WOMEN’S DAILY HEALTH TIPS

WOMEN’S DAILY HEALTH TIPS

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Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

According to “Women’s Health” magazine online, one in five women suffers from a urinary tract infection in her lifetime, making it the second most common infection in women. Once infected, a second bout of the burning and uncomfortable infection is almost inevitable.
To prevent urinary tract infections, add one serving of cranberries to your diet each day. Proanthocyanidins, compounds in cranberries, help prevent this infection by lubricating the lining of your urinary tract, making it hard for bacteria to collect and cause infection
Take one cranberry capsule with at least 8 oz. Although probiotics are not necessary for good health, they can promote the growth of good bacteria and offer protection from harmful bacteria. 

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Yogurt, some juices, soymilk and miso all contain probiotics and can be enjoyed daily. Check food labels for a statement that says “contains live and active cultures.” Probiotics can also reduce the severity of colds, treat irritable bowel syndrome and prevent or treat eczema.

Wear Fresh Makeup

Your makeup may be contributing to unwanted bacteria collecting on your face. Although makeup can be applied to the entire face, most of it concentrates around the eyes in the form of eyeliner, mascara and eye shadow. For this reason, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences warns women to take caution when applying makeup.
Replace your cosmetics every six months to avoid excess contamination of skin bacteria. Additionally, replace your makeup brushes and sponges every two to three months, as they are a breeding ground for microorganisms that may cause ringworm, conjunctivitis or sties.

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Apply Sunscreen Daily

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, second only to breast cancer, and more than one million cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that you protect your skin daily by applying a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF–sun protection factor–of at least 30 year-round. 
Purchase cosmetics, such as foundations and moisturizers, with sunscreen as one of the main ingredients, and liberally cover all of the exposed parts of your skin at least 15 minutes before going outside.

Take a Multivitamin

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Eating Index reports that 90 percent of American diets need improvement when rated for nutrient intake. Vitamins, nutrients and minerals work together to support health and combat disease. 
Taking a multivitamin enhances immune function, lowers cholesterol, strengthens bones, prevents cell damage that may cause cancer and decreases the incidence of birth defects in pregnant women.

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