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I was on glamour.com and I found and article that was super super useful and decided to share with you guys 1O of the most important things that I feel all you gus should have an idea on so here goes!
It is important to know your family history of cancer.
If parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts or uncles were diagnosed before 50, you may be at an especially high risk.” —Oncologist Leslie R. DeMars, M.D.
O2. WEIGHT LOSS
“Think percentages, not pounds; they’re less scary. If you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can slash health risks.” —Physician nutrition specialist Melina B. Jampolis, M.D.
“If you want to feel full on fewer calories, stick to foods that are high in water, like fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. Feeling full is based on volume, not calories.” —Obesity and nutrition expert William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D.
O3. HEART HEALTH
“Eat less salt. You may be a healthy young thing now, but half of women over 45 have high blood pressure, and a lot of that is due to sodium.” —Cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, M.D.
“Every night before going to sleep, lie on your back and hang your head and shoulders off the bed for up to two minutes. This opens up your chest, increasing blood supply to your lungs and heart, and can help prevent bad posture from hours of hunching over a desk at work.” —Ob-gyn Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
O4. EATING HABITS
“Everything you eat should make you stronger, like whole grains for your heart or veggies for immunity. Make 85 percent of your choices this way and you’ll be healthier and thinner.” —Steven Lamm, M.D., author of Stronger
“Switch from olive oil to canola oil for cooking. Canola has less saturated fat and a lot more omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to do everything from lift mood to fight heart disease.” —Cardiologist Robert Vogel, M.D., coauthor of The Pritikin Edge
“Have a vegetable or fruit at every meal. Boom, healthier.” —Eating behaviors researcher Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
“Eat global. Spices like cinnamon and turmeric in Indian and Thai cuisines add flavor and have health benefits, like fighting cancer.” —Andrew Weil, M.D., director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
“Get a pet! People with them tend to have better physical health, partly because you have to do active things to maintain them—walk the dog, play with the cat or clean a birdcage. Interacting with pets may also lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety and improve your mood.”
—Family medicine specialist Jane Sadler, M.D.
“Unplug and talk to someone face-to-face. Facebook, IM and e-mail are all great ways to stay in touch, but actually seeing people and interacting with them is key for mental health.” —Family medicine specialist Wilson Pace, M.D.
“Don’t be with someone who makes you miserable! When women say a relationship is a huge head-ache, there could be literal truth to that. Emotions can lead to very real pain.” —Psychiatrist Charles Sophy, D.O.
O6. BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
“Take every chance to get to know your breasts—it’s easier to recognize changes if you regularly feel your body, like in the shower and when you’re dressing.” —Ob-gyn Katharine O’Connell, M.D.
O7. SEX LIFE ( Keep in mind only have sex if you're responsible enough to. It is not fun to get pregnant as a teenager and lose EVERYTHING. )
“Schedule weekly orgasms; I call it getting your ‘vitamin O.’ Orgasms release hormones that boost emotional well-being and your immune system—and may even prolong life. If you don’t have a partner, for health’s sake, get a toy!” —Ob-gyn Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.
“Few things in life are fun, free and healthy, but sex is one of them. Do it!” —Gynecologist Michael P. Goodman, M.D.
O8. THINGS HEALTHY WOMEN SHOULD DO
“If you want to start a healthy habit, make your intention very concrete and specific, like, ‘put on sneakers as soon as I get home and walk 10 blocks’ instead of just ‘exercise more often.’” —Psychologist John A. Bargh, Ph.D.
“Go to good health sites like familydoctor.org, WebMD and cdc.gov.” —Physician Lori J. Heim, M.D.
“Be future-focused. Most young women are pretty healthy—the problem isn’t their current situation, but where their lifestyle will lead them when they get older. Making changes now, like exercising more and eating better, is like putting money into a bank account.” —Internist Robert Lamberts, M.D.
O9. POSITIVE BODY IMAGE
“If you think you look fat one day but were fine the day before, remember that your reaction to what you see in the mirror may be about emotions, not reality.” —Eating disorders expert Kevin R. Wandler, M.D.
1O. REDUCE RISK OF SKIN CANCER
“Do a skin check once a month when you’re getting out of the shower. While you put on your moisturizer, look for any striking, dark or changing spots or moles.” —Dermatologic surgeon Ellen Marmur, M.D.
“Wear a hat when you’re in the sun. I had a patient who always wore sunblock on her face and body but assumed her scalp was fine. One day she found an itchy spot on her head that turned out to be cancer.” —Plastic surgeon Michael E. Jones, M.D.
The full list is here: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/2009/01/50-little-health-tips-every-woman-should-know
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