Balanced Lifestyle

lifestyle balanceSo much of a woman’s health depends upon the balance she maintains in her lifestyle. This is a simple enough thing to observe but a very challenging thing to execute properly. One of the greatest challenges that women face today is that they have access to all things that used to only be for men, but they still retain the identities that generations of women have passed along to them. This leaves women confused about where their identities should fall considering that any number of expectations may fall on them. Most women are overwhelmed by the range of choices and tell themselves they will simply do everything. This proves impossible and women must come to terms with balancing their lives out.

  • Responsibilities. As busy as women are in present times, it is very important that they prioritize their responsibilities correctly. The average woman in the United States and Canada either supports herself solely or supports a family with her income, meaning that women must set careful priorities around scheduling, working, time management and task management.
  • Passion and Purpose. With expectations weighing down, it can be challenging for women to realize their greatest passions and life purposes, but it is essential that they allow themselves to do so. Women are every bit as intelligent and important as men, and they deserve opportunities to reach their full potential and reach their dreams.
  • Caring for Others. Relationships are very important to a woman’s health, be it a relationship with a family member, a friend or a significant other. Women need the freedom to care for the people in their lives and connect with them intimately.
  • Self Care. Last but far from least, as busy as women are, they must make time for self care. Self care is the process of decompressing the self with enjoyment, relaxation and recreation that places no expectations on them. Every woman is entitled to self care, regardless of how busy she is.

A Woman’s Diet

women's dietWomen and men both have a responsibility to eat healthy in order to maintain a good personal health standard. However, women’s optimal diets look different than men’s. Women have a different biochemical make-up that requires a particular balance of vitamins and nutrients in order to keep it healthy and balanced. Below are some basic guidelines for constructing a women’s healthy diet.

  • Two particular elements that women need present in their diet more than men are calcium and iron. Women are prone to bone density issues as they age, and ensuring a lifetime of good calcium intake will prevent bone density loss. Women need iron in order to properly metabolize, but they lose a great deal of iron from their bodies due to menstruation. Calcium can be found in dairy items and dark leafy greens such as kale, and iron can be found in spinach and lean red meat.
  • Achieving a proper amount of other nutrients in the diet, such as protein, antioxidants, a full range of vitamins, omegas and natural sugars and carbohydrates is good for the female body as well. Nutritional charts can offer excellent guidance on a recommended distribution of these food benefits for a woman’s diet. A great deal depends on the individual woman’s chemical make up and whether or not she has any preexisting conditions. Women should use food medicinally to balance their body chemistry.
  • Women have unique hormonal considerations when it comes to their diets. Women’s hormones are in flux regularly more than men’s are. A women’s hormones go through cycles and changes constantly, while men’s hormones are much more consistent. This means that women need to consider what their diets are doing to their hormones. Synthetic estrogen and other hormones are found in many foods, particularly meats. A number of other food substances can either aid or hinder the natural hormonal cycle and should be considered carefully before ingesting.

A Woman’s Personal Fitness

fitness for womenWomen are a diverse group of people and no blanket statement generalizations apply to all of them, however, on the whole, women tend to be conscious of their physical fitness and strive to improve on their personal physical fitness as best they can. It is important for women to know that the ideal exercise routine for women looks different than the ideal exercise routine for men. It is good for women to be conscious of how their bodies exercise differently from men’s so that they can optimize and ensure safety in their workout routines. Below are some pointers for effective women’s workouts.

  • Many women think that they should be running or jogging in order to have a strong cardiovascular system and muscle toning. This is a misconception. Walking is actually better for women than running. This is because running is very high impact on women’s joints, bones and bodily systems. A woman’s body simply responds better to walking than it does to running. Nearly the same amount of calories are burned and the same amount of muscle toning is achieved without the damaging side effects of running.
  • Women naturally have stronger lower bodies than upper bodies. This is the opposite of men, who have stronger upper bodies than lower bodies. This means that it is very important for women not to neglect their upper bodies in their workouts. In order to be physically fit, all extremities must be active. Women need to make a point to exercise their arms by lifting weights, doing push-ups or engaging in a number of other arm exercises.
  • It is good for women to find an equal balance of cardiovascular exercise and muscle toning in their workouts. For cardio, many women enjoy aerobics, Zhumba, dance or a number of other group workouts. For muscle tonight, gym equipment is highly effective.

