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Health Tips for Women of all Ages

Are you looking for solid guidelines for staying healthy and happy at every age? Tune in for tips on nutrition, herbs and lifestyle habits for women, as well as specifics on mood, menopause and weight management. Dr. Tori Hudson is a naturopathic physician, professor and women’s clinic medical director.

Dr. Hudson’s top suggestions for women’s health include:
  • Research supports at least 3.5 hours per week of aerobic exercise (as well as some strength training) to benefit bone, heart, immune, and joint health.
  • Vitamin D supplementation, eating whole fresh foods, drinking filtered water and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins are important.
  • Beyond a daily multivitamin, focus on essential fatty acids (fish oil supplements), probiotics, B vitamins, calcium, and numerous antioxidants.
  • Women with regular menstrual cycles may need extra iron.
  • For children and up though teenage years, as well as later in life (70s+) calcium is important.
There are natural ways to help with anxiety and depression:
  • First evaluate how to stabilize relationships, home life, career, finances, and spirituality.
  • Some helpful natural compounds for anxiety include the amino acid L-theanine, the nutrient GABA, and an herb called kava.
  • For mild to moderate depression, St. John’s Wort is still is the #1 most important plant that’s been researched. Tryptophan and SAMe can also improve serotonin levels.
Menopause symptoms can be supported through the following:
  • Black cohosh is the #1 most researched plant for menopause symptoms. There have been more than 100 studies over the last 25 years on an array of menopause symptoms including hot flashes.
  • Studies on St. John’s Wort for menopause symptoms show that a combination of black cohosh and St. John’s Wort are more helpful than just black cohosh alone.

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Linda W says …

Any mention of St. Johns Wort should include a precaution to consult a health professional. It is contraindicated if you are taking certain medications and can also cause sun sensitivity.

Robert Wetzel says …

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Wialn says …

'Women with regular menstrual cycles may need extra iron'... I take it you mean 'iregular' cycle??!

Janice says …

A friend of gave be a box of your 24hour menopause rememdy. I do not live near a Whole Foods market. Is there anyway to purchase them online?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JANICE - We do not currently offer online ordering but you can reach out to our store in Austin and they can take orders over the phone and ship them to you! You can reach them directly at 512-542-2243. Hope this helps!

jana casey says …

I am interested in ordering 365 fish oils online. How can I do that? I also like the probiotics by Rainbow Light actually called super multidophilus. Can you help me with this? Jana Casey

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JANA - At this time we do not offer online ordering. We do have a store in Austin that can ship non-perishable items within the US. You can call them for details at 512-542-2243.

Kara B. says …

Is kava sold at most Whole Foods stores? I've tried it in the past with a good amount of success, but I find finding it at natural food stores is hit-or-miss.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KARA - Most of our stores should carry a kava option but exact products will differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to find out what they have in stock! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list

Marie oakes says …

I have had breast cancer and suffer from heavy menopause. I am estrogen receptive. Is this product safe for me?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARIE - I would suggest reaching out to your healthcare professional to get their advice.

Ingrid Shapiro says …

Hi, I am new at buying with Whole Foods or any of the natural food stores. I am looking for vitamins and vitamin supplements for Women and Women over 55, (past menopause). I know the requirements for older women is different than younger women. Thank you for being there for the customer.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@INGRID - Our exact options differ between stores so check with your local store to see if they have this in stock. We are having a 25% off supplement sale at our stores starting today, 8/14 through 8/16!