Good Nutrition to Last a Lifetime
Enjoying a lifetime of good nutrition is essential in a woman's life, not only for keeping your weight in check, but keeping diseases at bay, staying strong physically, keeping your mind sharp and enjoying good health and wellness, well into your golden years.
The nutrition team at Florida Hospital Celebration Health is dedicated to giving you the tools, education and support you need to successfully manage your weight and achieve optimal health, taking into account the special nutritional needs of women throughout the various stages of life.
This includes eating a well-balanced diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, low-fat dairy and lean proteins. Iron and folic acid are other essential building blocks, preventing problems with menstruation and decreasing the risk of birth defects in children. So is calcium, which can prevent the development of osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and break easily over time.
Our nutrition team can also help you maintain the delicate balance between calorie intake and activity. Women typically need fewer calories than men and a moderately active woman should consume between 1,800 and 2,200 calories a day.
Pregnant women have additional dietary needs and your doctor will go over your recommended diet, discuss your optimal weight targets and whether supplements should be taken during the term of the pregnancy. Good nutrition is important during pregnancy, not only to ensure that your baby gets the best possible start in life, but to make sure you stay in top physical health at the same time.
Three vitamins and minerals are key to the development of your child: folic acid, which reduces the chance of birth defects in your child, iron, which keeps you from becoming anemic during your pregnancy and calcium, which your baby needs for bone, heart, teeth, nerve and muscle development.
During this time in a woman's life, lots of changes are going on and proper nutrition is essential. This includes enjoying a balanced diet and getting the right amount of exercise, since reduced hormone levels and the aging process can make it harder to shed those excess pounds. Excess weight, especially around the belly, can lead to increased cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, as well as an increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. In this stage of life, women typically need about 200 fewer calories a day, which translates into smaller portions but not skipped meals.
The Senior Years
Maintaining health and wellness into your 70s, 80s and even beyond requires that you maintain a sensible diet, one that is rich in calcium to keep osteoporosis at bay, low in fats and high in grains, fruits and vegetables. It's important to stay active during this period in your life, too. Physical fitness, when combined with a proper diet, can keep your body flexible, resilient and reduce the likelihood that age-related diseases will affect your quality of life.
As you can see, women have different needs at stages in their lives. Florida Hospital Celebration Health is here for you throughout your journey so you can live life to its fullest through proper nutrition, health and wellness.