I loathe taking medications of any kind. It doesn’t matter what it’s for…I’m very skeptical of putting things in my body just because.

With that said, menopause had my belly looking like a three-month pregnant woman, and that’s no bueno. It wasn’t until I spoke with Karen Cerezo, the Midlife Coach, that I realized what had to be done. It was time for a probiotic.

I thought I was doing well with the probiotic in my Kefir, but I was wrong. A probiotic should have at least 16 strains. My digestion improved within a week of taking one a day. And I just happened to have chosen one that has a mood stabilizer called Ashwaghanda. Let me tell you something…this has saved my life. I’m a much calmer version of myself, not in a zoned-out kind of way, but in a not-going-off-on-everyone kind of way. It’s been a nice, unexpected addition.

The second thing I did was listened to my primary care doctor. A couple years ago, she said I was Vitamin D deficient. But like I said, I’m not one to readily accept that I need to take pills for something.

Guess what? Vitamin D has both a direct and indirect role in the regulation of sleep. Who knew?

At first, I bought just the Vitamin D pill itself. It seems that when I take it independently, it increases my insomnia. So, instead, I bought a multivitamin. Again, I thought my Vega One had enough vitamins, but I was wrong. Waaay wrong. This multivitamin had the right amount of all types of things, including Vitamin D. And kind of like the probiotic, this one was a two-fer. It also improved metabolism, so it was another win-win. I’ve lost ten pounds by doing nothing different other than taking this multivitamin, and my sleep quality has dramatically improved.

So, that’s it for this month. I’m happy to report that my menopausal health is coming together quite nicely.

Even though I’m not being paid for this, I’ll tell you that I use Garden of Life for the probiotic and Alive for the multivitamin.

The Association between Vitamin D Deficiency and Sleep Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

*I’m a Dr., but not that kinda doctor, so this is not medical advice! Go talk to your physician!