Nutrients That Women Must Include in Their Daily Diet
The nutritional needs of women are different as they go through different stages of physiological development and biological changes. Menstruating women need higher amounts of iron, calcium and vitamins; this requirement increases during pregnancy and after menopause. Adequate nutrition and active lifestyle are the cornerstones for women health and wellbeing. Eating the right foods including a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and protein-rich foods along with natural nutritional supplements can effectively cater to their nutritional necessity.
Let us understand the key nutrients that are must-haves for every woman to keep up her energy levels and body in good health.
Vital Nutrients for Women
Some of the vital nutrients for women are as follows:
Calcium & Vitamin D
Bones are like the structural beams and pillars of a building. Calcium is an important component of your bones, accounting for about 30-35% of its mass. This essential nutrient is needed to make strong bones, which enables proper functioning of the body. The body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and different parts of the body.
As per ICMR -National Institute of Nutrition, women need 1000 mg dietary calcium daily. For lactating & post-menopausal women an additional 200mg allowance is added. However, low intake of dietary calcium is common among women, leading to weak bones and osteoporosis. Also, menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause are the times when one needs an increased amount of calcium. This is why an intake of calcium-rich foods is highly recommended to attain nutritional adequacy as well as an overall sound health and wellbeing.
But is that enough?
In order to effectively absorb calcium through diet our body needs an adequate amount of vitamin D as well as it increases calcium absorption and is required for normal bone metabolism. Sunlight is the best source for Vitamin D but our hectic lifestyle keeps us boxed up indoors most of the time. This coupled with poor diets deplete the supply of vitamin D in the body.
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Iron and Folic Acid
According to the National Family Health Survey, in India, more than 50 per cent of women belonging to the age group of 15 and 49 years, suffers from iron deficiency. This deficiency is more prevalent among women due to inadequate quantity of iron and iron enhancers (like vitamin C-rich foods) in the diet along with low bioavailability of dietary iron. Iron is an essential nutrient needed by women to make up for the amount of iron lost during menstruation and childbirth.
The amount of iron an average adult woman under the age of 50 needs at least is 14.8 mg a day and for women over 50, the minimum requirement is 8.7 mg a day. The physiological requirements of iron are higher in women during pregnancy and lactating period, which increases to about 27mg daily. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of nutritional anemia, which adversely affects health and functions of body.
Intake of Iron and folate-rich foods like dark-green leafy vegetables, iron-fortified cereals or bread, pulses and beans, fish, eggs etc., are essential to provide adequate iron to the body and produce healthy red blood cells that prevent anemia. Studies suggest that intake of vitamin C-rich foods or supplements enhance absorption of iron. Hence it is important to pair vitamin C- rich foods with iron-rich foods in our diet to maximize iron absorption.
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Multivitamins and Antioxidants
Women tend to have higher nutritional gaps due to the physiological changes they undergo between menstrual to post menopausal age. Nutrient deficient diets and a busy lifestyle can cause serious health conditions and poor reproductive function. Multivitamins and antioxidants are essential to maintain health, strengthen immunity, prevent disorders caused by oxidative stress and inflammation. A minimum 500 gram-variety of fresh fruits & vegetables must be consumed to obtain adequate amounts of dietary multivitamins and antioxidants. However, studies show up to 83% Indians don’t get their daily minimum requirement of greens, fruits, or veggies.
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Eating well is the key to staying in the best of health and strength, always well protected from diseases. Women must pay attention to their regular intake of essential nutrients through their diet and supplements. Women’s bodies undergo many changes all through the different life stages like menstruation, child birth, lactation and menopause and requires additional supply of nutrition essential for her as well as her baby’s health and wellbeing. A well-balanced diet provides the much-needed nutrition that prevent many nutritive deficiencies, which cause life deteriorating disorders like osteoporosis, diabetes, hypo/hyper thyroidism and other serious maladies even like cancer. That is why, a regular intake of a good dietary supplement is highly recommended as it happens to plug in the nutritional gaps, if any.
Women make the world meaningful; they are the foundation of every family and an asset to the nation. They are the ones who bring new life on earth and their health and wellbeing have a great impact on the society. That is why, women belonging to all age groups must take care of themselves, because healthy and strong women can change the world!
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