The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing women’s health involves a broader view of women as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health.
As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern for our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes.
Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from the inside out. Supporting our immune system can be accomplished by healthy nutrition, herbs, supplements, and healthy lifestyle habits.
Women are unique in that each month they experience a range of hormonal fluctuations. Additionally, women’s biochemistry changes drastically with each cycle of life: from childhood through menarche to puberty, young adulthood, and motherhood, through perimenopause and menopause leading into maturity and end of life. It is important that women know their bodies throughout these stages of life and listen intently to the needs. Another layer of complexity to women’s hormones are the environmental factors that come into play. From birth control pills to environmental pollutants and poor diet, several factors play a role in altering hormone levels.
Mental disorders can affect women differently than men, and some are more common in women such as depression and anxiety. Addressing women’s thoughts and emotions, placing value on women establishing a healthy relationship with themselves and others are all necessary assignments for achieving optimal mental and physical health. Check with your health care provider for resources on mental illness.
Women often feel like they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, from families, businesses, non-profits, schools, and our communities, often women feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for it all. It is imperative that women find a medical practitioner who takes the time to listen to their health concerns and goals.
Gone is the one-pill-for-all approach, and at Holtorf Medical Group, our goal is to look at each patient as a unique, holistic being. Women should feel that they are in partnership with their doctor and that they are building a long-term relationship, with the goal of optimizing their health. You can get the quality care you need by contacting us at 877-508-1177.