A Woman’s Mental Health

women and mental healthA woman’s mental health is one of the most important things she looks after. Unlike physical health, mental health cannot be monitored scientifically or medically. It can, however, be detected through psychology, counseling, self-examination and intuition. Mental health is every bit as real as physical health. Women and men both have an equal responsibility to manage their mental health, but men and women also tend to have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to mental health. Several mental health characteristics that women tend to give a great deal of thought to are independence, relationships and personal betterment.

Independence is a large consideration to women because it is a relatively new trend in womanhood. Through much of human history, women deferred to men as authority figures and depended on them for provision. The modern woman is no longer a product of this type of patriarchal society, but the transition away from this thinking has been complicated, to say the least. Issues of dependency and co-dependency are still found in many women when it comes to their relationships with men. There is still a tendency in some subcultures and regions for women to rely on a man for provision rather than gaining an education and providing for themselves. And many women still struggle immensely with self esteem issues that are tied to approval from others rather than cultivating it within themselves.

Women largely take a different mental health approach on the subject of relationships than men do. Women are more likely to prioritize relationships over their vocations and other life obligations. This gives women a particular method of finding mental health within relationships. Women achieve good mental health in relationships by treating the relationship like anything else in life that requires work, discipline, memory, critical thinking and energy.

Lastly, women consider personal betterment to be a very important aspect of their mental health. Mental health self-improvement is a priority to women in ways that it is not a priority to men. In other words, women are more likely to examine their own thinking than men are.

Oral Health for Women

women oral healthHaving healthy teeth is important for both men and women, but women have very particular needs when it comes to proper dental care. Women need to take in more calcium and iron then men do, and calcium in particular is important to a woman’s bone and teeth strength. Apart from ingesting a healthy amount of calcium and iron, women also need to practice good oral care by brushing and flossing properly, as well as making regular visits to the dentist. Being mindful of these things will keep a woman in good oral health.

Daily care of teeth at home is very important to a woman’s hygiene regimen. Brushing and flossing after meals is recommended at a minimum of twice daily, as well as swishing with mouthwash. It is important to wait approximately an hour after meals before cleaning your teeth to allow the pH balance in your mouth to return to normal. Being in the habit of swishing water around the mouth after meals is also highly beneficial to the teeth because it removes food particles from in between them.

It is also very important for women to make regular visits to their dentists for check ups, cleanings and dental procedures. A good dentist can help you prevent damage to your teeth by catching problems early and advising you how specifically to care for your teeth. It is important to go to the dentist routinely rather than when a problem is suspected, because regular dentist visits serve as damage control to everything women put their teeth through.

In North America, some of the best dental care in the world is available. The United States and Canada are home to some of the most sought after dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and oral hygienists that the medical industry can offer. U.S. cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami offer dental practices that people come from all over to utilize. In Canada, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Okanagan dentistry practices are some of the best in Western civilization.

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Women’s Wellness

wellness for womenA women’s health is her greatest ally in a busy world full of challenges. Today’s modern woman carries a lot of responsibility on her shoulders, and it is nearly impossible to stay on top of everything when her health and energy is low. Women should take great care of their health in order to live the lives they see fit.

Women need to make sure to incorporate vitamins and nutrients into their diets, particularly iron and calcium. Women need iron in order to metabolize properly, and calcium for bone density. Other vitamin and nutrient rich foods are vital as well, such as fruits, vegetables, proteins, herbs and spices.

It is also important for a women to stay up to date on gynecological and breast exams. Women should have a pap smear done once every few years, and should have regular visits to their gynecologist. Mammograms are usually not needed until a women reaches 40, but women should still perform self exams at home.

Men and women alike should eat healthy and exercise, but it is arguably the best way to manage health for a women. A healthy diet of largely fruits and vegetables will create a vitamin and nutrient rich metabolism within a women, and keep her body fat percentage at a healthy level. Regular exercise will promote bodily strength, organ health, good circulation and weight management.

It is important that women do not try to drink as much as their male counterparts as men possess an enzyme that breaks down alcohol which women do not possess. It is thought that this absent enzyme may be the reason that alcohol is associated with cancer in some women. It is, of course, advisable that women should avoid substance abuse of all kinds, but that health advice can be applied to men as well. Women struggling with substance abuse should receive help from drug rehab facilities and alcoholism treatment centers.