All women have an inborn desire to look good and, in our society, looking good is often associated with being thin. Many young girls avoid eating or eat too little in order to maintain their thin physique. Another common issue is when women are too tired to eat after working all day and go to sleep without having any food. As a result of these practices, most of women have anemia, weak bones, calcium deficiencies, as well as numerous other health problems in their later life.
It is important for everyone to have a balanced diet, but there other factors to take into account. The following are eating basics or food basics that all women should take into account:
- Don’t forget that nutrition is an essential part of your holistic health and if you are not receiving proper nutrition for sake of being “beautiful” than you are not being healthy.
- Weight is misleading yardstick. What matters is how much fat is on your body and not how much you weigh.
- A major problem for many women is bone health. Women should intake milk and other dairy products to ward off bone health issues. If possible, try and include chenna, yogurt, and paneer (cottage cheese) to your daily diet. If you are lactose intolerant then take calcium supplements.
- Sunlight is essential. 8 out of every 10 people are vitamin D deficient. Increasing exposure to sunlight between the hours of 11am and 3pm will help the body to produce more Vitamin D. This is difficult to do since, unfortunately, most of are at the office during those hours or locked in our homes to prevent sunburn.
- Modify your lifestyle. Don’t stop exercising after a certain age, exercising regularly helps develop bone mass, improve blood circulation, and make you more flexible.
- Do a bit of weight training during your workout to build strong muscles that can help support your bones.
- Make sure to eat foods that are rich in iron. Red meat eaten in small quantity can provide iron. It has Vitamin B12, which improves the human nervous system. Alternatively, you can eat leafy vegetables, banana, beetroot, and lentils.
- Folic acid is essential for young women of childbearing age as a deficiency in this chemical can lead to developmental problems in your child.
- Eat foods that boost collagen levels (such as tomatoes, soy, garlic, red fruits, and vitamin C rich food), as they help make the skin more hydrated and elastic.