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Top 5 Reasons Women Seek Holistic Remedies

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing China Rose Reid, a nutritional therapist and herbalist. In her private practice, based in Napa, Calif., China Rose advises people of all ages through food, lifestyle, and herbal counseling. During the interview, she shared the top five reasons women seek nutritional or herbal remedies and provided some thoughtful recommendations. Apparently there are a lot of tired women wondering how to feel renewed and re-energized. Here is China Rose's top five list with some of her suggestions:

1. Fatigue or loss in vitality
  • Drink more water to move nutrients into cells, flush toxins, refresh and hydrate
  • Exercise regularly to increase energy levels
  • Eat every three hours to stabilize blood sugar levels; eat the first hour upon waking in the morning, add protein-rich foods, and avoid sugar and heavy carbohydrates
  • Take a daily dose of a vitamin B complex
  • Try the herb Rhodiola or medicinal mushrooms to boost vitality
  • Add wheatgrass, blue-green algae and spirulina to a smoothie to oxygenate the blood
2. Trouble sleeping
  • Reduce the amount of caffeine in your diet
  • Try Calms Forte, an herbal remedy to facilitate relaxation
  • Modify your pre-bedtime activities; avoid overstimulating TV or computer work 30 minutes before bedtime
  • Add kava, Passionflower herb or valerian root as supplements or in tea to assist in sleep
3. Digestive discomfort: gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation
  • Slow down your eating and reduce the quantity at any one meal
  • Get screened for food sensitivities to wheat, gluten or dairy
  • Take digestive enzymes before a meal to break down food more efficiently
  • Try probiotics to assist with absorption and digestion
  • Take aloe vera or DGL (deglycerized licorice) to sooth the digestive tract
  • Drink peppermint and chamomile herbal teas to aid and ease digestion
4. Weight loss and maintenance
  • Manage lifestyle changes to support a healthy weight
  • Seek out a nutritional expert to create a dietary support plan
  • Use primarily whole food based nutritional supplements
  • Introduce medicinal herbs into your regular diet to assist in metabolism
5. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance
  • Acknowledge stress as one of the biggest factors of hormonal imbalance
  • Reduce stress to minimize spikes or increased levels of the hormone cortisol, which affects mood swings, heavier periods, increased cramps and bloating
  • Try using adaptagens or medicinal herbs to support the function of the glands in the endocrine and hormonal system
  • Eat more often to balance blood sugar; eat approximately every three hours
  • Eat healthy fats -- omega-3s from fish, flaxseed oil, and coconut oil
  • Recognize good cholesterol is one of the building blocks of healthy hormone production

Seeking herbal and nutritional remedies for these top five common complaints is a sensible and holistic option to get healthy and feel good. For more information, you can find China Rose Reid at her website.

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