Celebrating International Day of Action for Women’s Health: Healthy Women, Healthy World

Today, on International Day of Action for Women’s Health, we unite globally to advocate for women’s health and well-being. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the unique health challenges that women face and promoting strategies that support their physical and mental health. One such empowering strategy is the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle.

Understanding the International Day of Action for Women’s Health

International Day of Action for Women’s Health has been observed since 1987 and highlights the importance of addressing women’s health issues, focussing on equitable access to comprehensive and quality health care. This year’s theme, “Healthy Women, Healthy World,” emphasizes that women’s health is integral to the well-being of not only their own families but to the broader community.

The LCHF Lifestyle: A Path to Better Health

Central to the LCHF lifestyle is a reduction of carbohydrate intake and an increase in healthy fats. There is evidence that this dietary approach offers several health benefits, particularly for women. Here’s why:

  1. Hormonal Balance: Women often experience hormonal fluctuations that can impact their health. A LCHF diet can help stabilize blood sugar levels, which in turn helps regulate hormones like insulin and cortisol, both of which play an important role in menstrual cycles and fertility.
  2. Weight Management: Weight management is a common concern for many women. The LCHF lifestyle promotes fat loss by encouraging the body to burn fat for fuel. This can be particularly effective for those struggling with weight loss, especially around the waist.
  3. Improved Energy Levels: By eliminating blood sugar spikes and crashes, the LCHF diet provides sustained energy throughout the day. This is especially beneficial for women juggling multiple roles and responsibilities.
  4. Mental Clarity and Mood Stability: The brain thrives on healthy fats. Many women report improved mental clarity, focus, and mood stability when following an LCHF diet, important to combat hormonal-related emotional ups and downs
  5. Reduced Risk of Chronic Diseases: By reducing inflammation and improving overall metabolic health, an LCHF lifestyle can lower the risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers which are particularly prevalent amongst women.

Practical Tips for Adopting the LCHF Lifestyle

  1. Start Slowly: Transitioning to an LCHF diet can be challenging. Start by gradually reducing your intake of refined carbohydrates while at the same time increasing your intake of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.
  2. Focus on Whole Foods: Prioritize whole, unprocessed foods. Incorporate plenty of leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, quality proteins, and healthy fats into each meal.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is essential, and water is best. Drink plenty of water and consider adding electrolytes, especially during the initial transition phase.
  4. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body responds to dietary changes. Adjust your intake of carbs and fats based on your energy levels, satiety, and overall well-being.
  5. Seek Support: Join a community or find a health professional who can provide guidance and support. Sharing your journey with others can be incredibly motivating.


On this International Day of Action for Women’s Health, let’s celebrate the strides we’ve made in women’s health and continue to advocate for better, and more equal, health practices. The LCHF lifestyle offers a promising approach to enhancing women’s health by supporting hormonal balance, weight management, and overall well-being. By making informed dietary choices and supporting each other, we can create a healthier future for women worldwide.

Let’s take action today and every day to prioritize women’s health and well-being!



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