With all the fad diets targeted at women, healthy eating has become a perplexed concept. This is because the diets confuse what nutritious eating really means. The following are the most important nutrients for women's health.
Women need an adequate amount of calcium for breast and bone health. Osteoporosis is common in women because they typically do not get enough calcium. The best way to get calcium, and all nutrients for that matter, is through the food that is consumed. Low-fat and low-sugar dairy products, such as milk (or soy milk), yogurt (namely Greek yogurt), and cheese are all high in calcium. Women should also make sure they take a multivitamin daily that has a high percentage of calcium, especially if they do not eat and drink dairy foods every day.
Drinking lots of water every day is recommended for several reasons. For one, it is hydrating, which keeps people alive and healthy. It also flushes toxins out of the body, which prevents sicknesses and encourages well-being. It is theorized that it also prevents types of cancer, such as breast cancer. Pure water is the best, and either spring or filtered water will suffice. When pure water is consumed, the body gets what it needs in the exact form it needs it in, and that is best for bodily functions. More activity and/or a larger body require more water.
Complex carbohydrates provide the most vitamins and fiber, satisfy hunger for the longest length of time, and are low in calories. Vegetables and whole grains are the best sources of complex carbohydrates. As far as vegetables, green – and especially, leafy – vegetables are the most beneficial. With grains, whole wheat is the most nutritious. Complex carbohydrates are filling and satisfying, because the body is getting substantial nutrients, so it stops sending signals to the brain that it is hungry. This is good for weight management, which prevents heart disease and other conditions.
Protein and Iron
Women naturally have less muscle mass than men, so in order to preserve their muscle, enough protein must be consumed. The best sources are fish, chicken, pork, eggs, nuts, beans, and tofu. Vegetarians must put extra effort into getting sufficient protein in their diet. Additionally, meat has a large amount of iron in it, which is especially important during menstruation.
Those are the most vital nutrients to include in a woman's diet. Although there are others, those four are the most significant and important. Eating and drinking nutritiously will guarantee a healthy body and mind.