There are certain health topics every woman should know a thing or two about. As a woman in today’s world, it’s easy to get caught up in work, dieting “noise” from the media, and a constant need to live up to par. In the meantime, your health can take a hit if you’re not careful. Be sure you stay on top of these health topics so you can feel your best and be your best in your day to day life.
1. Mental Health
Your mental health is by far one of the most important health topics to understand and take care of. Your mind and emotions create actions that you make each day from the way your brain causes you to operate. The mind is such a powerful part of our bodies, and changes everything about our lives. If you don’t know how to take care of your mental health, how can you expect to live a healthy, balanced life? To take care of your mental health, balance your life out. Listen to your emotions and don’t make rash decisions. Have people in your life that care about you, and that you care about. Be social, but give yourself time to relax and be still. Find a way to manage stress from your job, and exercise and eat well daily. All of these things create balance and enhance your mental health. You should also be aware of mental illness, which is a true disease. For more on mental illness, please visit NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness at: nami.org.
2. Gynecological Health
One of the most important physical ways to take care of your health is by visiting your gynecologist (OBBYN) regularly. He or she is a wealth of information and someone you should be able to talk to, confide in, and ask questions of. Your doctor should also ask you questions on your visit, and inform you of health aspects that affect your age, sex life, and your female health overall. You should always get an annual exam by your OBGYN to scan for certain types of cancer through pap smears and breast exams. He or she is also your go-to source of help for chances of pregnancy, and ways to stay healthy to help grow your family.
3. Physical Health
Do you move your body each day outside of general walking and moving about your day? Be sure you have an active lifestyle for your physical health. You need to regularly exercise each day, even if it’s nothing more than 30 minutes. Your physical health has a direct impact on your chances for diabetes, heart disease, and even depression. It can be one of the best things you ever do for your mental health as well. Also be sure you’re eating a clean diet to take care of your physical health. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you should steer clear of most processed foods, sources of trans fats, all fast food, all refined sugars and grains, and it should include whole foods in their most basic form.
4. Monetary Health
Yes, your money health is actually a health topic! Our finances affect everything about our health. When they aren’t in order, neither are we! Your money probably makes up a huge part of your thoughts during the day. Am I right? It drains your emotions, affects how you eat and live, and can even affect your weight and activity level. Learn to budget and take care of your finances. You’d be surprised how this one change can help your entire health change at the same time. My favorite resources for learning to budget are Dave Ramsey and Kate Northrup. You can find Dave Ramsey at: daveramsey.com, and Kate Northrup at: katenorthrup.com.
5. Social Health
How active is your social life? If it’s out of control and you never have time to yourself, that’s not a good thing, but having no social life is unhealthy too. Life is about trying to find a balance and living your best self within that balance. This allows us to enrich our lives, and the lives of others to make a different. Social health is important. It helps you progress as a person by uniting with others, learning from them, and enjoying their company. It also gives you a chance to share your talents with the world, have time to relax and enjoy friends, and be a direct person they can enjoy going to for the same reasons.
6. Dental Health
Yep, your teeth are an important health topic you need to know more about! Your mouth is a host of bacteria, and if left untreated or poorly cared for, this bacteria can leach into your bloodstream and cause serious illness. It can even affect your risk for heart disease! Don’t neglect your teeth or gums. Visit your dentist on a regular basis, and brush those teeth like he tells you to. He know what he’s talking about!
7. Cardiovascular Health
Along with exercise and eating well, your cardiovascular health is affected by many things such as your stress level, gene heredity, and more. Your heart is the primary organ of your body and its health is more important than most of us give it credit for. Be sure you learn more about heart health, and visit one of my favorite websites about the topic, which is Women Heart. You can visit Women Heart here: womenheart.org.
8. Endocrine Health
Your endocrine health is simply your hormone health. It affects every part of your health including your mood, your weight, and chances for pregnancy. It’s hard to know just what is going on with your hormones at any given moment. Your thyroid health, adrenal health, serotonin levels, etc. are all so important to your sense of well being. Be sure to talk to your general practitioner or your naturopath about your hormones, as well as with your OBGYN, and psychiatrist if you have one. There are many tests you can have run on your hormone levels as well, to see if things are out of balance.
9. Bone Health
As women, our bone health is important. Most likely, your gynecologist and regular doctor will inform you about osteoporosis and bone disease, but if not, talk to them about it. As you age, your estrogen levels start to decline, and in return, your bones are weakened. This is one reason your doctor usually advises more calcium in your diet, along with Vitamin D since it aids calcium absorption. Be sure you stay on top of your bone health to prevent osteoporosis, along with bone disease. Both health concerns are most likely not something you think about until it’s too late, so don’t let that happen to you!
These health topics are some to consider if you don’t give them much thought. While stressing about them won’t do you any good, being informed enables you to make the best decisions possible on a day to day basis. Do you have any types of health concerns that are important for you?