By MomWise Olatunde Onabajo
Can you believe that we are in the month of March already? Our God remains faithful. He has seen us through January and February!
Welcome to March! Personally, it is my favorite month because it is my birth month. I am also excited because MomWise has deemed March as our Health and Wellness Month. I am so thrilled to write about nutrition and wellness especially regarding women because women’s health is truly a critical topic in our society.
Do you know that the health of women and children is one of the determining factors of how healthy a nation is? No wonder the World Health Organization, United Nations, and other health organizations are working tirelessly to improve the health of women and children all around the world. But how does this apply to us individually? How can we contribute to improving the health of women and children, globally?
As discussed in our previous post, eating a balanced diet and taking care of our bodies through exercise is important. In addition to these tips, a woman’s body requires additional aspects of self-care. God has fashioned the human body in an amazing way that confounds even the most brilliant scientists! And as amazing as our bodies are, there are times it responds in not so amazing ways.
Sadly, some women’s lives have been lost to preventable deaths, and many suffer from illnesses that can be prevented or treated with the right intervention.
Dear readers, God desires for us to live well; He desires for us to live long and prosper according to 3 John 2. One hallmark of living well, beyond eating right and exercising is knowing our bodies both on the inside and outside.
As a young woman, I relish the gift of makeup and its ability to transform my face into something worth hanging in the art gallery. But I have also discovered that no amount of makeup will hide what’s on the inside. If this body feels aches and pains on the inside, it will reflect on my outside.
Likewise, aches and pains are indicators that the body needs attention—as simple as sleep or a visit to the doctor. Imagine your car is giving you a weird sound and you ignore it; sooner or later, you might pay more for its repairs. It’s the same with our body, the female body especially.
This month, I want to challenge every female reading this—and the women you know, if you’re a male reading this—to intentionally seek to improve your health along these lines:
- Schedule your annual physical with your primary care physician: did you know that God also works His wonders through the hands of physicians?
- Learn your numbers:
- Fasting Blood Sugar Number
- Blood Pressure: know your baseline BP rate
- Total Cholesterol=Triglycerides, HDL, and LDL
- Thyroid Health (TSH—Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
- Conduct Monthly Self Breast Examination: Preferably after your period, while in the shower, use the soft pads of your four fingers to gently press, in a circular motion to examine your breasts. If you’re unsure of how to do a self-breast examination, please ask your doctor to show you how.
- Monthly Skin Examination: Can you tell how many moles, skin tags and birthmarks you have on your skin?
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John vs. 2).