The Modern Day Health Epidemic Facing Todays Women
I have decided to press on with the health issues that generally plague the women of this world today. This time though, I’ll be focusing a bit more on those things that could affect us as well and on the positive silver lining that says we can all do something about this. If not this post, then the next one. Yes, that’s what I’ve decided to do. This post could be serialized. There’s just so much I want to chat to you about in the next day or two. Let’s keep in touch.
Anyway, I haven’t forgotten that inspirational couple I went to visit the other day. What lovely people. Let’s talk about them too. Never expecting to go on such a rant in the previous post, my original intention for this post was to have a look at some important health trends which we could all make do with, if we haven’t adopted one or two of them by now. Okay then, so do enjoy your reading.
“Continue talking about health issues, and folks.”
H’mm. That was an earlier diary note which I deliberately slotted into the post. You see what I mean. I almost forgot about it too. It’s important to keep a diary and even a journal where you can keep track of your life; record your thoughts, and when things let you down occasionally, take control. As the case was here, I was reminding myself to record a pertinent thought on a model couple which I believed would serve as a bit of inspiration to my devoted readers. To this day, this couple still inspires me.
• Cancer – Is it any wonder that it is mostly the poor who are inflicted with most of the known diseases of cancer today. That being said, most of the world’s poor women just can’t see their way to visiting a registered and licensed medical practitioner. You and I can. Not only do we save our own lives by going for regular checkups, we could end up saving other lives too. How is this possible? Perhaps I am being naïve, but the healthier we become through regular medical interventions and then by way of our own self-correction, when this becomes necessary, more time and money can be expended on those who need medical care the most.
• Morbid obesity – Talking about morbid obesity still remains something of a political hot potato in America. And that’s just one country. What about all the rest. It was the Obamas who brought this issue to the fore when President Obama’s first term of office began. Many people from around the world, including even some of us, are still so set in their ways with sedentary livelihoods which encompass as little physical activity as possible and as much takeout and processed foods as possible. All this, perceptively, in the name of convenience. But how inconvenient it all becomes when we start to get sick as a result.
• Diabetes – There is still a perception among many civilized circles that things like diabetes only ever strike the morbidly obese or heavily overweight. Sugar diabetes can even affect those who are of reasonably good health. Like me, for instance. I have warned myself time and time again that I still need to take better care of myself. A lot of what goes awry is in the daily, processed foods we eat. We simply need to be a lot more vigilant about this and focus on healthy, balanced diets which include most of the healthy ingredients that are devoid of the poisonous substances that can lead to diabetes. And even though we seem to think we are okay, health-wise, with relatively okay waistlines, but with little physical activities to preoccupy ourselves with, our dormancy also makes a nasty contribution towards allowing our bodies to become vulnerable to diabetes.
• Tight-fitting clothes are bad for the heart – This is such a simple thing really, and it breaks my heart that even girls in reasonably good shape still try to squeeze their way into something that clearly doesn’t fit, all in the vain attempt to look glamorous. Why not just accept the body you’ve been given to live in and do your best to keep it clean and healthy? I know, I know, I’m guilty as charged too but the sooner we accept that our health is more important than our looks, the better. As it is, and health-wise, wearing a tight-fitting pair of jeans is bad for your heart. It will cut off your blood circulation; it’s as simple as that.
• Losing weight – The best way to lose weight, only if you are heavily overweight, is still live and eat healthily. You do not need to go on crash diets and take up offers on health/weight loss fads that, when found out, soon fade away. You do not even need to go to what I call a sick farm where they feed you nothing but oranges, mangos and apples and dump you in lucidly warm steam baths. You do not need to get sick over losing weight. Simply live healthily. Eat a regular and balance diet everyday of the week, get a bit of exercise every week too, keep yourself physically and mentally active, and you’ll be fine.
• Minimalist interventions – It’s got something to do with the modernist philosophy, borrowed from ancient philosophies that ‘less is more’. It’s very much the case. We live in such a material world and have you ever met a man, woman, or couple who perceivably have everything (material) in life that can truly say that they are living a life of bliss. The less you have, the better off you are. But that doesn’t mean you have to go off and starve yourself or go and live in a monastery. Come on now, don’t be silly now.
I’ve run out of time. Oh, and before I go. That diary note. The inspirational story is in the next post.