Nutrients during pregnancy – Vitamins for Women

Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life as she watches the way her body changes and grows to accommodate her unborn baby.

Pregnancy fitness and health

How exciting – you’re pregnant! There’s never been a better time to look after yourself, so you can really sit back and enjoy your pregnancy while making plans to welcome your new baby.

Physical activity

Keeping physically fit and active during pregnancy offers many health benefits, such as improving physical and mental wellbeing while helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

Nutritional support

During pregnancy your dietary requirements increase to support your health, and that of your developing baby. Eating a wide variety of unprocessed foods is a good place to start and taking a specialised pregnancy multivitamin provides a broad-spectrum of important nutrients. In theory, a healthy nutritious diet should provide you with all the nutrients you need while pregnant, but there are some vitamins and minerals that are especially important during pregnancy:

Folic acid & vitamin B12

Folic acid, if taken daily for one month before conception and during pregnancy, may reduce the risk of women having a child with birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Folic acid and vitamin B12 are important for DNA replication, cell division and growth, and are necessary to produce red blood cells and to maintain normal blood in healthy individuals.

Iodine

Dietary iodine deficiency is re-emerging as a significant problem and recent research has identified Australian pregnant women to be at risk. Iodine requirements are increased during pregnancy and adequate maternal iodine levels are important for healthy brain development. To meet the increased demands of pregnancy, it is recommended that iodine supplementation be taken prior to trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Choline

Choline plays a key role in foetal development and is required for the healthy development of the brain and nervous system during pregnancy.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Fish oil provides a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Increasing omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may be beneficial to both mother and development of the baby. DHA in particular is important during pregnancy for healthy brain, eye and vision development.

Birth preparation with Raspberry leaf

Raspberry leaf has been traditionally used as a women’s tonic and is taken during the third trimester of pregnancy to prepare the uterus for labour and to facilitate childbirth.

The Unexpected Benefits of Going to a Naturopath

The human body is an amazing thing. It is made up of about 200 kinds of cells, each with a job to perform. Cells form the tissue of your beating heart, the hormones that control your moods, and the chemicals that trigger thoughts in your brain. Trillions of cells are performing processes during every second of your life.¹

Whenever something causes these processes to become unbalanced, the body no longer performs to precision. You may feel specific symptoms or an overall feeling of not being well. A naturopath uses natural resources to help the body restore balance so that you can achieve optimal health. These “resources” often include herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathy and dietary adjustmentsbut they also extend to meditation, counselling, and other alternative treatments.

The Role of the Naturopath

A natural health practitioner, or naturopath, has in-depth knowledge of the tools he uses. This knowledge includes an understanding of natural resources such as herbs, and their innate properties. A skilled naturopath has a strong desire to improve the way you feel in body, mind, and spirit. They understand the impact that your physical, mental, and emotional symptoms have on your life.

Prevention is also a large part of naturopathy. The naturopath can look at the morphology of your blood, your genetics or energetics to assess your risk for health conditions in the future. They will take a very personalised approach to determining the types of treatments and therapies you need to achieve your best health and general well-being in both the present and the future.

What a Naturopath Can Do for You

Naturopathy is often used to complement medical treatment for chronic conditions. It may also lead to relief for symptoms and resolution of common conditions like allergies, food intolerances, digestive disorders, skin disorders, pain and stress. These conditions are often difficult to pinpoint. While most are not life-threatening, the symptoms you live with each day can greatly affect every area of your health and keep you from enjoying activities that are important to you.

We have seen first-hand how naturopathy can touch people’s lives. This example of a woman presenting with chronic recurring cold and flu symptoms over a 12-month period, making her constantly tired, fatigued, foggy and generally unwell. Supported by naturopathic treatment and lifestyle advice she built up her immunity and health resilience. She has come through this winter season cold, flu and allergy free with increased vitality, energy and feeling great.

The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis

Well established in our community, respected Naturopath Peter Balogh advises that “Some of the conditions that cause a loss of well-being require some trial and error to detect. Many conditions cause similar symptoms in spite of being quite different from one another.”

