The new year is just around the corner. This is a great time to make a commitment to improving your overall health. Here at The Scarlet Company, we have put together eight ways that you can improve your health in 2022. These eight health tips are easy to do and easy to stick to.
(1) Make Diet and Nutrition a Priority
As a woman, diet and nutrition play a very important role in your overall health. One of the ways that you can commit to diet and nutrition is to monitor your vitamins and minerals. It is generally known that women need fewer calories than men, but in many situations, they have higher vitamin and mineral needs. Here are some of the vitamins and minerals that you should monitor as part of your diet:
- Calcium and magnesium are very important, as they help your body regenerate and maintain bone material. Calcium and magnesium also help regulate blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, and can help reduce the symptoms of PMS.
- Vitamin D helps regulate calcium absorption, plays a role in cell growth, and regulates estrogen levels within the body.
- Complex B vitamins, especially consumed through food, can play a role in reducing PMS and play a role in regulating energy levels throughout the body.
- Vitamin E helps with promoting a healthy circulatory system and plays a role in supporting your overall menstrual health.
- Iron is also an important mineral that helps make hemoglobin, a protein that helps oxygenate your red blood cells.
Some healthy foods that contain all the minerals you need include leafy green vegetables, fruits, fish, white meat, whole grains, and other similar types of foods.
(2) Make Exercise a Priority For the New Year
Exercise plays a huge role in promoting your overall health. To maintain your weight, you simply need to exercise 150 minutes each week, which is just 30 minutes a day during the work week. Simple exercise can include riding your bike to work, walking, swimming, and activities that you like to do (like racquetball or other social sports). Not only does physical activity help regulate your weight, it also helps you sleep better and can reduce the likelihood of depression.
(3) Avoid Risky Habits and Environments
Most people who are serious about their health avoid risky behaviors, like smoking. Even secondhand smoke carries a significant amount of risk. In the United States, secondhand smoke causes over 40,000 deaths per year, mostly from heart and lung disease. When it comes to alcohol, the NIH recommends that women have no more than one drink per day. By avoiding risky habits and environments, you can boost your health in the New Year.
(4) Watch Your Time In the Sun
If you’ve ever heard the phrase “looking your age,” there is a certain amount of truth to it. The NIH has done research that shows that up to 90% of how old or young you look for your age is due to the amount of sun exposure you have experienced over your life. According to the Fitzpatrick scale, people with lighter skin have the most significant risk of sun exposure. If you have lighter skin, you should apply sunscreen if you plan on being out longer than 15 to 20 minutes. Wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and watching your time in the sun will help reduce your risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging.
(5) Minimize Your Risk of Breast Cancer
The risk of breast cancer is 13% in the United States. Globally, breast cancer is about 25% of all cancers in women. Many different national cancer organizations throughout the world, such as the American Cancer Society, recommend doing self-exams once per month starting at age twenty. Starting at age 40, it is recommended that women do an annual mammogram.
(6) Mitigate Stress
Stress impacts your body, your mood, and your behavior. Stress can contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic headaches. To mitigate stress, these activities can help:
- Exercise regularly.
- Engage in relaxation activities, such as yoga, meditation, or tai chi.
- Balance your work life with plenty of relaxation and social activities.
- Get plenty of sleep, but avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Seek professional help if your level of stress is overwhelming.
(7) Drink Plenty of Water
The majority of people simply don’t drink enough water. The USDA conducted a study of 2,000 people where only 22% drank the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated will help regulate body temperature, make sure your cells get the nutrients they need, and help your organs function properly.
(8) Consider Scarlet To Help With Your Health In the New Year
Scarlet is an all-natural tonic for women that can help support menstrual health. Taking one bottle of Scarlet each day for eight days during your luteal phase will help you regulate your hormones for a better period. Wild Yam and Chasteberry have been used for thousands of years to support female wellness and menstrual health. A combination of other natural ingredients are included too, such as Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamins D, E, B6 and B12, which are effective in reducing the symptoms of PMS. When there are less physical issues to deal with, women will feel more confident and strong to deal with the challenges in our lives! Bring it on, 2022!