Throughout life, you will find that your body has varying nutritional needs and you will experience a myriad of health considerations based on your age. Although many factors, including the need for a well-rounded diet and maintaining a consistent exercise program will remain constant throughout your life, as you transition from a young woman into adulthood into a mature woman, each phase will present its own unique requirements.
20s and 30s
During this time it is ideal to cultivate lasting lifestyle choices including maintaining a healthy diet, establishing an exercise regimen, and abstaining from smoking. A healthy diet includes fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and essential fatty acids (from flax seed or fish oils). Additionally during this time vitamin supplementation may be needed to support fertility and pre-natal needs. Additionally, utilizing probiotic supplements is advisable due to their immune boosting properties.
By your late 20s, your bone density has nearly reached its peak. It is important to build what you can and to maintain what you have. Intake of 1000 mg of calcium per day as well as ample supply of vitamin D (around 400 IU) to help your bones absorb the calcium is recommended. Also do weight-bearing exercise to fortify your bones.
Maintaining a healthy weight will help you obtain improved well-being and health. Including weight loss supplements in your diet that can help support you reaching your weight loss goals.
Protecting your skin with healthy habits including eating a balanced diet, and utilizing a skin care routine that emphasizes protection, cleansing, and exfoliation is imperative. In addition, wearing sunscreen on exposed skin to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
It is vital to reduce or maintain low stress levels in order to maintain optimal health. Exercise in the form of walking is typically the easiest way to accomplish this goal. However, yoga, meditation and other modalities have been found to impact our bodies’ ability to handle stress more effectively.
One factor that should not be ignored during this phase is the importance of getting enough sleep. Chronic sleeplessness may lead to depression, diabetes, and diminished ability to learn and retain information.
30s and 40s
The same lifestyle concerns still apply; however during this time you may also need to address hormonal changes and pre-menopausal needs. In addition, Red Clover, Dong Quai and Phytoestrogens have been found to effectively reduce the symptoms one may experience during this time.
50s and over
Arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and memory loss may be of concern at this age. If so, anti-inflammatory supplements are advisable for arthritis while providing your body with additional immune support assists with its ability to fight cancer cells. Increasing your intake of calcium may help to combat osteoporosis while promoting healthy blood sugar levels can provide relief for those with diabetes. More people are dealing with memory loss and or the ability to focus or concentrate. Jellyfish based supplements as well as Huperzine A, Ginkgo Biloba, and Vinpocetine have been found to improve memory, concentration and overall brain health.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is often quoted as saying, “The first wealth is health.” Your health is your greatest asset and incorporating as many health-promoting activities into your day to day routine will enhance every aspect of your life no matter your age.