A healthy mind in a healthy body – this is the perfect way to describe what feeling good should be like. For women, who often neglect their own well being to take care of others, it is important to realize that since they are the primary caregivers in their family, it is crucial that they remain in good health always. To achieve this, they need to start devoting time to themselves, listen to their body and mind and tend to their needs.
Feminine hygiene is a topic that most women are not very comfortable discussing openly. It is sometimes surprising to find even educated women, holding top positions at their workplace, shy away from talking about it. Although discussing this is not taboo, the attitude that most women have toward this issue makes it seem like one. So how are they supposed to address personal hygiene issues if they're facing a problem? Due to the reluctance to discuss this and fear of embarrassment, majority of women suffer health and hygiene issues silently and leave their problems unaddressed.
However, it doesn't have to be so. Times have changed and it's high time our attitude, as women, changes towards these conditions too. If you have an issue, acknowledge it and make it better. In this post, we would be bringing up certain tips on how to maintain personal hygiene and be in good health. Read on to know more on what steps you can take to feel fresh and confident all day long.
Eating a Proper Diet
You are what you eat. Seriously, this is true! Eating the right kind of food (read: fresh and healthy) contributes to a great extent to how you look and feel. Ditch the junk food and your fried comfort food as these may make you feel good temporarily but even you know how much they're damaging you internally for the long run. Keep yourself hydrated by consuming plenty of fluids. Fill up on those essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and complex carbs by including fresh fruits, great leafy veggies, lean meats, nuts and low fat dairy products to keep yourself in good shape.
Feeling down and want to feel good instantly? Then it's time to hit the gym or take a brisk walk or go for a jog – whatever you're in the mood for. Physical exercise releases chemicals called endorphins in your body which are responsible for triggering a feel good factor in you and result in high self esteem, positive thinking and act as energy boosters, besides keeping you fit, slim and stress free. If exercising ain't your thing, you can try yoga, pilates, dancing, kickboxing, tennis, etc. Come on, don't be lazy. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Female Intimate Hygiene
Of course you bathe everyday. But is that all there is to hygiene? No, there's always more that you can do. The good news is that your intimate area is pretty much self cleansing. Even so, you need to ensure proper hygiene through cleanliness by using a mild soap (not too strong, not to fragrant) or a feminine hygiene wash daily. Choosing the right soap/wash is crucial to maintaining good health in the perineal region as some of these tend to wipe out the much needed good bacteria too. Special care needs to be taken at that-time-of-the-month by changing your pads/tampons and inner garments at least twice in a day. Wipe yourself gently with a tissue after every visit to the loo and as far as possible avoid using public toilets. Do not share your intimate objects with anyone. Use a loofah while bathing to get rid of dead skin cells.
Visit Your Gynec
Ban infections from affecting your nether area with regular visits to your gynecologist. Rush to the clinic today if you've been experiencing symptoms like itching, discharge with an unpleasant odor, burning sensation and/or pain. Special care needs to be taken if you've had surgical procedures like a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implant as these can put you at a greater risk for developing infections and serious complications, if they go wrong. Filing of lawsuits due to faulty TVM device is not unheard of. So if you too are experiencing it, you might want to consider taking legal action with the help of an experienced attorney. It also makes sense to get yourself screened to detect conditions like cervical cancer, breast cancer, etc. at regular intervals.
Proper Dental Hygiene
No matter what your age, good oral care is crucial to your overall health, especially if you're pregnant. Your hormone levels are constantly changing during pregnancy, and these changes coupled with lack of oral hygiene increase the risk of gingivitis. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. Keep your gums healthy by massaging them every once in a while. Always keep your tongue and the roof of your mouth clean. Don't hesitate to visit your dentist as and when required.
Wear clean clothes everyday and change twice during hot and humid weather. Use mild washing detergents/liquids and softeners, especially when it comes to washing your intimate essentials. Don't forget to iron your clothes before wearing them as the heat from the iron helps in killing germs.
It is important that you avoid complacency and take your personal health issues seriously. We hope this article helps you in understanding your body's needs and motivates you in responding to yours. After all, feeling clean and looking good go hand in hand.