According to a recent study, the use of complementary medicine among women is on the rise with over 80% using natural products. Mounting science and research on these products combined with greater interest in prevention has lead to widespread use of natural remedies. Here are some of my top recommendations to consider for managing common women’s health concerns.
Problem: Hot flashes, night sweats
As women approach menopause the change in hormones can unpleasant trigger symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings.
Solution: Add phytoestrogens (tempeh/soy) to your diet. These foods can help reduce hot flashes and provide other health benefits. Fish and omega-3s offer benefits for stabilizing mood and are also good for the skin and heart. Red clover can reduce hot flashes and night sweats and improve other menopausal symptoms. To address post-menopausal health issues, look for Promensil Women’s Health. It contains red clover along with lutein, coenzyme Q10, omeaga-3s and vitamin D to support the health of your eyes, heart, brain and bones.
Problem: Dry/thinning skin
After age 40 collagen production declines and that can lead to wrinkling of the skin. Sun exposure, smoking and stress are other factors that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. Hormonal changes that occur with aging can contribute to thinning and dryness of the skin, including sensitive vaginal tissue.
Solutions: To keep skin hydrated drink plenty of water and include healthy fats in the diet such as olive oil, coconut, palm fruit and avocado. Add more vitamin C rich foods to your diet to help boost collagen production. Always wear sunscreen when outdoors and a wide brim hat. To relieve vaginal dryness, look for Phemme Restore, a vaginal moisturizing gel that contains natural ingredients such as aloe and hyaluronate. It is free of parabens and comes in individually pre-filled applicators that are comfortable and easy to use.
Problem: Swollen, aching legs
While commonly thought to be a condition of aging, studies suggest that vein disorders affect about 23 percent of people over age 18. Problems in the vein walls or valves can lead to swelling, pain, fatigue and a feeling of heaviness, known as chronic venous insufficiency. This is more than a cosmetic issue; it can lead to varicose veins, ulcers and blood clots. The symptoms can be worse in the summer because heat cause the veins to dilate and enlarge. Other contributing factors include genetics, pregnancy, smoking, and standing for long time.
Solutions: Keep your legs active and avoid standing in one position for a prolonged time. When resting in the evening, elevate your legs. Support stockings can provide compression and encourage blood flow back to the heart. Antistax, a clinically researched supplement of red vine leaf extract can improve lower leg blood flow and reduce swelling, pain and the feeling of heaviness.For optimal results, it is recommended to take one tablet a day for a minimum of 6 weeks.