Five Tips to Help Keep Women Healthy
Women have unique health care needs. In honor of women’s health month let’s talk about some of the ways to help our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends lead healthier lives!
1) Schedule Your Routine Health Screenings
We should all make sure that we see our physicians for regular check-ups and health screenings. There are some additional screenings, however, that women specifically need to be sure to schedule. These screenings include breast exams, mammograms, osteoporosis screenings, pelvic exams and Pap smears. Speak to your physician about the right time to start and how often they should be done.
2) Make it a Priority to Get Enough Sleep
We all need sleep; sleep is a basic human need. Studies have shown, however, that women are more likely than men to have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and have more sleepiness during the day. Sleep patterns also change as we age. There are a few things that we can do though to help make sure that we are getting the sleep we need:
keep a regular bedtime routine;
exercise regularly; and
make sure our bedrooms are in optimal condition for sleep, keeping in mind temperature, light and noise.
3) Get Moving
Exercise has numerous health benefits. Walking, swimming, bike riding, and gardening are some of the more traditional ways to get fit. Why not try something new as well? Mind-body exercises have increased in popularity over the years and studies have shown enormous benefits to these types of exercise which include, for example, yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi.
4) Eat the Mediterranean Way
If you haven’t tried the latest in diet and nutrition, the Mediterranean diet may be something worth considering. Studies have shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, helps lower “bad” cholesterol, and reduces the risk of overall mortality. The Mediterranean diet includes:
eating primarily fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts;
replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil;
using herbs and spices for flavor; and
limiting red meat and eating fish and poultry.
5) Enjoy a Spa Day
Depression and anxiety are more likely to affect women than men and, therefore, it is especially important for women to take time to “stop and smell the roses.” Relaxation techniques can have a profound effect on our health including reducing the activity of stress hormones. These techniques include deep breathing, massage, meditation, music and art therapy, and aromatherapy, among many others.
To learn more about the unique health needs of women, schedule an appointment with the Amicus Medical Centers physician nearest you by contacting 954-4-AMICUS.