Happy Women’s Day lovelies! Today, we unabashedly celebrate womanhood and as such, feel the need to show our appreciation for women with a special article on how they can stay healthy. Consider this as a cheat sheet on healthy living so keeping a few of these tips in mind will help you stay in good health while you enjoy the best of what life’s got to offer
1. Chill the stress out
Yes, you’ve heard it before but when considering how women seem to endlessly juggle all they have on their plates (which is a lot), special care must be taken. Stress, when left unaddressed can have significant health implications ranging from infertility to higher risks of depression, anxiety, and heart disease. Find a healthy stress-reduction method that works for you and stick with it.”
2.Watch the calcium
We know adults over 30 need more calcium but don’t push it. Too much-absorbed calcium can increase the risk of kidney stones and even heart disease. If you’re under 50, keep the needle on 1,000 milligrams per day. As for older women, getting 1,200 milligrams per day – mainly through diet should be fine. You can have more of calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon, and almonds.
3. Have good sex
No, we won’t shy away from saying this. Studies abound on how sex reduces stress and may lower the risk of chronic disease — but only if you enjoy it. If anything prevents you from sexual fulfillment, such as dryness or pain, talk to your doctor to find a solution.
4. Cardio alone won’t cut it
Cardio is good for the heart and lungs but adding strength training helps a lot too. You need a mix of regular cardio and resistance or weight-bearing exercise to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
5. Focus more on eating healthy than dieting
We know you’d like nothing more to look ‘peng’ in that dress but don’t starve. “Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favourite glass of wine or the beloved plate of small chops at parties every now and then. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, all you need is moderation. Get a mix of lean proteins, healthy fats, smart carbs, and fibre.”
6. Birth control isn’t a bad idea
Although there are a lot of myths out there that ensure birth control gets a bad rap, all it does is to keep you from getting pregnant before you’re ready. Studies also show it can lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer as well as regulate your cycle.”
7. Make your OB/GE a BFF
Nobody likes seeing a doctor unless it’s absolutely necessary but staying healthy requires that we run regular checks and not only visit a hospital when we’re ill. Ensure you get a Pap test to check for cervical cancer every 3 years if you are 21 or older. If you are 30-65, you can get both a Pap test and HPV test every 5 years. In all, try not to skip having a yearly check-up as your doctor needs to annually assess many other issues such as potential infection, your need for contraception, and sexual complaints.
8. Consider genetic testing
Thanks to science, it’s now possible for doctors to screen people with a family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and other chronic diseases in order to assess their risk and then consider preventive measures.
Celebrating womanhood is more fulfilling and enjoyable in good health, doing all you can to keep it so is totally worth it.