Updated: Nov 17
As women gracefully journey into the midlife chapters, the body undergoes a symphony of changes, many influenced by shifting hormones. When I say midlife I am referring to those older than 35, who are entering perimenopause, the stage before menopause when things start to shift. This "midlife" stage lasts well over a decade and can be a beautiful season if we know how to navigate it. Which is why I am here, to help you navigate. Here are five reasons you need to include Ashwagandha in your daily routine.
Ashwagandha, a gem from traditional Ayurvedic medicine, has been cherished for millennia, not just for its general health benefits but also for its potential to support women during this transformative phase. It's a staple in my medicine cabinet. Let's delve into the top five health benefits of Ashwagandha that every woman over 35 should consider:
Stress and Mood Swings Alleviation How it works: Recognized as an adaptogen, Ashwagandha aids the body in managing the ebb and flow of stress, crucial during perimenopause when emotions can be unpredictable. The benefit: Incorporating Ashwagandha can lead to reduced cortisol levels, potentially easing those unexpected mood swings and offering a serene sense of well-being.
Boosting Cognitive Clarity How it works: Memory lapses or "brain fog" can sometimes accompany perimenopause. Ashwagandha's antioxidant properties shield nerve cells from free radicals. The benefit: Regular intake might sharpen cognitive functions, helping you stay on top of your game, even on those "where are my keys?" days.
Revitalizing Physical Energy How it works: As energy levels might wane during perimenopause, Ashwagandha steps in to enhance body composition and muscle strength. The benefit: Whether you're chasing after grandkids or chasing fitness goals, this herb can be your companion for sustained energy and quicker post-activity recovery.
Fortifying Immune Defense How it works: With age, immune resilience can be tested. Ashwagandha's immunomodulatory traits can fine-tune the immune response. The benefit: Regular use can bolster white blood cell activity, ensuring you're better equipped to ward off pesky colds and maintain vibrant health.
Stabilizing Blood Sugar Levels How it works: Metabolic changes during midlife can affect blood sugar. Ashwagandha assists in enhancing insulin sensitivity. The benefit: A stable blood sugar level ensures consistent energy and reduces the risk of chronic ailments.
Ashwagandha isn't just another wellness buzzword; it's a time-honored herb that can be a steadfast ally for women navigating the challenges and joys of perimenopause. As always, before introducing any supplement, a chat with a healthcare professional is a wise step. But don't be surprised if they are not very familiar. Sadly, herbal remedies are just not incredibly popular in medicine and are not often part of the curriculum so I suggest finding a holistic or alternative medicine practitioner. Embrace the wisdom of Ashwagandha and empower your midlife journey with grace and vitality. This season is not one to dread, it is one to embrace. You just might need a few tricks in your back pocket.
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