The role of women in our society is enormous! However through time immemorial, she has been compromising and neglecting her own needs for her family and loved ones. Neglecting her own self, her individuality and health, she has always focused on providing for the society. The time has come to pause and retrospect this compromise.
Can women create a healthy society if they are weak and suffering from various diseases and problems? The answer is NO! We can move towards a happier and brighter future only if our women stand strong. This is why understanding and adopting healthy lifestyle choices have become so important for women today.
There are many health issues that women are more susceptible to, along with those that are pertinent only to their gender. Some of their unique conditions are:
- Pregnancy issues
- Gynecological & pregnancy problems
- Urinary tract infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Heart disease
- Breast & ovarian cancer
- Autoimmune diseases
To keep these at bay, women can include the following foods into their diets:
- A Bowl of Oats
Start your day with a nutrition packed bowl of oats.
- Whole Oats are rich in antioxidants. They are known to be great for digestion, maintaining blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- They also contain Vitamin B6 which helps in overcoming PMS and mood swings.
- Presence of Folic acid in oats help in preventing birth defects in babies and thus beneficial for women, pre and post pregnancy.
- The higher Fiber content in oats decreases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 61%!
- A Handful of Flaxseed
These tiny seeds may seem to be insignificant but they have a plethora of essential nutrients. Flax seeds are extremely good for women:
- If you are a vegetarian or don’t eat fish, flax seeds can be your source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
- They are known to reduce the risk of having heart diseases.
- According to a Canadian study, as it contains 800 times more lignans than other plant foods, people who eat flax seeds are 18% less likely to get breast cancer.
- Flax seed is a great supplier of dietary fiber and thus is beneficial in tackling constipation in both babies and adults
- A Cup of Green Tea
Green tea is not just a regular cuppa. It is the healthiest beverage to consume as it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients and is better than a cup of coffee.
- Being a rich source of antioxidants, it reduces the risk of breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
- L-thianine, an amino acid present in green tea, calms the nervous system. It helps reducing stress and helps reduce depression. So it is mildly stimulating but is also calming at the same time.
- Due to the presence of antioxidants it can also help fight-free radical damage, thus preventing wrinkles and signs of aging in women.
- Green tea contains some anti-inflammatory compounds which help with arthritis.
- A Tablespoon of Almond Butter
Switch your peanut butter for Almond Butter! Almond contains 3 times more Vitamin E than peanut butter which increases the chances of beating age-related memory loss. They are full of healthy flavonoids:
- A few tablespoons of almond butter reduce the chances of developing gallstones in women.
- Almonds are packed with manganese, copper and Vitamin B2. These help in energy production and are thus great for women who work all day.
- Small servings of almond butter have generous amounts of magnesium. Magnesium helps in boosting heart health. In fact, it reduces the chances of having coronary heart disease by more than 35%.
- Some Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are tiny, but they are packed with nutrients. Even small amounts of it contain a good amount of magnesium, zinc and iron. There are a number of benefits associated with these minerals:
- During pregnancy it is very essential for a woman to get a good pump of iron in her body. As she nurtures a baby inside her, her body requires iron in great quantities. Iron helps the body to make blood which helps in shuttling the needed amount of oxygen to the baby.
- Helps in Urinary function.
- Women often have magnesium deficiency in their bodies. The magnesium in these seeds help in forming and maintaining healthy bones, reducing heart risks, controlling blood pressure.
Sprinkle the seeds in your bowl of oats or yogurt or have them just like that!
- A Few Cranberries
Around 60% women experience the pain of a Urinary Tract Infection at least once in their lives. This infection can be in any part of the urinary system. Women are at a far greater danger of developing UTI then men.
- Cranberries contain an element called proanthocyanidins which help in preventing bacteria from growing in the walls of the bladder. Thus, cranberries naturally help in preventing UTIs.
- Fiber is great for your gut health and these berries are packed with it.
- They boost the immune system. So if you are feeling under the weather you can load up on some cranberries.
Quinoa is a gluten free grain known for its exceptional balance of oil, fat, fiber and protein. It is one of the very few plant foods that contain all the 9 essential amino acids. This food is also high in fiber.
- It is a carbohydrate, packed with nutrients giving long lasting energy which is great for the woman who is on her feet all day.
- It is a good source of protein for all the people who don’t eat meat.
- It is great for pregnant women. Protein is required for the healthy growth and development of the fetus.
We hope this round up of foods that can positively impact women’s health was useful for you. If you require any specific foods, or are looking for natural remedies for any health issues, do get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org – we would be happy to help you curate an assortment!