No matter how old you are, taking care of your health should never be put on the back burner, and no one can say otherwise.
Usually, as women, we tend to put our health on possibly the lowest rung of priorities. We constantly run around trying to make sure our loved ones are healthy and happy without really giving a second thought to our own body and mind. So maybe it's time we do that. Here are 12 things every woman, no matter her age, should know about her health and take care of:
It is essential to visit not just your physician but your gynecologist as well routinely in order to ensure a clean bill of health. They will also be able to determine, based on various tests, if there is an issue with your blood sugar, thyroid, heart health or your reproductive organs. If there is a condition you might be suffering from, treatment of it can be started early to prevent it from worsening your health.
Additionally, if you are going through pre- or post-menopausal symptoms, your gynecologist will be able to provide treatments. If you are sexually active, ensure you have a pelvic and STD exam every year and a pap smear and HPV test every three years. It can help prevent or treat many cancers including cervical cancer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that you should start visiting a gynecologist from the age of 13 to 15 years, according to Medical News Today.
Your mouth can also help maintain good overall health so keeping tabs on it with the dentist can do you a lot of good. Maintaining good oral and dental hygiene can not only benefit your teeth strength as you get older but it can reduce the risk factors for other diseases. According to Mayo Clinic, your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of the bacteria that your mouth contains can cause disease. This can lead to diseases like endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth complications, and even pneumonia.
Your body isn't the only part of you that needs to be healthy, your mind deserves a break too. Seeing as stress is a normal part of our lives and it can't be avoided, a change in how you respond to it can be beneficial. Activities like breathing exercises, walks in nature, meditation, exercise or keeping a journal of your thoughts can help you reduce stress and even make you feel better.
Incorporating good and nutritious food into your diet can ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to keep all your organs functioning smoothly. Vegetables, fruits, proteins, and whole grains can help not only keep you fit, but can also boost your immune system as well as energy to make your heart, lungs and other organs healthier.
Lack of sleep can cause a lot of damage to your mental and physical health. Without enough good quality sleep, you could lose focus, be unable to handle stress, find difficulties in problem-solving and your entire mood could get ruined. On the physical front, poor quality sleep can put you at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other significant conditions, according to Medical News Today. So don't forget to get a good six to eight hours of sleep every day for better health.
Life is always going throw curveballs at you so enjoy it as best as you can. Additionally, laughing is actually good for your health, says WedMD. And don't forget to make more time to do the things that you enjoy. Not only is it a great stress-buster but the relaxation can re-energize you and make you feel better.
It's common for women to not be able to identify if they're wearing the right bra. A poorly fitted bra can cause shoulder and neck pain, bad posture, skin irritations, marks, and increase the density of your breast due to poor circulation, thus leading to sagging.
While your weight is actually good for you, it's your body mass index that counts more towards your health. It measures the percentage of fat for your height and the weight you are carrying. That excess fat is what makes your weight important, not the pounds. So don't freak out if you don't lose weight as long as your BMI is normal.
Though sodium is an essential nutrient for our body, too much of it can cause higher blood pressure and other health issues, according to Live Science. And considering the amount of it in processed foods, restaurant meals, and even home-cooked food, it can be challenging to track. But a way to keep track of it is by making sure salt levels of the food you buy should be equal or less than the calorie intake. The goal is to keep your sodium down to 1500 mg which can be consumed too quickly if you aren’t paying attention.
You're a confident woman who has worked hard and gone through heartbreak to be the strong person you are today. So believe in that and don't let others define you or try to bring you down. Don't forget to compliment yourself and other women as well, especially when we live in a world so enamored by appearances that we forget personality matters too.
It isn't just about the wrinkles and dryness of your skin for which you should maintain a good skincare routine. Keeping your skin moisturized and healthy can keep harmful bacteria and UV rays from causing serious health conditions, according to Share Care. It can also increase blood circulation which can aid in healing cuts and bruises quicker and smoother.
A monotonous lifestyle can bore your mind which in turn can cause your body to feel lethargic and tired. But by going out, doing fun things and truly enjoying what you're doing, you allow your mind to feel energized and the adrenaline that courses through your body can help release dopamine, the pleasure hormone, in your brain. And doing the things you love can truly make you happy.
Because you deserve to be!