International Women’s Day: Female focused nutrition tips women must follow for better health | Photo Credits: Pixabay
New Delhi: The women of today not just adhere to the traditional roles of a daughter, a wife and a mother, they are more than just the driving force of their families. The modern-day woman is a leader at work, a team player and a key person in shaping the trends of modern-day society. However, in most households, women are the primary caretakers of their family irrespective of the profession they choose.
While managing it all, women often forget to put their health first. Poor nutrition, a lot of work responsibility with low levels of appreciation takes a toll on their physical and mental health.
Sheryl Salis, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator says a healthy woman can give rise to a healthy family. The proper nutrition and well-being of a woman can positively affect the family’s health. With increasing attention to the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, besides the rising prevalence of overweight, obesity, and lifestyle disorders affecting women later on in life, it is becoming more important than women’s health and nutrition is given priority at all stages of her life.
Few tips for women to lead a healthier life:
- Adopt a balanced, wholesome meal comprising of all the food groups- cereals, pulses, dairy, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats
- Calcium-rich foods and vitamin D needs to be included in the daily diet to ensure healthy bones. Skimmed/toned milk, curd and paneer, cheese, fish, green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds (til), finger millet (ragi), amaranth (rajgira) are rich in calcium
- Iron deficiency is most common among Asian women and can lead to anaemia and fatigue. Sources of iron include onion seeds, red amaranth, brown chana, bajra, garden cress seeds and rajma
- Absorption of iron can be enhanced by consuming vitamin C rich foods (e.g. lemon, amla, guava, citrus fruits)
- Switch to Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil that contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that help in easy digestion and aids boost the immunity system
- Include good protein quality foods like egg, fish, chicken, pulses & legumes, nuts, milk and milk products and soya granules in your diet
- Replace sugar with NMR Tested Honey to ensure 100% pure honey which contains natural anti-oxidants that helps build immunity and improve health
- Restrict the consumption of processed foods like ketchup, bakery products (biscuits and bread), papads, chutney, pickles and canned foods
- A healthy body and mind can positively affect your health. Remove time for yourself and indulge in an activity that makes you happy and improves your sense of wellbeing
- Practice deep breathing and meditation, yoga to relax your mind and body
- Ensure to get adequate sleep and rest
Let’s strive to work towards a healthier life this Women’s Day by choosing balanced nutrition and exercising daily to achieve the physical and mental strength the modern-day woman needs to be a boss lady at work and a loving caregiver at home.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.