13 July 2022

Happy Wednesday,

Our health as women differs from that of men in many unique ways. We have  been disadvantaged in many respects such as social and economic power which restricts our access to the necessities of life which  includes health care, and the greater the level of disadvantage, the greater adverse impact on our health!

Why is women’s health so important you ask?

We represent the cornerstone of our family’s overall health, we ensure that they are well taken care of and also have access to quality care leading to improved health for our children and families.

The illness or death of woman has serious and far-reaching consequences for the health of children, family and the community too! Today women’s health is more popular in our society as people have come to realize that while women have many of the same diseases as men, their symptoms and treatments may not always be identical.

One famous slogan, “Healthy Women, Healthy World”.

We play a critical role in maintaining the health and overall well-being of everyone around us. However, because of the many roles we play, we too often are focused on the health care of our spouse or children, while neglecting our own needs.

Have a look at six of the following tips for taking steps toward personal optimal health, no matter where you are in life:

* Be physically active more often
I can’t overstate the importance of regular physical activity. In general, women who exercise have healthier blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and are also at lower risk of developing serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. As menopause approaches, staying physically active can also help or  alleviate bothersome symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and moodiness.

* Make sleep a top priority
For many of us, the demands of modern life makes it extremely harder to get a good night’s sleep. But here’s the thing: your to-do list or reaching that goal isn’t nearly as important as the health benefits that quality sleep can provide. The amount of sleep you need to feel rested and balanced, preserve a higher level of reasoning, and keep your emotions steady. It also helps protect your long-term health.

* Schedule an annual well-woman exam
If you only see your doctor when you’re not feeling ill, you’re definitely missing out on a major chance to safeguard your long-term health. You can’t take care of an underlying health problem if you don’t know about it.

* Quit smoking for good
Smoking is a habit that has a negative effect on every bodily system. Besides increasing risks for various types of cancer, it also makes you more likely to develop osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, and gum disease. Women who smoke are also more likely to go through menopause at an earlier age than those who don’t.

* Improve your diet
Eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean boring or bland food. In fact , it can mean fresh and fun flavors, colorful appetizing plates, and a whole new world of ingredients you’ve never tried before. Try to eat fresh foods as often as possible. Even when time doesn’t permit a home-cooked meal, take a look at the ingredients in the packaged foods you buy at the store.

* Escape the monotony of daily routine
Having a solid routine can help you get through the day with greater ease when you have a lot going on in your life, But when your routine starts to feel like a rut, you can lose touch with yourself.

So no matter where you are in life, be sure to take care of your personal health, not only for yourself, but for your family too.

Remember if you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

Take care,

Jeanetta Cardine

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