Dr. Sylvia Marasco, ND
Welcome to May, a month to be grateful for the new season that is here, and also the anticipation of summer that is not far away. In preparation and anticipation of the new season, people are planning their gardens, be it from seedlings for eventual food harvesting, or for the creative beauty that flower gardens provide. Gardens are symbols of new life, nourishment, growth, and fertility. It is no wonder that May was chosen to also celebrate and appreciate mothers who have the selfless task of welcoming and loving new life into the world! In appreciation of all mothers, here are a few naturopathic tips for maintaining health in women.
1. Maintain healthy iron levels
For the menstruating woman, it is very important to regularly check iron levels through a simple blood test done by many health care providers (i.e., naturopathic and medical doctors). If iron levels are below the normal range, a person will feel very tired, lethargic, and have low immune function. Low iron levels can be corrected with a proper iron supplement. Not all iron supplements are created equal, however, so be sure to choose one that is high quality, gentle on the stomach, and easy to absorb (e.g., Floradix by Flora).
2. Support the adrenal glands with adaptogenic herbs
The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and are responsible for releasing stress hormones such as cortisol. When a person experiences chronic stress, these very powerful hormones can remain high or they can become too low over time. Either way, the body is not able to deal with stress properly. Adaptogenic herbs help to balance and regulate the function of the adrenal glands and therefore help the body deal with stress on a much healthier level. Some adaptogenic herbs include rhodiola, ashwagandha, ginseng and more. These herbs can help to increase ability to cope with stress, improve energy, and elevate mood.
3. Sage tea for menopausal hot flashes
For women that have menopausal hot flashes, small amounts of sage tea can be a very effective therapy. Sage is an herb from the mint family and works on many levels to help with this sometimes debilitating symptom that interferes with daily routines and sleep. Please do not assume however, that all sweating is due to menopausal hot flashes as sometimes this symptom can be indicative of other illnesses.
Always talk to your natural health care provider to get more information and to see if any of these therapies are indicated for you. All of us here at Ezentials wish you a wonderful month of May and Happy Mothers Day to all moms!