As we move through our lives we change and evolve. Solutions and remedies which met our health and well-being needs in our 20s and 30s may not be our best options later in life.
It’s essential to constantly examine how we’re addressing our health and evaluate if we’re taking the right approach.
We speak to our CHS health store experts Bronwyn Lowe, Alena Winter, Linda Macnamara and Rachael Nielsen it’s essential to consistently examine how find out what’s in store across our lifetime and how to make the most of each decade with supplements and healthy living.
Of course each person’s journey is different, so adapt the knowledge to suit your own path.
In your 20s
Travelling, studying and settling into new routines can bring less stability, and sometimes dietary choices may not be ideal. For these times, Bronwyn and Alena recommend:
– A multivitamin as a good ‘safety net’ to prevent deficiencies and promote optimum health and well-being.
– Helping the liver survive late nights and drinking by providing support with milk thistle, globe artichoke and dandelion root.
– Considering folate. If pregnancy is to occur this vitamin is essential for early brain development, even before the pregnancy is known.
Linda believes in the 80/20 rule: do the best you can for 80% of the time! Eat nutritious food (preferably organic when you can) and don’t overeat. While all the natural health supplements in the world cannot counteract a bad diet, in times of stress, sleep deprivation, sport, pregnancy and other life events, they can assist in maintaining a good level of health.
In your 30s
The 30s can be a time of deepening relationships, developing careers, starting a family, and juggling lots of commitments. A multivitamin can cover all your nutritional bases, say Bronwyn and Alena, while other options include:
- B vitamins for energy and stress reduction.
- Magnesium for nervous system and sleep support.
- Folate and/or a quality pre-conception multivitamin if a family is on the radar.
- Adaptogenic herbs to help with energy, stress and coping abilities, including withania/ashwaganda, rhodiola, and schisandra.
- Enjoying herbal teas such as oatstraw and chamomile for stress and anxiety support.
Maintaining a healthy weight and body fitness through diet and exercise is important too, as entering the next stages of life with excess weight and a too-high body fat percentage can lead to conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In your 40s
In your 40s you may start to notice signs your body is not as strong as it used to be! Sore joints and muscles, slower digestion changes in menstrual cycle, and sleep issues may appear. Keep an eye on your B12 and iron levels, suggest Bronwyn and Alena.
Other supplement support includes:
– Essential fatty acids like fish oil, hempseed oil, flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil.
– Liver support with milk thistle, dandelion root.
– B vitamins.
– Roasted dandelion or burdock herbal tea as a substitute for coffee.
– He Shou Wu for its ability to support the adrenal glands, kidney yin, libido, and healthy joints.
A good quality antioxidant is useful for anti-aging, as is staying hydrated, getting enough sleep and managing stress levels, recommends Rachael. Garcinia may help with weight management, as it can manage appetite and cravings while encouraging a healthy metabolism. MACA can also aid with preparing for menopause.
In your 50s
The 50s can be a busy decade, with demanding work schedules, managing older children or empty nest syndrome, and assisting elderly parents. Menopause symptoms may appear and it’s quite an individual experience, says Linda. With supplements, what might work for one person may not necessarily be the best for another, so talk with your CHS expert.
It’s well known that women who have well balanced adrenal and nervous systems will have an easier time during perimenopause and menopause, says Bronwyn and Alena.
Supplement suggestions during this time are:
-Ashwaganda, St John’s wort, tulsi, kava, lavender and motherwort for the nervous system.
-Black cohosh, ashwaganda, gingko, cranberry and ginseng for the changes in oestrogen levels, which can impact the health of the mucous membranes and skin.
-Hempseed oil, flaxseed and omega 3, fat soluble vitamins and vitamins A, D, and E for dry tissue and skin overall flexibility and brain function.
-Probiotics and digestive enzymes to support gut and brain function.
Rachael says vitamin K2 supplementation is helpful for bone density, and it also helps to clear arteries. Weight bearing exercise is also important to retain bone density.
In your 60s & beyond
As many factors continue to affect our later decades, new challenges also appear such as adjusting to retirement, downsizing your home, becoming grandparents, and moving towns or country. Bronwyn and Alena suggest key areas to work on include keeping your body moving and maintaining cognitive, cardiovascular and digestive health.
Supplements that may assist are:
- CoQ10, hawthorn for heart health, digestive enzymes and nutritional uptake.
- Magnesium for sleep, sore muscles and headaches.
- CoQ10, an antioxidant which can protect from the damaging effects of free radicals and supports healthy cardiovascular function and cell health.
- Gingko, bacopa, rosemary and ginseng to support the brain, memory and cognitive function.
- Essential fatty acids to help reduce inflammation and support brain health.
Continue to focus on what you eat by embracing mindful eating, having smaller meals that are easier to digest, and taking time to eat at the table. Also, remember to drink water as dehydration can be a common issue.
Drop by your local CHS store to discuss your individual health requirements with one of our experts.