Modern women want to have it all. We want rewarding careers and happy home lives but most of all we want to feel good and look great. Here are 10 things everyone woman should know about her body to be successful and fabulous.
- Get Your Beauty Rest
Sleep affects so many facets of our lives, especially if you’re not getting enough of it. Skimping on sleep can negatively affect your memory, blood pressure and weight. Seven to eight hours of sleep per night is recommended for the average adult.
Not getting enough sleep can actually shorten your lifespan. So the next time you yell out YOLO and decide to make it an all-nighter, take into account that you do in fact only live once, so make sure you live a long time.
- Eat Real Food
Low fat, low carb, paleo, and vegan – the diet fads are endless and most are strict and complicated. You need to follow only one simple rule: eat real food. When your body craves nourishment the brain signals you to eat. Over processed and chemical laden foods may fill your belly, but they don’t nourish your body.
How do you know what to eat without all the strict guidelines? Keep these few simple thoughts in mind. Eat foods that are ingredients, not made of ingredients. Shop from the outer ring of the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruits, veggies and lean meats.
- Drink More Water
Not thirsty? Drink water anyway. Dehydration starts before you even get the sensation of thirst. Fatigue, high blood pressure, increased allergies, weight gain, premature aging and constipation are just some of the unpleasant side effects of being dehydrated.
Adults should consume 64 ounces of water daily. That’s eight, 8-ounce glasses or nearly one 2-liter bottle per day. The good news is that if you do drink enough water, you’ll eat less and burn more calories making weight loss essentially effortless.
- Exercise in Harmony With Your Hormones
Did you know that you can plan your exercise routine to flow in harmony with your monthly cycle? Yes! Now you have an excuse to get out of CrossFit. When you know your body’s rhythm and tune into the ebbs and flows of your energy levels, you can make the most of your exercise routine.
By being in harmony with your hormones, you won’t be fighting against your natural energy levels each month. Try walking or yoga when you have your period but then capitalize on your energy surge the following week with jogging or aerobics.
- Ease up on the Caffeine
A good cup of Joe can help you get going in the morning, but over-consumption of caffeine can be detrimental to your body both short term and long term. Some short term side effects are jitters, increase blood pressure and headaches.
Osteoporosis and fibrocystic disease are potential long-term complications from too much caffeine intake. Caffeine can also hinder a woman’s reproductive system, making it harder to conceive and possibly even cause miscarriage.
- Manage Your Stress Levels
No one can avoid stress entirely. There will always be rude people, deadlines and traffic jams. What you can do is examine the things that are causing you stress, work to reduce them as much as possible and find ways to cope.
Having a healthy lifestyle is the best defense against stress. Getting enough rest, exercising regularly and eating healthy coupled with a fun hobby and a few close friends will help you keep your stress at a manageable level.
- Drink Alcohol in Moderation
While Martini and Mani Monday might be just the thing to help you reduce stress, binge drinking on a Saturday is just as likely to cause stress. For women, four or more drinks in one evening is considered binge drinking. A host of problems is likely to ensue from the poor judgement that follows becoming overly intoxicated. Save yourself the trouble and potential embarrassment by drinking in moderation.
Now it’s time to get a little more personal, ladies. Here’s the low down on keeping up with your girl parts.
- Remember That Condoms Do Not Prevent All STDs
While condoms do help with STD and pregnancy prevention, they aren’t fool proof. Condoms don’t protect against STDs that are spread by skin to skin contact. That means HPV and some of the other non-fluid spread issues, such as pubic lice, can still be shared. Be smart about sex. Know your partner, get tested and have your wits about you when engaging in sexual acts.
- Recognize That You Don’t Have to Deal With PMS
Contrary to popular belief, PMS is not normal. In fact, if your PMS symptoms are out of control then something is wrong. You can reduce or eliminate your PMS symptoms by encompassing a healthy lifestyle. If you’re living a healthy life but can’t get PMS symptoms under control, speak to your doctor about the potential for hormone imbalance.
- Take Care Down There
Be good to your girl parts. Clean regularly with warm soap and water but avoid perfumes, sprays and any of the other feminine products designed to make you feel self-conscious about your natural state. Wear clothing that allows for good airflow or go commando from time to time. Know that everyone is different down there. You can’t compare what you have to what you see on TV. You were made perfect just the way you are!
Ok ladies, that’s it! Now you know how to treat your body like a temple so that it will treat you to a long and fabulous life.