It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many women end up putting their health on the back burner as a result of getting caught with work, family, relationships. Therefore, we asked experts to give a basic health guide for women that they need to keep in mind.
VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS
If you’re wondering whether you should take vitamins or not, here’s what you need to know. “If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, post-menopausal or you experience heavy bleeding, consume less than 1600 calories in a day, have chronic diarrhoea, food allergies, malabsorption problems, have recovered from an illness, are not eating well or are chronically stressed, you may benefit from taking them” opines health consultant Dr Parul R Sheth.
The most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies that women face during the reproductive years include iron and folic acid deficiency, vitamin B6 and B12 deficiency and low vitamin D and calcium, informs Dr Sheth. Monitor your symptoms such as chronic fatigue, weakness, feeling ill more than usual, shortness of breath, cold sensitivity, hair loss, mood swings, pale skin and nails etc. These could be signs of vitamin deficiencies. Blood tests, urine or tissue sample testing for vitamins and minerals not only help in diagnosing deficiencies but also toxic excesses of these. Talk to your doctor before taking these tests.