If you’re anything like I am, you’ve got a drawer full of vitamins, supplements and hormones to take daily (that’s if you remember). I’ve done my fair share of research throughout the years and now that I’m older, I’m still convinced supplementing my diet makes a difference to my health.
Here’s a breakdown of what vitamins, supplements and hormones I take on daily basis:
- Vitamin D
Bio Identical Estriol/Estradiol
Bio Identical Progesterone
This chart from the USDA is a little more interactive and gives you the opportunity to plug in your age and weight (which is pretty darn important) to find what your recommended daily doses might be.
The wild card is your own personal physiology which includes your current health status.
Supplements do just what they say. Supplement what you’re not getting in your diet, or add nutritional support when your body is going through a health challenge. For example if you’re not getting enough Vitamin D from sunshine, you may want to take more than the recommended daily dose.
The Mayo Clinic has recommendations for Vitamin D for a variety of health needs and their recommended dose varies from 40 IU to 10,000 IU daily.
Best Ways to Utilize Vitamins, Supplements, Hormones.
If you live near a Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers (US only) or a reputable health food store, go and talk to one of the folks in the vitamin aisles. They’re extremely knowledgeable. With literally thousands of products to choose from, don’t expect to be the expert.
Regarding hormone supplementation, I firmly believe a natural compounded formula is the only way to receive either estrogen, progesterone or testosterone safely. You may find you run into a brick wall when trying to find a physician or naturopath who will prescribe compounded formulas but it’s worth while to keep searching. Or find a compounding pharmacy and ask for referrals.
Christiane Northrup talks more about the dangers of synthetic hormones.
Books I can recommend to learn more about vitamins, supplements and hormones to take:
If you’d like to become more informed on natural, healthy alternatives to pharmaceuticals and ways to supplement your health safely, check these out.
– Goddesses Never Age – Dr. Christiane Northrup
– Natural Answers for Women’s Health Questions – D. Lindsey Berkson
– Healthy Digestion the Natural Way – D. Lindsey Berkson
– What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause – John R Lee
– Ageless, The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones – Suzanne Somers
Finding the right balance of vitamins, supplements and hormones is a dance, but getting that dance right may be the answer to your continued good health in the coming years!