Active and healthy women are those that follow a regulated life that is mixed with a healthy diet and exercise. Multivitamins and mineral supplements are essential for all those who wish to lead a healthy lifestyle. Because of the hectic lifestyle that all of us lead in today’ world, we fail to get the necessary vitamins and minerals from the food that most of us consume. It is, therefore, necessary to take multivitamins and minerals in the form of a supplement.
Pregnancy and postpartum support – Pregnancy lasts an average of forty weeks from the date of the last menstrual period to delivery. In the first trimester, many pregnant women experience nausea. Usually these women report that they feel best during the second trimester. During the third (final) trimester, the increasing size of the fetus begins to pose mechanical strains on the women, often causing back pain, leg swelling etc.
The requirement of the B vitamin Folic Acid doubles during pregnancy. Deficiencies of folic acid during pregnancy have been linked to low birth weight. A supplement containing iron is necessary during pregnancy as the need is increased.
Tonic herbs that nourish and tone the system can be taken safely every day during pregnancy. Examples of these tonic herbs include dandelion leaf and root, red raspberry leaf and nettle leaf. While red raspberry leaves are rich sources of vitamins and minerals and is known to tone the uterus, increases milk flow and restores the mother’s system after childbirth, nettle leaf is mildly diuretic and aids in the elimination of excess water from tissues. Vitex is one of the best known herbs for promoting lactation and is widely advocated in Europe.
Menopause: Menopause is the cessation of the monthly female menstrual cycle. Women who do not have a period for a year are considered postmenopausal. Most commonly, menopause takes place when women are in their late forties or early fifties. Women who have gone through menopause are no longer fertile. It is not a disease and cannot be prevented. Many hormonal changes occur during menopause and as a result of decreases in estrogen; postmenopausal women are at higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Dietary and natural therapies may be helpful are soybean that contain compounds called phyto-estrogens that are related in structure to estrogens. Flaxseed has also been known to contain phytoestrogens and have been frequently used to support menopausal therapy. Herbs that are helpful are Black Cohosh, Sage, Alfalfa, Red Clover extracts. Lifestyle change has proven to help women also. Sedentary women are more likely to have moderate or severe hot flashes compared with women who exercise regularly.