In today’s world, women are without a shadow of a doubt the pillars of society. Womanhood comes with many responsibilities, making many of us pay less or no attention to our health or general well-being. Instead, we give preference to our daily chores and pay little attention to the 5 Key Pillars of Health that can help us sail through our later years.
In this day and age, we have a wealth of health information at our disposal, along with excellent preventive care. Yet, we don’t always attend to our medical needs until it is too late.
If there were health camps to sensitize us about the importance of being attentive to our bodies when it comes to issues about our health, then fewer of us would be diagnosed with terminal illnesses that may have already become chronic.
5 Key Pillars of Health – Keep Your Health in Check
1. A healthy diet
Is that candy bar, sitting so innocently on the store’s shelf, call out to you? For me, it’s Snickers. For others, it may be that packaged food that they just have to warm up. Oh, how convenient! We all have our Achilles heel when it comes to food.
Unhealthy foods are designed to be appealing and tasty. Manufacturers spend millions on ads and taste enhancements to entice us. So it’s not unusual for unhealthy foods to call out to you more than healthy foods do?
Relax! It happens to all of us when we’re trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. We all want what we can’t have. Nonetheless, if you really want it, you must go the extra mile.
It’s important to remember: What you put in your mouth dictates the future of your health.
When you decrease the intake of sugar, salt, and processed foods and keep track of calories, then you can be sure that you are on the safe side of health.
What does that mean?
It means we don’t have to worry about health complications such as obesity, hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes – and the many other diseases that plague us as we age.
Healthy diet options decrease the risk of you falling sick. Thus, it puts us on the path to become healthier and happier.
2. Regular exercise
Many of us hit the gym to either tone our curves or lose some weight. However, we reap many other advantages of exercising regularly. They include:
- Reduced risk of suffering from cancer
- Reduced risk of suffering from dementia
- Boosted libido, hence a better sex life
- Improved digestion
The bottom line …
Even though our greatest motivator to work out may be fitting into that beautiful new dress that we bought a size too small or the cute pair of skinny jeans in our closets, let’s look at the bigger picture. The multiple health benefits we gain by working out.
3. Learn how to manage stress
For some unknown reason, we somehow feel (or maybe this has become a norm in our society) that the ideal woman is one who can juggle multiple tasks at the same time. For example, be a mother, a wife, and an employee and still do all the house chores without much difficulty.
But trying to be a “super women” may eventually take a toll on our health. It can cause our hormones, digestion, and weight to be affected negatively. The responsibilities pile up—they’re just too many to cope with!
We are not “Wonder Woman”!
Get help! Where? From a nanny, other family members, and your spouse. Our spouses can and should do more around the house. And it will give the two of you more time to spend together.
You can’t do it all. And that does not make you less of a woman.
4. Hormonal balance
Many women today develop health complications as a result of hormonal imbalances.
During your younger years, you probably used birth control, household cleaning detergents, and pesticides. I know I did. Pregnancies count, too.
And what about nutritional deficiencies that have piled up over the years. As a single mom working full-time, I rushed around trying to do everything. I often grabbed whatever snack was at hand.
A supermom in the making. Well… no! A health disaster in the making!
All of these things contribute greatly to stressing out our hormones.
Once our hormones are imbalanced, then everything else becomes imbalanced. This takes a toll on our immune systems.
5. A healthy digestive system
For our gut health to be on point, we all need to be on an anti-inflammatory diet. At times, that can be hard, but one quick and sure way to help is to take probiotics.
What are probiotics? According to WebMD,
“Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.”
Bacteria! Doesn’t it cause diseases?
Don’t be alarmed. Our bodies are full of bacteria: good and bad. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria. They keep our guts healthy.
How? They protect the microorganisms in our digestive system, which in turn aids in digestion and absorption of food. So, a healthy gut is a happy gut!
And probiotics do even more than keeping our guts happy. They fight inflammation, and thus the diseases that invade our bodies. An imbalance of the good gut bacteria can bring on heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, digestive problems, and obesity.
Do any of us want to suffer that way? I don’t! I’m sure you don’t either.
Overall, we will all enjoy our 50-plus years much more if we try to follow the 5 Key Pillars of Health!