As we understand, the health of families and communities is linked to women’s health. … However, because of the many roles females perform, they too often focus on their wife or children’s health care while neglecting their own requirements.
Here are 25 Health Tips Every Woman Should Know.
1. WORKING OUT TOO MUCH CAN MESS WITH YOUR PERIOD
By now you know that exercise can help alleviate your biggest PMS issues. While that’s still true, experts now say that overdoing it on the treadmill can actually do the opposite and lead to hormonal imbalances, irregular bleeding, and excessive spotting
2. YOU STORE A LOT OF YOUR STRESS IN YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
It’s not something that’s widely discussed—well, at least it wasn’t until Gwyneth Paltrow made it cool—but the truth is good pelvic health is crucial to curing urinary incontinence, and it can help you let go of tension and unwanted stress.
3. YOUR NIPPLES SPEAK VOLUMES ABOUT YOUR HEALTH
Your breasts communicate a lot about what’s going on inside your body. For instance, if your breasts are growing, you might be gaining weight. Got an itch on your nip? It could mean you’re allergic to your bra. If you have questions, it’s probably best to seek out your medical care provider if you suspect something’s up.
4. YOUR GUT CAN HELP YOU CURE A COLD
Or at least prevent you from getting another case of the sniffles. While things like rest and vitamin C also make you less prone to getting sick, experts say good bacteria in your gut can make your immune system way stronger. You might want to consider upping your probiotic intake during the upcoming cold and flu season with fermented foods
5. BLACK PEPPER IS ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD FOR YOUR ABS
Believe it or not, adding just half a teaspoon of pepper to your meals can help you get a flatter stomach. How? Pepper contains a compound called piperine, which helps fight the formation of new fat cells.
6. YOUR WEIGHT DOESN’T DETERMINE HOW HEALTHY YOU ARE
Turns out there are many other factors, like your dieting habits and outlook on life, that matter when it comes to being healthy, Having strong ties to your community, getting enough sleep, and building a balanced relationship with food can be just as, if not more, important than the number on the scale.
7. STRESS CAN SERIOUSLY EFF WITH YOUR METABOLISM
Finding the time to unwind can be pretty darn challenging, but a recent study has shown that stress can be a major buzzkill for your metabolism and can slow a person’s ability to burn fat. We know it’s tough, but if you can swing an hour-long yoga session here and there, it’s totally worth it in the long run.
8. YOUR EYE TWITCHES MEAN…SOMETHING
Lower lid fluttering in a weird way? Experts say it could mean a number of things besides being tired: dry eyes, an eye strain, sensitivity to light, and even too much caffeine or alcohol. Or, it could even be that you simply need to drink an extra glass of H2O. Bottom line is that you shouldn’t worry: if your eye twitches it probably is normal.
9. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER CAN MAKE YOUR BOOBS SAG
Just like with the rest of your body, your breast skin needs to stay hydrated in order for it to look fresh. If you skip out on water and don’t replenish with a moisturizer, you may be causing your breasts to appear rough and shrunken,
10. TALKING ON THE PHONE CAN EFF WITH YOUR SKIN
It seems like a harmless habit, but spending hours on the phone can actually lead to unexpected (not to mention, nasty) breakouts and rashes along your jawline and cheek. Thankfully though, if you keep your phone clean with antibacterial wipes, you can probably avoid clogging your poresaltogether.
11. PROTEIN IS YOUR WAISTLINE’S BFF
Especially if you want to lose weight without ditching your favorite foods. Protein requires 25 percent more energy to digest than carbs, so it’s possible to cut your calorie intake without eating less food,To put it another way, your body works a lot harder to process a piece of salmon than a big ol’ bowl of pasta, so you could eat more of it without worrying about your weight.
12. YOUR PERSONALITY CAN MAKE YOU OVEREAT
Anxious, emotional, and extroverted? That could mean you have a harder time sticking to a healthy diet, as research has shown that you’re more likely to eat high-calorie foods, meats, and soda. If this is you, though, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed to eating poorly your whole life—you just have to find a way to exercise more frequently.
13. THAT SHOWER IS DRYING OUT YOUR SKIN
Showers aren’t quite as simple as wash, rinse, repeat. If your water is too hot, you spend too much time in there, or you’re using a loofah, you could be making your skin super dry and scaly. To save your skin, advice is to shower in lukewarm temperatures, setting a timer, and using a bath pouf instead.
14. YOU HAVE A BIGGER BUTT FOR A REASON
Yes, it’s bigger than your husband’s, and yes, it’s because of science. Thanks to a little thing called estrogen, your body directs much of your fat straight to your butt, instead of your stomach. Your hubby, on the other hand, will most likely collect weight in his gut, while his bum stays the same size.
