A woman’s body undergoes many changes right from her puberty with onset of menarche, through adolescence, adulthood, stages of pregnancy to menopause. We go through a hormonal cycle every month!
The demands on our body increases with these changes while we are working hard to be the best professional, mother, colleague, sister, friend and colleague. Our physical and mental presence is needed everywhere. We have to be superwoman.
The honest truth is a woman’s body is designed to be a superwoman, but we need to eat the right spinach to keep our body fit and healthy to meet its various needs. Lets deep dive;
1. Energy and strength
A woman’s energy demands change at different times of the month. The time before and around her periods can be draining and exhausting. Here are some ingredients and nutrients which can boost a woman’s strength and energy
It is a source of plant rich energy containing B vitamins. Its leaves and pods are most popular in Indian cuisine. The tender leaves can be added to your morning smoothie, added to your rotis or dal for a meal, added to your dosas.
The pods with the seeds can be added and cooked in your sambar or kadhi.
It is a vitamin which changes carbohydrates to energy that fuels the body and brain to function properly. Food sources are fish, cereals and breads.
Assists in breaking down carbohydrates, protein and fat to give you energy. It keeps your metabolism going strong. Present in whole grains.
2. Balanced Hormones
Hormonal balance is very vital for proper functioning of a woman’s body. Hormones are messengers in the body that help different organs communicate with each other.
This communication will affect her immunity, menstrual cycle and reproductive system.
These messengers have to be present in the correct quantities in the body. Too much of one and too little of the other can have a negative impact on health.
Here are some nutrients and ingredients for hormonal balance:
It helps control the quantities of TSH, FSH and insulin.
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) – It tells the thyroid gland (it’s a compartment in the body) which produces thyroid hormone to work faster and produce thyroid hormone.
It is a hormone that is important for growth, development and metabolism.
FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) – It tells the ovaries to make eggs.
Insulin – To keep blood glucose levels in check.
It helps calm the nervous system and tell the body to make less cortisol(a stress hormone), making it easier to cope with stress.
Is an Ayurvedic herb that can help with hormonal imbalance.
3. Strong immune system
A must needed superpower. The ability to fight everyday infections
It possesses antioxidant properties that protect cells in the body from damage. It is also known to protect nerve cells, possess anticancer properties and is anti-inflammatory.
It is required to make immune cells (soldiers in your body) mature and increase in number to protect the body from diseases.
It is an Antioxidant. Or gets rid of free radicals or components in the body that can damage cells.
It is also therapeutic in many diseases and disorders.
Also known as the Indian Holy basil. It boosts immunity naturally and protects the body against bacterial and fungal infections. It tells the body to make special types of soldiers called T helper cells and Natural Killer Cells to defend the body.
4. Metabolism and Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important to lower risk of heart diseases, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.
It prompts the body to burn fat by raising your core body temperature and inturn helps boost metabolism.
It is an ayurvedic herb that helps boost metabolism and result in weight loss
It helps keep hormone levels in check, decreasing body fat to aid in weight loss. Vitamin D and calcium are dependent on each other.
Vitamin D and Calcium- Vitamin D and Calcium work together to increase to enhance weight loss and decrease body fat.
5. Stress free
Do you know that a woman’s body is more prone to oxidative stress? When the body is under oxidative stress, it produces free radicals. Free radicals which can cause different cells in the body to age quickly, affect fertility and reproductive health. Here are ingredients which can help counter the effects of oxidative stress in the body:
Gotu Kola – It is known to have a neuroprotective effect. i.e It protects your brain cells from damage.
Vitamin B2 – Is required to maintain a healthy nervous system. It makes the body produce glutathione which is a component that inactivates free radicals in cells, thus protecting them from damage.
Manganese is also another ingredient/ nutrient known to fight free radicals to relieve oxidative stress.
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