Women and men experience many of the same health conditions, but these can sometimes affect women differently. This is due to a number of factors, including hormonal variations, which can result in different disease processes.
Women's health 'issues' often involve hormonal balance and reproductive issues, but there is more to it than that. Some conditions are more common in women, such as osteoarthritis, migraines, and depression. Whereas other conditions, such as pregnancy and menopause, are specific to women.
Helpful hints to support women’s health:
- Eating well – plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, regular serves of protein (e.g. fish, eggs, lean meat, legumes, nuts and seeds), healthy fats (found in nuts, olive oil, avocados, coconut and oily fish) and adequate water each day.
- Regular exercise – get your body moving every day, even if it’s something simple like taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking part of the way to work.
- Relaxation – make regular time for something you find relaxing and enjoyable e.g. yoga, meditation, massage etc. This will help you let go of stress and worries.
- Spend time outside – regular and appropriate sun exposure not only feels nice, it also increases your vitamin D, which is important for maintaining healthy bone density through its effect on calcium. If you can’t get time in the sun, vitamin D supplementation may be recommended by a healthcare professional.
You may also consider using natural medicines to support your health.
For women experiencing menstrual complaints such as premenstrual syndrome, talk to your healthcare professional about Premular®, a clinically proven extract of chaste tree.
For women experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, talk to your healthcare professional about Femular®, a clinically proven extract of black cohosh.