Us mums can all admit that we are all guilty of neglecting ourselves from time to time, whether that’s our mental health or general health. We turn into doctors once the kids have the slightest sniffle and are always there to listen to our teenager daughter’s worries and woes. However, when it comes to our own struggles and health issues, we can fail to invest as much time in them.
In a study conducted by MummyPages on behalf of LloydsPharmacy’s 8 Week Health Transformation Programme, Irish mums have revealed if they are looking to improve their mental and physical well-being. It also looked at whether or not Irish mums consider themselves to be happy and healthy.
A shocking 40 percent of mums revealed that they were bothered by emotional problems such as feeling anxious, depressed, irritable or sad.
A mere 11 percent of mums said they did not struggle with emotional issues at all in the past month.
Overall Irish mums surveyed were not getting the required amounts of Calcium, Fibre, Vitamin A and Potassium in their diets. Responses showied that 41 percent of mums were happy with their calcium intake, 32 percent for fibre, 15 percent vitamin A and 12 percent for potassium intake.
Calcium is necessary for healthy teeth and bones and to ward off osteoporosis, but it is also critical for other cell functions such as as blood clotting.
Vitamin a is important for healthy vision, the immune system and reproduction.
Potassium is one of the most important nutrients and is responsible for regulating fluid balance, muscle contractions and verve signals, and it also helps reduce blood pressure, protect against stroke, osteoporosis and kidney stones.
Fibre is a critical part of the diet and ensure a healthy digestive system and regular bowl movements. It can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and can be a good defence from diabetes, heart disease and bowl cancer.
With regards to weight, nearly half of Irish mums are not happy with their current weight, with 47 percent stating that they would like to lose a little weight. And only 7 percent not wishing to lose any weight.
Smoking and not wearing sunscreen were amongst mum’s biggest health mishaps. Only 22 percent of Irish mums surveyed said they use sunscreen all the time; with just 39 percent stating they use it sometimes.
85 percent of Irish mums surveyed that they do not smoke, of the remaining figure 93 percent would like to give up.
LloydsPharmacy offer a fantastic programmer that can assist you in whatever health change you want to make be it weight loss, smoking, mental well being or improving your diet. You can find out all about LloydPharmacy’s 8 Week Health Transformation Programme here.