Being a woman is tough.
Maybe not “work on an oil rig” tough….
Or “be a soldier and go to war” tough…
It’s a different kind of tough, because men are men and women are women. No matter what the internet says both have their physiological differences.
One of the key differences between men and women is their differing hormonal cycles. A woman of child-bearing age has a hormonal cycle that operates in 2 parts: the first 14 days prepares her body for pregnancy and the latter half reverses the first 14 days so it can start all over again.
Women past childbearing age have it a little bit easier once they pass through menopause. While all women are different, this article is going to outline the general hormonal ebbs and flows of a woman’s cycle and how it affects her energy levels. In addition, there will be some advice on supplements that can help support her during the process.
Ladies: Know Your Cycle and Know Thyself!
Knowing your cycle is important. Like, really important. So many advertisements out there want us to believe that we can just ignore it, take a pain-reliever, wear protection and pretend it doesn’t exist. Can you imagine if Mother Nature did that? To just ignore the cycle of the seasons, plant seeds in the North Pole and cancel the rain? There’s no fooling Mother Nature. She is part of a system that includes the planets and stars and supports human beings and all other life on this planet.
Having said that, it is without a doubt that your wellbeing and energy require you to work with your cycle.
The Stages of Your Cycle (Child Bearing Women)
Most of the information in this article is widely available and comes from websites like womenshealth.gov – an office that is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It’s useful to keep in mind that all women are quite different so the key lesson here is to use this information and apply it to your specific situation.
In summary, we’re going to divide the cycle into two parts: (1) Pre-Ovulation; and (2) Post-Ovulation.
The pre-ovulation cycle starts on the first day of your period. This is the bleeding time where your uterus clears out the material that was created to host a fetus. The pains felt are the contractions the uterus makes in order to force out the tissue created by the body needed for a fertilized egg to attach to the womb. That’s why your energy is so low during your period.
Given an average 28-day cycle, the period usually ends around day 7. It’s around this time that the body starts over again, preparing itself and creating the environment for the egg to attach and grow healthfully into a baby. A few days after this, around day 10-11, the egg starts making its way down the fallopian tube. It’s usually around this time that women start feeling a bit “randy” and promiscuous. Totally natural! This is the time in the cycle where energy starts to go up.
If some lucky sperm fertilize that egg, then the woman (and man) will begin a wild adventure in about 9 months.
If not, the body quickly gets to work reversing the process that had occurred and preparing to remove that material during your period.
Below is a quick summary of the approximate energy levels. Keep in mind that they can differ a lot between women, so this is just a guide:
- Days 1-6: Low to increasing energy
- Days 7-14: High energy
- Days 15-21: Declining Energy
- Days 22-28: Lowered Energy
Respecting the cycle and taking rest is absolutely crucial to revitalizing energy stores for women, and its important not to force things with stimulants and harsh activity.
Energy Supplements for Women in Menopause
Menopause brings a new era for many women. No longer shackled by the strong flows of hormones, some women view this as a time of liberation.
Much of this is culturally dependent. Some women can become depressed while others perceive it to be a “second spring”. For many women, it really boils down to attitude. Going through menopause is not easy, but if women can learn to read the signs of their bodies, they can breeze right through it. Symptoms of menopause can include hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. These are all signals of a radical change in hormones as estrogen levels go down.
For many women, once its over, their energy starts to go back up. The medical establishment often prescribes hormones and pharmaceuticals for women of all ages to deal with lower energy levels.
At Cerebra, we offer something different: a selection of pure herbal supplements that are backed by science and have been used for generations in nature-based medicine.
Energy Supplements for Post-Menopause Women and Women of Childbearing Age
Reduced Glutathione – A powerful antioxidant, glutathione is made in the body’s cells and can decrease as a result of aging, stress, and toxin exposure. Taking reduced glutathione can reduce oxidative stress and increase energy levels overall.
Rhodiola Rosea – Rhodiola is a useful supplement that can increase energy, stamina, strength and mental cognition. It is also considered to be an “adaptogen” – a supplement that helps the body cope with physical, environmental and chemical stress.
Ashwagandha – Prescribed in India by natural practitioners, ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps the body manage stress. Other benefits include lowered blood sugar, increased brain function, reduced cortisol levels, along with reduced anxiety and depression.