My hormone replacement tablets last nearly twice as long as they should because I forget them every second day. Any wonder I just yelled at the dog for licking the floor where he thought he saw a crumb, which he can’t of because I just bloody cleaned it.
I take supplements but it is a bit ad hoc. I either forget them, or I have run out of one of them and forgotten to buy them.
The best way to get your vitamins and nutrients is through a well-balanced diet.
However, for many people, this is not possible all of the time.
As we get a little older our systems can find it more difficult to absorb some vitamins. Any genuine deficiencies can be easily revealed by having a blood test. It is advisable to talk to your doctor about this.
Supplements are a great way to improve deficiencies that may show up. This goes with a warning though. Some supplements can be toxic when taken in excess, for example, Vitamin A is stored in the body, therefore, can cause toxicity when taken in excess amounts.
As we age our bodies may find it more difficult to extract B12 from the foods we eat. A Deficiency in B12 may contribute anaemia as well as an increased risk for heart disease, which are common concerns for menopausal women.
D3 helps us to absorb calcium which is important to help reverse the role that age plays on the deterioration of our bones.
Vitamin D also positively affects low mood and cognitive performance.
I noticed a huge difference in the level of my mood swings when I started on D3. It really seems to hold me on much more of an even keel.
Magnesium would be my top choice. If I couldn’t have anything else I would have this. Magnesium helps the body to do what it does well it helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.
It can be effective in helping with depression and is important in optimal thyroid function.
Leafy green vegetables, nuts, and seeds all contain a decent amount of magnesium. Magnesium levels are badly affected by stress, alcohol, and sugar.
I am only just discovering this supplement myself. Research has found that Ashwagandha improves resistance to stress possibly because it slows down cortisol production in the body.
Ashwagandha has also been found to help keep hormones balanced which will lessen some of the impacts of menopause such as hot flushes, mood swings and anxiety. It may also improve energy levels
So they are the 5 supplements I recommend. These are the ones you will need to pay for at the pharmacy.
Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of serotonin the hormone associated with boosting mood and helping
Not enough sleep can turn on the hormones that increase your appetite.
Enough sleep can reduce our levels of stress which will, in turn, improve our blood pressure
Dehydration can impair energy levels and mood and can greatly reduce brain function and memory.
Keep hydrated with at least 1.5 litres a day, if you can move.
Practising forms of self-care will improve productivity, positivity, boost your immune system, fight fatigue and give you a general feeling of wellbeing.
Aside from the various nutrients, you will get from nuts they are high in protein so when taken in moderation can give sustained energy throughout the day.
My favourite supplement.
As a stimulant, caffeine acts on the brain and nervous system. In small doses, it can make you feel refreshed and focused. In large doses, you are likely to feel anxious and have difficulty sleeping.
This doesn’t mean we can start slamming back high energy drinks. They usually have ridiculously high doses of caffeine as well as masses of sugar.
Stick to a coffee or two.