Embracing Holistic Approaches to Women’s Health: Nurturing Your Wellness After 40

July, 2023 | ProNatural Wellness Team

As a woman entering your 40s and beyond, prioritizing your health becomes increasingly important. While conventional medicine plays a vital role, embracing holistic approaches can provide a comprehensive and empowering way to nurture your well-being.

In this blog, we will explore some holistic practices and lifestyle choices that can support your health during this transformative phase of life.

Mindful Menopause

Menopause is a natural transition that many women experience in their 40s and 50s. (The average age of menopause is approximately 51 years old in the United States.)

Holistic practices can help alleviate symptoms and promote overall well-being during this time.

Symptoms of menopause can last 5-10 years after they begin.

Incorporate mindfulness techniques to aid symptoms, such as relaxation and deep breathing exercises, to reduce stress and balance hormone levels.

Additionally, consider exploring herbal remedies like black cohosh, evening primrose oil, and red clover, which have shown potential for managing menopausal symptoms. (If you’re curious what other natural remedies or supplements you can take to support your health, schedule a consultation with one of our Doctors here)

woman over age 40 exercising in nature

Hormonal Balance

Maintaining hormonal balance is crucial for your health as you age.

Consider incorporating phytoestrogen-rich foods into your diet, such as flaxseeds, soy products, and legumes. These plant-based compounds may help regulate estrogen levels naturally.

Additionally, explore adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha and maca, which can support the body’s stress response and promote hormonal balance.

Type II Diabetes

Getting older increases everyone’s chances of getting Type II diabetes, but it’s especially important for women entering their 40’s to be aware of the potential causes.

  • Insulin Sensitivity
    During perimenopause and menopause, there is a decline in estrogen levels, which can affect insulin sensitivity and glucose regulation in the body.This hormonal imbalance may lead to insulin resistance, making it more challenging for the body to use insulin effectively and resulting in higher blood sugar levels.
  • Family History
    Family history plays a major role in the likeliness of getting Type II Diabetes. Be aware of your family history and communicate it to your healthcare providers.Regular screenings and check-ups can help identify potential risk factors and enable early intervention to prevent or manage Type II diabetes effectively.
  • Lifestyle Changes
    There is often a decrease in physical activity levels as we age.
    Various factors play a role in this lifestyle change such as work, family responsibilities, and decrease in exercise.
    Avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle and continue to engage in consistent exercise.
    Talk to your healthcare provider for advice on which types of exercises are best for your specific life and habits.


Bone Health

As women age, the risk of osteoporosis increases.

Support your bone health by ensuring an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D through dietary sources like leafy greens, dairy products, and sunlight exposure.

Engaging in weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, or strength training, can also help strengthen bones and reduce the risk of fractures.

woman aged over 40 practicing yoga and breathing exercises

Gut Health

A healthy gut is essential for overall well-being, especially as you age.

Be sure to incorporate probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha into your diet to support a diverse and thriving gut microbiome.

Additionally, focus on consuming a fiber-rich diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to promote optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients.
If you’d like to learn more about the importance of fiber, visit our blog here.

Emotional Well-being

Caring for your emotional health is just as important as physical well-being, as holistic practitioners, we recognize mind, body and soul to be equal factors of your overall wellness.

To encourage your emotional well-being, engage in activities that bring you joy and reduce stress, such as practicing hobbies, spending time with loved ones, or engaging in therapy and/or counseling.

Prioritize self-care and allow yourself the space to nurture your emotional needs.

Wondering how else you can support your health naturally as you age? Then we invite you to give us a call at (860) 829-0707, or drop by our office at 1263 Berlin Turnpike Unit B
Berlin, Connecticut for a consultation!

Sources: Cleveland Clinic, Holland Hospital, National Institute of Aging