If you are busy taking care of others, this women’s day I want you to take a moment to celebrate your health and vitality.
Despite 40% of women suffering from sexual health concerns (lack of sexual desire, impaired arousal, inability to achieve orgasm, pain associated with sexual activity or a combination of these issues), and 75-90% of menstruating and perimenopausal women suffering from premenstrual symptoms (fatigue, pain, bloating, irritability, depression and anxiety just to name a few), there are five times more funded research into erectile dysfunction which affects about only 20% of men.
In this article, I want to share a few areas of women’s health and vitality you shouldn’t ignore. During discussions with my clients, warning signs from these vital areas of health often get lumped into the normal ‘day-to-day’ life struggle. It’s time to become aware of these messages from the body and take steps to nourish your health back to balance.
This is a multifaceted topic as our reproductive hormones are intricately connected with our stress level, blood sugar balance and the food we put into our bodies.
When it comes to helping my clients balance hormones naturally, two ingredients I often recommend to them are healthy fats and fibre.
- Healthy Fats
Sustainably caught salmon, flax, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds provide the body with nutrients that build and metabolize hormones: essential fatty acids, vitamin E, B6, selenium, zinc and lignans.
Many hormone metabolites are eliminated through bowel movements. Fibre helps to bind to these toxic metabolites and effectively remove them from our body before they get reabsorbed into the colon. My favourite sources of fibre for hormone balance comes in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. These vegetables provide sulfur which also helps the liver detoxify hormones during hormonal shifts.
Your Beauty Radiates From Within
I always recommend choosing gentle, natural skincare products ( Lotion products) to protect your skin from the environment. The healthy glow comes from a healthy liver and nourishing oils through supplement and dietary sources such as walnuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and a good quality fish oil.
The Deep Skin Cleanse Formula provides support for detoxifying organs such as the kidneys, liver and the lymphatic system, supporting your natural beauty from the inside out.
Your ability to enjoy pleasure is an important aspect of health. Lack of sexual desire, impaired arousal, inability to achieve orgasm, pain associated with sexual activity are all important indicators for a woman’s wellbeing. One major killer for women’s healthy libido is chronic stress. When a woman is under stress, the hormone building blocks for reproductive hormones such as estrogen decreases, resulting in a lack of libido. Healthy estrogen level is required for protecting the vaginal lining: keeping it lubricated and strong. If the fight-or-flight instinct is always turned on in the background, stress hormone cortisol steals the building blocks for reproductive hormones, resulting in dryness, tearing, painful intercourse, and menstrual irregularities.
The Vaginal Support Oil contains no hormones, and it’s a natural formula that supports and strengthens the health of the delicate tissue.
- Calendula is great for wound healing and has natural antimicrobial properties.
- Comfrey soothes inflamed tissues and promotes tissue integrity.
- Evening primrose oil helps with hormone related dryness.
- Vitamin E is antioxidant that promotes cellular repair and circulation in the wounded area.
- St. John’s Wort reduces pain and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
Tahlia Sage is the founder of Tahlia Sage Wellness and a partner of Healing House Natural Wellness, and instructor at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
Her coaching practice helps clients achieve their wellness goals by embracing functional foods and healthy lifestyle changes. Tahlia’s own health challenges and weight issues prompted her to pursue an education in nutritional science and holistic nutrition. Tahlia empowers her clients to regain balance with easy, concrete steps.
Disclaimer: If you are pregnant or suffer from any illness, please seek advice from your healthcare provider regarding safe exercise practices. This article is for information purposes only.