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Wednesday, August 30th 2006

Ever since man exists on Earth, he has on his side a fragile yet strong partner along, the woman. Thousands of women in every corner of the globe live their life with courage and accomplishments through generations, building families, raising children, chasing dreams and tasting life the best way possible. As they build up their life and pass through the paths of destiny, a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet and physical activity is important.

One question that has always accompanied women is the body image. We all want to look our best, but a healthy body is not necessary linked to appearance. In fact, healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. How we maintain our bodies healthy and stay fit is entirely up to us. The concept of the ideal body constantly changes, so staying healthy is more important than to live up to a changeable expectation. Some major issues should be taken in consideration when developing a healthy body image:

Eating healthy: Eating healthy can promote healthy skin and hair, along with strong bones and pleasant attitude. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, because they provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, the variety changes with seasons. Drink lots of water and go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol and saturated fat. Do not leave out snacks; some of them are nutritious and filling. Do not forget, that fat free does not mean calorie free and calories always count. Put together recipes and courses you like and check their value, use a calorie counter to make your choices easier or after a meticulous checking, choose a weight loss program . But remember, not eating won't lead you to a pretty, healthy body. Eating disorders are serious medical problems: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder are all types of eating disorders, causing serious problems in a woman's life.

Regular exercise: Exercise has been showed to increase self-esteem, self-image, and provides energy. Women who do not smoke, drink alcohol moderately, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight for their height and eat a healthy diet are less likely to experience unwanted diseases.
Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, decreases the risk for stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. It also helps control weight; contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints, parts of body which frequently cause problems after the menopause. With a positive body image, a woman has a real perception of her size and shape and feels comfortable and proud about her body.

Plenty of rest is the key to stress management, stress playing an important role in several types of chronic health problems, like cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders and psychological disorders.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following supplements are all useful for weight loss. Use the links for more information.

BodyBurn Starch-Carbo Blocker
Cell Food Weight Management
Coconut Oil
Chromium Picolinate 200mcg
TummyTone - CLA
Garcinia Cambogia
L-Carnitine Plus
Soy Protein - Vanilla
Super African Mango
Waihi Bush Organic Flax Seed Oil 250ml

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If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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