In the past, there used to be a “one size fits all” approach to medical care and treatment as well as what was considered to be “healthy.” Thankfully, times have changed and more and more people are acknowledging the differences between men and women when it comes to staying healthy.
Each of us has our own needs and requirements to stay healthy while promoting happiness and well-being in our lives. With that in mind, here are three health tips that are specifically focused on women and their individual needs in order to stay healthy (http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/everyday-tips.aspx).
Eat healthy and exercise—Ok, we get it: Nobody, and we mean nobody, likes to diet. Too often, many women turn to these new fad diets that are absolutely the bane of our existence. (Does anybody remember the cabbage soup diet?) But, it is important to eat properly and get exercise. You will find that a proper diet can also reduce issues later on with diseases and health problems. So what should you eat? Try a variety of fruits and vegetables. You can eat meat, just don’t go for the really fatty cuts of beef. Instead, go for lean meats like fish or chicken. And don’t worry about cutting out carbs. Grains are ok if you go for whole grains and foods that are high in fiber.
Take steps against cancer—As women, two of the biggest forms of cancer that we face are breast cancer and skin cancer. For the first, be sure that you get regular checkups and do monthly breast self-exams. In addition, find out about the density of your breast as this can affect mammograms later on. For skin cancer, you have to be extremely careful with getting sun. Avoid tanning beds and make sure that when you go out to lounge on the beach or by the pool that you are putting on sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF rating.
Relax—One of the most detrimental aspects to our health is that we stress out too much. Work, family, money, health…all of these can fray your nerves until your health starts to decline. So what can you do to relax? Find some “Me Time” every single day. This can be listening to a meditation CD before bed, finding time to relax and shut everyone out while you read a book, or just take a relaxing bath. Whatever you can do to unwind, your body will thank you for it.