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50 Health Tips Every Woman Should Know

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41. Get rid of expired skin care products

“Expired skin care products should not be used,” Richmond said. The chemical ingredients will break down over time and lose efficacy, she added. Also, the risk of bacterial contamination in expired products is not worth it, according to Miller.

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42. Try sleeping on your back more

About 41% of people sleep in the so-called fetal position — on their side with their legs curled up, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It’s a very common position, but there is one problem with it. “People commonly have deeper wrinkles on the side of their face that they sleep on if they are side or stomach sleepers,” Richmond said. This is a result of pressure over time. Sleeping on your back is the best position, the National Sleep Foundations says, because your head, neck, and spine rest in a neutral position. Sleeping is crucial for maintaining good health, and these are some tips on what you can do to get a better night’s sleep.

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43. Do gentle activity to help with menopause symptoms

Menopause is a natural decline in women’s reproductive hormones that often coincides with many unpleasant side effects. It starts at a different age for different women, usually in their 40s or 50s. Some common side effects include hot flashes, trouble sleeping, moodiness, and irritability. Though there is no evidence that these can help, some women may find relief from the symptoms by engaging in some gentle physical activity such as yoga and tai chi. Symptoms may also include muscle and joint pain, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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44. Take iodine deficiency seriously

Lack of iodine, a chemical element the body needs — most notably for proper thyroid function — but is not able to make itself, is the most preventable cause of mental retardation in the world, according to the CDC. Women between 20 and 39 years old have the lowest urine iodine levels compared with all other age groups. They should pay special attention to iodine levels during pregnancy for brain development of the fetus. A sign you may have a thyroid dysfunction is drinking a lot of coffee in the afternoon. This is just one of several habits that may be a symptom of a serious health problem.

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45. Get a full skin exam at least once a year

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer and can affect all ages and all skin types. “It is very common that when a patient comes in for a full skin exam, the spot or spots they are concerned about are completely healthy, but I find something else that they haven’t even noticed that turns out to be a skin cancer or abnormal mole,” said Richmond. In women, melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, most often develops on the lower legs. (These are the most common types of cancer in men and women.)