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Everything new and awesome in women's health for September

Featuring: your peri-menopausal best friend Magnesium Bisglycinate, hormone hero the DUTCH test and the super smoothie that smoothes the way for optimal collagen production

Must Buy Product - Must Buy Product: Prizmag Pure Magnesium Bisglycinate

As a women's health practitioner, treating predominantly perimenopausal women, I have a LOT of patients who struggle with anxiety, sleep quantity and quality. Either they struggle to get off, or struggle to stay off (some unlucky ones struggle with both!) and this is my most prescribed nutraceutical for that. Gentle on the bowel studies show that both magnesium AND glycine are beneficial for sleep and here both are combined into one easy supplement. I often think of magnesium as nature's tranquiliser and as so many of us are deficient in it, it's not surprising that sleep is a problem for so many. You can start helping yourself at mealtimes too by increasing your intake of magnesium-containing foods (think leafy green veg, edamame, tofu, cashews, almonds, seeds, broccoli, bananas, raw cacao and prunes) alongside a capsule or two of this at bedtime and going to bed at roughly the same time nightly. Magnesium also improves the function of both insulin and thyroid hormones, as well as being anti-inflammatory and promoting healthy oestrogen metabolism so it is your all-round perimenopausal best friend. Magnesium works FAST so do let me know how you get on!

Must Test - DUTCH Plus (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones)

This test is an absolute game changer for most women and I'm SO excited that I'm now trained to offer it to my patients! Why? Blood (serum) tests for sex and stress hormones are lacking in some areas whereas DUTCH uses uses urine and saliva which are not only able to give you the LEVELS of your sex and stress hormones, but also WHAT they doing in your body via their metabolites so you get a fuller picture for more precise diagnosis. Simples! Do get in touch if you'd like me to arrange a DUTCH test to explore what YOUR hormones are up to!

Must Make: Very Berry Pro-Collagen Smoothie

If you are keen to slow the signs and symptoms of aging then vegan pro- collagen is worth looking into. I take Igennus Pure & Essential Advanced vegan Pro-collagen in my morning smoothie (when I remember-I need to work on being more consistent!). This plant-based protein powder delivers the full spectrum of amino acids with a particular focus on the main collagen building blocks: hydroxyproline, proline, glycine and vitamin C. Basically, everything your body needs to support it's own collagen production and benefit your skin, joint, blood vessel and dental health.

Here's my go-to recipe for a quick and easy breakfast:

1 frozen chopped banana

2 DSP Duchy Organic Mixed berries

3 fresh dates (stoned)

1 scoop (14g) vegan pro-collagen

1 tsp cinnamon powder

2x2 cm hunk of fresh ginger (optional)

350mls plant milk (I like almond or oat)

100mls water

Blend in a NutriBullet or equivalent, take a pic for Insta (!) and enjoy!

PS-Can I just say this powder is virtually tasteless which is SUCH a blessing as SO many protein powders taste foul in my opinion! To find out more about Igennus vegan pro-collagen, visit The Natural Dispensary, create an account and use code RBOON10 to get 10% off this product with free P&P too. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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