Although the market for supplements is huge, not all of the choices in that market are healthy! “Garbage in garbage out,” as George Fuechsel said. Most health and fitness experts agree. The type of supplement that you take is very important - simply grabbing random over the counter supplements will not give you much for your money.
Women especially should learn the protocol behind proper supplementation. Pregnancy, social pressure and weight fluctuation are just a few of the stressors that can cause a woman's body to burn through nutrients like a blue flame. Although 84% of people believe supplementation works, natural supplementation is the best - supplements that allow the body to heal itself. Here are 12 herbal supplements that every woman should be taking.
You may think that calcium in only beneficial for your bones, but you’d be wrong. Although calcium is an essential mineral for bone health - especially as women grow older - it it by no means the only use for calcium. Sufficient calcium can help improve reproductive health and even help with hot flashes! While you can get most of your calcium from your regular diet, there are also calcium supplements available.
Many people know about green tea, but they do not know just how effective it actually is. The theanine in green tea helps with weight loss by naturally raising the metabolism. The caffeine in the drink helps to suppress the appetite. It also tastes good with a bit of honey.
White Bean Extract
Phaseolus vulgaris is the active ingredient in white bean extract, and it is a natural herb that prohibits the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar. It does not unnaturally suppress the appetite like many synthetic supplements.
Getting enough iron in your diet is essential for robust health and energy. Iron helps keep the oxygen in your blood, and iron deficiency can lead to stress, fatigue, and exhaustion. Apricots, spinach, eggs, and red meat are all great sources of iron. But if you’re feeling tired even with the proper diet, consider an iron supplement.
If you’re having troubles with your reproductive health, consider increasing your Vitamin E intake. While Vitamin E is usually associated with skin care - and it does have great benefits for your skin - it can do so much more. Increasing your Vitamin E can help with hot flashes, muscles cramps, and vaginal dryness.
If you often have problems with menstrual cramps, consider ginger before you reach for an aspirin. Ginger directs blood flow to the pelvic region and can help relieve pelvic congestion and blockages. Try a soothing ginger tea the next time you’re suffering from menstrual cramps.
If you live a stressful life, then your body has higher rates of cortisol than normal. The stress hormone cortisol will give you muscle tension and headaches if you are not careful. However, Ashwagandha will work as an anti-aging element of your body by moving blood into the reproductive organs. This is also a great supplement for women going through menopause.
No, we aren’t talking about licorice candy. Licorice root is a powerful herbal supplement that can help regulate hormone production and treat symptoms of adrenal exhaustion. This great herb can also boost your immune system and relieve headache.
Also known as stinging nettle, this is one of the best all-around herbal supplements for women. It is a rich source of iron, calcium, and Vitamin A and can also be used to decrease inflammation.
This herbal supplement is a powerful nerve and muscle relaxant, and is one of the most useful uterine tonic herbs. It is often used as an alternative to hormonal therapy to treat symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, excessive sweating, and vaginal dryness.
Yarrow is a great go-to herb for treating fevers and colds. It can also be used to reduce excessive menstrual bleeding, ease menstrual cramps and regulate your menstrual cycle. If used externally, yarrow can be used to treat hemorrhoids and rashes.
If you’re having digestive troubles, consider a mugwort tea or herbal supplement. Mugwort can be used as a digestive tonic and a uterine stimulant. In young women just starting menses, mugwort can calp regulate their menstrual cycles.
"Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness," as Edward Stanley once said. In order to maintain a modern level of productivity, most women will need supplements. Experiment with the list above until you find the mix that is right for you. Make sure that you always consult your physician before taking on any major changes in your diet or your lifestyle, including supplementation.
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Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.