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WOMEN’S HEALTH – DO’S AND DON’TS

Women always cherish a secret desire to look good and have a pleasing appearance; but the external appearance can not be achieved just with loads of make-up. One needs to be healthy and fit from inside to look and feel good outside. Most often many of the women neglect the demands and needs of their own body and health as they give priority to their families’ needs. More so Indian women have always been seen as an idol of sacrifice and giving which in some situation might prove compromising for women’s health.

But the time is changing and so the scenario as well. Women are getting educated and are participating in family income. Hence the more aware women of today are smart enough to give priority to their health as well. Working women in particular are more concerned about their fitness to manage home and job simultaneously. Many women, especially those living in urban developed areas or metro cities head to gym or try various health foods to stay fit. However with changing times, there is change in the morbidity rates also. There has been a gradual rise in the incidence rate of various lifestyle related diseases like hypertension, diabetes, angina or other heart diseases, cancer, menstrual irregularities, and female infertility.

In earlier times, women used to stay indoors and were involved in only house-hold chores but then they used to work so hard physically that no extra workout schedule was required and also the food was much pure and free of any kind of adulteration. Now-a-days, even though women tries to work out and eat lot of organic foods, the nature of job has become more sedentary and life is running at ease with all machines around which has cut down the labour and made our body lazy and susceptible enough to get one or the other lifestyle diseases.

The women’s body is wonderfully complex and delicate requiring utmost care in terms of workout, nutrition, or the looks. Health is not merely absence of disease but making simple changes in our diet, physical activity pattern, environment and minute actions that would help us to remain healthy and beautiful for long.

Some of the health tips by Indiadiets team exclusively for women are as follows:
Make a conscious effort to avoid stress as it may affect your mental health in long term.
Consult your gynecologist periodically to have a proper examination of your genital organs and breast and to get consultation for right contraceptive method and also for any kind or menstrual problems.
Females are prone to developing osteoporosis hence make sure you take enough amount of calcium in your diet.
Take care of your skin as it is a known fact that women feel good when they look good. Skin care home remedies can be quite handy.
Stay fit with regular exercise. Joining a gym or attending yoga classes may be of help.
 

Healthy Diet for Women by Indiadiets Team:
The multiple roles that a woman plays in her daily routine life calls for an extra ounce of nutrition in her diet. Following these tips might prove beneficial:

Eat more of fresh fruits and vegetables, pulses and legumes and nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios.
Green leafy vegetables are a must in daily diet.
Opt for whole grain foods rather than processed foods.
Eat breakfast religiously every single day.
Restrict the intake of saturated fats like cheese, red meat, hydrogenated vegetable or animal fat; instead choose olive oil, sunflower oil, and soybean oil for cooking and lean meat, fish and eggs as protein sources.
Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.


Faulty Daily Practices of women at a Glance:
In present times there has been much hype for diet and exercise for overall fitness but apart from these there are innumerous faulty habits that also needs attention and modification for the women’s to get long term benefits of exercising and diet. Many of the women don’t even know that carrying a heavy handbag or wearing crippling heels might be the reason for them getting back and leg pain now or in near future.

Wearing heels: More and more of women are opting to wear heels on a daily basis, and this could be bad news for their health. High heels affect our posture, put pressure on joints, and can lead to a range of conditions including arthritis, hammer toes, back pain and tendon injuries – and that’s before you take into account any heel-related accidents! To avoid such types of damage, limit the heels to 1.5 inches for daily wear, and wear insoles to help reduce the pressure on joints.

Carrying a heavy handbag: With the rising number of gadgets and accessories the majority of women haul around, many of the women are carrying around several pounds of weight on their shoulders every day. As a result, lots of them are also putting their long term health at risk. While they may not feel the effects right now, lugging around a heavy handbag can lead to serious back problems and neck pain as well as poor posture. Don’t wait until the damage is done so try clearing out all non-essential items and switching to a smaller bag.

Sleeping with makeup on: Most of the women have succumbed to the temptation to sleep in post-party makeup at some point. However, leaving makeup on overnight – along with the dirt and oil that naturally accumulates on skin throughout the day –is a quick route to clogged pores, congested skin and spots. Sleeping with mascara and eye makeup on can also affect the health by causing eye irritation, bloodshot eyes or even infection.

Matching men drink for drink: From networking drinks to first dates and social events, there are many instances when women may feel compelled to keep up with the drinking habits of the opposite sex. However, women not only tend to weigh less than men but they have less body water to dilute the alcohol, which means they tend to get more drunk more quickly. To minimize the risks of alcohol on health, try to keep within the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption and alternate alcohol with soft drinks.

Wearing the wrong bra size: It is thought that more than 70 per cent of women are wearing the wrong bra size. However, wearing a badly fitted bra can not only affect the look of the clothes, but research suggests it can cause a range of health problems including back, neck and breast pain, breathing difficulties, poor posture, skin irritation, circulation problems and even irritable bowel syndrome. Rather than guessing the breast size, make sure to get measured to ensure getting the support needed.

Worrying and harboring regrets: Stress is damaging to both the physical and mental health, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from stress-related disorders, as well as having higher rates of depression and anxiety. While it is thought there may be biological reasons for this, worrying about the future and dwelling on regrets can also add to the problems, with research suggesting that women are more than twice as likely as men to harbor regrets over lost loves and broken relationships.

Obsessing over appearance: While both genders suffer from body insecurity, many women tend to overly obsess over their idea of the “perfect” body. Body insecurity not only affects mental health, but it can also lead to physical damage caused by extreme diets, yo-yo dieting, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery.

Emotional eating: While comfort eating affects both genders, research has suggested that men are more likely to reinforce positive emotions with food, while women comfort eat when they’re sad. Women are also more likely to satisfy their cravings with sweet, high calorie foods which might affect their weight or overall health in due course of time.

Not getting enough sleep: Not only can lack of sleep make us look and feel at our worst, but insufficient shut-eye can also lead to increased accidents, calorie consumption and heart disease risk. Unluckily for women, statistics suggest that sleep problems affect more women than men. Unfortunately, sleep has been found to affect women’s blood pressure and mood more than men’s, making it imperative for women to get a good night’s sleep.

Putting themselves last: Not only are women more likely to compromise their sleeping habits to care for children and others, they are also prone to putting their own wants and needs at the bottom of a hectic to-do list of chores and obligations. To avoid running yourself into the ground, learn to sometimes say no to those requests and commitments that are less than essential, and make sure to set aside some “me” time each week to do something enjoyable just for you.

To live life to the fullest be healthy. Modify the lifestyle including diet and daily routine habits through Indiadiets Tailored Diet Plan for women’s health and lifestyle correction.
 




Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your evening meal.
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.
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