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Four(4) simple Health Tips for Women

Women’s health concerns are a little different from those of men. If you’re a woman, these tips will soon have you feeling fit and energetic. To look and feel your best at every age, it’s important to make smart lifestyle and health choices.

#1: Eat a healthy diet. “You want to eat as close to a natural foods diet as you can,” says Donald Novey, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Ill. That means a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Healthy eating will help you maintain a proper weight for your height, which is important because being overweight can lead to a number of illnesses

#2: Exercise: Heart disease is a leading cause of death among women, but plenty of exercise can help keep your heart healthy. You want to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, if not every day

#3: Manage stress. No matter what stage of her life — daughter, mother, grandmother — a woman often wears many hats and deals with a lot of pressure and stress. “Take a few minutes every day just to relax and get your perspective back again. Relax with music, exercise or sleep.

#4: Check for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society no longer recommends monthly breast self-exams for women. However, it still suggests them as “an option” for women, starting in their 20s. You should be on the lookout for any changes in your breasts and report any concerns to your doctor. All women 40 and older should get a yearly mammogram as a mammogram is the most effective way of detecting cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. A woman’s health needs change as she ages, but the basics of women’s health remain the same. If you can follow through these four simple healthy living tips, you will improve your quality of life for years to come.

culled from Everyday Health.