When it comes to making sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs, you know where we stand on this – food first. A healthy diet with a wide variety of all the usual suspects, fresh fruit and veggies, wholegrains, low-fat and lean protein foods, is always better than a quick-fix. Sometimes however we do need a helping hand along the way, and ladies, here are five of our faves:
1.Optibac Probiotics for Women , £9.99 for 14 capsules
Optibac Probiotics For Women are perfect for healthy flora balance. Hormonal fluctuations that accompany pregnancy, hormonal contraceptives, 'time of the month' and menopause can have a big impact on bacteria and yeast levels, with insufficient friendly bacteria resulting in an overgrowth of Candida albicans, the yeast that causes thrush. Optibac Probiotics For Women contain two highly researched strains of bacteria that have been proven to make it through the gut and to your intimate area alive. Once there, they can help reduce unfriendly bacteria and yeast, creating a happier intimate area, and ultimately a happier you. Take one or two capsules daily as needed, or as professionally directed.
2.A.Vogel Uva Ursi Complex Drops , £11.15 for 50ml
Uva-ursi or Bearberry is a small woody shrub, which thrives in the mountains of Alfred Vogel’s native Switzerland. The origin of its name is unclear but it is suggested that bears may have eaten the fruit – hence the catchy alias. A bladder-friendly berry, Uva-ursi can be used to relieve symptoms associated with urinary tract infections such as cystitis. It works as a urinary antiseptic, and its action can be of benefit in cystitis caused by bacteria or fungi. A.Vogel’s Uva-ursi Complex also contains Echinacea for additional immune support. What’s the link between cystitis and immune health? Your overall health and immune system can influence how quickly you recover from cystitis and recurrent cystitis can be a sign your immune system is struggling. Take 15 drops 2 to 3 times a day, in a little water, and up to 20 drops 3 times daily in a little water if an infection is present.
3.Lambert’s MagAsorb , £8.95 for 60 tablets
Marvellous magnesium! This mighty mineral is involved in over 300 chemical processes in the body, and can be useful for so many reasons including sleep, PMS, energy metabolism, restless legs, muscle relaxation and during menopause, yet as many as 70% of us are deficient in magnesium! Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, muscle cramping and contractions, and depression. If you are low on magnesium there are plenty of choices when it comes to topping up. Lamberts’ MagAsorb Tablets is one of our favourite magnesium supplements. Each tablet provides 150mg of highly absorbable magnesium citrate. The recommended daily dose is 1-3 tablets a day, so it’s really easy to adjust the dose depending on your own individual needs.
4.Nature’s Aid PremEeze Agnus Castus , £8.95 for 60 capsules
When it comes to PMS the herb Agnus castus is one of our favourites. A traditional herbal medicinal product from Nature's Aid, PremEeze Agnus Castus can be used to help relieve premenstrual symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating and menstrual cramps (based on traditional use only). If you’re experiencing premenstrual symptoms take one capsule twice a day, morning and night, swallowing whole with a glass of water.
5.Menoforce Sage Tablets, £14.25 for 30 tablets
Sage herb has been used traditionally to treat some of the most common and troublesome symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes and night sweats. One of our oldest medicinal plants, it appears to have a rebalancing effect on the hypothalamus, an area of the brain responsible for sweat regulation, amongst other things. Fresh sage tincture diluted in a little water three times daily can really help, or for extra oomph, try Menoforce Sage tablets. Simply take one tablet daily.