5 Lifestyle Tips To Becoming A Healthier & Happier Woman
Dr Radwa Mohamed Elnozahy, the Saudi German Clinic’s resident gynaecologist, shares these simple yet very important guidelines.
While our health should be a top priority, most of us are too busy trying to juggle being the family caregiver and a career, usually resulting in our own wellbeing taking a backseat. And this has become even more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic when we’ve been handed over extra responsibilities like homeschooling. During a time we should actually be doing more to take care of ourselves, it’s useful to know there are a few lifestyle changes we can incorporate into our hectic schedules to ensure we are on the right track when it comes to staying healthy.
This March, to mark International Women’s Day, the Saudi German Clinic, Jumeirah is offering women a comprehensive WELL WOMAN check-up. For only AED 499, it includes a pelvic ultrasound, breast exam, vaginal swab, pap smear and a general consultation with Dr Radwa Mohamed Elnozahy.
Elnozahy, a specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Dubai’s Saudi German Clinic, Jumeirah has helped countless women overcome their health issues. Luckily, she has shared some easily achievable tips that can help us stay in the pink.
1. Move That Body
Make physical activity a habit, which usually takes about 21 days to form. A 30-minute workout, four or five times a week, for three weeks should get you started. Elnozahy, who has been working as a senior gynaecologist for almost 14 years, recommends a walk around the neighbourhood, a session at the gym if it’s open or a simple workout session in front of your TV in the comfort of your apartment. In fact, any physical activity that you enjoy is enough to keep you in shape and boost your overall health.
2. Eat Right
Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life, so sticking to a balanced diet can really improve the way you feel. Elnozahy, an Alexandria School of Medicine graduate, underscores the importance of avoiding crash diets and overindulgences and curating a well-balanced diet instead. Meals should include more vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, which are rich in fibre, protein and other vital nutrients. Sidestepping tempting processed and fast foods is another goal as they increase the risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and all the other undesirables. Women of childbearing age should consume foods with folic acid, such as leafy green vegetables, beans and citrus fruits, while women with menopause are encouraged to increase intake of foods with calcium and Vitamin D (seafood, fruit and low-fat dairy) to help prevent bone density issues.
3. Get Enough Sleep
As well as fighting the signs of ageing, healthy sleep patterns enable proper functioning of the brain, according to Elnozahy, a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Those ZZZs affect how you think, react, work, study, drive and manage stress, so making sure you have enough sleep is critical in maintaining your physical and mental health.
4. Prioritse Your Mental Health
Stress invites all kinds of sicknesses. Elnozahy, who has been trained in the likes of high risk pregnancy and anti-ageing and aesthetic gynaecology, believes in combatting mental stresses through meditation. In addition to lowering stress and anxiety levels, meditation and mindfulness improve focus and help manage chronic pain. They can also improve sleep and boost overall health and wellbeing.
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5. Book That Annual Check-Up
Visiting your doctor for regular health checks is the fifth tip offered by Elnozahy, who also deals with adolescent gynaecology and early screening of gynaecologic cancers. Making this a habit can help with early detection of diseases or chronic conditions and timely mitigation. Some of the recommended checks include pelvic exams, pap smears, breast examination and mammograms. Osteoporosis screenings, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, amongst others, are also important.