Well Women

Being a woman means so much: with the ability to give birth; to be at the beck and call of family members; and to run homes and businesses, (often simultaneously) and then not only bringing home the bacon but cooking it as well can be challenging.
We quizzed a few women about what it means to be a woman. The first answer was: "It means to be tired." The next one was, "it means to learn to breathe more deeply". 'Multi-tasking' came up a few times, of course there were other liberating and celebratory views but underpinning everything was that being a woman comes with challenges. Another response was, "to get over being a martyr and to practice self care". This last comment inspired us to look at useful supplements especially for women. Whether it's PMT, having a cure all for family gripes, looking after a growing baby, falling pregnant or staying in top form for multi-tasking, you can give yourself the best chance of good health by taking the right supplements on a regular basis.

B vitamins are essential and will help with energy metabolism; take a multivitamin as well and don’t forget Vitamin C which helps the body to absorb those important B vitamins and iron. For better sleep try herbal Valerian and make sure you aren’t deficient in magnesium. For mood balancing take 5-HTP or St John’s Wort.

The correct weight, exercise, and a good healthy diet should be first on the list. Too many bad calories and unnatural foods can cause insulin insufficiency and estrogen dominance. A good multi-vitamin will ensure you are not missing any vital vitamins or minerals, Vitamin C will help with inflammatory conditions, blood flow and immunity, and a Super B complex will increase ovulation quality and conception ability. Folate is an essential supplement to guard against possible birth defects and Evening Primrose Oil helps to produce quality cervical mucous and increase chances of conception.

Throughout pregnancy, take a pregnancy safe multivitamin with Folic Acid. Iron is also important. Make sure your multivitamin has enough calcium to ensure the baby develops strong bones and teeth and healthy nerves and muscles. Essential Fatty Acids like Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are important for the growing needs of the baby’s brain, nerves, and eye tissue. Vitamin D also helps build bones and teeth and assists with maintaining adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus. If you lack Vitamin D, your baby will also be lacking. This creates the risk of rickets, abnormal bone growth and delayed physical development.

Important supplements that help reduce PMS symptoms are calcium, magnesium, Chaste Berry, Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil. Calcium (+-1200mg daily) needs to be taken for three months before symptoms are noticed. Magnesium (+- 200mg daily) can reduce bloating, fluid retention and tender breasts by almost half. Herbal Chaste Berry has shown to be effective in reducing irritability, mood swings, headaches, moodiness and tender breasts. Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil will help to prevent breasts from becoming tender before and during menstruation.

“Wellness Warehouse strives to help you live life well but because we are retailers and not medical practitioners we cannot offer medical advice. Please always consult your medical practitioner before taking any supplements, complementary medicines or have any health concerns and ensure that you always read labels, warnings and directions carefully, prior to consumption.”