Fuelling Your Body: Key Nutrients Throughout a Woman's Life

Fuelling Your Body: Key Nutrients Throughout a Woman's Life

A woman's body undergoes incredible changes throughout her life. From the rapid growth of adolescence to the hormonal shifts of pregnancy and menopause, our nutritional needs constantly evolve. Understanding which nutrients are most important at each stage is key to keeping ourselves feeling our best.

Key nutrients throughout women's life cycle, Wassen

Teenage Years: Building Strong Foundations

This period is crucial for bone development. Make sure you're getting enough calcium from dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods. Don't forget vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium – sunlight exposure and fatty fish are great sources. As menstruation begins, iron becomes vital for healthy red blood cells. Include iron-rich foods like lean meat, beans, lentils, and dark leafy vegetables in your diet.

Teenage Girls

Young Adulthood: Peak Performance

During this time, focus on a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Iron remains important, so continue incorporating iron-rich options. Getting enough protein is also crucial for muscle building and repair. Lean protein sources like chicken, fish, beans, and lentils are all excellent choices. Don't forget about omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health. Fatty fish like salmon and tuna, as well as flaxseeds and walnuts, are good sources. 

Young female adult

Pregnancy: Nourishing Two

This is a time of increased nutritional demands. Folate is crucial for fetal development, so leafy greens, fortified grains, and beans are essential. Calcium needs also increase to support both mom and baby's bone health. Iron remains important to prevent anemia, and choline plays a vital role in brain development – eggs and dairy products are good sources. The Omega 3 fatty acid DHA is also important at this stage as it supports foetal and infant brain development.

Pregnant Woman

Perimenopause and Menopause: Shifting Needs

As hormone levels fluctuate, calcium intake becomes even more important to prevent bone loss. Aim for plenty of dairy products, leafy greens, and calcium-fortified foods. Vitamin D is still essential for calcium absorption and for supporting bone health.  Omega 3 helps to support brain health and may reduce the rate of cognitive decline. Vitamin B6 helps to support hormonal balance.

Menopausal woman

A healthy diet is important at all stages of life to ensure adequate nutrient intake. You may wish to take a supplement to support your nutrient intake.

The benefits of taking a supplement if you are a woman include:

  • Correcting Nutrition Imbalances: If you have a diagnosed vitamin or mineral deficiency, supplements can help bridge the gap and ensure your body gets what it needs.
  • Supporting Specific Needs: Certain life stages require specific nutrients. For example, pregnant women need folic acid.
  • Dietary Gaps: Even with a balanced diet, it can be challenging to get all the recommended nutrients every day. Supplements can help fill those gaps, especially if you have dietary restrictions or limitations.
Magnesium-OK, supplement for hormonal support for women
Wassen Magnesium-OK contains nutrients selected to support women’s hormonal activity throughout the different phases of life, from teens to menopause. Each tablet provides Magnesium to support energy and Vitamin B6 for hormonal balance
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