Biologically, men and women have some concrete differences. But those distinctions go beyond the obvious contrasts. It’s important to recognize that our bodies function within subtle and not-so-subtle variations that are not only dependent on sex, but other factors including age, health status, environment and more. As a result, we all have our own unique nutritional needs and require tailored strategies for optimal health.
When it comes to women’s health, there are some general approaches that can offer targeted support. For example, women tend to require more assistance with bone preservation and hormonal balance. Some women’s formulas focus on supporting cardiovascular and neurological health, as well as energy and vitality.
While women can certainly benefit from a unisex approach, that might not address some of their specific biological requirements. We need to recognize and embrace these, and supplement accordingly.
Within integrative health, we seek to to fine-tune our approaches to fit each person’s individual needs. That’s why ecoNugenics is proud to offer select botanicals, vitamins and minerals that are ideally tuned to a woman’s biology. Here are a few ingredients that we include as part of our synergistic formulas for women’s health. Some of these have a rich history of use as herbal allies to women throughout the ages.
Horsetail herb is useful for bone building and overall musculoskeletal health.
Black Cohosh root has long been used by Native Americans to ease menstrual cramping and symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes.
Motherwort has been used to regulate both menstruation and menopause. It also supports heart health.
Peony root can ease premenstrual syndrome, as well as supporting heart health and liver detoxification.
Cordyceps is a relatively rare medicinal mushroom found in China, and helps in balancing stress hormones and boosting energy.
Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin that supports liver and brain function and can also prevent certain birth defects.
In addition to targeted supplementation, it’s important to examine the big picture. What are you eating and how will that affect your overall health? As a general rule, stick to lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots of fruits and vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are particularly helpful as they can help modulate hormone metabolism.
Be active. Walk, run, lift weights, attend yoga classes. Exercise improves hormone balance, cardiovascular, metabolic and bone health, and helps in improving mood.
Incorporate mindfulness into your daily practice. Calming the mind resets our stress levels, helping us maintain a lower baseline of circulating stress hormones.
For targeted nutritional support, ecoNugenics recommends Women’s Longevity® Rhythms for reproductive age women, and Women’s Longevity® Rhythms Gold for menopausal and post-menopausal women. These comprehensive nutritional formulas combine unique botanicals and nutrients to support multiple aspects of women’s health. They include targeted ingredients to promote healthy bones and joints, cellular health, hormone balance, immunity, vision, cognitive health and cardiovascular wellness.*
The right combination of nutrition, activity, mindfulness and supplementation can combine synergistically to take health to the next level. But it’s important to recognize that one size does not fit all. Once we apply this wisdom to our individualized wellness programs, we can further enhance the foundation of vitality and promote optimal long-term wellness.