Staying healthy has never been so easy and so difficult at the same time. Scientific breakthroughs have helped us gain insight into what is good for our body but the modern pace of life seems to prevent us from staying on track.
Girls in their teens tend to need calcium and iron more than any other mineral. Not only does calcium play a vital role in bone development but it also prevents muscle cramps and enables proper functioning of the entire body. Calcium is found in dairy products such as milk, yogurt or cheese. It is also found in vegetables such as broccoli and kale. Still, excessive intake of calcium may lead to a higher risk of developing kidney stones. Iron is yet another mineral crucial for early teenage development. During the teenage years, girls begin to menstruate and with each period, the level of iron in the blood decreases. Iron supplies be replenished because iron deficiency can cause serious health problems.
For women who plan on having a baby, vitamin B12 is extremely important because it enables a proper brain functions and a healthy nervous system. It is found in animal products such as red meat, some low-fat dairy product and eggs. If you are a vegan, plant milk, soy products and B12 supplements might be your best option.
The period between the age of 40 and 50 is the time of a great metabolic change. Proper nutrition can ease the perimenopause (the beginning stage of menopause) and replenish estrogen levels. Bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis are connected to the slump of the hormones so taking enough vitamin D is extremely important.
Although menstrual pain does not signify any serious gynecological problem, it still can make those few days a living hell. Luckily, there are herbs and food which are great for relieving these cramps. Chamomile tea, ginger, fennel seeds, and cinnamon are great pain-relievers.
Sleep and physical exercise are equally important in every stage of life. Not only does rest affect your appearance but it regenerates your cells and helps muscle recovery. “Beauty sleep” means at least 7 – 8 hours of quality rest in a dark and quiet room.
Physical exercise encourages weight loss, controls the weight, boosts energy levels, and keeps serious medical conditions at bay. Although some women can’t motivate themselves to start exercising, even the slightest physical activity like walking to the supermarket or around the block works wonders.
The benefits of working out go far beyond a nice waistline. Physical activity decreases blood cholesterol and preserves the heart. As women are more prone to developing cardiovascular disease in menopause, healthy habits should be acquired as early as possible.
Having all this in mind, it is not hard to stay healthy after all. Just a few changes to our lifestyle can make all the difference in the world.