Thursday, 14 June 2012

On Women and Healthy lifestyle

Welcome back!

Today I thought I should talk about myself and how I managed to lessen the headaches I used to get by eating well. I don’t mean I didn’t well but I simply drank a lot of tea at the expense of proper food. The sugar gave me a buzz of course and I took more and more but each week I had 3-4 days of headaches. I didn’t enjoy life socially and the more painkillers I took, the more worried I became until I thought of visiting a dietician. I thought I should share this with men and women out there .I used to bad eating habits and get headaches until I followed the advice from a dietician. It worked for me and I do get less headaches than before and therefore less stress at work, so why don’t you try it? For women it is important especially with those hormonal changes that occur every month during menstruation.

If you rely on coffee or Red bull to make it through the day, it’s time to change up your routine. Sure, you’ll get an instant buzz, but by the time your hands stop shaking, you’ll discover that you’re even more exhausted than before.
So put down that mug or Red bull, step away from the vending machine and give these six simple strategies a try. They’re proven to get you energised -- and keep you that way.

1. Do not skip Breakfast. When it comes to stocking up on stamina, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. During sleep, your body uses up its energy stores. Eating first thing in the morning is important for refuelling.  For a longer-lasting boost, pair lean protein with filling with wholegrain like whole-wheat toast topped with peanut butter and a banana, or a bowl of oatmeal with fruits and nuts.

2. A touch of spinach. Instead of the usual iceberg or romaine, use spinach in your family’s salads and sandwiches. This dark leafy green is high in magnesium, a mineral your body uses to convert food into energy. Women should aim to get at least 310 to 320 milligrams of the nutrient daily, or approximately six servings of various high-magnesium foods like dark leafy greens, nuts, beans, cereal and yoghurt.

3. Drinking water

Sipping on water regularly will prevent you from becoming dehydrated. Women need about 12 cups of fluid per day, according to the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes. And being dehydrated by just 1 percent - the point where you just start to get thirsty -- can make you feel like you’re dragging. You don’t need to get all of that liquid from plain H20, she says: Milk, tea, soup and juicy fruits, like oranges and watermelon, can also help you meet your quota.

4. Do not stop taking carbohydrates

 Passing on breads and pastas may help you drop a few kilos, but it won’t do much for your productivity.  Carbohydrates are the easiest way for your body to get energy

So when you don’t eat them, you feel sluggish. It has been suggested that aiming for 130 grams (or about six servings) a day and always choosing fibre-rich whole grains. If you are Gluten-intolerant opt for beans, fresh fruit and sweet potatoes.

5. Get some iron

 Even a slight deficiency of this mineral can make you feel run-down.

Women need about 18 milligrams of iron a day -- twice as much as men. Red meat is one of the best sources, so have beef or steak a few times a week. Or load up on vegetarian sources, such as fortified cereals, whole-grain bread and beans. It is recommended that pairing these foods with another one rich in vitamin C, like orange juice or tomatoes, to help your body absorb the mineral better.

6. Exercising

 Heading to the gym may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re sluggish, but for putting more pep in your step, it can’t be beat. In fact, University of Georgia researchers found that working out regularly kept people more energised than staying sedentary.  Exercising at any time during the day will get you going, but if you’re looking to beat that late-afternoon slump, doing some cardio at lunchtime is perfect.

And while you don’t want to do anything so strenuous that it will actually tire your muscles out, challenging your body will fire you up and release those feel-good endorphins that will leave you glowing.

Where ever you are in the world eating well is important. Try it and see for yourself. The body needs looking after and it will look after you too.

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