I wrote a short article about two types of supplements I take in midlife which have helped me tremendously in terms of feeling healthier. Also, they have reduced that three-months pregnant look whenever I eat flour-y carbs…Hey, I’m partly Italian. I like my pastas and my baked goods 😉
I did not grow up with supplements. My mom never gave me a multi-vitamin, strongly believing in healthy food choices (i.e., whole foods) being the better option. But both she, and now I, have encountered uncomfortable digestive symptoms in midlife. When she went to visit a naturopath doctor to address these and other issues, she was directed to do a whole bunch of tests to determine food sensitivities or allergies (issued by traditional doctors), and was given a new diet to try—a sustaining one based on test results, not some fad that was popular with celebrities.
Point is, optimal digestion slows down in midlife, and especially while in perimenopause and then menopause. Additionally, absorption of nutrients is also affected.
I visited my own health team in midlife, after my second baby finished nursing me to death (for eighteen months…I don’t wanna talk about it). I learned a whole bunch of things including the following:
In my article, The Difference between Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes, I give you my learned perspective and compare the differences between an enzyme and a probiotic bacteria. It is not a scientific piece, just a perimenopausal woman’s perspective based on information gathered from her health team. Please clap if you like the story, I appreciate the support.
Note: I am not really a fan of supplements. The bulk of my nutrition comes from a whole food diet high(er) in protein and low(er) in complex carbs. I still eat my pastas and breads at times, and occasionally treat myself to sugar-y simple-carb pastries and desserts (e.g., white flour, white sugar) but have found my body adjusted with less discomfort as I reduced, rather than eliminated them from my diet. I don’t bloat nearly as often, for instance. This may be due to the fact that I don’t eat white flour products daily, and when I do and feel bloating after, I reach for a gluten enzyme and lay off the carbs all together for a few days after.
Everything in moderation, they say. This has worked for me without making me feel like I’m missing out on some favorite foods and managed to keep my weight balanced, my skin itch free, and my mood more stable.