A woman’s body is truly incredible for its ability to withstand life’s major phases: monthly periods, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. However, in recent years, more women from as young as 30 years old reportedly suffer from what is called “female hormone crisis”, or hormonal imbalance.
As the name suggests, hormonal imbalance occurs when the levels of one or more hormones in the body are too high or too low, resulting in possible side effects to mental, reproductive and sexual health.
What causes hormonal imbalance?
Lifestyle choices play a critical role in our well-being. Unfortunately, most young working adults have to deal with stress, long work hours, a poor diet and insufficient sleep. Research shows that staying up late regularly causes male hormone levels to increase and female hormone levels to decrease. In addition, stress and poor nutrition affect the pituitary gland, and this may contribute to endocrine disorders such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism or polycystic ovary syndrome.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance include headaches, fatigue, lower-back pain, irritability and chills. Some women may also suffer from irregular or painful periods, weight gain, acne or, in serious cases, fertility problems.
How to cope
Fortunately, you have many ways to cope with hormonal changes. Among these are getting plenty of rest every night and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet. As a hectic lifestyle can make it difficult to get optimal nutritional intake from food alone, we may need to complement our diets with supplements that help enhance our good health.
Nature’s Farm is a one-stop shop offering a comprehensive selection of health foods and nutritional supplements. Established in 1982, it is billed as the first chain health-food retailer of Western supplements in Singapore. Today, Nature’s Farm is the trusted choice for all your health needs – vitamins, minerals, organic produce, sports nutrition, body and beauty supplements.
Sarah, 28, communications executive
As a millennial, Sarah is constantly on the go, juggling her demanding career with weekly workouts and an active social life. Like most young adults her age, she’s guilty of spending many late nights binge-watching her favourite Netflix shows. This, she says, results in occasional breakouts on her skin. So which supplements does Sarah rely on to help keep her complexion glowing from the inside out?
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Carol, 35, financial consultant
Carol is time-strapped, thanks to her dual roles as a career woman and mother to two young children. Exercise and proper diet take a back seat because of her hectic lifestyle. Carol’s metabolism has slowed down, making it difficult to manage her weight. So she fits in a quick workout whenever she can, and tops off her diet with these supplements to optimise her nutritional intake:
SlimMax Nite Slim: This night-time supplement contains three powerful amino acids – L-arginine, L-lysine and L-ornithine – which enhance your metabolism at night. The formula also supports the body’s fat-burning capabilities while promoting lean body mass.
Nature’s Farm® SlimShake Blackcurrant: Rich in protein and fibre, this tasty new drink stimulates metabolism, sustains energy and curbs hunger to prevent overeating. Simply mix it with milk or water to enjoy it as a snack or small-meal replacement.
Nature’s Farm® Pycnogenol®: Containing pine bark extract harvested, this promises a slew of benefits, including maintaining healthy blood flow, pressure and circulation, energy and a good metabolism.
Jaclyn, 43, stay-at-home mother
Her 40s have become a relaxing time for Jaclyn since quitting her job two years ago. She is now a stay-at-home mum to her five-year-old daughter and a blossoming baker. But these days, Jaclyn finds herself more irritable. To keep her moods and hormones in balance, she takes the following supplements:
Nature’s Farm® Evening Primrose Oil: Rich in gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid, this supplement helps maintain hormonal balance, relieve discomfort associated with menopausal symptoms and promote glowing skin.
Royal Essence Royal Jelly: A rich source of B vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins and vitamins A, C, D, E, Royal Jelly supports a healthy immune system and balances hormones.
Nature’s Farm® Pycnogenol®: 50 times more powerful than vitamin E and 20 times more powerful than vitamin C, this soothes discomfort associated with menopause and endometriosis.
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