As you move towards the mature years, you may notice how the body stops working as well as it did.
This is the ageing process as we know it now and there is no way to stop it. It may change in the future, but right now what we have - to help us ensure we have enough essential nutrients to maintain or improve our health - are supplements, which include vitamins, minerals and herbal products, also known as botanicals.
One of the essential areas of focus for mature people (especially women) is the pelvic floor. Like any other muscle in the body, the pelvic floor muscles will lose strength and elasticity especially with a drop in the production of hormones (menopause) and without any exercise.
Kegels or pelvic floor exercises are essential for improving and maintaining this muscle group and whether you achieve improved muscle tone with manual Kegels (pelvic exercises) or you use an electronic pelvic toner like the Kegel8 Ultra 20 for women or V for Men is up to you.
Supplements are also a choice and here are a few that can help protect against, as well as improve pelvic floor issues:
1. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D deficiency clinically proven to be linked to pelvic floor weakness and disorders
Pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence & faecal incontinence linked to Vit D deficiency
Excess body weight prevents your body accessing Vit D, it gets trapped in fat cells.
Higher levels of Vitamin D – stronger pelvic floor, less dryness & atrophy.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C combines with collagen for repair, rebuilding and strengthening tissues & muscles, reduces pelvic pain
Low Vitamin C levels cause Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Vit C helps relieve constipation
It strengthens immune system preventing colds - vital if you have pelvic organ prolapse and coughing a lot.
Clinically proven to act on pelvic pain (especially period pain) and endometriosis pain.
3. Hydrolysed Collagen
Hydrolysed Collagen for stronger muscles and elasticity
Collagen levels fall as we age, there is a direct link with pelvic organ prolapse
It is an essential supplement to boost muscle, energy and vitality.
4. Probiotics for UTI’s & Thrush
The Probiotic you choose should contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 (previously called L. fermentum RC-14), which seems to be the most effective among the studied lactobacilli for the recovery and prevention of UTIs and thrush.
Probiotic for the healthy balance of the gut
It also has been used for vaginal, bowels, and urinary system health
Positive effects on the gut to help balance pH levels & prevent Bacterial Vaginosis
Power Dolphilus is known to ease symptoms of IBS and Candidiasis (thrush) & boost the immune system
Supports and increases the guts 'good' bacteria and is a perfect supplement to populate the gut after a detox.
Remember to take Dophilus in small doses at first as too much ‘good’ bacteria (Dophilus) can cause a rapid die-off of the bad bacteria, which could lead to excessive bloating, wind and stomach cramps.
6. Beta Carotene
Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) is useful in treating oestrogen dominance conditions
It helps make collagen
Beta Carotene can help prevent bacterial vaginosis (BV)
This is a safe source of Vitamin A it is good for UTIs, BV and Cystitis
Recurrent lower urinary tract infections can be reduced by supplementing with Beta Carotene
Supports mucous membranes so good for vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy.
80% of us are deficient in Magnesium, helps relieve pelvic pain & ease pelvic floor pressure
Magnesium is more effective than laxatives in treating constipation, less pressure on pelvic floor
Magnesium relieves stress and anxiety associated with pelvic floor pain disorders
Magnesium eases premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
8. Oregano Oil
Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral this is a powerful oil
Won’t harm ‘good’ bacteria and can help prevent reinfection of UTIs and Candida overgrowth problems
Highly effective in treating Candida Albicans, vaginal yeast infections and gut related yeast infections.
9. D Mannose
Powerful remedy for UTIs and Cystitis, flushes out bacteria responsible for 90% of urinary tract infections
D-mannose attaches to bacteria in the bladder rendering them harmless, can prevent UTIs
Clinically proven to cure UTIs and prevent recurring UTIs and cystitis vital for bladder health.
Even though these are supplements, they can also have some side effects, so if you notice any please contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
In addition, if you are taking any medications (pharmaceutical or natural) you may want to confirm with your pharmacist or homeopath that a supplement will not have any adverse reactions with your prescribed treatment.
Original article: Kegel8 Website