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Did you know that women’s physical and mental health can help many women today to empower themselves and eliminate paradigms that revolve around discrimination? This is because healthy and healthy women allow the optimal functioning of societies, environments and families.

To take care of your health and well-being, it is important to take into account all the clinical, emotional and social aspects that you need for comprehensive care, taking into account that, during the first year of the pandemic, 60% of general medical consultations had a query reduction.

Within the area of ​​mental health, 60% of the population of the Americas suffers from anxiety or depression, the latter continues to occupy the main position among mental disorders, and is twice more frequent in women than men, according to the Pan American Organization for Mental Health. health.

That is why it is of utmost importance to eradicate these stigmas and one way to do it is to take into account all the clinical, emotional and social aspects that are needed for comprehensive care.

7 Health Tips Every Woman Should Take to Heart

Many women fall into the habit of taking care of others’ health and wellness needs before they take care of their own. But the fact is that you’re actually in a better position to provide care for the people most important to you when you make your own healthcare a top priority. No matter what your age or overall health status is, these 7 health tips can help you increase your chances of better health throughout your life:

  • Stop smoking Doing so will greatly reduce your chances of developing lung and heart disease.
  • Stay on top of your annual wellness checks This habit can increase the chances of early detection of disease or chronic conditions, which in turn increases your chances of doing something about any health problems you develop.
  • Don’t skimp on sleep Besides fighting the signs of aging, regular sleep promotes mental alertness and helps keep your stress levels in check.
  • Avoid the sun during 10 a.m. and 2 p.m When you do have to be outside, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher.
  • See your doctor every year Even if you are feeling fine, regular wellness checks and health screenings can increase your chances of early detection of problems.
  • Make physical activity an important part of your life Even if you only have time for 20 minutes of exercise a day, a lifelong habit of regular activity benefits your healthy heart and helps you stay on top of your weight and your stress levels.
  • Make good nutrition a priority Avoid crash diets or overindulgence in favor of a realistic diet that features plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Zap your stress

"The biggest issue I see in most of my patients is that they have too much on their plates and want to juggle it all. Stress can have significant health consequences, from infertility to higher risks of depression, anxiety, and heart disease. Find the stress-reduction method that works for you and stick with it."

Stop dieting

"Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to forgo your favorite glass of wine or a piece of chocolate cake now and then. The key is moderation. Get a mix of lean proteins, healthy fats, smart carbs, and fiber."

Don't “OD” on calcium.

"Too much absorbed calcium can increase the risk of kidney stones and may even increase the risk of heart disease. If you're under 50, shoot for 1,000 milligrams per day, while over-50 women should be getting 1,200 milligrams per day mainly through diet -- about three servings of calcium-rich foods such as milk, salmon, and almonds."

Do more than cardio.

"Women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight-bearing exercise at least three to five times a week to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Exercise also promotes good self-image, which is really important to a woman's mental health."

Think about fertility.

"While many women have no problem getting pregnant in their late 30s and even into their early 40s, a woman's fertility may start to decline as early as 32. So if you want to have kids, talk to your doctor about options, like freezing your eggs."

Appreciate birth control.

"Birth control gets a bad rap, but not only can it keep you from getting pregnant before you're ready, studies show it can lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer as well as regulate your cycle."

See your doctor every year

Make sure you get a Pap test to check for cervical cancer every 3 years if you are 21 or older. If you are 30-65, you can get both a Pap test and HPV test every 5 years. Older than that, you may be able to stop testing if your doctor says you are low risk. If you are sexually active and have a higher risk for STDs, get tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis yearly. Take an HIV test at least once, more frequently if you’re at risk. Don't skip your yearly checkup. Your doctor needs to annually assess many other issues such as potential infection, your need for contraception, and sexual complaints."

Get more sleep.

"Sleep needs differ, but if you have trouble getting out of bed, tire easily, or have trouble concentrating, you likely aren't getting enough. Recent studies suggest this can put you at greater risk of heart disease and psychological problems."

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