Being healthy is important for all of us and we try to do what is best most of the time. In the case of women, this perhaps, involves doing more than anybody else. Women’s health concerns are unique.
So much so that there are doctors who specialize in women’s health. This is different from an obstetrician or gynecologist. It involves all areas of health and not just the reproductive system. Here, a doctor is trained in how women show symptoms of disease, have occurrences of certain diseases and respond to treatment differently than men. In short, this ensures that you are not dismissed with a “it’s all in your head” remark.
There are a few basic health tips you can follow in your everyday life which will help you lead a healthy life. Women need about 1,000 – 1,200 mg of calcium each day. Milk, yoghurt, and cheese are ideal sources of calcium. If you don’t like milk products you can take calcium supplements instead.
Women need to watch out for stress, their worst enemy. Stress can even damage your immune system. Reducing stress will in turn lower the risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer of American women. A good night’s sleep is more important than you know. Try to relax before going to bed each night with a hot bath or some hot milk or tea.
Make sure that you remain well-hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses each day. Moderate exercise is essential even if you are not overweight. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking the dog, or playing with your kids is a good substitute for sweating it out at the gym. It also helps get some chores done and helps you spend some quality time with your family. It’s never too early to cut down on caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. Eat more fruits and veggies since they can fill you up faster with fewer calories and thus, help control your weight too. Getting annual physical exams should top your list of things to do!