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Tofu and its many health benefits for women

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Tofu - before you sneer up your nose and complain about all the things that you cannot do with it, read through this amazing list of home remedies and benefits it has, especially for women. In particular, vegan and vegetarian women should be thinking about having more of tofu in their diets. And just spice things up for additional benefits! Here’s how-

 

High protein content

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Proteins are the building blocks of our body. Be it for muscle building, healthy cell function or almost anything else that you can think of. If you are trying to lose weight and build muscles, then make tofu a part of your meal. Women tend to lose muscles faster than men. This means quicker weight gain and heavier structures, which gives rise to health problems and obesity. Protein helps in building faster muscles for women, which aids in reducing fat - a common cause for uterine disorders and early menopause.

 

Get stronger bones

get stronger bones

Post pregnancy and during the phase of menopause, women tend to lose out drastically on their overall calcium deposits. This leads to weaker bones and increased risk of arthritis and other bone related disorders.Tofu has about 10 grams of protein per cup, which includes a high doze of calcium and iron. It is this combination that is quickly absorbed by the body and hence goes straight to your bones. With fewer calories and more of calcium you hit your weight goal and reduce risks of these diseases. 

 

Fight breast cancer

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Until a few decades back tofu was not recommended for women suffering with breast cancer. On the contrary it was assumed that women who have breast cancer story should avoid the same. But research by the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study reveals the opposite. Tofu and soy reduce your risks of breast cancer. So think of tofu in pure forms or even as cheese. 

 

Reduces menopause symptoms

reduce menopause symptoms

If you are suffering from hot flashes, tend to get mood swings and also have a temper going in all directions, do make tofu a part of your everyday diet. Even one bowl mixed with other veggies or soy milk works here. There are fluctuations in the woman's oestrogen levels as they are hitting menopause. The nutrient rich Tofu contains natural ingredients and elements that helps in striking the right balance of the same, thus alleviating these symptoms. 

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water melon

Water melon is a fruit that benefits women not only from its sweet and delicious pulp, but additionally the peel or the outer layer of the fruit along with the seeds are used in a variety of home remedies too. 

 

Enhance blood count

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The rind of the watermelon is known to have more of the blood building chlorophyll along with being rich in amino acid citrulline. The high amount of chlorophyll in the rind means that women with poor haemoglobin levels or those suffering from anaemia are able to benefit with the same. You can use the pale white part of the rind and eat it raw, though it is a little tasteless. In some cultures, it is also used as a vegetable form and cooked.

 

Boost fertility levels

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One of the core ingredients in water melon is the lycopene. It contains many kinds of antioxidants and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, which are known for boosting fertile health and also for fighting obesity. With ageing, women are more prone to diabetes due to fat deposits. This lycopene fights the same and reduces obesity risks and menstrual problems associated with the same. Just consume water melon in its natural forms or drink up a glass of juice daily.

 

Reduces cancer and tumour risk

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Lycopene is also known to reduce risks of ovarian cancer and breast cancer in women with its potent antioxidant properties. Both these cancer forms are risked to menopause. In fact, a study revealed that lycopene helps in fighting tumours around the breast and uterine area, which is one of the core or early warning signs of cancer.

 

Helps manage menopause

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As women progress to the menopausal stage, there is a significant decrease in bone density, haemoglobin levels and even hormonal fluctuations. Hence, eating right becomes essential. Water melon contains citrulline and arginine that helps in managing your blood pressure and cardiac stress. Additionally the seeds of the water melon are rich in minerals and nutrients like magnesium and potassium. You can toast the same and consume it in salads or even as delicious and crunchy snack. Watermelon also reduces inflammation caused due to arthritis, which a lot of women are affected from. 

 

Boosts sexual health

sexual health

There is a component in water melon that is called L-arginine, which is known for stimulating your libido. It helps in pumping up supply of the blood to different parts of the bodies and helps in balancing hormones. With enhanced sexuality and improved uterine health, your fertility health is boosted too.

