I think it’s important that we as women stick together and share information as we age. We are, after all, in this together! I see five common concerns in all my over 40 female patients and want to share my solutions. But first a little about me, I am a therapist of natural medicine at Heights of Health clinic in the Houston Heights.
My passion for natural health began when I was in my early 20’s. My mother had fallen ill to cancer. She inspired me to take control of my own health, and I’ve been studying and researching alternative solutions to traditional medicine ever since. I received much of my education from The World Organization of Natural Practitioners, where I obtained my license as a professional health counselor in 2009.
Here are the top five health concerns I see in older women and some supplements and other tips that can help. As always, please seek medical advice for any serious concerns. And remember, it’s best to see a naturopath or other health professional to optimize the best supplements for you and your situation.
Problem: Lack of energy
This can be caused by adrenal glands that are stressed and taxed. The adrenals help the body cope with mental, emotional and physical stress.
- Solutions: Look for adaptogenic healing herb supplements: like Maca, Eleuthero, Astragalus, Rodiola Rosea, Schisandra and/or Ashwagandha.
Problem: Hormones and Weight Gain
After having children, or even not, hormones fluctuate. This is especially true when under extreme amounts of stress. Think about doing a full body cleanse first. This will help to remove accumulated toxins from the cells, blood, tissues, glands, muscles and organs. By doing this, you will release sludge that is impacting the way your body absorbs nutrients and how the cells release waste.
- Solutions: Drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Keep your bowels moving. You should be having 2- 3 bowel movements a day. Magnesium citrate or oxide in high doses before bed can help with bowels. Look for supplements such as Tiao Cleanse, Dieters Cleanse, milk thistle, Dandelion, Burdock and yellow dock. Balancing hormones can also aid in weight loss. Using bioidentical hormones such as progesterone cream may help.
- Rid the body of fake estrogens, called xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are found in chlorine, red dye 3 used in food, food preservatives, plastics, many insecticides, and sunscreen lotions to name a few. These mimic estrogens and disrupt hormone balance and cause weight gain in the midsection and around hips. Try taking DIM, Indole-3-carbonyl, eating cruciferous vegetables, and detox your liver. Also, keep your bowels moving. Otherwise, xenoestrogens will continue to re-circulate and tax your liver, causing more hormonal imbalance, as the liver helps to metabolize hormones.
- For pre-menopausal or menopausal women, try the supplements MACA, Dong Quai, Black Cohosh or bioidentical Estrogen w/ progesterone.
Problem: Memory and Lack of Focus
With our technology today, we can accomplish tasks faster. However, that means we are multi-tasking more, much more than our ancestors. Juggling so many tasks, we are not focusing on our breath. We are also not living in the present. Furthermore, diet and environmental stress can play a role in our memory loss.
- Solutions: Try taking the supplement curcumin; it reduces inflammation in the brain, which can lead to memory loss. Other supplements that may help are Gota Kola, Magnesium Threonate, and Phosphatidylserine. Stay hydrated, this is the solution to so many issues as we age! Learn to belly breathe, see below for description.
Problem: Anxiety and Stress
The world is full of stressors: work, bills, deadlines, and strained relationships (to name few). There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day, and we are on information overload most of the time.
- Solutions: Belly Breathing! Here’s how: Take deep breaths from the belly at least 3x day, especially when under stress. Try 4-7-8 breathing method. Breathe in for 4 secs, hold for 7 secs, then exhale for 8 secs
- Also- take up meditation, it stops a busy brain. There are innumerable apps on your phone you can download to help guide you so you can do it anywhere, and anytime you can spare a few moments.
- Prioritize self care: take a hot bath, walk or exercise, spend time in nature, love on your pets or do whatever makes your heart sing.
- Try these supplements: GABA, L’theanine, Suma, 5htp and/or magnesium threonate. Also, try adaptogenic herbs as mentioned earlier.
Serotonin is the happy chemical our bodies produce that is deficient in depressed people. At least 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut, that’s why it’s so important to have a happy, healthy gut!
- Solutions: Supplements for the gut: Probiotics, L-glutamine, Collustrum, Collagen, Bone Broth, and Deglycerized Licorice. Supplements for mental health:-St. John’s Wort, B-Complex, L’theanine, 5htp, Fish Oil and Vit D3.
- Count your blessings! Make lists of all things you appreciate when you wake in the morning and before you go to bed, think about 3 things you appreciate or thankful for.Focus on what is going right. Meditate to quiet your mind and to stop resistance.
AGAIN and ALWAYS: Stay hydrated
As you can see, all of these issues may be intertwined. When focusing on one issue of your health, you will feel better in other areas. Here’s to taking control of your own health!
About Sonya Foteh Garcia’s therapies:
I use innovative tools in my practice such as the NuVision Bioresonance System, which is a non-invasive therapy that involves placing electrodes on your skin for diagnosis and treatment; and ECR (Energetic Cellular Release), which is a laser light procedure used on specific reflex and acupuncture points of the body to activate the neurological and endocrine systems.
Heights of Health
Monday – Thursday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
540 Frasier St., Houston TX 77007
Posted by: Sonya Foteh Garcia HHP, TNM, LPHC, CNHP, Guest Contributor