Womens’ health and beauty
Let’s feel beautiful, healthy and full of energy today and all days!
The years leading to menopause mean a real transition in the lives of women. We approach the end of our reproducing period and soon will open a new chapter. For quite a few women, this transition is hard to accept, despite the fact that it is part of all women’s lives. Some start to be slightly worried about health issues and most if not all women would like to carry on feeling beautiful, fit and young for many more years.
The natural decrease in feminine hormonal levels has an impact on health. Apart from various discomforts such as heat waves, poor sleep, irritability, this change might make us think twice about certain health issues such as osteoporosis, joint pain, cardiovascular health, weight management etc… Even in these times of constant communication, the menopause topic remains touchy. Some women might fear to lose their appeal, to be side lined by younger ones…
Wouldn’t it rather be the precise moment to renew ourselves and to make a commitment to take care of ourselves more, often after years of maternity and/or establishing a career? Finally freed from the natural constraints of menstruation, would it be time for women to express their strength and confidence? To blossom even more with passing years? Taking steps to improve your health can provide a feeling of well-being, which will enable you to consider this period of life in a more positive manner.
To cherish one’s health, nutrition can play an important role, as well as sport, kindness toward ourselves and others and the pursuit of a passion which puts us into regular contacts with others.
In order to maintain beauty and health, specific nutrition has a lot to offer : The need for specific nutrients changes from the menopause onwards.
- Osteoporosis: a reasonable intake of calcium in the form of a dietary supplement with vitamin D, combined with a diet containing calcium-rich foods, is undoubtedly a wise approach. Dairy products and green vegetables contain calcium that is gradually made available to the body during digestion and helps to support bone substance. A high dose of calcium with Vit D taken all at once is of concern to some researchers because of the possible risk of deposits in the arteries and possible negative consequences on cardiovascular health.
- Joints: as early as the menopause, specialists observe the onset of cartilage damage. Supplements containing collagen hydrolysate and glucosamine are essential building blocks.
- Nervousness, muscle cramps, heart palpitations, headaches: can be caused by a lack of magnesium. Always consult a doctor first in the case of heart palpitations. Magnesium deficiency is found in almost 80% of the population!
- The desire to feel good in your skin, hair and nails: collagen hydrolysate, with biotin and millet extract.
- Cholesterol must be under control. Beta-glucans help to maintain normal cholesterol levels.
- Women who have already reached menopause rarely need to supplement their iron intake due to the cessation of menstruation.
- Antioxidants : Oxidant stress is a factor in inflammation, but it is also considered one of the main causes of cancer and is believed to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, as well as in several more common conditions such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, rheumatoid arthritis or cataracts. Co-enzyme Q10, green tea, melon extract rich in SOD (superoxide dismutase), edelweiss, gentian are a combination of high value antioxidants.
- Muscles: lysine, calcium and magnesium help to maintain strong muscles.
- Lipid metabolism: choline limits fat storage and supports the functions of the liver and heart.
- For normal blood sugar levels: chrôme
- Appetite control: guar and agar-agar are natural appetite suppressants.
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In addition to these nutrients, there are a few tips for living well during this period:
- Benevolence towards oneself. Instead of constantly concentrating on your faults, focus on your beautiful side. No woman is perfect (and if she were, what a bore!) and each one radiates in a particular way.
- Take care of your inner self: Take part in enriching social, relaxing and spiritual activities. These can help reduce the stress and anxiety that often leads women to be overly critical of their appearance. Pursue or find an interest or activity that occupies the mind and satisfies the soul.
- Play sports! According to many studies, sport is very effective against depression, reduces anxiety, supports the cardiovascular system, bones and joints while helping to control weight. Exercise helps women feel better about their bodies whether they lose weight or not. A great source of happiness is to take part in group exercise sessions. We create bonds when we meet regularly to do sports. Learning to take care of your body is essential for your well-being.
It is very important to learn to take care of our bodies in order to enjoy living in them!