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November, 21 2017

Women's Health MOT


Joanna @JdeV Edinburgh West End store

Suspect you might need a health overhaul? Well, here with our Women’s Health MOT we aim to help you identify which key nutrients deficiencies or hormonal imbalances might be affecting you.

As women struggle to juggle careers, family life and a whole host of other modern day worries, it isn’t surprising that many of us can be left feeling run down and out of sorts. As we become more stressed, we are more likely to make poorer food choices, plus, the nutrients we do obtain are used up more quickly by our frantic bodies, so, it really can be a vicious cycle.

Below I’ve made some checklists so you can start to make sense of what some of your symptoms might mean. Listening to your body is key, remember: you must be able to recognise what’s wrong first, before having a proper go at putting things right! 

Iron & B12 Status

  •  Tiredness
  •  Pale skin / dark circles
  •  Heavy menstrual bleeding
  •  Hair loss
  •  Sore tongue / cracked lips/mouth ulcers

Top tip: Liquid Iron tonics are gentle and very well absorbed. Try Floradix Liquid Iron Formula

Vitamin D deficiency

  •  Tiredness
  •  Pain in muscles and joints
  •  Pain in bones
  •  Low mood
  •  Frequent infections
  •  Heavy menstrual bleeding

Top tip: It’s hard to acquire vitamin D through diet alone. Without adequate sunshine, a 1000IU (25μg) dose, liquid supplement from BetterYou may come in handy.

Monthly Cycle

  •  Heavy / painful periods
  •  Light / irregular periods
  •  Cycle less than 28 days
  •  Cycle more than 28 days
  •  Mood swings: angry / irritable
  •  Low mood / confidence
  •  Acne / skin problems

Top tip: A.Vogel's Agnus Castus may be suitable in some cases of PMS.

Stress Factors

  •  Lack of sleep
  •  Excessive caffeine intake
  •  Disrupted meal schedules
  •  General daily stress e.g. at work
  •  Too little / too much exercise

Top tip: The herbs Valerian and Hops can help to relieve stress and can be found in A.Vogel Stress Relief Daytime drops

Blood Sugar Regulation

  •  Weight management issues
  •  Energy slumps
  •  Mood swings
  •  Anxiety
  •  Feeling shaky or lightheaded
  •  Cravings for sweet treats
  •  Unexplained headaches

Top tip: Consider taking Lamberts 200μg chromium supplement or add cinnamon to foods to help curb cravings

Lifestyle factors

General lifestyle factors can go a long way to helping us get our health on the right track. Below I’ve listed a few steps you can take to look after your health:

  • To prevent dehydration try to drink 1.5l of water daily
  • To prevent the spread of germs and the risk of infection keep good hygiene habits and wash your hands regularly
  • To prevent vitamin deficiencies try to eat a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • To keep your liver and lungs in good health moderate your alcohol intake and cut back on smoking
  • Aim to get between 8 and 9 hours of sleep a night to help prevent energy slumps and dips in concentration levels.