Nutrition is essential for good health. While eating healthy is essential for both the sexes, men and women have different dietary requirements. Wedding Affair brings to you four foods that every woman must include in her diet for her overall health and well-being.
Have flax seeds daily for overall good health. They are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that prevent arthritis, apart from digestive properties which help ease irritable bowel syndrome.
First up, lentils. These little legumes are an amazing source of fibre, protein and importantly for women, iron. Female athletes, pregnant women and girls in their teens are more susceptible to becoming anaemic; but even if you don’t fall into one of those three categories, it’s important that you naturally up your vitamin intake through iron-rich foods. What’s more, research has proven that lentils and the like can also protect against cancer, lower cholesterol and help regulate hormones – alleviating symptoms of PMS and the menopause. If lentils aren’t your cup of tea, try black beans or chickpeas as an alternative.
It was Popeye’s go-to food for good reason – this leafy green is an amazing source of iron, both helping to improve the quality of the blood and restore energy. It’s also high in folic acid, making it the ultimate pregnancy superfood. If you’re popping tins of spinach, cook it rather than eat it raw. You get the same amount micronutrients in each serving, but when heated, the vitamin content of spinach is better absorbed into your system, providing higher levels of vitamins A and E, protein, calcium, and important carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein. Step aside broccoli, we’ve a new favourite green.
Spice up your meals with turmeric. Most often found in yellow curry dishes. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and a must in your food. Curcumin, a plant nutrient that gives turmeric its deep golden hue. It has long been used in Eastern medicine to treat infections and help speed wound healing. Preliminary research in mice suggests that the spice may be useful in treating conditions like inflammation, digestive problems, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
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