It’s safe to say, taking supplements can play a big be beneficial role in our health journey! In fact, there are a few I take consistently, every day to enhance my female health.
But, not all supplements and vitamins are created equally—many, if not most, are made with synthetic ingredients, fillers or not bioavailable inside your body. Choosing supplements wisely is key!
And just because a brand has awesome packaging (yes I am a sucker for packaging and good marketing) does not mean that what is on the inside is as great as what is on the outside!
I do NOT believe supplements are a ‘cure-all’ or an excuse to ignore the other pillars of conscious living—positive mindset, quality food and nutrition and non-toxic living. Each of these pieces play an important role!
Due to modern stress, environmental toxins, poor soil quality and thus decreased nutrition in foods and so many more reasons, supplements can play a big role in boosting your health!
In my opinion, there are two categories of when and why you should take different supplements.
- Maintenance plan: This would be a minimal approach to supplements that you would take on an on-going basis just to enhance your health.
- Specific health issue: This is when you are wanting to focus on a specific health issue and your supplement routine would be a bit more targeted and grandiose, but only for a specific period of time.
When it comes to female health, focusing on balancing hormones, boosting adrenal glands and supporting healthy energy levels is key!
Here are my favorite supplements for female health:
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I recommend all women in child bearing years, looking to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding take a prenatal. This really gives you the nutrients you need for this phase of life to boost your nutrient stores. I also recommend continuing a prenatal for at least 6 months once you stop breastfeeding to replenish your nutrient stores, even if you aren’t looking to get pregnant again.
Key nutrients to look for in a prenatal are: B complex vitamins, Folate, Choline, Vitamin D3.
Now, not every brand has everything I would want in a prenatal, so often you need to add additional nutrients and increase certain foods like beef liver and egg yolks.
If you do not need a prenatal, I also have a recommendation for my favorite basic multi vitamin in my Wellevate protocol.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps support your adrenal glands and immune system. During periods of stress (we all have more stress than we might thing), Vitamin C is used up more rapidly by the body. It is also a water soluble vitamin, so the body only keeps what it needs and doesn’t store it, thus its super important to supplement!
Pure Radiance C is my all time favorite, bioavailable pick.
Ashwaghanda is calming adaptogen traditionally used to help insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, auto-immune conditions and thyroid dysfunction. This adaptogen has the unique ability to calm when needed or stimulate when needed, which it is why it is my favorite adaptogen. I absolutely love this adaptogen and see a big difference in my adrenal health, emotional health and energy!
Probiotics feed the healthy bacteria in your gut and can boost your immune system, keep digestion happy and help assimilate nutrients from your food. It is best to incorporate both probiotic rich foods such as yogurt, fermented foods (if you can tolerate them), cultured foods as well as a probiotic supplement. Depending on how much probiotic rich foods you are consuming and your particular digestion, you may not need to take a probiotic daily. During periods of stress or travel, I highly recommend consistent probiotic use.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose Oil is a pressed plant oil that has been used for centuries to help balance hormones, act as an anti-inflammatory, and calm acne and skin issues. Evening primrose oil is high in essential fatty acids, most importantly and uniquely high Gamma-Linoleic Acid or GLA. This oil is powerful to support female health!
Milk Thistle is a powerful liver cleanser and has been used since ancient times and can help regenerate liver cells damaged by toxins and calm liver tissue inflammation. Milk Thistle can also help cleanse women’s hormones (greatly decreasing PMS issues), which is a big part of liver detox and clearing up the skin. During pregnancy or while nursing is never the time to detox.
Celtic Sea Salt
Balancing minerals is key to overall health as minerals work synergistically together! For females, balancing adrenals is one foundation to healthy energy levels, immunity, thyroid and hormone support and even fertility. Consuming mineral rich salt (not bleached table salt) will provide your cells and adrenals with the raw materials they need to function!
It is estimated that most women are deficient in magnesium—magnesium is depleted by stress, birth control pills, lack of nutrients, mineral depleted soil, caffeine, poor quality vitamins, alcohol and much more.
Magnesium deficiency is a contributing factor for PMS symptoms, hormonal imbalances, cramping, migraines and anxiety. Magnesium is an anti-stress nutrient and detoxifier that calms the body, relaxes muscles, relieves constipation, and can help with cramping.
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