 

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apricots

Apricot is a fruit that comes in both fresh and dried forms, making it easier to access. The goodness of the fruit comes through from both forms though. So you can access whatever you get and eat it just on its own, blended in smoothies or even pureed in desserts. Apricots are known for providing women an array of health benefits and some of the home remedies using the same. Some of them include

 

Regulate menstrual cycle for fertility and menopause 

apricots for menopause

Apricots are known to be rich sources of iron, especially non-heme iron that helps in boosting RBC count in the body. Basically the iron found here is easily absorbed by the body as compared to other forms. It also stays in the system for a longer time and thus reducing your risks of getting anemia. Additionally, it is also rich in vitamin C that helps in easier absorption of iron. With healthy blood count or haemoglobin levels, your periods are regularised, thus higher chances of fertility. Also, it fights many signs of menopause in the later stages with its rich nutrient content. 

  

 

Fibre rich to help you lose weight and increase chances of conception

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Obesity is one of the biggest hindrances of connection because of sedate lifestyles and unhealthy eating patterns. When you consume regular doses of apricot in the morning as a fruit or even in salads or museli, you are increasing your fibre intake, which helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. Higher fibre apricots also satiate your sweet cravings, thus keeping you fuller for a long time too. This helps fight obesity and boosts immunity, giving you a better shot at conception.

 

High potassium level prevents pregnancy preeclampsia

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High potassium levels are known for balancing the blood pressure in the body. In combination with salt and sodium, this helps to regulate water levels within and between cells. With stabilised blood pressure, pregnancy disease risks like preeclampsia are reduced drastically. 

 

Fights uterine cancer

apricots for cancer

Uterine cancer risks may be reduced by consumption of regular apricots. Women who eat more of apricots in their diet are known to have reduced risks of cancer because apricots kill free radicals that are known for attacking your DNA. Kernels or seeds found in the apricots have natural fibres that are known for restricting and preventing the malicious growth of cancer around the uterine area. You can dry these kernels in the sun and powder them. Consume a spoon a daily.

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guava and cancer

Guava is probably one of the most underestimated fruits around considering that apples are promoted for keeping the doctor away. But you would be amazed to know that for women, guava in fact has many more health benefits than other fruits. And not only is it available all year round, it is a budget friendly fruit for you too-

 

Fights pregnancy constipation and boosts fetal health

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Being fibre-rich, especially the seeds of the guava are suggested for pregnant women. It has been seen that guava aids digestive health and provides you with fibres that prevent risks of constipation during pregnancy. One guava a day takes care of 12% of your fibre needs. Along with this, guava is also very rich in folic acid along with vitamin B-9. This is suggested for pregnant women as it helps to develop the baby’s nervous system. It also gives the baby protection against a range of neurological disorders.

 

Increases fertility

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One of the crucial components in guava includes magnesium, which is highly recommended as a natural stress buster. With anxiety and stress levels leading to infertility levels. You can consume one guava a day as a smoothie with yogurt or even on its own. With added nutrients and iron, it provides other benefits. Furthermore, being rich in fibres, it is known to reduce your weight and obesity levels too. The roughage found in this fruit helps you stay fuller for a longer time, thus reducing food cravings. Thus it fights obesity and helps you maintain healthier weight and BMI, which is essential for fertility.

 

Lowers risk of breast cancer

breast cancer

Anti-cancer tumour properties of the guava are not restricted to just breast cancer, but it has been known to minimise risks of breast cancer. There are several compounds found in guava that have anti-cancer benefits. These include lycopene, quercitin, vitamin C and along with a range of polyphenols that work as potent antioxidants. It helps in neutralising free radicals and fights them too, which reduces the risk of cancerous growth. In particular, the peel of the guava fruit is consumed, which contains the deepest layers of these nutrients. Along with breast cancer, guava is also known to treat skin, colon and lungs cancer. It has many antioxidants that prevent formation of cancerous tumours. Along with a rich dose of vitamins, it also has flavonoids, beta-carotene, lutein and cryptoxanthin that combine to prevent spread of breast cancer, in women who are already affected.

