Flaunt Your Best Woman At Every Age
We’ve put together some of our favourite ‘For Her’ supplements to help you be your best in every stage of your life.
AWESOME AT EVERY AGE
As a woman, you wear many different hats. As a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother; the list goes on. In work, play, professional and personal life, you strive to bring your best to the table and give your best to your family and loved ones.
On International Women’s Day, a day that is dedicated to every woman - take this occasion to pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing a great job.
Whilst taking care of everything that needs to be taken care of, don’t forget to take care of the most important person of all…YOU.
So we’ve put together a handy list of “For Her” supplements that will help you rock your best self at every age. After all, age is just a number but your body needs the best nutrients it can get to be at its best for you!
| Young Adult
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The young adult stage of life is when we leave school and transit into the work place.
It is a time of new experiences, a whole new level of exposure and it is a time where we work hard,
and possibly play harder. It is at this stage that we often try to push physical boundaries, working long hours,
keeping late nights, in an attempt to max out our waking hours. But it is important to remember that
long hours and late nights can potentially take its toll on your health and well-being in the long run.
Instead of taking your health for granted, it pays heed to know that the health-related and diet choices that you make at this stage, can have long term impact and implications to your future health.
At this frenzied stage of life, a well-formulated Multis can be your best friend in ensuring that your body receives balanced nutrients to keep you healthy and your immune robust. In considering a Multi, do look out for one that meets the daily value (DV) recommendations and is ideally catered to your gender and lifestyle (find out more about multivitamins and what to look out for here ).
Another area that is often overlooked during our youth is bone health. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind. We too easily forget that our bones and skeletal structure forms our foundational support structure. In our 20s, we still have the opportunity to optimize our bone mass before it peaks at around 30 years of age. Women in particular, are at higher risk of bone health conditions such as Osteoporosis, especially after menopause - it is therefore a good idea to optimize your intake of calcium early on, to reduce the risk of suffering bone-related health conditions later in life (read more about bone health here ).
Ask any woman who have experienced Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) before and they will be able to attest to how unpleasant it is. In Singapore, 4% of young adult women have reported suffering from UTI and this occurrence increases to 7% at 50 years of age1. To protect your urinary health, drink six to eight glasses of water a day and avoid delaying bathroom visits when you feel the need to urinate. Adding a cranberry supplement to your diet can also help strengthen the urinary tract.
From late 20s through our 50s and beyond, women typically assume a whole spectrum of responsibilities as we go about establishing the family. From juggling workplace responsibilities, to taking care of the home, children and senior parents, there are a thousand and one things that need your attention.
It is at this stage that it is all too easy to forget that you need to take care of yourself, before you can fully invest yourself into taking care of everything at home and at work.
Set aside time to maintain a healthy lifestyle by having balanced meals, good exercise habits and sufficient rest. To help you keep up to your day to day tasks, consider taking Fish Oil (omega-3 fatty acids) supplements which can help to promote good circulatory, joint, and brain health.
To help ease pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual related discomfort or to help regulate your period cycle, Evening Primrose Oil contains high levels of omega-6 fatty acids to help regulate hormonal changes and alleviate premenstrual symptoms.
Great skin is a plus at every age, so go ahead and take care of yours. A premium beauty skin supplement like Taut Collagen drink not only helps to optimize collagen levels but also works to maintain ideal skin hydration levels. Dryness is the bane of beautiful skin, and the loss of collagen in skin is the precursor of fine lines and wrinkles creeping in by the time we hit our mid-30s (find out more about collagen and skin care here ).
While on the topic of skin health, don’t forget sun/UV protection. Apply that sunscreen and pop that oral sunblock to prevent premature aging and UV-related skin damage and (learn more about UV protection here ).
Congratulations, you’ve made it through the wild 20s, stretched 30s and busy 40s; now that the children are grown and you are in your element in your career, you’ve earned yourself the right to more “me-time” and leisurely pursuits.
At this stage in life, it is nice to slow down the maddening pace, to take a breath and enjoy the moment. Our 50s and 60s are when we need to start paying more attention to our health with regular health screenings and health checks to ensure we are in good health and en-route to aging well.
One area of health that justifies paying attention to is heart health. The risk of heart disease for women increases significantly after menopause. In 2017, 1 in 3 women suffer from heart disease and/or stroke every year2. During menopause, the decrease in estrogen levels can lead to an increase in LDL a.k.a ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. A decline in estrogen level, coupled with an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to an increased risk of getting heart disease. So do look into supporting your cardiovascular health and maintaining healthy blood lipid levels with foods and supplements that provide good concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids, such as Triple Strength Fish Oil.
Keep your immunity defenses up by investing in antioxidant supplements such as LAC Masquelier’s French Pine Bark to keep harmful free radicals in check. French Pine Bark also contributes to the fight against premature aging and ensures that blood vessels supplying blood, oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body stay healthy, elastic and supple. For more information on antioxidants, read here ).
Whether you are preparing for your first pregnancy or your third or fourth child, pregnancy and preparing for your bundle of joy’s arrival is an exciting and wonderful time. You are glowing and radiant with life and determined to take the best care of yourself to ensure that your little one receives the best nutrients to grow well.
Folic acid is an important nutrient during the early stages of pregnancy, and ideally couples who are preparing to conceive are recommended to start taking folic acid from six months before to prevent the occurrence of neural tube defects in developing fetuses.
Your body also needs all the right nutrients it can get to ensure that your developing baby has access to crucial nutrients needed at this important stage of development. However it is important to be mindful to take only supplements that are formulated specifically for prenatal nutrition needs, such as GNC Women’s Prenatal Multis formula – that is formulated without herbs; so you can be assured that while you are consuming the nutrients you and your baby needs, that you are not ingesting any ingredients that might not be suitable while pregnant.
Other key nutrients during pregnancy will include DHA to support junior’s brain development and calcium to ensure your bones stay strong even as your developing baby draws upon your calcium store for his/her developing bones. For women with iron-deficiency, consider a iron supplement that provides the iron your body needs for hemoglobin production, whilst minimizing the possible side effects of constipation.
While it is important to eat well throughout your pregnancy, it is also important not to use pregnancy as an excuse to overeat and over-indulge in the pleasures of food. Gaining too much excess weight during pregnancy can place a strain on your health and can result in gestational diabetes as well as baby gaining too much weight such that it becomes difficult for natural birth.
During pregnancy, it is wise to err on the side of caution and look to your gynecologist for advice in promoting a smooth and enjoyable pregnancy.
1 http://www.smj.org.sg/article/urinary-tract-infections-adults SG Medical Journal, 2016 2 http://www.myheart.org.sg/article/about-the-heart-and-heart-disease/statistics/singapore/75