Be the change: Balance your body with proper diet, supplements & functional lab testing.

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, here is some information for women's wellness.

Tips on how women can support their health. 

We women are so used to wearing many hats that multitasking has become a routine chore in our life. We prioritize 'our loved ones’ health over our own. I want to remind and request women that they deserve to dedicate time and effort to their own wellness.

The best way to help your health starts with a baby step: show yourself ‘self-love’ and 'self-respect'. One of the best ways to follow this is by eating healthy. I will refer to Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, that includes a daily diet and supplements.  

Supplement usage should be specific to your health condition: medical history, family medical history, blood work, and dietary intake.

The single most common supplement that every women should be taking is Broccoli extract. Read the section of Broccoli below.

My second choice is Vitamin D 3. The majority of women are low in vitamin D and B 12. We are not getting adequate Vitamin D from sun exposure, which could be a single reason for Vitamin D Deficiency. Studies found women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin B 12 deficiency could be from poor nutritional intake, frozen meals, antibiotic usage, gut flora imbalance, etc.

The healthy Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, usually in a fish oil supplement, are also part of most women’s wellness programs.  Fish oil has been shown to reduce inflammation and is healthy for the heart, blood vessels, and joints.

Another heart-healthy supplement is CoQ10 . If one has a family history of high cholesterol, then it’s a good supplement. CoQ10 is an antioxidant and is helpful in supporting heart health at cellular level.

Probiotics are useful for supporting gut health and immune health.  If one struggles to have a regular bowel movement, have frequent gut symptoms, or tend to get frequent urinary tract infections, then the use of probiotics can help to optimize the good bacteria in your microbiomes.  A healthy microbiome is involved in optimal blood sugar and fat metabolism in addition to helping to keep us healthy.

As women approach the transitional time of perimenopause, their hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate, which can lead to symptoms as varied as changes in mood, energy, sleep disturbance, and hot flashes. Shatavari is a very important herb, used as a rejuvenating tonic for women for thousands of years, and it is one of the most popular Ayurvedic. It nourishes the reproductive organs and keeps them healthy and vital.

 

For women with a predisposition to arthritis or joint pain, the use of curcumin, a substance in the spice turmeric, helps. Curcumin blended with other anti-inflammatory plants like coriander, ginger, boswellia, and green tea is a useful botanical approach for reducing inflammation. 

Diet and supplements are only one spectrum of the wellness concern, but we should make an effort to balance our health. Getting adequate sleep is important for the neurological and mental wellness along with immunological health.  

Most importantly, be honest about your good health intention, slowly things will follow.

Women should take good care of their health first before they take care of others.

sincerely, 

Rumki Banerjee MD

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