This is why self-diagnosis is never a good idea, especially if you are already on medications. Making a wrong assumption or mixing herbal remedies with prescription medications can result in health complications. Instead, you should put your care into the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced naturopath who knows how to find the best solutions for you.

What to Look for in a Naturopath

There are many levels of naturopathic care practitioners with varying areas of study. Some of the most important features to look for in a naturopath are training, years of experience, and the modalities or services specialised in by the practitioner for yourindividualised naturopathic treatment and optimal outcome.

  1. https://www.quora.com/On-average-how-many-chemical-reactions-happen-in-the-body-in-one-second

6 Big Reasons to switch to Natural, Organic Skin Care and Beauty Products

If you’re wondering why switch to natural, organic skincare when you have a bathroom full of beauty products you haven’t even half consumed, read on!
1DID YOU KNOW that cosmetic companies use ingredients that are KNOWN Carcinogens?

Don’t wait until you’re sick with a disease or condition to start reviewing your toxic load and then switch to a healthy lifestyle.

The staff at Go Vita Tanunda can show you products without these harmful ingredients.
2.DID YOU KNOW the word “Organic” can be misleading?

In many cases, “organic” is used inappropriately. Organic body care products are a shining example of how the term can be used incorrectly. Calling a shampoo “organic” when it contains harmful chemicals that are normally not allowed in organic agricultural products is misleading advertising.

Buy products with certified organic ingredients at Go Vita Tanunda and take the guess work out of it.
3.DID YOU KNOW that your beauty habits might be hurting the environment?

If you’re washing with petroleum derivatives and harsh surfactants like SLS, where do you think that goes once you wash it down the drain?

What do you think happens to microbeads (tiny little plastic balls found in exfoliators, toothpastes etc)? These tiny, seemingly harmless particles are having a giant impact on the environment polluting our waterways and endangering sea life

Then there’s the packaging – is it recyclable, refillable, or even biodegradable
4.DID YOU KNOW not all Cruelty Free Logos are legitimate?

Whenyour products are vegan and cruelty-free, you are helping to save & protect animals. If animal cruelty alarms you, you’ll want to ensure every personal care product you purchase is going towards preserving their lives. Be aware of the fakes! We have the real deal.
5.DID YOU KNOW reactions and sensitivities can build up over time?

There are hundreds of harsh toxic chemicals that sensitize skin and are proven to cause serious problems.

Your skin might not know it from the outset, but just as many things in life ‘catch up with us’, same can be said for the skin. Suffocating it each day with pore-clogging skincare bases and subjecting it to skin-thinning, sun-sensitizing ingredients can lead to sensitive, prematurely aged skin. It will love you right back if you feed it with skin-loving plant oils and gentle, deeply nourishing ingredients.
6.DID YOU KNOW “Fragrance” is a dirty word?

Once you make the switch you will become physically aware of the chemical smell to mainstream products, they’reso full of nose-twitching synthetic fragrance that they’re not enjoyable to wear.Synthetic “fragrance” has been scientifically linked toallergies, respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness, nausea and shown to cause hormone disruption and organ toxicity.

So, why switch to natural skincare? Why wouldn’t you?

Managing Menopause Naturally with Vitamins for Women

Menopause is a normal biological process in a woman’s life, marking the natural transition between fertility and age-related non-fertility. Menopausal symptoms, in particular hot flushes and night sweats, can vary in their duration and severity and typically begin for women in their late 40’s to early 50’s, often leaving them hot and flustered.

Menopause, hot flushes and night sweats

Hot flushes and night sweats are caused by changing levels of hormones in the body, particularly declining oestrogen levels during the peri-menopause, menopause and the post-menopausal phases.

Peri-menopause is the period of time, usually 4-10 years, before the onset of menopause that tends to affect women in their early 40’s.

Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstruation for at least one year and usually occurs anywhere from around 45-55 years of age.

Post-menopause follows the menopausal phase where the ovaries stop producing oestrogen and while the adrenal glands and the conversion of androgens within fat cells produce small amounts of oestrogen.

