Nutrition Tips for Women

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Best Nutrition Tips For Women

Overall, whilst it is important for women to be healthy and reasonably fit, there is also an unfortunate tendency to overly focus on how important is it for a woman to be slim and fit. For many women however nature, hormones and genes dictate otherwise.

You’ve probably come across statistics and studies showing that women are comparatively more prone to putting on weight than men. Surprising though this might seem at first glance, there are a number of reasons for this. Hormones for instance play a pivotal role in weight gain and loss. It’s relatively common for women in general to suffer from a certain degree of hormone imbalance which can affect their weight. Menopause, pregnancy, fertility cycles and so on all influence a woman’s hormones. As does taking certain types of medications and overall life style.

Those Pesky Hormones!

Studies have further shown that female hormonal imbalances are also becoming a lot more prevalent in societies where women have increasingly developed extremely busy lifestyles. Not surprisingly, this corresponds with a rise in less healthy eating habits, less exercise and reduced sleep quality. In a nutshell, today’s modern woman is often simply ‘too busy’ to make sure she eats properly, exercises enough and gets adequate quality sleep.

There probably isn’t a lot you can do about your busy life style in the short term but there is a lot you can do about developing healthy eating and sleeping habits! When all is said and done, we have to eat and it’s just as easy to eat healthy food as it is to eat unhealthy food.

You Are What You Eat

The first piece of advice is to take a good, hard look at what you eat on a regular basis. Be honest. If you eat a lot of unhealthy takeaway food, that’s not a good nutritional situation to be in! Does what you eat regularly have much nutritional value? Is it healthy? If not, ditch it and replace with something that is healthy and nutritious. For example, you might love apple pie but you’ll be far better off eating those apples before they’re turned into pie! Love your bread? Choose wholegrain varieties over white bread. Fond of sugary snacks? Swap them for a piece of fresh fruit or some nuts, seeds or dried fruit. You’ll still get your sugar fix but in the form of natural not processed sugars.

The C / F / P Of Life

Aside from this, there are three important considerations when it comes to healthy nutrition for women. They’re called Carbohydrate, Fat and Protein. Knowing how much of these you eat or need to eat and in what ratios is the underlying principle of good nutrition.

The first rule of thumb is that junk food is seldom, if ever, a good source of any of these. Junk food is invariably full of the types of fats and carbs you want to avoid like the plague because they have no place in a healthy balanced diet.

Carbohydrates – The Fuel Of Life

Carbohydrates are the fuel that gives us energy at the most fundamental level – our cells. Carbs are broken down into glucose, the fuel required for normal cellular activity throughout the body. Muscle cells, brain cells, central nervous system cells are just a few of the systems that require a regular, consistent supply of glucose to maintain normal function. Good healthy sources of carbohydrates are whole grains, fruit and vegetables.

Without enough carbohydrates in the diet, the body will start using alternative fuel sources such as fat and protein. So if your goal is weight gain, up the carbs in your diet. If your goal is to lose weight, cut back on carbs so the body has to use body fat for fuel instead. Also remember that excess carbs are converted into fat and stored in adipose tissue around the body, notably your waist and hips!

Fats – They’re Not All Bad!

Fat gets an undeservedly bad rap but healthy fats are a vital component in a balanced and nutritious diet. The omega fatty acids in particular are essential, especially omega 3. You’ll get plenty of this fatty acid by eating fish and other types of seafood. Some seeds are also high in a plant-based type of omega 3 called alpha linoleic acid or ALA. Canola oil, hemp and flax seeds, and walnuts are particularly valuable sources of ALA, especially for vegans and vegetarians. Dairy and eggs are good sources of saturated fats, which again are essential in a balanced diet.

Avoid Those Bad Fats

The fat to avoid is manufactured trans fats, produced by mixing hydrogen with liquid fats to produce a solid fat product. And excessive amounts of the pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acid. Sunflower seeds for example are particularly high in omega 6.

Without Protein….

Last but not least is protein. Proteins are long chains of amino acids and are literally the building blocks of life. Our body uses protein to manufacture hormones and various essential body chemicals, and build body structures like all our internal organs, our bones, skin, hair etc. We need protein to repair and rebuild damaged tissues. Without protein, we simply wouldn’t exist! The best and healthiest sources of protein are legumes, vegetables, meat, poultry, dairy, eggs and some types of seeds like hemp seed.

So get ready to embark on a healthy eating shopping trip and if you’d like more information about the best diets and nutrition for your goal check Plant Supplements Health and Fitness Blog for some excellent articles and unbiased advice.