9 health secrets unlocked for you this International Women’s Day
It’s been decades that women have moved beyond their hearths. To something that has been close to their hearts, but still not dived head-on to their health. Now, doesn’t that make the alliteration sound so dismal?
Sad, but this IS the truth.
But not anymore! Grab the torch of your health this International Women’s Day & lead your life to the very zest of living. Because, if not for you to take charge of your health, nobody else will.
Just skim over the below stats to try to understand all that could be grossly wrong with most of the women around us.
Women tend to shoulder various responsibilities & juggle about their presence at the workforce & within the household every single day. Nevertheless, with gender, come some major differences in the way our body & hormones are made up. Hormones are a very integral part of any human being. However, the female body, unlike the male, experiences a vivid range of changes beginning from adolescence & then transcending to menstruation over time with maternity & then menopause. Our male buddies don’t really get to see so much happening to their bodies, do they?
Hence, naturally, our immune system differs from theirs & may render different responses to the common life-threatening diseases. So, darling, we definitely need to gear up better!
AND, here are 9 secrets you need to know & abide by to make the best of your health & thus, the vibrant life ahead of you!
“Comparison is the thief of Joy”
Stop comparing yourself with your favorite celebrities or even the ‘pretty’, ‘slim & sleek’ female acquaintances or friends. Even the celebs fall into a grotesque trap of ‘body image’ issues, which have seen very tragic results. Comparison only leads to unnecessary resentment, envy, self-hate & peer pressure. All our bodies are unique. Don’t hate your body; love it instead. And it’s only when you love your body, you take care of it & work over improving it towards better health. Your body is like your kid. You never hate your kid for what he/she is. Your kid is only a reflection of how you handle him/her. Replace “kid” with “body“.
Relax, Meditate & WORK OUT
When compared with men, women are more likely to die from a silent heart attack. Women with silent heart attacks are 58% more likely to die while the mortality rate for men by a silent heart attack is around 23%. And most of the heart attacks reported to have caused death shockingly occur very early in the mornings or even in sleep. Could you possibly reason with the incidence ratio?
You don’t really find yourself getting enough sleep or even waking up without an urge of rummaging through the chores of making yourself the breakfast & heading fast to work; or getting the kids up to school & pulling the day off systematically. Your day’s schedule board isn’t what you’re all meant for. Are you? This kind of waking up in the morning is often the culprit behind sudden heart attacks.
So, make a habit of waking up with ease. The first thing you do in the morning should ideally be all about you. Cuddle with your pillows & roll over for a couple of minutes in bed after silencing your alarm. Open your eyes gracefully, rise & sit with ease. Take a deep breath. Jot a tiny fitness plan for yourself. Drink at least half a litre water on the empty stomach. Learn to meditate diligently & take to small exercise routines such as walking, jogging, running, Yoga or a little cardio. This will definitely work miracles for your heart, vis-à-vis cardiovascular health.
Here’s how you could plan your fitness goals despite a busy schedule.
Not less than 7 hours
Studies show women as greater multi-taskers than the men folk. Dr. Jim Horne, Britain’s leading expert in sleep science explains that an average woman needs 20 more minutes of sleep than men. Essentially, the more you use your brain during the day, the more it needs to rest while asleep. So, let yourself sleep sound every night for at least 7 hours.
Eat ON TIME
If you’re still with mum, hug yourself. All that home-cooked food infused with love has been around to lift your moods & keep you from whining about the unhealthy & fat-laden platter you’re otherwise served at your hostel, P.G., cafetaria or restaurant. But when you’re somebody away from family, prepare to take charge of your diet, no matter how hard it may seem. Always stick to a routine of meal timings. Ensure to have the 3 main meals along with 2 small snacker breaks every day. You could manage to lay your hands on a mini-stove or an air-fryer to save your day with some really healthy food cooked by you. I’d feature some easy recipes here up on FitbeWell soon.
And never dare to skip meals, woman!
Water, my favorite!
Well, seriously, water isn’t something that only women need to drink in larger quantities. Nevertheless, we women are infamous for retaining or holding urine in for abnormally longer time when outdoors or away from our very own cozy, fragrant & clean washrooms at home. And, so we often drink less water to avoid the pee ordeal. This, unfortunately, culminates in a never ending cycle. While we avoid the loo anywhere other than our home to avoid UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections) due to unhygienic ambiences, retaining urine for such long time, ironically ends us up in the UTI or bladder infection soup.
But, no worries, drinking plenty of water rids us from toxic waste & flushes microbes out of the body. In fact, even if you pick up an infection, water helps you get rid of it in a day or two. However, you could use a feminine intimate wash lotion to help yourself if the situation be that horrid.
Well, I’ve subtly elaborated earlier about why women need to do strength training as part of their normal fitness regime without the fear of ‘hulking up’. Women do not make testosterone to look manly upon embracing strength training; unless it’s some steroid at work.
Track your Periods
NO! I’m not telling about tracking your cycle only if you want to conceive or you don’t.
Come on, periods are not just about making babies! PERIOD.
Anything between 25-35 days is considered as a normal menstrual cycle, should it occur at approximately the same interval every month. Also, the pattern of blood flow is also quite intriguing about why it should ideally be consistent during every cycle. Any irregularity in the menstrual cycle could possibly indicate hormonal disturbances, PCOS, ovarian cysts or even endometriosis. At the same time, it’d be awesome to keep a steady watch over your weight. Higher BMI’s are often known to cause menstrual abnormalities & thus affect your reproductive health adversely. Your gynecologist would be the best person to get in touch with.
It’s also a common occurrence to notice fluctuations either in the cycle or the flow if you’ve lately lost or gained a significant amount of weight in a relatively short span of time. In such a situation, you could possibly wait for a month or two till you reach a steady weight, which may stabilize your menstrual cycle on its own.
In the long run, avoid using oral contraception unless & until that’s the only birth control method your doctor is recommending you. Oral contraceptives often interfere with your normal menstruation process & affect the release of your hormones that control it.
Cherish your precious ‘mammaries’
The figure depicts an alarming range of statistics over the incidence of breast cancer in India. The younger women are at an even shockingly high risk of breast cancer.
While following childbirth, breastfeeding your child is the best way to prevent breast cancer, regular self-examination & periodic mammography as recommended by your gynecologist could prove really helpful in diagnosing any breast anomalies or tumors.
Protect that pretty skin
Makeup is largely a part of almost every woman’s skin care. With at least a compact/pressed face powder to even concealers or foundation that hold onto your skin every day, you need to follow a strict removal & moisturizing regimen to protect your skin from premature wrinkling & other adverse effects of the all-day makeup.
Always remove your makeup using a herbal cleansing milk lotion or coconut oil. Wash & pat your face dry. Use a mild moisturizer every time before going to bed.
With all of these, I wish you a very HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY! To the kind of charismatic, charming & soulful woman that you are, ‘Women’s Day’ is just about one day.
Do you have more secrets to share? We’re listening…