I believe women and men should receive equal pay, equal rights, and equal opportunities. But just because we are equal, it doesn’t mean we are the same. In fact, women and men are quite different inside and out. That means that there are certain things that women are predestined to, simply for having a female body. Here are five best foods for women that you should integrate into your diet if you are a female.
Figs are a delicious, low-calorie little fruit that are packed with nutrients to feed the female body. Figs are rich in iron, which is ideal for women who tend to get low on iron while menstruating. They are considered an antioxidant (containing vitamins A, E, and K), which will keep your immune system up and running, helping you fight off cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses. Figs are a great source of fiber, which will keep things moving through your gentle system. They also contain calcium, which is a necessary nutrient for women who are susceptible to Osteoporosis. Pack them for an afternoon snack at work, slice them up and put them on a salad to give it a sweet taste, or throw them into a smoothie and drink them! You will love the taste and love the benefits.
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This tasty fish is also rich in iron, which will help you while menstruating or when you’re reaching menopause when iron levels decrease. Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which increase your sense of wellbeing, and helps to ward off depression (which plagues 2x more women than men). Salmon is a lean source of protein to keep your figure in check and increase your energy levels. It also contains bioactive peptides that protect the cartilage around your joints and decrease inflammation throughout the entire body. It is important that you consume wild Salmon as opposed to farmed. Farmed fish are typically pumped full of chemicals, hormones, and pesticides that interrupt the endocrine system and more.
3. Flax Seed
Flax seeds are tiny little seeds that are easy to throw into any meal. They are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, so they are a great anti-inflammatory. The nutrients in flax seeds have been linked with a decreased risk of breast cancer, help oil up the joints, so it decreases the chance of arthritis and even helps a reduce the risk of irritable bowel syndrome. I like to sprinkle flax seeds on my morning cereal, over salads or steamed veggies.
Tomatoes are a fruit that contain a carotenoid called lycopene which research suggests helps prevent breast cancer and has the ability to cleanse your body of free radicals. They are high in fiber, potassium, and also contain vitamins A, C and K, which lower blood pressure and ward off heart disease (the cause of death for more women than men in the US). Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, which are great for your immune system. You can eat tomatoes in the whole form or even get these benefits by drinking tomato juice each day. Eating tomatoes each day will keep the doctor away!
If it’s good enough for Popeye, it’s got to be good enough for Olive Oyl right? Right! Spinach is high in magnesium, which is necessary for women who suffer from symptoms associated with PMS. It helps decrease swelling, water retention, and sore breasts. High in fiber, spinach prevents constipation, keeps you from overeating, and lowers blood sugar. Rich in antioxidants vitamin C, E, zinc, selenium, and manganese, it wards off osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin – antioxidants that guard you from cataracts and macular degeneration. This super food should be consumed each day if possible. Your feminine body will thank you!
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Let’s face it; women are plagued with certain ailments that men aren’t; heart disease and depression even affect more women than men. Consider adding these five foods to your diet and you will see how they help keep your mind and body happy and healthy!