Supplements for every life stage
LET OUR DECADE-BY-DECADE PLAN BE YOUR GUIDE TO HOW MANY SUPPLEMENTS YOU SHOULD BE TAKING TO UP YOUR CHANCES OF FEELING A MILLION BUCKS
‘Flower remedies work on the mind and spirit, creating a more positive state of mind’ – Sarah Bowles-flannery
Every time you read about anyone’s self-care or morning routines, you hear about the vitamins they pop to help their personal wellness. Trouble is there are a lot to choose from. There’s basically an alphabet you have to memorise and as you get older and enter different life stages, the types and amounts of nutrients you need will change. Here, naturopath Sarah Bowles-flannery shares her no-fuss guide to what you need to be taking for the stage of life you’re at.
The vitamins you need to prepare your body for pregnancy, for instance, are very different to what you need when you’re going into menopause. And even if you eat an all organic, super wholefoods diet (congratulations!), the nutrient deficiencies in our soil – such as iodine – mean you can still be missing out on the right amount of necessary vitamins. And, as Sarah points out, we are only human. “Even the odd glass of wine and piece of cake – nutrient-poor foods that need the missing elements to be metabolised properly – can rob our body of its supplies, leaving us with a nutrient debt.”
If you’re not a fan of vitamins, there are other ways to get in goodness. Sarah is a big believer in herbs, tonics and bush flower tinctures to complement your daily life, as they can be particularly effective as a natural mood-booster. “Flower remedies work on the mind, emotions and spirit,” Sarah says. “They’re good at releasing negative emotional patterns and creating a more positive state of mind.” And, for the pill phobic, they just require a few drops twice a day.