15. SLEEP IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR BELLY
Even the most dedicated fitness pro can fall prey to stubborn belly fat if they forget to sleep, says Lindsay Martin, M.S., a dietitian from Hilton Head Health. Studies have shown that not catching enough z’s can seriously mess with your dieting efforts, which basically means that the extra belly you’ve been trying to make disappear will stick around way longer.
16. IF YOUR LIPS ARE DISCOLORED, YOUR LIVER COULD BE IN TROUBLE
It sounds like the smallest thing ever, but if your lips are not “pink, soft, and smooth,” and appear darker or lighter than they normally would, it could be one of two things: 1.) Totally harmless. 2.) A warning sign of liver disease. If the discoloration persists, head to the doc to make sure everything’s okay.
17. CELLULITE IS INCURABLE
There are some ways you can minimize the appearance of cellulite, but, generally speaking, there isn’t a miracle cream or remedy that can make it magically go away forever (unless you’re willing to fork over thousands of dollars). What you can do is tone the muscles in your problem areas—think squats and lunges—to make it look less obvious,
18. YOUR BAD BREATH COULD SIGNAL GREATER HEALTH ISSUES
Your dragon breath could be nothing more than a result of too much garlic or forgetting to brush after your morning cup of joe—or it could be chronic bad breath, which is often a sign of an unhealthy diet, sinus infection or, in rare cases, of nose, ear, neck, or throat cancer. Bad dental hygiene is a far more common cause of bad breath, and while you shouldn’t panic, it is important to stay on top of it—so head to the dentist for regular cleanings and, as mom always says, don’t forget to floss.
19. YOUR MIGRAINES COULD BE CAUSED BY CITRUS FRUITS
Aside from the usual suspects—loud noises, stress, light— researchers have now found that even your glass of orange juice can cause a nasty migraine. Anyone who suffers from them frequently knows that nothing is worth the pain, vomiting, and nausea, so it’s best to avoid anything citrus (and talk to your doctor) to be on the safe side.
20. YOU CAN GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS WITH HOME REMEDIES
Well, sorta. Skincare experts say that while stretch marks are pretty hard to get rid of forever, there are some things you can do to make them less noticeable. Potato juice, vitamin E oil, and apricots are just a few ingredients that even out your skin, moisturize it, and help minimize the looks of stretch marks. Who knew, right?
21. YOU’RE AT RISK FOR BREAST CANCER (EVEN IF NO ONE IN YOUR FAMILY HAS HAD IT)
You’ve heard about the BRCA gene, and how women who have a mutation are more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer. But, realistically speaking, the vast majority of breast cancer patients actually have zerofamily history of the disease—something like 80 percent of cases. That’s why it’s so important to check yourself regularly and stick to those mammogram appointments. The earlier you catch it, the better.
22. YOU CAN SLOW DOWN YOUR WRINKLES BY BIKING
We know it sounds too good to be true, but it turns out the simplest lifestyle tweaks, like riding your bike a few times each week, may actually make all the difference when it comes to your skin. Researchers found evidence that suggests the activity can make your skin look much younger and less-wrinkled. While they’re not 100 percent clear on why, they think it might be because of an increase in IL-15 myokines, compounds that are released by your muscles and potentially help rejuvenate your skin.
23. YOUR VAGINA DOESN’T NEED TO BE CLEANSED
Despite the many vaginal beauty fads that claim to rejuvenate and cleanse down there— vontouring, yoni massages, and herbal sticks, to name a few—experts say your vagina doesn’t need extra help to do anything, really. “The vagina is the only self-cleaning organ and is designed to cleanse itself,” In other words, it’s best to leave your hoo-ha alone and let it do its thing
24. YOU GET SICK LESS OFTEN AS YOU AGE
Many of us cringe at the thought of another gray hair popping up, but don’t dread the clock—there are actually many good things about getting older, including the fact that you’re less likely to get sick in your thirties and forties. “Over time, we store many more different kinds of antibodies in what I like to call our ‘antibody libraries,'” says Roxanne Sukol, M.D., staff physician at Cleveland Clinic Wellness. Meaning, when you encounter a common virus, you’ve already built up protection against it, so you’re less likely to be affected by it. Pretty awesome, right?
25. YOUR EYES REVEAL A LOT
Don’t take any burning sensation or discomfort in your eye too light-heartedly. While it may seem like NBD, eye pain could be pointing to a much larger problem—for instance, dry eye can be associated with inflammatory diseases like arthritis. So if you’re not sure about what’s going on, schedule a visit with the eye doc asap to avoid any unnecessary discomfort and potentially solve underlying issues.