National women's day- women's menstrual hygiene and diet& nutritional requirement
A good diet is important for everyone to stay healthy and fit. Especially women require more nutritional foods because of the hormonal changes in their body at every stage of their life and age. Menstrual cycle is a vital chapter in every women’s life and every women should know about it, particularly if there is an sort of irregularity- its causes, prevention and actions. The irregularities in cycle is known as Amenorrhea. If you are having your period regularly and then it suddenly stops for some months, then it is a case of secondary Amenorrhea and if you never had menstruation then it is primary Amenorrhea. Diet plays an important role to manage the cycle and balance it relevantly.
Women’s nutritional needs require change during menstruation, breastfeeding, pregnancy and menopause. A woman’s reproductive life requires plenty of nutritious food and it greatly differs from the men.
The first National Women's Day was celebrated on 9 August 1994. On this National Women’s Day, celebrated on 9th August every year, we should take a vow to focus on the women's menstrual hygiene and diet & nutritional requirement and take a strong step to spread its awareness among people especially in rural and underprivileged areas.
Why does menstrual hygiene matter?
Effective hygiene during menstrual period is important to the health, wellness, productivity, empowerment, mobility and dignity of girls and women. Lack of menstrual hygiene may cause ill health in young girls which further will lead absenteeism from regular chores.
Menstruation subject is a taboo across the world; this can lead to dangerous hygiene practices in menstruation or misinformations.
To manage the hygiene and dignity, it is essential for a girl or a woman to have a proper awareness about the same and have the access to sanitary pads.
The movie PAD MAN is an excellent example about the awareness of the menstrual hygiene and myths related with it. This movie has broken the taboo on the subject and now people are talking about menstrual process openly. The good thing is it educated the people about the menstrual cycle and how to deal with it.
Do women and girls have a special diet & nutritional requirement needed during the time of menstruation?
A balanced diet is needed at the time of menstruation to maintain the balance of health and growth. Well, a balanced diet includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
A diet rich with iron is very important during these days. This will create more blood and make up the blood loss during menstruation cycle. Iron increases the hemoglobin level in the blood.
Some foods which are rich in iron: almond, red meat, citrus, egg, vegetables, etc. These foods are rich in iron and boost the energy system of the women’s body.
PMS or pre- menstrual syndrome can appear in many women. During this time mood swing, temporary weight gain, headache, tender breast can occur. To avoid these conditions, food plays a major role to balance this imbalance. You can have nutritious food and change your lifestyle to relieve PMS symptoms. Consume foods rich in vitamins, iron, including fish, soya, broccoli , banana etc. Include a complete healthy diet into your dietary and this will give health benefits.
Most women experience menstrual pain. However, by changing diet, you can reduce the pain. Every month at the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle, the estrogen level in the blood stream rises and fall. Eat plenty of whole grain, vegetables, fruits, legumes and be sure to choose the foods in a natural state.
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