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Dave Foreman

Healthy Guidelines for Women's Health Month

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

The month of May is all about women! Not only is it Mother’s Day, but it’s also Women’s Health Month – so it’s a perfect time to focus on women’s health. The following will focus briefly on the basics of supporting general health through the many different stages of womanhood. The foundation of women’s health should be relatively clear – but for many, it isn’t that simple. You need to support the basics of health, address potential pitfalls, and prepare for the future. After you accomplish these three things, you can then address some of the other health issues that may not be specific just to women’s health.

With age, the demands of life and the changes in the body will gradually change your foundational requirements. I always start with the “4 Pillars of Great Health”: Supplementation, Diet, Exercise and Mental Health. The dietary, physical and mental aspects are basically the same as we age, but supplementation will change.

When it comes to supplementation for women, I always recommend starting with a good multi-vitamin and mineral formula (MVI). If you are still having your period, then I recommend that your MVI contain iron. Otherwise, I wouldn’t use a MVI with iron unless advised by your health care provider. There are several vitamin lines (New Chapter and Enzymatic Therapy) that specifically address the needs of women and are even broken down by the age of a woman.

Many women have concerns about osteoporosis – and rightly so. (Men should also be concerned.) A Naturopathic Doctor friend of mine always says that you are “putting bone in the bank” up until you are 18 years old. After that, you are trying to maintain, or not lose what you already have built. Osteoporosis is not an “old lady’s” disease. You need to prepare today for tomorrow. Weight bearing activities (like walking, for the lower body; and lifting, for the upper body) are the number one thing you can do to prevent this horrible disease. Aside from this, supplementing with calcium is important and has been readily accepted as an important supplement. What often gets overlooked are the other key nutrients needed to support bone health. I never recommend taking any one mineral by itself. Minerals work either together, or against each other, and therefore should be taken in a balanced blend. Some of the newer coral mineral supplements will provide you with a natural blend of all minerals, including the trace minerals that are not common in the American diet. Vitamin D may be the next most - if not the most - important supplement for bone health. You need vitamin D to be able to absorb your calcium. Other key players in bone health are magnesium, copper, zinc and fish oil. I find it necessary to use all of these to maintain healthy bone structure. You should seek out a calcium supplement that is also a multiple mineral and contains vitamin D. The fish oil I use and recommend is Coromega ®. This is third party-tested to not contain contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides.

If you’d like more in-depth information, read the book The Osteoporosis Solution, by Carl Germano, RD, CNS, LDN, and William Cabot, MD – it’s one of my favorites. This book addresses both the traditional “solutions” and the natural answers to dealing with bone health.

What about hormonal support? This is where things get sort of sketchy. Depending on your needs, what works for one woman may not work for the other. It is for this reason I will usually default to combination products (the shotgun approach) to address hormone balancing. Herbs like dong quai, black cohosh, red clover and vitex are the ones most commonly used for hormonal support. Dong quai is a female organ tonic (supporting good overall health), while black cohosh is more for estrogen support, and vitex is more for progesterone support. Depending on your needs - PMS, menopause - your supplement suggestions will change.

Finally, the point needs to be made that “you are what you eat” - and that includes your supplements. Too many times, women focus on taking care of the external appearance by applying cosmetics, creams, lotions, etc. To achieve the best look outside, you really need to take care of the inside (see my article, “Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?”, March/April 2006 newsletter). Yes, using high quality skin care products can also enhance the appearance, but for long lasting and better results, using supplements for healthy hair, skin, and nails is the best approach.

 
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