Good nutrition is the starting point of a healthy lifestyle. It’s common knowledge that a balanced diet combined with regular exercise can help you stay fit and maintain a healthy weight. But most women are unaware that proper nutrition can help avoid gynecological problems as well. A regular intake of the right fruits, vegetables, and minerals can ensure you have a healthy reproductive system.
Here’s how to leverage the right foods for better gynecological health:
- Whole Grains: Higher levels of estrogen increase the risk of breast diseases caused by the rapid growth of cells in the mammary glands. The consumption of whole grains can cut this risk, by helping regulate the levels of estrogen in the blood. Grains are also a good source of iodine that stimulates the hormones secreted by the pituitary gland and promotes easy maturity and release of eggs.
- Red fruits and vegetables: Red fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals (chemical compounds produced naturally in plants) that effectively inhibit the growth of gynecological tumor cells while reducing their responsiveness to estrogen. Include red apples, red peppers, onions, grapes, and other red fruits in your diet to reap the benefits of this wonder nutrient.
- Soy: Soy products effectively regulate the secretion of the endocrine glands — hormones that regulate the function of the reproductive system as well as control metabolism and growth. Milk, tofu, soya seeds, soy sauce, etc can effectively regulate the estrogen level in the body and help maintain a healthy reproductive system.
- .Bananas: Bananas contain a high content of vitamin B6 that can effectively stabilize nerves and alleviate pain during menstruation.
- Calcium: Calcium-rich foods such as milk and yogurt help prevent ovarian diseases and control the growth of cancer cells.
- Folic acid: Food rich in folic acid, such as animal liver, spinach, cabbage, leeks, fish, eggs, and cereal can effectively prevent and reduce the chances of cervical cancer.
- Iron: Anemia affects a majority of women, causing problems in the functioning of the ovaries. Consumption of red meat, seafood, and beans along with green leafy vegetables is necessary to supplement natural iron intake. In addition, avoiding strong tea or coffee during the menstrual period helps maintain smooth absorption of iron.
While these natural remedies often render impressive results, it is always safe to consult a Gynecologist & Obstetrician Doctor when it comes to any serious gynecological issues. And if you are based in Pune, just reach out to Dr Nina at the Touch of Life clinic. Her team of expert Gynaecological and Obstetrician Consultants is always happy to help.