HEALTHY LIVING  | 5.10.18  |  by Terra Wellington

The week after Mother’s Day is dedicated to bringing awareness to women’s health issues through National Women’s Health Week 2018.  It’s a time to empower women with the tools, information, and support they need to improve their health. Here are some simple steps for women to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

This post is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, AZO, and Invisalign.

This Year’s Focus Areas

For 2018, the national initiative is looking to promote two main points:

  • Make health priorities
  • And create positive healthy habits

Helps For a Healthy Pregnancy

One health priority is a healthy pregnancy, because that may give your baby a great chance for a healthy start.  And there’s a lot to keep track of during pregnancy – you have doctor appointments, vitamins to take, eating right, exercising, and tracking your baby’s development

To help with all that, UnitedHealthcare’s Healthy Pregnancy mobile app is a great example of how you can utilize technology to help encourage a healthy pregnancy and delivery.  The app tracks appointments, gives you vitamin reminders, connects you with a nurse 24/7, monitors and tracks your baby’s weight, and much more!  All in an effort to help expectant moms and their babies.

The Newest in Probiotics to Support Your Health

One of the growing trends this year is probiotics in foods and supplements.  Probiotics provide your body with helpful bacteria that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, like digestive probiotics.

And there are also probiotic supplements for women that help restore and maintain vaginal health. To give an example, AZO Complete Feminine Balance is newly launched and a pharmacist-trusted brand.  It works naturally with the body to help restore the natural balance of good bacteria and yeast to maintain a healthy pH. The pH in a women’s vagina can be thrown off by everyday stress, sex, diet, some medications, or even tight clothes and the effects of pregnancy changes on your body. But this product is scientifically shown to work in 7 days. And it has what is called an Intelliflora probiotic blend with twice the number of probiotic strains found in other feminine probiotics.

Oral Healthcare Matters

Did you know that having straight teeth helps to improve the health of your teeth, gums, and surrounding bone?  Because crowded or crooked teeth can be more difficult to clean.

But the good news is that today’s moms and their teens can benefit from teeth aligning in a much less invasive way.  Invisalign clear aligners can fix simple to complex cases. And what’s great is your dentist can decide to change out the aligner every week, instead of every 2 weeks. This could mean your treatment completes up to two times faster. The aligners are removable for you to brush your teeth, which means oral hygiene routines can remain unchanged.