Your health is precious: fact. Women have health needs that are different to men. Are you aware of the little things you can do to improve your health? Making minor changes to your existing routine, regular health checks and common sense are the key to a healthy life. Here are a few tips to help you on your way…
It may be easier said than done, but you’d be surprised at how badly stress affects the body. It can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease amongst other things. So take some time to clear your schedule. Get a foot rub from a willing victim or maybe go shopping. Try to relax a little.
Be smoke free.
It’s a no brainer. Smoking is one of the leading causes in preventable death for women. It’s just not worth the cost to your health. Or the financial drain.
Say no to tanning beds.
UV radiation damages skin cells causing premature aging and skin cancer. Research shows that sunbed users are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. So try fake tan or, if you want a natural glow, be sure to slather on the sun lotion on those rare sunny days.
Keep your heart healthy.
Be aware of the symptoms of heart disease: fatigue, sleep disturbances, nausea, neck pain and breathlessness.
All about the will power.
A ‘no thank you’ to that extra glass of wine can make all the difference. The Government advises that women shouldn’t drink more than two to three units a day.
Get the essential check ups.
A cervical screening test, or smear test, is a way of detecting cancerous cells in the cervix. The NHS provides free tests to all women aged between 25 and 64. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s just another thing women have to put up with for safety and peace of mind.
Do the essential checks.
Breast cancer affects around 48000 women in the UK per year. No one knows your body better than you so be sure to regularly check your breasts for any changes. Feel and look carefully and check out any abnormalities with your doctor.
100 million women worldwide use the pill. If you’re one of them, make sure you attend a ’pill check’ every six to twelve months, just to ensure you’re still doing okay and to check your blood pressure.
A Healthy Diet.
So many illnesses stem back to not eating sensibly. Cutting out junk food can make a world of difference.
You don’t have to become an athlete – two and a half hours a week can lower the risk of heart disease and strengthen muscles!
Cases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be prevented through a sensible diet. This syndrome is an inflammation of the bowels and effects twice as many women than men.
A sunny outlook on life will make all the difference. Do what you love, make time for those you care for and you’ll start to feel good in your skin.
Let us know if you have any additional women’s health tips.
Laura Stone is a recently graduated Journalism and English student with a slight addiction to blogging. She specialises in social media and writing film and literary reviews. She recommends Dr Fox.