As a woman approaches peri-menopause, declining oestrogen levels have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that’s responsible for temperature control. Low levels of oestrogen trick the hypothalamus into believing the body is overheating. This triggers a cascade of biochemical processes to try and cool the body down by dilating blood vessels, resulting in hot flushes and night sweats.

Hot flushes and night sweats are the number one complaint for women experiencing menopause and are characterised by sudden, intense feelings of heat in the face, neck and arms

Excessive sweating

The frequency, duration and severity of hot flushes and night sweats varies greatly between women. Some women experience mild hot flushes and night sweats every now and then, while other women experience severe hot flushes and nights sweats all day and all night. Avoiding well-known triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, stress and excessive heat, can help to prevent hot flushes.

Top 5 herbs for hot flushes and night sweats

  1. Sage has been used for thousands of years and is traditionally used to relieve excessive sweating, night sweats and hot flushes associated with menopause.
  2. Pueraria (Kudzu), provides isoflavones (phytoestrogens), helpful in managingheat and dryness, improve libido throughout menopause and may help preserve bone health in postmenopausal women
  3. Chaste tree, also known as Vitex, helps support normal healthy hormone balance, helps relieve hot flushes and maintains healthy moods.
  4. Dong Quai may help relieve hot flushes and sleep disturbance in pre- and post-menopausal women.

These herbs have traditionally been used to help relieve a wide variety of menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes, excessive perspiration, night sweats, sleeplessness, dryness, nervous tension, headaches, and joint and muscle pain.

Get proactive about your prostate health with Vitamins for Men

Getting regular health checkups is important for everyone of every age – but it’s perhaps especially important for Australian men to think about.

Research shows that men are more vulnerable to certain chronic illnesses than women. Unfortunately,  many Aussie blokes take a “she’ll be right” attitude to their health, with consequences that could have been avoided if they’d been proactive.

Some of the checkups we’d recommend booking at least yearly include:

Skin checks / mole maps

Dental and vision checks

Heart health and blood sugar checks

And of course, it’s important to get a prostate check too.

What is your prostate, and what does it do?

Your prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that sits just beneath your bladder (if you’re a man). Your prostate’s function is to secrete a special fluid that nourishes and protects any sperm cells you create.

Once you hit your forties, it’s normal for changes in your hormone balance – particularly testosterone and DHT – to chemically triggerprostate cell growth. Because the gland is so close to your bladder, this can sometimes have uncomfortable and annoying effects on your ability to urinate. Additionally, although the growth is usually benign, it can mask symptoms of something more serious.

So, if you start to experience urinary issues (or you want to be proactive – even if you don’t have any symptoms), it’s important to get regular prostate checks.

Other ways to proactively support your prostate health

Living a generally healthy lifestyle is a good start to proactively maintain your prostate health. Beyond that, however, there are four herbs and nutrients that are worth incorporating into your lifestyle:

Saw Palmetto: has a long history of traditional use in helping to support normal testosterone balance. Also rich in fatty acids which help to block the enzyme that triggers prostate enlargement.

Lycopene: this bright red antioxidant pigment is found in cooked tomatoes, watermelon and papayas. It supports healthy prostate cell growth and division and helps to protect the cells in your prostate gland from free radical damage.

Zinc: a trace mineral with powerful antioxidant properties, Zinc is vital for testosterone production, as well as sperm formation and motility, and immunity. Good sources of Zinc include shellfish (particularly oysters), eggs, almonds, pine nuts and walnuts.

Selenium: another essential trace mineral, Selenium supportstestosterone formation, sperm health, and general immunity. You can find good levels of Selenium in Brazil nuts, and in some types of fish and meat.

The staff at Go Vita Tanunda can help you find a convenient, one-a-day capsule containing all 4 of these powerful ingredients, which makes supporting your prostate health easy.

Man to man – Naturopath, Peter Balogh will give you highly qualified, proven natural health solutions to prostate problems and their prevention. Book your consultation today.

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