International Women's Day is a globally recognised occasion that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day that marks the progress made towards gender equality, raises awareness about the challenges that women continue to face, and honours the incredible contributions that women make to our world.
The theme for International Women's Day 2023 is "Women's Health: An Equal Future." This year's theme recognises the significant health disparities that exist between men and women and aims to inspire action towards achieving gender parity in healthcare access and outcomes.
On International Women's Day and beyond, let us prioritise the health and wellbeing of women by promoting good nutrition and healthy eating habits. #EmbraceEquity.
Nutrition is fundamental to maintaining good health and wellbeing, and women have unique nutritional needs at various stages of their lives. Here are some key nutrients that are particularly important for women's health and the foods that are rich in them:
- Calcium: essential for strong bones and teeth. Good sources include dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods such as cereals and juices. Barleygrass juice actually contains more calcium than milk! However, when it comes to healthy bones calcium alone is not enough as other nutrients are needed to help with the absorption of the calcium. Barley grass juice is also rich in copper, neogen, and manganese which are essential for keeping the bones in good condition.
- Magnesium: helps your body absorb and retain calcium to help build and strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. Good sources include leafy greens, nuts, and seeds.
- Iron: necessary for the formation of red blood cells and preventing anemia. Good sources include red meat, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, and leafy greens. Good plant sources of iron include lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, beans, tofu, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, kale, Britt's Superfoods Blended Greens juice, spinach and raisins.
- Vitamin C : increases iron absorption. Good sources of vitamin C include pepper, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kiwifruit, oranges, strawberries, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange juice. Britt's Superfoods Elixir Vitality juice is a great source of vitamin C.
- Folate: important for women of childbearing age to support fetal development. Good sources include leafy greens, beans, lentils, citrus fruits, and fortified grains. Folate occurs naturally in foods such as beans, green leafy vegetables, beetroot and citrus fruits. Try our organic Beetroot and Maqui juice as a great source.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: crucial for heart and brain health. Good sources include fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, as well as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts.
- Fibre: essential for digestive health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases, as well as weight management, blood sugar control and managing cholesterol levels. Leafy green vegetables are a powerhouse of dietary fiber.
In addition to incorporating nutrient-rich foods into their diets, women can also benefit from following healthy eating habits such as:
- Eating a variety of foods from all food groups
- Limiting processed and high-fat foods
- Drinking plenty of water
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Monitoring portion sizes
So, on this International Women's Day, let us commit to prioritising women's health and wellbeing by embracing equity and promoting good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Let's celebrate women's achievements, and work towards creating a world where every woman has access to the healthcare they need to thrive.
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