Women’s health concerns are different from men; they are more susceptible to conditions like UTI’s (urinary tract infections), migraines, heart disease and bone density loss. Generally speaking, women lose bone mass more quickly as they age, often leading to osteoporosis. Therefore, it is important for women to prioritize their health early and maintain healthy habits throughout their lifetime.
10 easy ways you can improve your health
Follow these easy tips to begin your journey toward a healthier life:
Eat healthy foods
Eating well is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products will help keep your heart healthy and your organs working well.
Combining exercise with a healthy diet will help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of some diseases, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Eliminate tobacco products
When you smoke, tar sticks to the insides of your lungs and can cause cancer. The nicotine in tobacco products shrinks your blood vessels and inhibits blood flow throughout your body. This limits the amount of oxygen-rich blood that can reach your organs.
Maintaining good mental health plays a large role in your overall psychological and physical health. Mindfulness can boost your mood and your immune system.
Women should limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day or less. Over time, heavy drinking may lead to a variety of problems like liver damage, cirrhosis or cancer.
Drink more water
Water helps your body digest food, circulate nutrients and maintain a healthy body temperature. When you drink the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day you promote weight loss, boost your immune system, increase energy levels and relieve fatigue.
Avoid toxins and other harmful chemicals
Toxins and harmful chemicals can be found in a lot of places, so it’s important to choose locally grown (or organic) fruits and vegetables. Read the ingredient label on everything from makeup and hair dye to laundry detergent and hand soap. Look for natural ingredients and avoid products that contain BPA, parabens and phthalates.
Enjoy the great outdoors
Breathing in fresh air and getting out into the sunshine are two ways you can quickly transition to a better mood. So go for a hike, bike ride or walk around the block each day to elevate your mood and improve your immune system.
Wear sunscreen every day
Sunscreen protects your skin from age spots, sunburn and melanoma. Applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher will help protect your skin from damage. It’s also a good idea to perform regular health checks and consult your doctor if you notice a change in the size, shape, color or feel of any birthmarks, moles or freckles.
Disconnect, especially at night
Devices like your laptop, tablet or phone can affect your sleep quality and may adversely affect your level of physical activity and stress. Make a pact with your partner to keep your bedroom a technology-free zone. This simple step can help you reconnect with your spouse and sleep better.
At Summit OB/GYN, we treat each of our patients like family and create health care plans tailored to your specific needs. For more information about Summit OB/GYN or to schedule an appointment, call 307-682-6263.