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WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE AND NUTRITION- 4

Women’s healthcare and Nutrition

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A woman is the essence of life and an all-enveloping character is played by a woman as she plays the character of a daughter, sister, wife and mother all at a time within a span of few years. Nutrient-rich food provides energy for women’s busy lives and nutrition plays different roles during different stages of a woman’s life. During childhood, foods fuel growth. Through childbearing years, diet plays a role in fertility, a healthy pregnancy and prevention of chronic disease. In older years, what women eat can help keep minds sharp and bodies strong.

Regular Medical check – ups!!!            

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With today’s busy lifestyles, finding time to visit the doctor can often be difficult but it is important not to forget about our health. Regular health check-ups are important for women. Even in the absence of symptoms, many physicians recommend routine, yearly doctor visits and physicals for females of all ages. A full check-up for women includes a comprehensive work-up for general health, including heart diseases, cholesterol, diabetes, major organ functions, osteoporosis and common cancers like liver and colon cancer. Specifically designed for women, the plan also screens for breast, ovarian and cervical cancers as well as pelvic disorders.                                

Women’s healthcare and Nutrition – 2

Women’s healthcare and Nutrition

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A woman is the essence of life and an all-enveloping character is played by a woman as she plays the character of a daughter, sister, wife and mother all at a time within a span of few years. Nutrient-rich food provides energy for women’s busy lives and nutrition plays different roles during different stages of a woman’s life. During childhood, foods fuel growth. Through childbearing years, diet plays a role in fertility, a healthy pregnancy and prevention of chronic disease. In older years, what women eat can help keep minds sharp and bodies strong.

Balanced Diet and eating patterns!!!        

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A women’s body has to handle multiple changes, such as pregnancy, and breast-feeding, and a healthy diet can go a long way in keeping them hale and hearty through all these changes. A balanced diet menu for women includes all the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in recommended quantities. Women should also take care of their eating patterns, as a healthy meal should also be eaten at the right time to absorb maximum benefits from it. It needs to be taken care of that meals should not be skipped due to a busy routine. This may also lead to binge eating and consumption of saturated fats, which are very unhealthy. A healthy and balanced diet for women should ideally be divided into five meals in a day i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks in-between.

Healthy Snack Bars- Til ki Gajak

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 Apart from a distinct and pleasant taste, til and gur are high on nutritional values as well.

Benefits

  • Half a cup of sesame seeds contains appox. 3 times more calcium than equivalent quantity of whole milk.
  • Til is one of the richest sources of iron in Indian vegetarian cooking.
  • Also contain dietary copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B1, vitamin, E, protein, and fiber.
  • Til contain sesamin and sesamolin- lower and prevent high blood pressure.
  • Helps in protecting the liver against oxidative damage.
  • Gur or jaggery contains 10 times more iron as compared to spinach.
  • Healthier than refined sugar as it contains several vitamins and minerals
  • Helps to cure cough, migraine, cold, asthma, fatigue and indigestion.

Nutrients Combination-Apples & Chocolate

Food contains a mixture of nutrients that interact with one another, sometimes they join forces, other times they cancel each other out. Many foods work well when eaten together because of the complementary nutrients each contains. When you consume food, certain dishes must be taken in combination with another to obtain better absorption and utilization of nutrients present in the foods. 

Apples are high in an anti-inflammatory flavonoid called quercetin, especially found in their skins. Quercetin has shown to reduce the risk of allergies, heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and prostate and lung cancers.

Chocolate, grapes, red wine, and tea, on the other hand, contain the flavonoid catechin, an antioxidant that reduces the risks for atherosclerosis and cancer.

Together, catechins and quercetin loosen clumpy blood platelets, improving cardiovascular health and providing anticoagulant activity.

Tip: Quercetin is also found in buckwheat, onions, and raspberries.

Liver Cleansing Cycle

Food Taken to Cleanse Liver

Garlic:
Garlic contains allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing

Grapefruit:
Eating or drinking grapefruit juice can help your liver flush out carcinogens and toxins.

Beets:
Beets are high in plant-flavonoids, which can improve the overall functions of your liver.

Leafy Greens:
Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce have the ability to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides that may be in our foods, and act as a protective mechanism for the liver

Green Tea

Green tea is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, which have been known to improve the functions of our liver.

Avocados:
Avocados produce a type of antioxidant called glutathione, which is needed for our livers to filter out harmful materials.

Crucferous Vegetables: 
Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts also increase the amount of glucosinolate (organic compounds) in our bodies that helps create enzyme production for digestion.

Lemons:
Lemons help our bodies cleanse out toxic materials and aid the digestion process.

Turmeric:
Used as a spice, tumeric has been known to help our bodies digest fats and stimulate the production of bile. It can also act as a natural form of detox for your liver.

Walnuts:
Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which help support our liver through its cleansing process.

Nutraceutical- Boon for The Health

Nutraceuticals

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Nutraceutical word with “nutra” derived from nutrition and “ceutical” from pharmaceutical. A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food and provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and specific diets to genetically engineered designer foods, herbal products, and processed foods such as cereals, soups and beverages. 

Nutraceuticals & HealthCare         

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Nutraceuticals help in curing following diseases

  • Life Style Related Diseases
  • Diet-related chronic diseases and disorders: Cardiovascular Diseases, Type 2 Diabetes,
  • Many Kinds of Cancers
  • Fatigue
  • Stress/Tensions
  • Disturbances in Routines

 

 

Marine based nutraceuticals      

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A major source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish helps to protect against a range of diseases

Benefits:

  • Cancer Risk-  reduce the risk of several types of cancer by up to 50%
  • Cardiovascular Disease- reduces risk of stroke, heart disease and blood clots
  •  Dementia Risk- lowers risk of developing both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Manage Diabetes- helps to manage blood sugar levels
  • Improves Brain and Eye Health
  • Depression Rates- produces lower incidences of depression
  • Decreases Asthma Risk

 

Dairy based nutraceuticals                      

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Probiotics are live microorganisms that Improve intestinal microbial balance present in curd.

Benefits:

  • Stimulates the immune system and reduces symptoms of lactose intolerance
  • Prevents bacterial overgrowth in the intestine and provides relief for antibiotic-induced diarrhea
  • Regulates bowel movements
  • Increases satiety (feelings of fullness)and metabolizes body fat
  • Lowers blood pressure, Improves mineral absorption and helps prevent colon cancer.

 Plant based nutraceuticals                 

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They are phytochemicals — biologically active natural products such as limonoids in citrus fruits, lignans in flaxseed, lycopene in tomatoes, and catechins in tea.

Benefits:

  • Limonoids- Effective in weight, cancer and cholesterol control
  • Flaxseed Lignans- antioxidant qualities, 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
  • Lycopene- heart diseases, diabetes, antioxidant prevents sun burns and osteoporosis
  • Catechins- help in metabolism processes and control cholesterol levels and cancer.

 

What Caused the Rapid Emergence of Nutraceuticals?          

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Consumers dissatisfied with drug costs and conventional healthcare are turning to unproven untested natural products for treatment and prevention. Pharmaceuticals work only after the onset of diseases. Nutraceuticals plays important roles in retarding and progression of diseases. Prevention is always better than Cure.  

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