Owing to the regressive conditioning which has been heaved onto us from the very beginning, women have to deal with a lot of issues, be it health or otherwise on a daily basis. As a consequence, their health deteriorates. Women suffer from a lot of health issues including hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems, diabetes, breast cancer, cervical and uterine cancer etc. which tremendously affect their quality of life. Hence, it is important for them to take care of their health in a better way in order to prevent these health problems. If you are thinking about how you can start with a healthy lifestyle, all you need to do is manage what you eat. Once your food habits get better, you can work upon other aspects of fitness along with it.
Following are some health issues faced by women and how certain foods can help them get better. Read on to know more:
- Hormonal imbalance
The problem of hormonal imbalance is quite common among women. Almost every woman has to go through this at least once in her lifetime. It majorly occurs due to the presence of too little or too much hormones including estrogen, adrenaline, insulin etc. in the bloodstream. Produced by the glands present in the endocrine system, these hormones regulate important bodily functions. Women naturally experience the problem of hormonal imbalance during their periods. However, hormonal imbalance is not restricted to the menstruation cycle only. Menopause is yet another time when hormones fluctuate.
If you think you have a hormonal imbalance, it is important to get yourself tested in the first place, which can be followed by treatment and proper management of your diet. By including food items like almonds and avocados which are enriched with vitamin E, copper, magnesium, monounsaturated fatty acids, fibers and lutein, you can balance these hormones naturally.
- Urinary tract infection
While Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can occur in men as well as women, but due to the anatomical difference, women are more prone to it. The problem happens as a consequence of bacteria or some kind of organisms entering the urethra and causing symptoms like fatigue, fever, pain or pressure in the lower abdomen.
If you suspect that you have UTI, visit the urology department of the BLK Hospital to get yourself tested. It is important to do this as early as possible in order to get the best treatment possible. In the meanwhile, you must start focusing on your diet. With the consumption of liquids like probiotics and cranberry juice, UTI can be easily managed.
- Thyroid problems
There is no denying the fact that thyroid problem has become very common today. Be it hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism (underproduction and overproduction of thyroid hormones, respectively), one will find a lot of women suffering from this ailment.
If you have already been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, including the following food items in your diet will help you a great deal.
- Whole grain
- Fresh fruits
- Brazilian Nuts
- Cervical Cancer
The abnormal growth of the cells in the cervix which may spread to the other parts of the body causes cervical cancer. According to a recent health study, cervical cancer has become the fourth most common cause of death among women, globally.
The treatment of cervical cancer depends upon its stage. However, you must start taking care of your diet as early as possible if you are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Fruits like papaya and raspberries which are rich in vitamin C and ellagic acid, respectively, are great for fighting cervical cancer. Apart from these, you can include carrots, salmon, asparagus, and green tea in your diet.
- Uterine Cancer or Endometrial Cancer
Another type of cancer that is prominent among women is uterine cancer, also known as endometrial cancer. It is the malignant growth of cells that leaves uterus vulnerable. Its risk factors include endometrial overgrowth (hyperplasia), obesity, menopause after age 55, genetic makeup and Lynch syndrome.
The risk of endometrial cancer can be lowered by including fruits and vegetables in your diet. Also, eating food items rich in Vitamin D can help a great deal.
So this Women’s Day, let’s pledge to keep ourselves healthy as nothing is more important than our health. BLK Hospital, with their state-of-the-art speciality centres and dedicated team of doctors is always here to aid you.