With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ashley and I thought it would be the perfect time to do a feature on Women’s Health.
Us ladies work our butts off! We are strong, smart, creative women and the best way to keep us moving is to fuel our bodies to be their best and brightest. A lot of us tend to spend so much time worrying about getting everything so perfect in our lives – I think sometimes we just need to take a step back and really remember how lucky we are to be us! We may miss deadlines, forget phone calls, break heels… burn dinners… but we are still pretty darn cool. And strong. And we sure as hell know how to have fun!
So today I’m going to let Ashley, RD take the stage and show off some of her own girl power smarts! She’s come up with a great read for you all today full of tips to fueling our bodies to be their best.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I love any opportunity to shed light on women’s health and girl power. These recommendations aren’t necessarily geared toward breast-cancer prevention specifically, but more towards women’s health in general. Women need fewer calories but more nutrients than men to be at their best. Real fair right?! There are several key nutrients that women need in greater amounts to improve overall well-being and prevent health conditions down the road: calcium, vitamin D, iron, folate, vitamin C.
1.) Calcium – We all know we need calcium for strong bones. But women at menopause need it even more! Lower levels of estrogen make it harder to keep calcium in your bones. And its just as important for us younger ladies too – the stronger our bones are now, the stronger our bones will be later when we hit menopause.
2.) Vitamin D – We need Vitamin D to help maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in our blood, and keep our bones strong. It also may help maintain a healthy immune system and help healthy cell growth and development!
3.) Iron – Iron helps our blood carry oxygen throughout our body. If you don’t get enough iron in your diet, you may feel fatigued. We absorb iron best from meat and fish. Nonmeat eaters can get their iron from from iron-rich sources such as almonds, apricots, beans, fortified bread, broccoli, lentils, fortified oatmeal, raisins, rice, spinach and tofu. To boost absorption, combine iron-rich foods with orange juice and other foods that contain vitamin C.
4.) Folate – This nutrient helps make red blood cells, prevent birth defects such as neural tube defects and spina bifida, and lower homocysteine levels. Dark greens provide the highest amounts of folate. Other foods rich in this B vitamin include navy beans, oranges, and fortified grains.
So what are Ashley’s picks for best Super Foods for women? Check out the slideshow below!
Here’s a list of some of my favorite recipes packed with Super Foods for Super Women!