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Girl, have you tried multivitamins?

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Girl, have you tried multivitamins?

The importance of taking multivitamins for women depends on several factors, including their age, diet, and overall health.

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I’ve known that I’m getting older ever since my knees couldn’t do the Vosho dance without repercussions. I also used to be able to sleep all day and still sleep all night but now the aches and pains are my internal alarm that tell me it’s time to get up. My body wasn’t running as efficiently as it used to. I was waking up groggy, I was sluggish and I knew I needed a ‘service’. I went to the hospital for a full check-up and nothing major was out of the ordinary. It wasn’t until I started multivitamins that I started to feel better.

I didn’t know that a simple supplement from over the counter could improve my life so drastically. Why didn’t I start taking multivitamins sooner? I genuinely needed the boost. My personal experience with multivitamins has proven that certain vitamins and minerals can be particularly important for women’s health. The importance of taking multivitamins for us as women depends on several factors, including our age, diet, and overall health.

Not getting enough vitamins can lead to various symptoms like tiredness, moodiness, and skin and hair changes. The symptoms you experience will vary depending on which vitamin(s) are lacking, since each one has a unique function in your body. I experienced a number of symptoms but fatigue was a regular. One of the significant changes since I started taking multivitamins is that I have more energy. I don’t wake up already tired like before. I’m getting old, I need all the help I can get.

As we get older, our bodies start having very specific needs. This is why different age groups and genders have different multivitamins recommended specifically for them. For example, older women need more Calcium and Vitamin D to support bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, especially important after menopause.

Firstly, I just want to point out the importance of a balanced diet as your first line of defence. A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is the best way to get most vitamins and minerals. Multivitamin capsules should only be taken as a supplement and not as the main source of valuable vitamins and minerals.

Nutrient Gaps

Multivitamins can help fill nutrient gaps in diets that might lack essential vitamins and minerals. This can be particularly important for women such as who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Due to their condition, they need increased folic acid, iron, and other nutrients for foetal development and infant health. Folic Acid is crucial for preventing neural tube defects in babies during pregnancy. This is why doctors recommend that pregnant women take prenatal vitamins from when they discover that they are pregnant. Some women can even start taking them sooner as pre-conceptive care to increase their chances of conceiving.

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On restrictive diets

Women who are on OMAD or IF may miss out on important vitamins and minerals due to limited food choices. I personally, don’t know how to put together a decent meal plan for a balanced diet. I have recently discovered that I get a headache when I’m hungry which can be attributed to low blood sugar. I’m probably one of those people who eat too much and still don’t get enough vitamins and minerals that the body needs in order to function properly.

Have heavy periods

If you suffer from dysmenorrhoea or anaemia you may benefit from iron supplementation to prevent deficiencies. Iron helps prevent anaemia, a common condition amongst women. If you feel like your periods are heavy (it’s not like you can compare them to anyone else) please visit your gynae and get it checked out.  If you also get clots that’s probably a sign that you need to book your appointment ASAP. If the women in your family have anaemia in their medical history, you might need to get an official diagnosis from your doctor as well to help manage it.

However, it’s important to consider that extensive research on the overall benefits of multivitamins for healthy adults is inconclusive. They may not prevent chronic diseases like some initially hoped. Multivitamins are not a replacement for a balanced diet, they are a supplement.

This is a women’s magazine and not WebMD, please consult a doctor before taking any supplements. Speak to your doctor to assess your individual needs and potential risks, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or you’re taking medications. If you have specific deficiencies or health concerns, your doctor might recommend specific supplements instead of a multivitamin.

Multivitamins can be beneficial for some women, particularly those with dietary limitations or specific health needs. However, a balanced diet is the most important source of nutrients.  Consult with your doctor to determine if a multivitamin is right for you and choose a high-quality product with appropriate dosages because taking high doses of certain vitamins and minerals can be harmful.

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