Did you know that an average woman gains up to 20 Kilos between her twenty’s and her sixty’s, and that are absolutely normal? Women’s metabolism slows down, and it is a natural process to gain weight. However, our lifestyle, sleep patterns, stress, the food we eat and especially the hidden carbs we consume while picking items from the grocery store adds to these mean, unmerciful kilos. The 80/20 principle applies perfectly here. 80% food and 20% exercise should be the focus for a healthy lifestyle.
Instead of ending up hating the weighing scale in the bathroom, why not make these small adjustments in the kitchen and in the way you cook to lose unnecessary kilos and have a healthy long life? On Boost your Body HQ, you will see that a healthy diet can also help maintain vaginal health.
Before we deep dive into what is really a healthy diet, it is important to note that a healthy diet is nothing but a balanced diet that provides the body with necessary nutrients which in turn would result in more energy, improved mood, and better health. When you consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and protein in addition to low-fat dairy products and healthy fats in moderation, you are already on your road to success. Unlike men, women’s nutritional requirements are different due to our physical and hormonal changes right from puberty. We cannot ignore the Magic Three if we want to live a healthy life.
1. Folic acid
Folic acid has immense benefits. It not only prevents birth defects but also eliminates neural tube defects and considerably reduces hypertension/ high blood pressure in women. Some natural food that is rich in folic acid are;
- Green leafy vegetables
- Citrus fruits
- Okra/Ladies finger
Women in 20’s have a chance of developing osteoporosis, a condition where one loses bone density and eventually health. Include this calcium-rich food in your diet to take care of your bones.
Anemia is a result of iron deficiency and is most prevalent in children and women. Consumption of Iron provides more energy and reduces the risk of premature birth in women. Food that is rich in Iron and should be included in a daily diet are;
- Dark Chocolate
A healthy dietary requirement on a daily basis would include 28 grams of grains, two cups of fruits, three portions of low-fat dairy products, 140 grams of protein with two cups of fruits. Opt for healthy fat such as avocado than white rice for example.
In addition to this, do some light activity such as brisk walking four times a week. It is not difficult to stay healthy without compromising delicious food.