As we age, our need for optimal nutrition increases. In midlife, this is especially true. Eating carbs isn’t a walk in the park like it used to be. It makes us feel tired and achy. Eating gluten or dairy may give us brain fog, stomach aches or skin issues. Not drinking enough water may give us headaches or low energy. If we keep treating ourselves like we have been, we feel tired and sick. We weren’t like this when we were 30, so why all of a sudden is our body demanding more and letting us get away with less?

It’s because we are aging.

But what is aging and why does aging make it more difficult to get optimal nutrition? It helps to try to understand the aging process at a deeper level.

With time, and especially by midlife, our bodies are exposed more and more to oxidation and toxicity. Every year of life brings its own experiences and toxic load. By the time we are 40, oxidation and toxicity work together and against optimal health. They are basically our enemies of feeling great and living a long, happy life. Your body was created to balance hormones, create energy, fight off infection and sleep great, but when it goes to supporting these healthy processes, if the nutrients are already being used for detoxification or fighting oxidation, then your body does not have what it needs for its daily health requirements. This is where nutritional deficiency and illness starts, unless these problems are understood and addressed.

Oxidation of the body is basically rust. When you leave a shovel outside for too long and it gets rusty, that’s oxidation at work on the metal part of the shovel. When the white flesh of a fresh sliced apple turns brown, this too is oxidation. This process can also happen inside the body, and it causes inflammation, pain, and disease. It also stresses the body and increases the need for antioxidant support. This is why top quality antioxidant supplements AND bright colored fruits and vegetables are ALL important, especially in midlife and beyond. Prescription drugs won’t help. Your doctor may prescribe them for certain symptoms, but in midlife, your body is thirsty for nutrition, and not for drugs.

Speaking of drugs, toxicity is the next problem to understand for optimal health in midlife. Taking prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and exposure to common pollutants all add to your total toxic load. New carpet, new paint, dry cleaning chemicals and plastics all create off-gassing that also creates cellular toxicity. Your liver will help you detox if you have the right nutrients in the right amounts.

The key is to work WITH your body to fuel it and give it what it needs. Your body will be higher maintenance as you age, but it’s not impossible to please. It needs hydration, minerals, vitamins, fiber, protein, healthy fats and lots of bright colored fruits and veggies. And even past that, in order to reverse the effects of environmental pollution and the toxicity we subject ourselves to unknowingly, you will also need potent antioxidant supplements to support your body’s natural detoxification process.

In order to feel our best, our bodies need more fuel and less “junk.” It’s like managing a nutrition bank account. It needs more deposits than withdrawals to maintain a healthy balance. Everything we do or eat/drink either adds to or subtracts from our nutritional status. Taking high quality vitamins and supplements in the right therapeutic amounts is like making large deposits that help us stay ahead and stay out of debt (nutrition deficiency).

Here are 7 critical nutrients for optimal health in midlife: 

  1. Vitamin D-3 is critical for hormone production, cancer prevention and brighter moods. African Americans are at the highest risk for vitamin D deficiency. If you haven’t had a vitamin D-3 blood test, then ask your doctor for one today. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to all sorts of cancers.
  2. Vitamin C is essential for immune health, collagen production, and is an effective antioxidant. The collagen production benefit is critical to heart health as a breakdown in collagen production causes heart issues and eventually leads to heart disease.
  3. B-Complex vitamins in a top quality multivitamin are important for good energy levels, reducing stress, and improving moods and focus. Your brain uses quite a bit of B vitamins, and they are water soluble, so these are some of the hardest vitamins to keep at good levels in your body. Taking a high quality B-Complex vitamin is essential, and eating foods high in B vitamins like cucumber is also very important.
  4. Omega-3 Nutrients from a high quality fish oil supplement are absolutely key for brain preservation, heart health and healthy cells. Every cell membrane needs omega 3 fatty acids for proper structure. Brain cells require optimal levels of omega 3 fatty acids for effective communication, memory and focus.
  5. CoQ10  or Ubiquinol  is a super strong antioxidant with amazing benefits. It actually increases mitochondrial energy production and increases heart energy for improved heart health. The increased energy production may leave you giving up coffee!
  6. Magnesium  is critical for optimal heart health. A deficiency of magnesium can increase blood pressure, and even cause a heart attack. Coffee, working out, stress and carbohydrates can all contribute to a magnesium deficiency.
  7. Probiotics are helpful for digestion and immune health. They are a core part of any good supplement regimen, especially in midlife or if you have ever taken antibiotics.

Most of these nutrients are in Dr. Hotze’s PowerPak. You will need to supplement with probiotics in addition to the PowerPak, but having 6 of the 7 nutrients in a pre-organized packet is important. This increases your success rate with daily supplementation by making it easy and convenient to take the supplements. Dr. Hotze’s PowerPak was formulated by Dr. Hotze as the highest quality, most potent and effective vitamin packet on the market.

If you really want all of your vitamins in one packet, you can create a customized My HotzePak here.   Eating healthy and taking the right supplements in midlife can feel tricky and confusing, but hopefully this list of nutrients gives you a place to start when piecing together a supplement regimen to support optimal health in midlife and beyond. If you have any questions, please contact our Vitamin Consultants at 281-646-1659 and they will be happy to help!