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spinach

Spinach is one of the most versatile foods that we can have. It is easily used in soups, salads, smoothies, etc. without much fuss. You can have it raw but cooking the same increases your benefits. Since the iron is more easily absorbed in cooked spinach.So here are some more reasons for adding spinach to your diet-

Reduced risks of cancer

reduce cancer risk

Loaded with flavonoids, which double as antioxidants, Spinach is known for protecting the body from free radicals. Cancer is often the result of these free radicals and in particular, especially for skin cancer in women. In fact, it has been seen that there are at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that act as anti-cancer substances and it also includes reduction of breast cancer risks.

 

Vitamins to maintain weight and boost fertility

There are an array of vitamins in spinach like C and A, which are essential for the body and are known for reducing cholesterol and boost metabolism. Additionally, being rich in fibre, it also helps in triggering weight loss. Women are prone to facing fertility issues because of obesity. Spinach helps manage weight. 

 

Rich in Iron

iron rich spinach

A lot of women suffer from poor blood count or anaemia due to the lack of red blood cells. Iron is one the most contributory factors here that boosts RBC and thus combats anaemia. Spinach is a food rich in folate that boots your RBC count. Women suffering from anaemia are recommended to have more of spinach in their diets. 

 

Reduces risk of arthritis and osteoporosis 

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A common problem that women face apart from the above is weak and poor bones, which is caused because of lack of calcium. No, spinach might not be very rich in calcium, but it is rich in minerals like iron, which facilitate the absorption of calcium in the body. Furthermore, there are nutrients in spinach that contain anti-inflammatory properties, which are known for healing and alleviating the pain caused because of these two. So rather than complaining, start eating that bowl of spinach. 

 

Improves uterine health

uterine health

Iron found in spinach is known to boost the health of women, especially uterine functions. The iron found in spinach is a vital part of haemoglobin, which takes oxygen to different parts of the body cells. Lack of blood in the body is a major cause for irregular periods and even stoppage of periods altogether. Eating spinach boosts blood count and transfers oxygen to the uterus too, thus regulating your menstrual cycle. 

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bitter gourd

Bitter gourd is not a vegetable that most women are happy seeing on their plates. Some consume it more out of compulsion rather than choice but if you read about the amazing benefits that this little vegetable gives you, it would certainly change your mind. 

 

Bitter Gourd Juice

bitter gourd juice

The humble bitter gourd can be turned into a simple green juice by mixing together cucumbers, green apples, celery, etc. Then just add some ginger and lime and churn in a mixer. This juice should be consumed on an empty stomach everyday because-

 

  • It helps in absorption of sugar for diabetic women. Excess sugar in the body because of AMP-activated protein kinase in the cells is a common problem. But bitter gourd comprises of agents that add like insulin and reduce the blood sugar levels.

 

  • Furthermore, bitter gourd juice is also recommended for fighting and preventing cancer in women, like uterine cancer and breast cancer. There are are lot of antioxidant properties in the bitter gourd, which helps fight free radicals that cause cancer. 

 

For acne and clear skin

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It also works as a quick laxative agent by cleaning and detoxifying the system. You get rid of impurities in the skin by having more of bitter gourd in the diet. Women coming close to menopause or experiencing changes due to hormones can add it to your soups or even have the above-mentioned juice. The bitter gourd cleanses and purifies the system, which in turn helps in getting rid of issues like acne, pimples, constipation and regularises body functions.  

 

Fresh bitter gourd pods for asthma and respiratory problems

 

The fresh bitter gourd pods are not as bitter and they are ideal for women who suffer from asthma or related respiratory issues. One can just take the juice of the pod and mix it up with some basil juice and honey too. Consume this on an empty stomach everyday. 

 

As a liver tonic

liver tonic

Blanch some bitter gourd pods or vegetable in water and then puree the same. With age, women tend to have more of liver problems due to lack of care. But this simple tonic is easy to make. For additional benefits, add some honey to the same along with ginger. 

 

For losing weight

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Don’t just think that the crispy bitter gourd fries are going to aid you in weight loss. Think about having this vegetable in juice and soup forms as it contains more of water. Also, it keeps you fuller for longer and is ideal for flushing out fat from the body. So drink up the same everyday. 

 

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