“We’ve got a 35-year-old woman. Periods are getting heavy, she’s waking up at 3am, she can’t get back to sleep. She’s got irritable bowel – bloating, wind – she gets anxious and is often short of breath. She’s not as happy as she used to be. She’s being bullied at work, but it’s subtle. She’s tired, she wants to go to sleep at 3pm every day. Her leg cramps occasionally.”
“Her B12 vitamin [level] wasn’t good and her diet wasn’t wonderful. And because humans, fruit bats and guinea pigs don’t make their own vitamin C, and because she’s stressed, I knew she’d need vitamin C. A little omega 3, to help balance out the underactive thyroid, and she was burnt out. Because she’s got an indoor job, she’s also low in vitamin D.
“Progesterone (added to the pill)will help with the periods, and so will magnesium and zinc. A really good diet: low in starch and sugar, adequate protein, lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. Fixing her shallow breathing will help with anxiety. Iron is important, and she’s losing her iron through her heavy periods.
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