needed support for glucose metabolism, bone health, healthy blood, and thyroid function. Some of the basics that are ideal for a woman’s well-being are the B vitamins, such as B6, B9, and B12 needed for brain function, nerve function, energy, cell health, digestion, and appetite.
Then, the formulation also offers the daily dose of vitamin D and the right form of vitamin K (K2) which is crucial for bone strength, mood health, and as a defence against inflammation. Vitamins A and C help with the immune system, gum health, as well as eye health, and skin health combined with zinc.
Herbal Mix for Women
To support my hormonal balance, and reduce premenstrual tension and menstrual cycle irregularity, I count on the help of Aussie brand ATP Science’s women’s supplement Venus E-Tox. Some of its active ingredients are chaste berry (Vitex agnus-castus), broccoli sprout powder, daikon radish (Raphanus sativus) powder, kelp and rosemary leaf, and levomefolate calcium.
In addition to assisting with menstrual symptom reduction, this formula is also effective in supporting natural liver cleansing and detoxing (of utmost importance in the world we live in today!), relieving mild fluid retention, reducing headaches, supporting the reproductive system, relieving mood swings, and bloating.
We don’t always think of the importance of this mineral, however, it’s crucial for a woman’s health because the body requires it to produce the thyroid hormones (T3 and T4). The thyroid gland controls the metabolic rate and how your body uses energy, but it’s also significant for cellular health.
So, maintaining optimal health is important for your overall well-being because once something’s off, you’re going to experience issues with the heart rate, weight, menstrual cycle and fertility, and sleep. Some conditions, like hypothyroidism and pregnancy, require more iodine in which case it’s advisable to consider oral supplementation.
Iodine supports are also great for heavy metal and halide detox, but also for supporting the production of stomach acid, improving cognitive and cardiovascular health, and boosting the immune system besides offering benefits of hormonal balance.
This is one type of women’s supplement you definitely won’t want to miss out on. Although we don’t always realise there’s a connection between gut health and health in general, some scientists consider the gut as the body’s second brain. It’s so connected to your brain, that having problems with the intestines could lead to stress, anxiety, or worse – depression. With this in mind, it isn’t something you should take lightly, and when reaching for support from supps, you can count on a whole scope of benefits.
In addition to a healthy gut, with the restoration of the normal flora, and an improvement in digestion, probiotics formulated specifically for women can also be of use in maintaining a healthy vaginal microbiome, preventing UTIs and skin issues like rosacea and eczema, and boosting fertility and weight management. In short, they’re a true woman’s best friend!