As published on COSIAnet 2011 Summer Series (Part 3) Newsletter
When it came to my health, I took matters into my own hands. I became friends with my medical practitioners so that they knew my medical history. I researched and learned as much as I could about the foods I consume and the products I use. Why? Because my body became tired, and I wanted my healthier self back! A good relationship with our medical practitioners is important for understanding our health concerns, both general and specific. While genetics influence our health, there are also factors within our control that may help to reduce our overall risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading health concern for women. It’s not just a man’s disease, though this common misconception often results in under-diagnoses of this disease in women. In addition to having regular medical check-ups and being more in tune with our bodies, a healthy diet and exercise are essential for our health. Incorporating heart-healthy foods such as fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and including more fruits and vegetables into our diets can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Being active is also important to improving muscle strength, managing high blood pressure, and raising good cholesterol levels (HDL).
The second greatest threat to women’s health is cancer. Lung, breast, and skin cancers are common forms of cancer affecting women. While maintaining a healthy diet and exercise are essential, focusing on the products we use on our bodies is just as important. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies; it is also highly permeable, absorbing directly into our blood about sixty percent of what we put on it. This makes our skin highly sensitive to the toxic chemicals that are in many products sold today, such as underarm deodorants or antiperspirants that contain parabens (artificial preservatives), pthalates (solvents that are used to dissolve other ingredients), and fragrances — all in all, a chemical cocktail. These toxins can be absorbed into our bodies and into sensitive tissue such as breast tissue, potentially increasing some health risks.
Make an effort to understand the ingredients both in the foods that you put in your body and in the products that you put on your body, and work with your medical practitioners to develop a healthy regimen. Take charge of your health from the inside and the outside. Your body will thank you for it. Mine did.
Susan Ng is the founder and owner of Naturally Susan’s, LLC. To learn more about Naturally Susan’s natural, organic skin-care products, please check out our website, follow us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, and join our MAILING LIST for beauty tips, trends, and special offers.
The contents contained in this article are for informational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with a licensed medical practitioner for your personal medical needs.