Four organs and women’s health

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AN expert in healthy ageing, Dr Rajbans Singh reveals how each of four organs can affect women’s health.

Most women are protected by their female reproductive hormones. But due to lifestyle changes like smoking and poor diet, more women face the threat of heart disease at a younger age.

Diet: Fresh vegetables and fruit which are rich in anti-oxidant, are known for their ability to fight heart disease. Fish, nuts and flaxseed contains Omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease.

This organ is in charge of detoxification and you need to take  good care of it. Fat accumulation, alcohol misuse, viral infection, iron or copper accumulation, toxic damage and cancer can damage the liver.

Diet: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts are known to help liver detoxify environmental toxins, including prescription drugs. When cooking, spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and liquorice also help to enhance liver health.

Whatever is going on in your life will show on your skin. Our skin renews itself every 28 days and old dead skin cells are replaced but only if we take good care of it.

Diet: Water is important to help rejuvenate skin cells, keeping them young and healthy looking. A potent antioxidant, vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, the elastic tissue  that diminishes with age. Best sources of Vitamin C are fruit, tomato and bell pepper.

More women suffer from osteoarthritis than men. The most affected joints are the hands and weight-bearing joints, including the spine, hips and knees.
Although people of all ages, from children to the elderly, are at risk, it mainly affects those above 45. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a disease of the elderly. It can also affect children and young adults, severely limiting their activities and mobility.

Diet: Calcium is vital for our bones. Calcium-deficiency weakens  bones and increases the chances of developing bone-related problems like osteoporosis and fractures. The best sources of calcium are dairy food. Vitamin D (also known as the sunshine vitamin because your body manufactures it when exposed to the  sun) is important as it helps bones absorb calcium better.

Food sources containing vitamin D include fatty fish and egg yolks as well as vitamin D-fortified foods such as cereals, orange juice, cow’s milk, cheese and yoghurt. – NST