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Natural Ways to Maintain a Woman's Good Health

Mar 16th 2011 at 1:15 PM

When we think of women's health concerns, we immediately think of PMS and menopause. But there is much more to being a woman than just dealing with hormonal imbalances. Today's woman assumes many roles: wife, mother, businesswoman, teammate, athlete, volunteer - the list goes on.

With all these responsibilities to juggle, she needs to maintain her health and her energy level. And who wouldn't want more energy? It all starts with sensible diet, exercise, rest and nutrition.

A Few Words About Diet, Exercise and Rest

We all know that hidden fat is common in many processed foods. Once these fats are incorporated into the cells of the body, they can set the stage for disease. Sugar, caffeine and alcohol should also be avoided. Sugar taxes the pancreas and causes blood sugar levels (and energy levels) to go up and down. It can also cause mood swings.

Get rid of sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet, and replace them with protein, high fiber foods (like whole grains) and 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables.

Exercise is the next important element of a healthy lifestyle program. Take up a sport, go for a daily walk, go swimming or cycling or jogging. These are all ways to keep the body in motion and improve health and fitness.

A good night's sleep is one of the best ways to help restore and repair the body, while rebuilding your immune system. It's also good for delaying those lines and wrinkles!

Supplements

B Complex with Folic Acid. Long know as "anti-stress" vitamins, B complex vitamins are used to treat a variety of mental and nervous system disorders. Stress can rob your body of vitamins. Folic acid along with B12 can be used to prevent and treat anemia. Research has shown that folic acid is required for DNA synthesis in cell reproduction. For this reason, it is essential during pregnancy for normal fetal development. Folic acid taken with B12 and Vitamin C allows the body to use proteins efficiently. It can stimulate appetite and support liver function.

Evening Primrose Oil. An excellent source of essential fatty acids and an effective remedy for PMS, cramps and hot flashes. Studies also show that it helps to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and treat skin conditions like eczema.

Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc. Necessary for the development and maintenance of healthy bones, teeth, nails, blood, heart, skin, and nerves. It may also help to improve symptoms such as fatigue, muscle spasms and abdominal cramps and has been proven to help prevent the development of osteoporosis. Calcium is not only the most abundant mineral in the body, but one of the most essential. The body requires it not only for bone health, but for normal nerve conduction, muscle contraction and acid-alkaline balance. Calcium is absolutely dependent on magnesium and vitamins D, A and C for maximum absorption.

Ginseng. Besides acting to energize the system, ginseng can also help stabilize blood sugar levels. It is a very versatile treatment for a variety of disorders such as nervousness, hypoglycemia, fatigue, and prevention of menopausal neurosis.

Black Cohosh. Contains substances known as phytoestrogens, plant constituents that are weaker than human hormones, but which possess estrogenic activity. According to the results of various studies, menopausal women report distinct improvements in hot flashes, sweating, headaches, vertigo, heart palpitations, tinnitus, nervousness, irritability, sleep disturbances, anxiety, vaginal dryness, depression, and it has positively influenced bone resorption.

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